April 1, 2014

Although it’s April Fools Day… there’s no fooling around about our love for Etsy Artisans! Today I created a mini Etsy inspiration board meant to delight the ‘art deco’ bride and groom. Gold and black is a must for this style of event… it’s classic, romantic and bold. 

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All of the images above are from current Etsy listings ~ shop them below!

etsy seller credits

Best Day Ever Wedding Cake Topper – Gold: Better Off Wed // Vintage Art Deco Sheer Back Wedding Dress: Aria Vintage // Art Deco Letterpress Wedding Invitation: Banter & Charm // Jumbo, gold table confetti: Wedding Ambience // Art Deco Black Spinel Cushion Gemstone ring in 14k Gold: Madelynn Cassin Designs // Art Deco Gold and Black Table Number Cards: Tri Elegance

March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patricks Day!!! In honor of this charmed holiday, I decided to create an Etsy wedding inspiration board for those of you who are ‘Lucky in Love’! This spirited board was inspired by the gorgeous wine bottle pendant lights from Bottle Built… could you imagine those romantically illuminating your reception, I can!!!


All of these gorgeous images are from current Etsy listings, that’s right – you can purchase all of these items right now! For these exact listings and many more please follow this {link} to find our shop-able Etsy treasury:

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Frilly green bridesmaid dresses: Amanda Archer // Lucky in Love cake topper: Skye Art // Cork Save the Date Invitation: Cork Country Cottage // Wine bottle pendant lights: Bottle Built // Chunky green statement necklace: Handmade by Semra Ascioglu // Green linen bow tie: Divine Domestication // Gold clover peel and stick faux wax seals: Sally’s Heartful Creations  // Printable ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ Poster: My Paper Parade // Gold Mr & Mrs Wedding chair signs: Z Create Design 

January 28, 2014

We are completely and utterly in LOVE with calligraphy… especially when it’s modern, fresh and romantically on-trend. So today we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite calligraphy wedding detail listings from Etsy… that’s right, you can actually purchase ALL of the items on this mood board! From mini-easel signs that let your guests know what they are eating to a hand drawn geographical wedding map – you’re sure to find something swirlingly sweet!


You can find all these listings and more on our Etsy Tastemaker Page!


etsy seller credits

mini-easel calligraphy wedding signs: Lavender Calligraphy // modern calligraphy wedding invitations: Amelia Lane Paper // you are loved tote bag: Pink Olive Inc. // instagram wedding sign: You Got My Sunshine // personalized wedding thank you stamp: Paper Sushi // ‘kiss the girl’ calligraphy wedding sign: Little Pink Paperie // personalized stemless calligraphy champagne flutes: Rachel Carl Calligraphy // hand painted calligraphy wedding sign: Manzanita // gold rim, white mug, personalized calligraphy gift: Style Dahlia // hand drawn, calligraphy wedding map: Quill Muse // hand painted, wooden calligraphy table numbers: Paper Tangent // personalized calligraphy wedding favor bag: Mavora 

January 2, 2014

“Nestled between Lake Michigan on one side, and Lower Herring Lake on the other, The Watervale Inn truly is a gorgeous venue for a wedding. It is also a place that has been special to Alex’s side of the family for many years. I had always heard how gorgeous northern Michigan is, but I’d never been; it does not disappoint. The woods and lakes surrounding this quaint bed and breakfast, make for incredible photographic opportunities. Abby had the most beautiful bouquet I’ve ever seen, and all the details fit perfectly with the rustic vibe of Watervale. The tall trees, the sand dunes, the cottages; all of it so unique to Watervale, and in turn, helped make Abby & Alex’s day so special and unique. I was so thrilled to be a part of this one.” -Ben Elsass Photography


” It’s so difficult to choose, but my favorite part of the weekend was reading each other our vows. We wrote our own and kept them secret from each other – this was a big deal because we’re both pretty bad at keeping secrets! I’m known to be a cry baby but my husband was actually the one who became so emotional that he struggled to get through his vows. It was such a special moment and a great reminder of what a wedding is really about – celebrating your love in front of the most important people in your life…


..I actually didn’t DIY anything. I’m literally the opposite of a crafty person, but I did have a handmade vision so Etsy was definitely my best friend! So lots of handmade items – but not by me! 


..Don’t lose sight of what the day is about! I got caught up in the details a bit too much, trying to make sure everything was perfect. Ultimately, everything was beautiful and I’m glad I put the work in and found the vendors I did, but I definitely made myself a bit crazy. Just remember that what everyone (and you) will remember most about your wedding is the love, laughs and fun times.” – Abby, the bride


photography: Ben Elsass Photography // second shooter: Melissa of Lux Light Photography // dress: Demetrios // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale // DJ: Harbor View Entertainment // strings: Jasper Snow // hair stylist: Pam Tayer of The Styling Company // flowers: Victorias Floral Design, Inc. // invitations: VO Handmade // venue: Watervale Inn // men’s attire: Ted Baker // calligrapher: Stacey Shapiro // Officiant – The Reverend Dr. Ned Edwards // chalkboards: Shugabee Lane // signs + card holder: Sweet Carolina Collective // ties: Tie Obsessed // birch table number holders: The Vermont Branch Company // ring bearer pillows: Platinum Bridal

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

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