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beyond the big day: a summer popsicle picnic

by Grace Bonney

[Picnic blanket by Beaux Arts Photographie , Soda Bottles by Oh Happy Day , Truck by Beaux Arts Photographie , Sandwich image unknown, Popsicle by Gia Canali , Lanterns by Oriental Trading Company , Bubbles image uknown, Food table by Beaux Arts Photographie ]

One of my favorite weddings on Once Wed is of Nancy + Ethan photographed by the talented Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie . Instead of having a huge formal reception, Nancy and Ethan asked their friends and family to bring picnic style food and everyone sat on blankets in the grass with all the beautiful paper cranes hanging on the tree limbs above. I love the idea of doing something so relaxed for such an important day and just sitting and talking with the people that mean the most to you. This idea inspired us to do a shoot that was filled with color, laughter, and fun for the the whole family and even friends. –

I had the pleasure of working with Ashley Meaders and Jesse Chamberlin of The Flashdance again and we had a lot of fun. – Emily

Here’s a little more from Ashley about how to create this colorful popsicle picnic on a budget. We made DIY custom invites in the shape of popsicles that are super easy to recreate. All you have to do is draw your artwork in a desktop publishing program on your computer, print it out on a heavy cardstock, and then cut it out into the shape of a popsicle. (You can always hand drawn something for a more personal touch.) Hot glue on a popsicle stick and your finished! Put the finished invitations in envelopes to mail off or you can always hand deliver.

It’s easy to take an old picnic basket and reline the inside by getting a yard of fabric. I just used a hot glue gun to add this fun madras pattern to a picnic basket we found at the local antique market. With the left over fabric, we cut into strips and then used it to tie around the fork and napkin. Something as simple and cheap like kraft paper can be used to add just that extra finishing touch. We used a little on the napkins and around the sandwiches. Throw in some chips, berries, and colorful sodas for a simple and cost effective meal.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the popsicle picnic post and all 20 photos after the jump!!

To add a little bit of color to the picnic, we found these great lanterns from the Oriental Trading Company . For just a few bucks, you can transform a simple picnic into a fun outdoor party, and it’s super easy to hang! All you have to do is tie all the lanterns to one central string and then have two people to pull the string from either side until you get it high enough. We were able to put these lanterns up in 15 minutes!

Summer is always better when you have a popsicle, and nobody makes better pops than the King of Pops! {http://kingofpops.net} Steven, our local ATL pops guru, creates delicious handmade popsicles with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients. Yum!

We stopped by our local party store to pick up some inexpensive hoola hoops, bubble wands, and confetti poppers for our friends and family to play with during our afternoon picnic.

Event Design & Styling by Ashley Meaders of The Flashdance

Photography by Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love

Popsicles by King of Pops

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