DIY ANTHROPOLOGIE CONFETTI WEDDING | Planning a wedding when you’re addicted to Pinterest. … And a (completely unrelated) whore teacup FOR THE WIN!

Ok, crazy awesome wedding approaching at warp speed, however before we get into it, I must – MUST – relay a little anecdote from Thursday, if you don’t mind…

So, yesterday, while he was perusing the feedback on Rhi’s amazeballs guest post (y’all are so freakin’ supportive of each other!  it’s bonkers!), Honey happened to notice a link nestled inside one of our newer commentor’s (thanks for the awesome comment, Katy!) comments.  He was intrigued.  Upon clicking the link, he was scooted up up and away over to the Urban Outfitters site where, much to his delight, he found a little tiny mug with a little tiny frenchie on it.  We spoke.  He mentioned it to me on the phone.  Did I think it was adorbs, too?  OF COURSE I DID.  However.

I had no plans of buying it for myself.  Why?  Well, my Mom has a splendid collection of mugs that she did NOT lift from coffee shops throughout her youth, so I’m on mug overload over here, thank you very much.  Though, Katy, I definitely did think it was the cutest thing ever.  The only problem, really, is that, living in nyc, we have about 3 square feet of cupboard space – HAA, you think I’m kidding – so more mugs=we need to find a new apartment with more storage.  Anywho, as I was saying…

Honey was shocked – shocked! – that I wasn’t obsessively smitten with it, enough to make it my own.  I explained to him that I don’t really need another mug, and that it doesn’t look enough like Bam to warrant the purchase anyway.  The one on the cup’s got a black eye; Bambino McPuppyPants – seen below – is, essentially, albino, save for that unfortunately placed little moustache…

His retort:

“This, from a girl who desperately wants me to buy her a Whore teacup.”

Ok let me explain.  Lots of you might remember back when I tweeted this Whore teacup, of unknown origins (if you know where it’s from, tell me, please), on Le Twit.  Well, I really, really, really, REALLY want it.  Why?  Oh I dunno know, who cares why.  I just think it’s perfect, and quite simply I need to own it.  I let Honey know, and I also added that I would like him to buy it for me.  Fast-forward .3 seconds later when he says “absolutely not, I will not be the person who buys you a whore teacup, you must be kidding.”  A couple of conversations later, when I brought it up again, he adds to argument, (this was the winning part of his argument, that got me to STFU):

“Alison.  Just IMAGINE the scenarios that could come of this.  Your Mom comes over, says, ‘oh sweetie, this is – special – umm, who got this for you my darling?’  What do you tell her?  You tell her that I got it for you.  What comes after that?  Nothing.  It doesn’t matter, because now I’m the person who got your mother’s daughter a WHORE TEACUP.”

… I simply will not allow this to happen.”

And you know what, guys?  I think he’s right this time.  I really do.  I can admit defeat when it’s decided to smack me in the face.  I’m not too proud for that.

So anyway who’s gonna get me that whore teacup?  Honey’s out.

Okely dokely, I’d like to move swiftly along here because the fabulous Jessica Zais has submitted something super special for our eyes today, and OMGODTHISWEDDINGISBANAYNAY.

Here’s the rundown from our GORGEOUS bride, Ellisa:

Our wedding was a combination of the things that I love and Prokopi loves. For me that’s outdoor spaces, homemade touches, and as little tradition as possible. For Prokopi, it’s as many people as possible, music that captures a mood, and Greek family traditions.

We didn’t have a wedding planner; my Maid of Honour Jillian, my mother, and I orchestrated everything. Engagement to wedding was only 6 months (at my doing), so we were busy. Jillian and I were addicted to pinterest ( as we compiled ideas for the day. There was never an overarching vision or colour or flower or photo; but a happy pot of ideas constantly stirring. We spent a lot of time together drinking wine, crafting, and laughing. We (including other bridesmaids and my family) made all of the decorations, designed all of the stationary, arranged all of the flowers, completely decorated the reception tent (including setting the tables), and handmade every truffle favour. I also refused to use a label on anything so every bit of personalized stationary was hand-written.

I won’t walk you through every detail or every person that lent a hand (let’s be honest, the photos are the best part). But here are some of my favourite moments from wedding day conception to reception:

  • Molding wood veneer, ribbon and twine around 200+ vases with Jillian on my rooftop patio on a sunny spring afternoon.
  • Cutting 40 meters of fabric into 1 inch strips to make the most lovely streamers I have ever seen.
  • Collecting 15 buckets of wild flowers and wild shrubbery a few days before the wedding from the hillsides on my family’s farm.
  • Spending the day before the wedding with my closest friends decorating the reception tent (including hanging every single item from the ceiling from the top of a 15 foot ladder).
  • Making the bouquets and boutonnieres for everyone the morning of the wedding. It was so sunny and quiet at my parent’s farmhouse that morning; it was the most tranquil part of my day.
  • My bun. It is so me.
  • The entire wedding day being spent on my family’s farm (for photos) and my family’s golf course (for the wedding). These places are where I grew up and it felt unbelievably special to be surrounded by old memories all day
  • The escort cards and the place cards. My Grandma hand wrote every one of them the day before the wedding.
  • My Maid of Honour’s speech: eloquent, genuine, funny and felicitous.
  • The Greek dancing. It is such a joyous expression of the Greek culture and it really makes its participants feel like family.

Looking through the photos and knowing that I was a part of every decision and that my hands touched every item that was a part of the wedding is all at once overwhelmingly exhausting, exhilarting, and satisfying. The knowledge that it was my best friends, my husband, and my family that bound together to do whatever was necessary to bring the day to it’s striking conclusion is touching beyond words. It really is the togetherness (from engagement to wedding weekend conclusion) that is the best part.

Personally, I am SUCH a fan of guests who wear color.  It also happens to be the best way to pretty much guarantee making it into the wedding photos.  Just so you know.  :)

… Omigod it’s happening already.   Look.  Look who just made it into Ellisa & Prokopi’s feature, solely based on how perfectly they’re dressed…?

I’m a sucker for a well put together couple.  I admit it.

On a final note, next time some television news crew asks you if you’d like to be interviewed on camera… ask them what the topic is first.

This could happen to you.  I’m sure his friends totally didn’t give him a hard time about that.

Ok, SO!  What do you think of this supercalifragalisticexpealadocious wedding, y’all?  And who else has a full-fledged addiction to Pinterest?  I’ll be the first to admit it.  That ish is TAKING OVER MY LIFE.

xoxo!  – Alison

Phoography: Jessica Zais / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Dress: Val Stefani from Bisou Bridal, Vancouver / Bridesmaids dresses: Anthropologie / Hair: Judy Clayton, Shapers / Make-up: Melissa Craven / Bride’s jewelry: heirloom Starburst pin (worn as a necklace); earrings custom-made to match by Alfonso Agarrabeitia / Engagement ring and Groom’s wedding band: custom-made by Alfonso Agarrabeitia / Bride’s wedding band: Mother’s wedding band / Bride’s shoes: Toms (for wedding portraits) and Kate Spade heels / Venue: Sunset Ranch, Kelowna, BC / Marriage Commissioner: Airlie Pinkerton / Decorations: DIY- Made by Ellisa and the maid of honour (Jillian Povarchook) / Cake: Sweet Art Cakes / DJ: Larry Gray / Catering: Sunset Ranch G&CC / Stationery: Designed by Ellisa and maid of honour; setting and printing done by Vignettes Studio / Flowers/bouquets: Ellisa harvested all of the wildflowers and greenery off of the hillsides on the family farm a few days before the wedding and arranged them herself.

Label(s): Color, Green, Grey, Mr. McPuppyPants, Oh, How PINteresting, Orange, {Real Weddings}

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  1. rachel thomas on August 5, 2011

    the teacup is by trixie delicious of vandalized vintage.

    she’s a hoot! i featured her way back when!

  2. Laicie on August 5, 2011

    It’s not the exact cup but really similar! This shop is so cute.

    I had pinned two similar cups from it a while back.

  3. Caitlin on August 5, 2011

    LOVE this wedding. Gorgeous. I think it’s so sweet that they did everything themselves- and I love how happy the bride looks in every. single. photo.
    And pinterest? Totally addicted. It’s taking over my life. And I’m pretty sure that’s where I saw the Whore teacup.. you aren’t the only one that wants one!

  4. Alison on August 5, 2011

    Rachel – thanksicles! I heart weird things. But it’s good to know there are other people who heart them just as much. ;) xo

    Laicie – Thanks! So awesome. By the way WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL OF US – why do we love this stuff?!!! ;) xo

    Caitlin – OMG, right????? The original title before I changed it to the Pinterest one was “possibly the happiest bride I’ve ever seen IN MY LIFE.” Because Ellisa is beaming, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s absolutely GORGEOUS and SUPER DUPER PHOTOGENIC. Love it when a bride looks so delighted on her wedding day! Gives me the chills. :) xo

  5. Laura *You Stir Me* on August 5, 2011

    um, besides having a “his and her” bitch and skank saucer set, you can also have who tea cup.

    And, this wedding has crafty genius written all over it – love all the fringe! And her sassy bun is just perfect!

  6. Stacy {Advantage Bridal} on August 5, 2011

    Ellisa, all the hard work and effort paid off! What a beautiful affair surrounded by nature, family and friends, and a lovely color theme. Pinterest provided all the right inspiration. . . congrats! Oh, and it’s just adorable that your grandmother hand wrote the place cards.

  7. Megan Powers on August 5, 2011

    Wait. What is pinterest??? Ha. I am behind apparently.

  8. JenW on August 5, 2011

    My favorite thing about this wedding is the color scheme! – Love it! … The bride is just beaming smiles in every photo! So beautiful. Also, love her simple yet elegant up-do.

  9. Candace {} on August 5, 2011

    This is such a beautiful wedding. Love the bun!

    I’d have to go for the “Hussy” china – it’s just such a fun word!

  10. Alicia@Charitywedding on August 5, 2011

    HA I am cracking up to myself and no one knows why. But when I went to Etsy to search Whore Teacup I thought it was a ridiculous notion that something would pop up. The funnier part is that upon looking at your comments there is a following of this whore cup maker who also makes a very fab slut of the year award?! Apparently there is much demand to be insulted by your morning tea. I do hope someone purchases you the whole set. If all else fails buy the letter mugs from Anthropology and spell out whore. Your mom will never know if they are mixed appropriately in the cupboard.

  11. Rachael on August 5, 2011

    Those flowers. The hanging ones? Above the lanterns? Are those handmade, too? Because if so, I think I NEED that tutorial, like, NOW. Gorgeous.

  12. Shiloe on August 5, 2011

    Oh man, this is GORG! and wow. so much diy I LVOE IT. haha. definitely loves.

    also i’d so buy you that teacup. hahahaha

  13. Shiloe on August 5, 2011

    (addendum) b/c its a riot, not because i think you are. wow. self, shhhhh. hahaha

  14. Nicole on August 5, 2011

    totally love this wedding – poms and lanterns and handmade details. glad to hear another bride is fine with decorating her own place and making it theirs. love it!

  15. Katy A. on August 6, 2011

    So glad you liked it! I know what you mean about too many mugs and not enough cupboard space! I worked at Starbucks for a few years and have quite the collection myself.

    Also – this wedding is friggin’ gorgeous!

  16. aurea @ pricewise events on August 7, 2011

    The floral-printed dresses of the bridesmaids are perfect for vintage weddings! That photo of the “well put together couple” also made my day! :D

  17. Lena on August 7, 2011

    This is how insane the last week has been that I’m not commenting on this AMAZING post until Sunday afternoon. Good Christ.

    I will get you that Whore teacup (from here:

    No joke. I think Rhi and I are also getting into sending each other weird stuff we find at various locations, so let’s just make this a thing. I’m going to need a DM/email with your address, because we’re not crazy enough to put our home/work addresses up on the internet. Before you know it, you’ll have a mailbox full of stuffed Frenchy toys and a handful of soiled panties. It may still happen if you give me your address.

  18. Marissa on August 8, 2011

    Forget about the whore teacup, (what does that have to do with the wedding anyway) the groom is HOT! The bride does look pretty as well and she has a nice smile. Great color choices too.

  19. janebird on August 8, 2011

    those poms and danglies, plus the photo of the bride grinning into her grandma’s camera – lovely and lively!

  20. Marie Summers on August 9, 2011

    Loving her bridal hair! So effortless and carefree! The reception was also beautifully decorated! How fun!

  21. Once Upon Your Day -- Julia on August 9, 2011

    Im loving the colors of this wedding! And the bride is jsut so in love, she is beaming in all the photos! I love the BM’s dresses, with the floral pattern, which is one of my new favorites when it is done right!

  22. Ellisa on August 10, 2011

    Thanks everyone for the amazing comments; it has made my week to read such lovely compliments! I really was having as much fun as I look like I’m having in the photos.

    And thanks to Alison for profiling my wedding! It is so strange/awesome to see myself on a blog that I’ve been reading for months :)

    Rachael – the tissue paper flowers are from Martha (of course). Here’s the link:
    And the silver lanterns were handmade. No tutorial there, just a bit of crafty creativity.

  23. Wisteria on August 12, 2011

    Wow what an unusual DIY wedding decoration. Its very creative and definately got the wow factor !

  24. Diana Rush on August 19, 2011

    Love this wedding & the color palette! And I really love that this was a pinterest wedding! That is so amazing!

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