April 15, 2014

For each and every real wedding that we share, it’s a requirement that we hear from
the bride… one question being; “What is your advice for brides currently in the planning process?”. Over the past 3 years we have heard some really awesome tips, so I’ve complied the most popular answers from well over 150 weddings to bring you this Top 10 List today -
the best wedding advice, straight from the mouth of real brides!


1. Make sure to take a deep breath every now and then – or do what you can to really take in each and every moment. Be present. Your day is going to fly by at rapid speed, so do your best to enjoy every bit of it – from getting ready to the grand exit!

2. Splurge on Photography! You won’t be sorry that you spent money on your dream photographer – that detail is truly going to be your best memento. It’s how your wedding day will be eternalized; imagine your grand kids looking at them one day!
***A Photography Shot list is a great thing to give your photographer; it’s a gentle reminder of the images that you absolutely want!

3. Do what makes you and your groom happy! It’s your wedding day and you get to do whatever you want! Don’t allow unimportant people speak into your plans. Communicate your vision to people that are close with you – who you trust to help you in your planning journey. 

4. Get alterations. Make sure that you are 110% comfortable wearing your wedding dress. If you are, it will not only make your day amazing – but it will show on your face! The last thing you want is to be fussing with your dress; pulling it up, itching, or even feeling too snug!

5. Eat a nice sized breakfast and/or lunch and then try your best to actually eat at your reception – so many couples don’t get the chance! Have your venue pack you some extra food to go, just in case you get hungry later in the evening. You don’t want to end up starving on your wedding night.

6. DIY something you feel comfortable with. From one detail to the entire thing… handmade items will always mean more than something you purchase from the store. If you aren’t crafty, find a friend or family member who is and have them help you create something special for your day. Not only will you cherish the project itself – but also the time spent in creation!

7. If you can’t afford to hire a wedding coordinator for your entire planning process, hire them just for the “day-of”. That way you, your family and friends aren’t stuck with the task – and everyone will get to completely enjoy the day!

8. Make a budget and stick to it. There is no worse feeling than your wedding day being over and being over budget; or worse – having credit cards maxed for a day that is gone.

9. Enjoy the planning process! Make each planning outing special; ask a friend to go with you, make a lunch/dinner/drinks date out of it, take a photo of you out and about, or maybe even keep a little planning journal. Your only going to do this once in your life – so enjoy every second. 

10. Don’t stress on the little things! Something will go wrong, and when it does – take it in stride. You are the only one who will know that your flowers weren’t the right shade of pink, your tables weren’t set up correctly, or that you ordered chocolate cake instead of strawberry… just go with the flow. Accept it and move on so that you can enjoy your day.


April 14, 2014

Amy and Rocky’s wedding was elegance personified. Their day began in the enchanting rooms under the Mountain Winery’s Banquet Hall. The girls got ready in different colored kimono robes while the guys had clips of their favorite comedies projecting on the wall. There were libations, traditions, flowers and tons of laughter. The family and wedding party congregated in the Mountain Winery’s amphitheater for portraits – the same place where great musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, and so many other famous artists have performed through the decades. As the day progressed and the couple said their vows, the light slowly receded behind the Saratoga hills. It made for incredible ambiance as the couple strolled through the winter grapevines. Even with all the excitement from the day, photographing the couple’s first moments as husband and wife had a quiet peace to it. I felt grateful to be witness to this sacred time, because soon after they were rushed into their reception with the kind of wild crowd that only a rock-n-roll venue can inspire.” – Evan Chung Photography


“After having spent so many months planning and preparing for our wedding, it’s difficult to chose just one memory to call my favorite! There were so many special moments in the day that I cherished, which included the anticipation of walking down the aisle with my father as all of our guests were seated, watching, and waiting. Among some other cherished memories was seeing how happy my mother was, my soon to be husband and I exchanging our vows with each other, watching our precious flower girl, who was too young to understand her task, picking up the flower petals instead of dropping them, or my very soon to be husband accidentally saying “I do” before the officiate finished his speech. Other fond memories included, feeling so beautiful in my wedding gown and Chinese dress, taking pictures with my soon to be husband was another favorite one as it was one of the few times as we were able to have time alone as husband and wife.  Also, my dance with my father and my first dance with my husband. Lastly, one of my fondest wedding day memory was the end of the night when my husband and I could finally take our shoes off to relax and reflect over the day that had passed, while feeling overjoyed with contentment that we are now married to each other!


..We DIY-ed many things, both in the interest of saving money and in adding a personal touch to the decorations for our wedding day. My sister and I actually spent 12 hours in the day before the wedding arranging all of the flowers that were used for the wedding. That and the weeks of work in buying and assembling the other decorations and components of the wedding gave us a great sense of accomplishment in knowing that I had a personal touch in creating a beautiful memory and environment for our guests!

We created the:

Table Center piece
Aisle flower arrangement
Goodie bags for the kids
Name and table cards
Flower girl basket
Ring pillow
Bird cage for our wedding cards


..Spend time with the wedding party and savor every moment of the wedding day as the day goes by so quickly.

Try to enjoy the planning phase and have fun with your fiancé as you two are in this together. It is an extremely stressful time involving ideas, deadlines, and budgets, so remember to take time out to enjoy each other and remember why you are getting married in the first place! Don’t be uptight and too rigid about the little things and embrace the unexpected and each other’s opinions – compromise!

Even after months of planning, something will go wrong as it always does, so roll with the punches and go with the flow.  Realize that everyone involved is eager to help, so be sure to ask for that help. Ultimately, realize that everyone who shows up will be so wowed and happy to be there, that fine details and missteps probably won’t even be noticed!

Remember that the day is about you and your fiancé or fiancée. Many friends and families will undoubtedly lend advice, opinions, and objections to your decisions, but go with what your heart tells you. The day is a celebration of your love and future together so the choices should be yours alone. 

Lastly, make sure you take some time to eat on the day of your wedding or request the waiters to pack your food to go. In the rush and excitement of the day, my husband did not have time to eat his much of the delicious meal or the beautiful cakes that we had planned for the evening!” – Amy, the bride


photography: Evan Chung Photography // venue: Mountain Winery // wedding dress and alterations: Novella Bridal, Casablanca 2072 // men’s attire: Tuxedo Fashions // wedding coordinator: Kendra Stapp // hair & makeup: Chau Nguyen of A-list Makeup // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // cake: Satura // photobooth: Say Ya! Photo Booth // DJ: Blaze Wave Entertainment

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 11, 2014

Happy, happy, happy #DIYfriday!!! I’m super excited to share this project with you today because it holds a very special place in my heart… how to make your own wedding vow notebook! When I was married, we wrote our own vows and read them allowed, so I typed them out and scrapbooked them onto a special little card for each of us. My card of course was one of my many pieces of ‘something turquoise’, so I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to share something like this! This is a fairly simple project but it will turn into being something incredibly special that you can keep, cherish and read over and over… maybe even frame!



  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Machine
  • Lifestyle Crafts ‘folder with insert‘ die cut template
  • your choice of colored cardstock (cut to 6″ wide and at least 8″ long)
  • scissors
  • paper piercer
  • 4 scrapbooking brads
  • the FREE design download below

Print our ‘bride + groom vows‘ design card onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper, or design your own!


Start by cutting your folders with the Evolution machine from Lifestyle Crafts. Place your choice of cardstock on top of the cutting die, and crank through the machine…


In seconds you will have a perfectly punched and embossed folder, ready to fold!


This die cut template comes with the most darling punch for a piece of paper that fits perfectly into the folder. Print out your vows making sure they will fit within the punch, lightly tape the punch to the paper (so that it doesn’t slide around on you) and crank through the machine. How freaking adorable are these!?!

***If your vows don’t fit on one page ~ punch more. Or don’t type them, just hand write them onto these little punched pages if you’d like.


Use the same steps with the tape to punch the little ‘I Do’ tabs…


Use your favorite (strong) scrapbooking adhesive to complete the folder.


Cut out the flags for the front of the notebooks, or use any embellishment shape you’d like… you could punch a decorative oval, you could use fancy scissors, or maybe even just a square – it’s up to you.


You can attach these flags anyway you’d like. I pierced simple holes at the top and secured them with scrapbooking brads.


Seriously, aren’t these to die for!?!


Attach the little “I Do” tabs and you’re done!


I’m crushing hard on this project… aren’t you!?!



To save 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers products please use the code TURQUOISE during checkout at www.shopwer.com.

Of course I had to make a turquoise vow notebook for myself…


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!


Photography: Studio 11 Photography // DIY tutorial + free download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Lifestyle Crafts Evolution and Folder with Insert Cutting Template: courtesy of We R Memory Keepers // scrapbooking paper, brads, adhesive: Michaels // gorgeous wedding dress: Allure Bridals #2569 // nail polish: OPI – Designer de Better

April 10, 2014

“MINT DESIGN, a company based out of California recently designed a fresh south of the border fiesta! We proudly partnered with Marcos and Lotta, a newly engaged couple from central California to design their engagement party. After 5 years of being together, Marcos proposed to Lotta during a surprise planned trip to Chicago! After a social media wildfire spread they knew a big celebration was next. Our vision and feel for the party was gathered by elements of the southern California lifestyle; street tacos, fusion drinks, bright colors and lots of swagger. There were lots of fun DIY elements that went into creating this fun fiesta! Streamers danced throughout the party as guests were greeted at the door with drink nametags, glitter heart stirrers and fun straws! Guests entertained themselves into the wee hours of the night with props at the custom photo booth wall, mixing up crowns and mustaches to lips and confetti! We created a gold heart piñata that served as a fun unique party prop! MINT DESIGN used inspiration from the couple and wowed guests with the little details, which were all created on a budget! Who doesn’t love that?” ~ Cheers from MINT DESIGN!


“Marcos and Lotta are a very fun and exciting couple that we were beyond thrilled to photograph. Their fiesta themed engagement party, designed by MINT DESIGN, was complete with street tacos, fusion drinks, and, of course, lots of glitter! We loved photographing all of the little details that MINT DESIGN dreamed up along with the fun and love between Marcos and Lotta and all of their family and friends! Cheers to the happy couple!” - Ashley dePencier Photography


Photography: Ashley dePencier Photography // Event designer: MINT DESIGN // Catering: Agave Grill & Cantina // Paper goods: Matinae Design Studio // cookies: Imperial Sweets