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Handmade Find :: Kiki La Ru

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Welcome to our first handmade find of the week!

Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE bunting. This past summer, I had a fabulous opportunity to vent my bunting love… all over my sister’s wedding. (Don’t worry, she was totally on board with it!) Knowing the depth of my love, you’d better believe I literally SQUAWKED when I saw the bunting cake toppers made by Kiki La Ru.

You just think the wedding world will never be able to come up with something new, and then they do, right?! Adorable.

Let’s go ahead and chalk this up as one idea I DEFINITELY wish I’d thought of :)

If you’d like a bunting cake topper of your very own, check out Dawn’s shop right here. She loves custom orders!

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    […] Last week it was Kiki La Ru’s delicate bunting toppers; this week it’s darling toppers from Potter and Butler! […]

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2nd Annual SW Holiday Ornament Swap!

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As if there wasn’t already enough excitement today, we’re thrilled to announce our second annual holiday ornament swap!

Last year turned out to be a rousing success, and we know it’s going to be even better this year. After all, our office’s collective favorite month of the year is Nov. 25 – Dec. 25, so it’s only appropriate to host a celebration of sorts! Here’s how things are going to go down:

If you would like to participate, send an email to emily [at] iloveswmag [dot] com (or click here!) with “Holiday Ornament Swap” in the subject line by this Friday, November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving). Include your name, address, email address, website/blog address, and Twitter handle, if you have one.

By Tuesday, November 30, I will have emailed you the names and addresses of up to five people to send ornaments to.

You then have two options for the ornaments you send out:

Option One: Handmade by you. We suggest getting familiar with Gocco, Yudu, Cricut, Photoshop… or just some good old fashioned construction paper, glitter, and glue. Whichever design you choose, make sure it’s easy to produce in multiples – and ideally a bit Southern!

Option Two: Made by someone else. That someone else could be your sister-in-law, it could be an Etsy vendor, or it could be your neighborhood Target. It doesn’t have to be expensive! You could even buy a multi-pack of ornaments and send one to each of your swap partners.

Whether you choose option one or two, be sure to send out your ornaments no later than Wednesday, December 15! Then, all that’s left to do is wait for the holiday goodness to roll in.

A last note: Please don’t sign up if you don’t intend to follow through! Think about how disappointed you would be if you sent out beautiful ornaments and didn’t receive a single one in response… I know I would be very disappointed. And watch out for postage!

P.S. While you’re at it, how about signing up for Brooklyn Bride’s card swap, too? The more, the merrier, we say!

Let the holidays begin, y’all!

emily Written with love by Emily
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    […] is the first year that I participated in the annual Southern Weddings magazine Christmas Ornament Swap. I wanted something simple, classic, and elegant to reflect Royal Events by Melissa, but that could […]

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And the effortless Southern splendor that is Hannah + Chas’ wedding continues with a down-home potluck reception at Broadacres Farm. Yes, guests did, indeed, bring their favorite dishes to share with the newlyweds! Emily especially loves the authentically handmade quality of H + C’s celebration. Case in point: the three-tiered, bunting-bedecked cake made by a family friend. Sigh. To join her family + friends in some authentic square dancing, the bride changed into a short, vintage frock and sweet Anthropologie cardigan. Again, we say: sigh! Haven’t quite had your fill? Visit Alea Moore’s blog for more!

See all the photos from Hannah + Chas’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: a vendor at our local Farmer’s Market provided buckets of flowers the day of the wedding. Our moms, sisters and girlfriends fashioned bouquets the morning of the wedding.
Describe your wedding cake: I found an adorable wedding cake on Green Wedding Shoes that I felt would fit well with our non-theme theme. We had three simple round cakes set on a cake tier with colorful paper garland and flowers encircling it. My baker is a long time family friend that bakes cakes on the side to save funds for her own daughter’s wedding. She collected local ingredients and whipped up a fabulous dessert.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Juggling finishing my master’s thesis, starting a new job, moving, and planning a wedding in 5 months. We were really nervous about the weather and had the big challenge of planning a wedding for well under $20k. But everything truly turnout out perfectly!!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My favorite memory by far is our first dance. The sun was just beginning to set and cast a warm orange glow over the field and barn. We ran out of time to rehearse a dance, but when the band started to play the waltz, Chas knew exactly what to do and I was happy to follow. I had no idea my dress would twirl out so beautifully but was so excited it did! In that moment it hit me: I just married the most wonderful man in the world and we will have a beautiful life together!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are blessed to both have found our callings in the professional world as a farmer and lactation consultant and are excited to help as many folks as possible. We now live on the farm where our wedding was held with a beagle, 4 hens, and Elvis the rooster. We look forward to hosting friends and family for more farm dinner potlucks and impromptu dance parties. We are so excited to learn what it means for our generation to farm and live simpler, sustainable lives.

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