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Etsy Goodness   1 comment

For those you who do not know what Etsy is, let me explain. (Since you obviously have been living in a dark room. Just kidding. You really should log on as soon as your done reading this post, though) Etsy is the most awesome craft site, ever. It is an online shopping site with a menagerie of artisans with a focus on the vintage and handmade. It is a bride’s dream. I absolutely L-O-V-E Etsy and want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy finds for the wedding.

1. Baker’s Twine- Seller Paper Souffle

Turquoise Divine Twine


2. RSVP Stamp- Seller 4 hands

Moniilee Wedding Stamp-Custom


3. Satin Ribbon Wrapped Decorative Book Bundle- Seller The Shabby Chic Cottage


5. Custom Wrist Corsages- Seller hART jewelry


6. Quiver Arrow Microfiber Necktie- Seller toy breaker


7.  Vintage Opulence Bouquet- Seller Croska


8. Personalized Bridal Walnut Hanger- Seller Wisconmon


9. Satin Bridal Clutch- Seller Fallen Sparrow


There is so much more, that Etsy offers. You can see some the gorgeous book themed invites here and here. Explore Etsy for inspiration, adorable wedding finds, and gifts.

Did you find any wedding items on Etsy? What was your favorite Etsy purchase?


Building a Dream Team and Defining the Details… The Florist Episode Part 2   Leave a comment

Mama Austen and I made a trip to Vegas this last week and we met up with my rocking florist, Randi Garrett of Naakiti Floral. We went for a couple of reasons, one so Mama Austen and I could see a mock-up, so we could show Randi the candle holders we are going to use for the designs, and so we could decide on what to do for the head table.

The space where we are hosting the reception is quite a decorated space.

Mezzanine Level of the Trevi Restaurant

Because of the highly decorated room, I struggled to find a design that fit and incorporated my desire for a vintage feel. The first thing I found when searching for a design that would work were these candle holders from Jamali Garden.

Source: Jamali Garden

I ordered the 3 1/2 inch Antique Tapered Votive Holders in teal for the head table and in gold for the guest tables. Then I had to find a design to fit with these beautiful candle holders, the room, and our budget. So enter the decorated aisle design.



Source: The Wedding Bee Miss Sparkler

My thought was why can’t we put this on our tables with our candle holders. So the design for the banquet tables in the room will be a turquoise taffeta with a swirl design of rose petals in a dark red color with the our gold votive holders interspersed through. Well I also have three round booths (like the kind in a restaurant) to contend with. I love the look of submerged flowers and decided that this would work well on the booth tables. This is what Randi came up with after speaking with her on the phone and a few emails.

Personal Picture

Personal Pic

The flowers are red/maroon cymbidium orchids, red roses, and red calla lilies. I love the look of this design. Randi did an incredible job. For the sweetheart table we are going to do a combination of the two designs with two sets of the submerged centerpieces and the rose petal design with the teal candle votives.

I first saw Randi’s work at a Bridal Expo in Vegas. She had set up several tables at the show that looked incredible, but what stands out most in my mind is the bride she had there representing her work. The bride just exuded confidence and elation over Randi’s design for her wedding. When it came time to find a florist to fulfill my wedding decor fantasy, Nakkiti floral was the first one that came to mind.

Did you book any vendors from a bridal show? How did you decide upon your floral design?

Building the Dream Team and Defining the Details- The Florist Episode Part 1   Leave a comment

If you book a wedding ceremony with one of the hotel chapels in Vegas you will most likely be using their florist, because they have strict policies about outside vendors. That being said, their monopoly on flowers means that any upgrades to bouquets will cost you an arm and a leg. I decided I did not want to blow my budget on the awesome bouquets, that I had my eye on. These beauties had $300+ price tags:


While on my search for red rose and orchid bouquets, I came across this gorgeous piece.  

Alas, I let my dream of a bejeweled-tone, fresh flower bouquet and found a new dream that fit my budget perfectly. Enter Etsy (my new favorite website ever). A while back when I was lurking over on’s Las Vegas board, I saw a bride who happened to have her wedding ceremony at Mandalay Bay as I am, who had a vintage brooch bouquet. So I went in search of one and this is what I found:

Vintage Opulence Bridal Bouquet

This beauty comes from Croska. It is made of vintage lace, brooches, silk, pearls, and feathers. What bride wouldn’t love to carry this stunner down the aisle?

 Now all I had to do was find a bouquet for the lovely ladies who would be standing up there with me. I looked around Croska’s shop, and, although she did have smaller versions of the bouquets she made, they were out of my price range for 4 girls. Then I decided I could make my own fabric flower bouquets. I searched Etsy for pdf tutorials on doing exactly this and I found Jewel Box Ballerina’s shop. I ended up buying a set of four tutorials for the price of three, as a package deal. They included the cabbage rose, rolled fabric rosette, and two different bouquets. This is the one we chose to do:

Feather Bouquet with Gold Stamens

Aren’t these babies gorgeous? They’re fluffy(I know, not exactly the word you think of when you want to describe bridesmaid bouquets, but, they look fluffy), glamorous, and  a little sparkly. I will be changing the stamen color to gold. And the best part of these babies is the 50+ page tutorial with step-by-step instructions and several pictures to go with each step. My gracious mother-in-law to be has agreed to take on this project. But like a good blogger, I will request that she takes lots of pictures along the way so I can show you the fruits (or should I say “flowers”) of her labor. So there you have it, the bridal party flowers.