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You are a Gem Candy Treats

DIY Projects

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better way is there to start celebrating than with a sweet treat you can make at home? Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is with us to show how to make these gemstone hard candies, with images captured by Emily Chidester Photography.

Gemstone Hard Candy

Tools:
-candy thermometer
-silicone candy/ice mold (ours was from here)
-saucepan

Ingredients:
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
2/3 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon flavored oil (we used peppermint oil)
1 teaspoon food coloring (or less to preference)

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

Instructions:
1. In a saucepan, stir together sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Using a candy thermometer, cook to around 300-310 degrees. It is not necessary to keep stirring during this time, as this will cause bubbles to form and set when the candy hardens.

2. Remove from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring, the less food coloring you use the lighter the tint of color.

3. Using a spoon, ladle into silicone mold. If the candy starts to harden in the saucepan sooner than you can fill all the molds, you can place back over heat to melt again, until you have removed it all from the pan.

4. You can use any candy/ice silicone mold. We chose a diamond ice mold.

5. After allow candy to set, remove from mold and bundle in cellophane bags, add a twist tie and sweet card. These make perfect treats for your maidens, or party favors!

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

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Hello Romance! This elegant photoshoot, captured by Kaysha Weiner Photographer, shows how glitz and glam fuse with elegance oh so perfectly. This combination of smoky blues, hues of pinks and metallic tones work for any season. Brilliantly designed by The Joy Parade and adorned with gorgeous florals by Rebelle Fleurs, every little detail has the perfect touch of glamour.

moody pink wedding inspiration - photo by Kaysha Weiner Photography http://ruffledblog.com/moody-pink-wedding-inspiration

From the designer, The Joy Parade: This concept was pulled together after I began tossing around ideas for winter color palettes. Soft light pink with complementary neutral colors are really popular and they’re used all year around – but how can pink transition in a new way for winter? I liked the idea of pulling in the popular shades of pink and blush and ground those a bit more with greenery, and neutrals of smoky blue, brass, and gunmetal. The result is unexpected, romantic, clean, timeless, and a little bit moody.

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Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Kaysha Weiner Photographer

Design/Papergoods:

The Joy Parade

Florist:

Rebelle Fleurs

Dress Shop:

Mary Me Bridal

Dress Designer:

Tara Keely

Hair and Makeup:

Face it Sugar

Suit:

J.Crew

Rentals:

Signature Party Rentals

Specialty Tableware:

Borrowed Blu

Runner:

Mod Mix Studio

Table Number:

Gauge NYC

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From the bride, Rachele: If there is anything Josh and I have to say about our wedding day is that we wish we could go back and relive the day, and that we would have danced more than we got to! We knew we wanted to have a small wedding with close family friends and we knew we wanted to mix earthy elements with pops of glam along with personal touches from me and Josh. We DIYed lots of leather tassels to bring in the earthy accents as well as adding ferns to our paper goods (we got engaged on a fern covered patio) and used plexiglass to create complementing acrylic signs to match our candelabras and chairs. We also knew that we couldn’t go wrong working with my closest friends and co-workers at Sweet Root Village who really made the vision come together and kept the day running smoothly.

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Naturally, working in the wedding world I had heaps of inspiration about what our wedding day could look and feel like! I originally had dreamed of a winter wedding full of fur, velvet, a dash of Shakespearean class, and deep rich tones. When Josh and I got engaged, we planned for a February wedding, hoping for a snowy wonderland, but after two weeks of being engaged, we decided to move our wedding to November! As much as we both loved the holiday season, we did want to be careful to ensure that our wedding didn’t feel holiday inspired, so we kept the love for rich tones in my bouquet (which I LOVED!) and opted for gorgeous white and green flowers and a palette of grey, gold, navy, and white for the rest of the wedding. The main inspiration for the day came from the venue. As soon as I walked in, I dreamed of bringing a touch of glam and earthy accents to match the stone walls and marble fire places!

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Invest in a wedding coordinator even if it’s just for the day of the wedding! There is no better feeling on your wedding day knowing that there is someone keeping everything on track and taking care of the various problems that inevitably arise on a wedding day!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “My Love,” Dustin Kensrue
Bride’s Processional: Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Recessional: “Divine Romance,” Phil Wickham
First Dance: “City and Colour,” Northern Wind

From the photographers and florists, Sweet Root Village: Rachele has worked for us at Sweet Root Village for two years now and not only is she a bundle of light, energy, and humor in the studio during the day-to-day, but she’s also an amazing friend to us and we’ve had the pleasure of watching her relationship with Josh from the very beginning! Josh involved us in his proposal and we got to plan Rach a rocking bridal shower. We were beyond honored to help her pull together an amazing look for her wedding as well as capture the amazing day with her closest friends and family! Rachele and Josh selected an awesome venue in the heart of their hometown of Warren, Pennsylvania. This was the second wedding to ever take place at the Crary Art Gallery and it was a dream! Rachele and Josh put together so many personal details for their day. Josh is a graphic designer and took care of designing the invitations suite, menu, and other paper goods! Rachele painted the escort display canvas and crafted heaps of details like the cocktail stir sticks for the guests at the bar as well as leather and velvet tassels securing a bundle of honey stick at each place setting. They also worked together to create a photo booth backdrop inspired by their venue choice of famous paintings strung between velvet curtains! Something that the guests enjoyed immensely! Rachele also created the acrylic signage elements on the bar and side tables. The couple surprised their bridal party with curated gifts and Rachele’s maid of honor, her sister, received a rocking oversized raw crystal ring she found on Etsy! Rachele was immensely in love with ghost chairs and a lot of details for the rest of the day ended up matching perfectly. We included crystal candelabras, lots of clear glass candle elements, crystal cake cutting tools, the acrylic signage, and glass roof of the ceremony space! For flowers, we got to pack the tables with wintery blush blooms and drape the ceremony space in vines. The greens felt almost as if they were already growing in the space! We used the same vines to accent a lot of other areas like the escort display, bar, and cake bar cart. Rachele wanted a very neutral palette for her wedding but had her heart set on one super bomb blast of bold red in her bouquet! We packed it full of every one of our favorite red flowers, including: amaryllis, garden roses, peonies, orchids, ranunculus, cosmos, tulips, and more! It was a dream to design and one massively heavy armful of goodness. We worked with lots of ferns elements throughout the day in all the centerpieces, the cake, and in the bridesmaid bouquets! Josh and Rachele’s ceremony was one of the most emotional events we’ve had the opportunity to photograph. We were crying and laughing and singing and smiling so hard throughout the entire time! Josh was an emotional mess as Rachele walked down the aisle. Heck, we were all an emotional mess! There was plenty of fun and high fives and a shower of red roses petals over their first kiss as husband and wife!

Wedding Vendors

Photography and Floral Design:

Sweet Root Village

Venue:

Crary Art Gallery

Wedding Dress:

David's Bridal

Wedding Shoes:

Betsey Johnson

Rentals:

Special Occasions Rentals and Design

Wedding Invitations:

Clark Design Co.

Photos by:

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