March 27, 2014

Garden weddings are a trend that will never disappear! This bouquet is a modern twist on the traditional hand tied bouquet since it’s designed in a crescent shape. These wild flowers were selected in a variety of tones and textures to embody the garden feel. Hanging amaranthus is one of my favorite flowers, so are orchids and dahlia’s – so when I saw this bouquet Jacki literally had to scrape my jaw off the floor… I’m beyond obsessed and I’m so glad I finally get to share it with you today!


AVAILABILITY // Most of these flowers are available year round except the bouvardia which is available only in late winter early spring. The bouvardia can be substituted with wax flower for a similar look. 


RECIPE // 6 stems light pink stock, 1 bunch pink bouvardia, 5 cymbidium orchid blooms, 6 stems of dahlia in white and pink, 1/4 bunch of clover, 1/4 bunch pepper berries, 1/2 bunch burgundy hanging amaranthus, 2 stems black berries and a small amount of ribbon. 


CARE // Dahlias can be very fragile and it’s best to touch them sparingly. They can also wilt quickly in high heat making it best to keep them in water as long as possible. A mist of water over the bouquet will help to keep the orchids fresh as well as the foliage. 


BOUTONNIERES // From modern to traditional, this bouquet can be paired with many different bout options! From left to right; a masculine boutonniere made from hanging amaranthus (which we are obsessed with), a modern mix of foliage and the center of the cymbidium orchid, a traditional cymbidium orchid accented with berries, a simple clover boutonniere, and finally a modern orchid petal and clover boutonniere.


Amazing Photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // Gorgeous Florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // Styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise

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


“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


..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!


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!


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


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 3, 2014

“Meghan and Brendan chose the picturesque backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina for their wedding celebration.  We knew as soon as we met this fun couple that their wedding was going to be amazing! Sarah Hosch with Southern Protocol did an amazing job coordinating the details of their day. It all started with a Christian ceremony at the historic St. Mary’s of the Annunciation, and then the reception and celebration followed at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant. We loved the romantic decor and vintage feel with pink, green, and cream color accents. Meghan wanted photos with the Charleston harbor in the background, so we went to Pitt Street Bridge in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant for a fun excursion with the bridal party. The newlyweds ended the night tearing up the dance floor to Rubberband, of East Coast Entertainment, and exited as exuberant guests holding sparklers cheered them on!” – Riverland Studios


“I think it would be impossible to choose one favorite memory, rather it was a collection of special moments and memories from our wedding that made the entire day perfect. I loved having time with my bridesmaids and mom getting ready before the ceremony, the anticipation of seeing my soon-to-be husband at the altar, and our reception was just as we had envisioned – everyone dancing! There were many small details that made our wedding special and unique to Brendan and I – a reflection on who we are as a couple;  having my uncle marry us, being able to have our Boston Terrier, Cal, in our photos, having my mom be able to walk me down the aisle and having our favorite drink, “Painkiller” as the signature cocktail. It truly was Oh Happy Day!


..I didn’t do many DIY projects, but we did want a custom and unique look – so ETSY was my best friend! AND I had the most fabulous wedding planner!


..I did! Something old was a photo of my father, who passed away when I was 12, that my mom had put in a locket for me to attach to my bouquet. Something new was my jewelry: both earrings and bracelet. Something borrowed was my veil, borrowed from a friend. Something blue was a very special handkerchief I received from my mother-in-law, that had blue embroidery.


ENJOY IT – It’s supposed to be fun!” – Meghan, the bride


photography: Riverland Studios // wedding planner: Sara Hosch of Southern Protocol // ceremony venue: St. Mary of the Annunciation // reception venue: Alhambra Hall, Mount Pleasant, SC // caterer: Bricklane Catering // flowers: Branch Design Studio // cake: Twenty Six Devine // invitations: Dodeline Design // dress: White // bridesmaid dresses: Lula Kate // hair + makeup: Willow Salon // mens attire: M. Dumas & Sons // ties: Bonobos // band: Rubberband // transportation: Absolutely Charleston 

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


“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!


..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!


..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!


..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


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 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:

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