Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'm Engaged! - Time to get crafty!

I recently got engaged (yay!) and wanted a creative way to ask my girls to be bridesmaids. We're having the wedding in Savannah, GA where we went to college. Savannah is a beautiful historic city with southern charm so I wanted something to fit the setting.


My mom has a collection of vintage handkerchiefs so I asked her to send me a few.


I ordered a custom rubber stamp from and used an ink pad to stamp the fabric.


I used Kraft paper cards and a white pen to write my message.


I cut shapes with my Sizzix die cut machine and used some hemp cord to put it all together.


Simple & sweetly Southern!

Wedding Planning 101

I'm a researcher and planner by nature so when I got engaged, I dove in head first to wedding planning land. It can be overwhelming but incredibly fun too! There are so many wonderful tools out there to help DIY planner brides like myself so between that and by BFF Google - we've accomplished so much!

The first steps of wedding planning are figuring out the three main factors
- Budget
- Guestlist
- Location

The thing is, you can't really figure out one of these three without the other. They all directly relate to the budget.

In my case, we had a rough budget and guestlist put together pretty quickly. The location was going to be a major factor in making things work. We live in Los Angeles and after doing some venue shopping online, I quickly realized that there was no way we could afford the kind of wedding we wanted to have in Los Angeles. The next logical step is to look somewhere else.. somewhere less expensive.

The natural choice for us was my most favorite city. Savannah, Georgia. It is where my fiance and I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design (me for a BFA in Interior Designer and him for a MFA in Visual Effects). We didn't actually meet until we had both moved to LA but the city will always be special to us as a reason for meeting each other. Not only is Savannah stunningly beautiful, but it is WAY cheaper than LA! Woohoo!

So we nailed down the Location, Budget and Guest list.. We've poured the foundation; Now lets put up some studs!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Atomique47 Goes Bridal!

The Atomique47 shop is taking a little break while I juggle my full time interior design career with wedding planning. I don't want Atomique47 to go completely dark so I'm going to share my wedding planning process here.