Sunday, October 28, 2012

All the Little Details

      Tom and I got engaged on June 1, 2011. We were out in Colorado on a beautiful hike when he popped the question. I allowed us a full five days of basking in our engagement before I jumped right into wedding planning upon our return to St. Louis :) I very clearly remember Tom being shocked and amazed when I started talking about venues and photographers just days after returning from our trip. Needless to say I had the photographer, venue, caterer and my dress by the end of June. That gave me a full 15 months to focus on the details of our wedding. I had such a great time doing so! After many, many Pinterest searches and visits to wedding gawker I had ideas that I would make my own for our wedding on October 13, 2012. Some of my ideas were original, but many were stolen. Since they were stolen I wanted to share them so that someone may steal them from me if they so chose. Without further ado, the details of our wedding. 

Bridesmaid Gifts
My 3 bridesmaids couldn't be more different. After much thought I decided it would be fun to give them a bag of things I love instead of trying to think of something they would love. Their bag included a shirt, chapstick, coffee, a starbucks gift card, a candle, a Tervis tumbler cup, gum and a necklace.
The Paper Products
Left: our program
Center: Our Save the Date, a written out and slightly poetic version of our dating story.
Right: Our invitation and response card

The Apparel 
My shirt monogrammed with my new name... to wear to the hair salon
My groom's tie... purchased from Etsy
My Mueth hanger for my dress
Mueth Hnager
The belt/sash on this dress was added. I was so happy I chose to take off the smaller belt and put on this thicker gorgeous beaded belt. It was such a nice touch. 
Left: My baby bonnet
Center: Earrings purchased by my matron of honor and sisters
Right: A bracelet made of vintage buttons purchased from the Portland Market
My yellow shoes
The girls wore yellow shoes and the guys wore yellow and gray argyle socks

The Venue Decorations
Our venue was beautiful and simple...requiring very little in the way of decorations
Beautiful sign purchased off of Etsy. At entrance to ceremony

Simple bushels of babies breath in hobnail jars lined the aisle
Our florist did an incredible job putting together beautiful bouquets with impressive wraps of twine and buttons
They were simple and classy. I especially love the lace and rhinestone on the bridal bouquet.

The Signs
The ringbearers: Here
The Flower Girl: The Bride

Signs at our head table
On the other side of the MR and MRS sign it said "Thank You"
I made this sign of burlap and stained wood.. against large mason jars full of sparklers
Our alternative guest book. Notecards written to be opened on our one year anniversary
Our anniversary time capsule
Cards: Instead of a birdcage we did a large candle lantern with a wood and burlap sign
Candy coated almonds: a family tradition

We handmade coasters for our guests as our favors.
We tied four coasters together for each couple and attached a little tag with their name, table number and a thank you.

Cocktail Hour Yard Games
My dad and I made these bags sets in our wedding colors to be played during our cocktail hour
the bride playing bags
guests playing bags... we also had two sets of washers

The Tent

My groom, father, brother and some brother in laws helped hang the lanterns the day before the wedding. They went back the day of the wedding and lit them. They added an incredible glow to the tent as it got dark outside. 

The cake was decorated simply with stucco icing and a few flowers
The Candy Bar with bags to take candy home and a sign that says "How Sweet it Is"
the simple head table
Lantern centerpieces 
the babies breath from the ceremony was moved to the tables for the reception.
Yarn wrapped letters were used for the table numbers.

When I look back now it all seems SO simple, but it was a lot of work. However, every last bit of work paid off as I loved how it all came together on our big day.

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