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DIY Hand-Lettering Chalkboard Menu

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Anna, the bride from this gorgeous Minnesota wedding is stopping by this afternoon to share one of her DIY projects. She whipped up a faux chalkboard menu the Thursday night before her wedding, so she wanted to save other brides from attempting the same feat so close to their wedding day. Also, how smart is to use vintage chair frames as easels? It’s everything.

DIY bar menu faux chalkboard

From Anna: I was so inspired by the chalk art of Dana Tanamachi as I was planning my wedding and wanted to incorporate some sort of chalkboard element into the wedding. However, not having that level of artistic skill, I struggled with how to make the chalkboard look polished and consistent with our other elements. Finally I remembered a technique from middle school art class. I printed out the “Drinks”, “Wine”, “Cocktails”, etc. in the same font (Goldsmith) as we used in our invitations, but in a very large size. Then I traced the back side of the paper with pencil, allowing me to do a carbon tracing when I put it back on the black foam board. Then I filled everything in with a white sharpie paint marker. I hand lettered the printing for the drinks and the leaf detail was added by my good friend Caroline, though to give it a little more of an organic hand-drawn look. In the end it looked like a chalkboard sign, but was more durable (lighter!) and much easier to complete than it would have been in chalk. It worked like a charm, I just wished I’d thought of how to do it weeks earlier!

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For her project, she purchased an old broken mirror for $25 (at a place called Optiz in Minneapolis), black foam board and a white sharpie. For around $30, she made a gorgeous, hand lettered chalkboard sign. The foam really did the trick for such quick project – it’s lightweight, so it’s easy to cut though rigid enough to stay put.

DIY hand lettering instructions signage

She took out the broken mirror, used the backing to trace onto the black foam core with chalk and then cut to measure, replacing the mirror with black foam. With her foam board cut into shape, she then sprayed a coat of chalkboard paint and placed back in the frame. Using a x-acto knife, she created a stencil out of the lettering she wanted. She outlined with a pencil on the black foamboard, and filled the letters with chalk sharpie paint.

Top photo by Eric Lundgren Photography

Pâtisserie Inspired Table Shoot

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I am so excited to finally share this shoot! Melissa of The Loveliest Day will be working with me on a series of mini design shoots in the upcoming months. She is an aspiring Event Designer who is more like a pro than aspiring in my opinion. I recommend brides booking her now. For this shoot, Melissa proposed a Patisserie inspired dessert table, and I immediately jumped on it. Big thanks to everyone involved: Jen of Found, Melody of My Sweet and Saucy, Jane of Olive Hue, and Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography for the great images!

I will let Mel take it from here: The inspiration behind this patisserie brunch bridal shower shoot was Ladurée and the other tea and pastry salons of Paris. For this shoot we created a dessert table and a tea bar, both ideas that can be easily re-created!
 patisserie French-inspired wedding shoot

I wanted to include some fresh flowers, but opted to keep it simple. I displayed the flowers in galvanized metal pails to mimic the look of street side flower shops in Paris. I also added a few single stems and mini bouquets here and there for a bit of added charm.

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Melody posted a tutorial on how to frost the ruffle cake featured in this shoot. Click here to learn.

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 wedding ribbon curtain
 patisserie French bakery inspired wedding

The ribbon curtains, which hung behind the dessert table, were inspired by an image of the gift packaging station at Ladurée. Rolls of pastel ribbons cascaded down the wall, ready to be snipped off and used to tie up a gorgeous package of fresh macarons. In between the ribbon curtains I hung a vintage window pane, which I painted white. To me, the window helped bring in the feeling of a Parisian storefront.

 pink hobnail Depression glass cake standvintage pink glass wedding table

Melody of My Sweet and Saucy Shop whipped up some incredible confections for the dessert table! A mix of traditional French desserts like macarons, cream puffs, éclairs, madelines and fruit tarts, along with some one and two layer cakes and mini cupcakes. It was the perfect blend, and many of the desserts can be made at home, even if you’re not a master baker!

 free printable wedding favor box

Jane of Olive Hue Paper Goods created some darling favor boxes. Perfect for guests to take home a few macarons or a colorful cream puff! The boxes were topped with some vintage mother of pearl buttons from my personal collection. You can add buttons like we did, or any other kind of accent you wish. The box has a lovely pattern, so it will also look great without additional accents if that’s the look you prefer! No matter what you choose, your guests will love these adorable favor boxes!

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 rustic white wildflower bouquet
 Vintage French tea time inspired wedding table hand drawn chalboard

What are pastries without a delicious cup of tea? The tea bar we created offered several different kinds of tea. There was something for everyone, from a bold black tea to a mild herbal tea. Each variety of tea had its own custom colored label. The beautiful chalkboard menu, hand drawn by Jane of Olive Hue Paper Goods, identified which color tea tag coincided with each tea. Written across the top the chalkboard was “heure du thé”, which translates to tea time. Hot water was provided in a vintage silver pot. The table was topped off by a collection of vintage teacups and saucers. Cute little tags reading “sucré” were attached to the end of a toothpick and stuck into the top of sugar cubes. Just pick one up and stir it into your tea?

 Vintage tea cups wedding dessert table
 hand drawn illustrated chalboard wedding sign
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 vintage metal caddy wedding ideas

Jane of Olive Hue also made the favor boxes, place cards, tea bags and sugar cube flags available to download just for Ruffed readers. Thank you Jane!

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Download guest cards, tea bags and sugar cube flags

Wedding Vendors:

Event Design & Styling: Melissa of The Loveliest Day / Vintage Rentals: Jen of Found / Cakes and Pastries: Melody of My Sweet and Saucy / Paper Goods: Jane of Olive Hue/ Photography: Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography

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Mydolcefarniente – Weddings and Events in Italy

Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
Hear from you soon, Yuliya

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Old City Philadelphia Wedding

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When you have a couple as fun as Onna and Chris, you know you’re in for a good time. Their day was nothing short of entertaining. From the top notch eatables to the lively reception bands (that’s right, there were TWO!) to the wedding parade that quite literally swept the streets, we know everyone had a great time. This sweet couple’s love for one another is evident from the start, and we’re so glad they personalized every bit of their celebration. Some of our favorite details include the flower-garnished fans that were swapped for bridesmaid bouquets and the wedding cake sporting soft watercolor brushstrokes. The ever-so-flawless Emily Wren Photography captured every second, so read on for the inside scoop!

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Emily Wren Photography

Floral Design

Beth Kaufman Strauss of Grateful Plate

Ceremony Venue

Independent Seaport Museum

Reception Venue

The Olde Bar

Wedding Dress

Nicole Miller

Bridal Accessories

BHLDN

Rings

Bario Neal

Hair and Makeup

Parlour Hair & Skin, Moko

Catering

GarcesEvents

Wedding Cake

Clara's Groovy Deliciousness

Cocktail Band

Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society

Reception Band

The Swift Technique

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Mydolcefarniente – Weddings and Events in Italy

Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
Hear from you soon, Yuliya

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