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DIY Shabby Chic Photo Display

Posted March 24, 2011 | 6 Comments

My favorite design style is shabby chic with a smattering of french country and cottage style mixed in. I fell in love ever since I flipped through my first issue of Country Living magazine, oohing and ahhing over the beautiful, distressed finds. In fact, Target’s ‘Simply Shabby Chic’ collection by Rachel Ashwell is a favorite ‘happy place’ of mine, and I could literally stand there admiring the countless sheets, comforters, curtains, throw pillows, and other beautiful shabby chic accents for an incredibly long time. On weekends, I like browse thrift shops and marvel over distressed drawers and figure out a way to incorporate pieces into my decor. There is something so beautiful about all the tiny imperfections. It gets me. And, although the shabby chic style tends to incorporate lots of whites, creams, and ivories throughout, I like to throw in pops of color every so often just to keep things interesting. A splash of turquoise or hot pink can really brighten up a piece and make it your own.

You can imagine, then, how much I absolutely adore shabby chic wedding decor in particular, which combines a few of my favorite loves into one. Just follow our tried + true recipe: add one part shabby + equal parts chic, a handful of handmade, a dash of DIY and fluff until fabulous. It is perhaps the most imperfectly perfect style that exists. One of my favorite elements of shabby chic style within the wedding scene is how you can make a beautiful display out of a few key pieces. The key is to find soft palettes and hues to complement one another, and add a main focal point to make the display pop. This shabby chic photo display (spotted here) is just one example which has stolen my heart. It lends some serious inspiration making it easy to DIY, even if you feel clueless about how to style your own display. I think the most important point when creating a photo display is to add lots of personal touches. The more personalized it is, the better. This way, guests can get a glimpse into your love story simply by stopping by and taking a quick peek. When I was planning my wedding, I had no idea how many unique display ideas were out there; if I had, this is definitely the photo display I would have chosen. Take a peek and then read on about how you can incorporate this DIY shabby chic photo display/guest book table into your wedding and afterward in your love nest…

shabby chic photo display



Nicole and Gerard’s Asbury Park Engagement Session

Posted March 23, 2011 | 4 Comments

new jersey wedding photographer - jeri houseworth photography

We’re loving this retro engagement session that took place in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Nicole and Gerard’s Asbury Park engagement session’s fun and unique setting made for some great photos. From warm boardwalk embraces to delicious Whirly Pops at Candyteria, to Nicole and Gerard’s fun being the Queen and King in their own chess match which ended in a checkmate kiss. As their boardwalk engagement session came to a close their photographer Jeri from Jeri Houseworth Photography captured them one more time as they looked upon the day’s setting sun and tomorrow’s future together.


Vintage-Inspired Wedding Booklet Invitation

Posted March 23, 2011 | 10 Comments

wedding booklet invitation

Meet the newest wedding invitation: the booklet invitation. Vicky Trainor of The Vintage Drawer is the talent behind this brilliant wedding booklet invitation which takes handmade to an entirely new level.



Keep Calm Poster for a Cause

Posted March 23, 2011 | 5 Comments

We would like to give a big shout-out to Jacin of Lovely Little Details for making us this adorable sign for our office! We love it! You can get your own Keep Calm poster customized just for you! We obviously selected ‘craft on’, since we loooove handmade, but yours can say anything you’d like. It’s only $10 and all proceeds benefit The American Red Cross (*or donor’s choice of charity) for earthquake and tsunami victims. Go get yours here!

keep calm and craft on



Bridesmaid Gift: Personalized Makeup Case

Posted March 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

This is one of those bridesmaid gift ideas where my jaw drops and I think why couldn’t I have found this while planning my wedding? Let’s face it: every girl needs a new makeup case every now and again. I’m not sure how it happens but even if you’re super careful it seems your eyeshadow and blushes have a way of making a powdery mess EVERYWHERE. If you’re a girl on the go, you know how important it is to have all of your must-haves on hand, and this case keeps everything in one place. This personalized makeup case by A.E. Wilder (A is for Awesome) combines a few of my favorite things in one: soft cotton linen, buttons, ruffles, and a zipper to keep everything secure. Plus, it comes personalized with your bridesmaid’s name. So, grab a few for your girls – and one for yourself – because this is one gift they’ll use again and again. Besides, a handmade gift made with love is way better than anything bought from any old boring, impersonal store. Go handmade!

personalized makeup case



DIY Burlap Table Runner in 3 Steps

Posted March 22, 2011 | 16 Comments

Suppose you love burlap table runners and dream of having them at your wedding, but you don’t want to shell out the extra money to buy one for each individual table. Perhaps you are feeling a little crafty and want to make one yourself, or you’re already married and want to spruce up the love nest with a newly monogrammed table runner. Well, you’re in for a special treat today because this is one DIY burlap table runner that you will absolutely love – and you can make it in 10 minutes flat (leaving you plenty of time to tackle these doily vases, too!). This costs less than any burlap runners we’ve seen AND you can make it in 3 easy steps with NO SEWING required! We spotted this at A Very Blessed Nest. Take a look…

diy burlap table runner


3-Strand Pearl Necklace for the Bride

Posted March 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

3-strand pearl necklace

I love the timeless, elegant look of pearls on a bride. I especially adore pearl necklaces with a vintage brooch. This beautiful 3-strand pearl necklace by Powder Blue Bijoux has cream-colored glass pearls and a vintage inspired silver box clasp. The brooch has been re-purposed and measures 3″ in length. This is one necklace you could wear for your wedding and keep tucked away in your jewelry box for special events. The model is wearing a strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and this type of necklace complements it well.


Billiard Cupcakes for the Groom

Posted March 21, 2011 | 4 Comments

billiard cupcakes

These unique billiard cupcakes are perfect for your groom’s cake or bachelor party! He’ll love how it’s an ode to one of his favorite activities: shooting pool with the guys. Spotted via; cupcakes by Pink Cake Box.

Ok, now I’m off to find myself a cupcake fix. ;)




Rosette Headbands, Hair Pins & Bows

Posted March 21, 2011 | 4 Comments

Chelsea Hansen of The Dainty Woods has been busy in her shop handcrafting these incredible brand new accessories! We love her new rosette headbands, bridal hair pins, and large bows (available as a bow headband and as a chain link necklace – adorable) for the bride and her bridesmaids. Romantic & whimsical! Take a peek:

rosette headband


DIY Paper Flowers in a Kit + Enter to WIN!

Posted March 21, 2011 | 73 Comments

What if we told you these were made of paper…

diy paper flowers in a kit



DIY Mason Jar Ice Cream Favors

Posted March 20, 2011 | 12 Comments

With warm weather comes yummy frozen treats, like ice cream and Italian ice. Yum! These mason jar ice cream favors are perfect for your outdoor wedding or backyard party, are easy to DIY, and your guests will love them (especially the kiddos!) Fill mini mason jars with ice cream or Italian ice (this example uses lemon sugar cookie ice cream and strawberry/lemon swirled Italian ice) and place atop a large bucket of ice. Add a table of toppings for an outdoor do-it-yourself ice cream bar. Delish!

diy mason jar ice cream favors


Bridesmaid Dresses with Pockets: Hello, Spring!

Posted March 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun… here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right…”
- The Beatles

Happy Spring! It’s officially the first day of Spring today and we’re kicking it off by featuring flirty bridesmaid dresses with pockets by Ananya! These handmade dresses feature a ruffle collar and a fitted sash – and of course, we can’t forget about those pockets. Last year, my sister selected bridesmaid dresses with pockets and I LOVED it. Now that I’ve been spoiled, I make it my business to buy dresses with pockets (or stitch them in myself). In fact, I think it should become a general rule of thumb that all dresses have a hidden secret pocket stitched inside. I love carrying a clutch and all, but I’m not a fan of being glued to the thing all night. I’m definitely out there on the dance floor sans bag. Plus, when you’re a bridesmaid in a wedding you never know when you’ll need emergency breath mints, money, lipstick, etc. So, take a peek at these dresses below. I like the yellow dress best, but the green is a close runner-up…

yellow bridesmaid dresses with pockets


Ashley & Anthony’s Traverse City Engagement

Posted March 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

traverse city wedding photographer - andy wakeman photography

Ashley and Anthony’s engagement photos were taken in one of Michigan’s trendiest places, Traverse City. They enjoyed a glass of wine at Circa Estate Winery that led to some fun kisses in an old school telephone booth. Ashley and Anthony brought along their dog Zen, which made for some creative photos. Their Traverse City engagement photographer, Andy from Andy Wakeman Photography, did an amazing job capturing their wintry wonderland photos.




Bridal Shower Teacups

Posted March 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll recall how I (Emma here!) am quite the teacup fanatic. On weekends in the summertime, you can find me perusing the aisles of thrift stores or flea markets looking for my a new favorite teacup for my collection. I am quite picky and since I can’t store literally thousands of tea cups in my home I wait until I find one that really catches my eye. It doesn’t even have to be very fancy, it just has to be pretty. It usually just holds earrings and rings on the nightstand, but it’s so bright & cheery! Moral of the story: if it sparks something in you, buy it. You’ll always feel happy being surrounded by pretty things that inspire you!

So… let’s get started. I attended a wedding last year and the bride & groom gave vintage tea cups to each guest as their favor. They found the tea cups from estate sales, thrift stores, and garage sales (all, of course, in great condition) so no two were the same. Imagine adding a few colorful macarons for a pretty place setting:

bridal shower teacups


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