Entries Tagged as 'wedding'

one year.

Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2014

Ann-Marie + John | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

Photo by Katie Pritchard.

John’s and my first year of marriage will forever go down as the year we packed as many major life events into 365 days as possible. We got married. We went on an amazing honeymoon. We moved to Pasadena. I got pregnant. We bought a new car. We had a baby. Life was / is C R A Z Y. I’ll admit that packing so many things into a single year was stressful. Draining. Overwhelming. And yet, so incredibly rewarding.

Yesterday marked our first anniversary as a married couple. One year down, one hundred more to go…

diy gold fringe mobile.

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014

DIY Gold Fringe Mobile | Ann-Marie Loves

One of the most surprising things I’ve noticed since having Briar is that although my roles + responsibilities have changed, I still feel like myself. For some reason, I had assumed that being a mom would essentially turn me into a brand new person with brand new likes + dislikes, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

DIY Gold Fringe Mobile | Ann-Marie Loves

Instead, I’m still the same ol’ Ann-Marie, who wants to make stuff and decorate my home and go thrifting for treasures, just with a lot less time (and no free hands!) to actually do those things. If anything’s changed, it’s that I’ve learned to seize those short bursts of free time and get things done as fast as possible. They may be infrequent but they’re perfect for squeezing in quick projects that satisfy my need to create + make my living space a happy place for the three of us.

One of my recent projects: a gold fringe mobile to hang over Briar’s crib!

DIY Gold Fringe Mobile | Ann-Marie Loves

The gold fringe was leftover from our wedding and I had no idea what to do with it until it hit me to cut it into 3 foot increments and turn those pieces into tassels. Then I stapled each tassel along a lengthy strand of baker’s twine and somehow managed to fold it in half enough times to create this cool chandelier shape.

DIY Gold Fringe Mobile | Ann-Marie Loves

The best part of all (aside from the fact that I was able to incorporate my beloved GOLD into the baby’s room) is that it’s super lightweight, making it both easy to hang from the ceiling with super tape AND earthquake-safe.

DIY Gold Fringe Mobile | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar is still sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom (where she will stay until she’s at least 18), but we spend a lot of time in the nursery / office. As the sunlight shifts throughout the day, the golden light reflecting off the mobile bounces around the room like a disco ball, completely captivating both the baby and myself.

Long live gold fringe!

 

diy wedding guestbook box.

Posted on: Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

When I designed the guestbook cards for our wedding, I knew I wanted to do something untraditional with them, but honestly, I didn’t have a clear vision of what that would be. Flash forward several months later to when I stumbled upon an old recipe box at the thrift store and instantly knew what to do with those cards!

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

During our wedding, we used a thrifted wooden cassette tape holder to house the cards that our guests so sweetly filled out during the reception. When we got back from our honeymoon, we had the BEST time reading them, so I am thrilled to finally have an easily accessible landing place where we can revisit those happy memories whenever we like! Here’s how I customized the box:

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

Using my Cameo die cutting machine (bet you didn’t see that one coming! ;)), I cut out two liners for the insides of the box and the word “Guestbook” for the lid from printable gold foil. Sticking each of the liners down took a little finagling (and reapplying), but I love the way it adds an extra layer of visual interest every time the box is opened.

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

I then lightly applied the word “Guestbook” to the lid, making sure it was on straight before I pressed down to secure it into place. The good thing about this gold paper is that it’s sticky enough to hold up once enough pressure is applied to it, but not so sticky that you only have one shot to get it right.

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

From there, I gathered all of our cards together and placed them in the box. (Love the designer humor from Sarah!)

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

Many of our guests not-so-subtly encouraged us to jump onboard the baby train ASAP. We took the hint ;)

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

And now our guestbook cards live happily on the bench in our living room!

DIY Wedding Guestbook Box | Ann-Marie Loves

If you’re currently in wedding planning mode, I encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes to components such as guestbooks! Don’t worry about what everyone on Pinterest is doing (easier said than done, I know!) or how your ideas will come across to your traditionally-inclined guests. The more you can tailor the details of your event to your own personal tastes, the more your wedding will feel like you and your fiance. And isn’t that the whole point? :)

 

thoughts on diy weddings.

Posted on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thoughts on DIY Weddings | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve always known that my wedding would be comprised of handmade details. It’s who I am, it’s what I do. That being said, I had no idea just how much work those handmade details would take. Hours, days, weeks, months of work. But was it worth it? 100 PERCENT YES.

Thoughts on DIY Weddings | Ann-Marie Loves

Katie Pritchard Photography

John and I decided to tackle as many projects ourselves as possible, for both creative + financial reasons. Many things were never even a question of asking for others’ help, including our paper goods (save the dates, invitations, menus, place cards, etc). In the end, there were many projects I didn’t get around to (wine labels, programs, paper flowers, the list goes on…), but really, no one but me knew the difference. I had been told this by various people throughout the whole planning process, but of course, I didn’t listen. Some things you just have to learn for yourself!

John + Ann-Marie Espinoza's Wedding | As seen in Wedding Magazine

I will admit that seeing our hard work pay off in the forms of a wedding blog feature and a magazine spread were pretty awesome, but seriously. As cliche as it sounds, the best part of all was that I walked away with a husband at the end of the day. He’s the best and I couldn’t be happier that he stuck by my side despite all my crazy wedding ideas and late night crafting and art directing. We managed to pull off the wedding of our dreams, which was topped only by the honeymoon of our dreams.

Thoughts on DIY Weddings | Ann-Marie Loves

Katie Pritchard Photography

And now…we’re having a baby and the DIY madness has been reincarnated in a brand new, equally as passionate form. Once a DIY’er, always a DIY’er!

hanging wedding photos.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hanging Wedding Photos | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m so happy I got married when I did. Not just because John and I were both in a great place with our relationship and our professional lives, but because photography is JUST SO AWESOME these days.

I love that our amazing photographer, Katie Pritchard, was able to share a sneak peek with us the day after our wedding. I love that we had a full hashtag of Instagram photos that our guests contributed to during our celebration. I love that I have been able to easily blog and share different images that tell our story. I love that a simple picture conveyed a BIG message this past Christmas. And now, I love that I have finally printed out three of our favorite shots from the big day and hung them in our home.

Hanging Wedding Photos | Ann-Marie Loves

On Friday afternoon (at rush hour, of course), I got the urge to jump in the car and drive over to IKEA to buy a few things for the house. While I was there, I picked up three white frames and a handful of other super necessary (unnecessary) items. What is it about impromptu IKEA trips that fill my heart with my delight?

Hanging Wedding Photos | Ann-Marie Loves

When I got home, I sat down with John and we chose our three favorite photos from our wedding that we knew would look great grouped together as a series. Then, I resized them in Photoshop, printed them out on glossy photo paper using my plain old HP Photosmart printer, and popped them into the frames! I put John in charge of the hanging process, because eventually we would like to be able to move out of this place without having to pay for 4,000 holes in the wall ;)

Next step: design a wedding album!

everybody dance now.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

I’m going to be honest.

Most of the big handmade projects created for our wedding were done with less than a month to go before the big day. BECAUSE I AM INSANE. But somehow, some way, by the sheer grace of the crafting gods, they turned out far better than I could have ever expected! Perhaps the project that packed the biggest punch at our reception was the “Everybody Dance Now” banner draped over the dance floor. I had known all along that I wanted something hanging overhead, but it wasn’t until the very last minute that I decided to get cheeky and go with the most appropriate party phrase of all time.

"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

Like I’ve mentioned before, I relied on my Cameo die cutting machine heavily to pull so many of my crafty ideas together. With a stack of white cardstock, a long strand of baker’s twine, scotch tape, and my Cameo, the banner came together in less than hour. Super simple. The hardest part was finding a way to prevent the letters from twisting and tangling before they had a chance to be hung, but somehow we made it work.

"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

The translation from day to night was wonderfully seamless. The white letters looked electric when they were lit up by the market lights! Definitely one of the happiest surprises of the evening.

"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography
"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography
"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography
"Everybody Dance Now" Banner | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

And judging by all the action on the dance floor, I’d say our guests got the memo ;)

Photos by Katie Pritchard Photography.

P.S. You can see more of my wedding-related posts here!

wedding menu + food label cards

Posted on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Designing all of the paper elements for our wedding was a true labor of love. Going into it, I knew I wanted the whole “branding” of the event — from the save the dates to the invitations to the menus to the food labels and everything in between — to be as cohesive and unified as possible. The food-related paper goods were especially important for me to get right because not only did they have to fit in with the entire wedding suite, but they had to work in harmony with the table decor as well. (Or maybe I was just hyper aware of the details that nobody else would notice?) (Most likely!)

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Like all elements of our wedding suite (minus the save the dates), I was able to print the menus at home on my HP Photosmart D110A printer. For the paper, I bought a bulk pack of paper bag cover weight cardstock from Paper Source and printed two menus per page.

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

At each place setting, the menus were tucked inside the napkins for safekeeping.

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza

The food labels were probably my favorite component to design, simply because they were the quickest! All I had to do was hammer out a complete list of the various dishes and desserts we would be having on the big day and then plug them into 2 x 3″ boxes in an Illustrator document.

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

The finishing touch to all of the food-related paper goods was a few swipes of Martha Stewart metallic gold paint to the top of each card and they were ready to be put on display!

Wedding Menu + Food Labels | Designed by Ann-Marie Espinoza | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

The funny thing about having delicious food prepared for your own wedding is that once the big day rolls around, your appetite is nearly non-existent. John and I were so hyped up on adrenaline, we barely touched our dinners much less grabbed a bite of dessert! Ideally, we would have had a plate of leftovers put aside, because at the end of the evening as we were leaving our reception, our appetites returned in full-force! (Also, I could really go for a churro right about now.)

To see the rest of my wedding projects, click here!

Photos 3, 5, and 6 by Katie Pritchard Photography.

wedding florals | willow + jade.

Posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

While gathering inspiration for my wedding, one thing became perfectly clear to me: florals can singlehandedly MAKE an event. So when it came time to hire a florist, it was a no-brainer that I would be going with Willow + Jade. Not only is Veronica (the head stylist) an amazing interior decorator, but her floral styling skills are unmatched. I knew I was in good hands.

Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

For my bouquet, I requested something colorful, rustic, and as overflowing / gigantic as possible. I wanted it to look like I had just gone on a beautiful hike and collected bits and pieces of wildlife along the way to form a gorgeous bohemian arrangement. I didn’t even feel the need to pick out specific flower types; I knew Veronica was on the same page as me and would take my vision above and beyond. And she totally did.

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography
Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

For my bridesmaids’ bouquets, I wanted to mimic the earthy, loosely-arranged vibe of my own bouquet, but on a smaller scale. I could not have been happier with the results! They were exactly what I was hoping to achieve.

Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography
Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography
Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

As much as I squealed with delight over the bouquets, nothing compares to the moment when I first caught a glimpse of the reception tables overflowing with gorgeous florals. I was BLOWN AWAY. The vibrant colors, the perfect flower choices (pink peonies!), the heavy use of eucalyptus, the citrus fruits…it was better than anything I could have dreamt up myself!

Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography
Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

There were beautiful arrangements sprinkled throughout the whole reception site. I truly believe that without the flowers as the design anchor, this wedding would not have been nearly as cohesive as it was.

Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

And finally, the eucalyptus photobooth backdrop! Veronica and her team staple-gunned large panels of orange fabric to three sheets of wood and then pinned eucalyptus and other various florals to the background to create this lush scene. (If only I could recreate the living wall in my own home!)

Ann-Marie Loves | Wedding Florals by Willow + Jade | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

Needless to say, I was one VERY HAPPY client :)

P.S. I learned early on that the secret to successful weddings is to hire vendors who naturally share your personal aesthetic and then let them run wild! The more you trust and the less you micromanage, the happier everyone will be. My florist, my photographer, and my videographers could not have been a more perfect fit for me. I trusted each of their creative visions implicitly and it paid off a million times over!

Photos by Katie Pritchard Photography

bridesmaids.

Posted on: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

My bridesmaids. Oh, how I love these girls.

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

Not only are they my closest friends, but they were paramount in helping me pull off the wedding of my dreams. They listened to my crazy DIY ideas and contributed to making them a reality. They planned the ultimate bridal shower and bachelorette weekend. They stayed up late with me the night before the wedding to help me figure out the seating chart. They talked me off the ledge minutes before the ceremony when I thought I would pass out from nerves. And to top it off, my maid of honor gave the most beautiful, heartfelt speech at our reception. (Originally I had six bridesmaids, but my good friend Sarah got the stomach flu on the morning of my wedding and sadly wasn’t able to attend).

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

For their bouquets, I requested something earthy and organic. No tight rose bundles. Nothing too formal or expected. Just something that would complement my own oversized, freeform bouquet. And I could not have been happier with the results! My floral stylist nailed it.

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

When it came down to their outfits, I pretty much let them have free reign. Being a part of a wedding is very expensive, so I wanted to make sure that each girl was able to shop within her own budget to find a look that fit her own personal style. (And who am I to insist upon overpriced dresses when I only spent $40 on my own dress?) The only direction I provided was the color palette (aqua colored dresses and red / pink / orange / yellow accessories). I love how all six of them were able to find a look that completely embodied their own unique personalities, while still looking like a unified group.

Bridesmaids | Ann-Marie Loves | Photo by Katie Pritchard Photography

If I can give any advice to future brides, it’s this: choose bridesmaids you can count on!

When I first asked my girls to be in the wedding right after getting engaged, 50% of them lived in different states…! But even with distance as an obstacle, I never once had to worry about any of them not coming through. All six girls were an absolute dream and it made my job as the boss lady a cinch ;)

Photos by Katie Pritchard Photography.

die-cut place cards.

Posted on: Monday, February 17, 2014

Die Cut Wedding Placecards | Ann-Marie Espinoza

One of the first projects I dreamt up after getting engaged was the die-cut place cards that I made using my trusty Cameo. I knew they would be time consuming and slightly (majorly) tedious, but they were so Ann-Marie, I had no choice but to follow through.

Die Cut Wedding Placecards | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Using a single blade and two different cutting mats, I die cut each and every guest’s first name on aqua cardstock over a period of a few days. It seemed like an intimidating project at first, but once I got on a roll, it was just a matter of letting the Cameo do it’s thing in the background while I simultaneously worked on other tasks. Before I knew it, over 120 names had been cut and were ready to rock.

Die Cut Wedding Placecards | Ann-Marie Espinoza

On the day of the wedding, I was able to sneak into the backyard (where the reception was going to be held) and take a peek at all the tablescapes before our guests had a chance to see them. I was blown away by how all of my DIY efforts –  place cards, table numbers, menus, thrifted glassware – were paying off right before my eyes. There’s so much time and energy and stress that goes into handmade weddings, I was never fully confident that it would be worth it. I had recurring nightmares that all of the projects I spent months slaving over would make absolutely no sense to the overall vibe of the event and as a result, my reputation as a professional crafter / designer would be forever tarnished and I would have to find a new career…! (I may or may not have lost my mind at this point.)

But in that moment, as I stood in my wedding dress with my hand clutched over my heart, I took in the view of the backyard-turned-rustic fiesta reception of my dreams and it all made perfect sense.

P.S. Bottom three photos by Katie Pritchard Photography

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