Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Chalkboard Wedding Invitation Set + A Free Printable Photobooth Poster

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Funky Wedding Invites, Giveaways | 2 comments

chalkboard wedding invitation set

The latest invitation set from Poptastic Bride called “Chalkboard Poster” is inspired by the vintage chalkboards that I’m seeing all over weddings these days! The design is inspired by classic retro posters. The names, dates and wording are completely customizable. As for the “chalk” colors, currently it’s a combination of mint, pink, and white but I can also customize them to suit your motif. Just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

The set consists of a 5″x7″ invitation and a matching save the date card, thank you card, address labels, favor stickers and envelope seals, custom envelopes, postage, table number cards, and a save the date photo card that lets you insert your own photo.

As always with Zazzle, you can personalize everything even without my help! Just fill in the provided text fields with your names and info, order the items, and get it at your doorstep in a couple of days. International shipping is available, 30-day money back is guaranteed.


Aaaaaand because I love you Poptastic Briders, I have a freebie for you — yes another one in just a week’s time! (I’m totally spoiling you aren’t I? :))

Here you go, a printable US Letter-sized photobooth poster with a vintage chalkboard design that you can use for your wedding and other events!

free printable chalkboard photobooth poster

Want it? Grab the PDF file for free in the FREEBIES section. :)

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Free Printable: Mason Jar Wedding Favor Tags

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Funky Wedding Invites | 0 comments

free printable mason jar gift tags

It’s been a while since we had free printables around here so I thought I’d start with gift /favor tags to match our Mint Mason Jar & Red Twine on Bleached Wood Wedding Invitation Suite. You can hand-write your monogram on the space in the center of each tag. There are 6 tags per sheet!

Grab them for free right here or via the printables page.

mason jar wedding invitations

* If you want invites, envelopes, stamps, stickers & labels to go with your free gift tags, feel free to check out our mason jar wedding invitations!
* Also check out our selection of funky wedding invitations


Cute Striped Dresses & Shoes for Your Bridal Party

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Hip Wedding Fashion | 0 comments

cute striped dresses and shoes

If you’ve been following style blogs, you already know by now that stripes are HOT this season. I’m seeing it all over Pinterest these days and I may or may not have spent the past weekend digging through my bedroom closet at my parents’ home for decade old striped clothing items that (fortunately) still fit me. Thank goodness they’re back in style and luckily moths haven’t got to them yet.

But I digress. While this blog is never really one to follow trends, I can’t deny that stripes are always fun, chic, and – depending on the size of the stripes — figure flattering. (Yes you read that right. Studies have actually shown that horizontal stripes are slimming, not widening.) I love the simple graphic pattern so much that I did some striped wedding inspiration posts three years ago (part 1: fashion / part 2: details) but because some of the links in the fashion portion might already be outdated by now, I’ve rounded up new merch from my favorite shops ModCloth and to get you started on your shopping!

What’s the Lineup? Dress from ModCloth

I Tank You’re Swell Dress from ModCloth

Chevron the Dance Floor Dress from ModCloth

Candy Button Beauty Dress from ModCloth

Morning At The Market Dress from ModCloth

Shojo and Tell Dress from ModCloth

Bright on the Brink Dress from ModCloth

Color Inside the Lines Dress from ModCloth

Most of the dresses I picked are sleeveless because, as bridal party wear, they can easily be unified with a solid-hued cardigan or stole in your color motif. (See my post on How to Mix and Match Dresses for a Mismatched Bridal Party Look)

As for footwear, here are some really cute shoes that you can either pair with the striped dresses or simply wear with solid colored outfits as a statement piece.

Nine West - Austin (Green Multi IP Beach) - Footwear
Nine West – Austin (Green Multi IP Beach) – Footwear
Nine West - Austin (Raspberry Multi IP Beach) - Footwear
Nine West – Austin (Raspberry Multi IP Beach) – Footwear
Nine West - Sharina (Raspberry Multi Beach) - Footwear
Nine West – Sharina (Raspberry Multi Beach) – Footwear
Nine West - Sharina (Green Multi Beach) - Footwear

Nine West – Sharina (Green Multi Beach) – Footwear
Tommy Hilfiger - Violeta (Red Multi Fabric) - Footwear
Tommy Hilfiger – Violeta (Red Multi Fabric) – Footwear
Vaneli - Barr (Multi Red Filly Fabric) - Footwear
Vaneli – Barr (Multi Red Filly Fabric) – Footwear
Rocket Dog - Angie (Yellow Rainbow Pop) - Footwear
Rocket Dog – Angie (Yellow Rainbow Pop) – Footwear
Nine West - Americana (White Multi/Blue Fabric) - Footwear
Nine West – Americana (White Multi/Blue Fabric) – Footwear

NOTE: I’ve labeled these as bridal party dresses and shoes but these selections would be great as wedding guest attire — especially for spring and summer weddings — too!

How about you? Will you outfit your bridesmaids in stripes? I’d love to hear what you think!

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Martha Stewart Weddings wants YOU!

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 in Special Services, Updates | 0 comments

Hey there Poptastic Brides! I know you all want to look picture perfect on your wedding day and guess what, today’s your lucky day. No other than Martha Stewart Weddings is looking to cast TWO brides-to-be who would like to have their teeth straightened. This is a super sweet deal so don’t miss your chance to participate in this special casting call!

If you are chosen, you will:

1. receive professional teeth straightening treatment from a well-known company

2. be a regular guest blogger for AND appear on Martha Stewart Weddings magazine to share your wedding preparation experiences

Martha Stewart Weddings offer

Just how awesome is that??? Here’s how you can join:

Email the following to

* Your name

* Wedding date

* City of residence

* 2-3 photos of yourself (with at least one of them showing your smile)

* A few sentences about why you’d like to participate

Don’t delay… send in your details NOW! The last day for casting is on Friday, March 15 2013.

Visit this page for more information.


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Behind the Lens: Shane & Jenny Reed of Reed Photography

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Behind the Lens, Photographers | 1 comment

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.

Reed Photography

Meet Shane and Jenny Reed of Niagara-based Reed Photography

I first came to know about Reed Photography’s work via  Sheri & Denis’ Black & White Rock and Roll Winter Wedding sometime last year and from then on I’ve been a fan of their artistic non-obtrusive photography. Since then I’ve showcased a couple more weddings shot by them which you can see here.

There’s something about Shane and Jenny’s pictures that draw the viewer in and make her/him feel a sense of calm. The images, as you’ll see below, have a quiet and timeless beauty that don’t rely on trendy Photoshop effects — which says a lot about the husband and wife photo team really. It’s clear that they are dedicated to capturing moments as they happen in real life, skilfully framed and beautifully bathed in nature’s light.

I’m delighted to introduce you to Shane so you can get to know the photographers behind the gorgeous photos better.

* All photos on this page are copyright Reed Photography (except where indicated) *

Hello Shane & Jenny! Please tell us more about your wedding photography business.

We’re a husband and wife photography team with three amazingly beautiful kids including a 4 year old son and almost two year old identical twin girls. So home life is hectic but we wouldn’t want it any other way. We freelance out of our home in the beautiful Niagara Shorthills area of southern Ontario (near Niagara Falls). We’ve only been shooting weddings for a few years now and absolutely love it.

I initially started shooting bands, models and families when I got into photography and weddings were never a direction I wanted to go in. It’s funny where life unexpectedly takes you. Likewise Jenny never expected to be a photographer. She is a certified teacher and due to lack of work around here in her field I started to train her as my second shooter to save money as I branched into weddings. We fell in love with weddings and gained a fresh love and appreciation for each other in the meantime. It’s amazing to spend most of our weekends celebrating others joy and love with them and we’re happy that life took this unexpected twist. As far as our style we are natural light shooters because we believe God’s light is the best light. I would say our style could be deemed photojournalistic, however we have such a mix of styles it’s difficult to attach labels.

Reed Photography

Reed Photography

What’s the quirkiest wedding you’ve photographed?

It would have to be the campground wedding mentioned below as it was unexpected and such a blast.

Reed photography

Reed Photography

The most unusual or unexpected location you’ve shot a wedding at?

The most unusual place was a campground only minutes from our house known for it’s massive one acre pool. It’s not a place you’d expect to shoot a wedding at, however at the end of the day it was surprisingly an awesome venue. The mix of quirky campground stuff, arcades, and natural wooded areas made it a interestingly unique and diverse place to shoot.

reed photography

Reed Photography

A wedding photography fad you will never follow?

We will never edit images with selective color because it makes us want to poke ourselves in the eye with a sharp stick. With that being said we don’t hold it against those who enjoy desecrating photos. ;)

Reed Photography

Reed Photography

Can you tell us what your wedding was like?  

Our wedding was great as far as the celebration goes and the marrying of each other. We had a beautiful late lunch reception at a stunning winery restaurant in Niagara on the Lake. Most importantly we were surrounded by our loved ones which was amazing even if we do have some quirky family members. Our photos were sadly another story… hate em! We’re considering renewing our vows this year for our 10 year anniversary and getting some stellar photos from someone with mad crazy skills.

Reed Photography

Reed Photography

Barring budget, logic or reality, what would your dream wedding (to shoot) be like?

We are into simple things and love the outdoors. So we’d probably like something up north in the woods at a cottage on the lake with strings of lights and patio lanterns hanging everywhere. It would be an intimate affair with live acoustic music playing in the background of soothing songs from artists like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Sarah Harmer and Seal (his soul album). There would be one massive wooden table that would be shared by everyone. Add to that some sparklers, dancing under the moon and stars by a bonfire and some s’mores and you have yourself an amazing time.

Reed Photography

Reed Photography

Please name at least 5 songs off your dream wedding / reception playlist.

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
It’s A Man’s World – Seal
Gravity – John Mayer
Lodestar – Sarah Harmer

Reed Photography

Reed Photography

A book, movie or tv show you’d love to base a styled shoot on?

A Lord of the Rings shoot would be cool. Did that sound too nerdy?

Reed Photography

Reed Photography

Which celebrity or fictional couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could?

This question is a tricky one as we don’t get too fired up with celebrities and don’t really get all of the hype. Those Duck Dynasty guys are pretty hilarious so I guess one of theirs.

Reed Photography

Reed Photography

If you weren’t a photographer now, what would you be?

Unemployed haha. My wife is a teacher and I originally went through for computer engineering but never finished. Thank goodness! I would have been miserable doing that. I think I would still be into something that gives me a creative outlet. I currently do a little graphic design so perhaps I would’ve gone in that direction. My wife would be making the best goodies in town using her gift of baking. Excuse me I need a cookie…

I hope you all enjoyed meeting Shane of Reed Photography! The beautiful, dreamy images on this page are just a taste of what he and his wife Jenny can offer!

If you want more info on this talented husband and wife photo team, please visit the following pages:

Twitter: @reedphotodotca
Facebook: /Reed-Photography
Pinterest: /reedphotodotca/

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