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Real Weddings Follow-Up: Rosma and David

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On Friday you got to see Rosma and David's beautiful wedding in Bolivia. Now, you get to take a look into the super-creative mind of the bride to see how it all began and the way the various ideas and details took shape. Click through for some serious inspiration and tidbits from the bride!

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The layered look of this church's facade was inspiration for the invitation suite.

1 The layered look of this church's facade was inspiration for the invitation suite.

Rosma loved the arches over the doors and wanted to use that as a design element too.

2 Rosma loved the arches over the doors and wanted to use that as a design element too.

Another archway.

3 Another archway.

The color scheme at the Church of San Xavier, with its chalky tones, played a major role.

4 The color scheme at the Church of San Xavier, with its chalky tones, played a major role.

A close-up detail.

5 A close-up detail.

A softer palette.

6 A softer palette.

Inside a church, with more designs.

7 Inside a church, with more designs.

Rosma loved these rope and diamond motifs.

8 Rosma loved these rope and diamond motifs.

The invite went through a few rounds of redesigns to get everything perfect, from the font to the colors.

9 The invite went through a few rounds of redesigns to get everything perfect, from the font to the colors.

A revised version with the final typefaces.

10 A revised version with the final typefaces.

A look at Rosma's inspiration and planning notebook, showing swipe from previous stories in our magazine. She liked the DIY elements of Jen and Joshua's invites, and the illustrated maps we showed in our calligraphy story.

11 A look at Rosma's inspiration and planning notebook, showing swipe from previous stories in our magazine. She liked the DIY elements of Jen and Joshua's invites, and the illustrated maps we showed in our calligraphy story.

Rosma bought a few different ink pads and tested them out to see which would be the best combination of colors.

12 Rosma bought a few different ink pads and tested them out to see which would be the best combination of colors.

Here's the full invitation suite, which had kraft paper accents.

13 Here's the full invitation suite, which had kraft paper accents.

A detail of the translation card.

14 A detail of the translation card.

Rosma got a map of the town when she went there two months before the wedding. She marked the noteworthy spots that she would include on the map that was designed as part of the suite.

15 Rosma got a map of the town when she went there two months before the wedding. She marked the noteworthy spots that she would include on the map that was designed as part of the suite.

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Additional elements in the suite.

18 Additional elements in the suite.

Rosma's stack of rubber stamps, which were custom pieces affixed to clear blocks from the Martha Stewart Crafts line. The ability to see through them allowed her to place the ink within the borders of the letterpressed designs.

19 Rosma's stack of rubber stamps, which were custom pieces affixed to clear blocks from the Martha Stewart Crafts line. The ability to see through them allowed her to place the ink within the borders of the letterpressed designs.

Rosma's work area, as the pieces developed.

20 Rosma's work area, as the pieces developed.

Another look at the suite.

21 Another look at the suite.

The translation card included clever phrases that came in handy.

22 The translation card included clever phrases that came in handy.

In the middle is the letterpressed invite, and around it you can see Rosma's DIY handiwork.

23 In the middle is the letterpressed invite, and around it you can see Rosma's DIY handiwork.

The maps were stamped with small orange accents.

24 The maps were stamped with small orange accents.

Rosma addressed each envelope herself.

25 Rosma addressed each envelope herself.

Postage from Stamps.com showed one of Rosma's photos.

26 Postage from Stamps.com showed one of Rosma's photos.

Here, you can see how the stamping worked.

27 Here, you can see how the stamping worked.

For the envelope seals, a few designs were considered.

28 For the envelope seals, a few designs were considered.

This was the winner.

29 This was the winner.

For their guestbook, a simple orange book was used.

30 For their guestbook, a simple orange book was used.

But inside it was anything but simple. The stamps originally created for the invitation added lots of personality.

31 But inside it was anything but simple. The stamps originally created for the invitation added lots of personality.

Guests wrote (and drew) inside.

32 Guests wrote (and drew) inside.

Each page was different from the next.

33 Each page was different from the next.

Thank you cards included handwritten notes (many in Spanish).

34 Thank you cards included handwritten notes (many in Spanish).

They also held a folded card with a couple photos from the wedding.

35 They also held a folded card with a couple photos from the wedding.

Rosma really wanted a stunning pair of earrings so she researched a few styles.

36 Rosma really wanted a stunning pair of earrings so she researched a few styles.

This was the inspiration for the design. The pearls were swapped out for the diamonds.

37 This was the inspiration for the design. The pearls were swapped out for the diamonds.

Rosma scanned the stones at full scale so she could Photoshop together a design that would translate clearly and guarantee she'd have the earrings of her dreams.

38 Rosma scanned the stones at full scale so she could Photoshop together a design that would translate clearly and guarantee she'd have the earrings of her dreams.

She dissected the earrings and came up with the list of materials she'd need to source and the correct quantities. The earrings would be constructed in 10 days, so she didn't want to worry about miscalculations.

39 She dissected the earrings and came up with the list of materials she'd need to source and the correct quantities. The earrings would be constructed in 10 days, so she didn't want to worry about miscalculations.

She became obsessed with raw diamond beads and commissioned her friend to create the custom jewelry using them and white gold.

40 She became obsessed with raw diamond beads and commissioned her friend to create the custom jewelry using them and white gold.

To arrive at the appropriate sizing, she printed the tentative designs in various scales, and used double-stick tape to attach them to her ears. Then she could see option would be best.

41 To arrive at the appropriate sizing, she printed the tentative designs in various scales, and used double-stick tape to attach them to her ears. Then she could see option would be best.

The final result was beautiful. The lightweight stunners packed a punch without hurting the bride's earlobes. And she's worn them a few times since!

42 The final result was beautiful. The lightweight stunners packed a punch without hurting the bride's earlobes. And she's worn them a few times since!

This cake served as the main inspiration. Rosma loved the piped details, square shape, and the diamonds on the alternating tiers.

43 This cake served as the main inspiration. Rosma loved the piped details, square shape, and the diamonds on the alternating tiers.

This cake, from a story in a previous issue of the magazine, appealed to Rosma because it reminded her of the motifs painted on the churches.

44 This cake, from a story in a previous issue of the magazine, appealed to Rosma because it reminded her of the motifs painted on the churches.

A look at Rosma's sketchbook.

45 A look at Rosma's sketchbook.

The cakes, side-by-side with design notes on post-its.

46 The cakes, side-by-side with design notes on post-its.

The same coworkers who designed the stationery suite helped the bride with the cake. It was drawn to scale so that Dalcy, who made the cake, could print it and create fondant molds.

47 The same coworkers who designed the stationery suite helped the bride with the cake. It was drawn to scale so that Dalcy, who made the cake, could print it and create fondant molds.

Hard at work on the sweets.

48 Hard at work on the sweets.

A close-up detail of the different tiers and techniques.

49 A close-up detail of the different tiers and techniques.

Whiteware and paper doilies were sourced for the perfect presentation of the dessert buffet.

50 Whiteware and paper doilies were sourced for the perfect presentation of the dessert buffet. "Everyone raved about it, especially David," Rosma said.

The image that inspired Rosma and David's dessert buffet, from our Twist on Tradition story (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/230773/twists-wedding-traditions/@center/285523/wedding-themes#153999)

51 The image that inspired Rosma and David's dessert buffet, from our Twist on Tradition story (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/230773/twists-wedding-traditions/@center/285523/wedding-themes#153999)

After seeing the cherubs painted all over the churches, it was an obvious parallel to draw on them for the favors. Here, a few different shapes and styles.

52 After seeing the cherubs painted all over the churches, it was an obvious parallel to draw on them for the favors. Here, a few different shapes and styles.

A gilded cherub.

53 A gilded cherub.

A 3D option.

54 A 3D option.

A sea of angels.

55 A sea of angels.

A rubber stamping marked the day.

56 A rubber stamping marked the day.

Rosma and her mother met with a local artisan to come up with a plan for the specific favors. This design was a favorite, and they shifted the colors to fit the wedding's palette.

57 Rosma and her mother met with a local artisan to come up with a plan for the specific favors. This design was a favorite, and they shifted the colors to fit the wedding's palette.

Here, a catalog of offerings.

58 Here, a catalog of offerings.

This Peter Callahan Catering setup from Chris and Tim's wedding appealed to Rosma.

59 This Peter Callahan Catering setup from Chris and Tim's wedding appealed to Rosma.

She modified it by buying various white platters and arranging them in a cohesive layout. Here, a trial run at her mom's house, with each piece labeled with the food it would hold.

60 She modified it by buying various white platters and arranging them in a cohesive layout. Here, a trial run at her mom's house, with each piece labeled with the food it would hold.

Rosma's sketch of the reception space with measurements and a floorplan.

61 Rosma's sketch of the reception space with measurements and a floorplan.

Sketches of the food displays and room decor.

62 Sketches of the food displays and room decor.

Drawings of the lanterns in the courtyard.

63 Drawings of the lanterns in the courtyard.

Another angle of the reception room.

64 Another angle of the reception room.

Using the measurements she took on an earlier trip, Rosma used the months before her wedding to plan the decorations, which included a lot of tissue paper pieces from the Martha Stewart Crafts line.

65 Using the measurements she took on an earlier trip, Rosma used the months before her wedding to plan the decorations, which included a lot of tissue paper pieces from the Martha Stewart Crafts line.

This summer 2011 Good Thing was the tearsheet for her photobooth wall. Instead of fresh blooms that would melt in the Bolivian heat, she created a wall with tissue paper blooms.

66 This summer 2011 Good Thing was the tearsheet for her photobooth wall. Instead of fresh blooms that would melt in the Bolivian heat, she created a wall with tissue paper blooms.

An early sketch of the dress Rosma wore to cocktail hour. After shopping for fabric and continued discussion, it became a longer dress with the orange color blocking on the bottom.

67 An early sketch of the dress Rosma wore to cocktail hour. After shopping for fabric and continued discussion, it became a longer dress with the orange color blocking on the bottom.

The inspiration fused bold orange underlays and modern eyelet-style lace.

68 The inspiration fused bold orange underlays and modern eyelet-style lace.

Inspiration for the flower girls' dresses.

69 Inspiration for the flower girls' dresses.

Photos from previous issues of MSW. This bride knew that faux floral headpieces were a must, and a simple white dress was the way to go.

70 Photos from previous issues of MSW. This bride knew that faux floral headpieces were a must, and a simple white dress was the way to go.

A sketch of the little girls' dress by Keny, who suggested that Tete Mercado create the actual garments.

71 A sketch of the little girls' dress by Keny, who suggested that Tete Mercado create the actual garments.

The adorable little ladies in their custom attire.

72 The adorable little ladies in their custom attire.

Two books the bride loved flipping through.

73 Two books the bride loved flipping through.

Swipe for Rosma's wedding gown. On the left, the rounded train and texture. On the right, veil inspiration and romantic detailing.

74 Swipe for Rosma's wedding gown. On the left, the rounded train and texture. On the right, veil inspiration and romantic detailing.

More inspiration. A full skirt on the left. And on the right, the scoop neck.

75 More inspiration. A full skirt on the left. And on the right, the scoop neck.

This handmade flower was the inspiration for the dimensional blooms on Rosma's dress.

76 This handmade flower was the inspiration for the dimensional blooms on Rosma's dress.

Here, hundreds of flowers waiting to be attached to Rosma's dress.

77 Here, hundreds of flowers waiting to be attached to Rosma's dress.

Here you can see the various fabrics as well as the size.

78 Here you can see the various fabrics as well as the size.

The attached blooms.

79 The attached blooms.

A detail shot of the train.

80 A detail shot of the train.

The delicate lace that bordered the veil.

81 The delicate lace that bordered the veil.

An initial sketch by Keny, the dressmaker.

82 An initial sketch by Keny, the dressmaker.

Keny and Rosma discussed adding texture using lace and the handmade flowers.

83 Keny and Rosma discussed adding texture using lace and the handmade flowers.

Here you see the lace and flowers together.

84 Here you see the lace and flowers together.

Rosma at a fitting.

85 Rosma at a fitting.

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