May 29, 2013

“Luke and Ashley were married on September 15, 2012 at a lovely, quaint, wooden chapel in the Hamptons. The sky was a perfect blue and the slight breeze from the sandy beach filled the air. The couple ventured into the heart of the Hamptons and posed for photos under one of the village’s windmills. The reception took place at the historic Conklin House (which so happens to be Ashley’s great aunt’s home) in the large hedged-in back yard complete with a swimming pool and long tables decorated with vintage china, old silverware, french bread, and fruit bowls. The newly married couple served their guests a fabulous brunch. With dancing until mid afternoon and a finale with a stroll on the beach with the large bridal party, this event was nothing short of romantic and refreshing.” – Tirzah Photography

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The bride actually DIY-ed this amazing veil herself!!! Read her fabulous feedback below for the details. AMAZING job Ashley… it looks stunning!

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“The ceremony was my favorite. I loved the anticipation, the 100 yard march from my cottage to the church, my sister and best friend in tow, the nervous beaming smiles, the warmth of prayer from all my bridesmaids and family. Our huge bridal party; in their fluttery pink and stately navy, the huge flock I called my nearest and dearest  (I had a moment of “Did I make a mistake, this is so over the top”) the bridal party was a mile long and 4 wide like a train coming into the back of the church…. then I realized, NO, I’m sooo glad I choose this; these are the people Luke and I love the most. My dads face at the end of the isle waiting for my entrance, the shaking and weeping I could barely walk, my journey down the isle towards a circle of pink dresses & Luke’s silhouette getting clearer and less fuzzy as I got closer… the smell of the church, the weight of my gown, the tears in my moms eyes…

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..We made vanilla extract with raw beans and vodka 6 months before the wedding. It was an extremely messy and frustrating project. My sister, my mom and I were all at each others throats covered in black extract and vanilla seeds by the time we finished! But it was delicious and everyone is still raving about them and asking for more!

I fell in love with a $200 angel over your face and head style veil with rhinestones in the fabric… so we made our own with $30 of fabric and $6 of little white glass stones, plus some bobby pins. We simply just cut the fabric in a half circle at the back and pinned it togther the night before the wedding.. easy! Three hours! Mom and my sister, and Molly, helped me ~ it was longer and in my opinion much better!

For the china, I spent a good 8 months scouring thrift, consignment, yard sales, estate sales and antique shops for 150 place settings. I had a few rules to keep me under control, and a lot of doubters to fend off… but I actually really enjoyed this project! I only spent up to 2$ on a dish and kept the patterns to florals or dishes with gold or silver trimmings… I gave them away as gifts in mitch-match sets to my bridesmaids and family following the wedding. I collected dinner, appetizer, and cake dishes, silver for each setting and small glass monkey bowls for yogurt parfaits … I also collected the silver basins and pedestals used for the floral arrangements…

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..I’m not really a classical old, new, blue kind of girl but I did wear my mothers jewelry, the simple garment earrings and bracelet I had loved since I was a kid. Luke’s grandmother Gaga sent a prayer hankie covered in tears, love and prayers for me to pin under my dress, since she could be there, which I wrapped my bouquet in instead…

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..Let go, just let go… trust the most creative people in your life, and communicate your desires well and then let the details go…

For me this was my sister, Molly, co-owner of The Stem – Kansas City. She runs a small business but packs a big punch. She could work with anything and make it beautiful! Her and my mother double teamed and pulled off a wonderful, memorable, beautiful day. It took me a while to let go of everything and trust them in their creativity and ability to build what I was imagining. On the day of the wedding I was blown away, it was far from the picture in my head, but it had all the things I’d hoped for and more, all the details were sorted out and even the one little disaster I ended up loving: I wanted white single layer cakes on pedestals with lush fresh flowers on the center or side of each cake. The cakes arrived in techni-color from the well meaning scrumptious Italian bakery who definitely had skimmed the details… At least they tasted delicious! And everything else was so beautiful who cared! It was kind of funny to me ..

And… save room in your budget for a great photographer! :)

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photography:  Tirzah Photography // ceremony: St Thomas Episcapal Church // dress: Bridal Extraordinare // reception: Historic Conklin House // Floral Designer: The Stem // tux and men’s attire: J.Crew // cinema: Adam Hanly Photo/Video // Caterer: DG Catering // Bakery: Frank and Son Bakery

May 23, 2013

“Emily planned the wedding by drawing inspiration from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and incorporating tasteful, vintage decor. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding on a spring day in the suburbs of Houston, TX with gorgeous morning light and a crisp breeze. The bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements included pastel colors that tied both themes together. Guests were served a phenomenal brunch that included custom omelets, fresh fruit, and homemade blueberry pancakes!” – Amy Watson Photography

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“My favorite wedding day memory is at the end of the ceremony. We were introduced to our guests as “Mr. and Mrs. Broussard”, turned around, and “Linus and Lucy” from Charlie Brown began to play, courtesy of the string quartet we hired. As we turned around this is the first time I got to see all of the guests so it was exciting for me. I also loved when we got to eat. We had a brunch wedding, so the food consisted of eggs made to order, a pancake station, hashbrown casserole, a ham carving station, etc. The guests loved it!

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..My something old was my great-grandmother silver ring that I wore on my pinky finger. My something blue was a piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress that we tied around my garter. Her wedding dress was actually blue!

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..My mom did alot of DIY projects for my wedding. Our favors for the guests were little jars of strawberry freezer jam that my mom made and jarred and decorated all on her own. Everything for the centerpieces either came from my mom’s house or was found at garage sales. We designed how we wanted each table to look and had the florist add a few flowers to each table. My mom also made the ceremony programs which were fans and the menu and schedule for each guest…

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..Don’t sweat the small stuff. I remember worrying about every detail of the centerpieces, music, etc. But when the big day arrives, none of those things matter! I started to realized this in the 2-3 weeks before the wedding and I began to feel so relieved. It feels so much better to just go with the flow. Eveything will happen the way it is supposed to.” Emily, the bride

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photographer:  Amy Watson Photography // venue: Belle Rose Maison // dress: Blue by Enzoani // tux: Black Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse // ties: Nordstrom // bridesmaid dresses: different designers all purchased from Venturas Bridal // invitations: Invitation Solutions // flowers: Antique Rose // musicians: divisi strings, llc // cake: Dream Cakes Inc. // catering: E&P Catering // videography: The Pros // hair: Your Beautiful Face

May 20, 2013

We have an absolutely darling southern wedding to share with you today! Carmen Ash Photography did an amazing job capturing the beauty and tranquility of Casey and Bevin’s special day. Beyond the beautiful DeBordieu plantation, the brides adorable smile and the gorgeous florals… the couple hired an artist to paint them durring their ceremony!!!

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“It’s hard to pick a favorite memory from our wedding! The day was filled with so many great memories. If I had to choose just one moment, I would say it was seeing each other for the first time. We didn’t do a first look, so the first time we saw each other that day was when I reached the end of the isle. It made that moment much more special, and we couldn’t stop smiling at one another…

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..We had a couple of DIY projects at our wedding. I made the wedding programs for the ceremony. I was very happy with the way they turned out. I wanted something custom, so I made them in Photoshop and had them printed. My uncle hand painted the wooden signs that were displayed throughout the wedding. I absolutely loved the way they turned out and it was so special to have something hand made by a family member…

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..My something old was the handkerchief I carried around my bouquet, it was passed down to me by my Grandmother. I monogrammed that handherchief with my initials and that was my something blue. My something new was my dress of course!” Bevin, the bride

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photography: Carmen Ash Photography // venue: DeBordier Club in Georgetown, SC // florals: Blossoms Events // cake: Croissants Bistro and Bakery // programs: designed by the bride // rentals: EventWorks // wedding wands: Kate Kate NYC via Etsy // dress: Wtoo from Gown Boutique of Charleston // bridesmaid dresses: Lula Kate Bridal // suits: Jos A. Bank // ties: Vineyard Vines // band: Men of Distinction // Artist: Caitlin Beidler of Redemption Art // photobooth: Shutterbooth // hair: Courtney Wilson of Stox & Co. Salon & Day Spa

May 9, 2013

Each month we feature a “Top 10 List” to help brides & grooms during their planning process. This month – getting ready tips – getting ready on your wedding day can get stressful… so here are 10 simple tips to eliminate stress and help you throughly enjoy the morning!

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{click HERE to print a PDF version of this Top 10 list}

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darling Bride and Bridesmaid silk robes above from MaySilk via Etsy  // how to make a special ‘Bridal Emergency Kit‘ // TOP 10 List design: Jen | Something Turquoise

May 3, 2013

I hate to be the one to tell you… but something WILL go wrong on your wedding day. No special event can go off without even the littlest hitch, so prepare yourself the best you can by building your very own Bridal Emergency Kit! Below is a list of the necessities but make sure to add your own items to this preventative case! You might want to add a pair of contacts, an extra copy of your vows, or maybe even a spare set of wedding rings! The best way to determine what you personally need to add to this list is to think about what would constitute an emergency for you… and how you could prevent it!

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BRIDAL EMERGENCY KIT NECESSITIES:

1. Facial cleansing cloths // 2. Mouthwash // 3. Body lotion // 4. Your favorite pain killer // 5. Antacid tablets  // 6. Wrinkle release spray // 7. Firm hair spray // 8. Tapons/pads // 9. Dental floss // 10. Mints // 11. Toothbrush // 12. Toothpaste // 13. Gum // 14. Nude Lipgloss and Chapstick // 15. Tweezers // 16. Vaseline – a great use for vaseline is rubbing it on your foot where a high heel might be rubbing your skin the wrong way – it completely reduces the friction! // 17. Eye drops // 18. Extra pair of panty hose and extra nude thong – that’s right one of your girls might forget hers! // 19. Bobby pins // 20. Q-tips // 21. Safety pins and corsage pins // 22. Extra earring backs // 23. DIY sewing kit (details below) // 24. Bandaids // 25. Lint roller // 26. Straws – so all the beautiful girls won’t ruin their dresses or makeup while drinking // 27. Dress Tape (Target) // 28. Nail file and clippers // 29. Cotton Balls // 30. Nail polish and top coat, in your choice of color (Mimosas for Mr & Mrs, Essie) // 31. Disposable razor // 32. Clear Deodorant // 33. Tissues // 34. Super glue and Fake eyelash glue… just in case a heel breaks or an eyelash pulls away! // 35. Body spray or perfume // 36. Tide to-go stain erasers // 37. Granola bars // 38. Little pair of scissors – great for cutting tags // 39. Hand sanitizer // 40. Hair ties. Make sure you put all the tiny items in a small ziplock bag so you don’t loose them!

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Other than building this kit yourself, there are only two real ‘DIY’ elements to this project. One – design or download a cute label for your bridal emergency kit. Two – take a small piece of cardstock, cut a few slits in it and make your own sewing kit. You can easily buy a kit – but – it won’t have the exact colors of thread you might need on your special day. Make sure to include the colors of your dress, guys attire, your bridesmaids and your mother and mother-in-laws attire – with threads of those colors you’ll be ready for any wardrobe malfunction!!! Don’t forget a few needles!

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Print the free download below onto sticker paper, cut out and apply to your cute suitcase!

Shades of Green   ///   Shades of Gray

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What’s great about bridal emergency kits like these is that they can be taken to the reception venue and placed in the bathroom – just in case any of your guests have a small emergency! Also, many of the items can be quickly added to your honeymoon bag!

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TO ENTER GIVEAWAY // Simply leave a comment below (either by the Facebook widget or in the regular comment area) with why you’d love to win this entire ‘Bridal Emergency Kit’ valued at over $100! Winner to be announced next Friday the 10th – here in the comments section and on FB!!! You will receive everything you see in the picture above – including the darling suitcase!!! (Smashbox lipgloss and DKNY travel perfume not included)

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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 and FREE download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // darling paper suitcase (the largest one in the set): The Land of Nod // all these fabulous emergency goodies were purchased at Target and Ulta // sticker paper: Staples // nail polish: OPI Designer de Better