DIY Chic Lake Michigan Wedding

I can’t think of a better way to start the week than by sharing Liz and Tom’s lovely wedding, which took place overlooking Lake Michigan and featured an abundance of personal, handmade details. They incorporated their love for traveling, food, music and Liz’s passion for sewing to craft a wedding that was a true reflection of their relationship. Tom proposed in Italy so they chose to have their ceremony at Villa Terrace and chose Lake Park Bistro, one of their favorite restaurants, to host the reception. Liz and her mom created nearly all of the design details and Liz’s mom even sewed a wedding quilt, which Liz and Tom included in their photos.

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Inspired Creations – Updates!

Hello, friends! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I wanted to pop in quick today with a couple of updates on the latest happenings with all things Inspired Creations. First up, a little sneak peek of the upcoming first edition of our Inspired Creations newsletter brought to us by the amazing Sara Gray. The only place to see more of this amazing inspiration shoot is to sign up for the newsletter (in the right sidebar) and have it land in your inbox later this week! Sara and her team put together an amazing shoot you don’t want to miss.

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Also, in light of a lot of questions regarding the Inspired Creations holiday swap, we’ve decided to extend the deadline by a week. All entries must now be postmarked on or before November 15 so get your craft on! Remember that in addition to receiving a great DIY holiday gift from another swapee, one grand prize winner is going to win a prize package worth approximately $500! Wondering how the swap works, who can participate (hint: everyone! yes, this means you!) and how to get started? Visit Elizabeth Anne Designs where Ami blocked out answers to all of the most frequent questions we’ve been fielding. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

{Photo by Sara Gray Photography.}

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Cartoules Letterpress

I love a good letterpress story so I was delighted to have Julie Karatzis of Cartoules Letterpress share these pretty letterpress wedding invitations. Based in Long Beach, California, Cartoules (Greek for “little cards”) was born in 2008 when Julie designed and printed her own bilingual Greek/English invitations for her wedding in Greece. As a longtime paper fanatic, Julie fell in love with printing and is now designing and printing everything from wedding invitations to greeting cards to business collateral on her Golding & Co. Pearl. These invitations are printed on Crane Lettra cotton paper in pale gray and royal blue inks and I love the simple, sophisticated design. Stay tuned for more from Cartoules in my upcoming holiday card round-up!

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{Photos by Cartoules Letterpress.}

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iVillage Features The Sweetest Occasion

A huge thank you to iVillage for featuring The Sweetest Occasion in their Wedding Inspiration Gallery Blogger Edition! They showcased their favorite 25 wedding blogs with short bios detailing what makes each blog unique. It’s a great read for those of you on the hunt for loads of amazing wedding inspiration – take a look!

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Pretty Crocheted Winter Accessories

Perfect for the winter bride or just cozying up, I have fallen completely in love with the hand crocheted and knit accessories from elde. Made from fine wools, cotton yarns and mohair, the pieces are lady-like yet completely functional. I’d love a pair of the cute fingerless gloves for cold winter days when I still have to be at the computer and the shawls are perfect for wearing over a wedding dress or formal wear for the holidays. All of the pieces are handmade and absolutely exquisite.

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{Photos by elde.}

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