September 25, 2013

“My sister-in-law Katie, married her love, Chris. The day was perfect and quaint with less than 10 family members as guests. Their elopement was planned within a few short weeks and came together more beautifully than I could have imagined. Their decision to elope was easy; Katie has never been interested in a large wedding, and our father’s health was extremely important to both Katie & Chris…

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…Our father was diagnosed with colon cancer and had recently completed his first round of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. With surgery right around the corner, Katie & Chris decided July 3rd was the perfect time to tie the knot, as our father would also be performing the ceremony. I’ve never seen Katie happier, and I thank God for the beautiful weather on a surprisingly cool day…

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..I have to admit, I was thrilled that Katie & Chris let me have complete creative freedom over the design of the day. Of course, I employed Kristin from Rak-Desings to decorate and style the beautiful affair and I am so grateful to her for donating her family’s gorgeous land for the ceremony! I also asked Emily, from Emmy-Ray, to create the breathtaking florals that fit just right. Thanks to both Emily & Kristin for helping me make the day gorgeous!” – Cassandra Castaneda Photography

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photography: Cassandra Castaneda Photography // event styling: Rak Designs // florals: Emmy-rae

September 24, 2013

Today’s sultry gray + porcelain white inspiration board was inspired by the modern, embossed table number coasters below… handmade by Red Bird Ink. This cool, monochromatic board is sure to delight the rustic bride that wants a modern twist!

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All of these gorgeous images are from current Etsy listings, that’s right – you can purchase all of these items right now! For these exact listings and many more please follow this {link} to find our shopable Etsy treasury:

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etsy seller credits

Modern Himmeli Ornament set of 8: HRUSKAA // letterpress wedding table number coasters: Red Bird Ink // silver and gray floral beaded fascinator: LoBoheme // porcelain dairy bottle vases: Revisions Design Studio // dupioni silk knotted ring bearer pillow: Romancing Juliet Bridal // vintage hobnail milk glass cake stand: Barking Sands Vintage // cosmopolitan wedding place card: Paper & Pinafore // porcelain bunny rabbits cake topper: Revisions Design Studio // Seal Beach gray octopus convertible style wrap dress: Coralie Beatrix

March 20, 2013

“The more I got to know Amy, the more she made me smile!  Every time we spoke, she would let me in one another one of her awesome little details…   I followed her Pinetrest boards with anticipation, and I was not disappointed.  She had so many personal little DIY details, I didn’t know what to shoot first.  Nick and Amy were married on the coldest night in October, but her group of friends and family were as warm as can be!” – Jennifer Weens Photography

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How adorable is Amy’s party dress!!! I love it… and I LOVE those super hot pictures of her tossing her bouquet! Every bride should have fabulous pictures of themselves at that moment!

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“My favorite memory was standing at the alter and listening to NIck’s wedding vows. We chose to write our own vows to eachother, so I knew that I would be in for a real treat from Nick! He’s a pretty goofy guy, so honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect! My wedding vows were sweet and straight from the heart. My vows made everyone in the chapel tear up. On the other hand, Nick’s were a little different. His wedding vows consisted of lines from George Strait, Gary Allen, and Randy Rogers country music love songs. Everyone in the chapel laughed at Nick’s vows, including myself. It was totally Nick, and totally us. So to me, that is a very special memory from our wedding that I will never forget!

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Oh yes! I’m a very crafty person, and a lover of Pinterest! When Nick proposed, it didn’t take long for me to have every little wedding detailed planned out. Old Glory Ranch took care of most of the big details for the wedding; table cloths, table runners, floral, and lighting. I took charge of the small intimate details; centerpieces, signs, and pictures. I had a lot of help from my handy Dad who has every saw tool known to man, and my good friend Edmon Benavides who is artistically gifted… so I didn’t have to look very far for help!

All of the wooden signs in the wedding from the “Gettin’ Hitched” chapel entry sign, the “Made in Texas” sign, and the aisle “Here comes of the love of your life..” sign were made from old fence boards from my dad’s house, and hand painted by Edmon. I told my dad demensions for cutting and nailing, and told Edmon fonts and sizes for painting. I only had whip up a few home cooked meals in return, so it wasn’t a bad trade off!

The card box for wedding cards I made as well. I was inspired by a box I saw on the website Etsy. To buy it online it was pretty expensive, so I challenged myself to make it for half of the price! I bought two circular boxes (small and big) and layered them. I cut a large hole in the bottom of the smaller box so that the cards could fall through to the bottom of the second larger box. I then wrapped the boxes with burlap, brown ribbon and lace. For a final touch I added letters that spelled out “CARDS” and hung them with clothespins on the twine across the front of the box.

I also created the reception table centerpieces out of empty wine bottles. I love wine, so it wasn’t hard saving up bottles over a 10 month period. I cleaned the bottles, took all the sticker labels off of them, then wrapped the top of the bottles with twine leaving some spare twine to hang pictures from the bottles with clothespins. I chose to hang pictures from all throughout our entire relationship for display on the bottles. To me this made our wedding more personal. At the end of the night, we let guests take home the wine bottle centerpieces as souvenirs! They really liked that!

One of my favorite touches for the wedding was the bridesmaid dresses! I’ve gotten numerous compliments on how great they looked together. If you’re looking for a different style of dress for each girl, and need dresses in the same realm of colors, this is what you do… go to your local paint store and grab a couple of paint color swatches, whatever you like! The choices are endless! What I did was put several swatches in a card that asked each girl fo be my bridesmaid. The paint swatches are small enough to fit in a wallet, so I told them to keep them on hand, and when they’re out shopping for a dress, use the swatches as a guide! I was extremely nervous about this idea, but it ended up working out really well for me. The girls loved the idea because they could find a dress in their price range, buy something that they liked, and they could wear the dress again!

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First and foremost book your venue, photographer, and videographer! Once that is done, start planning out all the small important details (flowers, linens, DIY crafts, etc.). Stretch out appointments, and crafting over the time you have until the day of the wedding. This will help you to not be so overwhelmed with everything all at once. Take on a small project every Sunday afternoon, or when you have a couple of spare hours in a day. Recruit friends and family members to help you with whatever needs to be done! Whatever you do don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about the details. it’s the details that make your wedding a memorable one!” – Amy, the bride

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Photography: Jennifer Weems Photography // Venue – Old Glory Ranch // Florist (chapel, reception) – Old Glory Ranch // Flower Bouquets – Miranda Cummings // Cake – Classic Cakes by Lori // Catering – Gennaro’s Italian Kitchen // Invitations and RSVPs – created by Christina Straughan // Party Favors (can koozies) – Kolder Inc. // Dress – Alfred Angelo // Groom/Groomsen Jackets – Cavenders // Hair – Jenna Comer – Clique Salon Houston // Make Up – Amber Thompson – Benefit Cosmetics

February 20, 2013

“Tracy and Ryan are true lovers of the outdoors and having a wedding in the beautiful vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island was absolutely perfect for them. Tracy created many of the special details herself, such as the escort chart and the table numbers. It was also very important to the couple to have their lovely dog be a part of the ceremony and Martha Clara Vineyards gladly made that happen. The details, the wonderful guests and the perfect venue all created the most special day of Tracy and Ryan’s lives.” – Lennon Photo

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I love this seating chart!!! It is absolutely darling and a completely perfect fit for the venue… would you like to hear something sweet? The groom made this cork board! Asking your groom to help DIY more ‘manly’ aspects of your wedding can be a fabulous way to get him involved!

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“Once the ceremony and all the formal picture taking was over, we were just so ready to kick up our feet and party with all of our family and friends.  We both remember walking into the reception with this attitude like, “Ok, let’s do this!”…

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I focused a lot of energy on little DIY projects for the wedding.  It was therapeutic in a way, and helped relieve some of the stress of planning a wedding.  I’m really glad I had all those little touches (and a handy fiance!) because I think the details are what help your wedding stand out from the rest, and it lets others get a sense of your personality.  I made my own table numbers from different shades of used green wine bottles.  Instead of handing out wedding programs, my fiance made a giant chalkboard, on which we wrote the details of the ceremony, and propped it against a fence so guests could read it as they entered the ceremony space.  I also did away with seating cards, and posted seating information and table numbers on a homemade corkboard (also compliments of my wonderful fiance)…

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If you are able, take your time with planning your wedding. We had about 20 months to plan and organize our wedding, and we felt that this gave us an opportunity to just enjoy being engaged and take our time with planning the wedding.  We were able to focus on all the little details that we felt made our event unique.” – Tracy, the bride

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photography: Lennon Photo // dress: Alvina Valenta // brides jewelry: Jared // wedding bands: Tudor Jewelers // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale // suits: Jos. A Bank // ties: The Tie Bar // venue: Martha Clara Vineyards // catering/rentals: East Wind Caterers // cake: The Rolling Pin Bakery // cake topper: Made Merri Shop // florist/lighting: Moments in Time Floral Design // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // DJ: Long Island Sound

January 26, 2013

I have had a completely terrific week here at ST and have loads of great things to share with you next week… looking forward to seeing you all bright and early Monday morning! xoxo

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Image Courtesy of: Riverland Studios // color inspiration: Jen | ST

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Monday: darling boho themed wedding of Jeremy + Brooke by Cory Ryan Photography

Tuesday: super fun rustic mustard and sage Etsy Inspiration board

Wednesday: lovely real wedding of Paul + Krista by Roberto Falck Photography

Thursday: sweet sunrise engagement of Andrew + Suzy by Kristen Dee Photography
~ Helzberg Diamonds ‘Crazy Pin Love‘ Valentines Day Contest

DIY Friday: using #hashtags to categorize your friends Instagrams of your wedding day!

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