So this is the post where I tell you all the mushy gushy details that helped make our day even more special, and where I tell you all about the DIY projects that made me want to kill myself leading up to the wedding but were, in the end, all worth it. Again, ALL photos are by Daphne and Dean Photography.
Y’all know I like to make things. But now that the wedding’s over, I think I’ll take a little crafting break. Everything came out just how I wanted to in the end, but let me take you on a little journey about how easy I thought certain things would be and how annoyed I was with hot glue, ink and hole punches in the end.
One of the first things I made was the wildflower seed packets. I bought the envelopes online and then had to figure out how to print on them. I used double sided tape, stuck one on a regular sheet of computer paper and fed it through the printer. Then I formatted a Word document to the right sizing to match the envelope and printed one at a time. One. At. A. Time. And retaped each new envelope in between. It’s cute that I designed and made them all basically by hand, but 10 out of 10 – do not recommend. Just spend the $100 or whatever it is, save the three hours and buy them pre-made.
I made sure to buy a wildflower seed blend that only contained blooms native to our region. There was a whole hullabaloo a couple months ago when Cheerio’s tried to do a good thing by sending out free wildflower seeds to help the bees, but sent out standard seed mixtures across the country. I guess if you introduce flowers that aren’t native to specific regions, it actually hurts the ecosystem and wildlife. So I skipped the Home Depot bucket of wildflowers and special ordered a Northeast blend. Possibly way more work than I needed to make for myself, but ya know…the bees.
I made the take-home Doggie Bags the same way I made the seed packets. I had an amazing designer draw Millie and Gracie, and then a friend vectorized the drawing so I could use it on anything (Molly and Greg – I’m still OBSESSED!). I used the drawing on koozies, doggie bags, in frames…probably all my clothes in the near future…ha!
The koozies are from Zazzle. Couldn’t order them in bulk because it was too expensive, so I bought some for each guest that stayed at our hotel block and put it in their welcome bag.
The seating chart was actually fun to make. I found a big frame at Goodwill with an ugly picture inside, removed the glass and painted the frame with Annie Sloan paint. I glued sheets of moss from Michael’s to the cardboard to fit the garden theme, and I found tags at Joann Fabric to use as name tags. I put my Laura Hooper Calligraphy to good use and lettered everyone’s name in a few hours one night, then used thumb tacks to secure them all to the cardboard. I love how imperfectly perfect it came out. I’m a total beginner when it comes to calligraphy, but I love the white on the kraft tag and the way everyone’s names look all fancy. The flowers are just clearance from Michael’s superglued to the frame.
The chalkboards are my normal DIY chalkboard. I bought cheap frames from Goodwill (when I say cheap, I’m talking $4.99) and painted the glass with chalkboard spray paint. I lettered them with chalk markers, though lately I’ve been using anti-dust chalk, sharpened to a point and it’s so much easier to work with. Luckily I hadn’t discovered that trick before the wedding, because the chalk markers didn’t even budge when it downpoured.
The blue welcome chalkboard was lettered with the pointed regular chalk. You can see how much easier it is to detail everything with such a sharp point. Only downside is you have to be a lot more careful if you’re transporting anything, because chalk markers don’t rub off and chalk does super easily.
The invitations are from Minted and the programs are from Zazzle.
For our guestbook, I didn’t just want a book with a list of everyone’s names. So I had our guests fill out little paper squares with things we should do in our lifetime together. They made us a Bucket List!
One of my favorite DIY’s was the cornhole set. One of our best friends is a woodworking pro and made us our own set of our favorite lawn game. Then I painted them to make it all lovey dovey, and our guests played til it rained them out. Erik, you da best.
Now the really pretty stuff…these tablescapes! We used a lot of the same things that Jen created for my shower to make secret garden-esque tablescapes and Jen ran around like a madwoman setting them all up before the ceremony. We made table runners by hot-gluing torn bookpages together; the moss table numbers were made by molding moss-covered wire into the shapes of numbers and then I added bits of dried lavender. The bud vases held Whole Foods blooms and were scavenged for $1 a piece at Goodwill thanks to my mama. Jen set the scene with strewn books, skeleton keys and scattered moss. The mason jars held floral paper straws. So exactly what I envisioned.
Some more pretty details…this venue made us look good!
The boutonniere was some last minute Jen magic. I intended to find Joe a pocket square but never found one that perfectly matched his tie, and also never got around to figuring out if I wanted him to wear flowers on his lapel. Jen made the decision for me and showed up with a boutonniere she whipped up that morning with flowers from her garden and a book page from her collection. If you can’t read the text, it says “this day and tomorrow” aaaaaaand I can’t even deal.
Some of my favorite things about the day were the nostalgic touches that made me feel like my grandmothers were there to celebrate with us. The whole grandparents tone was set early on with my ring, which is my great grandfather’s stone. My dad inherited it when his mom passed away, and he had it set in a necklace for my mom. Then years later, he had it turned into a diamond ring and wedding band set. When Joe and I were about to be engaged, he knew I wanted a vintage stone. When we asked my mom if there were any stones in the family he could use, she took the ring right off her hand without hesitation (she has a backup set, don’t worry 😉 ) . Joe then took it and secretly had it reset with a setting he designed based on a vintage ring I loved.
My bouquet was wrapped in my mom’s mother’s handkerchief. She always had one in her pocket. I had planned to wrap my bouquet in HER mother’s (my great grandmother’s) vintage lace that I found in her sewing kit. But then I was presented with her handkerchief the morning of the wedding and it was even more special that it was wrapped in both. She would have loved, loved, loved this day.
It’s special enough that my aunt made it, but she pulled some flowers from her own garden and there was a white rose from her mother’s (my dad’s mom) rose bush nestled in amongst the sweet peas and snapdragons. She hand wrote (on pretty floral paper, naturally) all the flowers that were in my bouquet and their meanings for our life together.
I wore my great grandmother’s (on my dad’s side) fire opal around my neck as my something borrowed.
My dad’s mom’s vintage lace tablecloth lay across our sweetheart table.
And though I don’t have a picture of it, before the wedding I was given the best gift I’ve ever gotten. Our best friend’s mom is a quilter, and she made us a quilt. That’s special enough, but she pointed out that a lot of the fabric was meaningful for us – she used Halloween triangles because we got engaged on Halloween. Dachshunds and golf tees and Christmas because she knows it’s my favorite. I was so touched, and then she turned it over to show me the back. First, she used my a handkerchief that belonged to my grandmother to write a personal note to me. And then, she showed me the entire back. She had taken a cotton sweater jacket of my grandma’s and cut off the whole front panel so it looks like it’s laying flat on the quilt. She sewed it in and said “so now when you wrap it around you, it’ll be like she has her arms wrapped around you.” I LOST it. Had a hard time composing myself even enough to thank her. The tears were just nonstop and choked up in my throat. It was the most incredible thing I can imagine and I will treasure it for the rest of my life. I picture it draped over a crib when we have babies, sitting at the end of our bed in whatever house we may move to in the future, cuddled up on the couch with it when I’m old. Always with my grandma. Karen, your heart is gold and I will never be able to properly thank you for touching my heart so deeply.
Okay, enough for now. Happy Tuesday, and until tomorrow for more wedding photos! Sick of ’em yet?