Ooooh I have exciting news today because guess what, we have our first giveaway for the year courtesy of Firmoo, the leading global online optical store. On the off chance that it’s your first time to hear of them, the company is quickly carving a niche for themselves by offering a wide variety of prescription and fashion eyewear at very affordable prices!
THE PRIZE: Six (6) lucky readers can win $30 vouchers each to spend on the F-Designer collection! These are just some of the pieces that the voucher winners can choose from:
Classic, clunky, funky, hipstery, nerdy, geeky, fashion-forward – call them what you want. Clearly there are glasses in their vast collection to suit every personality! Which one is your favorite?
The Firmoo designer glasses are $68 / pair but with the $30 gift certificates, you’ll only need to pay an additional $38 + shipping. Sound good to you?
But wait, that’s not all!
FREE BONUS PAIR: If more than 30 of you participate, the winner with the most entries in the voucher giveaway also gets a pair of geek chic glasses of your choice from the fashion collection! How awesome is that?
Hipster / nerd glasses are still in vogue so don’t miss this chance to snag a cool bonus pair for yourself — add entries as many times as you want every day! International shipping* is included!
* just make sure that you live in the areas Firmoo delivers to: US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Italy, England, UAE, Bengal, Argentina, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia, Peru, Mexico, Ukraine and Israel, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Latvia, Romania, South Africa.
How to enter (please accomplish the tasks using the Rafflecopter widget below)
1. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to the pair of Firmoo glasses you want to win. (mandatory)
2. Earn additional entries each day for tweeting about the giveaway with a link to this page.
3. Earn easy additional entries by liking /FirmooGlasses and /PoptasticBride on Facebook and following @firmoo and @poptasticbride on Twitter.
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This contest ends on February 21st, 2013. Six (6) winners will be generated by the Rafflecopter widget and I will personally send the $30 vouchers via e-mail to each one. If there are 30+ participants, the winner with the most entries will win a bonus pair of fashion eyewear courtesy of Firmoo.
With love day just around the corner, I thought it was time for another funky Valentine’s Day-themed wedding roundup! Whether you’re planning a February 14 wedding or you’re just looking to incorporate hearts and sweet, sweet graphics in your celebration, the following resources should come in handy!
Cup Wrapper Printables via Eat Drink Chic
* Also: 20 Free Valentine’s Day printables on Modge Podge Rocks
Tissue Paper Fringe Heart via Apartment Therapy
* Decor Idea: Take inspiration from the entire setup in the above photo for your wedding reception decor!
* Also: 20 Projects for a DIY Valentine’s Day on Apartment Therapy
Vintage Beatles-inspired Valentine’s Party Printables via Graphics Fairy Crafts
* Also: Free Public Domain Vintage Valentine’s Day Graphics for your Crafts on the Graphics Fairy
3D Valentine Card via The Creative Place
* Alternative wedding guestbook idea: Make a poster with 3D hearts and have your guests sign them?
Valentine’s Day Heart Arrow Printables via Sweet Muffin Suite
* Wedding favor idea for children guests: Give the kids pencils and drawing pads to occupy them for the duration of your reception.
DIY Heart-Print Tights How-To via The Pineneedle Collective
* Bridal Party Fashion Idea: Have your bridesmaid wear DIY heart-print colored tights + make heart-print neckties for your groomsmen using the same technique
Valentine Heart Cookie Sandwiches via Make and Takes
* Also: 101 Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas on Dollar Store Crafts
And finally, we have some Printable Love-themed Photo Booth Props via (ahem) Poptastic Bride
* Also check out: Funky Red Wedding Inspiration (last year’s Valentine’s Day roundup)
* Even more resources: 140 Fabulous and Free Valentine Printables by the Dating Divas
Yes, all of these are totally free! If you happen to know of other DIY Valentine’s Day wedding goodies and ideas, do let me know in the comments below!
Welcome to another Behind the Lens post where I interview a talented wedding photographer whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with. Every photographer has their own distinct style so the purpose of this series is to help you choose a photographer whose style best represents you. Thus I want you to meet them not as “vendors” but as potential friends who just so happen to have the skills to creatively chronicle your special day in pictures.
Meet Photographer Chelsea LaVere of Bit of Ivory Photography
I first saw Chelsea’s work when she sent me Ashley & Ryan’s Ice Skating and Home Living (with a Cat) Lifestyle E-session early last year which I instantly fell in love with. I adored her non-obtrusive photographic style — not to mention the dreamy, nostalgic quality of her pretty, well-composed images — and have been a fan ever since! Luckily I was able to publish more shoots and weddings by her over the following months.
This lovely lady is bursting with creativity because in her spare time, she would actually organize themed styled shoots! (Er, I play with my cat in my spare time lol). She leads a vendor community called Orchestrated Stylized Shoots where members collaborate to execute unique themes for weddings. Some of the topics they’ve done include a Jane Austen-themed celebration, a “Mediterranean Mosaic”, and Venetian Masquerade. Better check out their site and the Orchestrated Stylized Shoots Pinterest page – it’s a wellspring of themed wedding inspiration!
Quality of work aside, another thing I love about Chelsea is that she treats all her couples like family. She fondly calls them her “Photo Fam” and has even dedicated an exclusive Facebook group for them. The love and thought she gives to every single one of her shoots is pretty obvious too. As you will notice below, each couple’s personality shines through in the images…why yes, even in the still life ones!
Without further ado, I’m honored to introduce you to talented photographer (and my fellow cat mom) Chelsea!
* All photos on this page are copyright Bit of Ivory Photography (except where indicated) *
Hello Chelsea! Please tell us more about yourself and your wedding photography business.
Before becoming a full-time wedding photographer, I was an art teacher… which I absolutely loved doing. But then business got whoa-busy, and I was blessed with being able to go full-time into another job I absolutely loved. I started my photography business in June 2009 and haven’t looked back since. It’s been an incredible journey thus far, and I can’t wait to see what the years ahead bring!
I’m based in Chesapeake, Virginia [see the office], but I love to travel beyond this corner of the world!
I’m obsessed with black and white photography and a ton of my images are dominated by it. Thank goodness my brides and grooms share an equal affinity for it, too!
The quirkiest wedding you’ve photographed?
Probably Ashley and Ryan’s wedding that you featured in 2012. The way I see “quirky” is unconventional and exceptionally unique. That was them. Their wedding was 100% their personalities, and it still is one of my favorite wedding memories to date.
A wedding photography fad you will never follow?
Selective color. It’s either all black and white or full color for me! I feel like Ansel Adams would be shaking his finger at a pseudo-black-and-white!
Can you tell us what your wedding was like?
My wedding was the epitome of my heart. It was December 27th in one of the most beautiful historical areas Virginia has to offer: Colonial Williamsburg. Pinecones, cloaks, and navy blue pretty much dominated the theme. We definitely had a horse-drawn carriage. It was a must!
Didn’t they have such a cool wedding?! On a side note, we actually share the same wedding anniversary, December 27. Awesomeness.
* Chelsea’s wedding photos above were photographed by Fareine Benz
Barring budget, logic or reality, what would your dream wedding be like?
Ohhh, let’s talk about my dream vow renewal because it’s totally going to happen. Haha! My dream vow renewal would be to go to England in a rolling countryside, saturated with details of Jane Austen love, my husband in a dashing morning suit… ohhh yes. A horse and carriage will be involved (just like on our wedding day!). And somewhere our cat Pickles Barrington will make an appearance. I haven’t quite figured out those logistics yet…
Please name at least 5 songs off your dream wedding / reception playlist!
Eep! Confession: I’m not a huge music person. It’s that whole dang visual thing. But I do have a fond affection for Michael Jackson, Heart, and Celine Dion. (It really doesn’t make much sense, does it?) Wedding specific, those crazy group dances… particularly the Electric Slide. I can boogie that one out!
A book, movie or tv show you’d love to base a styled shoot on?
Which one do I not want to is my dilemma! Through Orchestrated Stylized Shoots, I get my theme fix. Anything from British Literature or Disney/Pixar would be something I would absolutely want to do a shoot on!
Which celebrity or fictional couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could?
Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, of course!
If you weren’t a photographer now, what would you be?
Since I was an art teacher prior to becoming a photographer, this kind of is my “second career” so to speak. BUT if I could finagle a way, I’d hop around the world, capturing culture, people, and celebration. And somehow get paid for it. Darn those student loans!
I hope you all enjoyed meeting the pretty and charming Chelsea! The sweet & dreamy images on this page are just a taste of what she can offer!
If you want more info on this talented photographer, please visit the following pages:
* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by Bit of Ivory Photography
* Meet other featured photographers in our Behind the Lens interview series
* While you’re at it, do check out the site map to browse our real wedding/engagement/styled shoot features by photographer and by location.
Do you love cats? Then here’s a suggestion for you — why not make your wedding a cat-themed one? My husband and I adore furry felines (especially our own kitty) and wish we thought of this theme when planning our wedding years ago..! That would’ve been SO fun. Since it’s not too late for you I’ve rounded up some cool cat details from all over the ‘net to jumpstart your cat wedding planning!
Announce your feline themed celebration: Cat-themed wedding invitation from WeddDay
Kitty Graphic inspiration: Tsumori Chisato’s Cats Collection
Top your cake with: Cat Couple Cake Toppers, left via The Happy Acorn, right via Paper Bunting
For the groom and groomsmen: Cat Cufflinks from ShopGWS
Before I reveal the rest of the eye candy, here are a few cat wedding ideas:
1. Have your flower girl carry a cat plush instead of flowers
2. Display photos of your cat(s) all over your reception space and/or make LOLCAT-inspired table numbers out of their photos.
3. For your photo booth, place cat masks on sticks. Here’s a free cat mask printable you can color and decorate in your motif!
4. Centerpiece idea: scour thrift shops for a selection of ceramic cats and cat-centric children’s books. Arrange them on tables along with cattail plants and other blooms you wish to use.
5. Wear jewelry custom made from the fur your cat sheds (inspired by this article)
6. Look for an old cat story book and turn it into a guest book — decorate and stick envelopes onto the pages and have your guests fill them with notes.
7. For reception music, check out this list of Songs About Cats on Catster.
For the bride / bridal party: Cat ears headband from ASOS (or eBay)
Won’t they look meow-velous?! Retro style cat print dresses. Dress on the left via Fashion Etc, dress on the right via Joy the Store. (Lots more on Pinterest!)
Purrfectly Pretty: Cat Print Nude Tights, left via Romwe, right via Oasap
Reception decor inspiration: Andy Warhol’s Silk-screened Cats
Decorate your space: Vintage cat paper bunting from goodnightboutique
Cats in bloom: Cattail bouquet and flower arrangement, left via Dos Gringos, right via Kaboodle
Mr. & Mrs. table adornments: Kitty Plushes from Gwen
Treat your guests: cute cat donuts and cookies
Do them a favor: stuff treats and favors for the kiddies in these cute cat gift boxes (get the printable template)
Will you have a cat motif for your wedding? What other ideas can you add to this list? Let me know via the comments below!
2012 was a fantastic year for handmade projects in weddings, wasn’t it? It’s obvious that couples now want their celebrations more personalized and less “like everyone else’s” and this resulted in projects that are more unique & creative than ever!
And so this week’s inspiration post is a roundup of 25 memorable projects from among the many, many DIY weddings I featured last year. May they inspire you to unleash your inner Picasso as you whimsify your wedding! Do take the time to check out the entire features by clicking the link below each photo. I can promise that there’s more inspiration to be found where these projects came from.
25 Creative & Unique DIY Wedding Project Ideas (inspired by Poptastic Bride’s 2012 Couples)
25. Wrap wood frame panels with fabric and use them as decor. Spice up your ceremony or reception area by hanging wood frames wrapped in fabric that match your wedding’s motif. You can go as muted or as loud & colorful as you want! To personalize them further, why not use fabric that’s been used in your and your groom’s families for generations? They cay can double as decor for your home after the wedding.
Katie & Michael’s Artistic Vintage Meets Modern Farm Wedding, photos by Hazelton Photography
24. Make one-of-a-kind hair accessories and boutonnieres using found or thrifted objects. You can even incorporate a combination of old toys or knick-knacks that mean something to the two of you for a personal touch!
Kristin & Kevin’s DIY, Vintage Cameras, and S’mores Garden Wedding, photos by Krista Lee Photography
** Alternative idea: why not make boutonnieres out of action figures like this artistic bride did?
Tori & Adam’s Vintage Hollywood Glamour Wedding (with a touch of Christmas), photos by JoPhoto
23. Dress-up a bicycle and use it as a prop in your couple photos. As you can see below, it will add a touch of crafty whimsy to the token couple feet shot!
Thea & Ian’s All-American 4th of July DIY Wedding, photos by Jenny GG Photography
22. String together buttons in your wedding motif colors to form hearts. Personalize them by attaching a tag with a cute quote about love or maybe write a special note for each recipient. This actually works great if you have buttons in all your other DIYs (like bouquets, fashion accessories, and more).
Jenn & Matt’s Intimate DIY Riviera Maya Wedding, photos by Citlalli Rico Photography
21. Are you a budding poet? Write original haikus for your reception area and frame them. This couple used framed haikus written by the groom to define sections in their venue. The one below was situated on the desserts table.
Amy & Jared’s Twinkly Bright, Warm and Fuzzy DIY Winter Wedding, photos by Blest Photography
20. Having a cupcake bar? Make a “3D Cupcake Menu” as in the photo below. Such a cute idea and it’s so simple to make too, don’t you think?
Brittani & Scott’s Fun and Feel-Good DIY Wedding, photos by Stephanie Haller Photography
19. Place sweets in different size / height jars and use them as table centerpieces. I love elements that do double, even triple duty – these can serve as table decor, dessert, and — if you place enough jars for each person — guest favors!
Rose & Jamie’s Sweets, Red Tartan & Gaudi DIY Wedding in Manchester, photos by Hannah Webster of LifeLine Photography
18. Having a rustic outdoor wedding? Decorate guest tables with framed poetry about trees & nature. You can even make your own frames using twigs as in the photo below. If you’re having an intimate wedding, you can make enough of these to serve as “place cards” that guests can take home to remember your day by.
Stefani & Jason’s Enchanting and Fanciful Elvish-inspired DIY Wedding, photos by Bit of Ivory Photography
17. Love music? Use old vinyl records as plate chargers. If your wedding is music-themed, give it a title (like in the example below), print labels and stick them on the records.
Kelly & Gary’s Rainbow-Hued Ice Cream-Flavored Retro Pop Wedding, photos by Lovestruck Wedding Photography
16. Another music-themed idea: frame CD covers of your favorite musicians and use them to identify tables in place of the usual table numbers. This is especially cool if you and your honey attend a lot of concerts since you can frame the tickets along with the cd covers!
Lisa & Nick’s Hip Rock Music Party in Chicago Wedding, photos by JPP Studios
15. Another table number idea: wine labels with made-up names. In the wedding pictured below, the couple had a wine motif (it was in a winery) so the bride came up with mock wine labels which even matched who were sitting at the tables. The names she thought up include “Monogamy”, ““Jargon!”, “Barefoot”, “Insatiable” and “It’s a Headsnapper”.
Kelsey & Kyle’s Bright, Bold & Cheery Temecula Winery Wedding (Part 2), photos by True Photography
14. Another centerpiece idea: place old family photos inside mason jars. A simple yet lovely way to honor family.
Toni & Troy’s Eclectic Vintage DIY Backyard Wedding, photos by Concept Photography
13. Blow up old photos & hang them on twine with clothespins. Instead of hanging bunting, why not use photographs tinted in the colors of your motif?
Leslie & Josh’s Fun-Love-and-DIY-Filled Farm Wedding, photos by One Eleven Images
12. Frame photos of guests and hang them by the welcome or gift table. Such a nice way of making your guests feel important. These can also serve as their escort cards.
Jessica & Jeff’s Multicultural Commitment Ceremony Celebration, photos by Debra Gulbas Photography
11. Make flower brooches out of felt & buttons for your bridal party. You can take the idea further by adorning your reception shoes with the felt flowers like this crafty bride did! How cute do those purple flats look?
Mica & Marc’s Purple Grown-Up Kiddie Party Wedding, photos by MangoRed
10. Can’t find sparkly shoes in the exact shade you want? Buy regular ones in any color, mix paint with glitter and modge podge them on to the shoes! You can have your bridal party do this with their shoes too so you’ll all match!
Kelly & Matt’s Bright Blue and Green Retro Video Game Wedding, photos by JamieY Photography
9. If you’re adept in graphic design and layout, make eye-catching posters with bold typography + photos of you to direct guests to your reception area. I know rustic wooden signage and arrows are popular so I thought of presenting this fresh and modern alternative for urban / contemporary weddings.
Kelly & John’s Urban-Cool Architectural Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography
8. Going flower-free? Make a paper rose bouquet using (copies of) letters from your loved ones. Or pages from your favorite books. Make sure they’re just copies, it would be a shame to destroy the original letters! This particular bride even included little toys to represent her and hubby’s geeky interests.
Katherine & Brad’s DIY wedding with a touch of retro whimsy, photos by Carrie Wildes Photography
7. Making your own brooch & button bouquet? Add little knick-knacks that represent loved ones. In the example below, the bride placed objects to represent her parents like a motorcycle charm for her dad and a red flower for her mom. This way you can walk down the aisle with them.
Jessie & Brad’s Black and Purple Gothic-Lite DIY Wedding, photos by Blest Photography
6. Make a cute “Here Comes the Bride” banner that your flower girls can hold as they walk down the aisle before you. Just look at how adorable this turned out for the wedding in the photo below!
Kelsey & Kyle’s Bright, Bold & Cheery Temecula Winery Wedding (Part 1), photos by True Photography
5. Have an old dollhouse? Turn it into a card box. Or have one modeled after your childhood dollhouse.
Mary & Michael’s Quirky Yellow and Blue Free Comic Book Day Wedding, photos by Melissa Arlena Photography
4. Make a Fun High School Yearbook-Style Ceremony Program. This fun couple’s program was a great ice breaker for their ceremony. It was also a clever way to present the bride & groom and bridal party to each others’ families and guests!
Alison & Adam’s Dynamic Duo / Comic Book / Superhero Wedding, photos by Hazelton Photography
3. Make whimsical illustrated portraits of your bridal party. In this example, the bride & groom are a couple of artists so they drew their bridesmaids and groomsmen themselves. The artworks then were used as decor in the reception area and then given to the bridal party as gifts afterwards.
Renee & Keith’s Color-Cuteness-and-Cartoon-filled Bunny-themed Wedding, photos by Zac Wolf Photography
2. Make a personalized ceremony backdrop out of hand-cut felt. This couple commissioned a local artist friend to create the backdrop but if you have the time and skills, why not make it yourself?
Heather & Aaron’s Colorful and Creative At-Home Wedding, photos by Carmen Salazar Photography
1. Getting married indoors? Make a getaway car our of cardboard! The groom below is an artist and he surprised his bride with the car, how awesome was that?? I love this fun idea, it makes for great photos too! Take the idea further and make a VW campervan to fit your bridal party members.
Joanne & Drew’s Playful and Artistic Ravinia Wedding, photos by JWiley Photography
Did you enjoy the list? I only highlighted 25 projects from among the countless DIY weddings I featured so please head over to the archives to see tons more!
How about you? What clever DIY project will you make for your wedding? Feel free to leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about what you’re up to!
Even more DIY-related posts:
* DIY & Wedding Personalization Ideas from Featured Couples in June-July
* Unique DIY ideas from May’s featured couples
* Wedding personalization ideas from our featured couples in April
* Unique DIY Ideas from our featured March couples
* DIY Wedding Ideas from our featured February couples
* Cool DIY Ideas from our January Couples