30 December 2010
Big day pt. 3
I loved the flowers we ended up with. Instead of a florist we wanted to support local growers and make our own boquets. We went to Pike's Place Market the day before the wedding and spent less than $250 on ALL our flowers for the venue, boquets, etc. We were at the mercy of what was in season, but I had been watching for several weeks and knew we'd be able to snag some gorgeous dahlias. We wrapped the bottom with bakers twine and I made some button stems with stripes and stars.
I had 8 bridesmaids. It's a lot of people to coordinate with and perhaps 4 would have been plenty, but nonetheless...I'm glad I got to share the day with these beauties! They kept me sane and helped with all the last minute things that I couldn't have done alone! You might be noticing there are only 7 girls in the pictures...My dear friend Leah was unable to make it at the last minute due to illness. We accepted this possibility when I asked her to be a bridesmaid, as she battles a debilitating chronic illness. It was emotional not to have her there, she has been with me through all the big moments since high school. On my wedding day I called her just a few minutes before I walked down the aisle and then I had a friend put her on speakerphone throughout the entire ceremony. It was the next best thing to having her there in person.
For our centerpieces we used a combination of mason jars, white Ikea vases and old apothecary/medicine bottles from my father in law's collection. I wish we had taken more photos because there were some gorgeous aqua and green ones! We had 100s to choose from! It was so fun to include something borrowed in our decor. All the jars and vases were put together by the bridesmaids, moms and grandmas! We had way more flowers than we needed!
The bottom table runner was a natural linen I ordered online and sewed. The top runner is...kraft paper! For reals! You know those big rolls of brown kraft paper you can get in the mailing section? Yep, that's all it is. For about 15$ I made 13 runners. I used acrylic paint, spraypaint, stencils and oil pastels. Michal helped me iron the edges over and then I sewed around the edge. It gave the tables a pop of color! There are so many possibilities you could do with this, paint stripes...etc.
The photo wire was just bakers twine and spraypainted clothespins. It was so much fun to look at photos from when we were little or from the time we first started dating. I loved that everyone got to know us a little better through the photos.
I still LOVE that canopy. Can't help myself. It was a last minute idea that I wasn't sure would even work out. Boy did it ever work out...it was one of my favorite things! It's now hanging in our apartment! It was inspired by Max and Margeaux's wedding on once wed, but their fabric installation was part of a lattice structure. The challenge in creating ours was figuring out how to attach and suspend it from something.
That's all for today! Tomorrow...the ceremony!
Venue: Sole Repair shop on Capitol Hill
Lights: Restoration Hardware
Glass vases: Wholesale flowers and supplies online
All photos by James Moes Photography