Hi there, It's been a month since our big day and i've been reflecting on the most perfect day. We loved everything about the day and even more so that we were able to DIY, literally everything. We got exactly what we wanted on a small budget. So I wanted to share some details about it. First off, we came across a commercial building in Cross Plains, while searching for a new place to live. This felt like the perfect situation for us to live upstairs and have my former online boutique downstairs. In addition to that, we were tossing around ideas of where to hold our wedding around the same time. When we saw the space, filled with tables and chairs from the former business, I instantly realized, I also somehow wanted to incorporate the building into our wedding. I made plans to move from my home in Old Hickory to the building in Cross Plains within a month. It was quite a hectic time, moving myself, my business and planning a wedding all at the same time. Fortunately, it was my full time job at the moment, so I was able to get everything done and it also assisted in the wedding weigh loss. We decided to use the upstairs(which is now our home) for the reception venue and chose the church that's right across the street as the ceremony spot. It is such a cute little church and also had parking (which we lacked at the building.) At this point, ideas and DIY were in full effect. I started by designing and having my invitation pack printed. I really personally enjoyed getting to pick every single detail with the wedding, but i'm sure it would also be fun to use professionals for everything as well. I used a graphic design software I already had and just purchased a $3 pack of flower graphics to complete it. I used cards and pockets for printing. I found them to be the least expensive wholesale printing, with quality paper options. I chose a cream linen paper, uploaded my design and they arrived within two weeks(I got the invitation, directions and rsvp card for $70.) I found both sets of envelopes from Amazon for $17. I decided to hold the set together with hemp. Here's how it looked:
Next up was the conversion of the reception space. I painted the space gray from the former outdated, two toned look, which made a huge difference. Then, I decided I really needed to drap the ceiling with fabric in order to achieve the romantic look, I was going for. The room is 19 feet by 24 feet and then also a hallway that was draped. In order to achieve this, I ordered 100 yards of white poly chiffon fabric. I found a super deal on Amazon for $151!!!!!!!! I started by creating a grid pattern using some circle hooks i found that drilled into the ceiling, I then began connecting them using a really thick paper twine. Next, I attached 5 sets of globe lights to go around the center square. I found the best deal on ebay for about $30, but the cord was black and it was just too much of a contrast when i tried it. So I spray painted the wire with white spray paint and it created a rustic gray look. I loved it! The ceil took around 40 hours by myself to do. Probably because the ceiling are so tall and I had to climb on and off tables to put each piece together. Here's the finished product
Next, lets talk flowers and decorations. I decided that since the tables were smaller cafe tables, they could only reasonably hold a vase with flowers as the centerpiece. I decided upon milk glass vases and found them about $8 a piece online. So, I was able to find all that I need in the couple of months leading up at different Goodwill visits for around $1 each.
Next, I was able to make some signs(chalkboard spray paint, embroidery) and find some other things at thrift stores and Hobby Lobby. I probably spent around $200 on decor. Here are some pictures:
After looking into several options for flowers, I decided upon using a wholesale flower store, Import flowers. They sell flowers at VERY low prices in bulk. I had to do a little research to figure out ways to put together the bouquet, boutonniere and corsages. Fortunately, I had bridal pictures done about a month before the wedding and since I would be making my bouquet at that time and had a lot of flowers left over since they come in such large packs, I was able to practice and know exactly what to do for wedding day. You really can only reasonably make up most of the floral stuff a day or two before the wedding and several things had to be done the day of, so you want to ensure, you are comfortable with what you are doing. I ended up buying 4 packs of 12 garden roses (pink o'hara $28 each) 2 packs of Freesia ($16 each) and 2 packs of mini spray roses ($20 each.) The rest of the flowers we used were picked on the roadside by my lovely husband (Queen Anne's Lace.)
Now, let's talk cake and food! I once again decided upon a DIY option for food due to cost and available options nearby. I looked up my favorite italian recipes online (Pasta Milano, Olive Garden Lasagna and Olive Garden 5 cheese Ziti Marinara) I purchased all my supplies at Walmart for around $100 and spent a grueling day cooking pasta for 40 people. I was able to make a meat and non-meat version of each, since I'm a vegetarian. I froze the pasta until wedding time in two weeks. The week of the wedding, I purchased appetizer food and salad stuff (veggies, cheese, fruit) and made a veggie tray, fruit bowl, cheese tray and italian salad. I also purchased clear dispensers at Walmart and added a chalkboard label to display the drink options) I made 4 gallons of sweet tea using my Aunt Jan's recipe (because I don't drink tea. haha) We also had pink lemonade with lemons floating in it and water with limes floating in it. I found most of my catering supplies at Goodwill and Dollar Tree. So, all in all, I spent around $350 on food, supplies, napkins etc.
The cake was made by Sweet as Can Bee, a girl from my hometown, my dad picked it up on wedding day and also paid for it, but it was very well priced, since we decorated it ourselves with fresh flowers and some initial picks from Hobby Lobby.
We were fortunate enough to have a lot of free help too. My friend Ara, did my bridal portraits at no cost. My Aunt Holly took our wedding pictures as a gift to us. My friend Mary and Christina both worked as day of event planners to coordinate everything on our wedding day, so I could relax. I really enjoyed the process of planning and executing my wedding. I even made the groom's bow tie. :) It worked for us! I enjoyed most of the process. However, it was really tough to relax on the wedding day because I had pretty much done everything on my own up to that point and it was hard for me to feel like I shared enough information about different details to let go. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, i'm happy to help. xo, Rachel
I recently stumbled across an amazing beauty secret and HAD to share with you. I was skimming through Khloe Kardashian's subscription app the other day and read her clever beauty secret mask. Side note: her app is the best out of the K family, in my opinion. I genuinely feel like it's her writing it and not someone for hire. I took to Amazon to check out the product and was FLOORED by all of the positive reviews. At this point, I'm pretty convinced this is something I need. Now, to wait the two days for Prime shipping was excruciating. Haha! Finally, my Aztec Secret Clay Mask arrived! I went right to work mixing and applying the mask. They recommend the dry clay dust with Apple Cider Vinegar or water, depending on how sensitive your skin is. I went with the ACV. The first time I used a metal spoon to mix(after reading more Amazon reviews, I learned it does make it less effective) So the next time I used a plastic spoon and I could feel the difference. This product is bentonite clay (volcanic ash) with has negatively charged ions, which pull impurities from your pores. You can actually feel your face pulsating!! I felt like I could actually feel it pulling from individual pores as it kind of tickled when I knew I had a batch of black heads. I removed the mask after 30 minutes and truly could not believe my eyes! I couldn't find a single blackhead and my face was the softest I ever remember. You are going to have to try it to really believe it! The best part, it's only about $7 for a pound of the dried clay. So you won't need to buy it again for quite a while. See for yourself and let me know if you try it. xo,
We just got in the cutest, most versatile jumpsuit and couldn't wait to style it. We paired our oversized white vneck tee under the jumpsuit. Added our leopard canvas shoes and accessorized for a chic day look.
For the evening look we added our soda stripes blazer, red laser cut bag and some black platforms.
I'm a huge fan of home remedies and wanted to share one that has worked wonders for me! You are not going to need to roll out the AMEX for this one.
It all started because I'm getting married in four months, so my skincare routine has been stepped up. I had a few facial moles that had grown in size and I absolutely hated them in pictures. They always looked like blemishes due to makeup coverage. So I began to research ways to remove them at home. (Note: I had seen a dermatologist on a few occasions to ensure they weren't cancerous. Do not remove a mole on your own that could potentially be cancerous because you are removing the evidence of mole changes, which can alert you to a possible problem) I ended up finding several user sites suggesting the use of ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar for mole removal. Next, I'll tell you the process.
You will need: ACV (organic preferred) You can find this at any grocery store Cotton balls Medical Tape Tweezers
First, I cleaned the tweezers with alcohol. I used them to scrape away the surface of the mole. You just need to scrape around the full surface of the mole, so the ACV can sink into it. Next, I pulled off a tiny piece of the cotton ball and rolled it to the approximate size of the mole. Then, I dipped the cotton piece into the ACV and squeezed out the excess liquid. Next up, I put the cotton with ACV on the mole and taped it up with the medical tape. I left it for about 30 minutes and checked it. The cotton was dry, so I did the process again. I did this about three times, until I noticed the spot flatter and darkening, like a scab was going to form. At that point, I stopped the process to see the results. ACV contains acidity, so I was cautious to not burn my skin.
In the next few days, a scab formed and dried out. Eventually it fell off on it's own and I was left with very light pink skin underneath. I used A&D ointment regularly for about a week to promote healing and reduce the scar. I was amazed at the results! I had removed two facial moles and the results were amazing.
I was so impressed with ACV, I started to wonder how else I could incorporate it in my beauty routine. I began researching online once again and found several sites suggesting using it as facial toner or mixing it for a face wash. I even read that Scarlett Johansson uses it as a facial toner. I don't know how true this is, but I decided it was a go! Several of the sites suggested diluting the ACV with water, but I decided to just use it in place of my toner a few days a weeks. Once again, my results were fantastic. My unsightly broken capillaries began to vanish, I noticed a tremendous improvement in my adult acne and my fine lines on my face suddenly seemed tightened! I am in AWE of ACV! I paid less than $5 and have used 1/8th of my bottle with amazing results!
I am not a medical professional, i'm an online boutique owner. I cannot share the safety of using ACV for these purposes. However, I can share my personal results. Who is running out to get some ACV today? :)
Are you dying to slap on some spring colors and shorts? We are too! We put together two comfy, casual looks that are perfect for the warmer days and cooler evenings. Tell us your favorite!
We paired our wifey sweatshirt here with our white boyfriend jeans here and our leopard print kits here. You are sure to feel comfy and cute in this styled look.
Next up we styled another adorable outfit. We love the chambray top tie around because you can slip it on if you get chilly. We styled our Sparkle shirt here with our high waisted denim shorts here and our chambray top here. It's so effortless and simply chic.
We styled this perfect flowy outfit for weekend sightseeing. It's super comfy, flowy and begging for layers. This style transforms from duck watching to restaurant hopping, graciously. Dress here, cardigan here, sunglasses here. Also pictured gray tights, leather boots and leather bag- old. Do you dig this look? How would you style it?
Not big on the love holiday, but want to acknowledge it? We styled this sarcastic tee here, with our adorable striped blazer here and our black destroyed skinnies here. We added a pop of red in the form of our laser cut purse here. Other items used in our styling were Mary Jane heels by Michael Kors, Nars red lip pencil and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara. Products sold at Sephora.
The Casual Valentine
Are you more of a laid back girl? Then the Casual Valentine is more your speed. We paired our bride tee here with our destroyed Machine Jeans here and our adorable heart necklace here. Also included in the styling gray and pink Converse.
The Romantic Valentine
Is Valentine's Day your favorite holiday? Then you are going to want to go all out. We styled the perfect outfit- edgy and romantic. We used our red tunic dress here as the focal point for this ensemble. We added our favorite leather jacket, some adorable Betsy Johnson tights and our go-to Nine West suede wedge boots. We accessories with our sunnies here.
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