April 16, 2014

“The first time I met William + Valeria, she said that they aren’t a photogenic couple… yeah right?! Their DIY wedding was held at the Woods Clubhouse near their home. It was beautiful and hot summer day but their gorgeous indoor venue kept everyone cool and they happily partied all night long.” – Aga Jones Photography


“Our wedding day felt like a dream come true… so many wonderful moments it’s really hard to choose just one. However, if I have to choose one, my one favorite moment is walking down the aisle…. oh I was so nervous… I could not even look around to see everyone around me and then right before I got to the front – I looked up and saw my wonderful, handsome husband… we locked eyes… everything just felt right!


..Yes! The entire wedding was definitely an effort put forth by my husband and I. We were a team, when it came up to selecting the vendors to the linens on the table to the cake stand. I would say about 85% was done by the both of us. We created the bar top,  the vintage bath, my husband set up the ceremony and I took care of all the flowers that you see!

I absolutely love flowers and for my special day I wanted something airy and simple, so I chose babies breath for all the centerpieces and bridesmaids’ boutiques and I chose ivory roses for mine. I made all the boutiques, including my own, boutonnieres as well as the centerpieces. I also created a one of a kind rosary that I wrapped as an overlay on my bouquet.

The both of us created most of the wedding details, which made our special day feel just that much more special. We created our own monogram that we used as accents throughout everything. We even created and assembled our own save the date and wedding invitations – with the help of Paper Source in La Jolla, CA; which is just amazing DIY store, it has walls of walls of different envelopes, paper and liners and all come in unique designs and sizes!

For the ceremony, we went to a fabric store and bought burlap as our aisle runner and spray painted our monogram to make it feel one of a kind. We used vintage crates to place flowers around us for our ceremony. For our wedding guest book, I wanted something non-traditional, so chose Jenga blocks and guests were able to sign and write something special. We wanted our ceremony to be intimate and reflect our love for one another, having been together for 8 years, finally tying the knot was an unforgettable moment in time, and what better way to express our love than writing our own vowels, which just made that moment feel so special…

For the reception decorations, we refurbished a vintage bath tub, that the alcohol was kept cold in, and created our own bar top and used wine barrels that we found in my husbands dads backyard. We had signature drinks and vintage mason jars that had a chalkboard stickers on them so guests could write their name and take as a favor. My husband so incredible as he is, surprised me with a tiered cupcake stand that he made and engraved our monogram and this beautiful quote “How sweet is a kiss of loves beginning.” It was the perfect touch of a one of a kind piece and his commitment to making the wedding day so special!!!


My something old was my tiara… the last time I wore it I was fifteen! My something new was my dress. My something blue was my garter that my maid of honor made for me. 


Well, coming from my husband he said the best part was planning everything and working as a team. 

The process in itself is memorable, being a team and choosing every piece together really makes the day that much more special. I don’t think I could have done it by myself, I needed a partner and why not choose your life long partner. It was great because we did exactly what we wanted to do.” – Valeria, the bride


photography: Aga Jones Photography // venue: The Woods Club House // wedding coordination: Brittany Blain Events // dress: Prevue Formal & Bridal // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21 // men’s attire: Macy’s // cake: The Cupcake Store // catering: San Diego Paella // rentals: Platinum Party Rentals 

April 15, 2014

For each and every real wedding that we share, it’s a requirement that we hear from
the bride… one question being; “What is your advice for brides currently in the planning process?”. Over the past 3 years we have heard some really awesome tips, so I’ve complied the most popular answers from well over 150 weddings to bring you this Top 10 List today -
the best wedding advice, straight from the mouth of real brides!


1. Make sure to take a deep breath every now and then – or do what you can to really take in each and every moment. Be present. Your day is going to fly by at rapid speed, so do your best to enjoy every bit of it – from getting ready to the grand exit!

2. Splurge on Photography! You won’t be sorry that you spent money on your dream photographer – that detail is truly going to be your best memento. It’s how your wedding day will be eternalized; imagine your grand kids looking at them one day!
***A Photography Shot list is a great thing to give your photographer; it’s a gentle reminder of the images that you absolutely want!

3. Do what makes you and your groom happy! It’s your wedding day and you get to do whatever you want! Don’t allow unimportant people speak into your plans. Communicate your vision to people that are close with you – who you trust to help you in your planning journey. 

4. Get alterations. Make sure that you are 110% comfortable wearing your wedding dress. If you are, it will not only make your day amazing – but it will show on your face! The last thing you want is to be fussing with your dress; pulling it up, itching, or even feeling too snug!

5. Eat a nice sized breakfast and/or lunch and then try your best to actually eat at your reception – so many couples don’t get the chance! Have your venue pack you some extra food to go, just in case you get hungry later in the evening. You don’t want to end up starving on your wedding night.

6. DIY something you feel comfortable with. From one detail to the entire thing… handmade items will always mean more than something you purchase from the store. If you aren’t crafty, find a friend or family member who is and have them help you create something special for your day. Not only will you cherish the project itself – but also the time spent in creation!

7. If you can’t afford to hire a wedding coordinator for your entire planning process, hire them just for the “day-of”. That way you, your family and friends aren’t stuck with the task – and everyone will get to completely enjoy the day!

8. Make a budget and stick to it. There is no worse feeling than your wedding day being over and being over budget; or worse – having credit cards maxed for a day that is gone.

9. Enjoy the planning process! Make each planning outing special; ask a friend to go with you, make a lunch/dinner/drinks date out of it, take a photo of you out and about, or maybe even keep a little planning journal. Your only going to do this once in your life – so enjoy every second. 

10. Don’t stress on the little things! Something will go wrong, and when it does – take it in stride. You are the only one who will know that your flowers weren’t the right shade of pink, your tables weren’t set up correctly, or that you ordered chocolate cake instead of strawberry… just go with the flow. Accept it and move on so that you can enjoy your day.


April 14, 2014

Amy and Rocky’s wedding was elegance personified. Their day began in the enchanting rooms under the Mountain Winery’s Banquet Hall. The girls got ready in different colored kimono robes while the guys had clips of their favorite comedies projecting on the wall. There were libations, traditions, flowers and tons of laughter. The family and wedding party congregated in the Mountain Winery’s amphitheater for portraits – the same place where great musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, and so many other famous artists have performed through the decades. As the day progressed and the couple said their vows, the light slowly receded behind the Saratoga hills. It made for incredible ambiance as the couple strolled through the winter grapevines. Even with all the excitement from the day, photographing the couple’s first moments as husband and wife had a quiet peace to it. I felt grateful to be witness to this sacred time, because soon after they were rushed into their reception with the kind of wild crowd that only a rock-n-roll venue can inspire.” – Evan Chung Photography


“After having spent so many months planning and preparing for our wedding, it’s difficult to chose just one memory to call my favorite! There were so many special moments in the day that I cherished, which included the anticipation of walking down the aisle with my father as all of our guests were seated, watching, and waiting. Among some other cherished memories was seeing how happy my mother was, my soon to be husband and I exchanging our vows with each other, watching our precious flower girl, who was too young to understand her task, picking up the flower petals instead of dropping them, or my very soon to be husband accidentally saying “I do” before the officiate finished his speech. Other fond memories included, feeling so beautiful in my wedding gown and Chinese dress, taking pictures with my soon to be husband was another favorite one as it was one of the few times as we were able to have time alone as husband and wife.  Also, my dance with my father and my first dance with my husband. Lastly, one of my fondest wedding day memory was the end of the night when my husband and I could finally take our shoes off to relax and reflect over the day that had passed, while feeling overjoyed with contentment that we are now married to each other!


..We DIY-ed many things, both in the interest of saving money and in adding a personal touch to the decorations for our wedding day. My sister and I actually spent 12 hours in the day before the wedding arranging all of the flowers that were used for the wedding. That and the weeks of work in buying and assembling the other decorations and components of the wedding gave us a great sense of accomplishment in knowing that I had a personal touch in creating a beautiful memory and environment for our guests!

We created the:

Table Center piece
Aisle flower arrangement
Goodie bags for the kids
Name and table cards
Flower girl basket
Ring pillow
Bird cage for our wedding cards


..Spend time with the wedding party and savor every moment of the wedding day as the day goes by so quickly.

Try to enjoy the planning phase and have fun with your fiancé as you two are in this together. It is an extremely stressful time involving ideas, deadlines, and budgets, so remember to take time out to enjoy each other and remember why you are getting married in the first place! Don’t be uptight and too rigid about the little things and embrace the unexpected and each other’s opinions – compromise!

Even after months of planning, something will go wrong as it always does, so roll with the punches and go with the flow.  Realize that everyone involved is eager to help, so be sure to ask for that help. Ultimately, realize that everyone who shows up will be so wowed and happy to be there, that fine details and missteps probably won’t even be noticed!

Remember that the day is about you and your fiancé or fiancée. Many friends and families will undoubtedly lend advice, opinions, and objections to your decisions, but go with what your heart tells you. The day is a celebration of your love and future together so the choices should be yours alone. 

Lastly, make sure you take some time to eat on the day of your wedding or request the waiters to pack your food to go. In the rush and excitement of the day, my husband did not have time to eat his much of the delicious meal or the beautiful cakes that we had planned for the evening!” – Amy, the bride


photography: Evan Chung Photography // venue: Mountain Winery // wedding dress and alterations: Novella Bridal, Casablanca 2072 // men’s attire: Tuxedo Fashions // wedding coordinator: Kendra Stapp // hair & makeup: Chau Nguyen of A-list Makeup // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // cake: Satura // photobooth: Say Ya! Photo Booth // DJ: Blaze Wave Entertainment

April 12, 2014

Hooorayyy… for the weekend! I hope you all have fabulous wedding planning plans… I’m finishing up a super secret project that I can’t wait to share with you! Isn’t this picture adorable!?! Thanks for making ST a part of your weekend read! xoxo, Jen


image courtesy of: Captured by Corrin

diy wedding ideas

This past week we have had the pleasure of featuring so many awesome posts!!! We shared two beautifully DIY-ed weddings, a darling DIY engagement party and engagement shoot, a simple DIY tutorial for hand stamping your wedding details, and last but not least, the swoon-worthy DIY tutorial for making your own ‘wedding vow notebooks’!!! You can easily find all these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 


April 11, 2014

Happy, happy, happy #DIYfriday!!! I’m super excited to share this project with you today because it holds a very special place in my heart… how to make your own wedding vow notebook! When I was married, we wrote our own vows and read them allowed, so I typed them out and scrapbooked them onto a special little card for each of us. My card of course was one of my many pieces of ‘something turquoise’, so I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to share something like this! This is a fairly simple project but it will turn into being something incredibly special that you can keep, cherish and read over and over… maybe even frame!



  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Machine
  • Lifestyle Crafts ‘folder with insert‘ die cut template
  • your choice of colored cardstock (cut to 6″ wide and at least 8″ long)
  • scissors
  • paper piercer
  • 4 scrapbooking brads
  • the FREE design download below

Print our ‘bride + groom vows‘ design card onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper, or design your own!


Start by cutting your folders with the Evolution machine from Lifestyle Crafts. Place your choice of cardstock on top of the cutting die, and crank through the machine…


In seconds you will have a perfectly punched and embossed folder, ready to fold!


This die cut template comes with the most darling punch for a piece of paper that fits perfectly into the folder. Print out your vows making sure they will fit within the punch, lightly tape the punch to the paper (so that it doesn’t slide around on you) and crank through the machine. How freaking adorable are these!?!

***If your vows don’t fit on one page ~ punch more. Or don’t type them, just hand write them onto these little punched pages if you’d like.


Use the same steps with the tape to punch the little ‘I Do’ tabs…


Use your favorite (strong) scrapbooking adhesive to complete the folder.


Cut out the flags for the front of the notebooks, or use any embellishment shape you’d like… you could punch a decorative oval, you could use fancy scissors, or maybe even just a square – it’s up to you.


You can attach these flags anyway you’d like. I pierced simple holes at the top and secured them with scrapbooking brads.


Seriously, aren’t these to die for!?!


Attach the little “I Do” tabs and you’re done!


I’m crushing hard on this project… aren’t you!?!



To save 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers products please use the code TURQUOISE during checkout at www.shopwer.com.

Of course I had to make a turquoise vow notebook for myself…


As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!


Photography: Studio 11 Photography // DIY tutorial + free download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Lifestyle Crafts Evolution and Folder with Insert Cutting Template: courtesy of We R Memory Keepers // scrapbooking paper, brads, adhesive: Michaels // gorgeous wedding dress: Allure Bridals #2569 // nail polish: OPI – Designer de Better

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