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DIY Engagement Cards

Two of our friends recently announced their engagement.  To celebrate this exciting news, I created these little DIY engagement cards.  First up is a “Bride” greeting featuring this silhouette design.

Handmade Card for Bride

I layered the graphic element on a fushcia background and edged the panel with pink glitter for extra sparkle.  To complete the look, I added rhinestone and paper heart embellishments.

DIY Bride Card Detail

Tip: To cut very detailed graphic elements that have thin lines, make sure your cutting mat is relatively new and very sticky!  *I might know from experience that the paper will tear very easily if using an older mat!*

DIY Engagement Card

I paired the Bride card with a fun engagement box using this template from Sarah Bailey available in the Silhouette Store for immediate download.  A few additions to this DIY card to make it sparkle:

  • rhinestones on the ring
  • a die-cut of the word “love” on the base box
  • punched hearts
  • a foam sticker behind the diamond element to create dimensionality

I love how these DIY engagement cards turned out! I packaged them in the same envelope for the couple.

Handmade Engagement Cards

Congrats, Eddie and Vanessa!

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Ideas for a “Lucky in Love” Wedding Theme

Two good friends recently took the plunge and said their “I Do’s” at the courthouse.  They have plans to throw a big 1-year anniversary bash next Spring.  In the meantime, the rest of our circle of friends decided to host a party in their honor.  I designed some fun decorations using the theme “Lucky in Love” and highlighting how their personalities are a “winning combination.”

Here’s a glimpse into the design:


The main table featured a “Winning Combination” sign, which was embellished with die-cut images, red sparkles, and a cute photograph of the couple.  I love to use several groupings of flowers when creating a tablescape.  In this case, a small cluster of purple hydrangeas from my garden were paired with gorgeous red roses.

Lucky-in-Love-Table Lucky-in-Love-Sign

Another area of the room displayed a “Love Story” sign complete with important dates in the couple’s relationship.


The drink area was dressed up with a tiny bunting that spelled out M-A-R-R-I-E-D!


I saw THIS PIN and knew I had to incorporate the reference to playing cards somehow.  Here’s what I came up with:


This dimensional banner graced the front door:

Married-Banner Married-Banner-Detail

One of the first projects I worked on was creating a guest book activity.  The couple of the hour recently bought a house so I wanted the end result to be something attractive they could eventually display in their new home.  I was inspired by THIS PIN and started scouting local craft stores for the perfect letters.  I eventually settled on these huge letters from Hobby Lobby.  After a few coats of white paint and some strategically placed sparkle embellishments, these beauties were ready to go!

Lucky-in-Love-Guest-Book Wedding Guest Book

Guests used silver and gold Sharpie pens to write their congrats notes.


One of the main attractions of the evening was a DIY photo booth.  This activity was SO much fun!  A white sheet served as the backdrop.  To spruce up their outfits, guests could chose from a variety of hats and accessories stored in a nearby trunk.

DIY-photo-booth-signs DIY-photo-booth-props

If you are looking to make some of your own party props, Pinterest is a great resource!  Check out THIS PIN, THIS PIN, and THIS PIN to get started.

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Last (but certainly not least!), I created a multiple choice trivia quiz featuring fun facts about the couple.  The newlyweds revealed the correct answers later in the evening.  This little activity ended up being a great conversation piece.



It was a wonderful night full of beautiful details, delicious food, and great friends.

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Happy Anniversary

Wedding Day

Photo taken by Karen Hendrix Photography

J and I are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary today. I can close my eyes and easily recall the soft glow of the conservatory garden setting, the anticipation of performing our choreographed first dance in front of family and friends, the crisp chill permeating the air while we were taking photos, and the sweet smile on J’s face when he saw my dress for the first time.

Planning the wedding of my dreams in less than 3 months catapulted me into a new world of creative possibilities. Fortunately, I had the privilege of working with some amazing vendors that beautifully translated my visions into a stunning reality. My mornings and nights during the months of August, September, and October of that year were spent frantically searching for design inspiration that could be implemented immediately… And, so began my venture into the wonderful world of wedding and design blogs.

Wedding Day Bride

Photo taken by Karen Hendrix Photography

My whirlwind wedding left me with a desire to continue tackling new creative projects… whether it is learning a new stamping technique, testing a recipe in the kitchen, exploring new countries, or embracing lessons in practicing gratitude.

Today, I am so grateful for my marriage… all of it… the laughter, challenges, surprises, tears, and amazing adventures. My dear James- here’s to designing a sweet future… one that is full of more delicious adventures!

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