November 5, 2012

Happy Monday! I’m so happy to share the gorgeous wedding of Bridgette and Asher with you today! They tied the knot in beautiful downtown Charleston, South Carolina at the historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and after the ceremony the newlyweds along with their bridal party paraded a few blocks to the reception venue, McCrady’s. Sweetgrass Social Event and Design is responsible for all the amazing details below, including the dozens of mason jars hanging from the exposed beam ceiling. After dancing the night away, Bridgette and Asher left through a tunnel of sparklers and were whisked away in a pedicab to a surprise honeymoon location! Make sure to read the brides great wedding advice below…

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What was your favorite part of your wedding day? My favorite part of our wedding day of course has to be walking down the aisle and seeing my groom for the first time. We decided not to the do the first look, and we are so glad that we had! It was an emotional experience I’ll never forget it. My 2nd favorite part of the wedding day would be the reception! We both enjoyed seeing all of our friends and family having a great time celebrating our big day! The band was absolutely amazing and kept everyone on their feet. The flowers and decor was beautiful and everything I could have imagined. The food was to die for and Charleston in September… you can’t ask for anything better. Of course having the mascot of my Alma Mater there wasn’t too bad either, I had kept Cocky’s appearance a secret from EVERYONE! Nobody knew he was going to show up, so as you can see in some of the pictures, we caught some pretty surprised faces! It was a perfect of a day as I could have imagined…

What is your advice for brides that are currently in the planning stages? My advice for current brides would be to take a step back and just breathe! Planning anything is stressful, so just take a step back and remember your planning for a celebration. Don’t let it overwhelm you, because at the end of the day if there are 500 people or 5 people at your wedding, you are still marrying your sweetheart and that’s all that matters. We were blessed to have actually decided on having a long engagement. We were engaged for 1 year and 4 months before our wedding date which gave us so much time to plan ahead. A huge advantage to long engagements are that you can book amazing vendors so far in advance you don’t have to worry about the dates being taken. We were able to email all the vendors that we really wanted to see which dates they were available, and so from there is where we decided on our wedding date! Instead of picking a wedding date and then trying to find vendors! It was so helpful. But decide what is important to you! If you want great photos or a great band, and book that first, and the rest will come! Also last tip, I went against tradition, and I shopped for my dress ALONE. It was the best decision I ever made! – Bridgette 

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EVENT CREDITS // photographer: Jenna Marie Photography // design/planning: Sweetgrass Social Event & Design // flowers: Branch Design Studio // church: St. Philips Church // reception: McCrady’s // cake: Ashley Bakery // dress: Jim Hjelm from Gown Boutique of Charleston // shoes: Toms // grooms suit: Jos A. Bank // bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung // hair: Wedding Hair by Charlotte // makeup: Pamela Lesch // band: Two Three Ways

November 3, 2012

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IMAGE COURTESY OF // Estanislao Photography

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A huge thank you to my favorite online, cash wedding registry company Zankyou for letting me guest blog our Top 10 List on wedding flowers this week! They just released a brand new iPhone App that allows you to manage your registry and website right from your phone! Create gifts and add them to your list, upload photos and send thank you messages instantly when gifts are received on your registry and so much more… check it out!

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Just in case you missed any of our fantastic posts this week, here they are:

Monday: the darling junk yard engagement by Alex Austin Photography

Tuesday: midnight and taupe wedding inspiration board, all from Etsy sellers

Wednesday: Happy Hallo-wedding! The bold halloween themed wedding of Nick + Kristen

Thursday: Yeah, it’s the 1st day of November… super cute engagement in fall leaves

DIY Friday: the SUPER YUMMY (and just adorable) mini mason jar cookie mix favor

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November 2, 2012

I absolutely love Mason Jar Cookie Mix gifts, I love getting them and I love giving them. Normally, because of the size of most cookie recipes, mixes like this have to be gifted in large mason jars – which definitely wouldn’t work for bridal shower or wedding favors. So I worked really hard to develop the perfect cookie recipe that fits into these small, 12 ounce eco mason jars and I’m thrilled to share it with you today! Not only are these fabulous wedding event favors, but they make great gifts for the holidays as well. Watch out, these cookies are just as delicious as these jars are adorable!

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SUPPLIES:

  • 12 ounce eco mason jars with either gold or silver lids
  • flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt

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  • your choice of ‘candy’… whatever fits your color theme will be perfect…

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  • Paper Source 2.5″ round address labels
  • sticker paper or cardstock
  • measuring cup
  • spoon and/or dowel
  • hole punch
  • corner rounder
  • your choice of ribbon or twine

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So we have the design for the circle labels, this template was created specifically for the 2.5″ Paper-Source labels – which go on the top of the jars. Then we have the baking direction card to either hang off the jar or stick on the jar, you can print this template on any cardstock or sticker paper and cut accordingly. I created each design in gray and black, so they should fit any paper color choice – light or dark. If these cute designs don’t fit your theme, get creative and design your own!!!

CIRCLE LABEL:       {gray}       {black}

DIRECTION CARD:       {gray}       {black}

In case you are designing your own, here is the text for the baking direction card so you can copy and paste it into your design: Remove candy from top of mixture. Cream 4 tablespoons of butter with both sugars. Add 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to sugar mixture and beat on high for one minute. Add flour and beat until smooth. Stir in candy pieces. Put this sticky batter in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Makes 10 cookies.

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Also, I know there is a LOT of information here so I created an {instruction/recipe sheet} that you can print out – so you can keep it on the counter with you instead of constantly looking at your phone or computer!

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DRY INGREDIENTS PER JAR:
3/4 cup packed flour
1/3 cup packed sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
~ remainder of jar full of your choice of chocolate chips, m&ms, sixlets, sprinkles, etc.

Start by measuring 3/4 cup of flour. Using a dowel or spoon pack the flour down to the desired amount – this needs to be exact. When you start packing, it will feel super super fluffy, but with a few pounces it will start compacting nicely.

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Now, add the measured flour to your clean jar. If you have a wide mouth funnel, great! If not you can fold a piece of paper into your jar to make this step easier.

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Before you pack the flour down into your jar, add the 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and…

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…the 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir them around a bit in the flour.

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Once you have the flour, baking soda and salt in your jar – it’s time to pack the first layer. I used a dowel first and then I used the spoon to clean up the edges. When packing the flour mixture it can feel super fluffy at first, just keep pushing it down and it will quickly become compact. The packing of layers is very important – the cleaner the layers the cuter the jar looks.

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Now it’s time for the sugar; sugar is much easier than flour. Measure and pack 1/3 cup white sugar – I prefer ‘baking sugar’ but you can use any type of white sugar. Add to your jar and pack the layer down.

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Now for the brown sugar; the easiest layer by far! Measure and pack 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add it to your jar.

CRAFTERS TIP // It’s very important to pack the ingredients in this order, flour  - baking soda – salt – sugar – brown sugar, for the baking instructions to work properly. When your friends go to make these cookies, the first step is to ‘remove candy from top of jar’ - it’s very simple to separate the candy from the brown sugar. The brown sugar packs down so perfectly that the candy can be poured out of the jar without the brown sugar even moving! Also, by packing the brown sugar last – it ensures that no flower or sugar will float up and around the candy when it’s in transit.

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Now add your choice of cookie candy! From m&m’s, to butterscotch chips, to sixlets, to chocolate chips… any will work. Whatever candy fits the color theme of your event – will go perfectly in these cookies. Fill the remainder of your jar with the candy, should be about 1/3 cup. Screw the lid on tight and these adorable cookie mix jars will last up to six months!

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Now for the labels! Peel and stick to the top of the lid – SO CUTE!

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And now the baking direction cards. There are two ways to do this; print on regular cardstock, trim, hole punch and…

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…and tie onto your cute jar!

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I love these!!!

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Now for the other technique…

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…you can print the baking directions onto sticker paper, trim, round the edges…

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…and stick onto the backside of your jar!

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Carefully place the sticker over your twine or ribbon choice and trim the edges.

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There are ENDLESS color combinations of cookie ‘candy’ and ribbon to fit any event! Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing! White chocolate chips, mini-chocolate chips, dark chocolate raspberry M&M’s, turquoise M&M’s, mint M&M’s, and the super yummy butterscotch chips!

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These mason jar cookie mix gifts are absolutely perfect for any occasion!!!

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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 // DIY tutorial, cookie recipe and FREE downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // adorable, 12 ounce Eco mason jars with gold or silver lids: Specialty Bottle // 2.5″ round address labels (colors: Paper Bag and Eco White) and cardstock: Paper-Source // sticker paper: Staples // gorgeous navy blue shabby wrinkled ribbon: Prairie Bird Boutique via Etsy // Martha Stewart paper trimmer, Crop-a-dile hole punch and Corner Chomper: Michaels // all baking supplies and candy: Target & Vons // turquoise M&M’s: Party City // nail polish: OPI – DS Mystery

November 1, 2012

Yeah!!!!! It’s the first day of November and I am sooo ready for the fall! In celebration of the harvest season, I’m happy to share this darling fall engagement of Taylor + Jennifer. The gorgeous background of this shoot is the University of Arkansas, where the couple met!

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CREDITS // photography: Ashley + David Photography // makeup: Bo Senesomxay

October 31, 2012

Happy Hallo-wedding!!! I’m thrilled to be able to share this fantastically themed wedding of David and Kristen with you today of all days! They wanted something a little different, something a little fun for their special day. They did a wonderful job incorporating the halloween theme while still keeping traditional wedding elements. From the terrific bridesmaid lantern bouquets to inviting their guests to attend in full costume – this wedding is spook-tacular! Make sure to read Kristen’s wedding advice below…

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What was your favorite part of your wedding day? The favorite part of my day was the fun yet still romantic atmosphere of the night. We asked all our guests to come in costume and most were happy to oblige! It was so great walking down the aisle and looking around at all my family and friends dressed up…

What is your advice to brides currently in the planning process? My advice is to DO WHAT YOU WANT! If you want to have a different wedding then everyone else, go for it! A lot of our family was very hesitant with our idea for the wedding, but in the end it turned out fabulous and it was even more special because it was just what David and I had envisioned. No one will forget our wedding, that’s for sure. – Kristen

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EVENT CREDITS // photography: April Smith & Co.  // florist: Flower Allie // dress: Jim Hjelm // grooms attire: Nordstroms // venue: Jones Victorian Estate