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Visions of Paper: Wonderful Memories Wedding Layout

Lot’s of scrapping time today! Yeah!!!!!! So here’s another wedding layout I made for my niece.

Supplies Listed below

613 Avenue Create Anything Goes
Scrap Our Stash: Sketch and Sequins/Enamel Dots

Have a wonderful week:)


Hello to all!!!!!

I,m Anita, back again with a beautiful wedding card made in gate fold style…and it has all the wonderful dies..all from Cheery Lynn. I have made it in ice blue and black colour..not a wedding colour combo I must say,, But I love this colour scheme… a cool blue for the bride and a dashing black for the groom. All the supplies are from the cheery lynn store. I will describe the card with each picture… So just feast your eyes as I open the gates to a wonderful wedding.

This is the card front….all the flowers are handmade.

The card opened on the left side…a tag left blank for personal handwritten message.

The center of the card..inside view.

The right flap..with a tag  left blank for a message for the groom.

Full inside view

So this is my complete card. Is it not a perfect wedding card!!! So please play along the challenge at the Cheery lynn –Wonderful wedding for some awesome prize.

List of supplies used.

Fiona’s Magic Mirror – FRM140

Gorgeous June wedding at the Guild KC | Kansas City Wedding and …

Congrats to Jane & Bryan!  Even though your wedding day started with rain and the threat of a backup plan for your ceremony, it could not have turned out better (and I am positive that no amount of rain could have stopped your glow, happiness, and radiant love).  Thankfully, the rain stopped, the one muddy spot was covered with the lawn turf, and your day went on just the way you dreamed it would.


The guys hung out at the Guild while the ladies got dolled up at Jane’s mother’s home….and then the guys went to hide while Jane got into her dress.  There were so many moments captured between adoring friends, but I had to pick just a few of my favorites.

01_Getting Ready Wedding Prep

The first look….I just love how they both responded to each other with throwing their arms up in excitement.

02_First Look

The Guild is such a beautiful venue, and the cake, flowers and settings brought out it’s elegance.  04_Flowers and Reception Decor

And the OUTDOOR ceremony!  Complete with tears, big smiles, and fist bumps.  05_Wedding Ceremony This bridal party was so much fun.  I love how the green dresses and grey suits complemented the city so well!06_Wedding Bridal Party 07_Portraits The grand entrance and the toasts…08_Toasts and Cake Cutting 09_First Dance And my favorites from the evening have to be the twinkling lights in the back of the Guild.  10_Reception The Guild KC


Thank you so much for the honor of capturing your wonderful wedding day!


Rebecca, Catch Light Photography LLC

Wedding Ceremony & Reception:  The Guild KC

Cake:  Everything Nice Cake Co.

Flowers:  Good Earth Floral Design

Makeup Artist:  Scarlet Artistry

DJ:  DJ Kreations

Ceremony Musicians:  Forte Quartet

Caterer:  Expressive Catering

Second Photographer:  Kimberly Saunders

caleton la palapa wedding. {kara + christopher} | Katya Nova …

Kara & Christopher met through mutual friends in Washington, DC. ‘We were both trying to expand our friend circle, and decided to go to meet-ups through! That’s how we met our circle of friends and each other!’

These two were made for each other, with all their wonderful quirks, Kara & Christopher opened up to each other in ways they never had before – and from the very start of their beautiful relationship.

Rob & I were very excited for this wedding especially because it would be our first one at Cap Cana’s Caleton, at their fabulous La Palapa clifftop restaurant. Also, it would be with the extraordinary Mayte Mari & Nati – Punta Cana’s most beloved wedding planners & decorators.

Enjoy this Big Day, as it unfolds in our lovingly styled post!

Top three things Kara loves about Christopher:

’1. He is the most relaxed and calming person I’ve ever met. I have a tendency to become easily stressed out and Christopher has a way of calming me like no one else.

2. Christopher really cares for me and has from the very beginning. Just a few weeks into our relationship, I had surgery. A little later in the year, I got sick. Very sick. He took care of me during each bout of sickness and didn’t let it prevent us from having a wonderful time on our trip to Montreal. Less than 6 months into our relationship, I was so impressed by how we just rearranged our plans (with an emphasis on FOOD) instead of letting it ruin our trip. Christopher’s willingness to take care of me during the bad times was how I first knew that he was the one.

3. Christopher is so encouraging. He truly wants me to be happy, even if it means spending a little more of our money on a hobby that I really enjoy. To him, my happiness is more important than money or any other material item. I’ve never found someone so supportive. I LOVE him.’

What a wonderful idea for vows – Kara & Christopher’s were beautifully handwritten and rolled up into a scroll, to be kept in a vintage glass bottle… 

Anna Nuet doing her thing! She really is as talented as she’s beautiful and dedicated to her Brides. Really.

Our beautiful Kara and her favourite ladies get ready for the day in a breezy palapa near the beach… 

Christopher: ‘My most romantic memory was our trip to Montreal.  It was supposed to be full of a lot of touristy options but instead of all that we decided it should be just about us. We spent so much time just talking and enjoying each other’s company as we skipped from restaurant to café to our hotel. I just love spending time with her exploring great and fun new places together!’

Top three things Christopher loves about Kara:

’1. She cares a lot about everything she does. She won’t put herself into anything, including our relationship, unless she fully believes in it. She loves to volunteer and take care of the horses at the horse protection league. I love that about her. 

2. Kara is very detail-oriented and helps me keep my life far more organized than I could do without her. A lot of the things we do are orchestrated by her. In my life before Kara, I was flying by the seat my pants far too often! 

3. She is very smart.  Even if Kara doesn’t think so at times, she’s the smartest girl I’ve ever met! (She learns new board games very fast and often comes up with new game plans that I had not even considered at all.)’

Ideal day together according to Kara: ‘We LOVE our Lazy Sundays! Every Sunday, we wake up, clean, go grocery shopping, cook, lay around, watch TV, read, do whatever we want! It sounds so boring, but it’s our favourite time. Our weeks can be crazy between work and all of our hobbies, but our Sundays are about doing absolutely nothing together and I love it!’

Ideal day together according to Christopher: ‘Attempting new crazy challenges while exploring Colorado like our 2,000 feet climb in elevation to the top of Mount Flora(From 11,500’ – 13,500’).  Trying a new delicious restaurant as we explore all the new restaurants Denver has to offer (Beau Jo’s Pizza right after getting altitude sickness from our climb up a mountain).’ 

Kara on the proposal: ‘We had talked about getting married and buying a ring. We went to the jewelry store and Christopher let me pick out my ring. The ring was supposed to be ready for pick up in 3 days. Christopher informed me that even though I got to pick it out, I’d have to wait for him to propose. He picked up the ring on a Wednesday. Wednesday came and went. No proposal. Thursday came and went. No proposal. Friday came. By 7pm on Friday, I couldn’t wait anymore! I am really the most impatient person ever! So I started to bug him… Eventually he said, “Do you want me to do this right now?!” and I said, “YES!!” And he did! Honestly, I sort of like the story. I AM impatient and Christopher loves me anyway. So, no, we don’t have a huge proposal story that involves a ballpark or something else spectacular, but our proposal is very US.’

‘Because of Christopher, my life is filled with so many more wonderful people. I tend to be very introverted and could easily spend Friday nights on the sofa doing my own thing! He’s sort of the perfect balance of going out and staying in. I’m glad that he sometimes pushes me outside of my comfort zone so that I can get to know the wonderful people that we’ve met in Colorado so far.’

Favourite guilty pleasures:

Kara: ‘Going out to eat and desserts. I love, love, love desserts!’

Christopher: ‘Playing video games or watching a show all day long and getting nothing done.’


What did you love most about your Wedding?

‘We loved working with Mayte! It sounds silly but she took care of everything so we could just focus on each other and our loved ones, which was so important to us. She really is the most wonderful wedding planner in the Dominican!’


Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?

‘Absolutely no regrets! Our day was perfect and we loved every minute!’


Most memorable moments?

‘Our First Look and our “first look” at Mayte’s decor at La Palapa. Everything was so incredibly beautiful. Christopher looked so great in his suit and his reaction to seeing me was so special. I’m so glad we were able to have such a special moment in such an AMAZINGLY beautiful place!’

‘We loved the crazy dancers! It was so awesome to see the surprised look on our loved ones’ faces. We were so worried that no one would dance at our wedding, but the crazy dancers got EVERYONE dancing! We were so happy!’

‘We loved being able to create a wicked first dance (we swing dance), even if we messed up a few times. All of our guests loved it and that was the first time our parents had seen us dance!’

‘Last but not least, my little sister’s speech was so special to me. I couldn’t help but tear up!’


Comments about vendors, resort etc

‘We loved every single one of our vendors! We had a wedding dream team! Mayte and Natalia made beautiful decorations and kept everything running smoothly. They really pulled through for us at the last minute and we can never thank them enough. They are the sweetest, warmest people and we wish them so much happiness!

My other vendors were also amazing - Anna Nuet made my girls are I look so beautiful, Katya, Rob, and Lacy were such a fun team to have on our day and we’re so excited to see the photos! Florian from Cinema and Motion was so professional and produced a beautiful wedding video, Pastor York‘s ceremony was perfect, Ana Luisa and staff at La Palapa were behind all the delicious food and helped to keep everything running smoothly, everyone loved our DJ and MC and the crazy hour performers! I could really go on and on! Weddings can be stressful and I’m just so grateful to each one of my vendors for making us feel so relaxed and happy on our wedding day.’


Advice for future brides?!

‘Don’t let your guests stay at a different resort than the one you’ve selected! If you have to make any last minute changes (like we did) it is so difficult to communicate with them! There was also transportation issues because I couldn’t tell them exactly where transportation would pick them up, since I wasn’t staying at that resort. 

Also, try to have everything planned and ready to go before you leave, if you can, so you can fully enjoy your vacation with loved ones!’


Kara & Christopher, wishing you a lifetime of awesomeness, amazing new travels & memories, kick-ass meals … and exciting board games … hehe! xoxo K+R.

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Upcycled Wedding Guestbook! – Fat Cat Crafts – Blogger

So pretty much the steps were for this exact book:
1. Measure, cut and glue in the front and back inside cover paper panels 
2. Measure and cut out the fabric with enough room to overlap to the inside covers
3. Glue the fabric down to the book. I started with gluing it to the spine first, then just kept molding it along the front and back. Again, the stretchiness of the fabric helped wonders with it.
4. Measure, cut and glue the front cover to your book.
5. Add on sticker letters.
6. Marvel in your own awesomeness for putting together such an amazing work of art.

It did take me a few hours to do this though. But once I got over the fear of possibly ruining my mom’s old guestbook, and dove in headfirst, it went a lot faster. I think I had the hardest thing was placing the stickers since they were so thin and swirly. They were a bit of a nightmare to set them exactly where I wanted them. But afterwards, you have an awesome DIY/up-cycled guestbook that everyone, even yourself, will be impressed with!

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Jessie and Erik had a wonderful wedding at Pawleys Plantation. The weather was perfect, the details were great, and the bride was gorgeous. Annie from Elegant Occasions did a fabulous job as always with decorations. DJ Jeff Benton kept the floor crowded and entertained all the children.


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A wedding is a statement of commitment not a show of opulence …


See the picture?

It’s me (or my back) on my wedding day 21 years ago. Why my back you may ask?

Because my sister in law thought that everyone takes pictures of the bride’s front but she hasn’t seen a picture of the bride’s back. Ever!

So here you go; a picture of my back which also happens to show a wonderful detailed of my wedding suit.

To tell you the truth, I have not thought of my wedding for a very long time. Even worse, I caught myself thinking the other day about the interesting stage of life I’m approaching.

When we are in our twenties, our whole life is ahead of us. There is so much celebrating to be looking forward to: weddings, having children, setting up out nests. What do we do? We waste out time worrying; at least I did.

When we are in our fifties most of this is behind; and the calm of certainty can easily settle in. There are no surprises and there are few celebratory life events left. This is when we celebrate the beauty in the life of others – our children and grandchildren.

Still, reading that Travis and Vonnie have their wedding anniversary soon reminded me that John and I had our 21st wedding anniversary couple of weeks ago.

And my mind drifted to weddings.

Today, I looked at our wedding photographs.

You know, we look young, elegant and happy. We look like we couldn’t wait to tell our family and friends that ‘we will love each other till death does us apart’ and get this party going.

John proposed in February. It wasn’t the most romantic proposal in the world: we were watching something on TV and he just turned to me and said:

‘Would you like to get married?’

‘I need time to think about it’ – I said. – ‘And where is my ring?’

‘Do you really want a ring?’

Of course I did! I wasn’t going to let this proposal thing hang in the air without getting some jewellery for it.

Anyway, I thought about it couple of weeks and accepted. We bought a ring – a modest one I still love and wear – and set the date for the wedding.

I never wanted a big wedding: the way I see it one can either have a big wedding or great fun. I chose to have fun.

We did all the right things: we invited family and friends, we booked the venue, we had a wedding lunch and we had a big party.

It was all very modest: let’s just say that my lovely suit cost me $135, my shoes were $60 and my pearls…I’ll never forget my pearls. I managed to get them for $70 and felt so proud.

So you see, all my bridal attire, including jewellery, cost me $265. I reckon that the whole wedding cost us no more than $1,500.

Compare this with the lavish weddings of today.

Did you know that the average wedding bill in the US currently stands at $30,000? Or that the most expensive place to get married in the US is New York City: get married there and you can expect to fork out on average close to $87,000.

For crying out loud! This is a very decent down payment on a house. Actually, some places this can buy you a house. No wonder young couples have started taking wedding insurance which can cover up to $85,000 in case the wedding is cancelled or postponed.

We didn’t take wedding insurance: we knew that we want to commit to each other and we knew that we want to keep it simple so that we can enjoy our wedding day.

Thinking about it, there are four wedding items on which people can overspend.


This is your day; wear what you consider elegant, appropriate and comfortable (if you are not comfortable you are not likely to enjoy the wedding day).

I chose the suit you see on the picture and I did so not because it was inexpensive. I bought it because when I went into the shop this suit started shouting at me: ‘Buy me, I’m yours.’

I felt like a million dollars at my wedding.

And you know what? Someone would have had to pay me a million dollars to wear a big layered wedding dress and look like a meringue.

(I love meringues; I just don’t want to look like one. Also, some women were born to wear this kind of dress; I am simply not one of them.)


From what I see and what I read people have started going really overboard with the venue for the wedding ceremony. People go abroad, get married on a beach, on a hill…you get it.

I suppose, this is about ‘once in a life time’. But, guys, ultimately the purpose of the whole ceremony thing is to pledge to love each other forever; oh, and for your family and friends to hear you make this pledge.

Is it really necessary to go to extremes with this one?

Wedding lunch

On this one the jury is out but I still think that it’s a great idea to separate the wedding lunch and the wedding party.

The wedding lunch is for close family, even closer friends and the ‘best’ people (who are likely to be close friends to begin with). This means ten to fifteen people.

We had the best ever wedding lunch; we took our guests to an Italian restaurant where not only the food was splendid but also some opera singers were having lunch.

I don’t remember what we ate; I have a vague memory of who was there. But I do remember the singing.


Did you know that close to half of the cost of a wedding is the wedding venue and catering?

So I guess this is where people need to be particularly careful.

Do you need to invite 500 people to the party? Do you really want to have it the absolutely prime location?

We had our wedding party at home. And what a party it was!


Your wedding is important; it is important because it is the day on which you completely commit to another person and make a promise to love them forever. This is the day when we make promises before witnesses, our family and friends.

It seems to me that this is memorable enough without having to make it a show of opulence.

Did you have a big wedding or a smaller one? Did you enjoy your wedding? Please share.



Great Gatsby Themed Wedding! Sarah + Ed! – Nakai Photography

A Great Gatsby Themed wedding at the Lincolnshire Marriott Hotel

I had a great time with Ed + Sarah at Wrigley Field for their engagement session a couple months ago…We all were so excited to see the Chicago Cubs clubhouse! Be sure to check out their Wrigley Field Engagement Session Photos!

They assembled a great team of vendors for their Great Gatsby Themed wedding! Misha from Liven It Up Events was their day of coordinator, Vale of Enna provided the gold candelabras and ostrich feather centerpieces, and David Rothstein Music provided the live orchestra for the reception!

We spent their whole wedding day on the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort property…Her beautiful lace dress with some amazing details!

The bridesmaids wore black dresses with the perfect pattern for their Great Gatsby themed wedding!

Such a sweet photo with just the perfect amount of emotion!

Beautiful wedding bouquet by Vale of Enna – white and pink peonies with vintage lace and a sparkling brooche!

Sarah in her amazing wedding gown! I love the details on the back and the hanging pearls on the shoulders and had to include it in a picture! She could walk into a Great Gatsby party with no problem =)

A beautiful portrait of the bride-

Elsewhere at the Lincolnshire Marriott, Ed was getting ready with his groomsmen-

In keeping with roaring 20′s of the Great Gastby era…Ed wore a tuxedo with long tails

A photo of just the bride and groom =) Love the little pop of color provided by the yellow flowers!

We had to include these two little guys in a couple pictures!

I wonder if Ed gets jealous-

We went inside the Lincolnshire Marriott where I found these exposed brick columns this wedding photo

Then we went outside for some wedding photos in nature! We found this cool double bridge for the bridal party-

The two paths becoming one-

Pictures of the bride and groom in nature with a winding path behind them-

Found a cool vintage train car for this next set of wedding photos-

The vintage train car is looks really cool in a nature setting.

Love this pose by Sarah and it highlights her dress just perfectly!

This belongs in a fashion magazine! =)

Lincolnshire Marriott Wedding Ceremony

Vale of Enna did a phenomenal job of turning Sarah + Ed’s ‘Great Gatsby’ theme idea into reality! The white ostrich feathers and the gold candelabras are amazing!

Their wedding programs also had a Great Gatsby vibe by incorporating an art deco design!

After the wedding ceremony was over, Sarah + Ed had a traditional Korean ceremony called a Paebaek.

Love all the fun in this photo! The couple is supposed to bite down on the dried date together during this part of the Paebaek ceremony

My favorite part of the Paebaek ceremony: when the groom has to run around the room with his bride on his back! Go Ed Go!

Wedding Reception Pictures

Love this decorative table put together by Vale of Enna

Wedding cake photo-

Great Gatsby Theme centerpieces by Vale of Enna

Ostrich feathers on gold candelabras

Art deco menu to complete the Great Gatsby theme!

Love these next two photos of Ed dancing with his mom-

David Rothstein Music took to the dance floor to get people singing!

Here’s David Rothstein leading the guests in a new dance! =)

Thanks to Sarah + Ed for having me as your wedding photographer! I loved all the Great Gatsby wedding details! It was also great working with a great team of vendors! Shout outs to Misha from Liven It Up Events, Vale of Enna , David Rothstein Music and the Lincolnshire Marriott! I’m so thankful to have spent time with the two of you and your wonderful families!

with love,