February 5, 2014

“Maggie & Chris – we’ve got to give them as much praise as we can. They got it 100% right. Their day was beautifully accentuated with amazing style and class, incredible Green Mountain beauty, super fun loving friends and family, intricate design and crowd moving live soul music. Every made to order customized detail stood out strong! Their rings, the clothes, a typewriter for personalized messages, super fun photo booth – you name it. Having this incredible day nestled at the Riverside Farm in Pittsfield was an obvious choice. They provided an incredible space full of eye pleasing places to photograph. School House Gardens provided their usual floral excellence, Occasions Catering did an incredible job making sure everyone was fed in style while My Little Cupcake perfectly sweetened up the whole deal. Grippo Funk Band melted the crowd all night long and right before leaving we witnessed a striking sparkler send off. Congrats on both your love AND your wedding day perfection Maggie & Chris!” – Ampersand Wedding Photography

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“I’ve heard many brides say their day was a blur… but truly I remember each and every little moment, from the blessing my yoga instructor said during my morning practice to the final toast my husbands grandfather made at our after reception. One outstanding moment was my walk down the aisle to my husband to be.

I chose to walk alone because in my heart that was what felt best. I stayed calm and collected all day getting ready, but as the bridal procession began their walk my knees began knocking and the butterflies in my stomach began fluttering. The walk from the farmhouse, across the field, to the arbor where I was to meet Chris was a long walk (probably 2 1/2 minutes). As the last of my bridal party had left the farmhouse, my nerves settled and I felt an overwhelming calm. I’m ready to marry my man! The song I chose to walk alone to was “Bliss” by Phish, a sweet instrumental that always gives me chills. I began my entrance, I was fearless and excited. As I got closer where our friends and family were seated, Chris came to meet me, I took his arm, he told me I was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. We happily walked up the final leg of the aisle together, arm in arm. Nothing could have felt so right. BLISS

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..from start to finish I created every detail from our handmade save the dates to the extra long sparkers we used for the send off. I wrote the entire ceremony and we each wrote our own vows. We designed our programs, menus, and lots of different kinds of signage from old painted fence posts, chalkboards and stencil stamped burlap. My mother-in-law helped me find a vintage typewriter for guests type out their advice and best wishes and I found photos of all 4 of our grandparents on their wedding day.  

My thoughts on DIY: Don’t try to do it all yourself if you have people who know you and understand your vision, delegate! Wedding planning is very stressful if you are doing it completely on your own like I did. Your wedding can still have a lot of character and reflect both of you without getting glue gun happy!

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Old- I wore my Grandmother Ann’s wedding veil, however I had it refurbished. It was a lace edged, 2 tier, cathedral length veil from 1947. I had it cut to elbow length and found some gorgeous 1920’s style hair clips to attach it to my head.

New- I got a tattoo with my big sister, a couple weeks before my wedding day. It is a mantra written in Sanskrit on the inside of my right bicep.

Borrowed-  My ring! My husband had my engagement ring custom made. He recycled some of his mothers diamonds to create the perfect ring for me. A beautiful, ethically sourced Malawi Sapphire surrounded by diamonds borrowed from his mother. 

Blue-  My shoes! I am a petite 5’2 lady so I always can get away with wearing high heels to stand with my burly 6’5 husband. I found a super cute 1920’s style shoe in light blue they were about 4 inches and super comfortable. I had no problem in the grass or getting down on the dance floor. I wore them all night long. Happy feet!

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1. Stay Calm and Trust the Universe.  (another mantra I continue to live by)

2. Whatever amount of time you have is enough. Work with what you’ve got! 

3. Try your best not to get overwhelmed, ask for help, talk it out. Everyone wants to help, sometimes they just don’t know how. Also talk to your vendors, I didn’t have a wedding planner but my vendors were more than happy to help me feel confident that things were going run smoothly on my wedding day.

4. Accept that there will be errors. I planned every little detail and all the big ones too from types of seating to linens to flowers, transportation, food, music, etc. Things get lost in the shuffle for sure and in the end it really didn’t matter.” – Maggie, the bride

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photography: Ampersand Wedding Photography // venue: Riverside Farm, Pittsfield Vermont // dress: Claire Pettibone // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale // grooms suits: Alton Lane // ties: Tie Crafters // shoes: Allen Edmunds // groomsmen: Brooks Brothers “Gatsby Collection” // engagement ring: Lisa Linhart // wedding bands: Vanessa Lianne // favors: Vermont Maple Syrup from the Begin family sugarhouse, Pittsfield, VT (Trees were tapped less than a mile away from the venue!) // florist: A Schoolhouse Garden // cake: My Little Cupcake // invitations: Paper Source // band: Grippo Funk Band // caterer: Occasions Catering // hair: Cailyne Crowder // transportation: Gramps Shuttle Service

February 4, 2014

We absolutely love all the fun little extra wedding day details that can be created to add additional flair… like these personalized wedding coffee sleeves! No sense in burning your delicate fingers on hot coffee the morning of your wedding day… you can make these protective sleeves in no time – and of course tailor them to your wedding theme. There are so many options! The cup below was simply punched out of thick glitter paper ~ isn’t it fab!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Machine
  • Lifestyle Crafts ‘drink sleeve‘ die cut template
  • your choice of cardstock (cut to 6″ wide and at least 10″ long)
  • your choice of 12oz coffee cups from Party City (so many colors!)
  • Sharpie, stamps, print out… whatever you’d like to embellish your cup

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Start by cutting your drink sleeves with the Evolution machine from Lifestyle Crafts. Place your choice of cardstock on top of the drink sleeve cutting die, and crank through the machine…

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In seconds you will have a perfectly punched and embossed drink sleeve, ready to fold!

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There are so MANY different ways to embellish these drink sleeves… stamping you and your grooms initials is one idea.

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..another idea is to use a wedding related rubber stamp.

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You can write special names with a Sharpie paint pen… like Bride or Maid of Honor.
These would make wonderful additions to any bridal shower!

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This drink sleeve cutting template also comes with a few tags and banners as well… here we are cutting the sleeve and a tag at the same time, using different paper.

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You can use this tag to write each guests name, their table… or just a simple sentiment.

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Attach with your favorite scrapbooking adhesive.

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To save 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers products please use the code TURQUOISE during checkout at www.shopwer.com.

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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 Photography // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Lifestyle Crafts Evolution and Drink Sleeve Cutting Template: courtesy of We R Memory Keepers // white and turquoise 12 ounce coffee cups and lids: Party City // Glue Dots, rubber stamps (ring and alphabet), cardstock, glitter paper and Sharpies: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

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

January 21, 2014

Are you in search of a fun and silly way to entertain your wedding guests? Then look no further than this simple DIY… wedding Mad-Libs, or Wed-libs are a light hearted and easy game perfect for any type wedding event! Since everyone loved the 3 versions that we published {last year}, today we are sharing 3 more! Happy Crafting!

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SUPPLIES: 

  • FREE ‘wed-libs’ downloads below
  • 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • bakers twine
  • pencils
  • printer

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Download. Print. Cut your 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half, lengthwise – at 5.5″.

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That’s pretty much all there is to it… these designs are full front and back!

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We have 3 brand NEW ‘Wed-libs’ theme downloads for you!!!

HOW THEY MET  //  Front  &  Back

THE REHEARSAL  //  Front  &  Back

THE BIG DAY  //  Front  &  Back

These fun Wed-libs were written by my fabulous mother exclusively for Something Turquoise!

Once downloaded, print as many as you need – both front and back. Do test prints to make sure that you are happy with the paper and printer quality. You can also take these files to your local print house and have them print them for you. Two ‘wed-libs’ are on each 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.  Most print house’s will cut them for you as well, with one swift chop.

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If you’d like to add pencils we used 18″ of twine…

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Tie a simple knot or a bow… and you are done!

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SO fun! Now… for those of you not familiar with how to play ‘Mad Libs‘… you are supposed to blindly fill in the words asked for (on the back of these cards) and then transfer or read them into the front paragraph. It makes the story sillier if you don’t know what it’s about…

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Click {here} for the other 3 versions:
The Proposal Story, Bachelorette Party and Honeymoon Plans

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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 // DIY tutorial + free downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Wed Libs written by: JoAnn Causey // cover weight 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in Gravel + purple bakers twine: Paper Source // Martha Stewart paper trimmer + jewel topped pencils: Michaels  // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos

December 24, 2013

Happy Christmas Eve!!! This year we had the pleasure of working with Sugarfina for our custom, SomethingTurquoise.com Christimas candy favors ~ aren’t they adorable!?! We had to share because they are so darn cute! We were attracted to Sugarfina at first because of their ‘turquoise bear gummies‘ but quickly fell in love with the owners and their love of sugar!

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Sugarfina is a high quality, curated candy boutique that carries incredibly unique and down right darling sweets! If you have a sweet tooth, are in need of a sugary gift or are looking for specialty, custom wedding favors ~ you simply must check out their gourmet candy collections. We had such a wonderful time working with them on our custom Christmas favors we know that you will too!

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images courtesy of: Studio Eleven Photography