January 8, 2014

We are beyond excited to share today’s post with you… because it’s The Not Wedding from Cape Cod! We had the pleasure of attending this amazing event back in November of 2013 and we hope that all the beachy brides out there are inspired!!! We sure are…

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If you are unfamiliar with The Not Wedding; it’s essentially a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. “Wedding Guests” are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action!

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Yay!!! Do these gorgeous robes look familiar?? Yep – we made them!

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Isn’t her necklace to die for?!? All the jewelry is handmade by Argonauta Jewelry Designs.

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This table below was our favorite!!! Ohh… and the table itself was handmade by True North Events… isn’t it absolutely gorgeous! They make all types of custom farm tables for rent.

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That is our DIY Wedding Cake Plate below; isn’t it darling?!?

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The Tunnel of Love is where the guests get to meet all the talented vendors…

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Check out this wonderful highlight film of the event from Harborview Studios:


all the amazing photography above is by 3 talented vendors: Hike PhotographyOrganic Photography, and Shoreshotz Photography // venue + catering: Sea Crest Beach Hotel // floral design (Head Table & Tables 2,5,9,10,16,17,19,23): All About Flowers For Weddings // day-of coordination + event design (Head Table & Tables 4,6,11,13,14,20,21,24): Cape Cod Celebrations floral design (Head Table & Tables 3,7,8,12,15,18,22,25): Patrice R. Milley Floral Designs // gorgeous jewelry + accessories: Argonauta Jewelry Designs // ice cream favors: Ben & Jerry’s Catering // media partners: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce + WeddingsOnCapeCod.Com + WellWed // DJ & lighting: DJ Danny Walsh // floral design (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): Designers Touch Florals // invitations + menus: Dulce Press // flip book favors: Flipchix // videography: Harborview Studios // harpist + vocalist: Katie Lynch Koglin // Invitations & Paper Accents: Lady Slipper Stationery // hair + makeup: Lisa George // live wedding painter: Neil Collins // invitations + ceremony programs: M. Smith & Company [msmithstationers@gmail.com] // hand painted signs: On Cape Time // rentals: Cocktail Hour & Tunnel of Love: Party Cape Cod, Reception Linens, Chairs & Square Tables: Rentals Unlimited, Rehearsal Dinner Event: Taylor Rental Party Plus, Farmer’s Tables & Boardwalk Aisle: True North Event Rentals // wine sponsors: Ferarri // registry: Shoreline Interiors // media partner + DIY elements (Cake Plate & Bridal Party Robes): Something Turquoise {Ideas for the DIY bride} // gowns: Sposabella Bridal // mens attire: The Cape Cod Tux // favors: The Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop // cake + dessert table: The Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe & Bakery // candy table: The Perfect Table Cape Cod


Curious about the design of the day? At the beginning of every NotWedding event process, their creative director and guru on all things graphically gorgeous Ashley McHugh creates an inspiration board and distributes it to all the participating vendors; this board is all the vendors have to go off of for the event! All the Cape Cod vendors had the pleasure of working with the pastel-laden Parisian Whites board below. These soft hues where a perfect complement to the sand, sky and sea of the northeastern coastline, making for a sweet, almost wintery feel from the cakes to the centerpieces. **Of course it was our fav because of the turquoise!!!

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Inspiration Board Photos, clockwise: Elizabeth MessinaMarchesaCeci New YorkJose VillaLauren KinseyAshley Forrettefrom this featureKT Merry, flowers via ZsaZsa Bellagio

January 7, 2014

OMG. We are beyond excited to share today’s project with you!!! Almost two years ago we shared our original DIY Instagram Save-the-Date Invitations and they have been such an outrageous success that we decided to revamp them – so here they are, the DIY Instagram Save-the-Dates #2! Of course the designs are FREE to download below… happy crafting!


First you will need to make your stickers! Which means that you need to Instagram a picture of you and your honey, possibly holding something cute like the heart below, your date, or maybe even one of your engagement photos! Then create an account with the amazing Printstagram and order the sticker books below, only $10 for 252 stickers!!!
It can take between two and three weeks to get your stickers in the mail.


Yeah!!!! Aren’t the stickers just super cute!!! You can use these for all kinds of different wedding fun. Cut the little stickers into strips of two, I think two is better than one because your friends might have multiple calendars…



  • FREE design downloads below
  • cover weight 8.5″ x 11″ {cardstock} paper from Paper Source for the invitation itself
  • text weight 8.5 x 11″ paper from Paper Source for the sticker cards
  • A6 size envelopes from Paper Source
  • Sticky Thumb adhesive runner
  • paper trimmer
  • scissors
  • red pen
  • ..and of course the darling stickers above!


/////     FREE Design Downloads     /////

Download and print each of the invitation designs below at home or at your local print shop.

Save-the-Date 2014   //   Save-the-Date 2015   //   Save-the-Date 2016   //   Sticker Cards


Cut your invitation cards down to size… the measurements are printed on the design.


Cut your sticker cards down to size… the measurements are printed on the design.


Next apply adhesive to the backside of each sticker and place onto the sticker card…


Then apply adhesive to the backside of each sticker card and place onto the invitation…


Using a red pen (or any color you’d like) mark your month and date!


That’s all there is to it, aren’t they just adorable?!? And so functional…


Now your guests can mark their calendars with these darling stickers and Save Your Date!


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 and invitation design: Jen | Something Turquoise // stickers: Printstagram using an Instagram-ed image // large wall calendar, 8.5 x 11 cover weight paper in Paper Bag, 8.5 x 11 text weight paper in Chartreuse, A6 envelopes in Curry, decorative bracket labels in Chartreuse, envelope liner in Paper Bag: Paper-Source // free font used: Mensch via LostType.com // Sticky Thumb adhesive runner: We R Memory Keepers // Martha Stewart Crafts scissors and Fiskars Paper Trimmer: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos

January 6, 2014

“We met Jen and her mother just four months before her warm September wedding. We left that meeting with our fingers crossed. We could sense that this wedding was going to be supremely unique. Hearing Jen describe her vision for the DIY touches, the flow of the day, and the thoughtful experience she wanted for her guests, we knew it was going to be a dream wedding to shoot. We get very excited about photographing weddings because they always pose two challenges. The first challenge as a wedding photographer is to make sure you authentically tell the story of the day. To be sure you capture the once-in-a-lifetime moments, the small details, and the hard work that goes into the planning. The second, less obvious challenge, is to remain true to our own artistry and how we see the world through the lens. What we love is when you are successful doing one, the other always falls into place…


..many guests as well as her groom Josh explained that, “…Jen told us about what she pictured at various locations on her father’s farm and then magically, in the last couple days, with the help of friends and family, we all started to see her vision come to life.” Hearing that sentiment early in the day, long before the sun had set and the twinkling lights came on, we knew we had to do this wedding justice. In marriage, they say happy wife, happy life. In weddings, we say with a happy bride comes a photographer’s pride. We hope you love Jen’s vision and we hope you love ours.” – Pabst Photo


“Favorite memory? That’s so tough! I would have to say seeing our friends and family so happy, and us being so happy with them, made the day perfect. You work so hard for “your” day, but when it all comes together and no one notices if you were able to get the mahogany chairs and they laugh when your sister wasn’t able to make a speech and just sobs into the microphone, you realize it was all worth it. It’s your day because the people you care about most are supporting you and sharing your joy. It’s that profoundly deep feeling of happiness that was my favorite moment, and it lasted the whole day. 


..I definitely DIY’d a lot of our wedding, and saved tons of money that way. I designed and printed the entire invitation suite at home. I also designed a “logo” that was applied to the programs/menu booklets, beer cozies, and silverware wraps. Everything, except the can cozies, were printed, cut, and assembled at home. It was a lot of work but it was also a fun way to get my husband involved in the whole process. 

The boutonnieres were made from guinea feathers that I ordered from an organic farm in Oregon. I also used the feathers in the bouquets buy gluing them to some floral wire sticks ahead of time. 

For my myself, my bridesmaids, wedding attendants, and mothers (mine and my husbands) I made canvas totes and hand printed a design on each. That way, instead of trying to shove emergency kits into ity bity clutches, we could put whatever we needed in them and just keep them at our tables. I still use mine everyday to bring my things to and from work. 

For the flowers, I researched which flowers would be in season. I really wanted to do wild flowers or fresh from a farmer’s market but it turned out to be easier, though a little more expensive, to order the flowers in bulk/wholesale from an online retailer. They were delivered over the three days before the wedding which meant that I needed to be there, ready and waiting to prepare them upon arrival. Luckily, we had brought our travel trailer from our home in Indiana to my dad’s farm since we knew we’d need the space to bring a lot of stuff home. It turned out we needed that space as a flower cooler anyway! When the flowers arrived, I trimmed them, put them in buckets with a few inches of water, and stored them in the trailer with the AC on high. The night before the wedding, about 25 family members and friends helped with the finishing touches. We had our rehearsal right there on the farm and ordered 12 large Chicago style thin crust pizzas for dinner (so good!!) Afterward, all the ladies worked to get the stems in vases on the  tables and we made our own made the bouquets. Making my own bouquet was nerve-wracking but definitely worth it . I experienced a huge amount of pride when the day finally came and all of our hard work turned out beautifully. I hope I never forget the process, both the ups and downs of it!


photography: Pabst Photo // venue: parents farm // dress: BHLDN // hair/makeup: Odalisque Apothecary // brides necklace: Pyrrha // all the other gorgeous details you see, including the flowers where DIY-ed by the Bride and her family/friends

January 4, 2014

Yay!!!! 2014… we are so ready for you!!! This week has been short and sweet… but we are thrilled to be back and posting like regular ~ we’ve missed you! Check out our brand new Something Turquoise Instagram feed… to stay connected with all our wonderful posts during the day! We are so honored to be your go-to website for DIY-ing your wedding… xoxo


 image courtesy of: Leif Brandt Photography // color inspiration: Jen | ST

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Even though it was a very short week here, it was SUPER sweet… we featured the beautiful Lake Michigan wedding of Alex + Abby and the super fab, hardcore DIY tutorial for making your own keepsake wine box for your wedding ceremony! You can easily find both these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 


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January 3, 2014

Yay!!! Happy 2014!!! This is our very first DIY tutorial of the New Year and so we thought we’d rock your socks off… this project isn’t for the faint of crafty heart ~ it’s for you hardcore DIY brides. Girls, I know you are out there and I love you to death!

We absolutely love new traditions especially when they are this darling! It has become quite popular for wine loving couples to seal (by hammer and nail) a special bottle in a darling custom box during their ceremony – only to be opened on their first anniversary. Gaahhhh… are you dying ~ isn’t it an adorable idea!!! Who wants to eat year old cake anyway!? Seriously, I would have done this in a second if it was a thing.. way back when we were married. So me and my Dad measured almost every wine bottle out there and made the perfect blueprint just for you… to make a very special, handmade keepsake wedding ceremony wine box…


//////////   Choosing + Cutting Your Wood   //////////

Following our specific blueprint below will produce the perfect size wedding ceremony wine box for MOST bottles of wine, be it white, red, or bubbly… unless you buy a super crazy weird shaped bottle, lol. The wood we are using here is ‘clear pine’ and we used a chop saw and a table saw to cut it down to size. If you can’t cut the wood yourself or you don’t feel like doing it, you can always have the guys at your local hardware store do it for you for a small fee. ***This blueprint uses wood that is 3/8″ thick, which makes a sturdy but light box.


//////////   Putting Your Box Together   //////////

You have three different options for putting this box together; although we are only sharing two here today. One: using strong wood glue and bricks. Two: using a drill and screws. Three: using a nail gun. All three options are terrific, choose what makes you feel most comfortable.


//////////   Decorating Your Box   //////////

There are MANY ways that you can decorate this box… we are sharing two techniques today – stickers + stain and house numbers. You might want to paint the box with craft paint, burn a design into it with a heat tool… or draw on it with Sharpies (which if you do, to prevent bleeding you will need to seal the wood with a clear spray sealant first; pictured). You might want to use your initials, your wedding date, or you might want it to read “do not open until…”, the choice is yours!


If you are using an old (or boring!) hammer, you can dress it up by wrapping it with a little ribbon or twine. Also, make sure to choose pretty nails/screws for your box, there are may decorative hardware options out there. **Make sure to bring a few extra nails to your ceremony, just in case a few roll off the table!


//////////   USING STAIN + A NAIL GUN   //////////

The first technique we are sharing is how to stain your box and personalize it with oversized stickers. Staining your box is easier to do piece by piece, before you assemble it. You can use any stain or color you would like. Here we are using Martha Stewart Crafts wood stain in Espresso. There are different ways to apply stain for different looks; here we gently wiped it on using a cotton cloth, with the grain of the wood until the level of desired depth was achieved. We did one coat. Let it dry completely before assembling the box.


To make the sticker outline design, we stained each piece of wood front and back – except the top of the box. Firmly apply your desired stickers to the TOP of your wood box. If you want a “+” sign you might have to get crafty and cut up a capitol “T”…


Then gently wipe the stain across your wood and the stickers…


Peel your stickers away immediately and you are left with a rustic and charming monogram.


//////////   ASSEMBLY WITH A NAIL GUN   //////////

Using a nail gun to assemble your box is a very quick method, but requires a bit of precision. 


Start by nailing SIDE 1 to the BOTTOM. We placed the TOP on the opposite side just for balance. Start nailing an inch away from the edge to avoid splitting. We used seven nails across the edge. CRAFTERS TIP // Make sure you have the nail gun centered perfectly to nail through the SIDE and BOTTOM or else you can have rouge nails inside your box!


Next, nail each END piece into each corner – holding it however you are most comfortable.


SIDE 2 is super easy. Lay the box on it’s side and nail all three sides.


Isn’t it super rustic and chic… we are totally in LOVE…


Next step, drilling pilot holes for your ceremony nails. Although this step is optional, it’s highly recommended! To simply seal this box, we are only going to add 4 nails during the ceremony – you can nail two, and he can nail two. Mark holes about an inch in from each side and with the top on your box, drill little pilot holes (we talk more about drill bit size in the next design). “Pilot Holes” meaning the diameter is smaller than your choice of nail size and they make nailing an absolute breeze! So you won’t mess up the hammering during the ceremony!


Add some gift wrap grass and a special bottle of wine (of course I love Greg Norman)… and don’t open until your 1st Anniversary! Aaawwee….


//////////   USING WOOD GLUE + HOUSE NUMBERS   //////////

Gluing is very easy but it needs to dry for at least 24 hours. You will need three bricks (or the like) to help hold your box square. Do this step on a piece of wax paper and on a surface where you can leave your box to dry completely without moving it. To start, place SIDE 1 down on your surface with a brick right behind it…


Then apply a bead of wood glue to the edge of the BOTTOM piece. Press it firmly to SIDE 1, press it into the brick to make sure it’s square and line the edges up as best you can. **Do not worry about excess glue at this point.


Next up, the END pieces. Apply a bead of glue to two connecting edges of each END piece and carefully press into each corner, lining up the edges as best you can. We added a second brick inside to steady the BOTTOM piece. 


Now, add a bead of glue along all three edges showing and firmly press SIDE 2 down into the glue to complete your box. Line up ALL the edges as best you can and place a brick on top to make sure that your box dries perfectly pressed together.


After you are happy with your glue job, carefully wipe off all the excess glue with a paper towel. Make sure to really wipe the glue off the top edges so that your TOP piece will slide right in. Don’t worry it will dry clear. CRAFTERS TIP // If you want to GLUE your box and STAIN it – you will NEED to stain it BEFORE you glue it. Otherwise the glue will create a barrier for the stain and you will see all the glue lines, yuck.


Isn’t it gorgeous! You’d never know it was glued!


Now for the “pilot holes”- which are small holes drilled where you will nail the box closed. *Doing this step ensures that your nails will hammer in with ease during your ceremony! For this step you will need to choose a drill bit that is smaller than your choice of nail; when ‘eyeballing’ the size always choose smaller than you think – you can always go back and drill the hole bigger. Also, make sure that you set your bit in your drill – shorter than your nail (pictured below). Think of these holes as ‘starter’ holes… you don’t want to fully drill them or else the nails won’t hold. Place them about an inch from each side. Your nails should just sit on the top of these holes, not slide through.


Now for the address numbers! Yay ~ how fun!!! We are using furniture tacks as periods. 


Align your address numbers and trace the screw holes onto the TOP board. Using the same drill bit from the pilot holes, drill each of the address number holes. If you aren’t on a surface that you can drill through, use a scrap piece of wood underneath the TOP. 


Then screw in each address number. CRAFTERS TIP // My screws went through my 3/8″ thick wood – so I screwed them on while my TOP piece was on the box. I could have bought shorter screws but the finish wouldn’t have matched my numbers. So we sliced the tips off the screws underneath the TOP using a Dremel tool once I was done, for safety.


Now to add the tack punctuation… press the tacks into your wood to start and finish with a rubber mallet. *If you use a regular hammer it can ruin the finish of the tack. Make sure you are hammering with a solid surface underneath your wood. 


We are completely in LOVE with this box!!! 


Add some gift wrap grass and a special bottle of champagne… and look forward to toasting and celebrating your first year of marriage!


Love, love, love!!! Pop, fizz, clink… 


Sealing this special box with your MR during your ceremony will be such a sweet memory and will make for super fun pictures! And it really is such a great idea… who wants to eat year old cake anyway! 


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 // Martha Stewart Crafts Wood Stain in Espresso and ribbon: Michaels // clear pine wood, house numbers, Gorrilla Wood Glue, furniture tacks, decorative nails and M + J stickers: Lowes // nail gun and grandpa’s hammer: Dad’s garage, lol // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos