April 12, 2014

Hooorayyy… for the weekend! I hope you all have fabulous wedding planning plans… I’m finishing up a super secret project that I can’t wait to share with you! Isn’t this picture adorable!?! Thanks for making ST a part of your weekend read! xoxo, Jen


image courtesy of: Captured by Corrin

diy wedding ideas

This past week we have had the pleasure of featuring so many awesome posts!!! We shared two beautifully DIY-ed weddings, a darling DIY engagement party and engagement shoot, a simple DIY tutorial for hand stamping your wedding details, and last but not least, the swoon-worthy DIY tutorial for making your own ‘wedding vow notebooks’!!! You can easily find all these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 


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

July 31, 2013

“They both went to UCI but never knew each other until that faithfull night at the Cabo Cantina where they met for the first time. It’s been said that women possess certain characteristics that can make a man stop in his tracks – that night, Pamela chatted with Ryan and with every syllable, she called into a different part of Ryan’s soul. Pamela and Ryan made plans to hang out the again – and again…. they have been inseparable ever since. One evening, Pamela had one of the worst days she has ever had. She came home to Ryan where he consoled her, telling her that everything will be okay. He suggested a walk around Balboa Island to help cheer up her mood. Little did Pamela know what was in store for her – a romantic marriage proposal. I have a sneaky feeling she forgot all about her bad day after that. When I met up with Ryan and Pamela for their engagement session, I could not help but notice the way the look at each other. A look of knowing, time, and trust – complete with its own language. Independently, they’re two of the most dynamic and caring people one could meet, but together they form a bond – with ions of fabulosity floating around and a nucleus comprised of unadulterated love.” – Manda Murphy Photography


“I found our photographer, Manda through my bridesmaid, Lindsay. Lindsay is a CPA in Orange County and actually worked with Manda’s brother! Manda and I grabbed coffee in order to finalize the contract and we immediately connected – she is so sweet, calming, and encouraging, exactly what every bride needs! She exudes experience with weddings, something I was severely lacking being one of the first of my friends to travel down this road! As if all of that wasn’t enough, when she met my fiance Ryan for the first time at our engagement session, they hit it off as well! And to top that all off, she is such a talented photographer, it’s impossible for me to choose my favorite photo from our e-session – I love them all!


..I would say that 95% of our wedding decor is handmade – some of which I’ve made myself, some of which my very handy mother has created, and the rest we’ve ordered through Etsy. I find crafting to be both rewarding as well as stress-reducing; so these little projects here and there have been really fun leading up to the wedding. Though I would warn that I went through a few “episodes” of Pinterest-overload and have had to nix some ideas; I’ve had to remind myself that I cannot do everything! Instead, I’ve tried to focus my time, energy, and budget on big-impact decor elements, plus a few smaller (cheaper/easier) elements that coordinate in order to balance both the wedding decor, and stress level! I learned early on not to hesitate to ask for help either! I have some very talented friends and have given them jobs I know they will do well, but also enjoy! My bridesmaid, Isabel is a great with Photoshop, so she helped us immensely with our wedding stationary (Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, and Thank You Cards). Ryan’s mom is also helping us put together our wedding favors, so it’s definitely been a team effort!


Ryan and I are getting married in July and there is a ton that I am excited for, but I think I am most excited to have all of our loved ones together in the same place! I am also in love with our venue, Sherman Gardens, so it helps that “the same place” happens to be pretty spectacular! I am also very eager to see all the planning we’ve done over the last 14 months finally come together – time has truly had flown by!” -Pamela, the bride-to-be

July 31, 2013

“I always love working with people who were in the bridal party of weddings I’ve shot because I feel like I’ve had the opportunity to build a bit of a relationship with them already, which is how I met Soyphet. There is really quite a bit of trust involved in hiring a photographer, so when someone contacts me after they’ve already been in front of my camera, there is already a foundation of trust to build on. I was so excited when she contacted me about her and Tony’s wedding! They are a fun, adorable couple and their engagement session was an absolute breeze. They are so at ease with one another, which made my job easy! I can’t wait for their wedding this October!” – Beth Hamilton Photography


“I actually met Beth when we were both in the wedding party of a mutual friend. She was doing double-duty as photographer and Matron of Honor! When the wedding was over, I saw the pictures pouring in and loved what she was able to capture. Her photography style really meshed well with what I was looking for in my own wedding. So, it was an easy decision to have her as my photographer…


..In the age of Pinterest, I can’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t DIY. :) I have pinned so many things to my wedding board and have found some great ideas for table markers, seating charts, photo backdrops, and dessert bars that I plan on incorporating into the wedding. I have also enlisted my sister to make the ring pillow which I am really excited about. But the biggest DIY project I have done is designing all the wedding stationery. I love being able to find ways to put my personal touch on things!


My fiance and I have been together for five years, own a home together, and co-parent three dogs. During that whole time, we have never been on an extended trip by ourselves. Needless to say, I am looking forward to spending a whole week with him in the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon. We both love to travel and this is a great opportunity to get away just the two of us. It’s also the only thing I am not directly involved in planning and I’m excited that he is in charge of it!” – Soyphet, the bride-to-be

July 10, 2013

“Jessica and Jason are close friends of ours which made photographing them so much more special! After spending 5 minutes with this couple, it’s easy to see how much Jason absolutely cherishes Jessica. Throughout the session, he continued to compliment her and shower her with affection. We photographed them at Jason’s house (the couple’s future home), as well as the place where he proposed. Everything about this engagement session was genuine and meaningful to them. You really won’t find a couple as precious as these two!” – Blue Mason Photography


“I met the photographers through a great friend of Jason. We have since become great friends!


..with my fiancés help, we are DIY-ing a lot for our wedding – including decorations such as cut wood slabs for centerpieces, making picture frames for the ceremony, all the food for the reception, and more!


We are both most looking forward to seeing each other standing at opposite ends of the aisle!!! – Jessica, the bride-to-be

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