DIY

by Audrey
11.25.15

Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.comSomething New for I Do explains their concept behind this lovely and adorable photo shoot.

Inspired by a family with a true appreciation for the Earth, this styled shoot was dreamt up with an organic farm to table vision in mind. Once living on a self-sustaining farm in Ohio, the owners of Fainting Goat Vineyards developed a love for feeding their family and animals off the fruits and vegetables that their land produced. It was those fond memories that lead them to build their Georgia vineyard and inspired our romantic wedding dinner party shoot with a farm to table ambiance that is quintessential fall. 

We showcased wedding details that were raw and beautifully simple: a wildflower bouquet, boutonniere and understated dress. The standard paper menu was replaced with a custom wood and vellum version, and a beautiful wooden barrel head was used as decor and then as a guestbook. 
 
On the estate tables, we tied place cards to a hearty loaf of locally baked bread and placed them on sliced wood charges, the lush greenery runner extends passed the ends of the table with fall colored blooms dispersed throughout. Bringing all elements back to their most simple form, Cakes by Carissa baked us a beautiful naked wedding cake and Center Cut Catering produced a menu that celebrated fruits and vegetables. 
 
The pygmy goats adorned with floral necklaces were a fun addition meant to be a nod to the vineyard’s credo – enjoy Earth, enjoy life. From breaking bread together to sweet toasts, the homey vibe of this shoot makes for a truly nostalgic fete.  

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Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken

One small chicken
4 sprigs fresh thyme or sage
Thin lemon slices
Salt
1/4 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
A little water

Prepping the chicken:
Seasoning the chicken (1 to 3 days before serving). Remove and discard anything inside the chicken. Rinse the chicken and pat dry inside and out.

Approaching from the edge of the cavity, slide a finger under the skin of each of the breasts, making 2 little pockets. Now use the tip of your finger to gently loosen a pocket of skin on the outside of the thickest section of each thigh. Using your finger, shove an herb sprig and lemon slice into each of the 4 pockets.

Season the chicken liberally all over with salt and the pepper. Sprinkle a little of the salt just inside the cavity, on the backbone, but don’t otherwise worry about seasoning the inside. Twist and tuck the wing tips behind the shoulders. Cover loosely and refrigerate.

Roasting the chicken: 
Preheat the oven to 475°F. (Depending on the size, efficiency, and accuracy of your oven, and the size of your bird, you may need to adjust the heat to as high as 500°F or as low as 450°F during the course of roasting the chicken to get it to brown properly.)

Choose a shallow flameproof roasting pan or dish barely larger than the chicken, or use a 10-inch skillet with an all-metal handle. Preheat the pan over medium heat. Set the chicken breast side up in the pan. It should sizzle. Place in the center of the oven and listen and watch for it to start sizzling and browning within 20 minutes. If it doesn’t, raise the temperature progressively until it does. The skin should blister, but if the chicken begins to char, or the fat is smoking, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees. After about 30 minutes, turn the bird over. Roast for another 10 to 20 minutes, depending on size, then flip back over to recrisp the breast skin, another 5 to 10 minutes. Total oven time will be 45 minutes to an hour.

Big heads of roasted garlic are a wonderful acompaniment as well. Slice whole heads of garlic in half and sprinkle the cut sides with salt and olive oil. Wrap them tightly in parchment and foil and throw them in the oven for about 20 minutes with the chicken. They are done when the garlic inside is soft and spreadable like butter!

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Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

Choose a really good late summer melon and the best thinly-sliced prosciutto you can get. Jamón ibérico, a type of Spanish cured ham, is also magical if you can afford it!

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Lavender Lemonade

5 cups water
5 cups cold water
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
1 cup lemon juice
Ice
Sliced lemons for garnish

Bring 5 cups of water and sugar to a gentle boil in a large saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add the lavender, covering and steeping for an hour. Use this time to thinly slice lemons for garnish. Strain the lavender flowers and stir in the 5 cups of cold water and lemon juice. Serve over ice or fill a decanter with ice and pour lemonade over the top.
Yields 12 servings.

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Plum Almond Galette
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
1 1/2 pounds Italian plums, pitted and sliced
1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 trans-fat-free refrigerated ready-to-bake pie crust dough (7.5 ounces)
1/4 cup marzipan, crumbled into 1/4-inch pieces
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Blend together flour, butter, shortening, and salt in a bowl with your fingertips or a pastry blender (or pulse in a food processor) just until mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Drizzle 3 tablespoons ice water evenly over mixture and pulse until incorporated.

Squeeze a small handful of dough: If it doesn’t hold together, add more ice water 1/2 tablespoon at a time, stirring (or pulsing) until incorporated. Do not overwork dough, or pastry will be tough. Turn out dough onto a work surface. Divide dough into 4 portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once or twice in a forward motion to help distribute fat. Gather all dough together with pastry scraper. Press into a ball, then flatten into a 5-inch disk. If dough is sticky, dust lightly with additional flour. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 1 hour.

Heat oven to 375°. In a bowl, toss plums with 1/3 cup sugar and cardamom. Dust flour on work surface; roll out dough to a 14-inch diameter and transfer to baking sheet. Leaving a 2-inch border, sprinkle marzipan on dough. Arrange plums in circular pattern over marzipan. Fold and pleat edges toward center. Brush dough with egg and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake until crust is golden, 22 to 26 minutes. Cool; serve. Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com Fall Farm-to-Table Wedding and Recipes | by  Kelly Anne Photography |  www.smittenmagazine.com

Photographer: Kelly Anne Photography | Event Concept: Something New for I Do | Venue: Fainting Goat Vineyards | Decor, Styling + Paper Goods: Victoria and Olive | Bouquet & boutonniere: Amanda Jenkins | Rentals: DBM | Bride’s Dress: Bella Bridesmaids Atlanta | Hair + Makeup: Melissa & Co. Salon | Cake Baker: Cakes by Carissa | Catering: Center Cut Catering | Guestbook: Amie Rae Designs

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Dreamcatcher Baby Shower

by Audrey on 10.28.15

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DIY:
Dreamcatcher Baby Shower
by Truly You Events
by Audrey
10.28.15

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From the lovely Mom-to-be:

While five months pregnant, my husband and I took a trip to Sedona, Arizona to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  I immediately fell in love with the natural beauty and spirituality of the setting. We also ventured off and took a tour of the Grand Canyon where we got to learn a lot about the history of the Navajo Indians and their fascinating culture.  From the Red Rocks to the Vortexes, Sedona had an amazingly positive and serene energy that heavily inspired my shower.

I’ve always loved the whimsical, garden-party-like vibe of Talula’s Garden. In addition to the beautiful setting, Talula’s also serves one of the best brunches in Philadelphia so it was a pretty easy decision. Brunch is hands down my favorite meal! 

The florals created by Tanti from Papertini were gorgeous. I’m still in love with the eucalyptus runner at the head table and the floral crowns she made for everyone to wear. I really appreciated how she even incorporated feather details on the back of the crown ties and in the arrangements to go along with the tribal concept. Our planner, Christiane from Truly You Events, came up with the idea to have a feather and arrow painting station. I thought that was a really creative touch, and can’t wait to incorporate the keepsake feathers and bows in our nursery. Guests seemed to really enjoy the Flash Tattoo station, too!

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Christiane gives some great insight to party planning:

Planning Vanessa & Ken’s wedding was an absolute dream, so we literally jumped for joy when she called to loop us in for her baby shower. Vanessa was fresh off of her trip out West when we began the planning process and so the tribal concept for her shower came together very quickly. Having family in Texas and Arizona, I knew exactly the type of vibe she was looking to create- peaceful, earthy, colorful and fun! 
To bring her vision to life, we looped in a few of our favorite creative pros in Philadelphia.  Allison from Hand Painted Weddings crafted the custom dream catcher invitations, along with signage for the shower day.  Tanti from Papertini hand made fern floral wreaths accented with gold dipped feathers and strings for guests. For the guest of honor, Vanessa, Tanti created a delicate halo of babies breath. We set each dining table with clear glass jars filled with colorful spring blooms and Vanessa’s head table received a eucalyptus runner than spilled over to the floor. 
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Truly You took the lead on setting up several DIY projects for the shower.
1. Join the Tribe 
Guests were invited to join the tribe by donning flash tattoos for the day! For this project, we provided the individually cut flash tattoos, a spray bottle, baby blue & green wash cloths, instructional signage and a cute glass receptacle for trash. As you can see in Love Me Do’s photos, even the Pop Pops-to-be got involved!
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2. Colors of the Wind 
This station featured paints, brushes, water cups, feathers, bows and a desert sand bucket for drying. We began by covering Talula’s table with kraft paper, taped down with the cutest tribal tape you’ve ever seen from Paper Source. Guests chose between white feathers or wooden bows and then got creative with the acrylic paints. For drying, we provided a galvanized bucket with desert sand (aka- aquarium sand!)
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3. Dreamcatcher Thumb Print Sign In
As a surprise for Vanessa and Ken, I worked with Allison on a dream catcher thumbprint guest sign in print. We provided colorful ink pads and guests were invited to “leave an impression” on the print. The finger prints acted as the feathers on the dream catcher and the final product came out even more beautifully than I had hoped! Allison thoughtfully left an open string for each one of the 40 shower guests.
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4. Escort Card Necklaces 
To make seating easy for guests, we decided to assign tables for brunch. Allison from Hand Painted Weddings created circular hole punched escort cards that we strung on raw gemstone necklaces sourced from the Bauble Bar. Each of the four gemstone designs were mixed throughout the display that we presented on a custom tribal cork board. I just love when escort cards can double as party favors! Guests donned their necklaces and name tags throughout the event, which enhanced the connectedness of the day.
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5. Baby Pictures of Mom and Dad
Baby Pictures of Vanessa and Ken were clothes pinned to wooden boards and set in the garden for guests to enjoy throughout the event. Ken is a twin, so it was particularly fun for everyone to try to guess who is who in his baby pictures!
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Photographer: Love Me Do Photography | Event Planner: Truly You Events | Venue: Talula's Garden | Flowers & Decor: Papertini | Invitations & Stationery: Hand Painted Weddings | Makeup Artist: Beke Beau

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Floral Garland DIY

by Audrey on 09.03.15

in DIY

DIY:
Floral Garland DIY
by Solie Designs
by Audrey
09.03.15

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Making a garland of flowers isn’t nearly as hard as you might think.  Just be sure you put it last on the party to do list to make sure the blooms don’t wilt.  Follow these easy directions to make your very own.  To save money, forage greenery from your garden, just look out for bugs.

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Supplies:

  • Greenery
  • Ribbon or cording the length you want the garland
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue gun (just in case) or floral adhesive works well too
  • Flowers

Flower Garland DIY |  by Solie Designs |  www.smittenmagazine.comStep one:  Cut or tear 1-2″ strips of floral tape.  It doesn’t have to be exact, this is just to have them handy as you work.

Step two: Use the floral tape to secure the branches to your cording.  Activate the sticky by stretching slightly.  Make it as full or sparse as you like, but be sure to hide the tape.  A dab of glue on the back of a leaf to the tape can keep it hidden.

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Step three: After you have the branches and leaves to you liking, add in the flowers.  The flowers can be taped in if you plan to hang the garland, but if you are using it for a table centerpiece, place the greenery garland on your table, then you can just tuck the flowers into the foliage.  Keep going until you’ve reached the desired fullness.

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Photographer: Solie Designs

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Southwest Dinner Party + DIY

This dinner party at The Gage Hotel, an upscale venue in Marathon, Texas with a beautiful Southwestern aesthetic, is refined rustic to a tee!  From the cowhide chairs to the inventive planters, everything is festive, but offers a feeling of casual ease.  To get that feeling at your next dinner party, we included a DIY […]

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