Sunday, May 30

we ♥ may

Do you know I think we missed our first birthday? I cant believe its come round already! And I can't believe that what started as a little idea to help plan my own wedding has grown so quickly with thousands of visitors from all over the world. Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to comment and read and submit to our blog. We're looking forward to an even bigger and better year ahead with all sorts of exciting projects planned and new inspiring wedding themes each month.

Anyway, here is what we fell in love with this month...

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As winter seems well and truly here with pouring rain and howling winds I thought this stunning photo by Robin Alfian was quite appropriate. Melbourne based Paper and Ribbons with their beautiful vintage inspired jewellery also caught our eye this month. How pretty is this little tree charm? Don't forget to rug up! If you're planning a wedding in the cooler months check out the gorgeous shawls and shrugs from Reflections by DS.

Next month... it's time to tie the knot!

Friday, May 28

something borrowed: DIY leaf garland


Here is a beautiful idea for a DIY wedding decoration that I stumbled on the other day. Just cut strips of green rice paper and round the ends - then tie to a piece of string! So simple but so effective! Love it.

Wednesday, May 26

DIY project: fingerprint tree guestbook

As I mentioned at the beginning on the month we're going to try and look at interesting ideas for what to do with images and memorabilia after the wedding. Usually photos, but this is something a little bit different. As an alternative to the traditional guest book, how about a fingerprint tree? Guests leave their thumbprint as a leaf on your tree, which can then be hung on your wall later and looks great. 

All you will need is a selection of ink pads available for guests (and something for them to clean up with) and the base image of a tree and branches. You can draw a tree yourself or we have loads of designs available in our online shop that can be customised with your names and wedding date. Have a few different shades of green available for your inks, it looks a little more interesting. If you like guests can also initial next to their thumbprint.

Monday, May 24

Real wedding: MC & CB

If ever there was a real wedding to inspire you to incorporate the beauty of an old oak tree into your special day - this is it. This stunning outdoor reception was shot back in November 2008 by the very talented Leigh Miller. A beautiful oak tree was was the setting, its old branches providing an incredible canopy over guests as they ate. Outdoor heaters provided the warmth and light came from the most amazing giant chandeliers suspended in the trees branches.

Real wedding: MC & CB 1
Real wedding: MC & CB 2
Real wedding: MC & CB 3

Saturday, May 22

something borrowed... diy rustic cake stand

DIY wooden cake stand

Here is a truly gorgeous DIY project by Laurie Cinotto for Once Wed. This beautiful cake stand was made from real wooden pieces and there is a great looking step by step to follow. Head on over to Once Wed for this beautiful DIY wedding project.

Thursday, May 20

stumped for cake ideas?


Wood you like some cake? If you're stumped for wedding cake ideas we've got a few of our favourites:

Chocolate swirling delight via Project Wedding, stunning woodgrain effect cake by The Sugar Syndicate, cute little tree stump cake, unknown, and yummy chocolate tree cutout by Wild Cakes.

Now, if you like the look of the tree stump cake, I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure you have a fantastic professional cake decorator or at the very least if you want to DIY it, do a test run! It will end up looking like a pile of poo if done wrong. Seriously, if you need any proof head over to cakewrecks for some great examples of the tree stump cake gone horribly wrong.

Tuesday, May 18

serving style

serving style

Here are a couple lovely wedding ideas, when it comes time for serving drinks or canapes how about using serving platters made of sliced wood. Or run beautiful old planks of wood down the ceter of the table. Gorgeous.

Sunday, May 16

DIY project: ribbon vases

ribbon vase

For this wedding DIY project we've taken a little inspiration from the cutest little wedding in the US where ribbon wrapped vases in green and brown were used as beautiful table centerpieces (see are deco post this month). I thought we would build on this idea a little and rather than using different coloured ribbon, we are going to use different shades and thicknesses in brown to hint more at a tree or branches.

You will need:
tall glass vases (the same circumference all the way round)
brown ribbon in a variety of thicknesses, textures and shades
double sided sticky tape

DIY project:
Step 1. Measure the circumference of your vase and cut strips of ribbon to size.

Step 2. Place a few strips of double sided sticky tape down the sides of the vase, length wise. Put two strips at what you will use as the back.
We're going to use tape rather than glue so as not to risk staining the ribbon, plus you can more easily remove the ribbon later so you can reuse the vases.

Step 3. Simply wrap your strips of different ribbon round the vase, fixing to the tape, and finish off with one piece vertically down to hide any messy ends. Easy!
ribbon vase step

Of course you don't have to use brown, you can use any colour ribbon you like to fit in with your wedding scheme.

Friday, May 14

decorating under the oak

under the oak deco

In a colour palette of beautiful brown and fern green enchant your guests with an oak tree themed wedding, check out our woodland wedding decoration ideas:

Why not try screen printing napkins with your own leaf design or you can purchase these green spring napkins from Jewelweeds. This wedding table scape is not only beautiful, but it's eco friendly too using hemp tablecloths and napkins, pic via Budget Friendly Weddings. Real leaves have been hand crafted into a delicate string of lights, from Chimes Etc.
These ribbon wrapped vases make striking centerpieces, watch out for our DIY project this month, pic by Jenny via Style me Pretty. Cute little brown and green favour boxes, pic unknown. A gorgeous wooden display for escort cards by JK Photography.
Try displaying your cake on a rustic wooden stand like this one, via Budget Friendly Weddings.
These little wooden die cut trees display your table numbers and make very cute centrepieces, $24.80 from Weddingstar.

Thursday, May 13


australian fashion week hair

Last week saw Sydney host the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week so I thought we'd take a quick look at some inspiring bridal ideas to come from the catwalks. Today, hair. These pretty little messy chignons with side plaits from the Carly Hunter and Story by Tang would be perfect updo's for brides. So cute! Pics via

Wednesday, May 12

inviting ideas: naturally bound


Today we're taking some inspiration from a beautiful wedding in California shot by Vis Photography. The bride put together her own wedding programs held together with little twigs. It's a really simple idea we've recreated with our own oak tree program cover as an example. Simply thread a thin enough twig through punched out holes in the program. Couldn't be easier!

Monday, May 10

FREEBIE tree heart tags

tree heart tags

We've got another great free wedding download this month - these gorgeous heart shaped wood grain designs - or tree hearts.

Just visit our website to download the free template of six tags - three green and three brown. Each circle is 3inches across, so they're quick and easy to cut out with a circle punch. Here we have printed them out on a fairly thick card stock, punched a small hole and added some string so we can tie them to wedding favours. Then we've finished them off by writing thanks in white pen. Now, if your getting married and haven't got yourself a white gel pen, drop everything and go get yourself one right now. They come in so handy for DIY wedding projects!

Click here to download the free wedding gift tag template.

Saturday, May 8

serene setting

We've scoured the internet for this inspiring collection of dreamy weddings held under the branches of an old oak tree...


Credits: The Knot, The Knot, Once Wed, Cheap Wedding Planning Blogspot, Polkadot Bride and California Wedding Wave.

Thursday, May 6

oak tree wedding range

Fall in love under the old oak tree, and fall in love with our oak tree wedding stationery range. Symbolizing a strong and everlasting relationship the simple but beautiful oak tree illustration is shown here in green but can be changed to any colour you choose. From invitations and rsvps to program covers and thank you cards. Starting from $16.50 visit our online shop for more.

Tuesday, May 4

scrapbook inspiration: under the old oak tree

oak tree scrapbook inspiration

Oak trees have long been symbolic of strength and courage, and for a wedding motif it has come to represent the strength of the couples relationship. The ancient Romans even associated the oak tree with the Goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage, so it's no wonder an oak is a popular element in weddings today.

Colour palette: Green and brown are a beautiful colour combination for a wedding - especially one with an outdoor element.

Credits: Fall in love with the romance of a wedding under an old oak tree, pic from Max Models. Lanterns or chandeliers suspended from the branches will look beautiful when the sun has gone down. Point the way with a hand painted wooden sign, by JK Photography. Keep guests warm at the reception with a cosy cup of hot chocolate, pic via Style me Pretty. Holding the ceremony in the shade of an old oak tree is a beautiful setting, pic via Snippet and Ink. A gorgeous green and white outdoor table setting by Terri Heath via The Knot. One of our own Oak Tree place settings from the 'i do it yourself site. Escort cards wrapped around the tree via The Knot.

Sunday, May 2

spring into fashion

Last month saw the release of the 2011 spring bridal collections from many of the major designers. So we're going to take a look at some of our favourites around the i do it yourself office and some of the trends coming out of the shows.

There was certainly a trend towards the short and sweat, not to mention the incredibly frilly - romance it seems is back - and its big, very big. Ruffles, layers and frills galore!

Credits: Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa and Oscar de la Renta

Credits: Caroline Herrera, Marchesa and Oscar de la Renta

Credits: Vera Wang, Marchesa and Reem Acra

And our absolute favourites: Cool sophistication from Oscar de la Renta, timeless and classic beauty from Christos and stunning sequins from Monique Lhuillie.

Saturday, May 1

under the old oak tree

As the days grow shorter and the evenings more cosy I thought it was about time we got a bit autumnal on the blog. This month fall in love under the old oak tree, a perfect setting for an autumn wedding.

You might have also noticed that we've started a new post each month on the i do it yourself blog. Picture perfect will provide tips, ideas and tutorials using your wedding photos. If you're a DIY bride chances are you'll want to do something fabulously creative with your photos after the big day, whether its scrapbooking, framing or putting together your own album. So it's important to ask the right questions when booking a wedding photographer.

Make sure your wedding photographer can supply all the images on disc and that you have the freedom and rights to work with these. Very importantly make sure these images are going to be supplied high resolution too!

So snuggle up to the screen, grab yourself a warm drink and enjoy this months posts.
Pic: unknown

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