December 4, 2013

We have super sweet and very colorful wedding to share with you today! With the help of crafty family and friends along with many talented Etsy vendors, Mike and Erin planned a vibrant wedding that was perfectly fitting to their personalities. Navy blue and lots of vibrant colors created the days palette and was accentuated through all the amazing details! 

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“For me, the actual wedding ceremony was an extremely emotional and special part of the day; Mike and I had been together for a long time before we got married, so making that commitment in front of our family and friends truly meant a lot. My favorite part of the reception was the cocktail hour: 1) we had a chance to spend time with our guests and 2) we were blessed with the most AMAZING day in terms of the weather; the scenery was beyond picturesque. Our cocktail hour definitely ran over, but we were having too much fun enjoying the weather (and of course the drinks); luckily, the band had a great time as well, so they agreed to play a little longer and make up for the overage at the end of the night. 

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..The only item that was truly DIY was the wedding program. Although it came out great, it was a project we left until the last minute, and I had to recruit my bridesmaids to help tie 180 bows during their bridesmaids luncheon; everyone obviously pitched in, but I think they would have enjoyed relaxing more rather than manual labor. I did, however, leverage others with DIY skills as I admittedly am not that crafty. Etsy was my go-to website and I basically was able to bring my vision to life by working with small crafters; you can find literally anything on the site and I had a great time working with such passionate people!

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..Yes. My something old was my grandmother’s handkerchief; she and I were very close and is sadly no longer with us, so my mom wanted me to have something special from her for my big day. Our closest family friends have 2 daughters of similar age to my sister and I and we have been best friends since the day we were born. Kara and Katie got married before my sister and I, so they started a tradition, and my something borrowed was a garter. Katie passed it along to me on my wedding day and I passed it along to my sister on her wedding day. Finally, my something blue was my shoes; I chose a very classic dress and therefore wanted to wear really fun shoes. My wardrobe is dominated by navy and white, so I obviously fell in love with a pair of navy and white striped J. Crew shoes!

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..I knew all the extra details I wanted to include to make my wedding special would add up in terms of costs, so I started buying things as soon as we got engaged; which really helped! A few weeks out from your big day, you are literally handing money out to every single vendor involved, so if you can start buying things earlier, it definitely helps ease the strain on your wallet.” – Erin, the bride

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photography: Kate Connolly Photography with Off BEET Productions // dress: Henry Roth (purchased at Kleinfeld) // shoes: J. Crew // bridesmaid dresses: Lilly Pulitzer // men’s attire: Jos A. Bank // ceremony venue: Our Lady of Perpetual Help // reception venue: Roxiticus Golf Club // cake & cake topper: Karen Gryctko (aunt of bridesmaid – cupcake tower) // catering: Roxiticus Golf Club // invitations & save the dates: Paperazzi // programs: DIY // flowers: Flowers by Addalia (father of bridesmaid) // music: Cashmere (part of Barry Herman Entertainment) // ice cream truck:Delicious Ice Cream LLC

December 3, 2013

I am beyond excited to announce that Something Turquoise now has our very own Etsy Tastemaker Page!!! Think of it as a Pinterest for all our favorite Etsy listings… only better! From Bridesmaid Gifts to Wedding Directional Signs, we will be continually adding awesome new items to our shop-able lists. Many different popular companies and bloggers have Etsy Tastemaker Pages that you can follow, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brit+Co, Lucky Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and West Elm are among our favorites. If you are here, then you are crafty… so I’m positive that you already have an Etsy account. Do yourself a favor and check out this fun new way to stay on trend with your top brands, including us!!!

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November 27, 2013

“Christine & Andre’s wedding was held on a beautiful autumn day, it was full of fun and relaxation. The couple created their own decorations and took care with each item, ensuring it was well thought out and meaningful to them. The feel of the day was very vintage and DIY. Most importantly the two were very much in love and focused on each other the entire day.” - Picture That Photography

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“My favorite memory is our entire wedding day! It was everything I had dreamed of and was so grateful to celebrate our love with our closest friends and family…

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..Since we had 17 months to plan our wedding I had a lot of time to craft! Our DIY projects included the table numbers, the paper flowers made from old French books, the favors, the photobooth backdrop and many of our flowers were from Andre’s mother’s garden!

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..My something blue and something borrowed was the garter Andre’s grandmother wore on her wedding day. My something old was an antique French ivory shawl I purchased from Etsy, and my something new was my dress!

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..When planning, stick to your own style and make your day unique and only what you and your fiance envisioned it to be.” – Christine, the bride

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photography: Picture That Photography // ceremony: Devonian Botanic Gardens // reception: Blue Meadows Hall, Edmonton Police Association // gown: Mollen Tailor Shop, rendition of a BHLDN gown // jewelry: Brass Boheme via Etsy // bridesmaids: BHLDN // groomsmen: Derk’s Menswear // cake: Brides aunt // catering: Elizabethan Catering Services // favors: DIY loose leaf tea // flowers: Brides friend // stationary: The Paper Tree // hair and makeup: Mousy Browns // music: Equinox Sound and Entertainment

November 18, 2013

“There is something so magical about small, intimate weddings and Holly & Dan’s wedding was no exception. Surrounded by their closest friends and families, they celebrated their love for each other in a touching ceremony that had nearly every attendee (myself included!) in tears. To make their wedding extra special, Holly incorporated several unique DIY elements that added to the charm and beauty of their day.” - Jennifer Halen Fine Art Photography

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“One of my favorite memories was seeing Dan for the first time. We’ve stared at each others face everyday for the past 10 years but there’s something indescribable about looking at the man who is about to be your husband. It was extremely emotional and gave us a few moments to ourselves to take in the magnitude of the day. It was really special…

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..I DIY-ed pretty much everything. I love being artistic and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. After all the big decisions were made I finally got to do the fun stuff! Although I had to remind myself on a daily basis that DIY is NOT just for Martha Stewart. I started with the jalapeño jelly as my favors (thanks for the recipe mom) because I wanted our guests to take home a taste of the Southwest. I ordered my flowers from a shop on Etsy. I decided to go the “dried” route and would highly recommend it. I used any and all wedding web sites for artistic inspiration and things were finally coming together! A fun twist was incorporating turquoise throughout the wedding and I ended up investing in some great pieces for my dress and wedding jewelry. But the coolest part is that it all ties back to the ring on my finger. Dan had my ring made by Will McNabb in Flagstaff, Arizona and turquoise and blue opal were incorporated into the band and at that point, I knew I wanted the stone and color as part of our wedding…

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..Don’t over spend. Although a wedding is important it’s not worth going into debt over. Being a wife is way more important than being a bride.” – Holly, the bride

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photography: Jennifer Halen Fine Art Photography // venue: The Grotto at the Arizona Center // catering + cake: Fresh from the Kitchen // dried florals: Family Dried Flowers via Etsy // DJ: Start the Party // wedding coordination: Steffi of Definitiv Bridal // jelly favors: made by the bride :) Jars: Walmart, Labels: Tipsy Graphics via Etsy // hair: Young Blood // makeup: Summer Duncan // dress: The Limited // shoes: Karina Oliveira // invitations: DIY-ed from Michaels // jewelry (earrings, necklace & broach): Handmade by the Zuni tribe, purchased at Old Town Trading, Scottsdale, AZ

October 22, 2013

For our last Etsy inspiration board of the day… we decided to round-up our favorite polka dot wedding details! Why are polka dots just so charming!?! All of the images below are from current Etsy listings, for more information of each item click the links below! 

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polka dot wedding veil with satin bow: Maria Louise Bridal // pink confetti wedding invitation: Shine Invitations // polka dot wedding cufflinks: The Fox And Fig // rustic, polka dot heart wedding favor magnets: Handy Happy Hearts // dusty pink polka dot wedding ring bearer pillow: Cultivar // white polka dot wedding garter with bow: Sugar Plum Garters