Archives: September 2009


I am lucky to have a cousin who is the “queen of crafts”.  Ask her how to do anything creative, and she will most likely know.  Well I went to her with the idea of creating custom accessories for my bridesmaids.  I didn’t want them all to wear the exact same thing, but I did want it all to coordinate in one way or another. And because their dresses are very simple….I wanted to make more of a statement in jewelry.  I was inspired by the work of Marquis & Camus, a collection of jewelry that offers a truly unique look into the future of remixed couture.  I am SO IN LOVE with all of it!  In a dream world, i would have bought each of my bridesmaids a Marquis & Camus original…..but I decided to get crafty instead.

My cousin and I went out and bought a handful of odds and ends: charms, pearls, chains, elastic, feathers and flowers…….as well as a few “base necklaces” from forever 21.  (Yes, I admit it)  She hand made silk roses and coffee stained tattered tool to add as needed. After much thought on what to create with all this “goodness”, we decided on 3 necklaces, 2 bracelets, and two flower hairpieces.  A little something different for each girl.

Here is the outcome!

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I always go into projects thinking I can do them “real quick”.  I kid myself every time.  This was one of those projects!  “Oh yeah, our wedding invite.  No problem…just give me a few hours and i’ll whip it up.”  Not exactly.  But it was well worth the time invested to get it just right (especially after we factored in how much money it saved us by designing and printing our own!)

I wanted to create an invite that matched the style of our wedding….a little vintage / soft / romanic / garden…ish! Something classic and pretty that I wouldn’t look back on in a few years and wonder what on earth I was thinking?  I love to layer textures and fabrics into many of my designs and I decided to do that here with our invitation as well.  I hand drew the branch/feather frame and chose a font i thought suited it.  I scanned in some lace and layered it on top of old vintage paper.  After playing around with colors for a bit, I decided on this pale peach…which I want to be a dominant color of the florals! And then I went with a slate shimmer envelope.  I can’t get enough of custom die cut invitations, so I had to tack on that little added touch as well! yummm…peach and grey make me smile!!

Featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper /  Green Wedding Shoes /  Paper Crave / The Royal Scoop


Photos by the lovely Sarah Shreves

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I was told that early on in your engagement is a good time to start deciding on “color”.  After getting sucked (quit quickly) into the wonderful world of wedding blogs….I discovered a blog that every engaged woman should know about :  100 Layer Cake They have managed to cover nearly every topic you can imagine regarding weddings, but one of my favorites was their inspiration binder where they created color boards around various themes.  I decided to create my own color board for my wedding based off this idea.  I had a vision of exactly what I wanted from the get go…(typical!) ….so this task wasn’t too hard!  It especially helped when talking to different vendors about what I was looking for and the “style” of my wedding.  All I had to do was show them this color board and they got the idea.


Here are a few of my favorite snaps of our engagement shoot with my good friend Erica.  All the pictures were taken in Encinitas, right around the corner from home.  You can see more of Erica’s amazing work at  She will also be photographing our wedding in November! Can’t wait!

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