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Okay….so for about a year I have been working on a fun little project with one of my dearest friends who also happens to be an extremely talented wedding photographer.  She asked me to do a stylized shoot with her.  What is a stylized shoot?  Well, go get a wedding magazine and open it up.  Most the ads are stylized shoots.  Of course wedding mags highlight actual weddings but many of the photo shoots are staged.  Sorry if I am ruining something for you.  You can always tell by the number of people who are in the pictures OR the real weddings are actually have a story with them about the wedding.  The point of a stylized shoot is for the wedding vendors to show their stuff OR for wedding magazines to show you wedding trends or styles.  In our case, Mary was the reason for this shoot.  She planned this shoot for her ads, portfolio, and marketing.  The crazy thing is you can submit these things to major wedding blogs and publications and they can put them in magazines!  What is even more exciting is that Mary got published.

Head on over to Glamour and Grace to see our Modern Art Deco Stylized shoot!


I am justing loving that I get to ride her coat tails a little.  I just did the wedding design.  She shot it to tell a story and make it look good.  I am telling you, I have some talented friends.  Just for fun here was are starting point.  Of course we changed it up a little.

Styled Shoot Moodboard

I can’t wait to show you how I made this feather centerpiece for $3.  That might be expensive for a centerpiece but considering these are $40 to rent and about $70-$100 for the real thing, I think I saved some moolah.  I will most more pictures later but go to glamour and grace and mary’s blog to see all the full shots.

Styled a Wedding Stylized Shoot


Mary has even more (different) pictures than glamour and grace over at her blog:

If you need a wedding photographer and you are in the Dallas area or surrounding area… then she is your girl.  She cares about her brides is so fun to work with, creative and has a unique eye.  She truly has the ability to capture the essence of the wedding, all the moments of the day…even the ones that go unnoticed but you are thankful you now get to remember them.  Here is Mary at work at the shoot.

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Today just go and look at the pictures.  I DIYed and Thrift stored this entire look.  Now, I only had to do one table so if you are doing 30 tables…this could get pricey.  Don’t you worry, I have lots of ways you re-create this look inexpensively! Enjoy the pictures…more coming soon!

Thanks for reading,



Wedding Wednesday: Doors

Jennifer —  November 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Doors, Doors, Doors.  I have used them in a few weddings.  They are all over Pinterest so just Pinterest them for inspiration, but today I thought I would share where I get all my doors for weddings and how I have used them.  Lets start with Rebecca’s wedding.  She had borrowed doors from her aunt who had some old doors.  Have you ever wondered how I have two doors standing upright…not leaning on anything?

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My trick is large industrial shelf brackets like this.  This is not the exact one I used, but I went into Lowes and got the biggest one I could find. Industrial sized L-brackets work too. In fact, I have bought these at a Re-Store before as well.  It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it just needs to be big and sturdy.  Screw two brackets into the bottom of  each side of the door and secure it down with some sandbags.  Voila….free standing door. I didn’t get a picture but here is my best attempt at a diagram.  Note:  I made sure to place these where no one would be running around them.  The sweet table was in a nook and there was no reason to go behind it.  They are sturdy but it’s not a fortress.  Make sure it’s not in a high traffic area.

I used doors to make a pretty blah entrance a little more grand.  I just leaned them up against the glass wall….carefully.  The Venue would not let me take down the signs.

My greatest task was to hide really crazy storage.  Behind this wall of doors are probably 100 airport chairs, a couple of coke machines, lots of boxes, a few airport banners and lots of random.  I lined the edge of the storage area with an entire row of those really heavy hard to move airport benches.  (the kind of chair/benches that you sit in while you wait to get on your flight.)  Those things are HEAVY!  I just leaned the doors against the back of the benches and layered them.  Again, it is not a place for lots of traffic and kids running around, so I just pushed the tables close to the doors and made the Aisle’s wide enough that people would go down the aisle away from the doors to get out of this area., flea market wedding

I haven’t shown this shot because I didn’t get a good shot.  I think at this point of the wedding day I was looking for chocolate bars and asked my husband to snap a few shots.  The brides happiness comes before blogging.  My hubby, not being a blogger, forget to move my bag of stuff.  Oops.  Anyway, I used Doors to cover an airport baggage security machine.  It was immovable unless I had 20 college football players.  I didn’t, so I hid it….with doors of course.

I use doors to hang wreaths.  Just stick a push-pin in the back of a wood door and use the loop of the wreath to go over the top of the door and hook onto the pin.  If it’s a metal door use a removable hook placed upside down.

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I even used a door to cover the pie storage.

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Where can you find doors?

  1. Ask family and friends.  You never know what people have lying around.  I was renovating a house (shocking) and I called a gal I knew was looking for doors.  She came over and picked up a few old doors we were taking to the Re-Store.  She painted them and glazed them to look old.
  2. Re-Stores have TONS of doors.  You might even find a vintage one.  You can make anything look vintage.  Most doors at a Re-store cost $5 but are flat and hollow. Don’t be afraid of those.  A little fabric and you could cover that door and use it for a picture gallery. Add some hinges to connect to and you can create a screen that can stand up on its own.
  3. Flea Markets – Go outside and look on the sides of the buildings.  I usually find doors there.
  4. Architectural Salvage Stores – these are a little pricier but there are really cool vintage doors there for sure.
  5. Craigslist/Facebook Garage Sales.  Take the initiative and say you are looking for old doors.  Be careful though!  Your safety is not worth a door.
  6. Garage Sales – hit and miss.

Doors are an easy way to make something look vintage.  It can hide something or it can just be a fun part of your decor.

Hope this helps…happy wedding







Wedding Pie

Jennifer —  October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today I want to share with you  how I set up the wedding pie table for a vintage flea market style wedding reception.  Next week, on Wedding Wednesday, I will share how you can  save a TON of money on your wedding cake or pie (if that is your flavor) doing something like this.  Last week I shared pictures from the wedding reception I decorated in August.  The bride’s family is known for their pies.  Yum!  She didn’t want wedding cake, she wanted pies., flea market wedding

Carissa, the bride, and her family had been collecting all sorts of vintage decor. She gave me full creative license on this pie table.  I had an idea in my head and started rooting through all she brought me.  The table is a large conference room table that was in the airport.  We created a layered look with a lace table-cloth, a yellow gingham table-cloth, and a burlap runner.  When Carissa told me that she wanted pies I asked her to collect lots of cake stands.  I knew that I wanted all the pies to be on different levels so a scavenged the decor stack to see what I could find.  This table actually evolved during my decorating day.  The pies didn’t arrive until later but I would just walk by the table and add some height, or I would find something in the decor stack that I like better and switch something out.

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Here are the things that I used:

  1. I used all sorts of cake stands that she had collected.  The biggest one merited a spot in the middle as the Bride and Groom’s pie.  The cake stands were all different heights but putting them all on the table by themselves looked a little boring so…
  2. I used stacks of vintage books.  Some pies (like #2 in the picture) were on a simple stack of books.  I also used vintage books to place under a pie stand.
  3. I used a large wooden box I had in my garage.  I found it at a thrift store and used them for the cupcake stand in this wedding.
  4. If you look at #4 you will see I covered a stable, shallow plastic bin with burlap.  It was used to bring stuff in and was never intended to be decor…until I needed it.
  5. I had so many coffee cans left over from the centerpieces that I just grabbed one and wrapped some burlap around it.  It was wide enough and sturdy to hold the pie.
  6. I found a wooden crate and covered it with a vintage lace table runner.
  7. My last little addition to the table was to flip a wicker basket upside down and place a pie on top of the basket.

One of each of the flavors of pie where laying on the table.  Most people will take a piece from the pie on the table.  You will see a little lower in the post, this was my strategy and the people refilling would move pies forward and replace the ones in the middle or back.  I filled the rest of the table with the Pie sign ( a frame with painted burlap), a lantern, and the cool looking lamp.  The table was right next to an outlet so the lamp actually turned on.  The table was really cool when all the little tea lights were flickering and the lamp light was on.  The bowl was filled with wonderful whip creme that people could dollop on their pie.   Here is a closer look:, flea market wedding, flea market wedding

A wedding reception table can be pretty but it MUST be functional.  There were 350-400 people to be line to get a slice of pie, so I had to think through function in the design. This was of utmost importance.  What you see on the table was the exact amount of pies on the table the entire night.  What is on the table is obviously NOT enough pies for 400 people.  There was NO kitchen in this venue so we had to store the extra pies close to the table.  It would have been a nightmare carrying pies back and forth even if there was a kitchen.  The bride’s family has a bakery cooling rack in their inn, so we brought it in and placed the extra pies on the trays of the rack.   I placed the rack behind the table against the wall and leaned a door up against it to hide it.  I took the pictures during the daylight so you can see the rack behind the burlap covered window of the door.  At night in the twinkle light of the room, the rack was hidden.

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I almost chose to display the rack because it looked cool and vintage but I liked the door better.  Carissa had a few people help to replace the pies during the reception.  When there was none to replace, they could sit in the little bench., flea market wedding

Here are some serving tips:

  • Make sure everything you use to add height is stable and can hold the pies while people are scooping out their piece of pie.
  • Have the pies already cut.  Like any wedding cake, we didn’t cut until after the bride and groom had cut their piece the photographer could take lots of pictures.  What we did BEFORE the reception was cut all the pies in the back.  After the bride and groom had cut theirs and the photos were taken, we replaced all these uncut pies with a cut version, and of course cut these pies.  No pies were just for show.
  • Create a system of bringing the back pie forward.  We made sure there was an easier to reach version of the pie in the back.  When a new one was needed the two people working the table would move the back pie forward and replace the pie in the back.
  • Cut the pieces into small slivers.  With so many options to choose from, people want to try different types so they will want small pieces.  Three small slivers made up one piece of pie for me! Okay, maybe it was actually four slivers.
  • You don’t need as many pie servers as you think.  We had five types of pie so I made sure we had 6-7 servers.  I placed the servers in places where one server could serve all the same types of pies.  No chocolate in the lemon pie. Carissa’s grandmother, the pie matriarch, would have come after me if there was pumpkin in the lemon pie or raspberry in the pecan pie. Two or three of the same pies were placed in close proximity to each other to help with no cross-pie contamination.

This was a yummy deviation from the normal wedding cake scene and I loved it.  In this day and age anything goes in weddings.  Wedding are meant to have special meaning and pies are special to Carissa’s family.  If you are ever in Branson Missouri eat at the Bradford Eatery and you will see why it is so special.

Thanks for reading,




It’s the First Official Wedding Wednesday!  

This is new to the iloverehabs blog.  I have been asked to do a handful of weddings so I thought I would show you what I have been up to lately.  Here is what you might see on Wedding Wednesday:

  • Weddings I have done
  • DIY Wedding Projects
  • Wedding Moodboards
  • Wedding Downloads
  • Tips on doing a DIY wedding that you can enjoy.
  • Money Saving Tips for Weddings

I thought I would kick this off by showing my friend Carissa’s wedding.    Carissa is a dear soul.  She is super creative and really great with people.  She asked me to decorate her wedding reception with a Flea Market Vintage Wedding.  I asked her what she wanted and she basically told me that she wanted her wedding to look like a really cool flea market.  The kind you get excited about ever little turn that you make in the store.  I could get behind that.  She and her family did all the work collecting stuff.  I have never see that much stuff….but it all found a place.

Carissa’s colors were mint and creme.  She wanted burlap and she wanted denim.  Her flowers would be sunflowers.  I think it turned out the way she wanted and it was a really fun wedding to do.  Did I mention that the venue was in an old airport lobby?

The Challenges to decorating and airport lobby:

  • So much space
  • moving all the airport furniture.  There were so many benches!
  • You couldn’t put anything on the walls (that is typical)
  • Airport signs everywhere…the kind you can’t take down.
  • Balance of covering random and embracing random.
  • It was really tall and she wanted part of it to feel cozy.

I think I will let the pictures do the talking with just a little bit of commentary.

This is how you walked into the venue.  You felt at home. One thing I did not catch a photo of (because it was at the ceremony when I was taking pictures) was the guest book.  It was a rocking chair just like this one.  She had people sign it!  I thought that was such a great idea!, vintage flea market wedding

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The centerpieces were a mixture of coffered coffee tins, flowers, mason jars, and tea lights.  All of the coffee bins were made by her friends.  We used cut up bed sheets and Christmas lights to drape across the large beams.  The 400 people at the wedding made it hard to get this room with the glow of the twinkle lights.  It was a fun place to be., flea market wedding

There were tables all over the airport.  It was mostly round tables but we used this little nook to pack in lots of people.  I actually sat down over here for a little while, it was the fun place to be.  There are so many imperfections to this airport in the day light.  There was no over head light in this area so when the party began at 8pm, this area was totally illuminated by candles with a splash of  light from other lit areas.  It had ambiance and you didn’t even notice the imperfections., flea market wedding

I decided to do very uniform and very simple table decorations  I wanted this area to be glowing.  I also had to cover up all the stacked airport benches and airport signs.  Behind these door are chaos, but you can’t see it.  Some of the doors were old, some were new, some were borrowed, and one was blue…literally!, flea market wedding

Here is the photo booth.  I have a few DIY tricks up my sleeve on this one.  I had to hide ugly again.  Behind those curtains was another view of the storage chaos., flea market wedding


Incorporating denim can be a little tricky.  It was mixed in the centerpieces here and there, but its largest presence was in the wedding party table.  I am sad to say that I never got the finished shot.  It was hard to get with 400 people.  The only thing that is missing is the bridesmaids bouquets.  Carissa saved money by using them.  I kept their vases on the wedding party table just in case the girls wanted them.  Being that they were walking down the aisle with them when I shot this photo…its not the full effect.  Imagine fresh country flowers in each of those coffee tins., flea market wedding

Another tricky part of the wedding is that you could see into each of the rooms.  I had to make sure whatever I did another room looked good from the back., flea market wedding

This table looked really neat all lit up., flea market wedding

The bride’s family run bed and breakfast’s all over the Branson area.   One of their Inns has an eatery.  They are known for their pies.  I have eaten there.  They are worth the trip.  I don’t even think you are allowed to know how to make the pies in Carissa’s family until you are engaged.  Pies are so special to Carissa that she didn’t want a wedding cake.  She had all pies., flea market wedding

These were all made by her family members and we had tons of them.  I just simply place the pie stand behind a door so they could be replenished when one was eaten., flea market wedding

I just used random things to put the pies on different levels., flea market wedding

The pie on the white pie stand was Caleb and Carissa’s pie.  You would be sick if I told you how many of these I tried., flea market wedding

If you didn’t like pie you were in luck, there were tons of cookies., flea market wedding

If you didn’t like cookies you could eat s’mores.  The first table had all the fixings.  I used baskets and drawers to hold the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate., flea market wedding

The second table had skewers and burners set in a vintage feeding trough.  I spread coffee beans for filler.  The burners were the kind you light and put under a buffet server to keep the food hot.  They were also held upright by a ceramic planting pot., flea market wedding

The gift table was in a blocked off entrance to the airport.  I used burlap and hanging pictures to create this fun look.  This was tricky because I couldn’t hang anything, but I have a secret tool that helped me., flea market wedding

I used burlap to cover the door.  The pictures were fun quotes and verses that have to do with life.  It was an actual gift to the bride so she wanted to include them., flea market wedding

Here is a closer look at the centerpieces.  I have done two wedding with all different centerpieces.  I love the look but it literally takes an entire day mixing and matching and switching out., flea market wedding

I wanted to show you another way small splashes of denim was incorporated.  Carissa did a great job casting vision to her bridesmaids who helped her make all of these coffee tins.  They got the coffee tins from their families bed and breakfasts.  They usually go in the trash or recycle bin.  For month’s Carissa collected these cans.  There were probably over 500 candles to light 30 minutes before the wedding.  I did have help but I will tell you I got good at lighting two candles at a time., flea market wedding

This was a DIY wedding and I didn’t do a bit of the DIY.  Carissa and I met at the airport months before and got a plan.  I had a full-time job so it was on Carissa to execute the list of stuff that she needed and she went above and beyond.  It made my job figuring out how it all should go together super easy.

I will post more on on how I did some of these projects!

Thanks for reading,


My good friend Mary is a Photographer.  She does wedding, portraits, family portraits and all sort of good stuff.  If you remember, In December, she gave me a free printable for you to download.   Mary is busy expanding her business and she decided to do a stylized shoot.  A stylized shoot is where a photographer sets up parts of a wedding reception and ceremony and stages in order to photograph elements of a wedding.  It allows customers to see what she can do as she showcases a wedding.

 Many of the photographs you see in a wedding magazines are staged weddings. There are some that are actual weddings, but advertisements and some features are staged wedding with models.  What does all this have to do with me?  Well, part of setting up a stylized shoot is you recruit vendor’s to help you.  It is an opportunity for a vendor to get to showcase their talents and gain more customers.  I am not a vendor, but I have decorated a few weddings so Mary asked me to do the staging.  Mary knew what theme she wanted and she is relying on me to create that vision for her.  For about a month I started putting together mood boards and pinning things to a private mood board.  I gave Mary a few options and once she decided on one it was “Ready, Set, Go” to find all of things that we needed to make it happen.  Once the style board was in place we were able to go to the vendors to present the theme.  The fun thing, is they get to use their creativity to fit our plan!

The Theme:  1920′s Great Gatsby-Esque Wedding

I am not going to tell you which one we are doing, but here are the three options I send to Mary:, great gatsby 1920's wedding Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background) (background); Dinner Plates:; Camera’s: Lack Luster; Gold Votive’s: Candle Select; Crystal votive:; Trumpet Vase:; Feathers:; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy  Napkin:; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design Etsy  (recolored by me); Flowers:  Ruffled Blog  Chair: Pinterest, great gatsby 1920's wedding Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background); Dinner Plates:; Camera’s: Lack Luster   Gold Votive’s: Koyal Wholesale Crystal votive:; Trumpet Vase:; Feathers:; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy  Napkin:; Menu:  Purple Sapphire Design Etsy (recolored by me)  Flower:  Ruffled Blog  Chair:  Pinterest, great gatsby 1920's wedding

Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background) (background); Dinner; Camera’s: Lack Luster   Gold Votive’s: Candle Select  Crystal votive:; Trumpet;; Vintage Glasses:  Machomachisimovintagephotostream  Napkin:; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design, Etsy (recolored by me); Flower: Red Dahlia; Chair: Pinterest (re-colored by me)

She was really excited about one of them so I am running with it.  Here is a hint:

Stylized Shoot

You probably think you know which one we picked, but I may be having these re-upholstered or painting the upholstery them to fit the grey option.  I still can’t believe I found these 1920′s appropriate fan chairs.

Here is what I am in charge of getting ready:

  • Reception Table – I will do everything but the flowers.  We shared with them what we wanted and there is a vendor providing those.
  • Entry Table
  • Dessert Table – I do everything but the food.  We have a vendor providing a cake and other goodies
  • Odds and ends for props of certain shots

I don’t want to share too much but here are a few things to look for:

  • We are shooting at a train station
  • We are shooting at a massive lakeside estate
  • We are shooting during the day
  • We are shooting at night
  • A bridal shop is allowing us to borrow a vintage wedding dress
  • We have models
  • We are looking for a hair dresser.  (If you are in the Branson Area and you want to show off your talent…hopefully to be published in Wedding Online and Print Publications…email me)

What does this mean for you?

I have learned stylized shoots you go all out to create a theme.  I shows what you can do, elements of and it inspires elements for readers.  Of course, I am the DIY queen so I will have some DIY tutorials for all of you who are looking for wedding centerpieces.  These could be used for weddings, showers, or even fun party events. Soon after the reveal post, I will share how you can create the look we have on a budget.  Are you excited?  Okay, you don’t have to be, but I am.

The 1920s…they are coming back in style almost 100 years later.  Isn’t that crazy?  Thinking of how everything comes back around, I feel the need to get on my knees and pray. Soon the 1980′s wedding with tinsel backdrops and poofy wedding dress sleeves will return.  Hopefully, we will all have the creativity to rehab it.

Have a Great Monday,



Do You Have A Sweet Tooth?

Jennifer —  July 13, 2012 — 1 Comment

Lets go back to the vintage themed wedding from a few months ago.  The bride and groom have a sweet tooth.  We had a cupcake table….

….and we had a sweet table.

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Wild Wedding

Jennifer —  June 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Last Friday, I promised that I would share how to get a really dirty tub clean.  You know, the kind that hasn’t been cleaned in years and you don’t know who has been in it.  The kind where you demo the shower door and there is all sorts of treasures underneath.  Well, I had planned on posting that “how to” today.  I usually plan my posts out for the week each weekend.  There is one little problem.  I  misplaced my phone.  My phone has the pictures.  So plan B was another post on my guest bathroom. I sat down ready to post and then I realized I left the camera in the car the Hubs has today.  We went to a wedding this weekend and I took the camera.  My job has me working really late tonight so that post would get out today if I waited until I got home….so plan c.  Thanks for being flexible.  Everyday in the summer, at work, I am surrounded by 400 kids age 7-13 and about 130 college-aged staff.  I am sorry I might be a little sporadic.  While there is no way around being a little sporadic for three months know that  my goal is to be consistent.  I don’t want to neglect my faithful readers by not posting or giving poor content.  So please bear with me, I am so sorry.

So Plan C’s post is inspired by my recent trip to Arkansas for a wedding.  I realized I had not finished a few posts about the wedding that I decorated a few months ago.  It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and it proves you can do a lot with a little money and a lot of help.  Todays topic:  The flowers.

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A Photo Opportunity

Jennifer —  May 21, 2012 — 1 Comment

The most fun thing at a wedding is a photo booth.  You can rent an actual photo booth which can kind of be expensive or you can do it yourself.  This Bride wanted to do it herself…so this is what we came up with.

Here is what we used to make it happen:

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Vintage Centerpieces

Jennifer —  May 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

Lets go back to the vintage wedding.  I have lots of posts to share but I didn’t want to just overwhelm you with post after post.  Since its wedding season all summer, I thought I would sprinkle in some wedding stuff. 

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Wreath Wrap

Jennifer —  May 9, 2012 — 1 Comment

If I was really witty and funny I could come up with a fun “rap” that has to do with this topic but at the risk of being a complete cheese ball and making a fool of myself I will hold back.  There is a beat in my head right now though…

Anyway, the week  of the wedding I was talking to the bride about what all they had collected and I felt like we needed something more.  Thank you Pinterest because I was able to Pin this to the board the bride and I had been sharing and she immediately called and said do it.  I tweaked it a little of course.

I went off to Micheals in search of Styrofoam wreath forms.  Cue the “Whah, Whah, Whah” sound when you guess the wrong letter on “Wheel of Fortune”.  They had small ones for $12.00.  I was fine with the $12.00 but they were so small.  They had big ones but the were squared off and not “wrappable round”.  The big ones were $18 a pop.  I would have been fine with that but one of my pet peeves is spending good money for something this is not exactly what I want.  If I have to tweak it…it better be cheap.  If I would have had time I would’ve gone to the Hobby Lobby 45 minutes away, but there was no time Micheals was my option.  I rounded the corner to the next aisle and found this:

A straw wreath the perfect size and the perfect price.  I grabbed 4 for $20.  It was wrapped in plastic.

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