{funky friday...with flags}

Today's post is inspired by two things: the Fourth of July and one of my favorite new wedding accessories. Wait. What do those things have in common? Flags!

Personalized, colorful whimsical...these flags at Paula and Drew's wedding perfectly captured their carefree personalities.

Well, if I have anything to say about it, flags should be here to stay, especially if they are as cute as Paula's and these from Knoxville artist Ashley Addair.

Combining text, textiles, paint swatches and other found objects, Ashley's flags are a quirky twist on Tibetan prayer flags. Also a painter, her canvases involve words and images, and these flags are like little paintings strung together and draped from corner to corner. Simply lovely. 

Ashley and her singer-songwriter husband Levon (also super-talented) recently helped their friends Josh and Amelia throw a wedding in Knoxville's Park Ridge neighborhood. More of Ashley's flags adorned the reception site, featured in the 100 Layer Cakes blog.

Want some flags for your own with a certain color scheme or special event in mind? Ashley considers custom orders via her etsy page.

Here's to flags! I hope they never go out of style. Those red, white and blue ones are nice too.

{funky friday: bling's the thing}

Today's {funky friday} entry is inspired by Chelsea, star of Monday's wedding post. Her jewelry was simply fabulous—the kind you see Hollywood stars wearing on the red carpet before an awards show.

I didn't ask which designer she was wearing or if she had to return the earrings and bracelet to the Royal Family's vault before going on her honeymoon. But I did some Googling out of curiosity and found some pretty swanky things. 

Of course, my beloved etsy delivered some nifty things. I like the way this one-of-a-kind headpiece from Noaki (1) combines gems and feathers.

And I'm always a sucker for vintage. This art deco rhinestone cuff (5) is on the old-fashioned side of swank. 

I found out you can actually borrow jewels for your wedding day...or prom or party or awards show (if that's how you roll you). Websites like Adorn (3), BagBorroworSteal (2, 4) and Imoveritonline allow you to rent special jewels for a fraction of the cost of buying. So, if you don't need to own your wedding day gems for the rest of your life, you could go for pizazz without the price tag.

Speaking of the royals, maybe tiaras will come back in fashion since Kate looked so smashing in hers! This one from Bling Jewelry on Amazon is only $50 and you can keep it forever. Definitely until your next red carpet event. Or Halloween. 

{finally! funky friday}

Considering how utterly crazy this week has been—weather, power outages, tree down in yard, cross-continental travel—I didn't think I'd I get around to a {funky friday} post for you lovely people, BUT I do have some nifty things to share from my beloved etsy. In times of trouble, this wonderful showcase of creativity soothes me. 

Being on the islands has me in a nautical state of mind. Back in the '80s, nautical was very in and very preppy. Now that it's coming back, I'm not sure what to think...except that I like its retro appeal and a little touch is just right. 


Clockwise from top: The brass charm necklace with anchor and captain's wheel is simple and charming, while the Steampunk Octopus fearlessly shouts that you might have read Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea more than a few times..and aren't afraid to admit it. The monogramed sterling silver anchor charm is a nice twist on the always-classic initial pendant. And my favorite has to be the cameo-style anchor necklace, which is so romantic. It makes me think of ladies pacing the Widow's Walk, waiting for their sailors, lost at sea, to return home. Yeah, so the salty air must have gone straight to my brain. If I start talking like a Pirate, someone come get me. 

{a seaside funky friday}

Happy Good 'n' {funky} Friday! I hope you're about to enjoy a lovely Easter weekend. I'm only a week away from shooting a wedding in Aruba (!!!), which is probably what led me to today's oceanic theme. Plus, I love supporting local artists, so I knew I had to share the work of Amanda Thompson's Box of Pearls.

Her latest creations feature sea glass, a beautiful and rare kind of manmade "gemstone." I love the idea that shards of bottles and jars from all over the world get worn and smoothed by the tides and eventually wash up on beaches. Romantic, isn't it?

Thompson wraps the different stones in nickel silver wire and adds stones and freshwater pearls, a traditional twist that balances the contemporary style. Wouldn't these be perfect accessories for a casual beach wedding? Or maybe for a photographer to wear to Aruba? Ha! 

{funky friday rocks}

Wedding season is ramping up, and this {funky friday} has me feeling fairly random...and a little bit jewelry obsessed. I came across these necklaces by designer Sahlia Michelle. Made with natural stones like rough-cut aquamarine, diamond quartz and citrine, these wearable works of art are quite contemporary and statement pieces for sure. This is NOT your grandmother's wedding bling! And although they're in the designer's bridal collection, these baubles don't look so specific to brides that you couldn't wear them long after the honeymoon.


I really love the mixed metals in this last one. Check out the rest of Sahlia's work too — gorgeous!

{rustic funky friday}

So, since we live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with the Appalachian Mountains in our backyard, its only natural that we have some of the best rustic weddings around! Etsy is one of the best places to find some really one-of-a-kind items and again this week I just couldn't help myself!!!

How adorable is this? No more satin pillows...lets go burlap!

Burlap Ring Pillow

And how awesome are these? I have a deep love for Mason Jars so my heart might have done a little dance when I saw these!! 

Mason Jars Lanterns

And lastly, I am in love with shrugs at the present. Maybe its the weather, but I think that they are perfect for Spring and Fall weddings. They just add so much more detail!! And I definitely feel like it gives it that beautiful, graceful, rustic feel! Love me some shrugs!

Ivory Crochet Shrug

Be ready next week for something other than just Funky Friday!! I promise!!

{a bridesmaid's funky friday}

Happy Friday to all my friends, brides (both past, present and future)! You all have been so fabulous this last year and I am so happy with how things are shaping up in 2011! Just thought I should let yall know!

Anyhoo, I had run into some roadblocks in trying to come up with something fun for Funky Friday this week! (I almost felt like I couldn't top the Its all about the Shoe Funky Friday but I am loving these beautiful handmade finds! Have I mentioned my love affair with Etsy?! Really and truly, its amazing!

These are beautiful for those winter or even spring weddings, when the weather is crazy and you never know if its going to be 36 degrees or 63 (as is evidence of this last week of weather!)

Crocheted Shaws

Or what about this super cute and vibrant bridesmaid dress? 

Cotton Bridesmaid Dress


Or what about these adorable clips? They can be made into hair clips or added to satin and be the cutest sash to have strutted down the aisle!

Peacock Feather Hairpieces

So if you feel like ditching the bridal salon and want to go the handmade route...Etsy is where you shall visit!!


{funky green friday}

Happy rainy Friday everyone! I was purusing Etsy and realized I hadn't done Funky Friday in some time! :Shame on me: So here are a couple of really fun favors I found and an added bonus is these are green favors!! No, not the color; they are either vegan or use recyclable materials! Go us for being GREEN!!

Now this may look like yummy candy, but in fact it is Vegan Soap!! How cool is that?

And these Custom Bookmarks are some of my all-time favorites!! I have NEVER seen these before!!

 And these Fragrant Sachets make for super cute table settings!


{its all about the shoe funky friday}

OH how I have missed you guys! So lets just say, life and business has been crazy lately! I know you all are probably so sick of hearing that, but its so very true! My "break" is actually writing this blog! haha! So, since things are crazy hectic (getting ready for Premier Bridal Show on Sunday, January 9) this will be a short little blip, but is probably some of my favorite Etsy finds to date!! And thats saying a LOT!!

So brides are trying to be unique every chance they get. Nobody wants a cookie cutter wedding anymore! So here are some things for your tootsies that will definitely make people ask you to pull up your skirt...to view those shoes of course! :)

For a little bit of the traditional bride

Chiffon Beaded Clips


More for of the funky brides!

Peacock Shoe Clips

And finally, something that can go super traditional and classy or crazy funky and wacky!

Remember to check out these seller's pages to see all the different selections that are out there. All I did was simply type in "Shoes" in the search field under weddings and Voila!! 

{Funky Friday - Save the Date}

Happy FuNkY FrIdAy everyone!!! I'm doing some running around today, so this will be a quick post...no rambling for me!

Here are some awesome ideas for "Save the Dates"! Also, don't forget, I offer Save the Date cards that you can use shots from your Engagement Session! :)

My Favorite!!

Save the Date Magnets

Something super awesome if you were to have a small wedding! Personally painted invites!!

Hand Painted Save the Date

And for all you DIY brides!


 Save the Date Stamps

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!! Check back on Monday for a full wedding post!!!




{Tawny's Funky friday}

Hey ladies...and maybe some gents! Happy Friday! Hope you guys are enjoying the oh-so-beautiful weather...or at least get to at sometime this weekend! Lets kick it off with some finds from Etsy! I posted on Phot Tuesday a picture of Tawny and Jeremy and their oh-so-crafty "Bride and Groom" Burlap Banners! Tawny had a field day on Etsy and her wedding so so incredibly adorable and fun! So this week's FuNkY FrIdAy is totally inspired by Tawny and her spectacular finds!!

Bride and Groom Banner

Rustic Wood Place Card Holders

Tawny had a cute idea since her wedding was at the end of September and in the middle of the day (we know how crazy unpredictable our weather is here in East TN so sweating was a possibility). She gave her guests folding fans and really cute hankerchiefs so they stay comfortable while she and Jeremy said their "I Do's"! A great thing to do for your guests so they can enjoy the ceremony as much as you!!

  Love Bird Folding Fans

  Custom Printed Hankies

There is SO much more I wish I could post...but I want to save them for later!! Make sure you check back next week for more FuNkY FrIdAy finds and what's going on with me and Phot!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

{funky friday for bridesmaids}

Happy Friday morning everyone!!! This has definitely been a week that calls for a big ol' TGIF!!! Talk about craziness! However, Fridays always bring happiness and fun fun fun finds from Etsy!!! This week, I thought we should focus on that gaggle of gals that we have with us on our BIG day! It always amazes me how much bridesmaids help out and all the things they bend over backwards to make the bride's day go as smoothly as possible! I believe they deserve a special little something!!

How super cute are these for the big day? I think they are just too adorable for your bridesmaids to sport around!

Cutting the Cake Bobby Pins

  Pocket Mirrors

These are one of the best present I have seen in a while!! Most gifts you can only use for the day of the wedding...but these makeup brush holders are perfect for traveling! I just might have to put in an order today!! And they come in a pack of 5...perfect for those wedding parties!

Makeup Brush Rolls

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather that is supposed to show up! Awesome weather makes me happy...especially when there's a wedding! Cheers!


{welcome funky friday}

So, I have decided to make a switcharoo on the old bloggy! Instead of Frugal Fridays, I've decided to send in a sub - meet FuNkY Fridays!!!! Etsy has some of the best wedding finds out there (some frugal, and some not so much) so from now on I am going to post finds for every bride's budget, no matter what it may be!! Whoo hoo!!!

So this week's theme is going to be "All About the Cake"! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!! Seriously, what wedding is complete without cake...or cupcakes as the new trend is! I found some of the cutest cake toppers and cake stands out there and want to share! So make sure you have a napkin near by because your mouth might start to water thinking about all the goodies!

  Autumn Perfect Cake Toppers


Perfect Pair Cake Toppers


Love Angel Wedding Cake Toppers 


Are those not some of the cutest cake toppers you've seen? One of my beautiful brides found the Love Angels and had them custom made for her and her Marine! Absolutely beautiful!

Next up, cake stands. Some are funky, rustic and just beautiful!

Chalkboard Dessert Pedestal


Tree Slice Cake Stand

 And for something a little more traditional and va-va-voom...

Laurel Wedding Cake Stand

I had WAY too much fun with this post...next week might be a little toned down...or not! Have a fantastic weekend everyone!