March 31, 2014

“I feel so lucky to have been able to join Katrina and Fletcher on their wedding day. It was obvious just how much in love they are which makes a wedding more beautiful than any decoration possibly could. However, all of Katrina’s amazing handmade details definitely made a lovely impression! It was just as marvelous watching their families come together decorating, cooking, and making the day perfect for the two of them. I think every photographer wishes they had more couples like this.” – Star Noir Studio

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“Fletcher was insistent that we did not see each other at all the day of the wedding, which I was at first skeptical about, but then I completely got on board with. Throughout the day, we’d send our bridesmaids/groomsmen on reconnaissance missions to the main floor of the cabin to check if the coast was clear. When we did the pictures on the mountain with our wedding party, Fletcher and the groomsmen went first, and I came with my bridesmaids once we got word that they were almost finished. But, how do you get two cars to drive past each other on a narrow mountain path without him seeing me in my dress or me seeing him in his handsome suit? I had to duck down in the car as low as I could get, and his clever groomsmen put a handkerchief on his head to block his view. Finally seeing him at the “altar” was completely worth all the sneaking around and the whole day felt like a fun game.

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..Oh goodness, where to start! I created the bow ties, pocket squares and clutches, along with painting some of the vases used for decoration (my mom did the rest). Together, Fletcher and I made the jam for favors, including berry picking! Our close friend, the wife of the officiant, did our table arrangements after getting to Gatlinburg. Fletcher’s godmother made the cakes for the wedding (and two cakes for the rehearsal dinner as well!). One of the bridesmaids did all of our wedding stationary. And EVERYONE pitched in and helped with dinner! The entire wedding was a community DIY project. 

Overall, I loved all of our projects and that the day wasn’t just about us. Everyone had a stake in making it a success, just like our marriage. We felt like that’s what a wedding should be – the celebration of the individual communities that have supported you two throughout the years coming together to share in your love for each other. It was so wonderful to know that if I needed anything done, I had an entire household of people to call upon, whether they be my family members, my future in-laws or his best friends. All of our projects created such an atmosphere of overwhelming love and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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..My something old was my wedding band – it was Fletcher’s maternal grandmother’s and I am so honored to be wearing it now. I also wore my mother-in-law’s jewelry for the wedding – she let me borrow opal earrings she received from Fletcher’s paternal grandmother and an opal pendant from his maternal grandmother. The chain I used for the necklace was the one my mother-in-law bought for Fletcher’s father on their wedding day. For my “something blue,” I wore a baby blue crinoline and navy shoes. I didn’t really have anything specifically “new,” but I think my new husband counts! 

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..The wedding is a ceremony for other people to witness and join in celebrating your marriage. So be mindful of your guests’ comfort and the process that they have to go through to help you have the perfect day. When planning, ask your bridesmaids for advice if you think that something might be too much to ask for – and then REALLY listen to what they have to say. Your wedding lasts a day, but your continuing relationship with your husband will not be built without the love and support of your family and friends.” – Katrina, the bride

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Photography : Star Noir Studio // Dress and veil: Etsy // Shoes: Anthropologie // Groom’s Outfit: Sofyano  (a local shop in Columbus, OH) // Flowers: Lasting Impressions in Daleville, IN // Cake: Dream Bakes – Gluten Free – Fort Myers, Florida (groom’s godmother’s bakery) // Grooms Ring: Ashcraft Jewelers, Brides Ring: the groom’s grandmother // Stationary and Programs: Happy Apple Paperie

March 29, 2014

I am completely obsessed with all of this weeks creative wedding posts ~ weren’t they awesome!!! I have been super, super busy – working on a few special things that I cannot wait to share with you… so stay tuned for a few big announcements! I wish you a wonderful weekend of relaxing and wedding planning. Thank you so much for stoping by… xoxo

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image courtesy of: Karli Cadel for Christopher Duggan Photography

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This past week we have had the pleasure of featuring so many awesome posts!!! We shared a lovely vintage spring-chic wedding inspiration shoot, we are hosting a GIVEAWAY for WeddingMix, the gorgeously DIY-ed beach wedding of Jesse and Jenn, a beautiful wild flower Bouquet Blueprint, a simple burlap table number tutorial, and last but not least, my favorite, how to make a multi-strand bridal statement necklace! You can easily find all these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 

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March 28, 2014

Since last weeks project was beyond simple… I decided to flex my DIY muscles – so beware, this project is not for the beginner! This very detailed, step by step tutorial shows how to create a multi-strand statement necklace, perfect for the hardcore DIY bride! Bold jewelry has become quite the rage, so take this trend by it’s horns and create something no other bride will have – a necklace fit only for you, the DIY Wedding Queen…

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SUPPLIES:

  • your choice of beads, lots of pretty beads
  • wire cutters, small pliers, and crimp pliers
  • soft flex beading wire
  • 18 crimp beads
  • 26 open jump rings
  • two 9 hole end bars
  • large toggle clasp
  • tape
  • felt (or the like)

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I recommend using at least 5 different strands of beads if not more, here I chose 7. From left; aqua seed beads, white potato fresh water pearls, turquoise glass beads, crystal chain, 8mm round Amazonite, faux-matte glass pearls, and sage fresh water pearls. To recreate this look you need to choose strands of different color and texture. I like working on a piece of felt or material so stray beads don’t roll around on me.

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Measure your neck to see how long your necklace should be. I made mine 17″.

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Start by cutting your Soft Flex wire, add at least 8″ to your neck measurement… you will need extra wire to work with while beading. Cut 9 wires; one for each end bar hole. 

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***There are many different ways you could assemble this necklace; here I tried to break the steps down and make them simple – but do what you feel comfortable with.

Start by adding jump rings to your end bars; these will hold all your bead strands. Make sure to completely close each jump ring with your pliers. Complete both end bars.

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The next step is to form a jump ring chain to add each piece of the toggle clasp to each end bar. I added 4 jump rings to this connection to add length for ease of operating the clasp. 

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Now, plan out your strands. I chose 7 different beads, but I needed 9 strands – so I doubled up on the amazonite and the faux glass pearls. Pick your pearly poison.

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Now add each of your cut pieces of Soft Flex to one end bar.

Do this by threading the Soft Flex with a crimp bead, then thread the Soft Flex through one jump ring and back through the crimp bead, crimp the crimp bead with a pair of pliers, and tug to make sure it’s secure. ***The first picture is only showing the Soft Flex threaded through the crimp bead twice.

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Add all nine pieces of Soft Flex to one end bar.

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Start beading each of your Soft Flex wires! You should bead at least the amount that you measured earlier… if not a little more just in case. When braiding and wrapping the strands, you will need a little slack.

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When you are finished with each strand, tape it off so you won’t loose your beads.

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Continue with your beading…

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Finish all your strands.

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Now to twist the strands! I softly braided the strands here… 

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…and then gave them a little nudging and situating until I was happy with the composition. ***CRAFTERS TIP: While assembling this last part of the necklace, keep the strands in a “U” shape to mimic your neck!

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Figure out which strands should go to what hole in the last end bar.

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The next step is to finish the necklace. Start in the middle and work out. Carefully remove the tape from the middle bead strand, add a crimp bead, and then thread through the appropriate jump ring…

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Then thread back through the jump ring and pull the strand tight, making sure there is no slack throughout the entire strand. There is nothing worse then a gap in the strand! Then crimp the bead and trim the excess wire. 

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Continue to move throughout the strands. Since you added extra beads just in case, you might have to remove a few to make the strand fit perfectly up to the end bar. 

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Keep crimping and moving along through the strands until complete. Carefully cut off excess Soft Flex, making sure not to cut what the beads are strung on!

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FINISHED ~ and gorgeous! 

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This project might not be quick, or easy… but it is beyond worth it. Such a special piece of jewelry to wear on and beyond your wedding day!

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***This necklace could even be your Something Blue (…or something turquoise!).

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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! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial and necklace design by: Jen | Something Turquoise // all beads and findings from my favorite bead store: Ruby Tuesday // gorgeous wedding dress: Allure Bridals #2569  // pliers: Craftsman // nail polish: OPI – Love Angel Music Baby

March 27, 2014

Garden weddings are a trend that will never disappear! This bouquet is a modern twist on the traditional hand tied bouquet since it’s designed in a crescent shape. These wild flowers were selected in a variety of tones and textures to embody the garden feel. Hanging amaranthus is one of my favorite flowers, so are orchids and dahlia’s – so when I saw this bouquet Jacki literally had to scrape my jaw off the floor… I’m beyond obsessed and I’m so glad I finally get to share it with you today!

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AVAILABILITY // Most of these flowers are available year round except the bouvardia which is available only in late winter early spring. The bouvardia can be substituted with wax flower for a similar look. 

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RECIPE // 6 stems light pink stock, 1 bunch pink bouvardia, 5 cymbidium orchid blooms, 6 stems of dahlia in white and pink, 1/4 bunch of clover, 1/4 bunch pepper berries, 1/2 bunch burgundy hanging amaranthus, 2 stems black berries and a small amount of ribbon. 

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CARE // Dahlias can be very fragile and it’s best to touch them sparingly. They can also wilt quickly in high heat making it best to keep them in water as long as possible. A mist of water over the bouquet will help to keep the orchids fresh as well as the foliage. 

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BOUTONNIERES // From modern to traditional, this bouquet can be paired with many different bout options! From left to right; a masculine boutonniere made from hanging amaranthus (which we are obsessed with), a modern mix of foliage and the center of the cymbidium orchid, a traditional cymbidium orchid accented with berries, a simple clover boutonniere, and finally a modern orchid petal and clover boutonniere.

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Amazing Photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // Gorgeous Florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // Styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise

March 26, 2014

“Take some outstanding weather, a beachside venue and a crowd that really knows how to party and you have yourself the perfect wedding! Jenn and Jesse truly had a beautiful wedding day, from beginning to end. The sun shined as Jenn walked down the aisle to meet her handsome groom. After the ceremony, guests had time to grab a drink from the canoe or tiki bar, as they snacked on some amazing food. Paradise Cove is a fantastic venue because everything is very close together to guests do not have to walk very far, as well, the view is absolutely stunning as the property is situated on a large lake in Orlando. Jenn and Jesse were super crafty and created a lot of the small details themselves, such as the adorable chevron runners that were on all of the guest tables. Towards the end of the evening, Jenn switched out of her stunning gown into an even more decadent gold sequined dress that was a huge hit. Congratulations to the happy couple!” – Jaclyn of At Last Wedding + Event Design

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“My favorite wedding day memory was a surprise from my new husband, Jesse. I hadn’t noticed the very large frame placed next to our dinner table (The excitement and nerves were still overwhelming me at the time, I just wanted to sit down for a moment!) But when my mother-in-law pointed it out, I began to sob. Jesse had gone to our most memorable locations and taken pictures with him holding signs at each location. For example, he went to the college apartment where we first started dating with a sign that said, “This is where is all began”, one at our first apartment we lived in together that said, “This is where I fell for you”, one where he proposed, “This is where I took you to see the fishes” (a little inside joke of ours), one with him and both of our amazing rescue dogs that said “This is what I got myself into”, one at our wedding venue wearing his wedding suit that said, “This is the best day of my life” and the last he took at a farm (because I always say that I want to retire to a farm and rescue animals all day) that said “This is where I want to grow old with you”. It was immensely thoughtful and such a surprise. 

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..We did a ton of DIY! Jesse is the artist in the family so he built, designed, and drew all of the chalkboard signage, one of those being 5.5 feet tall with the wedding party info on it. We also had a “Open bar, Open late” sign that we hung above the bar. We also had tiny “message in a bottle” for our place cards. We stuffed each one with each person’s name and table number. I created the stickers for the cookie favors. We used Publix chocolate chip and the sticker said, “Jesse’s favorite cookie”- we tried to keep everything extremely personal to Jesse and I . We also had buckets with sandals for our guests so they could take off their heels and party in sand or dance all night in comfort! (that was a huge hit!). I found these 2 huge tree stumps outside someone’s yard, I knocked on their door to ask if I could take them. We painted those white and used them at the start of our aisle with mason jars, candles, and flowers on top of them. People liked them so much that when we tried to pick them up the next day, a bride was already asking if she could use them, so they are still being utilized at Paradise Cove today! There were many other projects even before the wedding, we placed personalized water bottles and door hangers in each guest’s hotel room. For me, it was very important to incorporate details and DIY projects. I wanted people to be “wowed” at my wedding but NOT because we spent a ton of money of everything. We tried to do as much ourselves as we could. I think these details can add so much ambiance and love to the occasion. People kept telling me, “Wow, you worked so hard on everything, there are little details everywhere, everything looks so amazing!” – I have to give thanks to my wedding planner and her team for bringing everything together perfectly!

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..Jesse and I are not very traditional so we did not follow many of the “rules” of weddings. I did have something old. It was a surprise wedding gift from my childhood next door neighbor. She wrote me a tear-jerking letter about her marriage and within the letter was a tiny velvet bag containing a beautiful diamond solitaire necklace. I was so honored to wear it on my wedding day and I continue to wear it almost every day. It was a truly amazing gift and something I will cherish for a lifetime and hopefully pass on to someone I love as well.

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..My best advice is to take it slow, know what you want and prioritize! I am not the type of person who agonizes over every decision, I know almost instantly if I like something or not. However, many brides start thinking about “well does it go with this?” or “Will my mom/friends/whoever like this?” etc. You can really drive yourself nuts overthinking all of these wedding decisions. Find something you like, that’s in budget, and build from there. Before you know it, your vision will be fulfilled! Prioritizing your wish list will also help you manage your budget, but make sure you know what items are important to your future husband as well.” – Jenn, the bride

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Wedding Coordinator: At Last Wedding + Event Design // Venue: Paradise Cove // Caterer: Arthurs Catering // Photographer: Misty Miotto // Videographer: Key Moment Films // DJ: Soundwave Entertainment // Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design // dress and bridesmaid dresses: Soulutions Bridal // shoes: David Tuterra // suits: Express // tie + pocket square: The Tie Bar // Cake and cupcakes: The Sugar Suite // Hair/Makeup: Beaute Speciale // Photobooth: Photobooth Rocks