November 9, 2013

Happy Saturday to all our favorite ST readers! This months focus is on being thankful… and we are truly thankful, from the bottom of our hearts – that YOU are here – reading Something Turquoise. We wish you the happiest weekend! xoxo


 image courtesy of: ZADesignz // color inspiration: Jen | ST

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This past week we have had the pleasure of featuring two stunning DIY weddings, an absolutely gorgeous fall DIY wedding bouquet, a super fun cocktail hour food inspiration shoot and last but not least the simple technique for DIY-ing your own custom wedding garter! You can easily find all these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 


November 8, 2013

Wearing and throwing a garter at your wedding is a time honored tradition. So today we are sharing a simple technique for making your very own, custom wedding garter! The best part is that this project can be completed in under an hour! Happy Wedding Crafting!



  • sewing machine
  • your choice of lace (lengths t.b.d.)
  • your choice of ribbon
  • thread that matches the ribbon
  • 1/2″ elastic
  • large safety pin
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • charm or button accent (optional)


/////     Finding your custom garter length     /////

Everyone is different, so follow these easy steps to find the length that your ribbon and lace should be. Start by measuring the circumference of your leg (distance around the area of your leg that you want to wear the garter), in our case it was 14″. To have the perfect amount of gathering for your garter, add your number plus + 7″. So for us that was 21″; cut your ribbon and lace to your specific number. Then for the elastic, take your first number and minus – 3″; for us that equaled 11″. This will ensure that your garter won’t fall off your leg!


Making this garter is very easy and there are only a few steps. First, is sewing the ribbon on top of your lace. Keep the stitching as straight as you can.


When your first seam is done, this is what it should look like. 


Now for the second seam. Sew the opposite edge of the ribbon to the lace.


At this point you are halfway done! Now take your cut piece of elastic and put a large safety pin on the end. Next, thread the safety pin between the ribbon and lace. Keep moving the safety pin with elastic until it’s all the way through. The elastic is shorter than the ribbon + lace so you will have to gather it up as you go. Be careful not loose the other end of your elastic!


Once you have the elastic all the way through, pin both ends so you don’t loose them.


Then with the right sides of the ribbon facing each other, sew down the side of the lace. This is the last seam of your garter. Trim the strings and the edge clean.
**Optional: do a zig zag stitch along the cut ends to finish it.


Turn your garter right side out, and you are done! In a snap you have a beautiful, custom garter for your wedding day! You can also make an extra version to throw…


If you are looking to embellish your new garter with a little something special, why not add the initial of your groom-to-be! Here I have a charm with two jump rings; open one jump ring and clasp it around the lace. Simple and cute.


This sewing technique can be used with so many different types of lace and ribbon… this version would make the perfect ‘something blue’. What color/style would fit your wedding?


Below we’ve made a shabby chic version for all you rustic brides out there. Same steps as above, except here we are adding a vintage looking button as an embellishment.
Sew it onto the ribbon just like a normal button.


There you have it; a simple technique for creating your very own wedding garter.


Huge thanks to our leg model Christin, your gams are the best! xoxo


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 // both lace, both ribbon, elastic, thread, vintage looking button: JoAnn’s Fabric  // lower case initial charm: Smart Parts via Etsy // wedding dress: Nordstrom // scissors: Martha Stewart Crafts // nail polish: OPI – You Don’t Know Jacques!

November 7, 2013

“There are so many fun ways to personalize weddings now a days, from your colors and favors to new and innovative food options! For this shoot, we wanted to think beyond the miniature crab cake and egg roll, and come up with some delicious cocktail hour bites that would not only wow your guests, but would fit in perfectly with some of this season’s hottest wedding color palettes. From quail egg huevos rancheros bites to goat cheese and ricotta mousse with butternut squash, to a fabulous take on oysters rockafeller, Chef Maya and the talented planners of Fabulous Fete demonstrated how to really start your cocktail hour and reception off right!” – Reese Moore Weddings

/////     Peaches + Cream     /////


/////     Sunshine + Iron     //////


/////     Rose + Melon    /////


/////     Lavender + Mint     /////


/////     Midnight + Clover     //////


photography: Reese Moore Weddings // event planner: Fabulous Fete // invitations: Charleston Open House // creative catering: Chef Maya // dresses: Gown Boutique of Charleston // rentals: PolishedSnyder Event Rental, and ooh! Events // hair: strawberry blonde salon // flowers: Whole Foods // venue: Tidewater Chapel

November 6, 2013

“I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to photograph such a gorgeous wedding in an opulent venue of Hummingbird Nest Ranch. There were a lot of beautiful and delicate moments from the beginning to the very end and I absolutely loved them. It was very surprising when the best man came to visit Julie and pass her Thinh’s special gift. With an excitement, Julie unfolded Thinh’s love letter and she broke in tears and happiness while reading it… I felt blessed and honored to capture such a lifetime moment that will be cherished and remembered for many years to come.” – The Big Affair


“Our pastor asked us to pause, take a deep breathe, and look at all the friends and family that came from all over the world to celebrate with us before he began the ceremony. That was a tear filled moment!


..We DIY-ed a big portion of our wedding. We designed and printed our own invitations and thank you cards. For the wedding, we had our talented friend Jannie Nguyen (also a full time Creative Designer for Pottery Barn) help us so I can’t take credit for how pretty it turned out. The idea was simple elegance with a rustic touch…


..My wedding dress was borrowed. My generous friend ended up gifting me the dress. It fits me like a glove and it was exactly what I had envisioned. No alterations were needed! My Dad bought me a ‘new’ diamond necklace as a surprise. I like things simple, so my Dad did a perfect job buying me something I’d absolutely love. My husband also surprised me with his late grandma’s diamond earrings (in a new setting), so I count that as my something old.  Although I couldn’t manage to fit them into my tiny ear piercings on the day of, I loved his thoughtful gift regardless. And as you can see, my heels were blue!


..I think on the day of, details don’t matter anymore. You and your husband-to-be have done so much, just savor the moments and enjoy the presence of your friends and family. Take a moment to just LOOK at what you’ve put together and the faces of the people that are there with you. Make up your mind on what matters the most and be okay to settle for something less ideal for those items that don’t matter as much (for us, it was flowers, wedding favors, cakes, programs, etc).  In the end, the wedding is only a day long but your marriage will be forever so try to be budget conscious!” – Julie, the bride  


photography: The Big Affair // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch, CA // decor: Jannie Nguyen // event planners: Velvet Alley Events // makeup: Makeup by Grace Chun // flowers: Decora Botanica // dessert: Cream Pan

November 5, 2013

We are obsessed with today’s Bouquet Blueprint!!! Jacki from Floral Design by Jacqueline Ahne has outdone herself once again! Fall has so many wonderful options for flowers and color choices. Today’s bunch is fully embracing that cozy fall feeling… this bouquet has a traditional fall color palette with a few pops of brighter tones. It has a very round shape with depth created by the slight height difference of the scabiosa and the dahlias. The stems are wrapped with burlap ribbon and an heirloom bracelet has been added for a little extra bling with a sentimental touch!


AVAILABILITY // This bouquet is best for a fall wedding. Each of the flowers has a different season but all are available late summer till the end of fall. 


RECIPE // 3 stems copper button mums, 15 stems scabiosa, 18 stems dahlias (plus small buds), 10 stems coxcomb, and 10-12 geranium leaves


STEM WRAP // The bouquet stems are covered in a burlap ribbon accented with pins along the frayed edge of the ribbon. A vintage bracelet has been attached to the bouquet adding a touch of glamor and incorporation a family heirloom. 


CARE // Dahlias are a delicate flower so it is best not to over handle this bouquet. This bouquet will also benefit greatly if it is kept in a small amount of water until the wedding begins. If a few of the dahlia petals start to bruise they can be delicately plucked from the flower giving it an instant fix. 


BOUTONNIERES // This bouquet has so much texture it’s almost a must to have a boutonniere with just as much texture! Dahlias are a tricky option for boutonnieres however they can work as long as the recipient is careful and it’s put on just prior to the wedding starting. Be sure to select the best size for the jacket. Another fun option would be to incorporate a bit of glamor. Shown on the far right is a coxcomb boutonniere accented with a vintage clip on earring.


amazing photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // gorgeous florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise