- 3 years ago
I got married in October of last year in a small, one-room 1800s church in Peninsula, Ohio. The church – and our reception venue, Grand Army of the Republic hall – are both owned by the Peninsula Historical Society. It was a beautiful setting – the Village is right next to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. So we wanted decor that worked with the historic venues but also incorporated autumn, rustic Ohio touches.
Because I’m crafty, an overachiever and wanted to save money, I did a lot of my own decoration: programs, menu cards, place cards, centerpieces. It took a lot of time, but I really enjoyed it, and it turned out even better than imagined.
My dress: David’s Bridal 3469 (paired with a veil borrowed from a friend). This was a portrait on the stage at the reception venue before the ceremony.
I did the bouquets myself using roses from Globalrose.com. Each bouquet is a different bi-color rose (except the yellow ones). I practiced beforehand on roses from the grocery store – cutting with floral scissors, wrapping with floral tape and gold ribbon from the craft store. This was very helpful, but I still stayed up late on the night before my wedding putting them together…not that I would have slept anyway! Roses with thinner stems are easier to shape into a bouquet than roses with thick stems.
It rained on my wedding day, so I had to wear a trash bag to the venue. I wore an old pair of swing dancing shoes under my dress – all suede and very comfortable.
The ceremony took place at Bronson Church, pictured here by a friend after dark.
My three bridesmaids are from different states, so I had them pick their own dresses.
I was going to create a ceremony piece using extra roses, but I used up all my roses on the bouquets…so at 7 am on the morning of the wedding, my dad and I drove to the local grocery store, where we found this great arrangment for only $50. Close call!
The ceremony, with my co-worker as officiant.
Hazel Broughton, who was referred to us by the Historical Society, played our ceremony music on a vintage pipe organ.
Each groomsman wore his own suit and tie.
It was still raining and very cold when the ceremony ended. Plus, I only allotted an hour for pictures (doh!) and failed to let everyone know that they needed their cars and keys handy to go to a nearby park. But I got some nice wedding party portraits…happy that no one looked cold and miserable! (I made a little bouquet for my niece, the flower girl!)
The groom wore cowboy boots.
We sent the wedding party to the reception venue, and the hubs and I went to the park for some portraits.
The photographer captured some cute pics of us as we were walking through the park.
Meanwhile, cocktail hour was happening at our reception venue…
As for reception decor, the Hall had a beautiful wood table where we staged the place cards, card box, and an engagement photo album for a sign in book. Very important: make sure the sign-in pen doesn’t smudge! I also had glass bowls for each of my bridesmaids to put her flowers in.
For centerpieces, I bought glass bowls and filled them with apples and pine cones. I bought the apples a few days beforehand. Each bowl had a different type of apple. The cones I found outside my workplace. We took them over to the venue on the day before the wedding, and the caterer graciously set them up for us. After the wedding, we ate all of the apples! I designed the table numbers myself.
I also designed fractal tree-themed menu cards with an E^2 logo since both of our names starrt with E.
For guest favors, we put locally made buckeye chocolates in gold boxes from Nasvhillewraps.com, with a leaf label that I printed myself (print the leaf shape on card stock with light lines and then cut along the lines).
We had a sweetheart table with a vase for my bouquet to go into.
Our place cards also had a fractal motif. I printed them on card stock using the office printer and then used a bone folder to get a perfect crease. We stocked the bar with wine from a local winery; Great Lakes Brewery beer, Crown Royal, and Maker’s Mark. The latter two were the most popular!
View from the buffet…
For dessert, we had a pie buffet with warm apple cider.
Then we danced the night away!