GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Hot Pink Polka Dots!

Happy Monday, Lovelies!  While scouring the web for some fantastic polka dot wedding dress for a previous post, we were inspired to create an entire inspiration board based on polka dots!  This board is so much fun and full of sass!  We can’t help but smile everytime we look at it!  This would be so much fun for a Spring or Summer wedding!

Polka Dot Wedding Cake:  Collette Foley Specialty Baking Image Courtesy of:  Mary Ellen Bartley Photography

Pink Tie with White Polka Dots:  Image Courtesy of The Jono Show

Polka Dot Centerpiece:  Teleflora

Pink Birdcage Veil:  Wedding Aisle

Hot Pink Satin Pumps:  Kate Spade

Pink Polka Dot Bridesmaid Dress:  Vivien of Holloway

Polka Dot Wedding Dress:  Honey Pie Boutique

Polka Dot Tablescape:  Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Hot Pink Clutch:  Sue Jack

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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’s Things We LOVE :: Crepe Paper DIY Projects :: Part 1

We are always on the lookout for good DIY projects; today we are sharing with you some fun and affordable projects made with a primary material – crepe paper. Now, we all know crepe paper in streamer form can be used as inexpensive décor,  but what you probably don’t know is that crepe is also available in three yard rolls 19” in width, and of a heavier caliber. This material is great for projects because not only is it fabulously inexpensive and easy to work with, it also comes in a great variety of colors. Our favorite source for these large crepe paper rolls is Paper Mart , they have over 30 color choices- And even better than that-  Each roll is UNDER two dollars a piece!

Well, now that we have our primary material – what should you do with it? Well we have two totally cute DIY’s in store for you – this week we are creating cake buntings & starbursts. Jen created these for a birthday party a few weeks ago and used this tutorial from Atypical Type A.   Here is her finished product…


… And now it’s time to create yours!

DIY Cake Bunting & Starbursts Tutorial




–          Roll of crepe in your color choice(s), Colored paper works as well

The rolls have lines running through them. Cut a section out along the lines and you have a perfect size strip for this project!

–          Wooden skewers

–          Scissors

–          Tape

Click here for step-by-step instructions with example images. 

Step 1

Fold your paper accordion style

Step 2

Cut about ¾ of the way up your accordion making thin cuts

Step 3

Unfold and tape one end to a skewer (both ends if creating the bunting).

Bunting steps end here, for starbursts continue

Step 4

Roll up the rest of the paper and secure with tape

Step 5

Tease out the paper for a full and fun shape

And voila!  You have your crepe paper cake bunting and starburst!  Make sure you stay tuned next week for crepe paper flowers – fun for table décor, bouquet alternatives and more!!

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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 We HEART submissions!

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GSS Tuesday Trousseau :: Antique Monogrammed Plates

We may be a bit on a monogramming kick….why not? Its personal 😉 A few post back we featured these monogrammed home accents now we plated  another personal touch to add to your newlywed home. A perfect wedding registry item! We stumbled…well not really stumbled but found these awesome antique plates perfectly personal to you.  Kelly Wilson Antiques has brought us an incredible item and what’s best? It ships directly to your door! You could even use one of these platters as a guest sign-in at your wedding. The possibilities are endless, but one thing that remains the same…its for decoration only.

Can’t get enough Tuesday Trousseau? Be sure to catch up with all of the past ones here >Wedding Gift Ideas<

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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:          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 Featured Wedding :: Mindy & Evan’s Plantation Wedding :: Wisner Photo

We are thrilled to bring you Mindy and Evan’s Texas Plantation wedding today. The couple’s romantic portraits at the end of this post are worth the scroll, so be sure you go all the way to the end of this wedding post. Wisner Photo submitted this wedding to us via Two Bright Lights and we scooped it up to share with you all. We just love the LOVE…its a sweet Texas love, just like our Texas Tea! You are certain to find loads of wedding trends and inspiration in this post. (see the super groomsmen below!)

Thank you, Cristina for sharing this sweet wedding with us! Be sure to stop by her blog for more wedding goodness here. Mindy and Evan, we wish you a lifetime full of love and laughter and may each day be better than the last!


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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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