DIY- Wedding Signage

In early July, Ben and I had the pleasure of visiting Board and Brush in Norwalk to create signage for our wedding. It turned into one of our favorite ‘date nights’ of the summer.

I spent weeks looking through Etsy listings to find the perfect sign for our flower girl nieces to carry down the aisle on our big day. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you got a laugh when I accidentally ordered a sign that read, “Daddy, here comes Mommy.” Awkward. It then occurred to me. Why don’t we just make our own signs? Not only was it a fun afternoon, it allowed us to make the sign look and say exactly what we wanted. Enter Board and Brush!

We arrived at the studio and were in awe of the gorgeous water views from the parking lot. Upon arriving, we found out that we would be creating two signs- our flower girl sign and another special surprise. The girls at Board and Brush generously created a design for a wooden sign with our wedding date. That sign now hangs in our living room.

What struck us right away was how they catered to each individual person. There were about 12 people in our class and no two projects were the same. The woman next to us was creating a gorgeous sign with hooks to hang coats on, while another person worked on a sign for her sun porch.

Let me tell you, it really is impossible to mess up your project. The girls running the workshop gave just the right amount of guidance as we hammered, sanded, painted, and perfected our two signs. I always wondered how people painted on DIY wooden signs. Using a stick-on template made the process virtually fool-proof. We learned different staining and painting techniques in order to achieve the look we wanted.

I really can’t wait to go back and make something else. I love deviating from the usual ‘Saturday night dinner downtown’. Board and Brush truly is the perfect place for a date night, girl’s night, or birthday celebration. Although we didn’t bring our own food and drinks, several of the other people in our class did. When we go back, I will definitely be bringing some wine and snacks.

Sailing in Santorini

I promise to share all the details about our wedding day. I can’t believe it’s been three weeks already. Time flies! I want to wait until we get our professional photos and video back before sharing all the good stuff. In the meantime, we’re back from eleven days away from our incredible honeymoon. Ben and I decided to simply pick two cities (within reason) that we wanted to travel to. Initially, we both really wanted to travel to Southeast Asia, but decided to pick a few cities a bit closer to home. It wasn’t hard to settle on Venice and Santorini.

What is there to say about Santorini? Where do I even begin? Webster’s dictionary definition of ‘picturesque’ should simply say: ‘See Santorini.’ White-washed buildings, black sand beaches, crisp white wine, epic sunsets, and some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. We were shocked with the weather- super hot during the day and cool at night. We stayed at White Pearl Villas and loved how private it was yet close to the hustle and bustle of Oia. Our villa came with a private plunge pool and large deck on a caldera. We felt like we never wanted to leave!

About six months ago, we decided to splurge and booked a private catamaran cruise around Santorini. We were so lucky to work with Michelle Jackson as she helped us coordinate our honeymoon and our cruise with Oia Sunset. We decided on the Lagoon 400 tour, and it was five-hours of pure bliss.

A private driver brought us to Ammoudi Bay, and it was super crowded when we got there in the morning. There was a huge line of several dozen people waiting to board their boats. Ben and I were happily surprised to cut to the front of the line since we had booked a private cruise. (SCORE!) The people at Sunset Oia were so friendly and helpful.

We spent the day with a captain and one-crew member. The boat was beautiful. It had a private bathroom and ample areas to rest both inside, outside, and in the sunshine. We made about five different stops to see the sights and swim in the deep blue waters. Our own playlist blaring, I sipped my wine and couldn’t stop smiling. It was a day we will always remember.

On a related note, I’m sharing a few of my favorite high-waisted two-pieces and other swimsuits. Summer may be nearing an end, but I think it is always appropriate to make swimwear purchases. (The one I’m wearing above is from JCrew and currently sold-out.)