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1. A Map of the World Book

I’m kind of obsessed with maps, especially maps as art. I’ve even posted a whole blog on the maps and globes we have around our house (I think our collection has doubled since that post too!). Anyway, I am loving this book of maps that has been illustrated by a variety of designers.

While Google Maps and GPS systems have become our tools of choice for navigation, contemporary maps have evolved into platforms for cutting-edge illustration, experimental data visualization, and personal visual storytelling.

See more images and purchase the book here.

2. Newsprint Vendors

Thoroughly enjoyed this post on Nubby Twiglet… I love these behind the scenes posts! She generously shares her printing vendors, and I hope she knows how appreciative we all are of her for that! And I have actually wondered quite a few times how to print a newspaper, especially since the Design*Sponge blog started their newspaper a few years ago.

3. A Kid’s Guide to How the Internet Ads Work

Pretty cute animation on how ads work on the Internet! Designed by illustrator Dominic Owen and animator Will Samuel, commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau in the U.K… found via swissmiss.

4. Make Your Own Typographic Art

I love making custom artwork for our home (did you see my DIY wall art earlier this week?)… especially when it comes in large oversize type! Ever since my first college class in typography, I’ve never looked at letters the same. Each one is a piece of art in itself and once the letter or number is blown up and cropped, it because so abstract and a completely different shape. Anyway, enough gushing on the beauty of type….

I am a huge fan of A Beautiful Mess’ DIY projects! HUGE fan… especially when they first unveiled using engineer prints (seriously awesome cost effective way to print big!). This new DIY project though plucks at the inner middle schooler in all of us, didn’t we all make collages out of magazines when we were 13?? But who would have thought to scan and print these ransom note-like letters into large scale pieces of art for the home! See the whole tutorial here.

5. 9 Tips for Better Jumping Photos

Okay, I’m obsessed with all the creations that come from A Beautiful Mess… so yes here’s a second feature on them! But this post on acheieving the perfect jumping photo, along with the history of the jumping (aka jumpology) photo had me smiling from ear to ear!

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1. Jeff Roger’s McDonalds Ad

I love putting a face to a design that I’ve known and loved. I had seen this McDonald’s ad awhile ago, loved the painted textures and typography but never knew who created it. THen I ran acorss Jeff Roger’s portfolio. And his behind the scenes process images! And then I loved this ad even more. It’s just gorgeous work! See more of this campaign and more of Jeff’s work here.

2. Seasons Cover by Eiko Ojala

I’m obsessed with the intricacies of paper cutting… largely because I have no patience for it so I am in awe of what people can create with it when they take the time and have that inherent passion for creating art from scraps of paper. All that to say, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the teeny tiny details of this magazine cover for Seasons, from Eiko Ojala‘s portfolio on Behance. It is so intricate and chock full of details. See more here. Found via Mr. Cup.

3. It’s a Small World Book, Illustrated by Joey Chou

Not long ago, I posted about this new Disney show inspired by the It’s A Small World Disneyland attraction . I really loved the look of the show since it was heavily inspired by Mary Blair’s work. So when I saw this book at the Wonderground Downtown Disney gallery, I just had to have it! Illustrated by Joey Chou, the layouts are just gorgeous and so full of life! See more images of the book on Joey’s blog, purchase on Amazon here.

4. Classic Disney Animation Recreations

Speaking of Disney art, you may have seen this image floating around the web this last week or two…. artist Tyson Murphy took a screencapture from 101 Dalmations and then painting over it to practice and explore the lighting of the scene. Really beautiful work. Love the little bits of debris and other items caught in the light. Also see one from Sword in the Stone.

5. Aged Wood DIY

I love Jess’ Whip It Up Wednesday posts… where she posts a quick little craft project. They’re usually pretty easy and something that can be “whipped up” within an hour or so. But I was super excited to see this DIY!

A few months ago, her hubby Scott made me the most amazing shelves that used this painting technique. And I seriously love them—for so many reasons—but the paint job is my favorite!

Follow this link to see the rest of her post. I’ve already painted a frame following her tutorial, it was seriously so easy!

Custom Lettering and Design for Amie’s Shabby Chic Vintage DIY Wedding

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Just a month after the wedding, I posted an in depth recap of that glorious day, when my best friend married the man of her dreams under the trees, amongst the hills of Temecula Valley.

While this post shares my best friend’s wedding on a whole, I wanted to share a few photos of the behind the scenes of parts I got to work on!

To make it to that gorgeous day though, a lot of craft nights (and mornings, and days, and weekends) had to happen. Because she loves me, or my writing I should say, I got to hand letter on just about everything! From the invitations to the cake topper… my little hands were busy!

Of course, as a matron of honor, I had many other duties from planning the bridal shower (link), the bachelorette party, and of course on the day of, I had to give a speech. But all in all, my main duty was just helping the bride along the way. Facebook Chat was our go to means of communication. Almost daily, messages were exchanged with links and “so what do you think about this and that’s?”

I just wanted to take a moment to go over some of the crafts and projects we worked on together. It’s a big thanks to Amie Belle and her encouraging me on these projects that pushed me in my passion for hand lettering which launched my Etsy shop to where it is today.

So in a way, this is a giant portfolio update for me—a way to say “hey, I can write that for you!”—and also a way to share ways you can DIY your own wedding day!

If you have any questions, give me a shout out in the comments and I will get it answered!

The Invitations: Save the Dates, Rehearsal and the Wedding

Let’s start with the invitations! I posted about the Save the Dates last March! And here is the very first rubber stamps that launched over 100 more! Kinda crazy to look back on that actually. Who knew?!

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After the Save the Dates, Amie and I worked on her wedding invitations. But of course, before the wedding, comes the rehearsal! I just adore how these came out… all Amie asked for was a “type” look. Which is a favorite of mine so I was happy to oblige! These are actually for sale in my Etsy shop too!

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For the wedding invitations, Amie wanted something “simple.” So we kept the invite itself pretty simple and then hand punched (using this Martha Stewart paper punch) the bottom of each card. Then glued those cream pages (from Staples) to a piece of Kraft paper (from Michaels). We also designed maps and a RSVP postcard (postcards printed at UPrinting.com). All the pieces were then tied together with lace and twine and we added 3 Kraft hang tags (Recollections tag punch from Michaels) that read “You’re Invited” along with a verse from the book of 1 John. The invite was then mailed out in a charcoal grey envelope addressed with a large sticker label and the return address was rubber stamped.

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For the day of, we did quite a variety of projects. Not really sure where to start…

Let’s start with the directional and other fun wood signs!

Hand Painted Wood Signs

The benefit of hand lettering everything, starting with the STDs, was that everything matched seamlessly and we didn’t have to depend on stencils or trying to figure out how to get certain fonts painted on to wood. We did however create stencils for the serif font seen below… but those were easy since the lines are mostly all straight. We just printed out the words at size, cut the inside of the letter out and voila! Home made stencils!

This first photo is Matt and I working on the LOVE sign and cutting out stencils along with a bunch of the completed wooden signs at my house.

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For the cake topper, from Morgann Hill Designs, we just used a purple Sharpie paint pen. Easy peasy.

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For this LOVE sign we followed the tutorial on Shanty to Chic—except we created stencils of our serif font to match the rest of the wedding materials. Side note, tonight we are making more of these but with more custom designs! I can not wait to have one of my own!

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Hand Lettered Escort Name Tags

We also hand lettered the escort tags… to save time we ordered these tags on eBay and then used these Micron pens in sepia along with some rubber stamps for the table number.

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The large chalkboard was from Kirklands, and I hand lettered the sayings using this pen from Hobby Lobby. So easy, and much less messy than real chalk. I did however, prime the board with a real stick of chalk. That helped a lot—and gave it a more worn look. In the image above, you can tell that the board was primed, the image below was written straight on the board without any real chalk lather. The ink sticks more to the board in the unprimed which will make changing it much harder. So it really just depends on how you want to use them in the future.

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Amie also picked up a few frames from Hobby Lobby and then created chalkboards out of them using some chalkboard spray paint.

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The wedding favors were red neck wine glasses (candlestick glued to a mason jar) for the ladies, and plain mason jars for the men. Attached to each jar was a hand tag using that same Recollections punch from the invitations—and inside each jar was a personalized bookmark, with the name of the guest on top to help with the seating arrangement. These tags and bookmarks were just printed (same ream of paper from the invitations too!) and cut at home. The bookmarks were also punched at the bottom to match the invitations along with an eyelet (see above photo) to hold the twine tassel in place.

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These last paper products to show you were also just printed at home using normal stock paper that was the same cream color as the wedding cardstock.

The wedding programs: the lightweight printer paper made it easy to roll up and then tie off with some more twine.

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DIY wedding programs

These fun Mad Libs we created using a bunch of sayings we found online.

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Slideshow

And the last thing I helped Amie with was completing the slideshow for the wedding… it was created using iMovie and could not have been more easy! I had never used it before and was really relieved that it truly was as easy to use as my husband kept promising it would be! 🙂 One big tip: before placing music, make sure you have all your images and transitions set up because once you have to change those, then you have to go back in and tweak and every single song.

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If I can give any advice to any of you soon to be MOH’s and bridesmaids, it would be to just be an ear and a helping hand to the bride. While that seems so obvious, it’s easier said than done.

Another piece of advice: if you think a project will take one evening to complete, double or triple that! 🙂

Many of the elements above are now for sale in my Etsy shop:

Address rubber stamp. You’re invited! rubber stamp. Invitation card. Rehearsal invite. Custom Lettering. Escort tags.

Save the Date rubber stamps as seen above are coming soon—see my other Save the Date rubber stamps in the meantime.

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1. Jasmine Star’s New Site

And she did it again. The amazing photographer Jasmine Star and designer Promise Tangeman just launched a redesign of the already amazing site: jasminestar.com. With gorgeous photos to display, the website vertically scrolls (y’all know I love that feature) showing off the details with top notch typography. And of course, Lindsay Letters created some custom lettering work for the site. Basically all 3 of my favorite female work idols busted out a gorgeous new project and I am in awe. See the site here.

2. Flourish Forum

I get so so excited over every single purchase made through my Etsy shop—like seriously overjoyed—but when someone purchasing something hand lettering I get so much more excited to bust out the pens and write away to my heart’s content. And I know there are so many more people who feel this way. So many that a forum has been created called the Flourish Forum. How awesome is that? Thanks to Besotted Blog for the tip!

3. Bookjiig Bookmarks

How I love these typographic chalk designed bookmarks! I think I need one or two, or five. Designed by Russ Gray, found via The Dieline.

4. Screen Print DIY

Oh man, I so want to do this. Not this print exactly, but make my own prints. Oh the ideas… can you imagine the creative cogs in my brain grinding away?! Full DIY post on A Beautiful Mess.

5. Tangled Restrooms, WDW

With very limited time this week to read very many blogs, I did take the time to read this rather long post on the new Tangled bathrooms at Walt Disney World. Why do bathrooms get a whole post and get featured as a Footnote here? Well they’re awesome. And I want some Tangled restrooms at my home park, Disneyland. Complete with a stream, bridge, charging (yes charging, not changing, for phones and whatnot) stations, and hidden Pascal’s. Plus the womens’ restroom looks like Rapunzel painted the whole thing. It really is awesome and is just one of the many reasons that Disney rocks at theme parks. See the rest of the many photos and all the glorious details here on Micechat.

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1. Skillshare Class: Art of Modern Calligraphy

I finally did it, friends—I enrolled in a Skillshare class! After months—seriously—of debate… I chose a calligraphy class. It seemed like something that would have the best effects over the long term, an “investment” (haha more on that in a sec.) in myself and my Etsy shop that uses tools that I for the most part own but haven’t figured out how to use yet!

The best part, and the reason why I finally bought now, is that until this evening at 11:59, all the classes are 25% off in celebration of the New Year (code NEW25)—plus you get $10 off your first class—so this big investment that I have put off for many months turned out to only be $5 which was also bought with a giftcard from Santa. Whoo hoo!

So the class—Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy—is open ended, working at your own pace—which is super fabulous since there’s no way I have time to start this class until later next month—creating a one of a kind alphabet. But until then, I will wait anxiously because I am just so gosh darn excited to get started!

2. Type Shoes

And speaking of calligraphy—how awesome are these type covered shoes? Designed by Jessica Hische, found via Mr Cup.

3. Device 6, iPhone App

Doesn’t everyone love discovering new apps? I was pretty excited to see a “best of apps” article on Design Work Life, my favorite design blog. And even more excited to find Device 6

Part novel, part interactive experience, Device 6 occupies a new space between gaming, puzzles, and books.

Now doesn’t that sound interesting?

4. Handmade Notebooks

I’ve always wanted to create handmade notebooks, but have never taken the time to do so. And after giving handmade gifts this year to many of my friends and family, this may make the perfect gift for my girlfriends next year! (Ladies, what do you think?) DIY found via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

5. Owning Original Art

Wow, did this article inspire me to go shopping for some original art pieces. I loved this line in particular:

It is my preference to have a relationship with a creative person and to live with work they’ve created.

Isn’t that true? It still amazes me how much energy and how much of my soul goes in to every project I work on, no matter how small it may be. Its time I start investing in the art around me, starting with local artists.

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1. Vacation Momentos Photo

I love how Evie creates such gorgeous collages from various vacation momentos… This particular one is from a recent trip to Florida, and back in November she posted her first “nature collection” from South Carolina. It’s really a classy way to “save” all those treasures.

2. Wacom Website for the Intuos Creative Stylus

For Christmas, I got a Bamboo stylus for our iPad and I absolutely love it… This particular page shows a fancier pen than I have, but it still basically does the same thing. Anyway, I love the Wacom website—well I just love most websites that incorporate scrolling with all the content held within the one page. And I particularly like how they section off the site with contrasting black and white color backgrounds but how the stylus brings them all together by crossing sections.

Do you use a stylus? I’m still learning, but I sure do love it so far!

P.S. There’s still 3 more Footnotes… so please keep scrolling and check out the Wacom site while you do. 🙂

3. Newborn Photo with Stats

This birth announcement is so darling… they brought in the clock and ruler to show the delivery time and height! So creative… really this concept could have looked cheesy but with the vintage styling and the addition of Scrabble letters and whatnot, it really looks great! Thanks Jess for pinning! See the original post on Life Unexpected.

4. Light Up Marquee

After seeing the Junkyard Gypsy at the Vintage Marketplace, I’ve been trying to find a place in my home for a light up marquee… and while I still haven’t found a place, that doesn’t mean I don’t want one still. Of course I’m partuclarly drawn to making on of an ampersand. Of course, of course. Thanks to A Beautiful Mess for this DIY!

5. Gilded Picture Frames DIY

I’ve been loving the look of pewter or tarnished silver for my guest room, so I was particularly drawn to this DIY to create your own gilded picture frames. DIY found on Paint in my Hair.

The Pankratz Wedding: A Purple DIY Shabby Chic Fall Wedding

After a year of planning, my best friend’s wedding has come and gone. And while that may sound bittersweet, in place of wedding planning, they now are building their married lives together. It truly is the best end to the year, and a whole new beginning to something even sweeter.

All that to say, I don’t know if I’ve ever been more excited to blog here before! And to share these photos from Harvard Photography, with a couple of my own photos thrown in there too.

This was definitely a DIY, do it yourself, craft-centric wedding… and don’t you worry, plenty of links will follow.

As the Matron of Honor, I got the chance to be there all along the way… with dress shopping, crafting, and shower planning. But even better, I got to design the save the dates, invitations, and so much more of the day of paperie and decor. From the chalkboards to the escort cards, I got to hand letter them all. It really was a joy to get to be so involved and that is another big reason why I am so excited to share all these photos with you!

Enough blabbing from me, here are a few words from our lovely bride…

It is so hard to believe that the wedding has come and gone! Over the past year, countless nights were spent crafting and planning to create the perfect decorations, stationery and timeline for what turned out be the wedding of my dreams. We were so blessed by everyone who made our special day a reality — Matt and I had a perfect day shared with the ones we love the most!!  Anyhow, enough of the mushy stuff, lets get to the good stuff…pictures!

As most of you know, my Matron of Honor, Sam is a very talented graphic designer, and as of late she has been exploring the world of photography! Before the wedding photographer arrived, she graciously took these amazing getting ready photo’s of me and my bridal party!

My normal hair dresser, the lovely Tessa Ellis from Runaway Bridal, was our AMAZING hair stylist for the day of the wedding. She works side by side with the equally talented make-up artist, Amy Grieser to give both me and my girls the exact look I envisioned.

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Our lovely invitations were designed by the one and only, Sam Allen! Not only are they beautiful, but each piece holds a special memory of the late nights we spent creating them. Special thanks to my bridesmaids for helping us put them together! (photo supplied by Sam Allen)

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The dress..let’s just say I am still SO in love with it! I absolutely love pearls and lace, so when I saw this dress at David’s Bridal I just knew it was the one for me.

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I bought two very different garters from different shops on Etsy. The first, a beautiful shabby chic lace garter with pearls and stones from Petal n Pearl Boutique. The second garter was a little surprise for my husband to be. Matt is the biggest Indianapolis Colt’s fan and a while back I came across a cute little shop that sold NFL team garters and I knew it would be a sweet little surprise.

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Our niece was quite the character all day — she wanted to be in the middle of everything! The previous picture captures that just about perfectly.

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After shopping for veils at various bridal shops, I decided that making my own was the way to go — and if you’re wondering, it was pretty easy! One evening I enlisted one of my wonderful bridesmaids, Vanessa and Loretta (Matt’s second Mom) to help me. We were able to find the appliques and trim at a local fabric store as well as the basic plain veil. And get this, all we used was hot glue! No sewing was required! I am so happy with the way it turned out — simple yet elegant.

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My Papa passed away almost seven years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him just a little bit more. He was so special to me and I couldn’t imagine my wedding day without him. When I found this locket I knew it would be perfect for his sweet picture to walk with me down the aisle.

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Sam here, I can’t help but interject every now and then… I was so thankful the photographers allowed me to grab my camera for a few shots too! So while the main photographer was taking this angle…

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I was able to take these of the bride… Isn’t she gorgeous!!?

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Kim Ryan from Tulips, Trophies and Treasures is amazing! She truly took my vision and made it a reality. From my first meeting with her, all I knew was that I wanted hydrangeas in my bouquet and books in the centerpieces.  From the few sample photo’s I shared with her, she included those and so much more!

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My Grandma and Mom are two of the strongest people I know. These hands have made me who I am and I am so grateful for their strong presence in my life.

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While us girls were having a wonderful start to the day, the guys were doing their thing…

How cute are these boys?! I love the friendship that my husband and his Best Man share.

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Matt loves his Van’s! They are seriously the only shoes he will wear. So it only seemed fitting that they were the shoe of choice for his big day.

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And then it was time for the First Look…

Your Favorite Moment of the Day

Amie: For me, the best part of the day was walking up to Matt and seeing him for the first time. There are no words to describe just how excited I was to see this man! I love him with my whole heart and more (if that’s even possible)! I was so overcome with emotion and I couldn’t wait to feel the warmth of his embrace (For those of you who don’t know, this guy gives the best hugs EVER). We had waited so long for this moment and it was finally here!

Matt: Standing in front of our family and friends saying I Do to the love of my life.

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From the beginning of our relationship, Matt and I have always pinky promised over the big and even the silly small. This may be one of my favorite pictures from our wedding day. 

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Now that we got the bulk of our emotions out during the first look, it was time for the ceremony!

One of the most important things to Matt and I when shopping for a wedding venue was the privacy of the location. It was very important that the venue was secluded and intimate — especially the ceremony site.  We envisioned our wedding to be a special moment shared with the ones we love most with no outside distractions. Secluded Garden Estate definitely fulfilled that desire completely.

From early on in our planning stages, I knew we wanted to decorate with a lot of wooden signs throughout the venue, from telling guests where to park, where the reception was, to the sign my nephew held as the “ring bearer”  and with only a few days to go, the best Matron of Honor was at my service once again to hand paint each and every one!

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Our typewriter held a welcome letter to our guests… it was given to us by Matt’s mom, originally it belonged to her father in law’s family back in the day!

I LOVE old books and this unique sign in book designed by Morgann Hill Designs definitely fit out theme well! You can check out her shop on Etsy here!

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My Grandpa’s chair was reserved in his honor by his favorite hat.

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I love the emotion captured in my mom’s face in this picture as my brother walks her down the aisle to start the ceremony…she is beautiful!

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Music Choices

One of the hardest parts of wedding planning was selecting the music for our ceremony and key reception events! Finally Matt and I agreed on the most important songs, and let our DJ decide on the rest.

 For our bridal party processional we went with “It’s a Good Morning Beautiful Day” by Keith Urban. For the first three months of our relationship, Matt re-wrote the lyrics to this song and texted them to me every morning!

For my processional I choose “You Had Me From Hello” by Kenny Chesney and our recessional was “Overwhelmed” by Tim McMorris.

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Here is a little wedding day story that holds a special place in my heart: I was overcome with emotion as our bridal party lined up for the wedding ceremony. I seriously could not stop crying happy tears (which is not like me — I’m normally not that big of a cryer). As I stood with my dad, watching our bridal party proceed down to our ceremony site I balled, the ugly cry. I was just so excited to marry the man of my dreams. Anyhow, moments before we were to walk down the stairs (and I was still balling) my dad told me to look down and he said, “You know, your Grandpa is up there laughing at you right now.” After a few seconds I got it together and my dad told me that the two of them were ready to walk me down the aisle. I miss papa so much but I was so blessed to have him as I made the walk to marry the love of my life. I definitely took a mental picture at that moment and I will cherish that moment the rest of my life.

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Our ceremony was the most perfect part of the day. I loved every moment of it and not to mention it was just beautiful!

Another aspect that Amie loved about Secluded Garden Estate from Day 1 was not only that the ceremony site was located on the foundation of an old green house, but that the original window panes are displayed, hanging from the wooden framing. Plus Kim, the florist, added her special touches by wrapping the posts in burlap and adding a chandelier.

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After the ceremony, the bride and groom were able to steal away for some more photos at the ceremony site… along with some fun formals with family and friends.

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Then Amie and Matt made their way over to the reception site for their grand entrance as Mr. and Mrs… as husband and wife.

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Matt is definitely an outdoorsy type person. As our relationship has grown, I have become a lot more open to the whole wilderness thing and I’ve truly come to enjoy the outdoors a whole lot more.  Our reception site felt like it was in the middle of wilderness and we just loved that! 

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One of the things I truly loved about our wedding was the handmade look everything had. From the tea stained escort cards, made by Primitive Blessings, to the hand written chalk boards and signs.

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Matt and I are big history nerds — especially when it comes to United States History! Although all these books are not US history related, they are all pretty old and we thought that it would be a fun way to tie our love of history into our wedding day. And then our florist engraved the table numbers.

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Our signature cocktail was a mix of lemonade, vodka and iced tea… perfect for a BBQ dinner.

Each guest got to take home a mason jar, ladies got the redneck wine glasses, complete with a bookmark and wedding tattoo.

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Our cake from Cakes to Celebrate was absolutely delicious! Each layer was a different flavor ranging from red velvet to dark chocolate cake filled with coconut pecan filling. I seriously can not wait for our first anniversary to dive in to this cake again!

Our cake topper was also designed by Morgann Hill and they can be found in her Etsy shop.

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This was by far one of my favorite craft projects made for the wedding! It definitely was a joint effort made by my Husband, Sam and I.  You can find the DIY link here.

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Sam’s husband, Andy runs a BBQ competition team and he so graciously cooked for us and all of our guests! If you ever have the chance, check out Rooftop BBQ at one of their competitions! You won’t be sorry….

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Matt’s favorite band is AC/DC and he was adamant that we make our grand entrance to “Thunderstruck.” Because I got to choose most of the other music I went along with it and boy am I glad I did! It was the perfect song!

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Since Matt and I love games, while we were taking our formal pictures, we had the guests fill out a Mad Lib card…

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Although you can’t tell from these pictures, Matt has quite a few tattoos! And so just for fun we decided to make temporary tattoos with our wedding date and a pair of love birds for all our guests! (photo provided by Dave Anderson, Sam’s dad)

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Matt’s Best Man, Jim, gave the one of the sweetest, emotion filled speeches I’ve ever heard…not what we were expecting from such a funny guy!

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Matt and I surprised each member of our bridal by using their baby picture as their place card. We also did a little tribute to them at the end of our slideshow with these pictures!

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Music Choices for the Reception Dances

Matt and I danced to Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban for our first dance. Mr. Urban seriously writes some of the best love songs.

I had my dad select the song for our first dance and he decided to go with Wildflowers by Tom Petty (One of my dad and my favorite bands)!

Matt’s right arm tattoo sleeve is based off of the song Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is seriously such a sweet song about what a mom taught his son…it was perfect!

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Matt’s niece and my nephew are seriously the perfect pair! These two were such party animals all night and they seriously danced the night away!

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Advice to Future Brides

My biggest advice is really to be organized and to do a first look! I am so happy will all the pictures we got and that wouldn’t have been possible with the short amount of time in between the ceremony and reception.

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Vendor Links

Location: Secluded Garden Estate

Photographer: Harvard Photography

Videographer: Boffo Video

Florist: Tulips, Trophies, and Treasures

Stationery Designer and Letterer: Matron of Honor, Sam Allen Creates

Caterer: Rooftop Barbeque

Cake: Cakes to Celebrate

Cake topper: Morgann Hill Designs (bragging bags)

DJ: Good Time Entertainment (Mike)

Makeup and Hair: Runway Bridal

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: purchased at Mary Me Bridal by the Dessy group

Veil: handmade by bride and family

Garters: PetalnPearlBoutique

Dress hanger: Creations by Tilly

Guest book: Morgann Hill Designs (bragging bags)

And one final note…. Thank you Matt and Amie for allowing me to have such a special part in your big day. I am so honored and will never forget these moments that we have been blessed with to share. I love you both so much and couldn’t be happier for you as you start your happily ever after…

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Evernotes Every Friday

This will be my last Evernotes Every for a couple weeks… but do not fret, you’ll still be getting your Friday fill with guest posts by Amie on some wedding DIYs as well as from photographer and mommy Jess from J. Rose Photography so please check back!

1. Design*Sponge Travel Guides

So why will I be taking some Friday hiatus’? Well I will be jetting around the north east corner of America! So of course I had to delve into all the travel posts on Design*Sponge! I love the division of these posts between Shop, Eat, and Experience. So helpful in finding things to do and most importantly, where to eat. To see more Design*Sponge travel guides, click here.

2. 21 Signs You’re Dating a Designer

I found myself goofily smiling while reading this post on 21 Signs You’re Dating a Designer. And I bet any of my friends who read the article will find the humor in just by knowing me as well… in particular [#1] my pointing out ugly restaurant menu typefaces, [#9] the stress of buying me gifts, [#14] custom handmade gifts, and most importantly, [#17] always making sure they have stellar wedding invitations, and now baby shower invitations! Read the rest of the list on buzzfeed.com, found via swissmiss.

3. Saving Mr. Banks Movie Poster

Oh how I have been impatiently waiting for any and all news updates on the upcoming Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks. Just last week the movie trailer finally came out and then this week I saw this poster on Facebook. Couldn’t be more excited to see “Walt” walk down Main Street, USA, this coming December.

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4. The Pixar Theory

Speaking of Disney, this site was cracking me up with their witty creativity! The Pixar Theory proposes that the entire Pixar family actaully exists within the same universe. Starting with Merida’s (Brave) discovery of the magical wisps to The Icredible’s Buddy releasing the Zero Point Energy that ends up powering toys to come to life (Toy Story) and the advancement in fish I.Q. (Finding Nemo). All this culminates in the destruction of the human population on the Earth (Cars and Wall-E) and the evolution of the animals turns them into Monsters (Monster’s Inc). Whew.

Go read the Pixar Theory for yourself, so entertaining and mind blowingly creative.

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5. Lumi Co’s Print Fabric with Light

I originally saved this for the design on the front of the box, but the more I looked into the more I want to buy the starter kit. Seems like a pretty neat idea. Design*Sponge even posted a DIY using these photosenstive dyes. Found the Dieline.

Once Upon a Time, Rachel’s Fairytale DIY Baby Shower

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Okay now that you’ve seen Rachel’s maternity photos at Disneyland and you’ve officially been invited, now you’re ready to see the baby shower in all its storybook glory!

Rachel didn’t want the traditional “cutesy” type shower—and I am right there with her. We definitely aligned in the rustic and eclectic vision for the shower… Having an overall storybook theme thankfully came alongside the Pankratz wedding decor that will be used this coming November. Big thanks go out to the bride to be for letting us borrow her treasures!

My favorite piece of the decorations from Amie was this very old typewriter that totally fit the theme! It was the perfect welcoming item for the guests as they arrived at the shower!

Our guest table also included the bookmark favors as well as a photo of the mama to be.

(all tutorials for our many DIYs can be found at the end of this post)

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The shower was held at the grandma-to-be’s new home which had this gigantic side yard for us to set up the shower. Each table’s centerpiece was different and ranged from books and glass bottles to vintage trays and lanterns.

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Hanging above the gift table were a dozen paper pom poms crafted by Rachel. And along the backwall and a perfect backdrop, was Amelia’s name written out in letters from Michael’s and a few paper rosettes. (see DIY links below)

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Inside the house, was the cake table and the buffet. The rosettes were all hand crafted along with the cake stands—a DIY I featured on here last year.

Remember that fabulous florist from Lauren’s wedding? She was able to grab us some bouquets of flowers, and Rachel DIY’d the cake toppers to perfection herself.

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The day truly was a success… Baby Amelia made out the best I think. 🙂

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And here’s one last photo of the grandma, mama, and aunt to be!

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You can see more of what inspired us with this shower and even more storybook theme ideas by looking at my Pinterest board and the mama-to-be’s.

DIYs used in this shower: