March 24, 2014

“As a wedding photographer, it’s not often that I get to photograph styled shoots. But, when I do, it’s always so much fun! I get to play and have a good time -working as a team with all the talented vendors- as we watch our vision come together in real life and in my photographs. Our theme was Vintage Chic and we were inspired by the spring colors coral and mint.” – Ashely dePencier Photography


photography: Ashely dePencier Photography // event design: Fairy Godmother // venue: Kern County Museum, Bakersfield, CA // dress and accessories: Mary Rita Nommenson // tuxedo: Mr. Tuxedo // floral design: White Oaks Florist // invitations and paper decor: Matinae Design Studio // decor: Custom Creations // rentals: It’s Your Party // cake: Cassandra Patrick // hair and makeup: Madison Judkins // models: Caleb Alldredge and Brooke Howard

February 28, 2014

I’m always searching and thinking about creative new ideas for wedding guest books… no one really wants a regular old book with signatures of who attended a wedding anyway. Making your own unique ‘guest book’ is a great way to let your personality shine and add a little extra something that your guests will be talking about ~ since they all have to take part in it! Enter the ‘Date Jar Guest Book’… where your guests make up date ideas for you! A super fun way to spice up weekly date nights throughout your first year of your marriage!  



  • half gallon glass jug from
  • cute frame
  • our FREE printables below
  • 3 colors of cardstock
  • glitter cardstock
  • Sharpies
  • mini-rubber bands (ours are the Rainbow-loom bands)
  • scrapbooking adhesive like Glue Dots
  • ribbon
  • scissors and paper trimmer



Download the designs above and print them onto your choice of scrapbooking cardstock. Cut and frame the first design which measures 5″ x 7″.


Cut the second design so that there is about a half inch boarder around it and mat it onto another color of cardstock using your favorite scrapbooking adhesive (mine is Glue Dots).


For the second mat I chose to use glitter paper but you can use any paper, don’t adhere these two together yet – the ribbon from the jar will be placed inbetween them first.


Next, cut a strand of ribbon to hang the ‘date jar’ sign with.


Place the ribbon around and through the jug handle. Measuring where you want the sign to hang, cut the ribbon and adhere the ribbon to the paper with scrapbooking adhesive.


Then adhere the first tag on top of the glitter paper, over the ribbon. 


Which makes a perfect, permanent sign for your date jar!


Next, set up your guest book table! 

I am recommending using three shades of colored paper for the date cards – the darker the paper the more expensive the date! Easy for you and your guests to understand. I purchased this colored cardstock already cut to 4.5″ x 6.5″ – making things easy. 


Give your guests different colored Sharpies to sign the cards with…


These little rubber bands are actually Rainbow Loom bands… super cheap and they come in every color imaginable. I sorted out these colors to match. Your guests can roll and wrap their signed cards with the rubber bands keeping their date for you a secret!


Let your guests fill the jar all night long… and maybe even throw a couple in yourself. Make sure that your DJ makes a couple announcements about it, so that all your guests take part.


How freaking cute is this jar!?! This will be such a wonderful way to enjoy unique and different types of dates with you new Mr. throughout your first year of marriage. Not only do you get to spend quality time with your hubby, but you also get the special sentiment from a loved one that picked the date out for you… can we all say ‘aaawwweee’ together!


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 downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // half gallon glass jug: // cute wood frame, scrapbooking cardstock, Glue Dots, Rainbow loom bands, and Sharpies: Michaels // date font: Janda Stylish Script free via // jar font: Trocchi Bold free via Font Squirrel // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & MRs

February 27, 2014

Rustic events have been trending for quite some time now and you all know that we love it! Invitations by Dawn loves this trend as well… and seeing a need in the marketplace, they’ve just released brand new rustic, vintage and lace inspired wedding invitations. Lace, burlap, mason jars and grandma’s pearls will fit in perfectly with these fully customizable designs… which is your favorite? Ours is the embossed mint + peach mason jar below…


Ordering the perfect wedding invitations can get a little overwhelming, so Dawn is here to help! They have some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable consultants in the industry… from etiquette tips to assembly guides, they are ready and willing to help make the process a breeze.


Almost ready to click ‘buy’… but would love to touch and see the invitation in person? No worries – Invitations by Dawn offers samples, enjoy up to 8 for free! They want you to be completely in love with your invitations. From gorgeous embossed and thermographed styles to amazing full color digital designs – they have every budget covered.


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February 26, 2014

“I always make the effort to get to know all my couples in the time leading up to their wedding – it is so important to have that personal connection with them. But in some instances, like Katie and Chris, there is already an established relationship. Katie worked with my wife sometime back and they were actually guests at OUR wedding! So of course I was excited when they contacted me about shooting their own. The ceremony was at the beautiful Assumption Catholic Church in downtown Chicago with the reception taking place at the inspiring Bridgeport Arts Center – which is a newer venue to the Chicago scene, and a spectacular one as well! After the ceremony, we drove around downtown Chicago a bit to take some pictures and the wedding gods were definitely on our side. There wasn’t much chance of rain that day, yet all of the sudden we were caught in a downpour (of which we all know is good luck on your wedding day!) – the location we were at had cover and we were able to keep shooting and stay dry! A big congrats to Katie and Chris!” – Ben Elsass Photography


“It would have to be walking into our reception – to see all of our friends and family clapping and smiling was an amazing experience. We had so many special people supporting us that day which made it unforgettable…


..I have 2 amazing sisters who helped me do a few different DIY projects for our wedding. They took a vintage window and added our parents and grandparents wedding photos into each panel. It was a unique and meaningful piece that we now have hanging in our home. They also printed all of our table numbers onto vintage paper and framed them, and designed an antique suitcase to gather our cards. Our wedding was not only beautiful but was also one of a kind, which was exactly what we wanted…


..My something old was my grandmother’s satin from her wedding gown which was wrapped around my bouquet. Something new was my wedding dress and something borrowed was my mother’s wedding shoes, which I was able to wear on my wedding day as well. Something blue was my grandmother’s beautiful broach which was pinned on the front of my bouquet..


..Enjoy every single minute and remember that it will all come together and look beautiful on your big day!” -Katie, the bride


photography: Ben Elsass Photography // ceremony location: Assumption Catholic Church // reception location: Bridgeport Art Center // dress: I Do, I Do Bridal Consignment // men’s attire: Joseph A. Bank // florist: The Revel Group // cupcakes: Molly’s Cupcakes // caterer: Paramount Events // event designer: Revel Decor Inc // hair: Kylie Croon of Salon Buzz

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

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