Oyster Balls

Oyster Balls

I got the inspiration for the Oyster Ball center pieces when we were visiting my in-laws in Florida years before we were engaged. My mother-in-law decorated their home in an elegant coastal theme and I’ve been in love with the idea of decorating with Oysters ever since.

I wracked my brain trying to come up with the execution to accomplish the look I was going for.


Oyster Garland

Oyster Garland

Pinterest can be a blessing or a curse. I’ve always tried look at it as a blessing and a source of inspiration. For our wedding Head Table, I wanted to add some depth to the Captain’s Table and tie all the different center pieces together, we had three- candles, flowers and oyster balls.


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My inspiration led me to creating an Oyster Garland. The end goal was to create something beautiful, but that would also be easily set out by our venue. You don’t want to turn your DIY project into something you’re working on the morning of your wedding.

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Changing Your Name

Ayi ayi ayi, you got married and you want to change your name – I went through a few headache’s during the process so hopefully the below tips will help!

Step 1. Check this website to see the process for your state.

Step 2. Request copies of your marriage license via the Vital Records Office. Depending on your time constrains, you can have them sent via mail.

I had heard horror stories of how many copies people needed in the past, so I ordered 5. Overkill- yes, but have you met me??

Step 3. Take a week off work. Okay that’s an exertion, but this one isn’t a quick process.


Wedding Details

I’ve always felt that the little details are those that make your wedding day special. Sharing some of the details we had throughout our wedding to make things feel special.

Snapchat filter. You can purchase a custom Snapchat Filter on Etsy. It’s really easy to upload to Snapchat too! Now if only Instagram would do the same for Instastories. 🙂

Something Old.
– Erik wore his paternal Grandfathers watch
– My mother-in-law gifted me with the garter she wore on her wedding day


Northern Michigan Wedding Vendors

Northern Michigan Wedding Vendors

What is a wedding without all our vendors?? Here’s the list of everyone we used – and if you’re getting married in Northern Michigan, check ’em out!

Wedding Dress – The Wedding Shoppe Berkley
Veil – The Wedding Shoppe Berkley
Shoes – Yaro Sandal by Sam Edelman from Nordstrom
Hair Piece – Isadora Cystal Hair Clip by Brides & Hairpins from Nordstrom
Earrings – J Crew


Bridesmaids Dresses

Bridesmaids Dresses

The dreaded bridesmaid dress. As a maid, you never know if you’ll be forced to wear a dress with a bow on the butt, or something stunning. I feel very thankful that my experience has been the latter (100% stunning – if I say so myself).

I’ve had the pleasure of standing up for a great deal of my friends on their big day. Today I’m sharing some tips I used when picking out bridesmaid dresses and some of my favorite dresses I’ve worn throughout the years:

But seriously. Being a bride, you can take this situation in such different directions: everyone buy a similar dress in the same color, same designer/same fabric different style, long or short, ombre of colors, or everyone in the same dress – you name itttt.

Picking out a dress that looks good on 4-8 of your closest friends (with very different body types – while sticking with a style you have in mind) isn’t an easy task.

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Potato Stamp

Potato Stamp

For our Welcome Bags I had a vision of a stamped “E” on a Kraft Bag. I searched the internet high and low and couldn’t find a stamp large enough to make an impact on the bags.

Step 1. Print off the “E”.  Using our font – Bembo – I printed off a bunch of different sizes.  I settled on one I thought would look substantial on the bags.

Step 2. Using Scissors, cut the “E” out of the paper to make it into a stencil.

“E” Traced in the Potato

Step 3. Make a cut horizontally about 1/3 of the way into the potato – large enough that it would fit your stencil.

Step 4. Flip the stencil around so that it is mirror imaged.

Step 5. Use something sharp with a pointed end (pen, skewer, or anything else you feel comfortable with) to trace the stencil to make an outline of what you need. Remove the stencil.

Step 6. Use a knife to cut out the negative space of the stencil. Clean it up and it’s ready to go!

Finished Stamp

Use the Stencil:
-Paint the stencil and press onto the item you’d like to paint (making sure the stencil is positioned correctly).
-Repeat as many times as needed

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Materials Needed:
– Russet Potato
– Knife
– Paint
– Paint Brush

This is a great project to make with kids (depending on their age would obviously impact how much they can help with making the stamp).

Have you made a potato stamp before?

How to Design your Own Menu and Programs

How to Design your Own Menu and Programs

I spent a lot of time with Minted building out our wedding invitations and felt that I could handle our paper suite as a DIY project. I wanted them to compliment the invitation suite, but not be too matchy-matchy.

Step 1. I played around with some water color paints I had at the house – and painted a simple line (in a similar color to our invitations).

Step 2. Used a color photo scanner to scan the painting onto my computer. I opened the PDF, copied the image and pasted into Word (Microsoft Word that is). From here on out will only be poor man’s editing – so bear with me.

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