My Wedding Details + Photos

I’m so excited to finally share my wedding details with all of you! The most frequent question I was asked throughout the entire planning process was, “Are you having a DIY wedding?” Although I did make a few things here and there, we decided to leave almost everything up to the pros. Since I craft all the time, I wanted to be as relaxed as possible on my wedding day and try to put down the glue gun for a change! But, of course, I did add my own personalized touch to a few items. Here were a few of my favorite projects.






And now for the good stuff…the wedding pictures! I can’t tell you how many wedding photos and videos I looked at in preparation for this wedding so it’s still a little surreal to be looking at my own! Our amazing wedding photographer, Paula Luna from Lunaphoto, did such a great job capturing all the details and memories from the day. And our cinematographers, White Rose Production, created a highlight video that I have not been able to stop watching! I’ve seen it about 75 times and I still can’t stop smiling. Check out our video right here!

Scroll down for a few of my favorite wedding photos!


I was so lucky to work with some of the most talented vendors. A gigantic thank you to all of them!

Coordinator: Yvette Hart Events  Photos: Lunaphoto  Video: White Rose Production
Flowers: Designs by Christine  Hair: Lilit  Makeup: Karolin
Cake: Cake Studio • DJ: Hrach - DJ International



DIY Painted Pumpkins from a Mesh Bag



I've always been a fan of painting instead of carving my pumpkins... never been very good at handling a knife! For today's DIY, I partnered with DecoArt to bring you my first fall decor project featuring their Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. This paint is pretty awesome...it's as easy to use as regular acrylic paint, but it leaves the surface looking ultra-matte and chalky, giving it that rustic look that I love. Can't wait to use it on more home decor projects! 

As I was trying to decide what kind of pattern to paint on the pumpkins, I just happened to see a mesh bag filled with tangerines in my kitchen. Turned out that the mesh bag worked perfectly as a stencil! It's also a super easy way to paint so the kids can join in too. I  used artificial pumpkins for this project so that I can reuse them each year, but you can use real ones too. 

Follow the steps below to make your own! 


Supplies:
• Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
• Artificial or real pumpkins
• Mesh bag (I upcycled the bag that my tangerines came in...you can also buy mesh sheets)
• Cotton balls (or a foam brush) 


Steps: 
• Place a section of the mesh bag over the pumpkin.

• Dip a cotton ball in paint and dab it a few times on a scrap paper before applying to the pumpkin.
• Dab the cotton ball over the mesh bag (like a stencil).
• Continue until the pumpkin is completely covered. 


 

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration. This post was created in partnership with DecoArt. All opinions are my own.  



My DIY Wedding Invitations


Looking back at my wedding craft projects, my invitations were one of my favorite. I was really happy with the way they turned out, but most importantly, the process of making them was so memorable. As you can see below, there were several steps involved in putting together each invitation and there is no way I could have done it without my family and friends who sacrificed their time (and finger cramps!) to help. 

I customized and printed my wedding invitations through Minted. They have such an amazing selection of beautiful designs and printing options (leterpress, foil stamp, etc). I actually ended up combining elements from two different designs (this and this), which was surprisingly a super hassle-free process! All you need to do is note your changes when you submit your order and one of their designers will send you a customized invitation.


Although I thought these invitations were beautiful as is, I just had to add my own personalized touch! I added a metallic cardstock backing that was slightly larger than my invitation in order to increase the overall size of my cards and to add a little bit of shine. I also added a couple smaller details like the wax seal and the embossed return address on the envelopes. It’s all in the details, folks! So here’s how I made them…

Supplies:
• Wedding Invitations (I printed mine from Minted...highly recommended)
• Invitation Backing (from Cards & Pockets)
• Envelope Liner (also from Cards & Pockets)
• Permanent Tape Runner
• Personalized Return Address Embosser (loved mine from WGPress)
• Self-Adhesive Wax Seals (Sally's Heartful Creations has great ones)
• Ribbon
• Scissors



4 DIY Organization Projects (featured on #OWNSHOW)

A few weeks ago, I was invited to do a few craft segments for #OWNSHOW where I got to talk about some of my favorite organizational craft projects. It was such a fun experience being in the studio and taping these segments with the talented Ami Desai. And I’m so excited to finally share them with you! Check out the clips below!


DIY Cereal Notebook: Click here for full tutorial

DIY Water Jug Container: Click here for full tutorial

DIY Chalkboard Label Jars: Click here for full tutorial

DIY Altoids Carrying Case: Click here for full tutorial 

DIY Chain Trimmed Placemats


This post is a special one for me, because it’s the first time I am writing to you as a married woman! Our wedding was one of the happiest days of our lives and I can’t wait to share all the details with you soon. Our first month of married life has been fantastic and one of the most fun we’ve had is decorating our new place.



After many weeks of searching for furniture, our apartment is almost complete! One of my favorite pieces is our Modway Dining Table from my new favorite online store, Wayfair. If you're in the market for furniture, accessories, or any other home-related items, Wayfair has it all! We needed something modern and white to brighten up the place a bit and this table did the trick. And now that we got the main furniture pieces sorted out, it’s time for my favorite part…accessorizing! 




I bought some plain placemats for about $2 each and wanted to glam them up a bit for my new table. I bought a couple pieces of chain from the craft store and after some super simple stitching, my new placemats were born! You can also use this technique with fringe or fabric trim as well. Follow the simple steps below to make your own set! 





Supplies: 
• Placemats
• Decorative Chain (found online or at craft stores. make sure the holes are large enough for the needle to poke through) 
• Embroidery Floss
• Threading Needle
• Scissors
• Wire Cutters



Steps: 
• Thread needle with the embroidery floss and tie a double knot at the end.
 Place the end of the chain next to the edge of the placemat. Run the needle through the chain and the edge of the placemat and pull tightly.



 Continue stitching the chain and placemat together then tie a double knot to secure the stitch when complete.
 Trim the ends of the string with scissors and cut off any excess chain with wire cutters. 






Check out Wayfair for tons of home furniture and accessories at amazing prices!




My DIY Bridal Shower Invitations


My wedding is only two months away so you can imagine how much I've been consumed with DIY wedding craft projects! This is one of my favorites so far. I am having a garden-themed bridal shower and found the perfect invitations from Minted. These were originally save the date cards, but Minted lets you 100% customize their designs which is exactly what I did. All you need to do is make a note with your changes when you submit your order and one of their designers will revise and send you an updated version. A hassle-free process!

But you know I couldn’t just send these out without adding my personal touch. This is a super easy way to add a little pzazz to any invitations or even greeting cards. Here’s how I made them…

My Supplies:
Invitations from Minted
Silk flower stems
Tacky glue
Mini pearl sticker (found at craft stores) 
Pressed flower stickers (this shop has many more to choose from)


Steps:
1. Add Flowers: Separate the silk flowers from their stems by simply pulling them out. Apply a small dot of glue underneath and secure to the card. Finish it off by adding a pearl sticker on top. Continue adding flowers until you’ve reached your desired look.


2. Decorate the Envelope: To tie everything together, I used these pressed flower stickers as envelope closures. They are actually real flowers! There's a protective layer on top so they will stay intact when mailed.



Now moving on from wedding talk...

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m so proud to partner with Minted for their Every Mother Counts donation program, to help decrease maternal mortality across the world. If you purchase any art piece from Minted from now until 4/28/14 using code CREMEEMC, Minted will donate 20% of their proceeds to Every Mother Counts. So not only will you end up with some awesome artwork, but you’ll be contributing to a very worthy cause. I love this idea as a Mother's Day gift. After your purchase, Minted will also send you a free downloadable card you can include in your gift to mom letting her know about the donation. Check out all the beautiful art right here (the custom one below is my favorite).





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