What does it mean? Rachel & Simon

What does it mean?” is a continuing series where we ask a blogger how they brought meaning into their wedding. Today we are honored to hear from Rachel Shingleton and her husband, Simon.  Elizabeth is the blogger and designer of Pencil Shavings Studio and has an Etsy shop selling bright colored office supplies and cell phone cases (they are the cutest!). They live in Oklahoma.

Thanks to Brittany for having me today!

Not too long ago someone asked how long my husband Simon and I have been married and it somewhat shocked me to realize that we’ll celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary this upcoming July. That went by in a flash!  I remember hearing from numerous people that they didn’t even really remember their wedding day because it was such a blur of activity, but as I look at these photos I’m happy to think that I really do remember so many of the details.

We tried to bring meaning to our wedding in numerous ways, some with the more obvious ones like including all of our respective families (even the littlest ones!). But there were other things, too. Since I’m a graphic designer, I resisted the urge to outsource some of the designwork and ended up creating the invitations as well as the programs (my absolute favorite part of the wedding planning). Additionally, since Simon and I met in 1st grade, we had the headmaster of our school (who is also a close dear family friend) marry us. There were other little details, too, like serving Simon’s favorite flavor of cake (red velvet!) and his mother’s special punch recipe at the reception.

But beyond all that, we tried to bring meaning to the day overall by not stressing out about the details. Even if things didn’t go exactly as planned (and trust me – they most definitely did NOT!), we came away at the end of the day meeting our goal, and that was to be married! Now years later, all those crazy little snafus have ended up being funny stories, and the happy details are still at the forefront.

Thank you, Rachel and Simon, for being our guests today!

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built 

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DIY: How to spruce up simple tea lights

How many of you have bags of tea lights sitting at home waiting to be used up? Everyone, right? They’re such a go-to item, yet we usually just leave them plain. This is the easiest DIY. Just add glitter!

You will need: tea lights, glitter paper (here’s my choice), scissors, glue gun

Step 1: Measure the height of the tea light

Step 2: Cut a strip of paper to the height and measure the perimeter of the circle and cut.

Step 3: Curl the paper so it easily bends around the light. This was needed for me because my glitter paper was more of a cardboard and awkward to put around a circle.

Step 4: Add hot glue around the perimeter of the tea light.

Step 5: Attach the paper to light.

Voila! That’s it! So simple and cute! Make a whole bunch and add them to your Valentine’s table for an extra dramatic punch.

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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NYC-inspired modern wedding dresses

Martha Stewart Weddings ran a beautiful editorial of modern wedding dresses inspired by various locations and landmarks in New York City. Each one captures the personality of the place perfectly. No doubt, any modern bride can identify with at least one of these looks and use it to inspire her wedding day.

To see the rest of the dresses, check out the full story on Martha Stewart Weddings.

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

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DIY: How to make polka dot wrapping paper

Some of the best gift wrapping is not on shelves; it’s waiting to be made! This simple DIY is a chinch to make and cute as a button. I’ve been looking everywhere for polka dot gift wrap and couldn’t find it anywhere so I had to make it myself. I just got some one dollar kraft paper from the dollar store and got to work!

Materials: kraft paper, pencil with a good eraser, white stamp pad (it’s kinda hard to find in stores so I’d recommend ordering online like <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Amazon)

Step 1: Dip your pencil eraser into the stamp pad. Really cover it with the ink.

Step 2: Dip it onto the wrapping paper.

Step 3: If you want to make it super geometrical, use a ruler to space them out, but I just eyeballed it.

That’s it!

Photos and DIY by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built. You can buy the paper flowers on her Etsy shop.

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What does it mean? Conor and Erin

What does it mean?” is a continuing series where we ask a blogger how they brought meaning into their wedding. Today we are honored to hear from Erin Jane Riley and her husband, Conor. Erin is a graphic designer and blogger of Jane Reaction who just moved to Texas from the North Shore of Hawaii. She just opened up a wonderful letterpress stationery line called Fox and Anchor Paper. Welcome Jane!

Conor and I were married on a Thursday morning in front of our immediate family members and a couple of really close friends. It was very private and intimate and was the ceremony we had envisioned for ourselves from the moment we got engaged. In Mormon ceremonies the couple traditionally says, “Yes” to taking the other as their eternal companion instead of “I do.” I really wanted Conor to know that I was excited to be his forever so I said “YYYEEESSS” a little louder than I had planned (louder than I practiced in front of my bathroom mirror that’s for sure). It took everyone off guard including myself and to this day he still teases me about how enthusiastic I was!
Following the ceremony we had a somewhat larger but still relatively small dinner in my parents backyard. It was important to us that everything be sourced locally and by friends or family where possible. My sister sewed the ring pillow and placed it in a hallowed out book for us. My friends from my favorite restaurant catered and served the food. A friend of my mothers made the cake (and it was more delicious than any other wedding cake I have ever had)! My favorite cousin officiated and made announcements and queued toasts. My best friend from high school did my hair. My mom made her famous homemade jam for favors. I designed the invitations myself… it goes on. We tried to make sure all of the little details included someone we loved. The day was special and stress free because we knew all of those people loved us and were so happy for us to be happy together.

One of my grandmothers had recently passed away and because of declining health my other grandmother was not able to be in attendance. Those women had been really important to me throughout my entire life so it was really sad not to have them there. It was important to us to really include Conor’s Grandmother and honor her as the matriarch of the family. She was so excited and willing to help in any way that she could. She loves to embroider pillows and dish towels for gifts so we asked her if she would like to embroider the napkins for our wedding dinner. She was ecstatic! My mom cut and hemmed all of the cloth and then Ione (that’s Conor’s sweet grandma) hand stitched every napkin with a flower or our initials. It was such a sweet little accent and is now one of my most treasured keepsakes.
Thank you so much Jane! Be sure to check out her blog, Jane Reaction and her paper shop, Fox and Anchor
by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
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