Thursday, November 3, 2011

wedding - part two

we knew from the get go we wanted a simply decorated ceremony, there would be the least amount of time spent in this area but of course it still needed the 'wow' factor. i knew right away that i was going to create a fabric strip piece for the alter to hang between those two trees - i was a little surprised when this turned out to definitely NOT be one of a lower budget projects. i tried to shop joann's sales, use coupons, and look in the clearance section but it is crazy how much fabric is! i went back and forth between adding a candle element or trying to find a cool ornate cross on the tree, but in the end we kept it clean and simple. I also knew immediately i wanted to use my mom's vanity at the back - it is amazing how adding some old furniture to your outside wedding instantly transforms it into something amazing. by the way...my mom and i totally made all of the guys ties! oh! and the confetti - i am so glad we bit the bullet and did that, even if it sucked raking up the next day. i love the photo amy got of us walking back down the aisle!
originally stella was going to walk and carry a sign to but at the end we switched things up and had tim carry her out while he walked his mom down the aisle and then left stella with her - rowan at the last minute had to be bribed with a large bullseye from the disney store and it was totally up in the air whether our ring bearer would do his task or not - i guess this is to be expected with any wedding and little kids, ha!
during the ceremony tim gave the older girls simple initial necklaces from http://www.thevintagepearl.com/ as a special moment of blending our families as one - it was super sweet and they were very surprised. my older sister was our officiant and our vows were:
“I Melissa, take you Tim (and vise versa) to be my lawfully wedded husband. To love you without reservation, and to demonstrate that love in action as well as word. To turn to you and not on you in times of trial; and to practice honest and thoughtful communication, especially when its most difficult to do so. To challenge and inspire you to be all that I believe you can, and to welcome the same from you with an open heart. To make passion a priority, and faithfully work to entice and attract you through the years. I vow to trust in your love and put apology and forgiveness above ego. To take ownership of my health and to care for your; to celebrate your joys and share your sorrows as long as we both shall live.”
it was short and sweet, exactly how we wanted.
the reception was nothing short of perfect - all of our homemade salads and burgers were tasty and the band kept our guests dancing and entertained all night long. no one complained about having to sit on quilts and i am pretty sure people were happy with our local choices of win and beer.
the group photo is one of my favorites from the whole day - we both agreed we didn't want traditional photos of friends and family standing in line, but this? was something we would hang on our walls for sure!
so enjoy our ceremony and reception...




pictured vendors: dressmy ringscakeprogramsbridesmaidszoe and rowan's dressstella's dresssuitsmustaches, flowergirl/ring bearer signs, and pinwheelsshoescandyrowan's hair cliphangerlarge candy table glassine bags smaller glassine bags, photo twine, and straws, flowers, suspenders, and my hair piece.
everything else was made with love by our friends, family, or me. i am more than happy to share 'how-to' or 'what-we-dids' on anything you see.

10 comments:

melissa rohr said...

absolutely GORGEOUS!!!  love the bright flowers and the confetti and that thumb-print tree!  i must figure out a way to make my own thumb print tree.  SO CUTE.  Congratulations!!!

melissa rohr said...

your wedding was gorgeous and you were absolutely stunning. you both make a beautiful couple.

if it's not too personal i would love to know more about what your wedding budget. i know you had mentioned that you did a lot of it yourself, so i would love to get an idea of your total. my hubs and i were never properly married, just a simple courthouse deal, and we would love to do something a little more on our 5th ann. to celebrate. i have definitely been using your wedding for some great ideas.

oh, and one last thing...those burgers are making me hungry. yumm x10!

melissa rohr said...

I am just in awe of these last two days of posts. Everything was beyond beautiful!!! I can't believe you did it all on your own (with family and friends) Just gorgeous! :)

*Ditto on Joni's comment...my husband and I got married in the courthouse, and your wedding gives me the desire to want to do something more! :))

melissa rohr said...

thanks!! honestly i don't know the exact number in the end because aside from what we were given or saved we threw a lot of our own money in here and there for little purchases. but we started with around $7,000 <---seems like a lot still, but if you consider the average wedding costs $25,000 that is a deal and about a little less then half of our budget went to the my dress, invitations, the band and photographer (those were the biggest ticket items) so keep that in mind too. 
looking back there is a lot of things i could have skipped to save on, and not properly planning in the beginning let to purchases i never ended up using haha. hope this helps!

melissa rohr said...

awe, thanks!! we almost went to vegas which would have been fun and an experience in its self but i am glad we did it this way...so many more memories for us and our friends/family!

melissa rohr said...

multi colored confetti = awesomeness!!!!  I agree...totally worth the hassle.  Love the bright colors.  Fabulousity!!!!  Ties, grand!  I am just totally in love with your wedding.  THIS is what it is really about....kudos to you both!!!  And many blessings....

melissa rohr said...

The decor is just too cute! :) 

melissa rohr said...

Sweetest little wedding ever. I seriously could stare at these pics all day! I love the "here comes the bride" signs!! So so so so sweet!

melissa rohr said...

Wow, that is just the cutest day ever!  I love your choice of flowers, it made everything so colourful, and your dress was utterly gorgeous.  What is that fingerprint tree?  It looks amazing, what a great idea!  It really looks like the perfect day, and I love the photos on the line, and pretty much everything else. Wonderful, congratulations x
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melissa rohr said...

You all did such a great job. I wish I was getting married again (to Ryan, don't get the wrong idea ;) so I could use the wonders of pinterest! Lets start a wedding planning company! Haha. Mandy did such a great job, as always. I love the little expressions she caught.