Delightful DIY: Meet Alana!

Gone are the days of store bought wedding decor! More and more brides are getting their hands dirty—or hiring a designer to do the dirty work—crafting beautiful, handmade pieces for their Big Day. Alana Jones-Mann is one such Do-It-Herself-er.

Alana is a Brooklyn-based baker, crafter, designer, and stylist who believes in the power of handmade details. “I truly believe that personal touches can make any occasion unforgettable,” Alana writes on her blog.  Working closely with clients, Alana creates unique elements that reflect the couple and their style. From simple desserts to elaborate backdrops, Alana’s creations add a special touch of wonder and beauty to any event—big or small!

We’ve asked Alana to share some of her favorite creations with us. Learn more about these beauties, then head over to her blog to see more awe-inspiring creations.

1. Ombré Heart Garland: Whether you are looking for a simple garland or an adorable photo backdrop for your big day, these ombré heart garlands look great just about anywhere!

Ombre heart garland DIY Alana Jones Mann

2. Pretty Pom Arrangement: Alana has styled a number of pom displays, but this is a personal favorite.  The muted shades, mixed with pops of bright color, add a fun touch to the whimsical arrangement.

pom DIY arrangement Alana Jones Mann

3. Paper Rose Garland: Each of these delicate paper roses were painted and crafted by hand. Alana then strung them on a twine garland. The perfect way to add pretty detail to a wall or table edge

4. Mixed Paper Backdrop: Alana combined an array of paper pinwheels, rosettes, pennants, and poms in a mix of peach, pink and white hues to create a whimsical backdrop.

Paper photobooth backdrop DIY by Alana Jones Mann

5. Bride & Groom Chairs: These handpainted "Mr" and "Mrs" frames delicately strung to the couple's chairs, along with an assortment of ribbon, add a beautiful and personalized touch to your wedding day.

DIY Mr and Mrs wedding signs and ribbon chair adornment