speed painting: wedding gift on wood


wedding season is officially here! surprisingly, we only have one wedding this year – which we attended last weekend

as you might assume, I’m all about little extra handmade touches. so I painted this gift for the happy couple to pair with their wedding card, and filmed it in the process. the video is about three or four hours worth of painting condensed into less than 3 minutes (it even features the handmade gift wrap!).

head on over to my youtube channel to watch! xo

wedding thank you cards


okay, so the one thing people definitely don’t warn you about when planning a wedding are the damn thank-you cards.

don’t get me wrong – I love our guests & am so grateful for the cash gifts we received (that went towards our iceland trip), but damn. thank-you cards just seem like the biggest never ending wedding project of all time. of course I made things even more difficult by continuing to do everything by hand. after doing the save the dates and invitations, I couldn’t not follow through. handmade or bust!

I’ve never been a fan of just a straight up post card or folded card format. I wanted them to be like little paper packages people had to open up. multiple parts and pieces.

each thank-you set came with a scalloped chartreuse card with a personal message, a smaller funky hand painted ‘thank-you’ card, a wallet size photo, and bundled together with a strip of white dotted vellum paper. I tried to tie in small elements that I had previously used. I stuck with my recycled brown paper bag envelopes, repeated gold dotted washi tape as extra seal, and brought back some similar paint colors.

although it took me forever and I’m tired of looking at them – I’m happy with the way they turned out. it was a good way to finally wrap up all things wedding.

+ in case you missed it, our invitations & save the dates.

+ also: I have one more wedding related post I’ll get to at some point soon (our reception). it’s just a lot to get through all the photos & write up the details! xo

our wedding: the shrines


now, if I would have had it my way – we would have had a dia de los muertos themed wedding (or a halloween wedding). puffin shut down that idea pretty early and instated the rule: no skulls at our wedding. but of course, I found my way around it…

it saddened us both that there would be no grandparents at our wedding (as they had all passed). while we were both incredibly close to certain grandparents, we knew we had to honor them all in some way. in the early stages of planning, I always thought the idea of some sort of shrine or offering table would be the best way to go about it.

my mom of course, took it to a whole other level by making day of the dead themed shrines. there was a ‘shrine’ for each grandparent – made entirely out of vintage cigar boxes.

she transformed each cigar box with acrylic paint and mixed media collage. each box contained a range of unique items – from photographs and old letters, to rosary beads and votive candles, to bottle caps and paper flowers. we then added a festive assortment of ceramic figures to sit on or around the shrines.

we were specific about where these shrines would end up – they had to have some prime real estate during our reception. thankfully the smog shoppe made that job pretty easy, and we were able to line them up on its infamous (and re purposed) bookshelf.

we intentionally placed our sweetheart table just in front of the bookshelf. this was to signify that our grandparents would be sitting behind us or rather – watching over us – on our wedding day.

*all photography byfloataway studios
*venuesmog shoppe
*day of coordinationTACTco
*all shrines – handmade by the mother of the bride

our wedding: the details


okay, so this was definitely the batch of photos from the wedding I was most excited to post…

these photos completely encapsulate all of the diy & handmade elements that my mom & I put together. our wedding on a whole was a true labor of love. there was so much detail and thought into everything we created. and I’m happy to say, it all turned out exactly how I had envisioned.

to keep things simple, I’m going to break it all down for you…

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our wedding: the ceremony


oh my, where do I begin…

probably with my admitting to watching this video a minimum of five times a day. I’m pretty sure james thought I was crazy when I ranted about needing a videographer when we started the planning process. but now I know he completely agrees with me. it’s 100% worth it.

floataway studios did such an incredible job putting together this video for us. they truly are so damn good at what they do – and creative makers at the core. as our videographer (and our photog) they captured the most important landmark of the day – our ceremony.

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our wedding: first look & bridal party


(…let the wedding photo overload continue)

we sort of took the easy route with our first look, and saw each other prior to our ceremony. two reasons: we wanted to get all of our photos done before our ceremony & reception so that we could party (am I right??). and second- to kill our nerves.

I didn’t even envision where our first look would take place, or how it would even go. thank god – our photographers staged the entire thing and lead us through it…

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our wedding: getting ready


okay, so I just have so many amazing photos from our wedding that I have to break them up into batches! it’s going to be wedding overload, I know. that being said – I present you ‘part one’…

we chose the culver hotel as our bridal party hq not only because of it’s close location to our venue, but because it’s one of the coolest hotels in los angeles. with it’s history and whole vintage boutique kinda vibe – it was the perfect place for us to get ready before the ceremony.

we each got ready in our own rooms of course, and were surround by our groomsmen, bridesmaids and puffin’s parents (my incredible in laws). the moments leading up to the ceremony were surprisingly very calm! drinks were had, memories were shared, and it was the perfect balance of total excitement & bliss.

my absolute oldest childhood friend corey phillips did my hair as well as all five bridesmaids. it meant so much to have her in the room with me. it was just like when she used to do my hair when we were kiddos! being that we’ve known each other since birth, it was such a unique and special way to come full circle.

on top of that – my makeup was done by the talented alexis peterson, of whom I’ve known since kindergarten! I was feeling totally trapped and overwhelmed when it came to hiring someone to do my makeup. one facebook cry for help later, and I had booked one talented lady. funny how things work out that way…

don’t ask me who designed my dress. I honestly have no idea and would need to research where I bought it to figure that out. all I know is – I loved it. I never had that ‘OMG THIS IS IT’ sort of moment. but knew: if I didn’t have to wear anything under it, could dance in it, and felt it was very much a one of a kind – then I was sold.

much much more to come folks. next up: our first look.

*all photography byfloataway studios
*haircorey phillips
*makeuplex peterson
*bridesmaids dressesj crew
*groom suitbanana republic
*groom shoesbanana republic

smog checked.


we were so fortunate to have a photo booth at our wedding (thanks to my in laws!). it was hands down one of the best wedding decisions we made…

I knew from the get go I wanted photoboxLA. they’re a husband & wife team who started up their photo booth rental after their own wedding at the smog shoppe (read more here). I mean, come on – I couldn’t resist! even better – you could totally customize your photo strip – the direction of photos, color, font & phrase.

of course, it was puffin who came up with ‘I got my smog checked at james & roxy’s wedding’.

there’s honestly nothing better than seeing huge groups of your friends and family piling behind the camera with the most ridiculous props and costumes on their head. not to mention going through all of the photos after the fact.

totally 100% worth it.

wedding preview.


pretty sure I squealed when I opened the email from our incredible photographers containing these preview photos. and, of course, I couldn’t even wait 24 hours to get them up on the blog…

it’s honestly a magical feeling to relive your wedding after being totally off the grid for over two weeks. remembering all of the little moments from the day, the ceremony, the reception – it just fills you with such joy. it’s an incredible feeling…(and was 100% worth all of the work).

more to come. xo

*all photography byfloataway studios
*venuesmog shoppe
*haircorey phillips
*makeuplex peterson

back home.


well. I am finally back home from our whirlwind icelandic adventure. it’s surreal being in los angeles after spending so much time in entirely different surroundings. I’ve gone from glaciers, geysers, extreme weather, fields of sheep, and living out of a camper – to 80 degree weather, skyscrapers and smog. it’s a bizarre transition I tell you…

also doesn’t help when you come down with an insane head cold your last day in iceland (this was due to some intense weather conditions while hiking to a volcano…more on that later). needless to say, I’m trying to just get myself back to normal health status before blogging my face off.

in case you were wondering – our wedding day was absolutely perfect (be sure to snoop our hashtag on instagram #jamesandroxywedding – our guests posted some rad photos). hands down one of the best days of my entire life. don’t worry, I get my paws on our wedding photos soon, and you can bet I’ll be smothering all of you with them.

so, once I’m off the sudafed and green tea rotation, I’ll get you guys completely up to date. I’ll dish full details on the wedding, as well as our honeymoon in iceland (I even plan on breaking down our trip day by day…ambitious I know).

even though I’m sick as a dog…I will say it’s good to be back home.