{all images by edyta szyszlo / planning, design + florals by lovely little details}

i was so excited to see taylor + joey’s backyard glam wedding up on 100 layer cake yesterday, and am just as excited to share all the details here with you today! there are so many lovely little details, though, that i am actually going to split my recaps in to a few posts – the details and the florals. first up – the details. 

if you follow me on instagram, you would have seen a few sneak peeks of all the behind-the-scenes work that went in to pulling taylor’s wedding together. never have i ever used so much gold spray paint and glitter in my life – but it was SO much fun! as the fashion/lifestyle blogger behind Sterling Style + founder of Glitter Guide, taylor represents everything sparkly and fashionable, and wanted her wedding day to reflect her personality…. mixed with her fiance, who simply requested that bar-b-que be served :) what we created was a mix of the two – a relaxed, intimate feel of a backyard BBQ combined with the glitz and glamour that is everything Glitter Guide. so obviously, gold spray paint and glitter were mandatory ingredients in the details for their big day. here are the details we worked so hard to create:

{wedding paper + stationery by southern fried paper}

golden mini animals – this favor evolved so many times i can’t even tell you. we scoured the earth for mini plastic chihuahuas but could not find them anywhere. taylor + joey have a little pup named lukka and this was going to be their nod to their beloved “daughter”. but alas – there were no mini plastic chihuahuas to be found. we settled for the next best thing, mini plastic animals to represent their shared love of animals, which i spray painted gold one afternoon. yes, if you’re wondering, it took a while :). the gals from southern fried paper created mini tags that said “hope you have a wild time” and i (with the help of my 6 assistants that day!) hand-tied the tags to each each animal using pretty golden ribbon.

golden bar-b-que baskets – how do you make BBQ “glam”? well, if everyone is wearing their sparkly best, you don’t want them to get BBQ sauce on their pretty outfits, for starters. i took mini restaurant “baskets” and (you’ll never guess) sprayed them gold! we then folded over a hundred and fifty BBQ bibs in to perfect little squares and tied them to wet naps using that pretty gold ribbon. they were a huge hit!

sequin ribbon wands – oh i know, we’ve all seen the ribbon wands before and i’ve used them in plenty of weddings. they’re a great alternative for petals/confetti if the venue doesn’t allow such celebratory items! but for taylor’s wedding, we took it to the next level and used several strands of sequin ribbon, in different shades of gold, to kick off the celebration once taylor + joey were announced as husband and wife. this was such a fun surprise that taylor didn’t even know about – her mother and i plotted away on this detail to add an element of surprise to the ceremony!

gilded seating chart – this was the only paper item i designed out of the wedding (taylor’s invites/escort cards/table numbers were designed by southern fried paper) but i was really happy with how it came out! i designed the seating chart in illustrator, had it printed at a local printer and put it in a huge gilded frame i have in my details closet :)

gold stripe straws – whaaaat? yes you heard me right. i said gold stripe straws. i had these babies shipped in from new zealand as a special surprise for taylor. sure, we could have used peach + pink stripe straws but nothing says party time like metallic gold straws, right? i was OBSESSED with them. stripe straws can stick around forever as far as i’m concerned. i love ’em.

framed love quotes – we had these cuties scattered throughout the wedding – taylor chose her favorite love quotes from movies and the amazing girls at southern fried paper printed them in various sizes. i snagged frames from the dollar store and sprayed them gold to add the finishing touch.

gold glitter gelato spoons – no joke. these things took me for-ev-er (said like squints from sandlot). like, forever. not kidding. first, i applied painters tape to the spoon part of over a hundred and fifty wooden gelato spoons and spray painted the handles gold. then, after looking at them from every angle, i decided i wasn’t a fan of just gold – it wasn’t “wow” enough. i decided to see what gold glitter would look like, so i carefully set up an assembly line of mod podge, glitter with a coffee filter “catcher” and spoons and got to work. i sent the first sample to taylor via text (we probably had over 500 “what do you think of this” texts through the entire planning process haha) and she agreed – glitter won! it may have taken forever but it was so worth the extra time. i asked the girls from southern fried paper to make the escort cards with a little line at the bottom that said “save your spoon for a special sweet treat”, as taylor and joey had a gelato cart show up later in the night!

ribbon ceremony curtain and chairs – lots and lots and lots of ribbon went in to this! we wanted the chandelier to be able to show behind the ceremony “altar” space, so we created a curtain with the ribbon instead of a full out backdrop. the cascading effect was really pretty and lasted through the night.

glitter clutch by oatmeal lace design – i always have custom clutches made for my brides by the amazing mckay of oatmeal lace design and for this one, i reached out to see if glitter would be possible. mckay spent hours affixing glitter to fabric (sending me text pictures along the way) and i could not wait to give it to taylor, who absolutely loved it. it worked perfect with her sparkly reception dress, too! :)

pink ombre cake and cupcakes by treat ur sweet – taylor’s entire family is so creative and crafty, it was such a fun bunch to work with. her sister, jodi, has a baking business and made the amazing cake and sweets for taylor’s big day. not only was the cake impeccably decorated, but it was probably one of the best cakes i’ve ever had!

custom photobooth from tomfoolery sf – it seems like edyta is always doing something fun and new, and she and her main man just launched a photobooth company which provides custom backdrops depending on the occasion and theme. she and jared created this amazing pink and gold backdrop and hilarious pictures ensued.

obviously there was a lot going on, right? and so many other little details i’m not even mentioning. but want to know the best part? the ceremony space was the same as the reception space, so the second the ceremony ended, my 6 assistants (including my husband!) and i started to completely flip the space. we had 45 minutes to transform the entire space from this:

to this:

it was no small feat but my team and i hustled to get it done, just in time so edyta could come in and snap some detail shots before the guests came in!

come on back on friday, when i’ll be sharing all the background info on the florals! congrats again t+j!

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