Category: Wedding

Pinterest Favorites – Pretty things to do with jars

Hi there! It’s a beautiful day in Florida! I hope the sun is shining on all of you, too!

If you saw my wedding pictures, you know that I love mason jars. Especially the antique blue tinted ones. My mom always liked them too… I think having them around reminds me of her, which is nice, now that I live 1000 miles away from her.

I was browsing pinterest today, and found some pretty new ideas to display my jar collection in my home. I hope you find some inspiration!

1. Turn a Classico spaghetti sauce jar into a pretty vase!

2. Free printable jar labels. Make your pantry a little more cute.

3. Another restyled jar to vase idea.

4. Lots of jars with candles. The prettiest centerpiece for your summer picnics.

5. Mount jar lids to the bottom of a cabinet to store your buttons and findings.

6. Paint the tops of your jar lids with chalkboard paint – great for organizing teas and spices!

7. A light fixture made from jars. I want to try this!

8. Use a big jar to hold a pretty gift. Reusable gift wrap is the best!

9. Use jars in the bathroom for qtips, cotton balls, and makeup.

10. Instead of plastic cups at your next party, or even a small wedding… try having little 4 oz jars instead. Don’t forget the pretty striped paper straws!


Wedding Memories – Part 3

That’s right, another wedding post! I’m almost done, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

What we wore:

(Click the collage to view larger!)

My dress was from David’s Bridal. (Bad experience, do not endorse them at all.) I *loved* the fabric that my dress was made from. It was sheer, but with a lacy burnout pattern. It was really pretty, and it looked flowy and soft on the beach.

The Bridesmaid dresses were from ModCloth and JCPenney. I had trouble finding a ‘vintage’ looking dress that a 21 year old liked, that would also fit a 10 year old, but I think the dresses we ended up with were perfect.

The guys wore Tommy Bahama. They looked great!

The flowers were silks and made by my sister, Dee. My Bouquet was made from huge peonies in cream and pink, and the stems were wrapped with ivory satin, and ivory lace ribbon. I still have it sitting in a vase in my house. I love it. The girls carried little icy blue evening bags with a peony and ribbons clipped to the strap.

And of course, we all wore flip-flops! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, ceremony details, and then the HONEYMOON! Then I promise I’ll shut up about it already. ๐Ÿ™‚

Most of the pictures I’ve shared are by Samantha Hunter. My hubby’s oldest daughter, and one of my bridesmaids. She’s gorgeous, and amazingly talented. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in the Chicago area, you should definitely look her up. ๐Ÿ™‚



Wedding Memories – Part 2

Happy Friday! Wow, it’s taken me a lot longer to post this than I originally planned… but here it is! The next part of my wedding details. In this post I’ll show you our favors, decorations, and sweets from the beach picnic reception that we had BEFORE our wedding. We’re such rebels. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve always wanted a collection of blue mason jars… so it was only natural to use the wedding as an excuse to ‘collect’ a dozen or so. Thanks to some flea markets and antique shops, My mom and I managed to get some really unique ones for my new collection. We added sand from the beach, some seashells, and a votive candle. They were scattered on the tables to add some vintage quirk.

Part 1 of our take-home favors were little lace trimmed brown paper bags filled with salt water taffy. I picked the yummiest flavors, like vanilla cupcake, pina colada, and cotton candy! I hand stamped the little paper tags, and hand tied the sailor’s knots using roping I bought in a wholesale craft shop. I loved how these turned out.

Part 2 of our take-home favors – little ships wheel magnets that had ‘Our course is set!” stamped on them. I also made placemats out of scrapbooking paper. I cut out a little circle, and stamped it with our wedding logo. They looked pretty on the brown paper covered tables.

Our ‘wedding cake’ was two different varieties of cupcakes. Lemon with cream cheese frosting… complete with little handmade sails, and chocolate with orange flavored frosting, and little handmade marzipan oranges on top. (Citrus flavors for the Florida wedding!) They were yummy and cute. And I’m glad I chose to make them myself. However, I wish I hadn’t forgotten my cupcake towers that I had made. *sigh* Oh well, it all worked out!

What would a party be without cake pops? These were vanilla/cream cheese on the inside, and white/milk chocolate on the outside. I used lots of different kinds of sprinkles so they’d all be unique, and tied them with the cute blue bakers twine I used on the invitations.

The display on the dessert table, and the little ‘beverage center.’ We went with glass bottles of soda to go with the vintage-y theme of the wedding, and the tin bucket and fishing nets to carry on the nautical theme.

And of course, pink paper straws, in an antique blue glass pitcher.

It was a very happy day!

We DIY’d everything, every morsel of food, every little frill or detail, was handmade. It felt very personal, and turned out very cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

The next post is going to be about our flowers and dresses! I’m excited to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your weekend!


New Tattoos!

I wanted to give these a chance to heal before I showed them off… but, look what we got!

We wanted to get something to match, to celebrate getting married. We thought about what to get for a long time, ranging from just the date, rings, a symbol made using our initials… but nothing seemed quite right. The anchor is a reminder of both our nautical themed beach wedding (the anchor was our wedding logo) – and that no matter where we go, or what we’re dealing with in life, we’ve always got a safe haven when we’re together – we can just drop our anchors and and be free to be us. It also reminds us of our dream of someday living on a sailboat. But that’s another story for another day. ๐Ÿ™‚

This week you can expect ย another ‘wedding details’ post, a DIY of the week, and lots of new things in the Etsy shop! Have a happy day!


Wedding Memories – Part One

There are so many things I want to share from my wedding, and I didn’t want to overload the blog with picture after picture – so I decided to split it up into four parts over the next couple of weeks. Pre-Wedding Design, Details, Ceremony, and Honeymoon. I’ll also be talking about the mishaps that always happen, and stress you out so much while they’re happening… then afterwards you find them completely silly and trivial.

Pre-Wedding Design

We got engaged in July of 2010, and back then, we were all about eloping. We’ve both been married once before, and this time we didn’t want the stress, the poofy dress, hundreds of people, or a long, complicated reception. So as soon as we began discussing marriage, long before the engagement even happened, we talked about going somewhere in the Caribbean, me in a pretty sun dress, him in shorts and a tropical shirt, and a minister with a Jamaican accent saying what needed to be said. Just the two of us, simple, easy, and on with the honeymoon.

That is not what happened.

A couple of people who are very important to us had a major problem with us not having a wedding… and we decided that it was important to us both that his kids be involved, and our parents, and from that point, I caught the wedding bug.

We wanted to keep it small and simple, so we decided on a beach picnic with fun, picnic food, and a short ceremony afterwards as the sun was setting. I also wanted it to be very personal, and DIY. We decided on Fort DeSoto State Park in Florida, which is a really pretty park. And I decided on a ‘vintage nautical/diy’ theme.

We ended up with around 25 people – and even though it ended up being spring break, so the beach was packed, we got there way too late to get to everything I’d wanted to be set up, I forgot most of the glassware I’d purchased for the dessert and food tables, and my husband-to-be showed up with a fresh spray tan that made him appear slightly orange… it turned out pretty great. We wanted a fun, beach day with our families and close friends that ended in us being married, and going on the most amazing honeymoon either of us could have imagined. Spoiler alert…ย That’s what happened. But more on that later.

First of all, our Save The Date’s. We sent our out-of-town guests a beach bag, flip-flops, sunscreen, seashells, and a luggage tag with their name on it. Inside was a Florida post card (That’s the t-shirt with the flamingo print.) giving them the date, and letting them know to prepare for a beach day!

“Pack your bags and head for the beach…
Jennifer and Edward are getting married!

On Saturday, March 26, 2011 we set sail
on our new adventure.

Save The Date!”

Next came the invitations. I wanted to wait until Christmas was over to start making the invitations. But then right after Christmas was when I started getting serious about having a crafty business… so they were something that kept getting pushed further and further down the to-do list. Once I finally sat down to design them, it was almost time for them to be sent, so it was a bit of a rushed project.

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted them to look like, and for once in my life, they turned out exactly as I had planned! I created a ‘boarding pass’ inside a navy blue jacket that was trimmed with lace, and tied with bakers twine and a kraft paper seal with our wedding logo stamped on it. Every part of them was hand made. I hand-stamped and cut the labels, I hand cut the invitations and the jackets, I hand wrote the RSVP information on the Fort DeSoto post cards… they were pretty involved. But I loved how they turned out. (You can click the pictures to see them bigger.)

Two days before the wedding, I quickly created a program – inside was info about the wedding party, the order of the ceremony… etc. Here’s a picture of the front, with our rings. E had my engagement ring designed and made specially for me. It’s gorgeous, and big, and sparkly… and it seems so personal because of the way he had it made. I’m so, so proud to wear it.

We went to the jeweler that made my ring to see if he could make a matching thin band… and he had this little diamond band that curved perfectly around the bottom of my pear shaped diamond – and he made us a deal we couldn’t refuse. Ha.

E’s ring is also handmade – I got it from a shop called Titanium Knights on Etsy. He’s all about things that are indestructible, and things that could help him survive if something catastrophic happened… so clearly we had to go with titanium. I had them engrave it with “01101001 โ™ฅ 01110101” which is “I โ™ฅ U” in binary. Just a little geeky sprinkled in, there. ๐Ÿ™‚

(Photo by Samantha Hunter)

And that’s going to conclude this post… I’ll be back soon with details from our little picnic, lots more details, and some regularly scheduled blog features, here and there, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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