Wednesday, June 30

we ♥ june

we ♥ june

We hope you fell in love this months nautical nuptial ideas. (Dreamy wintery pic Jessica Stam by Solve Sundsbo.)

Of course this month we had our very first blog giveaway! The winner will be announced soon, but you still have a few days left to enter so head on over the to giveaway post and leave your comment. Thanks to RTISAN who provided the gorgeous pearl necklace as the main prize. Don't forget to check out her lovely online shop full of beautiful handmade wedding jewellery and fascinators, like the lovely organza rosette choker with freshwater and glass pearls and the soft feather fascinator hairband with vintage buckle and crystal button, shown above.

This month we also loved this cute cream crochet choker by Rachel Azulie. Embellished with freshwater pearls, garnets and tiny sterling silver beads. So pretty!

Next month, we're heading back to the Aussie bush for a magically romantic winter wedding...

featured on etsy
A little something to add, we ended this months nautical wedding theme with a lovely mention on the etsy storque (blog) and newsletter with our tie the knot save the date. Thanks guys!

Monday, June 28

picture perfect: DIY kids colouring book

DIY colouring book

If you're inviting children to your wedding then it's a great idea to have some child friendly activites for them. And this is never more important than in the winter months when the weather will probably put a stop to any ideas of sending them outside to run around. So here is a fun DIY project for you to put together to keep the kids busy indoors. DIY colouring books using your own pictures - engagement photos are perfect.

Step 1: Start by selecting a few digital photos of yourself, and open them in Photoshop making the size roughly an A4, about 20x28cm will do (make sure your dpi is 300 too).

Step 2: Go to Filter > Sketch > Photocopy and set the detail to about 10 and the darkness to about 7, just so you can see the main lines.

Step 3: Use Levels to tidy the image up a little. Ctrl L or Apple L, and bring the two outside arrows in towards the middle. This should get rid of some of the finer detail while strengthening the lines you want to keep.

Step 4: Repeat these steps on all your images and print out. You can then photocopy onto A3 sized paper, two images per page to make your book.

Step 5: Fold your A3 pages in half and punch two holes down the side, finish off by tying the pages together with a little ribbon. You can add a little text to the first page if you like, like your names, and don't forget to supply crayons on the day!

Saturday, June 26

real nautical nuptials

I love a real wedding, especially one where you can see how much thought and love has gone into the planning and the details. This gorgeous Maine wedding really does sum up nautical nuptials, with its beautiful boat setting and smart navy and white colour scheme. Captured perfectly by NYC based photographer Erica Lyn.

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Thursday, June 24

nautical style

tie the knot deco
Add some nautical style to your nuptials with these great decorating ideas:
Wedding programs tied up with blue and white striped ribbon are a smart introduction to the ceremony. Tie a little rope around votive candles for a quick sailing feel, pic via Wed Depot. Cute hanging fabric fish with beads and bells. Clever knot escort cards and rope table numbers from a lovely New England wedding via Amanda Stanford. Gorgeous sea urchin paper sculptures double as place card holders and a beautiful gift for guests to take home, US$56 for four from Kissa Design. Even simple little paper boats from sheets of old newspaper make great rustic decorations pegged to some string, pic by J. Malahy Photography. Shabby chic wooden sailboats make fabulous table number signs, US$21.55 from Signs of Vintage. Simple white flowers in silver buckets finished off with a little red and blue ribbon make sea-loving centerpieces.

Tuesday, June 22

where in the world

Bustamante Wedding

Here is the most gorgeous way to direct wedding guests to their table! Heather and Mike's nautical Florida wedding was full of beautiful details like this ships wheel and these adorable compasses to help guests find their seats. Photographed by Jessica Lorren.

Monday, June 21

giveaway reminder

june givaway

Don't forget this month we have a great giveaway on the blog! A fabulous prize worth over $150 is up for grabs. This beautiful freshwater pearl necklace from RTISAN and a wedding stationery voucher from 'i do' it yourself.

How to enter:
Simply visit RTISAN's lovely etsy shop here, take a look around, and leave a comment on the previous post here telling us what your favourite RTISAN item is. Entries close 10th on July.

Sunday, June 20

gulf coast donation card

gulf coast donation card

A donation to charity on behalf of your wedding guests is becoming an increasingly popular option in lieu of traditional favors. This month we've designed this FREE download - a gulf coast charity card to support those affected by the oil spill. Download here and print at home. You can choose which charity you prefer to donate to and display the cards on the tables at your wedding reception.

Friday, June 18

sweet seas

nautical cakes

A little yummy cake inspiration today to help plan your nautical wedding. We're always a fan of cupcakes, and how cute are these anchor designed ones from Whipped Bake Shop.
Talk about tying the knot! Amazing cake from Flour Confections. Lovely lighthouse cake via The sweetest little tie the knot nautical cake topper, US$185 from Together Forever.

Wednesday, June 16

something borrowed: DIY paper boat place cards

Ahhh no one does it better than Martha :) How cute are these little place cards? Follow Martha Stewarts simple steps to re-create these origami paper boats then decorate. Perfect for a nautical wedding.

Tuesday, June 15

DIY stationery: hummingbird


I wanted to share a new design I've been working on, and just finished today. Hummingbirds are considered to be symbols of peace, love and happiness - making this design perfect for all sorts of special occations.
A pretty little invitation now available in the 'i do' it yourself shop.

Monday, June 14

inviting ideas: tying the knot with a pocket envelope

pocket fold envelope tied with knot

This month we have a great way to jazz up your nautical themed wedding invitations.
Here we have used an A6, postcard sized, save the date from our tie the knot range, created a cute little pocket envelope and finished it off with a reef knot. Very smart and yet so simple.

DIY Project:
Step 1. Visit our website and download your FREE C6 wedding pocket envelope template. Print it out onto a coloured card of your choice. Click here to download.

Step 2. Cut round the template and crease the flap folds marked with a dotted line. Add a little double sided sticky tape to the flaps, fold, and press firmly to secure. Use a circle punch to put a semi-circle at the top of the pocket so you can easily pull out the invitation once its inside.

Step 3. To finish in nautical fashion we've tied a knot round the pocket for decoration.

C6 pocket and reef knot

Saturday, June 12

see these anemones


Looking for the perfect nautical wedding bouquet? How about anemones? Not only do they have an appropiately sea themed name they come in a gorgeous combination of white with black or dark blue centers - perfect!

Credits:, A Bryan Photo, The Knot, Wish Special Events

Thursday, June 10



TA DA!!!! Its about time we did a giveaway on the 'i do' it yourself blog and we've got a great one to celebrate our first birthday. We've teamed up with the lovely Sharon from RTISAN in the US (who's etsy shop is just oozing with gorgeous wedding goodies) to bring you this amazing competition.

RTISAN is giving away one of their stunning freshwater pearl necklaces to a lucky 'i do' it yourself blog reader. It's a beautiful combination of different sized green and white pearls hung from an Italian .925 sterling silver chain. Valued at over $100!

PLUS the lucky winner will also receive an 'i do' it yourself shop voucher to spend on wedding stationery, from invitations to table numbers - for $50!


June 2010 giveaway prize

How to enter:
Simply visit RTISAN's lovely etsy shop here, take a look around, and leave a comment below telling us what your favourite RTISAN item is. We'll announce the lucky winner next month.


Tuesday, June 8


tie the knot accessories

Following on from our last post about adding that hint of military to your wedding day look with clever accessories, we've put together some of our favourites bridal bling finds on etsy...

Pearls for nautical wedding are obvious of course, try a statement cuff bracelet like this one, only US$20 from Always the Bridesmaid. Sashes are perfect for that subtle impression of navy style and gorgeous with the addition of crystals and rhinestones.
Crystal sash-beaded belt with white ribbon, US$88 from Little White Dresser.
Rhinestone headband or sash with brooch US$38 from Snow White Studio.
Swarovski crystal and glass bead sash US$150 from Kirsten Kuehn Designs.
Satin sash with crystal brooch US$79 from Powder Blue Bijoux.
Navy blue taffeta floral sash, US$84 from MGM art

Sunday, June 6

hello sailor!

I thought this month we'd have a little haute couture inspiration for our wedding fashion. Zuhair Murad's Spring/Summer collection from Paris Fashion Week is spectacular. The Lebanese born designers latest work has a fabulous military feel to it which is just gorgeous for a nautical wedding. Most brides to be I'm sure will prefer a far more toned down version for their wedding dress, but think about adding elements such as sashes and brooches to your gown that hint at navy style.



Above: A little more inspiration from Zuhair's winter collection. Pics via Fashionbride

Friday, June 4

DIY stationery: tie the knot

tie the knot wedding range

Set sail with this smart and snappy wedding stationery range, perfect if you're tying the knot in nautical style. Shown here in navy blue but available in colour combinations of your choice. Available from the 'i do' it yourself shop.

Wednesday, June 2

tie the knot

tie the knot mood board
Its love on the high seas this month! It has to be said that here in Australia we probably prefer the beach wedding as opposed to the nautical theme popular in countries such as the US. But this tie the knot nautical wedding is always in style, and perfect for weddings in harbour cities like Sydney. It also really lends itself to the chillier months, being a little less outdoorsy than a beach theme. With smart navy blue and crisp creams and whites - hop aboard.

Credits: Gorgeous model shot by Solve Sundsbo. Usually our mood boards come first and from there we develop a matching range of printable wedding stationery, but in this case the inspiration for this months theme came from one of our recent save the date card designs - tie the knot. Available through our online 'i do' it yourself shop. Starfish make a fabulous addition, like napkin rings made with rope. And don't forget boats - great for table centrepieces.
Love on the high seas, a romantic real wedding via Life rings make great decorations and you can even have them personalised with your names and wedding date. Anchors away! Adorable wedding cake via Real Weddings. A beautiful table setting with pearl handled cutlery tied up with string and a fishing net for a table cloth, pic via Pottery Barn. And finally, cream coral for stunning table decorations.

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