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beyond the big day: summer fiesta

by Grace Bonney



[Wedding inspiration board credits: Bride photo by Robert Sukrachand, Church photo by Elizabeth Messina, Drinks, Tissue paper, Cactus, Couple photo by Robert Sukrachand ]

We absolutely love the desert wedding of Val + Brett shot by the talented Robert Sukrachand and thought it would be the perfect wedding to draw inspiration from for this month’s column. So, we decided to keep true to the desert theme, but added a little festiveness and color into the mix to create the ultimate summer fiesta. We hope this outdoor shoot will inspire you to invite your friends and family over to create your own fiesta using these simple (and affordable) decorations.

I was fortunate enough to work with Ashley Meaders and Jesse Chamberlin of The Flashdance again for this shoot. Here’s a little more about this inspiration shoot from Ashley…


Using tissue paper for entertaining is great! It’s easy to cut, cheap, comes in great colors, and can be sewn. We made two different invitations for this Summer Fiesta. The first was with fringe sewn at the top and bottom. The other is featured below with rows of tissue paper sewn towards the bottom in alternating colors.


For the overhead decor, we simply folded the tissue paper in half a couple times and then used scissors to fringe the bottom. Then, using fishing line and thick wooden dowels or poles that have been placed in the ground, you can hang the tissue paper gently onto the fishing line. If the ground is hard, you can also get buckets or pots and then fill with dirt/sand and rocks. Hanging the banners from tree to tree also works as well. We made drink stirrers by wrapping a little piece of fringed tissue paper around the top of the stirrer and then securing with hot glue.

CLICK HERE for the full post (and 11 more gorgeous shots) after the jump!


The place cards doubled as cactus planter favors for the guest to take home. All the plants and cacti were purchased from IKEA, along with the containers and are very easy to recreate. Simply print out the names of your guests, cut them down to the size you like, sewn or stitch on some fringe, then attach to a thick stick with a nail.






Since Emily and I aren’t the best cooks in the kitchen we decided to leave the dinner menu up to you and instead chose to go with something sweet and simple for dessert, Mexican Wedding Cookies.




Event Design & Styling: Ashley Meaders of The Flashdance

Photography: Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love

Venue: The amazing Summerour

Plants and Containers: IKEA

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