April 17, 2014

“As a photographer, going into an engagement session with a client that you haven’t met can be a little demanding as you aren’t always sure of your client’s vision, personality and expectations. This was not the case with Rachel & Rob. A few minutes of discussion before the session opened up and I couldn’t wait to get shooting! Rachel and Rob have a fun and relaxed chemistry together and were so easy to work with and open to ideas and a little guidance. They ‘re a great example to every engaged couple of how to work an engagement session… enjoy your moments together and your images will be natural, beautiful and show the true essence of why you fell in love with each other!” – Palm Beach Photography


Tonya Laker with Palm Beach Photography shot my friend’s wedding at Frenchman’s Reserve, and the photos were so beautiful that I decided to use her for our engagement session. We met at Dubois Park in Jupiter where we had the beach, boardwalks, palm trees, a boat, woodsy areas with sea grape trees, the Jupiter Lighthouse, and of course the beach – we had a great backdrop for the day! Tonya quickly made us feel comfortable behind the camera (after a few awkward silly shots and our nerves settled). She gave us just the right amount of guidance as far as how to pose, where to stand, where to put our hands, whether to smile or close our eyes – she made it easy and our photos turned out absolutely gorgeous and I can’t stop looking at them! We loved them so much that we decided on an z-fold invitation which had a place for five pictures and I can’t tell you how many nice comments I’ve had on them. It was a nice touch since we didn’t have time to send save the dates with a picture.


..Yes, I’m having a beach wedding, and since my sister (my MOH) is very artistic, we decided to hand paint our table numbers using a 4×4 card stock and water colors using a beach and sea critters theme. The first one she painted was a cute little seahorse, one with a branchy orange coral scene and another with a starfish. They are adorable and I’m so happy that my sister has been excited to help me with this and make it personal. We may also carry this theme to the escort cards and paint the edges with coral branches. Another DIY project I’m going to do is to make a mango scented salt body scrub as favors. It’s perfect for the beach and so easy to make! I will be using epsom salt as the base, almond oil, and a mango scented fragrance oil. We’ll be placing the scrub inside small glass jars and adding a personalized tag. Another thing I’m making is a beach themed card box for the gift table. I have a vision in mind of a burlap covered box decorated with some of the many shells and sea fans I’ve collected over the years from different islands!


..I am most looking forward to our beautiful location and seeing my grooms face as I walk to meet him! We decided against a first look because I want all of the nerves and all the excitement of seeing each other for the first time during our ceremony! We are being married on a bluff overlooking the ocean and surrounded by sea grape trees. I’m also excited about the decor my florist is providing. We will have glass teardrop shaped orchid blooms hanging from the sea grape trees surrounding the ceremony and also an arch made of bamboo decorated with coral, pink and white roses. And how could I forget my dress – I’m so excited about it! I wanted something beachy and flowy and not too formal, which was hard to find, but I finally found it on the Miracle Mile in Miami. It’s an off-white, strapless chiffon dress that has a small train that just pools around my feet. Both me and my sister teared up as soon as I put it on so I knew in that moment that it was the one!” – Rachel, the bride-to-be

April 17, 2014

Today we are talking about newlywed entertaining and how to do it in style! We have teamed up with Crate & Barrel to design an inspiration board that embodies the ‘Something Turquoise’ entertaining style using our favorite items that are currently for sale… so it’s no surprise that it’s turquoise! To play hostess, all you need is a few key coordinating pieces to get started and you can build from there:

  • first-class flatware
  • a lovely table (or tablecloth)
  • dinnerware that fits you as a couple
  • centerpiece options (by season is best)
  • cloth napkins that accent the table
  • serving dishes

The best way to acquire new entertaining pieces is to include them in your Crate & Barrel wedding registry. Take the opportunity to add beautiful, unique and complementary pieces that will help make newlywed entertaining easy, fun and gorgeous! It’s actually a proven fact that the wedding guests (let’s be honest, the women) who will be purchasing from your registry would prefer giving you a stunning serving bowl or romantic candelabra, rather than a toaster – it’s just more fun. So load your list and load it well. Make sure to give your guy a choice in things too, especially if he’s handy in the kitchen!


All of the images above are current items available at Crate & Barrel, find them below:

1. Aquatic Bowl // 2. Helena Aqua Tablecloth // 3. KitchenAid Artisan Aqua Sky Stand Mixer // 4. Newlywed Cookbook // 5. Mallorca Wavy Three Taper Candleholder // 6. Gemma Candle Holders Collection // 7. Riviera Carafe // 8. Mallorca Linen Napkins and Napkin Rings

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April 10, 2014

“MINT DESIGN, a company based out of California recently designed a fresh south of the border fiesta! We proudly partnered with Marcos and Lotta, a newly engaged couple from central California to design their engagement party. After 5 years of being together, Marcos proposed to Lotta during a surprise planned trip to Chicago! After a social media wildfire spread they knew a big celebration was next. Our vision and feel for the party was gathered by elements of the southern California lifestyle; street tacos, fusion drinks, bright colors and lots of swagger. There were lots of fun DIY elements that went into creating this fun fiesta! Streamers danced throughout the party as guests were greeted at the door with drink nametags, glitter heart stirrers and fun straws! Guests entertained themselves into the wee hours of the night with props at the custom photo booth wall, mixing up crowns and mustaches to lips and confetti! We created a gold heart piñata that served as a fun unique party prop! MINT DESIGN used inspiration from the couple and wowed guests with the little details, which were all created on a budget! Who doesn’t love that?” ~ Cheers from MINT DESIGN!


“Marcos and Lotta are a very fun and exciting couple that we were beyond thrilled to photograph. Their fiesta themed engagement party, designed by MINT DESIGN, was complete with street tacos, fusion drinks, and, of course, lots of glitter! We loved photographing all of the little details that MINT DESIGN dreamed up along with the fun and love between Marcos and Lotta and all of their family and friends! Cheers to the happy couple!” - Ashley dePencier Photography


Photography: Ashley dePencier Photography // Event designer: MINT DESIGN // Catering: Agave Grill & Cantina // Paper goods: Matinae Design Studio // cookies: Imperial Sweets

March 11, 2014

As you know, I’m a huge fan of details that live on… long after your wedding day. If you are the sentimental type like me, and enjoy sending birthday cards to friends and family… then you might want to consider having a “birthday calendar guestbook” at your wedding! Keep it for years to come, after all birthday’s never change – and reminisce about your special day with each birthday card you send!



  • cute 5″ x 7″ frame
  • calendar (ours is from Paper Source)
  • fun pens
  • FREE download below


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Download our fun frame design above and print it onto your choice of paper – or design your own! Here I used the ‘paper bag’ colored paper from Paper Source to match the calendar. Cut it out and frame it!


Gather a few cute pens and add a brief description to the front of your book… just in case it gets lost. Maybe even write a special note for your guests to read…


Have it out at your reception and gather everyone’s birthday’s all at once!


This simple DIY project is sure to be a treasure for you after your wedding day!


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 by: Jen | Something Turquoise // calendar and paper in Paper Bag: Paper Source // frame: Target // pens: Le Pen, Marvy Uchida // free fonts used: Sofia free via FontSquirrel.com and Lucida Grande // nail polish: Essie – Resort Fling

February 25, 2014

I think it’s safe to say that everyone loves the mason jar. So I’ve been trying to come up with an easy (and darling!) way to incorporate them into table numbers and this is what I came up with! Hand painting each number onto old book pages and letting them shine through those coveted glass jars… add a flameless tea light and you’re golden!



  • mason jars (new or old!)
  • old books that you can rip pages out of
  • craft paint
  • paint brush
  • paper trimmer or scissors


Rip pages out of old books… I tried to rip out pages with chapter numbers that would coordinate with each table number, but that’s optional. ***You don’t have to do this with old book pages – this can be done with ANY type of paper you would like!


Trim your pages down to fit perfectly inside your mason jars.


Then hand paint each table number onto each book page. You can trace it before hand if you need to. Some colors of paint might require two coats, but that will be up to you.


Paint all your table numbers…. 


Then carefully slip them into each mason jar… it’s that simple!


These table numbers will be the perfect addition to your rustic style wedding!


These would look awesome with flameless tea-light candles inside of them!


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!

something turquoise DIY

Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // mason jars and Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Beach Glass and Wild Salmon: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos

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