Just Happily Ever After Official Relaunch - Summer 2011

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to announce that Just Happily Ever After is aiming for an official relaunch this summer in 2011! It is quite busy around here as preparations are being made. I have spent the past several months abroad in Asia and the Oceania, and have accumulated a wealth of notes and inspiration which I cannot wait to share with all of you.

As part of our relaunch, Just Happily Ever After aims to begin with a full week of promotions and highly selective, unpublished work. If you are a wedding vendor, know a wedding vendor, or have a favourite wedding vendor you would love to see featured, we would love to see their work. Complete our submission form and send it via email by June 30, 2011.

I am excited for what is to come!



create: pinwheels

I have a penchant for DIY projects, particularly ones that help couples personalize their special wedding day and make it even more beautiful and memorable. Today's wedding DIY project brings you lovely, whimsical pinwheels. These could potentially be used as table decoration or table cards, pinned to vintage suit jacket lapels, or added to the ribbon-wrapped stems of a delicate bouquet. I would love to see how many different, unique ways that these could be incorporated into a wedding. They would be so fun pinned to a white wall in various colors and sizes. Enjoy!

1) Pick text weight paper and coordinating buttons. Try using different types of buttons of varying sizes or shapes. You will need scissors or a paper cutter, and adhesive.
Cut out two long strips of paper of equal length and width. Thicker strips will give you a larger pinwheel.
2) Accordion fold the two strips of paper making sure that the width of the folds match. Narrower folds create tighter pinwheels, wider folds creat looser pinwheels. Line up one end of the accordion with the end of the second. Use adhesive squares to secure.
3)& 4) Pull the loose ends of the accordion strip around towards each other and adhere securely. The pinwheel will look like a paper circle before you push the pinwheel out and press it down with your finger.
5) Use a button to tightly secure it with as many glue dots as necessary. You may need to weight your pinwheel until the glue dries.

Credit: Posh Paperie, Jackie Wonders


engagement: { james + lynnette }

If you have ever seen the movie Up, you will know what I mean when I say that this engagement photo shoot has the same feelings of love and youthful excitement that are portrayed in Up. It is vintage, slightly eccentric, and absolutely inspiring in every way.

Credit: Wildflowers Photos