April 7, 2014

“Rachel and Bradley’s wedding was one of my favorites of the year! It was a beautiful outdoor event held at a lovely vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which is also where I grew up. I knew Rachel as a little girl and our families are close friends so Rachel’s wedding was extra special to me. Rachel, who is an artist, was involved in planning every single detail of her wedding and it definitely showed. I loved her creative style, and the fact that she and her family handmade so many of the lovely details made the day extra special. I was honored to be a part of this lovely wedding.” – Gayle Driver Photography


“It is so hard to pick one moment. Some of my favorite moments were getting ready with my friends and spending the whole morning doing hair and makeup and drinking mimosas. I also loved the conversation my dad and I had while he walked me down the aisle. He is such a tender hearted man and he told me he proud he was of me and the life I was about to start with Brad, I couldn’t help but tear up. I loved walking down the aisle and seeing Brad’s face light up. We didn’t do a first look, so those moments before I got to him, were so sweet to see his reaction…


..What didn’t I make?! I am a self described DIY fanatic. I get all kinds of crazy ideas from Pinterest and try to figure out how to make them happen. I spent a lot of time with family and friends crafting before the wedding. We got married at a vineyard and so I made lots of things including a big “T” (for Tenny our last name) out of wine corks. I worked with my dad routing & painting the signs that were displayed throughout the reception out of old barnwood. My bridesmaids helped me make all of the favors that also acted as the escort cards,  which were S’more packets with a tag that said “sending S’more Love”. I grew up at a camp and loved making them as a child. I learned a little bit of calligraphy (I definitely have a lot more to learn!) so I could letter all of the tags and signs throughout the reception. It was so much fun for me to have that quality time making them with my family and friends. I am sure they got tired of my ideas, but I loved the process and being able to see all that we had done come together on the big day…


..I love this tradition. My something borrowed and blue was a broach (carried on my bouquet) that was a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother. They have both passed away and it really felt like I was carrying them with me through that day. My something new was the beautiful earrings and bracelet I wore that were given to me by my mother-in-law. My something old was the lace in the hair piece I wore that was made by Amelia of AMD and put together by my mom and I.


..I loved planning our wedding. I spent hours and hours reading blogs and putting together ideas. I designed most everything from the centerpiece idea to the lanterns and place settings. I was actually kind of sad once the wedding was over, that the planning was over too.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being married, I just so enjoyed the planning process. My advice is something that most brides say, but I truly mean it… Enjoy every single moment of being a bride, from the showers to the wedding. You will only get these precious moments once, so be present in all of them AND get a wonderful photographer to capture them. So much of the day seems like a blur, but I am so thankful to have great photographs to look back at and remember the details. Take it all in and don’t stress yourself out. Nobody else will care or notice the tiny things that go wrong.” – Rachel, the bride


Photographer: Gayle Driver Photography // Event Designer: Ameiia Marie Designs // Venue: Bluestone Vineyard // Caterer: Hank’s Smokehouse & Southern Grillery // Cake Designer: Sue Dean // Flowers: The Weekend Florist // calligraphy chalkboard signs: Diamond Designs

April 2, 2014

“It might have been the hottest day of the year, but that did not stop Bryn and Mark from having a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Kern County Museum. I loved everything about their wedding, from the grey suits to the beautiful flowers by House of Flowers. Bryn has been a friend of mine for most of my life and it was just so special to be able to photograph her and Mark’s lovely wedding day.” – Ashley dePencier Photography


“It’s so hard to pick just one! The whole day was AMAZING! But if I had to pick, I would pick two. The first one would be seeing my husband and his reaction as I was walking down the aisle. We decided to go the traditional route and not see each other on our wedding day until I was walking down the aisle. Nothing is better than seeing your grooms expression the first time he sees you. The second one would be the reveal I did with my dad. I didn’t see him the whole day until an hour before the wedding when I was all ready. We cleared the bridesmaids out of the room we were getting ready in and had my dad come in. It was very emotional ( it helped me get all the “ugly” crying out so I wouldn’t be a mess walking down the aisle ha) and so nice to have that special moment alone with my dad. It’s a memory I will cherish forever…


..Yes! My uncle made the arbor that we used over our head table to hang chandeliers on. We did our own wedding favors by filling little coffee bags and tied them with a little thank you note. We also made signs directing people to where our wedding ceremony and reception were…


..Enjoy the process and your engagement, it goes by so fast! Also, don’t stress the little things! If something doesn’t go the way you hoped or wanted, you are going to be the only one who knows. The guests will have no idea, and they won’t care. :)” – Bryn, the bride


Photography and Invitations: Ashley DePencier Photography // Venue: Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, CA // Wedding dress: Liancarlo, ‘Style 5830′: Mon Amie // Mismatched Bridesmaid dresses: Ann Taylor // Grooms and Groomsmen Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang in Gray Slim Fit Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse // Coordinator: SHE (Shannon Hough Events) // Flowers: House of Flowers // Cake: Courtney Ghilarducci // DJ: Let the Music Play – Bino’s Entertainment // Rentals/Decorations: A Berry in The Wild

April 1, 2014

Although it’s April Fools Day… there’s no fooling around about our love for Etsy Artisans! Today I created a mini Etsy inspiration board meant to delight the ‘art deco’ bride and groom. Gold and black is a must for this style of event… it’s classic, romantic and bold. 

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All of the images above are from current Etsy listings ~ shop them below!

etsy seller credits

Best Day Ever Wedding Cake Topper – Gold: Better Off Wed // Vintage Art Deco Sheer Back Wedding Dress: Aria Vintage // Art Deco Letterpress Wedding Invitation: Banter & Charm // Jumbo, gold table confetti: Wedding Ambience // Art Deco Black Spinel Cushion Gemstone ring in 14k Gold: Madelynn Cassin Designs // Art Deco Gold and Black Table Number Cards: Tri Elegance

March 25, 2014

This easy DIY table number project is the result of me being in product heaven at Michaels. I was wondering the aisles like I normally do, and first saw these gorgeous, stretched burlap canvases – in the basket they went! Didn’t know what I would use them for but I had to have them. Then I came across the beautiful new Heidi Swapp display, I picked up a few things including the color shine below. It’s like paint + ink… not thick like paint, more like thin liquid ink – it’s so fun! After playing with the color shine, I knew those burlap canvases would make the perfect palette! So without further ado, here are my painted burlap table numbers… which would be perfect for any rustic or shabby chic wedding!



  • 6″ x 6″ stretched burlap canvases 
  • wooden numbers (or the like)
  • Heidi Swap Color Shine (ours are Mint and Navy)


This project is simple but packs a major ‘cute’ punch. Place each number onto the burlap…


Then spritz with the color spray, as heavy or as light as you want. I chose to do it heavier on the right side, fading off on the left. I did about 10-12 sprays total.


Quickly remove the number stencil and you’re left with a perfect table number outline! These need to dry for 24 hours.


These color shine sprays are so awesome, such a unique twist on painting… and could have so many uses for your wedding. From these table numbers, to escort cards, other stationary and anything else you’d like to tie in with a little spritz!


The perfect addition to any rustic or shabby chic wedding!


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 by: Jen | Something Turquoise // 6″ x 6″ stretched burlap canvases, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, wooden numbers: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Resort Fling

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

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