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Hey ladies – It’s Melissa from M bellished Events!
   At MBellished Events, we specialize in creative and crafty ways to personalize any event – weddings, showers, birthdays, and other celebrations. We can help you add personal touches that are chic, distinctive and elegant; that express you and your personality.
    Utilizing a collaborative process, we will listen to your ideas, and help you create the event that best expresses you.
   We had a blast sponsoring the DIY Department at the Buffalo and Rochester Indie Weddings’ spring bridal shows!  It was great to see so many brides getting their craft on!
    For us, when we think of a memorable event – it’s the smallest details that set it apart, the personal touches that represent you and your personality.  With the explosion of Pinterest and Etsy – we know that brides have fallen in love with DIY projects and the crafted wedding look.  They are looking for ways to give their special day a creative, unique touch. We had this in mind when we put together this blog showcasing a few of our favorite DIY projects from the show.  We didn’t want anyone to miss out on these super cool, totally easy, completely cost effective favor projects that will leave your guests with a reminder of all the fun they had!   Remember – you can customize all of these with colors to match your style of theme!
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FAN FAVOR – A great way to ensure your guests stay cool at those hot summer weddings!
Supplies:   12×6 piece of paper / Popsicle sticks / Glue gun
Instructions:
1.  Accordion fold the paper every 1 inch
2.  Fold the folded stack in half & staple in the crease
3.  Glue a pair of edges together & glue 2 Popsicle sticks to the remaining edges
4.  Bring together to create a handle
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PIN WHEEL – Could be a unique centerpiece or a whimsical name card
 
Supplies:    Paper straws /   Paper square (4×4)   /  Brads  /  Paper punch
Instructions:
1.  Start with a square of your favorite paper
2.  Fold corner to corner, unfold and then fold the opposite side corner to corner
3.  On each fold line, make a pencil mark about 1/3 of the way from the center
4.  Cut along the folded like up to the pencil mark
5.  Punch the right corner of each side
6.  Bring together the paper punched ends into the center and stick a brad through all four points
7.  Turn the pin wheel over to make sure the brad goes through the center
8.  Attach the brad to the straw
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UPCYCLED PARTY FAVOR – A fun way to present your guests with your favorite treats!
Supplies:   Recycled toilet paper rolls / Paper /  Stapler  /  Tape /  Paper punch
Instructions:
1.  Cover roll with decorative paper securing with tape
2.  Pinch one end flat
3.  Staple along the bottom
4.  Flatten out the roll on the opposite side in the opposite direction
 5.  Fill with candy, confetti, or whatever you like
 6.  Punch a hole & tie with a ribbon on top
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Check out the most recent issue of With Love Magazine for more of our new DIY ideas, and follow Buffalo & Rochester Indie Weddings for more of my inspiration every month!
All photos courtesy Poppyseed Photography and North Glow Photography.
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At Poppyseed Photography, I treat all my clients as if they’re my closest friends and strive to give them the best photos possible to cherish for a lifetime. I love creating story-telling wedding albums that capture every moment from the bridal party getting ready to the end-of-the-night kiss & everything in between. The day of your wedding will be one of the most important in your life. Once it flies by, you’ll want to relive it over and over again. My goal is to create beautiful images that reflect the true essence of your big day!

My style of shooting is best described as “creative documentary”. I love capturing sweet, intimate moments as they happen naturally: the way your sweetheart looks at you when you’re not paying attention, the proud parents, groomsmen being goofy, etc! My favorite part of every wedding is definitely the moment where excitement turns into calm when the couple first sees each other from opposite ends of the aisle. I will cry every. single. time!

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I have been hooked on photography ever since I picked up my first 35mm Minolta in my high school film class. From there, I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where I  received my BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration. I think I always knew I would make a career out of this incredible, evolving art-form. I am incredibly grateful for my clients in trusting me to document one of their favorite days ever and enabling me to grow as a photographer. When I’m not shooting a wedding or portrait session, you can find me at the gym, trying out a new restaurant downtown, or at your local garden store (I am OBSESSED with plants!)
Though my background is in photojournalism, I am always looking to try out new poses as well! I put a lot of time and thought into incorporating different techniques so that you don’t end up with the same “cookie-cutter” shots that everyone else has. My aim is to step out of the box and try something new at each event I shoot. At any given time, you can glance around at the reception and see me climbing on chairs or crawling around to try out different angles and shots. Your love story is beautiful and unique, so your wedding photos should be, too!
All of my wedding packages are completely customized for my each clients. This way, you can choose exactly what you want as opposed to being limited to choosing from two or three pre-packaged options. Trust me, I understand that weddings are very pricey, so I keep my costs very reasonable to accommodate any budget. If you think I fit in with your style, email me to set up a time to chat about your dream wedding!

Owner/Photographer: Kelly Taylor
716-863-6601
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Earlier this spring, our friend and colleague, daughter of the late owner of Williams’ Florist and Gift House Alicia and her love recently said “I do” in the most quaint and romantic boathouse wedding!

View More: http://lydiamaybee.pass.us/nickaliciawedPhotographer – Lydia Maybee / Reception Site & Catering – Buffalo Yacht Club / Wedding Dress – Bliss Bridal / Groom’s Suit – Hugo Boss / Flowers – William’s Florist & Gift House / Ceremony Site – Nativity of our Lord / Bride’s Hair & Makeup – Lizzy Dugan / Bride’s Rings & Earrings – Barbara Oliver & Co / Brides’s Bracelet – Wild Things

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“We are expecting our first child in July and decided we’d like to get married before the little one arrives.  We put together a wedding in 2 months, keeping things affordable and simple with a small guest list and brunch-only reception.  I also let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses, keeping it cost effective for them. However, we splurged in the areas that made it feel customized and elegant, such as (of course!) flowers, photography & our outfits!”

Photographer – Lydia Maybee / Reception Site & Catering – Buffalo Yacht Club / Wedding Dress – Bliss Bridal / Groom’s Suit – Hugo Boss / Flowers – William’s Florist & Gift House / Ceremony Site – Nativity of our Lord / Bride’s Hair & Makeup – Lizzy Dugan / Bride’s Rings & Earrings – Barbara Oliver & Co / Brides’s Bracelet – Wild Things

 

 

 

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Wow, Rochester! You really know how to party! Thanks to everyone who came out to the beautiful Westminster Hall & Chapel and tasted Madeline’s Catering’s incredible display of appetizers and craft cocktails! We were so blown away by the tremendous talent that we saw from all of the Rochester vendors who were at the show. There was so much wedding inspiration all around, the excitement and energy was everywhere! One lucky bride won a wine tour weekend getaway sponsored by yours truly, The Inn on the Lake and Platinum Limousine! Over twenty other brides won gifts from our fabulous vendors throughout the day!! It was a totally, beautiful day!

Our talented vendors: Westminster / Madeline’s Catering / Bureau / Lovely Bride / Second Chic Edge of the Wedge / Fabulous Flowers / Anomaly Photography & Design / Sue Egan Photography / Filmwell Studios / Michelle Day Photography / Ciao Bella Photography / The Inn on the Lake / Scratch Bakeshop / Woodcliff Hotel & Spa / Louelle Design Studio / MBellished Events / Anchored by Design / Special Occasion Hair Design / Hank Parker’s Rentals / JM Makeup Biz / Jess and Ed / Encore Events / Flower City Nuptials / All event photos taken by North Glow ”Photography 

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If you missed it, don’t worry! There will be another after the upcoming wedding season. You can still find so much inspiration and have access to some of the best wedding vendors right on our blog and the directory! If you have any photos to share, feel free to tag @rochesterindieweddings and don’t forget – #partyonbrides !!

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The Barre Studio, Hamburg is a small, boutique barre studio located on the 2nd floor of a beautifully restored home, now salon, at Lake and Union in Hamburg. The attention to all details makes the space, and the classes, special and inviting. Owner and instructor Melissa Whaley opened the studio with several goals in mind. She wanted to create a beautiful, calming space to get a great workout and also feel like you’re doing something really lovely for yourself (because you are!) Equally as important, she wanted to create community.

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“My favorite aspect of the job is building relationships with clients, now friends. We come into the studio, laugh and talk and catch up since the last class, then get down to work. It’s restoring, both physically and emotionally.”

Lengthening and leaning along the way doesn’t hurt either. The studio offers weekly morning and evening classes open to all ages, all sizes, all genders. No dance experience is required. The class is 45 minutes in length and we work individual muscles to fatigue, then stretch to lengthen. With committed practice, barre work results in elongated, lean muscles.

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In addition to weekly classes, the studio specializes in private parties… in particular, bachelorette parties. Gather your best gals (or gents) and book a private barre class. You can customize the music, so we could listen to your wedding song as we begin our final stretching, or we can work those thighs to Meghan Trainor’s Dear Future Husband! You can decorate the space if desired, even bring mimosa’s or your favorite cocktails! It’s your day here at the barre. We can accommodate 15-16 guests comfortably, and pricing is $15 a head with a $150 minimum.  You can even personalize as a gift package for your girls with other adorable accessories from our shop, like BKR water bottles and grippy-socks!

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But it doesn’t stop there, the bridal offerings are twofold! In addition to bachelorette parties, the studio offers the opportunity to get that booty in prime shape for your big day. Per class packages as well as 1-month, 2-month, and 3-month unlimited specials will give you plenty of time to lengthen and lean ahead of your wedding and your honeymoon! See you at the barre!

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Class schedule and additional info is available at www.thebarrestudiohamburg.com, and find us on Instagram and Facebook!
The Hamburg Barre Studio
84 Lake Street – 2nd Floor
Hamburg, NY 14075
917.573.4151

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