photos by Kimberly Chau and Smilebooth
I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m excited to finally share a few details from the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Houston that I hosted and curated! Now whether or not walking up to shops you curated and mentioning that you may or may not stalk them on Instagram and possibly walking by the macaron table that Sweet provided one too many times makes you a good hostess or not is still up for debate. Regardless, I was so excited when West Elm asked me to participate!
I also happened to be able to catch my brother in all of his glory with his very first Smilebooth experience! He’s pretty cute, huh? I’ve been told we look alike..
I have a tendency to be quite the bag hoarder, as does my lovely friend Cara (that graciously let me force modeling upon her super cute four month pregnant self to take photos for this post), so naturally I will always welcome a new one. These bags from R. Riveter are a bit different though, because they support a much better cause then unnecessarily filling my closet even more so I was happy to share…
R. Riveter is a company started by military spouses to provide mobile and flexible income to other military spouses. All of their bags are made using recycled military materials and they maintain the small, handmade quality in all of their pieces. Even if you’re not a crazy bag lady like myself, this is a cause worthy of supporting. For the rest of you who are, you’re in luck because R. Riveter is giving one lucky a reader this Mrs. Bell messenger bag, see the details here!
As much as I love unique handmade items, I love supporting people and their cause even more. So when Hedvig introduced me to her site, Far & Wide Collective, that features artisans in post-conflict countries to allow them fair trade support, I was all about it! Not to mention everything is beautiful, I mean, how could you go wrong?
Here are a few of my favorites–
1 placemats, $29 // 2 patterned striped basket, $59 // 3 small ceramic bowl, $15 // 4 evil eye clutch, $245 // 5 walnut coasters, $15 // 6 scarves, $45
As promised, I’m here to share Ian and Cara’s stunning handmade wedding with you. Not only was the location picture perfect (The Gardens of Bammel Lane), but Cara’s choice of handmade items and natural elements set the tone for the entire night with everything from handmade fan programs, to centerpieces, to whimsical wildflower bridesmaid bouquets. You’ll even see the simple DIY succulent cake topper that I made from this sneak peek.
We made the gold mason jar centerpieces by taping off the bottom and spray painting them with gold metallic spray paint.
To make the succlent cake, I bought mini succulents and cut them down to the bloom, then placed them on top on a group of three on top of a homemade vanilla and nutella cake. It’s a really inexpensive alternative!
Because Houston summers can be pretty unforgiving with heat, they printed their programs on these colorful heart fans for guests!
styling by Bunny and Bells, photography by Laura Burton, wedding location The Gardens of Bammel Lane, Houston, TX, handmade fabric garland by Ashley Meaders, wedding cake by Sugar & Cloth