October 24, 2012

I have a super sweet engagement session to share with you today! I guess I should call it a newlywed session… see these two actually got married three weeks before this shoot – and this special session from the very talented Kandise Brown was actually a wedding gift to the couple! How lovely!

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October 23, 2012

I am beyond excited to share this brand new feature with you today, called the ‘bouquet blueprint’! I am lucky enough to have a dear friend who just happens to be an unbelievably fabulous florist and she has agreed to regularly create and share beautiful dream bouquets here on ST!!! Not only will we be sharing the images of these beautiful buds but we will also be discussing proper care and the seasonality of specific blooms. The first drop dead gorgeous bouquet we are sharing with you is this halloween inspired number below!

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BOUQUET // For a unique feel this bouquet features a large gray air plant placed off center mixed with a variety of plum flowers. By placing the air plant off center the other flowers featured are still able to be seen. The use of purple veronica brings a similar feel to the air plant tendrils that create movement and depth in this bouquet. For a finishing touch the stems are tightly covered in black satin ribbon held together with black headed pins. Lucky for us, all these gorgeous blooms are available year round!

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BLUEPRINT // 1 large Air Plant // 12 “black” mini calla lilies // 12 “Picasso” mini calla lilies 12 Purple Veronica // 10 stems of Trachelium // 1 yard black satin ribbon and about 36 black headed pins

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CARE // The veronica and trachelium are best when kept in water. Leave a small amount of stems uncovered and place a small amount of water in the bottom of the vase. Prior to pictures or the ceremony, gently dry the bottom of the stems to avoid water dripping on the dressed. Calla lilies are very sturdy and do not show bruises – making them perfect for bouquets and boutonnieres. Air plants are also very hearty, when spritzed with water the gray surface will temperately turn green. For this reason it is best to spritz the bouquet with at least 1 hour prior to the ceremony. The air plant is a perfect keepsake after the wedding. It can be enjoyed for many months or years after the wedding. Proper care of the air plant after the wedding can be found in {this} article.

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BOUTONNIERES // From traditional to modern, there are many options to coordinate with this bouquet. Make sure to use flowers that do not bruise easily and that do not wilt quickly. A mix of boutonnieres to match the gorgeous bouquet above are shown here – including mini calla lilies, small air plant and black chili peppers.

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BOUQUET BLUEPRINT CREDITS // amazing photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // gorgeous florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise // black bridesmaid dress: Victoria’s Secret Multi-way Dress

October 22, 2012

Naturally I am swooning over this gorgeous turquoise and gold, Mad Men style inspiration shoot! From the darling retro hair styles to the insanely stunning chevron tablecloths… this shoot is a stunner! Laura Lorraine Designs imagined a fantastically fetching function that would have fit perfectly into the 1950′s..

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Here is a fun little highlight film from this fabulous day!

EVENT CREDITS // event designer: Laura Lorraine Designs // photographer: Randi Marie Photography // floral: Savvy Flowers // videography: Matrimony Pictures // cake: CAKEgoodness // venue: Noor // invitations + paper: Paper Scissors Print // linens: La Tavola Linen // hair stylist: Hair Ya Go // makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry by Laura Crivello // dresses: Alina Pizzano // shoes: Discotoes // jewelry: Sandra Nicole Designs + Crush Jewelry Design // rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals // lighting: SEP Entertainment & Event Lighting

October 20, 2012

I’m so excited to announce that Beth D. is the winner of ST’s giveaway for $50 worth of David Tutera’s brand new paper crafts line called Celebrate ~ available exclusively at JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores! Happy Saturday everyone!

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{image courtesy of: Ampersand Wedding Photography}

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

Monday: glamourous purple ombre wedding inspiration from Fabulous Fete

Tuesday: the beauty of a TACORI engagement ring

Wednesday: lovely real wedding of Ted + Josie by Viera Photographics

Thursday: the colorful beach engagement of Sal + Francine by Weber Photography

DIY Friday: super fun Giant Scrabble Tile table numbers, great for wall hangings too!

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October 19, 2012

Everyone seems to be in love with scrabble tiles these days – there is something so simple and so cute about those tiny little game board tiles. If you are looking for a fun twist on table numbers… why not make them table letters! With the free design downloads below and this super easy tutorial – you can have giant scrabble tiles in no time! These would also be adorable hanging on your bride and groom wedding chairs… and perfect to turn into wall hangings after the wedding!

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SUPPLIES // a print out of each letter you need on regular printer paper (free design downloads below), a pencil, and 8″ x 8″ unprimed wooden board, either black craft paint or a black Sharpie paint pen, gloss Mod Podge, low-tack tape, a thin paint brush and a wide paint brush.

FREE DOWNLOADS // click on each letter for each design

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y    Z

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 Start by cutting your paper printout down to 8″ x 8″… and grab your pencil.

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We are going to make a very simple transfer. On the backside of your printout, heavily color the outlines of the design with pencil.

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Using low-tack tape, tape your design (backside covered in pencil) to your wood board and start to carefully trace the design.

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By tracing the design, you are simultaneously marking the wood board with the pencil that was applied to the backside of your paper – thus giving you a perfect design outline! This is a very easy technique and works for many different projects.

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Now that your design is marked on your board, paint it!!!

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Once the paint is dry make sure to erase any extra pencil markings from your transfer…

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After your paint has dried for at least 24 hours, add two thin coats of gloss ModPodge to your board – with at least an hour drying time in between each coat. This seals your paint and adds the perfect shine to your new scrabble tile!

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If you aren’t steady with a paint brush, you can use a Sharpie Paint Marker to fill in the design. Just be aware that the paint pen will bleed a tiny bit into the fibers of the wood – regular craft paint will not do this. The bleeding doesn’t look horrible, and it’s almost undetectable from far away but I still had to mention it… see the image below.

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Once the paint marker has dried at least 24 hours, finish it with ModPodge just the same.

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Voila! Easy, fun giant scrabble tiles!!! Perfect for table numbers (or letters!), wall hangings, cake table or wedding chair decor, christmas gifts, etc… they are just so fun and cute!

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In case you needed a reference, here are all the scrabble tiles and their points value!

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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! Happy Crafting!

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DIY CREDITS // Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial + downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // ArtMinds 8″x8″ unprimed wooden cradle board, Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Beetle Black and Stencil tape, Black Sharpie Paint Pen, and ModPodge in Gloss finish: Michaels // downloads for each letter are available above // font for the letters: Kalinga // font for the numbers: Arial, regular // nail polish: OPI Ski Teal We Drop +Fly