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Elle and Daryl / Studio450 Wedding

Elle and Daryl were married at Studio450 in New York City in a destination wedding. Yep, not all destination weddings are at the beach. The couple lives in Australia and their friends and family were coming in from California. New York City was a kind of “halfway around the world” meeting spot for everyone. The joy of designing this wedding was that Elle, the bride, is a fashion stylist. Her eye for design, incredible inspiration images, and high-end taste level let my team really run wild with the aesthetics of her wedding. Plus, Studio450 is a complete blank slate. It’s literally a big, glossy, white room filled with windows. Designer’s dream location, check.

The photographer, Danila Mednikov, brilliantly captured the gritty aspects of NYC while keeping the images bright and modern. We brought in real live trees to fill in the space and to hang escort cards from. The ceremony arch, rented from Two of A Kind, was decorated by us with whimsical greenery and a few white flowers.  Pillar candles and lanterns brought a bit of romantic sparkle to the ceremony on top of vintage turkish rugs.

The plants, trees, vintage furniture from Patina Rentals, tons of greenery, and lanterns all made for the bohemian, urban, contemporary look the couple craved.

Here is a lesson for couples deciding on their food service: Family style dinners are going to extremely prohibit the amount and size of decor you will be able to put on the tables. The platters are often large, therefore, you have to leave room for them to be able to be put down on the table without a centerpiece in the way. Elle and Daryl’s dinner was served family style. We did a simple silk runner down the center of the wooden tables then dotted the runner with crystal bud vases of white flowers and greenery. The simple decor was effective on the beautiful wooden tables, especially since we had a large installation of greenery across the ceiling.

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Leaf Backdrop with Cricut *giveaway*

I’ve got three rules that I tell my wedding clients when they want to DIY something for their wedding:

  1. If it’s a new skill that you’ve never learned before, don’t do it. Never tried calligraphy? Don’t try to to learn it and hand address 100 envelopes. Disaster waiting to happen.
  2. If you don’t have the time, don’t do it. Wedding DIYs often need to be done in multiples – favors, place cards, centerpieces, escort cards – are not one offs. Time yourself making one then multiple that by the amount you need to make. Do you have that much time to spare?
  3. Do not do it for the sole reason of saving money. Trial and error and mistakes will often lead you to spending more money than you would have hiring a pro.

Cricut asked me to design a project that a bride and/or groom could make with their Cricut Explore Air 2 machine that would be hip, modern, and impactful. Pantone recently released their color of the year, Greenery, and I used that to design a fresh paper leaf backdrop. The beauty of using paper, instead of real leaves, for this backdrop is that you can make is way ahead of time. Months even. Spend one night with Netflix, your ipad, and your Cricut to cut all of the pieces needed for this cool backdrop.

How are we going to hang this thing? It’s going to be dependent on the wall you are hanging it on. You can work with strict venue rules by using removable glue dots. As I’m sure you’ve found out, many venues have many rules about what types of decor are allowed in their spaces. A more advanced option would be to bring your own piece of 4′ x 8′ plywood and hang the leaves with spray adhesive. You could also sub in a large piece of foam core for the plywood.

Scroll down for the instructions for the DIY, more importantly, the info for the giveaway. Over on my instagram account we are giving away one Cricut Explore Air 2. Perfect timing for anyone getting married this year to get a start on your decor projects!

Materials Needed

Cricut Explore Air 2

Three packets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock in shades of green

Cricut mats

Glue dots

I use my (ancient) ipad with my Cricut. It bluetooths to the machine like magic. The Design Space app is really easy to use and functional. I actually prefer the ipad version over the desktop version.


  1. Download the svg file for the backdrop right here. It’s FREE. Yay!
  2. Upload the file into Design Space
  3.  Cut out all of the leaves. I find that it goes faster if you are able to have a few mats ready to go with cardstock before hitting Go.
  4.  Stick the leaves up on wall using glue dots or spray adhesive.

GIVEAWAY TIME. It’s the best time. The most awesome time. Let’s do this thing. Who wants a new FREE Cricut Air 2?

Hop on over to my instagram account right here. My handle is @MEdgemontDesign. To enter: like the giveaway post, follow me, tag a crafty friend, and follow @officialcricut.

Contest ends on Thursday, March 9th. Winner will be randomly drawn from entries.

Even more Cricut project ideas:

Diecut Geometric Coasters

Geometric Table Numbers

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Amy and Pat / Hybrid Hornblower Wedding

This wedding was unique for us in that the ceremony was at a private residence and the reception was on a boat. Two interesting venues that were really exciting and fun to design for. Amy and Pat were married in a beautiful ceremony on her sister’s front lawn in New Jersey. They incorporated her hindu-indian heritage into a casual version of a traditional ceremony. The Baraat is my favorite part of a hindu ceremony. The groom, accompanied by his family members (and sometimes every single guest at the wedding) parade to the ceremony through the streets with music and dancing. So joyous! This is what weddings are about: traditions and joy. Imagine – hundreds of wedding guests in beautiful saris parading down the streets of suburban New Jersey by a groom on a decorated horse. THE BEST.


After a quick wardrobe change, it was onto the boat. Their reception took place on the Hybrid Hornblower which is docked on a pier of Manhattan. Designing florals for a modern Indian reception on a boat was a fun challenge – everything had to be weighed down, nothing too large because of the narrow tables, keeping with the Indian aesthetic, and mixing in a little urban NYC flair.

Their tables were decorated with a flocked runner in a blue tone to match the upholstery on the chairs. Pops of color were brought in with bud vases of pink, red, and yellow garden roses. Their sweetheart table was a lounge using a tall backed modern tufted love seat in front of a custom made floral backdrop. The hanging floral garlands were reminiscent of the traditional garlands often seen at Indian weddings.


Thanks to the incredible pros who made this wedding really shine:

Event Design and Flowers: Michelle Edgemont

Month-of Planning: Elite Events Management

Photographer: Photo Pink

Linens: Nuage Designs

Venue: Hybrid Hornblower

Amy and Pat’s wedding was graciously featured on Maharani Weddings.


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