Wednesday, June 26, 2013



Sometimes I get it sooo right.  I think everything we did for this wedding turned out that way. 

But some projects surpassed sooo right and went straight to perfection.... 

And from the requests for a 'how-to' on the photo charms, I guess you agree.

So I'm sharing.  Because that's what this blog is all about.  And because if I do I won't have to repeat it any more .... just point at this post and say - there it is!  Oh, and also because its pretty simple...
I created these photo charms as a family tree.  They are photos of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. on their respective wedding days.  They are the perfect keepsake.  And they can be adapted to gifts, or ornaments, depending on the image you place inside.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I wrote this post for my design blog ( before I had created the Classic DIY Bride blog.  It is a good example of how I plan a wedding - and how I convey that vision to my bride.  I start with her colors and the style she likes - and budget - and start putting ideas on paper.  Even little scribbly drawings seem to help get my ideas across....

I just heard back from the bride. She emailed me to say that she LOVED every little thing and that I had made her dreams come true. How adorable! I was amazed she could tell from my scribbles what I was hoping to create for her.


This bride is a true princess. She is a beauty queen, a ballerina, homecoming queen and student body president of her high school to name a few of her accomplishments. So I created ideas fit for a princess and with her colors of ice pink, chocolate and ivory. Here are some of my scribbles and photos of the venue. I will keep you updated as we progress!


We definitely didn't want them to be boring.

And we had this beautiful photograph by Bleudog Foto.

And this inspiration.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013



My bride would tell you that her theme for the wedding is Lavender and Lace. 
I knew we could do lavender on her budget, but wasn't sure about the lace. 
Lace runners and tablecloths - even rentals - were too much to fit into the budget. 
Good thing we like to do things ourselves, right?

I started looking at lace yardage - even went to the wholesale fabric district in Los Angeles -
but everything was too costly. 
Where, I asked myself, could I find the kind of lace that is made into sheer lace curtains? 
That would be perfect....
washable, ivory toned, just right for the touch of lace I needed
 to make my bride happy....

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


My June bride and her groom-to-be had an amazing natural light photo shoot for their engagement by Shawna Henrie at Bleudog Floral & Foto.

We decided to use them as 8x10's in black and white, framed in Ikea Ribba frames, at the reception.  The Ribba frames are substantial and have a nice mat around the image.   The mat is ph neutral to preserve your precious images, and the frame comes in both table top and wall sizes.  [We chose black, but they also come in white.]

Monday, June 10, 2013


UPDATED:  New photos of finished project!

Its a June wedding -

I'm particularly fond of this one.  My beautiful niece is getting married, and I am designing and creating the wedding and reception.

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