May 3, 2013

I hate to be the one to tell you… but something WILL go wrong on your wedding day. No special event can go off without even the littlest hitch, so prepare yourself the best you can by building your very own Bridal Emergency Kit! Below is a list of the necessities but make sure to add your own items to this preventative case! You might want to add a pair of contacts, an extra copy of your vows, or maybe even a spare set of wedding rings! The best way to determine what you personally need to add to this list is to think about what would constitute an emergency for you… and how you could prevent it!

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BRIDAL EMERGENCY KIT NECESSITIES:

1. Facial cleansing cloths // 2. Mouthwash // 3. Body lotion // 4. Your favorite pain killer // 5. Antacid tablets  // 6. Wrinkle release spray // 7. Firm hair spray // 8. Tapons/pads // 9. Dental floss // 10. Mints // 11. Toothbrush // 12. Toothpaste // 13. Gum // 14. Nude Lipgloss and Chapstick // 15. Tweezers // 16. Vaseline – a great use for vaseline is rubbing it on your foot where a high heel might be rubbing your skin the wrong way – it completely reduces the friction! // 17. Eye drops // 18. Extra pair of panty hose and extra nude thong – that’s right one of your girls might forget hers! // 19. Bobby pins // 20. Q-tips // 21. Safety pins and corsage pins // 22. Extra earring backs // 23. DIY sewing kit (details below) // 24. Bandaids // 25. Lint roller // 26. Straws – so all the beautiful girls won’t ruin their dresses or makeup while drinking // 27. Dress Tape (Target) // 28. Nail file and clippers // 29. Cotton Balls // 30. Nail polish and top coat, in your choice of color (Mimosas for Mr & Mrs, Essie) // 31. Disposable razor // 32. Clear Deodorant // 33. Tissues // 34. Super glue and Fake eyelash glue… just in case a heel breaks or an eyelash pulls away! // 35. Body spray or perfume // 36. Tide to-go stain erasers // 37. Granola bars // 38. Little pair of scissors – great for cutting tags // 39. Hand sanitizer // 40. Hair ties. Make sure you put all the tiny items in a small ziplock bag so you don’t loose them!

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Other than building this kit yourself, there are only two real ‘DIY’ elements to this project. One – design or download a cute label for your bridal emergency kit. Two – take a small piece of cardstock, cut a few slits in it and make your own sewing kit. You can easily buy a kit – but – it won’t have the exact colors of thread you might need on your special day. Make sure to include the colors of your dress, guys attire, your bridesmaids and your mother and mother-in-laws attire – with threads of those colors you’ll be ready for any wardrobe malfunction!!! Don’t forget a few needles!

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Print the free download below onto sticker paper, cut out and apply to your cute suitcase!

Shades of Green   ///   Shades of Gray

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What’s great about bridal emergency kits like these is that they can be taken to the reception venue and placed in the bathroom – just in case any of your guests have a small emergency! Also, many of the items can be quickly added to your honeymoon bag!

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TO ENTER GIVEAWAY // Simply leave a comment below (either by the Facebook widget or in the regular comment area) with why you’d love to win this entire ‘Bridal Emergency Kit’ valued at over $100! Winner to be announced next Friday the 10th – here in the comments section and on FB!!! You will receive everything you see in the picture above – including the darling suitcase!!! (Smashbox lipgloss and DKNY travel perfume not included)

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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!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial and FREE download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // darling paper suitcase (the largest one in the set): The Land of Nod // all these fabulous emergency goodies were purchased at Target and Ulta // sticker paper: Staples // nail polish: OPI Designer de Better

April 1, 2013

“Lace, warm tones, and pops of metallic made for an elegant, romantic inspiration shoot with Fabulous Fete. Two locally designed and handmade gowns by Kira Elizabeth Designs showcased different looks in keeping with the classic, lavish feel of the photo shoot, which took place at the historic and striking Spoleto Festival headquarters at 14 George Street. The delicate, sophisticated floral arrangement paired perfectly with the lace runner, rough-hewn farm table, and vintage-style white leather chairs. A lace-embellished bar and delicate cake rounded out a contemporary take on classic wedding elegance!” – Reese Moore Weddings

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Photographer:  Reese Moore Weddings // Cake: Elaine’s Events Cakes of Distinction // Event Planner: Fabulous Fete // Dress Designer: Kira Elizabeth Designs // Invitations: Open House // Equipment Rentals: Snyder Event Rental // Hair Stylist: strawberry blonde salon // Floral Designer: WildFlowers Inc. // venue: Spoleto

February 7, 2013

I’m so excited to be able to share a brand new ’boutique’ style of online bridesmaid dress shopping called Brideside! They are reinventing the online experience for a bride and her geographically dispersed bridal party by making it easier to pick and purchase bridesmaid dresses from the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be…

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The founders at Brideside have carefully selected the hottest dress styles and have hand-picked designers who make truly unique and beautiful dresses that your bridesmaids will love to wear. From the well known designers like Dessy and Alfred Sung to fresh faces like Lauren Gabrielson and Joanna August – Brideside has them all – along with exclusive styles that you won’t find anywhere else…

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What I love about Brideside is that there are SO many ways to shop! You can easily shop by color, fabric or style, you can browse their seasonal look-books or feast your eyes on gorgeous real Brideside weddings and even chat with former Brideside brides… but my favorite inspiration is the personal style look-books that they create especially for you! After answering a couple quick questions about your wedding style, you are sent a beautiful layout of inspiration tailored specifically to you… as if you walked into a small bridal boutique and received advice from a stylist…BRIDESIDE

Worried about the fit… well, now the story gets even better! After you decide on dresses for your besties, they get to use the Clothes Horse to find their perfect fit. If you are a cautious shopper, you can also have sample dresses delivered to your doorstep for $20 – genius!

If you are still shopping for your bridesmaid dresses, you MUST check out Brideside today!

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February 6, 2013

Lindsey and Josh were married at The Beach Plum In in Chilmark with views that took your breath away. Their ceremony was filled with love and beauty all around, and was officiated by a dear friend. Fields of daisies surrounded them as they shared their wedding vows they wrote for each other. The weekend unfolded with more sweet details than you could imagine… this wedding was truly the definition of intimate, elegant, classic and inspiring.” – Hitched Studios

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Lindsey’s Jenny Packham dress is to die for and it fits her beautifully. I’m in love with her accessory decisions as well; her bold earrings, gorgeous side bun and simple bracelete accentuate the design of the dress without overwhelming her look.

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“Its hard to pick one favorite moment!! But I’ll have to say it was our ceremony and writing our own vows. We had our good friend Scotty Bernadeau officiate and really let him take the reigns on the format and content. I was blown away with how personal, touching, emotional and humorous he made it. I was very very nervous writing my own vows but looking back so thankful we did and have those memories. I knew the ceremony would be touching and special but was so surprised by how much it meant to me…

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I had a few DIY projects and would definitely recommend to any bride, creative or not, to add a DIY touch to their special day. It makes the day feel like your own and very personal.. it adds a special touch that you can be proud of. My favorite was the welcome bags we created. My sister and I traveled to the vineyard a few days early and had some quiet time to prepare them. We got lobsters, clam chowder (which was extra special as she has never been to the Cape or Islands and NEVER had lobster or Chowder!! crazy right!!???), and wine one rainy night and created these bags together. They were filled with Vineyard and Cape Cod related snacks (chips, candies etc), drinks (a cape codder of course :-), maps, a welcome letter, beach towel, frisbee, body wash… etc… they were the perfect DIY-ed touch.

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My advice would be to take one task at a time and try to enjoy planning. Try to make each task fun in its own way. Laugh, smile, stay positive and RELAX because its a lot of work and it will be stressful if you let it be. Have faith that everything will come together in the end and it will be a beautiful event with your family and friends. Your the only one who knows what the day is “supposed” to look like and as long as everyone has a good time and its a good party that is all that matters!” – Lindsey, the bride

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photography: Hitched Studios // venue: The Beach Plum Inn, Chilmark, MA // dress: Jenny Packham from Madeleines Daughter // shoes: Jimmy Choo // suit: Brooks Brothers // shoes: Florsheim // flowers: Flowers on the Vineyard by Louise Sweet // invitations: Rifle Paper Company // cupcakes, Cakes by Val // dj: Just Joan // rentals: Seaside Celebrations

February 4, 2013

If you are from the West Coast like me… you might not be aware of the southern tradition of bridal portraiture. We don’t normally feature ‘bridals’ because unfortunately they tend to be very classic and slightly understated. This darling bridal inspiration shoot from Kristen Dee Photography and Tracy Melton shows just how creative bridal portraits can be! A simple theme and a couple girly props makes this shoot perfectly endearing.

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We wanted to have a modern bride in a retro chic environment, therefore we thought a mod top knot bun, hot pink lipstick and a vintage looking diner would create a great look! We walked around the Bishop Arts District and just had some fun while getting a lot of attention on the way.  It’s hard not to fall in love with a gorgeous girl, milkshakes and balloons!” - Kristen Dee

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