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Darby Smart DIY Videos

Exciting news! I’ve been experimenting with video. I’m not a videographer. Not even close. But – I’ve been creating and uploading some pretty cool videos for Darby Smart this year. Darby Smart started as a company that sells DIY kits and I worked with them a few times in the past to design some fun DIY kits – you might remember the etched star glasses?? Trust me, they were super cute.

They have recently launched a really neat app that let’s you share DIY and recipe videos. By only using my iphone to shoot and edit, I created these DIY videos with no experience what so ever. They aren’t professional quality, although that’s what I like about them. Besides, that’s kind of the point behind making something yourself right? To not buy the professional version from the store but to instead put your own spin on it even though it might not look perfect.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure it was going to take off. It seemed like one more social media network that I didn’t have time for. BUT – as I’ve been being creative with video, it’s turned into an interesting outlet to meet new clients and craft lovers.

Here are a few of my favorite videos from the app!

Leather Stamped Keychains:

DIY Mother’s Day Mug:

Father’s Day DIY Coasters:

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Hip Brooklyn Elopement

It’s refreshing to simply scroll through a pretty blog post and enjoy the images for what they are: two people promising their lives to each other. No mushy intro. No carefully curated welcome bags. Simply a dude and a gal (or two gals or two dudes, whatever tickles your fancy) getting dressed up, carrying the coolest flowers, and getting married on a rooftop overlooking New York City.

Photos by Julia Elizabeth Photography

Fashion styling by a.ok style

Bridal bouquet made by me.

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Kim and Rich / making of

Earlier this week I showed you the final product of Kim and Rich’s wedding at Barley Sheaf Farm. Today, here’s a peek behind the scenes of how it all came to be.

Clients that hire me for full event design start with a Design Board. It’s the foundation of all of the design choices we make as we work together for a few months, or especially in the case of this wedding, over a year. It’s interesting to look at the final images of a wedding and see how the Design Board truly came to life through custom made decor and whimsical florals.

Pinterest is great for a lot of things (like finding all the images for said Design Board), although it gets very overwhelming very quickly. Choice fatigue sets in and before you know it you’re three margaritas deep trying to decide between ecru and soft white table runners.

Enter, Kim and Rich’s Design Board. Saturated Fall color, draping, neutral lounges, loose florals, and twinkle lights

Are you having a Fall wedding???? PIN THIS BABY RIGHT HERE. 

The day of their wedding started with bucket of product on the grounds of the venue and a big piece of plywood zip tied to a baseplate. This was the start of their escort card board. Being the first thing that guests were going to see, I wanted to be sure to make it colorful, impactful, and easy to find their table assignments.

We put table numbers inside of colorful envelopes. This let us create a slightly more high-end escort card board while keeping the visuals clean and modern.

Next up, into the tent we went. The centerpieces were constructed inside of elevated glass vases. We made them in the studio, although I always like to bring buckets of more flowers to fill them out onsite. What looks big enough in the studio more often than not looks a lot smaller in a giant tent. This is our chance to go bigger, take out any greenery/blooms that got smushed in the truck ride (two hours on the highway for this wedding), and be absolutely sure that each centerpiece looks perfect from every vantage point in the tent.

These two images below are my most favorite of all time. The couple seeing their tent for the first time. Look at her smiling face! Giving myself and my team a big pat on the back for designing a wedding that brought so much joy.

Did you miss yesterday’s post? Click on over here to see how the final wedding images came out!

Behind the scenes images by Kathryn Crosky Photography.

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