April 1, 2014

“Abigail is one of those people that cares so much about other people, but never expects it in return. Because of that, her bridesmaids wanted to throw her the perfect shower. Being one of her bridesmaids myself I helped plan, excite, and enjoy this special day for Abby. All of us girls were on a budget so we needed to be very cost aware, but we still wanted to throw a good shower. We delegated obligations, took over her mom’s house, and only had a few minor panics. Since Abby and her soon-to-be husband love to cook together, we decided to have a kitchen themed shower. All of the paper goods had silverware and dishes on them, we gave away hand stamped tea towels for favors, and (my favorite) had everyone write a word of advice on a wooden spoon. Overall the day ended up great, and perfect for our bride to be. There were lots of laughs, hugs, and love towards this wonderful girl that we all cherish. Seeing her be a bit emotional because of all of the love coming her way was an absolute delight for me. My favorite quote of the day? “This is the best shower I’ve ever been to!!” – Spencer Studios

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“My favorite things about my bridal shower were seeing the faces of all my beautiful friends, how well everything was coordinated and how thoughtful the kitchen theme was! I absolutely love cooking and my bridesmaids took all of that into consideration…

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..All of the decorations, invitations, game cards, food, and favors were DIY-ed by my bridesmaids! They made an adorable flag banner from fabric scraps and ribbon, a fabric floral arrangement of epic proportions, hand-stamped tea towels to give to guests, matching stationary for the invites and thank-you’s PLUS cards to use during game time, pretty paper badges for myself and the winners of each game, and they even made me a fabric bouquet. It was precious and entirely scrapbook-worthy! A perfect way to say bon-voyage right before my destination wedding…

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..Our wedding was a planned elopement, so there wasn’t a lot of decoration required but I did DIY my hair piece for our ceremony! It’s now one of my favorite DIY projects. I took my great-grandmother’s old string of pearls and turned it into a hair comb. It’s the sentimental things that meant the most to me at our wedding. In addition to the comb, I broke the flower bouquet tradition and carried a journal. Over the years, we’ve written letters to each other in this journal, and now our vows are kept among them! But the best part of all was simply marrying the man I loved and sharing it in a beautiful, intimate setting!” – Abigail the bride

March 10, 2014

“If you can imagine having your wedding at a Lemonade stand out in the orchards of southern California, Bryan & Whitney’s wedding is what you would get! It was a warm summer day filled with much laughter and love from friends and family. The couple had a lemonade stand set up overflowing with a family recipe lemonade that greeted the guests as they arrived. But the best part of the day by far wasn’t the cute decorations (which were fun and summery), but the couple’s sweet love for each other and easy going attitude! They even dealt with a mini-catastrophe, an old door used as a prop blew over onto their cake, so an aunt had to run to the grocery to get another generic cake. The couple didn’t know about it until the cake cutting, and they burst into laughter wondering where their cake was, but just smiled and cut the cake they had, acting like nothing was wrong!” – Lukas & Suzy VanDyke

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Married: Whitney & Bryan from Lunch Pail Pictures

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“I don’t know if I could ever choose one specific memory! The day was so much more than I ever could have imagined because of the amazing help of my family and friends who helped pull together all the details we had envisioned. I had so been looking forward to just being married to Bryan that once we said “I Do”, the whole rest of the day we were all smiles. I think I hear often how a lot of couples can’t remember their wedding day because it went so fast, but I was really intentional about taking everything in. It’s all still so vivid! If I had to pick one memory that still stands out to me so vividly it would be when I first saw Bryan as my dad walked me down the aisle. We had decided not to do a first look so that moment was a big one, and I just remember feeling like it was so surreal that we had finally reached our wedding day. It was also really special for me to have those moments with my dad right before everything got underway. I also about died laughing hysterically when they told us our cake had been knocked over by a vintage door and had been replaced with a white Happy Quinceanera from a grocery store down the road that had the frosting scraped off. When we cut into it and it oozed out onto the platter, we burst into laughter. No one knew but us and our families – it was hilarious!

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..Yes, we did a lot of DIY projects for the wedding. Most of the decor was DIY – we found a lot of items at thrift stores like the vintage doors and old windows. A lot of the garlands we used at the reception had been made by my amazing bridesmaids and sweet family friends for the bridal showers they threw for me and I just loved them so much I had to use them again. My talented aunt made the big “Eat, Drink Lemonade, Be Married” banner that we hung from the trees above the favor table and my uncle made sure it got strung up just right the morning of. The wooden signs we used as directional pointers to get to the reception and also at the venue my mom and I painted in my parents’ garage at 1am the night before the wedding. My dad constructed the archway we entered through at the reception with branches from the lemon tree in my parents’ backyard. Those are the little things I loved about prepping for this wedding, how everything just came together with so much laughter and joy. I really couldn’t have done it without my mom & sweet aunties plus my lifelong friends/bridesmaids (& their moms!) They were just incredible.

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..I did! It all sort of came together the day of! My Something Old: was a vintage handkerchief I kept in the pocket of my wedding dress (yes my dress had pockets!) from my grandma, Delphine. Something Borrowed: was the stunning diamond bracelet that my Aunt Lou let me wear. Something Blue: was my garter, made by the lovely Emilee Hegg of Tasteful Tatters. And Something New: was my Tiffany’s necklace from my sweet groom engraved with my new last name!

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..First of all, enjoy the process! From finding your venue to opening the RSVP envelopes, soak in every moment. It goes by so quickly. Pick what’s most important to you and really focus your attention there and let the smaller details fall into place on their own. It’s just one day so make it absolutely memorable but most importantly, remember that you’re getting MARRIED. The rest of your life is so much bigger than just that one day. So if your cake falls over (which ours did!) or if your ring bearer goes fleeing in the opposite direction of the aisle (which ours did), laugh and enjoy every moment. You’ll be so thankful that you remember all the once in a lifetime moments, both big and small, when you think back on your big day. We do!” – Whitney, the bride

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Photography: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke // Videography: Lunch Pail Pictures // Dress and Belt: Watters Gown from Marylinn’s Bridal (now Panache), Pasadena, CA // Alterations, Veil, & Reception Hairpiece: Chantilly’s Bridal, Newhall, CA // Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles // Garter: Tasteful Tatters by Emilee Hegg // Suits & Men’s Shoes: Mr. Tux, Newhall, CA // Groom’s Tie: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Banana Republic // Flower Girls Dresses: updated from when me and my cousin wore them in my aunt’s wedding in 1998  // Ring Bearer’s Outfit: J.Crew, Janie & Jack, and Gap Kids // Make-up: Nicole Lind // Hair: Amy Wolf, Beyond the Fridge, Newhall, CA // Invitations: Minted // Calligraphy: My mom! Wendy Kane // Ceremony: Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA // Ceremony Program: Kea Brooks // Reception Site: La Campana Ranch, Fillmore, CA // Reception Map: Jamie Long // Music: Subito Strings // Flowers: Yamaguchi’s, Ventura, CA // Wedding Cake: Cakery Bakery, La Canada, CA // Rentals: Ventura Rental Company // Reception Details, Favors & Guestbooks: DIY by bride’s family & bridesmaids. Hanging Lemonade Banner by Brooke Moore

March 7, 2014

Spring is on it’s way and so I thought I’d bring you a bright, sunshiny tutorial today! Here I will show you exactly how to create this fabulous “pocket escort card display” to easily guide your guests to the right table! So grab your guest list and let’s get busy!

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SUPPLIES:

  • 2.25″ x 3.5″ baby envelopes from Paper Source
  • 2″ x 3.5″ business cards from Paper Source
  • fancy scissors
  • home printer
  • wrapping paper
  • large frame
  • scrapbooking adhesive like Glue Dots

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Start by removing the glass and backing from your large frame, the one I’m using here is 16″ x 20″. Then wrap the frame backing in your choice of wrapping paper. I’m using ‘paper bag‘ wrapping paper from Paper Source. Reassemble your frame without the glass. 

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Using your computer and favorite design software, print out escort cards for your guests. I’m using the business cards from Paper Source to keep things easy. You can use full sheet cardstock and cut the cards down to fit – it’s your choice. **When designing your cards make sure that only the guests names will peek out beyond the envelope pocket! The font we used here “Sofia” is free to download from Font Squirrel.

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These adorable baby sized envelopes make the perfect pockets! Trim 1″ off the top of each envelope to create the pocket.

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I love these colors together… aren’t they so bright and cheery?!!

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Then take each guest escort card and place into a pocket!

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Start to arrange them within your frame… 16″ x 20″ fit 30 escort pockets perfectly. You can use a larger frame or multiple frames if you need to. ***Arrange the cards as you choose; by alphabet, color, table… whatever makes sense to you. 

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Once you are happy with the placement, attach only the pocket to the wrapped frame backing using your favorite scrapbooking adhesive. Mine of course, is Glue Dots. 

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I’m completely in LOVE with how this display turned out…

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What’s great about Paper Source is they make choosing colors simple, everything matches and everything looks good together… what colors will fit your event? 

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This little display will definitely have your guests smiling on the way to their tables…

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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 by: Jen | Something Turquoise // baby envelopes in Fuchsia, Pool, Poppy and Curry, business cards in Eco White, wrapping paper in Paper Bag: Paper Source // large white 16″ x 20″ frame, Glue Dots and scallop edge scissors: Michaels // card font: Sofia free via FontSquirrel.com // nail polish: Essie – Resort Fling

January 27, 2014

“Megan + David are a sweet, fun loving Seattle couple. When I asked them what they love about each other, Megan said she loves David’s laugh and sense of humor; David said he loves Megan’s thoughtfulness and how she always thinks of others. Then and there I melted and was so excited to get to know them! Their wedding was held at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center at Discovery Park, a unique and beautiful park that is a holdout of wilderness within the city. The park is built on the historic grounds of Fort Lawton, which provided the perfect backdrop and pop of color for their portraits. After a heart-felt outdoor ceremony with a blue sky and the mirrored waters of Puget Sound behind them, the couple enjoyed a ‘fiesta’ themed evening of amazing Mexican food, a few cocktails, handmade donuts, and hitting the dance floor hard with their overjoyed friends and family.” – Red Sparrow Photography

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“It’s obviously really hard to pick just one, but I would have to say the dance party! I don’t think I sat down once after the music started, and most of the guests didn’t either! It was so nice to just let go after the more stressful parts of the day, and dancing was the part of the wedding I was looking forward to the most ~ aside from marrying my best friend of course! Our DJ was great and I could have danced all night!

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..I, along with some fabulous helpers, DIY-ed quite a bit for our wedding. The programs, seating cards, the decorative poms, the table numbers, my flower piece for my hair and the thank you cards were all done by me. Additionally, instead of having a traditional guest book, we decided to use a cookbook by one of my favorite chefs, Rick Bayless. My husband proposed to me in his restaurant, where the chef gave me a signed copy of one of his books. We had guests write on the pages of the book. We are looking forward to cooking and seeing our friends and families little notes to us!

I had a fabulous group of family and friends that helped with all the flowers, both centerpieces and bouquets. A big shout out goes to my Mom, who spearheaded the whole thing and helped me pick out my flower types and colors and my friend Jenny who is basically the bouquet making queen. While DIY-ing can get a bit stressful, it really allowed me to put my own stamp on the event – while making great memories with the people the helped me along the way. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

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..I did indeed! My something old was my grandmother’s bracelet; my something new was my earrings and my dress; my something borrowed was the necklace that my mother wore in her wedding; and my something blue was my shoes!

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..I think the biggest thing to remember throughout the whole process is – there is no right or wrong way to do things, so throw that rule book out the window! I really wanted the focus of our wedding to be on the celebration portion, so we made the ceremony short and sweet and allotted the most time for eating, drinking and dancing. Don’t want a cake? Get something you and the groom really enjoy, which in our case was donuts! Don’t want to do a bouquet or garter toss? Don’t! Just because your wedding isn’t super traditional, doesn’t make it any less special.” – Megan, the bride

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photography: Red Sparrow Photography // second shooter: Paul Gibbons Photography // venue: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center // dress: Maggie Sottero, alterations: Eltsa Custom Sewing // men’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan // bride and bridesmaid earrings: Mumsy // invitations: Minted // hair: Swink Stylebar // makeup: brides sister // flowers: DIY, purchased from: Every Day Flowers // caterer: Madres Kitchen // donuts: Street Donuts // DJ: Headsmile Productions

December 11, 2013

“The sweetest couple ever, Mark and Christine had an absolutely beautiful wedding day at the amazing La Venta Inn. Enjoy.” – John & Joseph Photography

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“My favorite wedding day moment was probably at the reception when we were officially announced. It was such a wonderful feeling to have ALL the people who you care about most in life applaud, smile, laugh, support, and celebrate our new marriage. It was a very happy and heart-warming experience. Also, probably the paebaek ceremony because it was so unique, and we had so much fun doing it!

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..Sadly I personally didn’t “DIY” anything, even though I really would have if I had the time! However, my matron of honor, Jenn, who wasn’t able to attend (she was 9 months pregnant), made my money gift box from scratch! She designed it to fit the nautical theme. It was gorgeous and very professional-looking. My awesome wedding coordinator, Ngoc, came up with the idea of the beach chairs in the sandbox! She spent hours putting the name cards into the picture-frame chairs. Also one of my bridesmaids, Susanna, made display cards for all the framed pictures that were on the cocktail tables, giving a little detail of each framed picture.    

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..Yes! Something new: my pretty hanbok (traditional korean wedding dress) and my hairpiece. Something old: my engagement ring- the diamond used to belong to my mother in-law. Something borrowed: the garter used to belong to my cousin. Something blue: the garter, and a blue stone at the bottom of each of my shoes (shoes are from something bleu).

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..My advice to brides-to-be would be to hire a wedding coordinator! It will truly make your life easier. Also with the time saved having an expert plan your dream wedding, you can sit back a little, and enjoy the planning process! Also spend a little extra money on photographer YOU really like – I promise you won’t regret it!” – Christine, the bride

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photography:  John & Joseph Photography Inc. // linens: Designer Specialty Linens // hair + makeup: Kelly Zhang // cake: King’s Hawaiian Bakery // venue: La Venta Inn // event planner: Ngoc Nguyen Lay of Skybox Event Productions // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // catering: NY Food Company // videography: Rainbowfish Cinema // DJ/MC: All Above the Events // flowers: BeMine Florist // dress: Oleg Cassini // veil: David’s Bridal // shoes: Something Bleu // suits: Armani

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