- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
Ok, so unless I’ve missed a portion of the day somewhere in my recaps (which is quite possible) this will be my last recap post. (Lol, more than a year later. But better late than never, right?) Please feel free to go to my profile and click through the rest of the recaps. I had a fun time writing these!
The bouquet I made myself from faux white hydrangeas, bridal satin ribbon, heirloom and antique brooches and clip on earrings. I had pieces in this bouquet from quite a few members of the family who passed before the wedding, so it was and still is very sentimental to me. It is still in-tact over a year later and I don’t think I’ll ever take it apart.
And indtead of having my bridemaids carry flowers, which aren’t really my thing, I bought two plain lanterns, and handpainted these rose and monogramed “M” designs on each of them with a faux stained glass kit. I also still have both of these, displayed on the top of my bookcase.
Instead of doing boutineers for the men, we decided to just do pocket squares. My husband had a striped one, which came with the tie set I bought him, and the groomsmen had plain ones to go with their plain ties:
Our venue didn’t need much decorating. I mean, come on! Look at this place:
(Note to future brides, although this picture looks stunning, I do wish I had thought to put a bit more ambient light in areas that were not covered, like the dancing area, because the the lack of light and addition of dj lights made a lot of late reception photos end up being washed out from the flash. I like the photos anyway, but its something other brides might also not think of when planning a late outdoor reception)
And although the location was stunning, it is a private home and not a wedding venue, so we needed a focal point to have the ceremony, so we bought an arbour, my father built a temporary platform (which is now repurposed as my twin sister’s deck at her house) and my dad helped me hang lanterns as a backdrop.
I didn’t do much for table centerpieces (again, I’m not much of a flower girl) but our florst did throw together some beautiful red arrangements in mercury glass bowls and we bought some mercury glass holders for our tealights:
This floating M in the pool was NOT what I expected, but that was my fault because I didn’t realize my florist and I were on two different pages about what I wanted for this. Note to future brides, BRING PICTURES to florist meetings. Other than this though our florst was fantastic. So no qualms there:
I was actually going for something like this in moss with just the letter M:
It turned out ok in pictures though:
For our guestbook, we made had a photo album printed of our engagement photos with white space around the pictures for people to leave their well wishes like in a yearbook. Best idea ever! I love going back and flipping through to see what everyone said instead of just having names signed in a guestbook.
And finally, lets take a moment to admire the food and drinks:
And last but certainly not least, the cakes:
The groom’s cake was graciously done by a family friend! We had sooooo much cake left over, but our family ate off of it for the next few days.