Let’s get CRAFTY :: DIY Yarn Wrapped Wedding Monograms!


Monograms are extrememly popular at weddings nowadays and we love seeing the different variations and uses of them.  When we stumbled upon (literally- thank you StumbleUpon!) this DIY Yarn Wrapped Wedding Monogram goodness from Wedding Photographer, Sarah Ortega– We fell in love.  Seriously, how adorable are these?!  And if you scroll down Sarah’s site, you’ll see an array of DIY goodies on the right hand side.  Wow, she’s crafty- and we’re envious! :)  So, check out her DIY Yarn Wrapped Wedding Monogram tutorial from her website below!

“I am a big fan of yarn wrapped… everything! You can give ordinary objects a cool and aesthetic look simply by wrapping them in yarn and best of all this technique is inexpensive and easy to do.
I also love monogram letters so how could I not help but combine the two?
I had already made a monogram letter for our daughter so for this project I used the initials of my husband and I. Here are some tips if you want to make your own.

All you will need is a paper mache or wooden letter, yarn, scissors and a glue gun. (I just used a few dabs of hot glue here and there to secure the yarn especially at the ends).


With the “A” I began by wrapping the yarn through the opening to cover the inside.


Then I wrapped the yarn horizontally across the letter and finished it off by wrapping it vertically.


The “S” I actually found a little more difficult because of the curves and it just required some extra patience…


 I wrapped the ends first so that they were covered.


Then I proceeded to wrap the yarn around the shape of the “S” until it was all covered.


I think they look great on the dresser in our bedroom, the texture and pop of color is just lovely.


They also look pretty cool on the cabinet in our living room.
– All of the items on the dresser and cabinet are thrift store finds!
– I used this tutorial to make those colorful scrap paper branches.
– What’s that up top? Oh those are just some paper lanterns, tissue paper pom poms and coffee filter pom poms that I made and put up for Talia’s first birthday bash. Why are they still up 6 months later? Because I like them :) They feel festive and party-ish and make me happy when I walk by them.


Here are some close up shots of the letters…



 I am liking these a lot…”

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Laura & John’s Beautiful Backyard Texas Wedding :: Gideon Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Jimmy of Gideon Photography, a Utah based wedding photographer. Jimmy has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with him on this feature.

Laura and John were married on March 3, 2012 in a black tie wedding on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas. This was a beautiful and classy southern wedding, with all the charm from the decor, to the beautiful lighting, to the stunning couple. Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and John meet?  John and I first met when we were 16 years old at a tiny local rodeo and dance hall called Crider’s, just a few miles away from our wedding site. We danced and stayed up all night by the river talking. The night ended with an innocent kiss and we didn’t see one another again until Easter of 2011. A few weeks before easter, John wrote me a letter saying that he had thought about me over the years and said that if I was ever in Hunt, Texas again that we should meet up. I was living in Washington DC at the time and John was living in Houston. I wrote him back and told him that I was going to Hunt, TX with my family and that he was welcome to stop by during the weekend. John wrote me back and said that he couldn’t make it that weekend, but hoped we could meet up in the future. John owns  a moving company called Point2Point, based in Houston and the very next day he got a call from someone that hired his company to move them from Hunt to Houston on that good Friday. So, of course he wrote me again and said that he would be there. Sure enough, he showed up at my family reunion! He was so handsome when he pulled up at the house that I felt like a 16 year old girl again. Three weeks later we were engaged. 

How long have you been together?  Almost a year and a half. 

How did Scott propose?   John proposed by the side of the bed as I was falling asleep. I had just flown to Houston to visit him and met his parents for dinner earlier that night. I now think back to his poor parents that were probably worried sick at dinner, knowing that their son was about to propose to a girl he barely knew. My in-laws are the absolute best and they could not have been more open and kind to me. 

What sold you on your wedding venue?  We call my grandparents’ house ‘Casita’. It is my favorite place on earth. All of my favorite childhood memories are at Casita where we spent our summers swimming and fishing on the guadalupe river. It is also the place where John and I met and re-met 10 years later, so it is a very special place for both of us. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I knew my dress was the one because I felt so beautiful in it. It is timeless, modest, and something that both John and my grandparents would love. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was this tiny, gold four leaf clover that had my grandparents’ wedding date and initials engraved in it. My grandmother wore it in her wedding shoes for good luck and so did I. 

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I didn’t really have a ‘palette’- I just knew I wanted my bridesmaids to wear something black lace because it was easy to find and something that they might wear again. My vision for the wedding was for it to be a black-tie wedding with a relaxed, hill country feel. The guests sipped cocktails during the ceremony and the whole night was just unstructured and fun. George Brownley, created the incredible table flowers after we went to a flower market and I showed him what I liked. I trusted his taste so much that I just knew whatever he put together would be beautiful. 

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  Don’t sweat the details! I know this is a wedding blog, so your readers might disagree- But the truth is-  Guests do not care about the wedding favors you give them, the signs on the back of your chairs, or the million other things you see on Pintrest or wedding blogs and then feel like you need them. Just focus on the basics and the fact that you are marrying the love of your life. I was so relaxed and happy the day of my wedding that nothing could have brought me down! 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King. 

What was your favorite part of your big day?   My favorite part was the moment we kissed and were declared husband and wife. I accidentally jumped the gun early and kissed him mid-ceremony. The words of my bishop during the ceremony were so personal to John and I that it made the ceremony feel so intimate. John and I walked back down the aisle and held each other. My heart was so filled with love for him and it was without a doubt, the happiest moment of my life.  


Venue: My grandparents’ home in Hunt, Texas

Dress: Monique Lullhier 

Cake:  Finale’ by Glenna

Floral: George Brownley

Linens: Marquee Rental Group

Catering: Johnny Borrayo

DJ/Band: Mike and the Moon Pies

Videographer: Kate Graves

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Mr. Boddington through Ph Design Shop, Houston

Event Planner: I didn’t have a wedding  planner and did most of it on my own.  I will say that George Brownley, my florist, was so much more than a florist! His table settings, flowers, and vision for the tent made the event. Slick from Marquee Rental Group handled everything else- the parking, the heaters, the tent and other rentals, and lighting around the property. I really don’t know what I would have done without either of them! 

Thank you so much, Jimmy, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and show him some love! And thank you, Laura, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and John a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Orange and Navy

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!  We sure hope you had a relaxing weekend and stayed cool during these HOT summer days.  We’re absolutely loving today’s wedding inspiration board.  Orange and Navy just make such a gorgeous wedding color palette.  This palette is so versatile-  It could be used at a beach wedding, Summer wedding, Spring, or Fall wedding!  So, basically any season, anywhere!

Navy Bridesmaids Dress:  JS Boutique via Nordstrom

Navy Mary Jane Peep-Toe Pumps:  Giuseppe Zanotti

Navy and Orange Wedding Cake:  Image Courtesy of Renee Broughton Photography

Navy and Orange Wedding Invitations:  Momental Designs

Navy, Orange and White Bridal Bouquet:  Flora Fauna

Navy and White Escort Cards:  Image Courtesy of Cayton Photography

Navy and White Clutch with Orange Ribbon:  AO3 Designs via Etsy            Image Courtesy of Bella Grace Studios

Navy and Orange Tablescape:  Sadie’s Fine Floral Design          Image Courtesy of Sewell Photography

Navy and Orange Bowtie:  Nowell’s Online

Navy and Orange Candy Display:  Image Courtesy of Zenia Photography & Nicole Caldwell Photography

Orange and Canvas Tote:  CheapTotes.com          Image Courtesy of Orchard Grove Photography

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Better Off Wed :: Personalized Shabby Chic Wedding Cake Toppers!!!

Awhile ago we told you about some awesome (not to mention super cute!) handmade wedding cake toppers we found on Etsy. (Click here to see that post!)  Well, we stumbled upon Better Off Wed’s absolutely fabulous personalized shabby chic wedding cake toppers and fell head over heels in L-O-V-E!  Their wedding cake toppers are made with wood and fabric and given extra special touches for the ultra shabby CHIC charm.  Better Off Wed’s cake toppers also make a perfect heirloom piece.  After your wedding, simply snip the stakes with a pair of scissors and your wedding cake topper is now a keepsake piece for your home and for generations to come. Hang your topper next to your wedding photo, display it in a shadow box frame or even tie a cord around it and hang it on your holiday tree!  Please make sure you stop by their Etsy shop and show them some love… And maybe even purchase one of these chic wedding cake toppers!





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GSS Wedding Trends :: “Naked” Wedding Cakes

The wedding cake is perhaps the most quintessential element to your wedding besides the couple, of course – even the smallest of weddings have a wedding cake of some sort. We’ve seen this wedding staple evolve over the years  from over the top cake decor to minimalist and clean with fondant layers. Lately, we are drooling (in more ways than one) over the “naked” wedding cake trend. Meaning, this cake has no exterior frosting and lets its layers show in a fabulously minimalistic way. We first saw this trend burst onto the scene in Hilary Duff’s 2010 wedding to Mike Comrie. This cake dawned no exterior frosting which let the perfectly pink roses in between layers shine through.

 Image Courtesy of OK! Magazine

This cake trend at first glance seems as though you don’t have many options for style – but boy that is so not true! Glancing at these images is just the beginning in “naked” wedding cake inspiration. Here we have a simple look with sweet fruit accent, a nautical look with messy interior frosting and blueberry accent, and a linear ombre inspired look. If you are afraid you will miss the exterior frosting add a caramel glaze – adds that extra element while still letting the layers shine through. How will you decorate your naked cake if fruit isn’t for you? A bold topper is perfect for this look since the cake itself is so minimal or embrace the Hilary Duff cake with adding some floral in between layers and on top. This is just the beginning – with “naked” wedding cakes you have a neutral palette to “play” with and get creative!

Simple with Fruit Accent Cake – Cakewalk Bakeshop          Image by Apryl Ann Photography 

Nautical Inspired Blueberry Cake – Classic Cakes           Image by Alea Lovely

Pastel Stripes Cake – Martha Stewart Weddings

Cake With a Glaze – Martha Stewart Weddings

Cake Bold Gold Topper –  Photo by Valo Photography

Cake with Floral Tiers – Photo by Stewart Leishman Photography


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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Tiffany Blue & Tan

One of our good friends is getting married and asked us to help her pick out her wedding colors.  She knew she wanted to use a bright and vibrant color, but also knew that she didn’t want to put her girls in super bright bridesmaids dresses.  She wanted them in a neutral colored dress instead.  We began brainstorming and decided that using Tiffany Blue for her bright color and pairing it with a neutral (Tan) would create the perfect color palette for her spring wedding.  Due to the fact that she wanted her bridesmaids in a neutral color, we added the bright Tiffany Blue color to the girls’ accessories and shoes.  We decided to put the girls in a tan dress and use turquoise jewelry with Tiffany Blue shoes (just like Eva Mendes did at the Golden Globes– see below).  This Tiffany Blue and Tan inspiration board is a wonderful combination of classy and casual!

Groom & Groomsmen:  Suits:  Sal Lauretta’s Men’s Shop     Image Courtesy of Images by Berit

Tiffany Blue Accented Wedding Programs:  Image Courtesy of Amanda Williams Photography

White Bridal Bouquet:  JL Designs

Tan Bridesmaid Dress with Pockets:  The Dessy Group

Tiffany Blue Wedding Cake:  Elegant Bakery          Image Courtesy of Adam Welch Photography

Tiffany Blue Pumps:  Christian Dior

Tablescape:  Artfool Events     Image Courtesy of Maggie Heinzel-Neel Photography

Turquoise Jewelry with Tan Dress:  Eva Mendes

Tiffany Blue Necktie:  Rabbitstop

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: DIY Tiered Trays!

Soooo…. We’ve had a small obsession with Amy Atlas for a LONG time now…. But, really, who doesn’t?!  Her dessert tables are just mind-blowing!  She was one of the first people to put dessert tables and candy bars on the wedding map.  And what do we love most about her dessert tables (besides the dessert, of course!)?  For us, it’s her use of tiered trays.  Tiered trays come in all sizes, shapes, and heights and are beautiful… and often a bit pricey!  Lucky for you, we found this awesome article on how to make your very own DIY tiered trays (AND it’s super cheap to do! BONUS!) on Joy’s Hope blog.  We’ll give you the short version and you can go to her awesome blog for the full version by clicking here.

DIY Tiered Trays Step-By-Step:

1.  Run down to your local Dollar Store or Dollar Tree and pick up a few glass candlestick holders, plates and adhesive.  Also, pick up some spray paint of various colors and some spray primer to paint your plates and candlestick holders with.

2.  Prime all plates and candlestick holders.  Let dry.  Paint all plates and candlestick  holders.


3.  Take your adhesive and glue the bottom of each candlestick to the bottom of each plate.  Let dry.


4.  Glue on second plate.  Let dry with a little added weight for better adhesion.


5.  Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you have the desired amount of tiers.

And viola! Your beautiful finished result!!!


Please note that the above tiered trays are NOT dishwasher safe, nor are they safe to serve food directly off of.  If you wish to serve food on them, you can simply put a cupcake liner or a fancy doily on them.  If you want some DIY tiered trays that are dishwasher and food safe, pick up some pretty plates from Target like these below:


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GSS Featured Wedding :: Melanie & David Lee’s Shabby Chic Wedding :: Stephanie Davis Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Stephanie Davis of Stephanie Davis Photography, a Louisiana based wedding photographer.  Stephanie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.  This wedding is very special to GSS, as the bride was a past co-worker and is a friend of Tamra’s!

Melanie and David Lee were married on April 21, 2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Melanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and David Lee meet?   When I moved from Dallas to Shreveport, one of my best friends from college, Sherry Lafitte, introduced us.  David Lee and I became good friends, which eventually turned into something so much more!

How long have you been together?  We started dating around Christmas of 2009.  


How did your David Lee propose? He proposed while we were vacationing in Los Angeles.  I found out later that he planned to propose to me on the beach in San Diego.  On our second to last day in LA, his friend that lived in LA drove us to a small town outside of San Diego.  Looking back, I noticed that both of the boys were acting a little strange.  Josh asked to borrow my camera and David Lee was fidgety.  We got a few steps from the beach and David Lee got nervous and made every excuse as to why we should just go back to LA.  I giggle thinking back on it because David Lee’s friend, Josh, asked him about ten times if he was sure he didn’t want to go back to the beach.  When we got back to LA, David Lee and I had dinner at a romantic sushi restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard. It started to rain before we headed back to the hotel so we walked back in the rain.  When we got back to the hotel, he immediately got on one knee and popped the question.

What sold you on your wedding venue?   I always wanted to get married in a small, intimate chapel with a lot of character.  You know, with a steeple, stained glass windows, and wood pews.   We found Lakeview Methodist which was perfect for the look that we wanted and it fit within our budget. The reception was about five miles down the road at El Karubah.  We loved that it was also located on Cross Lake. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?   After trying on a ton of dresses,  I realized that I had found the perfect dress in Dallas.  My mom and sister weren’t able to come with me to Dallas, so we planned a separate day to meet in Texarkana at Traditions Bridal and Formal, off of Summerhill Road, so I could have that fun memory of having the women that I care most about being there while I tried on dresses.   Since I already had a dress picked out, I pulled several dresses that were gorgeous, but a little out of my price range because I was trying them on just for fun and not expecting to love anything more than the dress that I had decided on.  I put on the first dress and the owner of traditions came in to my dressing room to help me lace it up.  The moment that she started tightening it up, I knew that the dress was now “the one.”  I teared up and the owner, who had already heard me tell my mom that it was out of my price range said “Did I not tell you that we are having a sample sale today?  You can take $400 off of the price tag and take it home with you today.”  The sale put this dress in the same price range as the dress I had previously selected.  I came out of the dressing room with a grin from ear to ear.  My mom, sister, and niece all confirmed that this was indeed “the dress”!  I walked out of Traditions that day with my Christina Wu wedding dress!

On a side note, my first rule of trying on dresses was that I didn’t want to try on anything big or bedazzled… And THAT is EXACTLY what I ended up with! Haha!

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Something old:  The pearl stud earrings that I wore.  They were a gift from my Matron of Honor, Carmen McBride. I also used my Grandma Norton’s old, worn out bible as my ring bearer’s pillow.  She is in a nursing home in Texarkana and couldn’t attend the wedding.  It meant so much to her to be a part of my wedding without actually being able to be in attendance.

Something new:  My dress, necklace, shoes, and veil.

Something borrowed:  My something borrowed is really special to me.  My mom and dad are divorced, but my Dad had given my mom an anniversary ring while they were together.  My mom gave me her wedding ring set and anniversary ring to keep.  I used the diamonds out of my parents anniversary ring to make my wedding band.  It is so special to me because it is a part of both of my parents and it also serves as a reminder that no matter what the circumstances are, good or bad, that David Lee and I must stand by each. 

Something blue:  My undies… Haha!  I’m not sure that everyone needs to know that, but they were! :)

How did you choose your wedding color palette?    I chose a very neutral color palette of white, gray, black, and tan with a pop of hunter green.  My mom is an antique dealer, so I’ve grown up loving old things for what they are.  My mom’s passion for using old treasures in a new way was my inspiration for y Shabby Chic wedding theme.  I chose to use mason and pickle jars as vases, metal tins for drinks, burlap runners and banners, old chandeliers with crystal prisms, antique decanters for dressings, and metal tins and old crystal plates stacked on bowls for my cake table.  Some people my think that the Shabby Chic theme is overused, but I think it’s fantastic.  It’s the perfect way for a bride who loves and appreciates old things to really personalize her wedding to show her character. 

Do you have any advice for brides and grooms that are in the planning process?   Like most women, I can be a control freak.  It comes from my design and event planning background.  But when it comes down to planning your own wedding, the best thing that you can do is to use everyone and every resource possible-  And learn to let go and delegate tasks to friends and family.  By letting go, it will allow you to enjoy your big day.  It goes by really fast, and it is so important to enjoy every minute from planning your big day to your grand exit. 

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  “God gave me you” by Blake Shelton. 

What was your favorite part of your big day?  My favorite part of my big day was when my dad gave me away and put my hand in David Lee’s hand.  I was so incredibly nervous walking down the aisle, that I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest.  But when my dad put my hand in David Lee’s hand, suddenly all my nervousness when away.  It made me forget all about the congregation and my clumsiness.  The only thing that I could think about at that very moment was that I was marrying my Prince Charming.  A selfless man who loves me unconditionally and will always be by my side.



Venue:  Ceremony:  Lakeview Methodist Church        Reception:  El Karubah Banquet Hall  (both venues are in Shreveport on Cross Lake.)


Dress:  Designer:  Christina Wu.  Purchased at:  Traditions Bridal and Formal in Texarkana, TX

Cake: My cake was made by a good friend’s Mother-in-Law, Lynn St. Laurent.  Mrs. Lynn is absolutely amazing!  She made my cakes look and taste exactly like I had envisioned!   

Floral:  All  of our floral was done by a close family friend, Mrs. Diane Martin, owner of Nettles Flower Shop in Coushatta, Lousiana. 

Linens:  I was on a very, very tight budget-  So I bought all of my linens and chair cover for way less than it would cost to rent them.  I’m selling them soon- any takers? 😉  

Catering:  Our catering was done by the Bossier Parish Community College’s Culinary Arts Department.  Ms. Liz Dickenson and her students did an amazing job with cooking, cleaning, and cutting the cake.  I highly recommend to other brides to check with their local colleges to see what catering options they can offer-  Especially if you are on a tight budget! 

DJ/Band: Walt Hollis with Dance Express Mobile DJing/Hollis Rentals and Events.  Highly recommend!! 

Videographer:  Due to our tight budget, we didn’t have a professional videographer.  However, we did have a family member set up a video camera at the wedding ceremony and walk around with at the reception.  It was perfect!  I’m glad that we decided to spend our money elsewhere.   

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: I came up with the design concept for our stationery and my very talented graphic design friend, Amber St. Laurent,  brought my concept to life.  The wedding invitations and RSVP cards looked exactly how I envisioned.  I took advantage of friends and family offering to help with our wedding stationery.  My wonderful Mother-in-Law printed the brown paper envelopes and my mom and a few other friends helped tie the invitations, RSVP cards, and maps together with yarn and a tag that was stamped “First comes love.”  Invitations can be extremely expensive, but with everyone’s help- We saved a ton of money by making them a fun DIY project.   

Event Planner: Myself.  :)  Everything up until the big day and rehearsal was planned by your’s truly.  The wedding ceremony was coordinated by our florist, Mrs. Diane Martin, and our DJ, Walt Hollis coordinated all events at the reception.  

Photobooth: A wedding MUST have!  We rented our photobooth from Kelly Cathey Photography.  

Alternative to the candy bar:  We chose to do a trail mix table in lieu of a candy bar.  My friends and I had so much fun making the “D {hearts} M, The Perfect Mix” burlap banner.  And we got a lot of great feedback from our guests!

Thank you so much, Stephanie, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! And thank you, Melanie, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and David Lee a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Red, Black, & White

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  Black and White weddings are so trendy lately and we couldn’t agree with this trend more.  We do, however, love to add a pop of color in with this chic palette.  This classy wedding color palatte would be perfect for any time of the year. We just love this Red, Black, and White wedding inspiration board! Check out how beautiful this palette can be with the addition of red:

Wedding Dress with Black Sash:  Enzoani Diana

Black Suit, Red and White Tie with Red Boutonniere:  The Blooming Bride                     Image Courtesy of Brooke Schwab Photography

Red and Black Reception Decor:  Merveille Flowers & Events                Image Courtesy of Jake Holt Photography

Black Bridesmaid Dress:  Laundry by Shelli Segal

Red, Black and White Wedding Cake:  Cake Coquette         Image Courtesy of Lisa Leigh Photography

Red, Black and White Wedding Programs:  Chic Impressions                 Image Courtesy of Christopher Record Photography LLC

Red, Black and White Reception Escort Board:  Image Courtesy of Diana M. Lott Photography

Bride and Groom Shoe Shot:  Bride’s Shoes:  Christian Louboutin              Image Courtesy of Elizabeth Messina Photography

Black Bridesmaids Dresses with Red and White Bouquets:  Courtenay Lambert Florals            Image Courtesy of Brandy J. Photography

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