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.
|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
|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|
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 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|
|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|
|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.