Bridesmaid Proposal: Pearls & Peonies

Bridesmaid Proposal by ohmyomiyage

Hello all!  Apologies for my lack of posts recently, but I come bearing exciting news.  My brother and his fiance have set a wedding date next year at the beautiful Summerour Studios in Midtown, Atlanta.  She is already family in my eyes, but we get to plan a party!  And to make things even sweeter, my future sister-in-law asked me to be Maid of Honor.  It came as a complete surprise and a true honor!

We already have big ideas for the wedding.  She’s a graphic designer so you know it’ll be spectacular.  First things first though, we had to gather her girls together for a bridesmaid proposal.

She was so sweet to buy all of us these gorgeous pearl earrings and rings for the proposal.  With a little bit of moss, some gold bows (sewn by my mom), and fluffy pink peonies, it was the perfect mix of DIY glam.  Here’s a shot of the bride to be!

Bridesmaid Proposal by ohmyomiyage

Bridesmaid Proposal by ohmyomiyage

Can’t wait to plan a wedding with this girl.  How did you propose to your bridesmaids?

Wedding Feature on Aisle Planner

It’s been over a year, but our wedding was featured on Aisle Planner!  Check out our “DIY Destination Style” wedding here.  It’s such a nice reminder of our wedding and spending time with the best friends and family :)

Here’s a round up of my DIY tutorials for our wedding:

DIY Polaroid Place Cards

Destination Wedding Welcome Booklets: What to Include

Our Out of Town Welcome Booklets

Furoshiki Welcome Bags

Kids at Weddings Checklist

DIY Welcome Drinks

Wedding Cake Centerpieces

Hot Air Balloon Party Decor

I’m currently in love with hot air balloons, which was the inspiration for my last party theme.  And look at all the wonderful inspiration out there!  More pictures and stories of the party decor next week.  Have a great weekend, all! :)

Isn’t that cake wonderful?  And the hot air balloons are so cute and creative with the layered scalloped circles for extra texture. [via]

Can you believe – this is a DIY from all IKEA goods! Check out the tutorial for how to create this look yourself.  [via]

Here’s inspiration in a more rustic, romantic, and whimsical theme.  [via]

DIY tutorial of these paper mache balloons from wonderful Martha. [via]

… And the one that inspired it all – DIY tutorial on felt hot air balloons with a free pattern!  [via]

Happy Birthday, Hubby :)

Man untying his bow tie at a wedding

Today, my hubby celebrates a big something-5 year birthday!  It’s been a good year, and our little life has changed quite a bit.  In the past year, he was able to achieve his dream of starting his own company, we hosted our long-awaited wedding in Hawaii, he dealt with my endless need to throw and host parties, and he’s grown closer than ever to my two little ‘pets,’ making us more of a family.  This week, we’re meeting up with our family for a Japanese traditional photo shoot and a few birthday dinners!  Can’t wait to share the festivities with you all :)

Wedding Cake Centerpieces

For my wedding, I always dreamed of being surrounded by beautiful, extravagant floral decorations – cascading flowers everywhere!  But since we had a destination wedding, my dream turned into a nightmare where my guests and I wouldn’t be able to enjoy and savor all of the beautiful flowers after the big event.  Although I’m in love with flowers, it’s so sad not to be able to enjoy them for as long as they can last.  So instead, my planner and I decided to go for centerpieces that highlighted my other love and that guests would be able to thoroughly enjoy – cake!

My original idea was to use fruit centerpieces, which I found some beautiful inspiration for here.  But since I was planning to use satellite cakes anyways, my planner suggested that we place one cake on each table as centerpieces so they could multitask before being eaten!  And boy did they multitask for us!  We used them as centerpieces, table numbers, dessert, AND with cute to-go boxes, guests brought cake home for a late night snack.

I was a bit worried since many of the ideas online looked tacky.  I really wanted to use peonies, but since they weren’t in season in Hawaii during out wedding time, I opted for spider mums and fancy carnations.  Luckily, with cute flowers and placement, we were able to get a mini version of the “cascading flowers” that I wanted along with centerpieces that wouldn’t go to waste at the end of the night.    Plus, there were less things to clean up at the end of the night!  Benefits all around :)