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a buzzworthy bride

december 2010


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the sweetest occasion


A list of vendors who created the features in this issue of Nonpareil

the perfect printable


Fantastic invitation suites inspired by two superb tastemakers.

from farm to table Rustic gets a sophisticated and romantic spin.

30 shipwrecked bohemian chic meets nautical cool with a swoon worthy, stylish shoot.

Soft and subtle colors create sweet and sophisticated style.

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issue 07 contributors

angela & evan carlyle

chrissy wai-ching

rachel bowes

teryl hawk

wai-ching studio

finch & thistle events

hair and makeup

alisha clark

katie o'malley

kriss ann elario

rebecca ashby

clark + walker studio

katie o'weddings and events

fleurtacious designs

the pink orange

angela and evan photography


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elizabeth messina

cortnie purdy

jami brookes

megan fickling

elizabeth messina photography

canvas and canopy events

fiore beauty

la partie events

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blogger bios This issue of Nonpareil is inspired by the personal style of some of the our favorite tastemakers of the wedding blogosphere, this issue will be a favorite – from your favorites. Read a bit about each of the ladies below.

vane broussard brooklyn bride

Found in April 2007, Brooklyn Bride is the first daily wedding blog dedicated to all things modern. After getting engaged and finding a major lack of modern wedding inspiration, Vané Broussard, an interior designer by trade, started posting items and images she found mostly as an online scrapbook for own wedding planning.  Today, the blog is frequented by editors, vendors and brides alike from over 140 countries and counting.

jen campbell

green wedding shoes Jen Campbell is the Editor and Creative Director of the popular wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes, launched in October 2008. Green Wedding Shoes features creative ideas for your wedding, gorgeous photography, and beautiful personalized weddings from California and all over the world. Jen lives in Los Angeles, CA and also works as a graphic designer and stylist.


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cynthia converse

the sweetest occasion Cyd Converse, editor and creative director of The Sweetest Occasion, is a blogger parading as a marketing pro by day and a life-long lover of weddings, paper, celebrations and design. Established in 2008, The Sweetest Occasion is a wedding and lifestyle blog devoted to event design and details for celebrating stylish events of all kinds. She resides in Syracuse, New York with her husband and their two dogs, Nina and Colby, where she is the marketing guru in residence at Boxcar Press/Bella Figura/Smock . She also recently launched Sweet Occasions Studio, offering event design and coordination across Upstate New York.

nole garey

oh so beautiful paper Nole Garey is the editor of Oh So Beautiful Paper, a daily design and wedding blog showcasing her love for all things paper – from wedding invitations and artwork to business collateral and packaging design. Through Oh So Beautiful Paper, Nole loves to inspire others looking to find or create unique wedding invitations and personal stationery.

kathleen ullman twig & thistle

Kathleen is a graphic designer living and working in Seattle. She began blogging two years ago to share her daily inspiration for both home and life. Twig & Thistle covers an array of of themes including design, crafts, DIY, art, photography and the search for all things beautiful!  nonpareil magazine



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inspired by kathleen of twig and thistle

Floral design, event styling and article by Rachel Bowes of Finch & Thistle Event Design Photography by Angela and Evan Carlyle of Angela and Evan Photography Stationery by Iwona Konarski of Iwona K Design Fashion provided by Chrissy Wai- ching of Wai- Ching Studio Hair and Makeup by Teryl Hawk Model Kara Saidler  nonpareil magazine



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Event Style Working from the Farm to Table mood board created by Kathleen from Twig & Thistle, the event style encompasses a vintage, rustic, chic theme in tones of peach and pear. Bold but faded lettering on the burlap runner brings to mind vintage coffee sacks and is echoed in the type font on the marmalade pots. The lace detail of the shabby chic vase contrasts nicely with the bold type and is carried over into the stationery, the dusty miller in the flowers and the lace wrap detail on the bridal bouquet. Glass cake stands, antique silver, Mason jar lanterns and fresh figs and pears complete the look.  nonpareil magazine


Glass Supplies: Glass platters in varying sizes Glass ashtrays, sundae glasses and goblets Super Glue

cake Stands

Step Three: When you’re pleased with how everything looks simply glue together the matching pieces with a thin line of super glue around the edge of the base piece. Be sure to center the base or your platters will topple when you put food on them!

Step One: First wash and dry all the glassware. Step Two: Assemble everything on a table and play around the different pieces. Try and put together a mix of and low platters and experiment with turning the dae glasses and goblets upside down to see which you like best.


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Note: Glass platters, goblets and glasses can be found at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales and estate sales. Varying sizes and heights make for a more interesting display and multiple stands can be stacked for a more traditional look. When purchasing Super Glue, be sure to look at the label to ensure the adhesive will work with glass.

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Florals and Styling Event designer Rachel Bowes took care to design loose, whimsical floral arrangements using farmers’ market flowers in shades of peach, green and silver. Cafe au Lait dahlias, peach garden roses, antique hydrangea, dusty miller and green rose hips comprise romantic bouquets while olive branches, miniature seckel pears and Black Mission figs appear as if strewn by accident on the burlap runner. Her homemade Mason jar lanterns cast pretty shadows on the glass cake stands and make a beautiful backdrop hanging in the trees. She used worn materials including a shabby chic vase with minimal rusting, vintage porcelain marmalade jars and wire baskets lovingly collected from flea markets. Small potted herbs wrapped in burlap and tied with lace allow guests to take home a living reminder of the day. A white tablecloth and linen crochet edged napkins keep the look fresh and contemporary.


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& MRS table runner MR

Supplies: A piece of burlap 8 feet long by 18 inches wide (for a 6ft long table or 60” round) MR & MRS stencil template Black matte decorator’s spray paint X-Acto knife and cutting board Blue painters tape or duct tape Step One: Use the stencil provided and decide how big you would like the letters. For an exact replica, this will need to be printed on 12 x 18 paper on a large scale printer found in most offices or copy shops.

Step Two: Cut out the stencil with your X-Acto knife making sure to preserve the inside bubbles of the ‘R’ and the ampersand. Step Three: Iron the burlap and lay out the stencil so that it is centered on the ‘&.’ Tape it down and carefully spray paint inside the stencil repeating three times along the length of burlap. The vintage look is achieved by a light hand with the spray paint.

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Stationery Echoing the lace elements, graphic designer Iwona Konarski designed printable napkin ring place cards in sage green with a lace edging. Coordinating favor tags are tied with raffia to contrast with the lace graphic and simple sage green salad plates rest on the white country style stamped dinner plates for further visual interest. *Printable Template Included: Napkin Ring Place Cards  nonpareil magazine


Bridal Details The bride's beautiful gowns, created by Chrissy WaiChing of Wai-Ching Studio, are accented with a feather and pearl birdcage veil, classic but subtle makeup and loose pin curls. Makeup artist Teryl Hawk chooses peach and earth tones that are universally flattering on any bride and photograph beautifully. Rachel created a peach and sage toned hand-tied bouquet mimicking the many soft textures of the centerpieces. A lace ribbon tie fixed with a vintage brooch is an unexpected and glamorous detail that contrasts brilliantly with the overall farm house feel.


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Farmers Market Olive branches, pears and figs adorn the rustic dessert table and dress up the lovely white cakes. A subtle nod to the market theme, Rachel used playful porcelain berry containers from Roost filled instead with pears and figs to continue the color palette. The use of natural fibers such as burlap and linen keep the look simple and rustic while potted herbs serve as a wonderful keepsake for guests and provide a tasty and lasting memory of the day.


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herb pot Supplies: Small 4” pots of various herbs Burlap Lace Favor Tag template “Crop-A-Dile” Tool Raffia

Step Three: Cut out a piece of burlap 5” high by 14” long and wrap it around the pot, securing with a pin. Step Four: Cut a length of lace ribbon 24” long and tie it around the burlap, knotting it where the burlap overlaps. Attach the favor tag with the raffia.

Step One: Print and cut out the favor tags. Step Two: Using the Crop-A-Dile tool, add a grommet at the triangular end.


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w e re q u e s t t h e   p l e a s u re   o f   y o u r   c o m p a n y as we celebrate the wedding of

ANNE AND JAMES o n s a t u rd a y,   t h e   2 7 t h   o f   n o v e m b e r two thousand ten graves 601 hotel minneapolis, minnesota



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w e request t h e   p l e a s u re   of your company a s   w e   c e l e b r a te the wedding of

ANNE AND JAMES o n s a t u rd a y,   t h e 27th of november t w o   t h ousand ten


g r a v e s 601 hotel m i n n e a p o lis, minnesota

two more bloggers we love , Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper and Vané of Brooklyn Bride, were kind

enough to give us amazing boards to execute. Though we couldn't assemble their dream teams, we still wanted to include them in this issue and therefore designed these two suites for them! A , Vané's board was all about a rainbow of colors against clean white. Pairing modern, bold patterns against the stark white, the suite is fun and energetic. B, Nole's inspiration had rustic style but had a sophisticated, and sometimes graphic, spin. The resulting suite is airy and can be used in a contemporary or rustic wedding.  nonpareil magazine



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inspired by jen of green wedding shoes Event Design & Coordination by Cortnie Purdy Canvas and Canopy Events Photography by Elizabeth Messina Elizabeth Messina Photography Floral Design Megan fickling, La Partie Events Hair & Makeup by Jaimi Brookes, Fiore Beauty Cakes Sweet and Saucy Shop Fashion Styling by Stylish Silhouette & Canvas and Canopy Events Calligraphy by Laura Hooper Calligraphy  nonpareil magazine



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the inspiration

Cortnie from Canvas and Canopy events was inspired by a nomadic bohemian couple, the couple who loves to travel and collect treasures from around the globe. She took the inspiration a step further and created a story behind the look to make it into a real life fairy tale. What if this gypsy like couple were sailing around the world together, collecting souvenirs from each country, then this pirate like couple were shipwrecked onto a beautiful destination. How would they incorporate their treasure trove into a tablescape and into their wedding day? This led to an unconventional table design adorned with treasures from their romantic seafaring journey on their boat together. This whole plot inspired the story book romance of a shipwrecked nomadic look.  nonpareil magazine


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When Cortnie from Canvas & Canopy met with Meg from La Partie events, they knew that with this fun and unique concept for the shoot the flowers could not be conventional. This rustic yet elegant shipwreck theme, spurred thoughts of East coast seashores. The different grasses that might grow in or near the shore inspired Meg to incorporate these unconventional textures into the table. Grasses such as sorghum broom corn, curly willow, zebra grass, pampas grass and bear grass were used in the design. Cortnie collected found treasures for the tablescape including vintage bottles topped with soldered seashells, vintage gothic crosses that could have been collected along the voyage from a church in Rome, vintage brooches that may have been found on the streets of Paris, and strands of pearls that reminded them of seafaring pirates. Meg added to this treasure trove of souvenirs with vintage bottles, mini treasure chest jewelry boxes overflowing with strands of vintage pearls, and old liquor and medicine bottles to hold the flowers. Other non-traditional flowers were used such as green berzelia, peach spider mums, leucadendron gold strike, kale, tulips, dahlias, amaryllis, fern, ranunculus and freesia.


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The color palette of peach, mint green, sage, mustard, and grey also played a key role in the design. The chairs were especially dressed up in this punchy palette. Fabric was torn into strips and dyed in a soft sage green, then tied into knots around the bottom rung of each chair almost resembling seaweed. The leftover dyed fabric was tied into a braids, knotted and draped around the top of the chair, taking on a nautical rope feel. The chair was again accessorized with braids, made from fluffy yarn in strands peaches, greens, mustard, ivory and grey, adding further to the breezy boho vibe. Returning to the old days of pirates, each menu was hand calligraphed in a soft scrawly silver and each place setting of silverware was mismatched with a variety of vintage pieces from different time periods.


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Playing off the shipwrecked theme, treasure chests and old rusty crowns appeared throughout the event. A large treasure chest was propped open with a sign that read ‘I will always treasure you’ and a self serve station of drinks were propped upon an open treasure chest for guests to pour themselves libations. Vintage milk shipping crates that looked as if they had washed upon shore were turned onto theirs sides and stuffed with messages in a bottle. Each bottle had the name of the guest tied around it, inside was a map leading the guest to their table with a warm ‘we treasure your friendship’ message, hand written by calligrapher Laura Hooper. The bride and groom table was definitely not the traditional rental fold up. They sat at a small wooden table with vintage iron legs that had ship figureheads carved into them. The table was wrapped in grasses as if the table had been there for a hundred years and was being overgrown by nature. Pieces of broken china were mixed with floral arrangements and a large iron nautical candelabra.  nonpareil magazine


the bridal style

The style was a mix of boho and an ethereal ‘shipwrecked look’. Tam Ashworth from Stylish Silhouette and Cortnie were drawn to a strapless mermaid style Vera Wang gown with an elongated bodice. The bottom of the gown looked as if one was floating in a sea of exquisite ethereal textured tatters, immediately resembling the perfect shipwrecked creation. They layered strands upon strands of ivory pearls for a pirate princess look and then switched it up with bright turquoise pieces, crosses and bohemian Navajo style pieces for the boho effect. A bridal crown from Lo Boheme made from ivory satin wrapped wire and adorned with delicate strands of glittering Swarovski crystals, and vintage millinery leaves made the perfect head piece. Jaime from Fiore Beauty did her hair in soft wavy side swept tousles to create a sophisticated windblown effect. Her bridal makeup was ethereal and dewy with a soft pouty natural lip color and sultry eye makeup. She carried a bridal bouquet made from seagrass and tropical flowers that looked like they had been plucked from a Polynesian island along her travels.


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The groom wore simple slim fitting black slacks with a chic tailored tuxedo shirt and dapper bow tie. We propped a classic vintage top hat upon his head for a more refined look.  nonpareil magazine



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sweets & treats

Melody from Sweet and Saucy Shop created a mint green confection with nautical rope textures. She also loved the idea of a bride and groom each having their own mini cake. Many brides and grooms share many things in common but that doesn’t necessarily mean they both love the same cake flavors. So why not have a large cake for guests and each treat yourself to your own mini cake on your big day?


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piece of scrap wood pencil variety of upholstery tacks pieces of broken shells or whatever small pieces you would like to incorporate into the design glue gun hammer Step One

Trace the silhouette of the desired table number onto the piece of scrapwood. Step Two

Take upholstery tacks and hammer them inside the outline of the number in whatever pattern desired. Step Three

Take the pieces of broken shells or other objects and hot glue them into the spaces in between the upholstery tacks.


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Step Three

yarn in variety of desired colors a long piece of wood to spool the yarn onto (a wooden dowel or broom handle will work) ruler scissors

Roll out the spools of yarn on the floor to the desired length. Measure with ruler to ensure accuracy for each braid!

*disclaimer: this project appears easy, but due to the amount of yarn used for each braid it can become very difficult if tangled! Step One

Select the colors wanted for each piece of braid and use 5-6 strands for each piece. Add more for a thicker braid!

Step Four

Cut the yarn. You will now have about 15 spools of yarn unraveled. Step Five

Take each piece (each third of the braid) and knot it at the top. Each third of the braid will have about 5 yarn pieces. Then knot all three together. Step Six

Step Two

Align the spools onto the wooden dowel.

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inspired by cyd of the sweetest occasion Concept, design and styling by katie o'malley katie o'weddings and events Photography by alisha clark clark + walker studio floral design by kris ann elario fleurtacious designs stationery rebecca ashby the pink orange


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Ediy fabric flowerp The inspiration for this project came from having a piece that was multi-purpose. Using the flower as an elegant and feminine place card and then can double as a pin for the ladies as a beautiful accessory. Supplies

Fabric (used silk dupioni found at JoAnn’s Crafts) Lace (or other desired fabric for center – ours was purchased at JoAnn’s Crafts) Needle Scissors Thread Pins Buttons Iron & Ironing board Pin backs Flowers used measure 3 ½ inches in diameter. A yard of fabric from a 60’’ fabric bolt will give you an estimate of six flowers.

Step 2 :

Lay the strip flat with wrong side of fabric facing up. Fold the length of each side to meet in the middle of fabric. The two sides should be even and measure 4 ½ each. Then take the two new folded edges match them together, leaving no raw edges visible running the length. Secure fold with pins. Step 3:

Thread the needle with at least a 8’’ piece of thread. Start at either end leaving ½’’ fabric unstitched on both sides for future purpose. Weave the needle in and out of the pin secured length. The stitch does not have to be appealing, just do not weave in and out too tightly, about 1/4’’ each stitch. When you reach the end to the opposite end, do not knot the stitch. Holding the thread straight up, pull the fabric downwards so that the fabric becomes accordion like. Now you can knot where you left off making sure the fabric is at desired ‘pleat’ look. The needle and thread can be cut free. Step 4:

Step 1:

Cut needed amount of fabric into strips of 9’’ wide by 18’’ long. If size needs to be altered, shortening or lengthening the width will alter the diameter. Altering the length will make the flower less bunchy (pleated) if you shorten, thus lengthening it will make the flower more bunchy (pleated).

In order to create a stacked look to the flower you must take the outer rim of the flower and tuck fabric into its self. Use a rolling motion, taking from the top of the fabric rolling it under to create another layer beneath the outer rim. Press each section as you go along to secure the fold.  nonpareil magazine


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Now the flower has developed the shape, the flower must be closed. Taking the ends fold the raw edges inward so they are tucked away creating a clean look. Pin the two sides together pinching them from the back side of the flower so the stitch is not seen. Sew the ends together using a lacing like stitch. Set flower aside. Step 6:

Cut the second fabric into a rounded flower like shape, rounding out 5 or 6 points. Cut four pieces per flower. Pinch each of the four pieces from the middle with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Then gather the middle points together. Sew the four pinched pieces at the bulk so they are joined together. Flipping the bunch over fluff out the fabric to then place the button in the middle. Sew button onto piece. Step 7:

Attach the two pieces together attaching the lace and button bunch to the flower with stitches through the peep hole in the silk flower. Step 8:

Stitch pin back onto the back center of the flower. Use fabric tape to wrap presents, liven up wedding accessories or to hang whimsical flowers from floor to ceiling along the nearest wall!


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lace votive holders {adapted from Martha Stewart}


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We wanted to use lace in a creative way, other than table linens. Adding to the elegance and glow of what the inspiration board called for, we thought this was a great addition for a day or evening wedding. They can also be used with the flameless votives. SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Tea light or votive candles Small Glass Votive Candle Holders (to keep the project safe!) Rectangular pieces of lace – 5 inches wide by 14-21 inches long works well but practice with one first to decide on what size works best with your glass holder. The Martha site recommends guipure lace but says any medium to heavyweight lace will work. (Lace can be found in any fabric store and it can be dyed different colors to fit the theme of your wedding or left a clean white, depending on the look you are after!) Balloons Fabric Stiffener (we used the spray version) Needle and thread(to match the lace)

Step 1:

Cut lace into a rectangle in the desired size. Trim one of the long sides, which will be the top of the votive holder, following the lace’s motif. Sew across the bottom with a loose running stitch and connect the 2 ends. Pull the thread, gathering the bottom into a tight circle, and knot. Whipstitch the short sides together. Step 2 :

Place a balloon inside the lace, and then blow it up to fit the lace’s dimensions. Set the balloon upright in a paper cup so the lace form is upside down. Arrange the gathered lace to create an even bottom. Spray with fabric stiffener until saturated. Let dry. Step 3:

Pop the balloon Step 4:

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embellished coaster favors The inspiration for this project came from playing off of another multi-purpose design. Being able to use the coasters with the wine bar, but also double as a favor. SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Porcelain or ceramic tile any size based on your design (these were purchased at Home Depot for .16 each) cork backing (you can find sheets or rolls of it at your craft store – we found ours at Michaels) Scissors Hot glue gun ruler transfer design (ours was found at Michaels) burnishing tool (you can use a popsicle stick) Step 1:

Based upon the size of the tile that you select, measure the cork backing to the size, then subtract 1/8” all the way around so it doesn’t hit the edges and stick out.

Once you have all of the tiles corked, cut around your transfers. (You can also print your own! You can purchase dry transfer paper from an office supply store or online through craft stores). Step 4:

Play around with the placements of each. Think about having the design bleed off of the edges or have them off center for some visual interest. Start transferring the design by using the popsicle stick or burnishing tool. Take your time and be extremely careful. If you move too quickly through this step, you risk leaving some of the design on the paper. Be sure to use extra pressure, especially as you move closer to the edges and anything that bleeds off. Transfer to as many tiles as you want. For this project, we used a set of 4. Step 5:

Step 2 :

Once you have the cork cut for each piece, flip tile over and edge the tile with hot glue. The cork should extend to just before the edge of the tile.


Step 3:

To prevent peeling or chipping, apply a coat of clear sealer to each tile and allow to dry.

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burlap and matte black decorators spray paint Joann Fabric and Craft Store

glass platters etc Goodwill

props/rentals OC Prop Girl

vera wang gowns Bliss Bride

Urban Barn

bridal headpieces Lo Boheme

Classic Party Rentals

venue Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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porcelain berry baskets Roost


fabric & lace Joann Fabric and Crafts

transfer design Michael's Craft Store

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This issue of Nonpareil is inspired by the personal style of some of the our favorite tastemakers of the wedding blogosphere, this issue wil...

Nonpareil #07 : A Buzz-Worthy Bride  

This issue of Nonpareil is inspired by the personal style of some of the our favorite tastemakers of the wedding blogosphere, this issue wil...