November 18, 2013

“There is something so magical about small, intimate weddings and Holly & Dan’s wedding was no exception. Surrounded by their closest friends and families, they celebrated their love for each other in a touching ceremony that had nearly every attendee (myself included!) in tears. To make their wedding extra special, Holly incorporated several unique DIY elements that added to the charm and beauty of their day.” - Jennifer Halen Fine Art Photography


“One of my favorite memories was seeing Dan for the first time. We’ve stared at each others face everyday for the past 10 years but there’s something indescribable about looking at the man who is about to be your husband. It was extremely emotional and gave us a few moments to ourselves to take in the magnitude of the day. It was really special…


..I DIY-ed pretty much everything. I love being artistic and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. After all the big decisions were made I finally got to do the fun stuff! Although I had to remind myself on a daily basis that DIY is NOT just for Martha Stewart. I started with the jalapeño jelly as my favors (thanks for the recipe mom) because I wanted our guests to take home a taste of the Southwest. I ordered my flowers from a shop on Etsy. I decided to go the “dried” route and would highly recommend it. I used any and all wedding web sites for artistic inspiration and things were finally coming together! A fun twist was incorporating turquoise throughout the wedding and I ended up investing in some great pieces for my dress and wedding jewelry. But the coolest part is that it all ties back to the ring on my finger. Dan had my ring made by Will McNabb in Flagstaff, Arizona and turquoise and blue opal were incorporated into the band and at that point, I knew I wanted the stone and color as part of our wedding…


..Don’t over spend. Although a wedding is important it’s not worth going into debt over. Being a wife is way more important than being a bride.” – Holly, the bride


photography: Jennifer Halen Fine Art Photography // venue: The Grotto at the Arizona Center // catering + cake: Fresh from the Kitchen // dried florals: Family Dried Flowers via Etsy // DJ: Start the Party // wedding coordination: Steffi of Definitiv Bridal // jelly favors: made by the bride :) Jars: Walmart, Labels: Tipsy Graphics via Etsy // hair: Young Blood // makeup: Summer Duncan // dress: The Limited // shoes: Karina Oliveira // invitations: DIY-ed from Michaels // jewelry (earrings, necklace & broach): Handmade by the Zuni tribe, purchased at Old Town Trading, Scottsdale, AZ

November 16, 2013

What are you up to this weekend? We are busy getting things ready for The NotWedding in Cape Cod (shopping, packing, crafting etc!)… didn’t you love yesterday’s DIY tutorial? Those darling robes are actually for the event ~ yeah!!!


 image courtesy of: kbattle photography // color inspiration: Jen | ST

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This past week we have had the pleasure of featuring two stunning DIY weddings, a super easy DIY tutorial for making paper and vellum lanterns, a look into destination weddings in Bermuda, the darling Save the Date shoot for The NotWedding in Cape Cod and last but not least the super fab DIY tutorial for making your own bridal getting ready robes! You can easily find all these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 

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November 15, 2013

We are obsessed with today’s tutorial!!! It’s so quick and easy that you can make this darling robe in less than an hour, maybe even a half hour! It has become quite the trend to get ready in fun robes and we are on board! The crafty bride won’t settle for store bought robes… she’ll customize her own – like these! Today we are sharing how to make your own iron-on letters with any type of fabric so that you can have a custom, diy style Bride robe. Since they are so easy… you might as well make them for your entire bridal party! 



  • cute robe
  • Heat n Bond UltraHold iron-on adhesive (only $2.99!)
  • fun fabric 
  • scissors, you might need a small pair too
  • ink pen
  • iron


To start, print out the word BRIDE (or whatever word you want) with your favorite font in a mirror image. ***IT MUST BE A MIRROR IMAGE! Here we are using Mensch, our fav. FYI: script style fonts will be more difficult to cut out, but it’s completely up to you.


Lay a piece of Heat n Bond on top of your print out – paper side up, adhesive side down. *The adhesive side isn’t sticky. Carefully trace your choice of word.


Cut out the entire word that you traced. 


Iron the fabric you have chosen for your letters.


Place the word you traced, adhesive side down, onto the WRONG side of your fabric. DO NOT put it on the right side of the fabric. Iron following the time instructions on the Heat N Bond package for your choice in fabric. About 30 seconds did it for us.


Cut up each letter, we found it was easier to work with that way…


Carefully cut out each of your letters…


You might need a smaller pair of scissors for the inside of some letters…


Yep, that’s how easy this is! 


Now layout your robe, even and smooth across your ironing board. Then decide where you’d like your letters. We did 5″ down from the collar, but your spacing might be different. 


Peel off the paper backing from each letter and make sure your happy with the placement. This adhesive is never sticky.


Iron your letters onto the robe! The time is based on your type of fabric and is indicated on the Heat n Bond package. About 30 seconds was perfect for us.


Literally that’s all there is too it! No sewing required! The best part is it’s totally washable!


So… let’s say that you are super crafty and are going to make these for your entire bridal party. Well, if you have more than one bridesmaid – I think you should go the extra mile and put each girls initials on the front of their robes! That way no one will be confused with whose robe is whose! Same steps as above!


How cute are these!!??!!


**We made these special bridal party robes specifically for The Not Wedding that was held in Cape Cod. We were privileged enough to attend the absolutely stunning event, which the image below is from – courtesy of Hike Photography. Follow this {link} to see the rest of the amazing day!


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 // kimono robes: Linens N Things // font used: Mensch from // patterned material and Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold: JoAnn’s Fabric & Crafts // ironing board: Target // scissors: Martha Stewart Crafts // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

November 14, 2013

We have some very exciting news to share today!!! The last NotWedding of the season is in less than two weeks, at the beautiful Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Cape Cod, MA and Something Turquoise will be there!!! We are making a few little DIY projects for the event (one of which we are sharing tomorrow!) and we’ll be taking over The NotWedding’s social media for the night! Here at ST, The NotWedding is by far our favorite of all bridal shows… if you haven’t heard of it yet you need to check it out! Cape Cod here we come!!!

Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception, The NotWedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”. For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! 


Jamie of Cape Cod Celebrations coordinated and designed the following ‘Save the Date’ shoot with Chris and Peyton (our Cape couple!) featuring some of the fantastic Cape Cod vendors… aren’t they just darling!!! Each NotWedding couple is already married and are simply renewing their vows.


I wish I could tell you to go buy tickets for the fabulous Cape Cod event but it’s SOLD OUT! However, I am very excited to tell you that they already have next years schedule and there are plans for 21 events all across the country, check it out! 

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Photography: Shoreshotz Photography // Videography: Harborview Studios // Design: Jamie Bohlin of Cape Cod Celebrations // Florals: Designers Touch // Stationery: Dulce Press // Furniture: True North Events // Hair & Makeup: Lisa George

November 13, 2013

Today we are sharing the gorgeously DIY-ed wedding of Greg and Hilary that took place in a charming, rustic barn in Ann Arbor. The ceremony was actually planned for outside but a little arrived, so they rolled with the punches and moved it into the barn. Lucky for them it was just a little rain and the sun still made an appearance. With a year to plan, Greg and Hilary decided to save money and enjoy the experience of a DIY wedding, so they got crafty and took on lots of projects! Make sure to read the brides interview below to hear all about them! 


“When Greg finished saying his vows he ended with saying “sometimes words just aren’t enough,” walked over to his keyboard sat down and began to play and sing a song he had written for me.. it was simply breathtaking, a moment that will be with me forever…


..What didn’t we DIY!?! We had over a year to plan the wedding so we thought, why not? Let’s make our wedding one of a kind and save lots of money in the process. And that’s exactly what we did!

We considered our wedding theme “classic country.” We got married in a barn in the city of Ann Arbor, fitting right? Our colors were yellow and gray and we didn’t stray far. My mom and I found four different yellow and gray combination fabrics which we incorporated into the entire day. This was the start to the DIY madness. My mom and I cut over 100 pennant flags and 16 table runners out of the yellow and gray themed fabric. 

The centerpieces were a lot of fun to create! We had 12 inch wooden slabs and on them we placed a mason jar, vase, and frame. The mason jar was quart sized wrapped in burlap and yellow and white gingham ribbon. The mason jars held our gorgeous flowers which lined the aisle way during the ceremony. The vases were randomly found from Salvation Army and Goodwill around Lansing and Metro Detroit which we spray painted sunshine yellow. They held a dowel with a small fabric pennant flag Mod Podged onto them containing the table number. The frame was a picture of Greg and I at the corresponding year as the table number! My mom, Cindy, and the father of the groom, John, looked through years of photographs to find the perfect pictures.

We used old frames from Salvation Army (we went here a lot!) for the welcome sign, outside seating sign, bench sign, and bar sign. We used the sunshine yellow spray paint for the borders and then used chalkboard paint to paint the glass then we wrote on them with chalkboard markers. I love chalkboard! I made fabric flowers and placed them in the corners of the frames. We had a large chalkboard from Lowe’s and wrote the seating assignment in chalkboard markers.

I made flower girl buckets for our three flower girls. I found the buckets at Joann’s and added a large fabric bow and placed ribbons on the sides. For the ring bearer pillow, I sewed it out of burlap. It had a yellow and white gingham ribbon around it. I also made a small chalkboard that said, “Here comes the bride” that one ring bearer carried. They were precious!

Our “guest bench” was by far the most unique part of our wedding decor. It was made with love by our talented uncle Russ. We had our guests use Sharpies to write notes of best wishes and love to us. Such a great reminder of a beautiful wedding day!

The favors were mason jars that we personalized. We bought 156 mason jars and hand crafted a label which we chalkboard painted onto each jar. Not only did we make the labels we also made tags that we tied with jute twine to each jar thanking our guests for coming and celebrating with us. We had chalk out on the welcome table for people to grab and label a jar with their name on it. It was an extremely tedious process but we love knowing our friends and family have a piece of us regardless of how far they are from us! We also had gray, yellow, and white striped paper straws that we made flags for, so impractical but so cute! My parents, John and Cindy made snack bags were placed at each of our guest’s seats. The bags were wrapped with jute and had a stamped pennant flag on the tag.

The groom’s brother James, is a home brewer and jumped at our request to make some honey wheat beer for our reception. He not only made the honey wheat, but also made a brown and red ale. Each batch made 100 bottles, so we had 300 total when all was said and done. This was a big hit with our guests, many of whom enjoy home brewed beer. Some even got to take some leftover beer home; an unexpected party favor first for many!

Our invitations were so pretty thanks to the help of my mom and sister, Lindsey. The paper we used was from Paper Source, colors gravel and curry. My mom pressed daisies from their property which were such a special part of the invitation. We stamped our address on the envelopes using a cute stamp we bought on Etsy. I also sewed individual fabric pockets to place the invites into. So cute!

I love all the details we created and it wouldn’t have been the same without them!


..Yes! Something old – pearl necklace from my aunt Phyllis. New – my wedding dress and my fun pair of Toms. (Greg wore a pair too!) Something borrowed – my veil that my sister Erica wore on her wedding day. Something blue – our initials G + H and 7-6-2013 inside a heart my mom stitched inside the back of my wedding dress!


..Cherish every moment of it! You can only plan so much and your wedding day will not be what you planned, it will be better. Even during the most stressful moments just take a step back, breath, and laugh because at the end of the day you’ll be married to your best friend who makes you the happiest girl in the world and nothing else will honestly matter.” – Hilary, the bride


photography:  Chelsea Brown Photography // dress: Moonlight Bridal, Fall 2012 Collection // bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal // suits: JC Penny – JF J.Frrar // event planner: Tammara Kane with Grand Jour Events // Caterer: Gary’s Catering // venue: Cobblestone Farm // cake: Gwen’s Cake Decorating and Etc. // flowers : Kristi’s Flowers of Redford, MI // coffee bar: Elliot with The Cappuccino Man // photobooth: Memory Box II // DJ: Brendan Pfaff of Best DJ Ever