January 29, 2014

“Samantha + Sean met the night before Sean left on a 3 month trip to Europe ~ at his going away party to be exact. They hit it off and talked all night long… and ended up having breakfast the next morning before his flight. They had such a strong connection from that moment on. At some point during his trip Sean decided that Samantha was going to be his wife one day and a few years later in Hawaii, that dream came true. I loved hearing their fairytale and had an amazing time photographing them!” – Rachel Robertson Photography


“There are too many favorite memories to list them all, but here are two:

We decided to write our own vows, in addition to exchanging traditional vows, because we felt it was important to share our love in a more personal way in front of our families and friends. We did not share our vows with each other before the big day, and as we read them to each other, it became very clear that we were meant to be. They were so similar it was kind of funny, but at the same time, showed our love was in sync.

Our second favorite memory has to do with our first dance. We had taken lessons for our first dance to make sure we had something fun planned to impress our guests, and when we got out there, we totally spaced on our steps. We improvised and danced and laughed and people thought we really knew what we were doing. Sean twirled me and dipped me like a pro, and although we didn’t stick to our routine, we pulled it off!


..Living in California, it was difficult to make items and bring them to Honolulu. Luckily, my mom is extremely crafty and wanted to help in any way she could. With the help of my extended family, my mom made the napkins, table runners, ring bearer shirt, pants and pillow, flower girl dress (the night before the wedding), folded 1001 cranes, printed and stuffed the table name picture frames, printed and assembled the program fans, organized all the tableware (plates, utensils, cups, etc.), and assembled the out of town guest bags. Sean and I coordinated the guest cards, personalized cornhole boards, and the guestbook photo album. In addition, my brother Scott made the card box, the Wedding sign (for guests to know where to turn in for the property), and the Mr. and Mrs. signs for the back of our chairs. The sand for the sand ceremony came from the Yellowstone river in Montana thanks to Sean’s parents and Waimanalo Beach in Hawaii thanks to mine…


..Yes! My gorgeous necklace and earrings were my something borrowed from the same wonderful woman who designed my engagement ring and wedding band. My something old was a handkerchief passed down to my Mother-in-law, from her mother. My something new was my pearl and rhinestone hair comb from Etsy, and my something blue, well; I wore that under my dress ;)


..My best advice for brides currently planning their wedding is to find vendors that fit their style, trust their instincts – hire good people to help you if you can because planning a wedding is overwhelming. Enjoy the process every step of the way. Also, it is important to do your research because you can find ways to save money and get creative. There are so many websites out there, especially look at sites like Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration. I know it sounds cheesy, but our wedding was exactly what Sean and I had hoped for. We wanted a venue that was intimate but also had the space we needed for all of our guests. We happened upon Loulu and were lucky enough to get the date we wanted. I had faith that everything would work out because I trusted all of the vendors we contracted with to make our day special. Did everything go exactly as planned? No, but in the end, everything worked out better than Sean and I could have ever imagined.” –  Samantha, the bride


Photography: Rachel Robertson Photography // venue: Loulu Palm Estate, North Shore, Oahu // coordinator: Karisa Ramolete Hayashi of Say I Do by Karisa // pastor: John Fuchigami // accommodations: Turtle Bay Resort // dress : Mary Me Bridal in Orange, CA // shoes: Vera Wang // bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhullier // groom: Kenneth Cole suit, Perry Ellis shirt and Clarks shoes // groomsmen: Tommy Bahama shirts and Dockers // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // hair: Jo Vogelbacher // flowers: Su V Expressions // catering: Big G’s Catering // cake: Cake Garden // music: Kamuela Kahoano // hula: Kelsi Chan // transportation: TP Transportation // corn hole boards, table numbers, sand ceremony, escort cards, guest bags, programs and etc: DIY-ed by the Bride and her mother

January 20, 2014

“Michael + Sarah were married overlooking the gorgeous mountains of Charlottesville, VA! Sarah’s attention to detail was flawless. She not only kept her vineyard theme throughout the entire day, but also incorporated sentimental touches such as her grandmother’s blanket and jewelry box to make her decor all the more special. Grapevines, wine cork key chain favors and lots of Tiffany blue! They got creative and used an old door frame, vintage mantel, old clocks and candle sticks to give their ceremony a rustic look. The lighting was perfect, the dance floor was never empty and cake was delish! This DIY vineyard wedding could not have been any more perfect!” – Tamara Pizzeck Photography


“Hands down, walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband’s face smiling back at me. I had been a nervous wreck all morning/afternoon and seeing him standing there with the biggest grin on his face was instantly calming to me. It really was the greatest moment and feeling I have ever had – in that moment I felt like the happiest and luckiest girl in the entire world…


..When planning our wedding it didn’t seem like I had that much DIY, but now looking back, I really did! My mother and I hand-dipped, decorated, and packaged 100 caramel apples as our favors, the Friday before the wedding. I made the key chains from wine corks that were given to me from the vineyard. Our reception centerpieces and ceremony aisle decor was pieced together from random things I found and loved at Garden Ridge. Table numbers were printed and placed in frames I bought on clearance from Pier 1 and Home Goods. The wooden shutters were painted and hinged by my father who I had hammer nails into them to hold the escort tags which were handwritten by me. I also wrote our ceremony program, bar menu, and menu on old wooden windows that came out of my parent’s basement. I also found the ceremony mantle in the basement, which had come out of a house my grandfather used to own. Everything else, the random knick knacks, mantle decor, and welcome table trinkets all came from junk stores or were antiques I borrowed from my grandmother… I took a jewelry box right off of her dresser and I even used a blanket of hers that was handmade and given to her on her wedding day over 50 years ago. As for the door frame, it came out of an old house in my home town that I purchased from the Habitat for Humanity store in town. I had my dad add the metal address numbers to be the date of our wedding. Our fingerprint guestbook was designed and drawn by my younger sister and bridesmaid, Amie…


..Yes, kind of. I forgot to ask to borrow something until I was walking down the aisle, but three out of four is good enough right? My something new was my dress and veil, blue was my shoes, and old was my garter which was given to me to wear during an impromptu bachelorette party I had after one of my bridal showers…


..Don’t let anyone interfere with the way YOU see your dream wedding. If they don’t like the meal you are picking because it’s non-traditional, don’t let them be a deciding factor in whether you choose it or not. If they don’t like the dress you are absolutely in love with, don’t let them make you second guess yourself into purchasing another one. It’s your wedding day, not theirs. You are in control of your choices, they are not. Stick to what you believe in and you will truly be happy with the results.” – Sarah, the bride


photography: Tamara Pizzeck Photography // venue: Keswick Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA // dress: Allure Romance #2512  from Caryn’s Bridals in Farmville, VA // bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff Style 334 in Glacier // mens atttire: Jos. A. Bank // cake: Chandler’s Bakery // flowers: Special Touch Designs // caterer: C&O Restaurant // rentals: MS Events // favors, centerpieces, table numbers, ALL ceremony decor including shutters and wooden door frame: DIY-ed by the bride and her family // guestbook tree: DIY by the brides sister Amie

January 17, 2014

This past year we have definitely seen chalkboard styles trending… and of course everyone loves a pretty mason jar – so today we’ve combined the two! Here in our first “12 Months of Martha” post for 2014, we are sharing a super easy technique to achieve a distressed chalkboard mason jar look – which would add the perfect rustic look to your wedding decor! For those of you who might not have heard of the #12MonthsofMartha program; the MSC Editors send their favorite crafty bloggers a box full of fun goodies every month and we get to create something with the ingredients… it’s a blast!



  • Martha Stewart Crafts chalkboard paint (blue, green, and clear)
  • mason and jelly jars, with texture!
  • coarse grit nail file or sand paper
  • soft bristled paint brush
  • chalk
  • wax paper


On a waxed piece of paper (or the like) start painting your first coat of chalkboard paint onto your mason jar with a soft bristled brush, the softer the better – it will leave less ‘paint lines’ behind. It’s always best to start with a clean jar… clean with rubbing alcohol if needed.


Let the first coat dry completely; at least one hour if not a few.


Then add a second coat, if you’d like. You might be totally happy with the coverage of the first coat, which is fine. The lighter the color, the more coats you might need… it’s completely up to you. Let dry for 24 hours.


//////////   MIXING PAINTS   //////////

We made all these shades below with the three chalkboard paints pictured above. Green, blue and clear (looks like white and dilutes like it too!). For the turquoise shade we mixed the blue and green! Get creative… the colors are up to you and your theme!


Once your paint has dried at least 24 hours you are ready to sand. This technique works best on jars that have a raised detail, like “Ball”, “Kerr”, or jelly jar hexagon patterns.


Using a coarse grit nail file or piece of sand paper, gently sand the paint off the raised design areas of your glass jar…


You can also sand the smooth areas of the jar to add extra texture and don’t forget the top!


I love seeing that lovely old-school logo…


Jelly jars (and tin cans) make this technique look good!


Now for the chalk. To finish the distressed look, you need to rub your entire jar with chalk. Once the jar is covered, wipe the chalk dust away with your fingers and then go back and add a little more for decoration.


The chalk step really finishes off the distressed look of the jars…


Add some chalk…


…rub it in and then add a little more!


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 by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard paint in Green, Blue, and Clear and MSC soft bristled paint brush: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // nail polish: Essie, Mint Candy Apple + Turquoise and Caicos

You can easily purchase these supplies from Whimseybox:

January 16, 2014

Babies breath bouquets have been quite the rage lately… so we figured we’d embrace this new trend! Aside from babies breath being incredibly inexpensive, it’s a flower that has a wide range of options. This bouquet pairs various small and delicate feeling blooms with that trending bud for a more elaborate looking bunch. We’ve wrapped the stem with soft burlap ribbon to add a rustic feel to this beautiful bouquet that is perfect for any season…


AVAILABILITY // All the flowers in this bouquet can easily be sourced year round! Meaning no matter winter or the middle of summer – you can have this look. Stock comes in a variety of pale colors which could bring a completely different feel to this bouquet; pale peach, pale yellow, pale pink, and lavender.


RECIPE // 6 stems of stock, 1/4 bunch of million star babies breath, 5 stems of button mums, and 18 blooms of stephanotis with pearl pins in the center


CARE // Overall this bouquet is water sensitive. Stock can be delicate so it’s best to keep this bouquet in a small amount of water until the wedding begins. It’s also best if it can be placed in a decorative jar of water at the reception. Stephanotis can be a difficult flower to use and is best used with a special water source called a stephanotis stem (can be purchased at a local flower shop). It’s actually best to leave the stephanotis in a cooler until the morning of the wedding and then place it in the bouquet. 


BOUTONNIERES // Each of these boutonnieres are simple and elegant for a no-fuss look that perfectly matches the bouquet. Notice that stock was not used in any of them because of it’s water sensitivity. Babies breath and button mums are perfect flowers for boutonnieres, wrap with a little burlap ribbon held in place with flower pins and they are ready to go!


amazing photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // gorgeous florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise

January 9, 2014

This week has already been so absolutely wonderful and now it’s even better!!! Today is the first of a brand new article called ‘Carly Rae Mood Board’… where one of our favorite wedding planners; Carly of Carly Rae Weddings is going to share a fresh and hip mood board with us! Of course we had to start the year off right with the turquoise and all… but seriously if I was getting married again, this would be the absolute perfect inspiration! 


The thought behind a beautiful mood board like this is that it should be the starting point of inspiration for your wedding day. Something to share with your vendors, family and friends or whoever is helping you plan your wedding. We share these boards with you to help you along in your process and vision… but by all means please compile your own! Let us know if you end up planning your event based on one of our boards ~ we’d love to hear about it!


mood board design: Carly Rae Weddings // turquoise + khaki invitation suite: Every Last Detail // turquoise candle + flowers: Wedding Sparrow // guys with turquoise ties: Grace Note Photography // wedding dress sun salutation: Your Cloud Parade // rustic cabbage rose wedding bouquet: Green Wedding Shoes // gold glitter shoes and jewlery: Green Wedding Shoes // mens turquoise stone ring: Clayton Austin // girl with white balloon: Wedding Sparrow // glamourous rose gold rings: Wedding Sparrow // feather and flower boutonniere: Style Me Pretty // amazing turquoise high heels: Style Me Pretty // bride + groom in chairs with tassels: Modern Vintage Weddings // honey wedding favors: Clayton Austin // soft mint bridesmaid with peach flowers in her hair: Landon Jacob // turquoise stripe wedding cake: 100 Layer Cake