April 16, 2014

I am super excited to announce that Darby Smart has added me as their most recent creative designer and picked up my ‘Glittered Wooden Spoon Favor‘ tutorial!!!! What that means is you can now easily purchase all the supplies you’ll need – in one box- quickly from their website! Check it out! 

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April 16, 2014

“The first time I met William + Valeria, she said that they aren’t a photogenic couple… yeah right?! Their DIY wedding was held at the Woods Clubhouse near their home. It was beautiful and hot summer day but their gorgeous indoor venue kept everyone cool and they happily partied all night long.” – Aga Jones Photography

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“Our wedding day felt like a dream come true… so many wonderful moments it’s really hard to choose just one. However, if I have to choose one, my one favorite moment is walking down the aisle…. oh I was so nervous… I could not even look around to see everyone around me and then right before I got to the front – I looked up and saw my wonderful, handsome husband… we locked eyes… everything just felt right!

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..Yes! The entire wedding was definitely an effort put forth by my husband and I. We were a team, when it came up to selecting the vendors to the linens on the table to the cake stand. I would say about 85% was done by the both of us. We created the bar top,  the vintage bath, my husband set up the ceremony and I took care of all the flowers that you see!

I absolutely love flowers and for my special day I wanted something airy and simple, so I chose babies breath for all the centerpieces and bridesmaids’ boutiques and I chose ivory roses for mine. I made all the boutiques, including my own, boutonnieres as well as the centerpieces. I also created a one of a kind rosary that I wrapped as an overlay on my bouquet.

The both of us created most of the wedding details, which made our special day feel just that much more special. We created our own monogram that we used as accents throughout everything. We even created and assembled our own save the date and wedding invitations – with the help of Paper Source in La Jolla, CA; which is just amazing DIY store, it has walls of walls of different envelopes, paper and liners and all come in unique designs and sizes!

For the ceremony, we went to a fabric store and bought burlap as our aisle runner and spray painted our monogram to make it feel one of a kind. We used vintage crates to place flowers around us for our ceremony. For our wedding guest book, I wanted something non-traditional, so chose Jenga blocks and guests were able to sign and write something special. We wanted our ceremony to be intimate and reflect our love for one another, having been together for 8 years, finally tying the knot was an unforgettable moment in time, and what better way to express our love than writing our own vowels, which just made that moment feel so special…

For the reception decorations, we refurbished a vintage bath tub, that the alcohol was kept cold in, and created our own bar top and used wine barrels that we found in my husbands dads backyard. We had signature drinks and vintage mason jars that had a chalkboard stickers on them so guests could write their name and take as a favor. My husband so incredible as he is, surprised me with a tiered cupcake stand that he made and engraved our monogram and this beautiful quote “How sweet is a kiss of loves beginning.” It was the perfect touch of a one of a kind piece and his commitment to making the wedding day so special!!!

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My something old was my tiara… the last time I wore it I was fifteen! My something new was my dress. My something blue was my garter that my maid of honor made for me. 

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Well, coming from my husband he said the best part was planning everything and working as a team. 

The process in itself is memorable, being a team and choosing every piece together really makes the day that much more special. I don’t think I could have done it by myself, I needed a partner and why not choose your life long partner. It was great because we did exactly what we wanted to do.” – Valeria, the bride

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photography: Aga Jones Photography // venue: The Woods Club House // wedding coordination: Brittany Blain Events // dress: Prevue Formal & Bridal // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21 // men’s attire: Macy’s // cake: The Cupcake Store // catering: San Diego Paella // rentals: Platinum Party Rentals 

April 9, 2014

“Nicole and Jeremy both live out of state so planning a wedding from far away is a bit of a challenge, especially a heavily DIY-ed wedding. Fortunately Nicole’s family lives local to their wedding venue so that made a lot of the DIY projects for their wedding a little easier. They decided to get married at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, home to the world famous Portland Headlight. The park opens it’s dates for Maine residents first and then for out of state couples – this worked in Nicole & Jeremy’s favor tremendously. We were having one of the hottest spells in a very long time that week – but it thankfully broke for Sunday morning. Had they gotten the Saturday date they originally wanted we would have been hit with 90-100 degree temps!

Almost all of their details were DIY so it made their entire wedding really personal. Everything from the invitations, flowers, the cake pops, decorations all the way to the favors were lovingly handmade. One of the standouts from the day were the doors & platform for her ceremony. Even though they were having an outdoor ceremony, Nicole still wanted that feeling of walking through doors and down the aisle. Another one of the DIY highlights were the flowers. Nicole bought buckets of flowers from a local garden and all the girls, the night before the wedding, went through all the flowers and each created their own handmade bouquet. Lovely!” – Brittany Rae Photography

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“We really enjoyed the entire wedding journey! My husband and I agree we really enjoyed the ceremony and taking sunset pictures together after the reception was over. It was a quiet moment in a busy day where we could really soak in the reality of the day. We also really appreciated how each of our friends and family contributed something unique and important! We could not have managed such a wonderful wedding without their support, guidance, assistance and expertise…

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..We did as much DIY as possible for a few reasons: I really enjoy crafting and creating things, to save money and because we wanted everything to be very meaningful and intentional. It was so rewarding to watch all our time and effort come together on the wedding day to create a simple but beautiful presentation.

- Invitations: Thankfully, my now husband is a very talented graphic designer, so we created, printed and assembled all our invitations, which were a huge hit!

- Centerpieces: My mom and I collected and assembled all the candles with the twigs and moss. I made some of the twig balls and bought the others. I wrapped and hot glued all the vases with the brown roping (this took the longest). We cut the table runners from a giant piece of burlap we ordered online. Some of my favorite memories are of my mom and I calling each other to a report a special find or a good deal at a store.

- Flowers: After one very frustrating session at the florist where I was feeling very anxious about which flowers to pick (there are so many options!), my mom found a lady down the road who sells wildflowers for a few dollars a pail and I said, “That’s it! Everyone makes their own bouquet with whatever flowers they want!” And we did. We ordered 15 pails of wildflowers she cut the night before the wedding and each bridesmaid was able to customize their flowers how they wanted. They also helped make the wildflower bunches to put in the vases as centerpieces. We also made the boutonnières for the guys out of leaves left over from the wildflowers. Lovely and extremely inexpensive!

- Background for ceremony: We collected wooden boxes, the ladder and chest at yard sales throughout the spring and early summer! I remember one woman cried when I told her I was going to use the boxes in my wedding because they belonged to her grandfather, who had recently passed, and she was overjoyed they were being put to such special use. My husband’s father and brother (both in carpentry/building) created the stand alone doors for us to walk through from scratch! My dad and I made the wedding signs to tell people where to go out of an old wooden pallet we found at the dump yard. He pulled all the boards off and I stencil painted them. I remember when my dad and I were driving one day and I said, “I really want some old wood that already looks worn,” and my dad came through.

- Favors: My husband and I also designed, printed and created our favors. We wanted something lasting that would be really special, so we donated the cost of favors to missionary friends and created cards to remind people to pray for them.

- Appetizer Food tables: My mom and I collected plates, platters and items from family, friends and yard sales and spent hours figuring out how to place everything on the table. We took pictures of how we wanted it set up so people would know the day of. We bought all the food/drinks as things went on sale and had friends lay it out that day.

- Cake pops: My friend/bridesmaid Sam Tate owns a cake pop business in Pennsylvania, who made all the cake pops and brought them special delivery to Maine for the wedding even though she was in a wedding in Pennsylvania the night before (she and her husband drove through the night to get to Maine for the wedding the next morning)! My mom found the baskets at a local store for really cheap and we put styrofoam blocks in the baskets (weighed down by rocks) and then put moss over top to create a “flower bed” look. The baskets were propped up by cardboard blocks from the basement we used to play with as kids and strategically covered by tablecloths!

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..Looking back at the entire wedding experience, some of my favorite memories and fondest moments were actually before the wedding even happened! I remember keeping a weekly countdown chart and writing down what I did for the 25 Sundays leading up to the wedding. I really enjoyed bonding with family and friends, planning with my fiancé, completing a Bridal Workbook called “The Conscious Bride,” compiling things for the wedding and silly things like calling my mom over another 50% off coupon at the craft store. I highly recommend keeping a journal, chart or scrap book of the planning, preparation and wedding because it goes by so fast. Take the time to close your eyes and treasure the moments leading up to the wedding and of course, the wedding day itself! Also, keep discontentment at bay by remembering what you are thankful for and letting go of unreasonable expectations. Your wedding is unique and cannot be compared to any other wedding! Make it your own. Enjoy the journey!” – Nicole, the bride

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Photography: Brittany Rae Photography // Venue: Fort Williams Pavilion, Maine // Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses (picked their own – in clover): David’s Bridal // Veil: Etsy // Shoes: Tom’s Bridal // Necklace: customized with the brides birthstones and initials via Etsy // Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Rings: custom by Don Basch Jewelers // cake pops: Pint Size Pops // catering: Dandelion Catering

April 8, 2014

This #12MonthsofMartha project is simple, sweet and comes with a treat! A Giveaway!!!! Here we show you how one tool makes personalizing your wedding details quick and easy… from invitations to napkins, it does it all! 

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SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Self-Inking Stamp Designer Starter Set
  • coasters, napkins, tags, invitations etc!

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This stamp designer set is super easy to use… place your choice of text into the stamp plate using the pair of tweezers included. Many, many letters are included so that you can have full phrases and sentences unlike other stamp kits. 

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Once you have your saying set, pop in the stamp pad and test your design on scrap paper.

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Then simply center on your item to be stamped and press down. It’s that simple.

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Next, stamp anything and everything that you’d like to!!! From your Save the Date invitations to your thank you cards and everything in between. When you are thinking about purchasing something that will get you through it all – consider this stamp kit!

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This Giveaway has ended. Thank you to the winner and all who participated.

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Get the supplies you need to make this project from our affiliate links below:

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 Photography // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts Self-Inking Stamp Designer Starter Set and Coasters: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // napkins and tags: local party supply store // nail polish: OPI – Love Angel Music Baby

April 7, 2014

“Rachel and Bradley’s wedding was one of my favorites of the year! It was a beautiful outdoor event held at a lovely vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which is also where I grew up. I knew Rachel as a little girl and our families are close friends so Rachel’s wedding was extra special to me. Rachel, who is an artist, was involved in planning every single detail of her wedding and it definitely showed. I loved her creative style, and the fact that she and her family handmade so many of the lovely details made the day extra special. I was honored to be a part of this lovely wedding.” – Gayle Driver Photography

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“It is so hard to pick one moment. Some of my favorite moments were getting ready with my friends and spending the whole morning doing hair and makeup and drinking mimosas. I also loved the conversation my dad and I had while he walked me down the aisle. He is such a tender hearted man and he told me he proud he was of me and the life I was about to start with Brad, I couldn’t help but tear up. I loved walking down the aisle and seeing Brad’s face light up. We didn’t do a first look, so those moments before I got to him, were so sweet to see his reaction…

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..What didn’t I make?! I am a self described DIY fanatic. I get all kinds of crazy ideas from Pinterest and try to figure out how to make them happen. I spent a lot of time with family and friends crafting before the wedding. We got married at a vineyard and so I made lots of things including a big “T” (for Tenny our last name) out of wine corks. I worked with my dad routing & painting the signs that were displayed throughout the reception out of old barnwood. My bridesmaids helped me make all of the favors that also acted as the escort cards,  which were S’more packets with a tag that said “sending S’more Love”. I grew up at a camp and loved making them as a child. I learned a little bit of calligraphy (I definitely have a lot more to learn!) so I could letter all of the tags and signs throughout the reception. It was so much fun for me to have that quality time making them with my family and friends. I am sure they got tired of my ideas, but I loved the process and being able to see all that we had done come together on the big day…

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..I love this tradition. My something borrowed and blue was a broach (carried on my bouquet) that was a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother. They have both passed away and it really felt like I was carrying them with me through that day. My something new was the beautiful earrings and bracelet I wore that were given to me by my mother-in-law. My something old was the lace in the hair piece I wore that was made by Amelia of AMD and put together by my mom and I.

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..I loved planning our wedding. I spent hours and hours reading blogs and putting together ideas. I designed most everything from the centerpiece idea to the lanterns and place settings. I was actually kind of sad once the wedding was over, that the planning was over too.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being married, I just so enjoyed the planning process. My advice is something that most brides say, but I truly mean it… Enjoy every single moment of being a bride, from the showers to the wedding. You will only get these precious moments once, so be present in all of them AND get a wonderful photographer to capture them. So much of the day seems like a blur, but I am so thankful to have great photographs to look back at and remember the details. Take it all in and don’t stress yourself out. Nobody else will care or notice the tiny things that go wrong.” – Rachel, the bride

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Photographer: Gayle Driver Photography // Event Designer: Ameiia Marie Designs // Venue: Bluestone Vineyard // Caterer: Hank’s Smokehouse & Southern Grillery // Cake Designer: Sue Dean // Flowers: The Weekend Florist // calligraphy chalkboard signs: Diamond Designs

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