Category Archives: Green

Real Wedding: Terra and Kevin

First off, this week we are counting down to our big launch on Friday! I can’t wait for you to see the new digs–I know you’re going to love the new look!

Today, I wanted to start off with Terra and Kevin’s wedding, shot by Jennifer of Ever Whim Photography. There are so many creative ideas, which you’ll get a feel for when you read Terra’s description below. My favorite idea that Terra shares: DIY Milk Glass! Check it out below!

I work full time as the Store Merchandise Manager at Urban Outfitters in Santa Cruz, CA and my husband Kevin is a self employed contractor. We have been together for 5 years, but our engagement was on the short side of seven months, and we had a tight budget of well under $10,000. We got married on Sunday April 25, 2010 at the same church my parents were married 40 years ago here in Santa Cruz, CA (Villa Maria del Mar-sits close to the beach cliffs). Our dogs are a huge focus in our lives and were with us the whole day, our French Bulldog Stanley was our Best Man, and our Pug Stella was our Maid of Honor. Since we had a tight budget we did a lot of DIY decorating elements. Our friends helped us put together the succulent arrangements for the tables at the reception and my bouquet. I believe we ended up spending a total of $60 for any flowers/succulents that were used–the rest friends and family donated.


I have always loved the idea of milk glass and found black milk glass that inspired me, however I didn’t love the cost. I ended up purchasing a variety of glass bowls and vases at local thrift stores and painted them black in order to get the similar effect I wanted. Our seating chart was compiled of all of our friends dogs and each table was named accordingly, the dogs pictures were in frames recycled from my aunts old fence. For our cigar smoking section, my husband hand carved ashtrays out of large river rocks from our front yard. I inherited a large collection of vintage brooches and other vintage jewelry with which I had a co-worker create for me my bridal necklace, other salvaged jewelry was added in as well.



Our friends mean everything to us and we were so thankful that they were so involved with us from the very beggining. The one thing that I learned from the whole experience is–never hesitate to ask for help. Everyone you love comes together to help you with any and all aspects to create everything you’ve imagined. We couldn’t be happier with how our day turned out, we are soo lucky to have such great friends and family who all came together to help us with the “inspiration” for our wedding day.

Vendors include:

Photography: Jennifer Hogan of Ever Whim Photography; Cake: Heathers Patisserie; Makeup: Anna Wu; Hair: Aurezu Kuhzarani; Ceremony: Villa Maria del Mar-Santa Cruz, CA; Reception held at Michaels On Main; Officiant: Gregory Ross (the Grooms best friends); Flowers: DIY; Ceremony Music: Steven Griswold (good friend of the bride & groom); Reception Music: Aaron Kushner (co-worker of the bride); Bride’s Necklace: inherited vintage jewelry & brooches-created by Theresa Vu (co-worker of the bride)

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Rustic Barn Wedding

Kendel and Ben’s wedding, shot by Jenn Stark Photographers has really got me in the mood for fall! Their rustic diy wedding was completely handmade, from top to bottom, and you can really the see the love they poured into their special day. I really can’t get over those bouquets though…STUNNING!

Vendor Details: Photographers: Jenn & Dave Stark of JENN STARK PHOTOGRAPHERS | Flowers: Bella’s Floral Boutique | Reception Venue: Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, near Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada | Kendel’s Dress: Maggie Sottero, Camden Style Kendel’s accessories: Handmade by the bride | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Handmade by a friend | Cake: Made by a friend | All paper goods (invitations, save the dates, escort cards, etc.): Designed and handmade by the bride

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Real Wedding: Nikki and Dave

Photographer Karen Wise sent over images of this simple Hawaiian wedding and I was smitten. People often think a destination wedding means ridiculous amounts of planning and the inconvenience of a 2000 mile barrier between you and coordinator. However, destination weddings are quite the opposite. They seems to be more relaxed, and supremely focused on friends, family and the celebration of love. Vacation AND a wedding? I love it!

Karen Wise (who just got engaged herself!) has offices on both the West and East Coasts. I LOVE her style, so now, of course, I’ve added her to my list of photographers for my wedding.

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Real Wedding: Anna and Israel

Photographer Mikaela Rudhner sent over these images of Anna and Israel’s simply sweet wedding and I’m so excited to share them! That bouquet…it moved my good mood meter up AT LEAST three notches. The best part is, the bouquet was put together by Anna’s best friend on the morning of the wedding. UM? Yeah. DIY Flowers…Anna proves sometimes, it really can be done! Thanks Mikaela for sending over these little pretties.

Check back later today! I’ve got a destination wedding with TONS of lovely pictures!

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Real Wedding: Inga and Scott

Photographer Tyler Branch sent over this lovely wedding and I’m delighted to share it with you. Two of my favorite things about Inga and Scott’s wedding: Wayfarer’s Chapel. It really is just so breathtaking. And Inga’s bouquet. I’m just a sucker for beautiful flowers. Special thanks to Tyler for sharing some of the stunning simplicity of their day!

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Atlas & Campbell Weds

Aubrey Atlas of the uber fabulous stationery team Atlas & Campbell recently wed her dapper beau, Nick, in a wedding that is just absolutely stunning. Of course, you can’t expect any less from a vendor in the industry…especially when it’s someone as crazy talented as Aubrey! Her wedding (along with a really great description and ALL the vendor details) was featured on Style Me Pretty, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few extra photos that weren’t featured. To see more, be sure to check out the SMP feature…it’s totally worth the click!!!

Abby Ross took these GORGEOUS images…so get ready to eat your heart out!

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Real Wedding: Nate and Alex

Nate and Alex were married at Bee Tree Park in St. Louis, Missouri and hosted a reception at Cliff Cave Park. Their wedding featured a number of simple handmade details that I know you’ll love. I particularly adore the embroidery. Oh how I love embroidery. Special thanks to Erica Turner for sending over such beautiful images!

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