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My Best Friend's Wedding

Thursday, October 9

Photo Credit: Trevor Allen
I promised to share all of the DIYs my best friend and I created for her wedding back in August but the day of the wedding was a whirlwind and I didn’t get a single picture of everything in place! I had to wait for the professional photos to arrive from their amazing photographer, Trevor Allen. Seriously, if you need a wedding photographer – he’s AMAZING. In the weeks and months leading up to the wedding, Erica and I designed their wedding invitation suite, and created a windswept backdrop for the ceremony, a nature-inspired place card situation, and a classic wedding sign.

INVITATIONS

The invitation suite included the invitation itself, a card with hotel information, an RSVP card, and for some, an invitation to the rehearsal dinner. 



Erica scoured the interwebs for invitation ideas she liked and we combined her favourites into one typographic invite. It took us AGES to find the right font (It’s Josephine Sans for the regular type & Meddon for the script, if you’re interested), but once we did, things really came together. 


We created each one in Photoshop and sized them so they would stack nicely. Our colour palette was a simple and classic black, white, and kraft. 


CEREMONY BACKDROP 

I actually stumbled on this backdrop idea a few months earlier via Style Me Pretty


Photo Credit: Trevor Allen

Our version was a slight variation on the original and was super easy to make. If you can believe it, that's actually wax paper! We cut it into triangles, formed cones, and literally stapled each one to the string. It doesn't get much easier. Then, we tied them all to a branch Erica found in her mom's backyard and a backdrop was born.


Photo Credit: Trevor Allen
It was a bit breezy on their wedding day, so one thing we didn't account for was how much the strands would blow in the wind! At multiple points, the pastor actually tucked them under his arm because they kept blowing into the bride and groom - pretty funny.

PLACECARDS 

These were a Pinterest find and I couldn't believe how perfectly suited to Erica they were when I spotted them. Little green leaves inscribed with names and table numbers. 


Photo Credit: Trevor Allen

Erica grabbed a bunch of leaves from a tree in her mom's yard and I used a copper Sharpie to write everyone's name and table number. Then, with the help of our friend, Heather, we pinned them all to a piece of cork board wrapped in navy fabric, using pins that Erica had spray-painted copper. Simple but beautiful.



WEDDING SIGN

Lastly, the wedding sign. Sadly, I don't have any photos of this in place but you can see it below with my fellow bridesmaid and friend, the always lovely Heather (you toured her apartment here). 



Erica picked up the pieces of wood at Michael's, we stained them with some stain I had on hand (Minwax Provincial), we glued the pieces together with gorilla glue, and I painted the word 'Wedding' on it using white acrylic paint. Due to the oil-based nature of the stain, it took probably 7-8 coats of white before the stain stopped bleeding through. It was worth it though - a simple but pretty way to direct guests towards the ceremony location. 



And now, a gratutious bridesmaid shot, just because I love it so much:

Photo Credit: Trevor Allen
And those are our DIYs! It was such a beautiful and fun wedding - I'm so glad I got to be a part of it. And just to give you a taste of what the night was like, I'll leave you with the slow-motion photobooth Trevor did for Erica & Anthony. SO. MUCH. FUN.



Lately

Friday, October 3

A few sneak peeks of a client project that has me SO EXCITED.
Clockwise from top right:
Living Room Scheme
Back Porch/Mudroom
Bathroom Accessories
Office Details
Front Porch Components

Love Fern

Friday, September 26

Remember back when I painted this pot? It was supposed to be for the fiddle leaf fig or the snake plant but they both were immensely happier in other homes in other parts of the house, which left this pot empty and sad in the corner of our living room. It’s not particularly bright over there. I mean, it’s not terrible; there are patio doors right there. But it’s definitely not tropical. And I wanted to leave the pot there because it’s (not-so-cleverly) hiding the massive subwoofer that boys insist on owning. Well… that once-sad pot finally has a new tenant:


This delightful little Boston Fern. I read that ferns can handle a bit of low light and I love how voluminous he is. Really goes the extra mile toward hiding that dang subwoofer ;)



I picked it up at Kent last week (they have tons of tropical plants, if you’re in the market). It was $15 for a hanging basket and I just popped the hanging part off before dropping it into the pot.




I’m pretty pleased with it all, to tell you the truth. Now, if I can just figure out how to keep it alive…

P.S. Name that movie ;)

Downtown Halifax

Wednesday, September 24


Even I’m sick of how long I’ve been talking about this print. But I did it. Finally. I picked it up from KEW a few weeks ago and had DeSerres (my framing gurus) cut me a custom mat to fit into a poster frame. I could have had it professionally framed for like $600 dollars…. BUT I have other ways I’d much rather spend that kinda money. So a $25 poster-sized gallery frame and a $50 custom mat (because it was HUGE) were a much more affordable route.



I love the graphic pop it adds to our living room. Apparently the artist, Dave Murray, actually bikes around town with video cameras and a microphone attached to his helmet in order to create the map. This ain’t no Google Maps operation. KEW also carries versions that depict Spring Garden, Quinpool, and the North End. There are also a few Toronto locales and more local neighbourhoods are in the works.


It needs to be hung a bit higher (I just popped it on the existing nails to start) and as you can probably tell, I snapped the acrylic when I was installing the print. Classic. It'll be fixed soon enough. In the meantime, what do you think?

BlogPodium 2014

Wednesday, September 17



You guys, I had the most amazing weekend. But, I’m sure that comes as no surprise. After all, it was BlogPodium weekend! If you were around this time last year, you may remember my gushing recap. Although I didn’t get to have tea with Sarah Richardson this year (I still can’t quite believe that happened), BlogPodium 2014 did NOT disappoint. The day was full of inspiring talks, helpful tips, fun contests, and tons of connections. It’s a surreal experience to finally meet someone you’ve known electronically for months or even years. Although I could gush about the people and experience for ages, I thought it might be more interesting for YOU (Possibly? Maybe? I don’t know) if instead, I recapped what I learned. I know I said I don't blog about blogging, but we'll just have to make an exception for today. So, without further ado, here are my main take-aways from BlogPodium 2014:


The importance of a personal brand. What do you stand for? What are your pillars? What's that one thing instantly reminds people of you? Figure out what that is and capitalize on it. 


Treating brands as partners, rather than paycheques. One of the speakers suggested that each engagement should be approached as if it were  a long-term relationship. That made sense to me on multiple levels. Beyond relationships with brands, relationships with readers should also be treated as the beginning of something more long-term. More than just responding "thanks" to a kind comment - starting a dialogue builds a rapport and encourages the reader to return.

w/ sarah & lindsey
Don't do social. Be social. Be authentic in your interactions. Be kind. Remember that you never know how important someone may be (not that that's any excuse for treating someone poorly) so you should always be aware of how you treat others.

jen (founder of blogpodium), scott, monika, & leigh-ann

Know what your goals are. Set them. Set them high. - direct quote from one Scott McGillivray, maybe you've heard of him? I'm so guilty of not setting goals with this blog. It can seem like just one more thing to add to an overly full plate, but really, it might help me to trim the plate down. Figure out what really matters to me and help avoid some of the clutter.


Be a visual pro. Especially in the design industry, aesthetics matter just as much as words, if not more. Although my photography skills have certainly improved over the last 2 years, I still have a LONG way to go.  I've hit a bit of a plateau recently and I really need to keep pushing forward to bring my abilities to the next level.


It's 20% what and 80% so what. Too often, we focus so much on creating the content only to let it languish once published. Last year's BlogPodium really helped to reinforce how important sharing posts across social media can be - but this year, I realized that I could be doing so much more. It's definitely a goal for me now. I need to focus not just on creating something I care about but on why other people should also care.

w/ hailey & erin

I learned so much at this year's BlogPodium but I really do think that my favourite part is still connecting with other bloggers. There's such an amazing and supportive Canadian community out there. It's pretty phenomenal to meet people, essentially for the first time, and instantly feel like old friends. This blogging world is pretty great. I'm so happy I stumbled into it. 

If you write a design or lifestyle blog - or if you're thinking about starting one - I can't recommend BlogPodium enough. If you want to know more, just let me know. I'm always happy to chat about it! 

All photos courtesy of the uber awesome Flow Photos & Snapshot Photobooth.

Check Yes, No, Maybe.

Tuesday, September 16


After an insanely inspiring weekend at BlogPodium, I've finally worked up the nerve to start a Facebook Page for The Shimmer. It's TERRIFYING. What if no one likes me?!?! The Shimmer's insecurity complex is situated over here. You know, in case you feel like validating me.

xo