Happy Friday! In honor of our one year wedding anniversary last weekend (wohooo! I love being married!), I thought I better get with it and get something posted on the Our Wedding page of our blog, which is where all of this info can be found as well. This post has been brewing for a while. Many of you have asked me to do a recap and there's so much to recall from our wedding day, so I tried to capture as many details as possible. As many of you have read, it's been a wild ride with our first home throughout our first year of marriage, but we made it and each day really does get sweeter and sweeter. We just moved (I use that term loosely because boxes are everywhere) to our new home and it feels awesome. Safety and a lovely community never felt so good. It feels like a place we could call home for a very long time. More on that in a future post. Alright, back to the wedding recap. Ohh wait. Look.. the man of the house tried to butt-in and post his own blog post while I ran to get groceries... Hello all - Looks like Jess left her blog open. Let me give you the last year recap. The night of our wedding was the most fun I have ever had thanks to all our friends and family. Then we moved into a house that was 100 years old...literally. We will never do that again and I advise you to do the same. I understand why people burn their house down and hope to collect insurance. I considered it but luckily another first time home buyer thought she could overcome that mountain-of-a-turd-house. Our new home is awesome and I plan on never leaving. Although I can barely take care of myself, I joke about having kids and Jess thinks the sky is falling. FIRE UP CHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPS!!!!!!!!! I can't figure out how to post this blog thing. -Danny
GOOD TRY! Ok seriously, back to the wedding...
The planning process was an absolute ball for me, but we planned it relatively quickly in about seven months (engaged on April Fool's Day and married on October 13th of 2012). I wouldn't have wanted to plan it in any less time, but after four years of college at a rigorous art and design school, I've learned how to work well under pressure and crank stuff out like I have nine arms and eyes in the back of my head. In fact, nothing gets me more motivated than having a short deadline. It's kind of exhilarating. Plus, knowing I had the chance to plan a big ole party for my favorite people had me feeling all kinds of excitement.
In the area where I grew up, people tend to have very large wedding celebrations (sometimes upwards of 600 people!). While I find it wonderful to that have many loved ones surround the bride and groom on their special day, a more intimate celebration seemed more fitting for us. Hosting a heartfelt celebration with our closest family and friends, great attention to detail (ok so that wasn't so important to Danny), excellent food and a lively celebration was most important to us. We also made sure to tie in lots of personalized details relating to the history of our families. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't be here today doing this wonderful thing called life. I typically tend to over-plan out of fear that something may not go as intended, but I feel like our wedding was a healthy balance of DIY projects and letting the pros handle what they do best (such as hiring a florist to arrange bouquets the day of the wedding. If you have done this yourself, you are awesome). What follows is a sneak peek into the behind-the-scenes view of our big day. I hope this helps you if you're looking for wedding planning tips or are just up for an easy read.
Vision - I wanted the day to be classy and elegant, mixed in with pieces of classic family history. Sounds simple, right?! Oh my friend, get ready! Nothing ever ends up being simple when I'm around. Here are a few of my inspiration images, which originated from a few great blogs I like to follow. Follow the image link to the curator.
Let me start with our rings… I've mentioned before that I love a mixture of old and new. My ring is vintage, from the late 20s or early 30s. We found it at the Grandview Mercantile in the Short North, Columbus, Ohio. We've heard a few different stories about it's history from the shop, one being that it was worn by a former governor of Ohio's wife. We'll never really know the truth and that's ok with me. All I know is I love it and I'm happy to add my own history to it. It was the first one I tried on and after looking around at a few other shops, only to come back and purchase it, Danny ran down High Street (a very high traffic street), shouting, "Taj Mahal ring! Taj Mahal ring!" and nearly took out a woman on her Jazzy scooter. His excitement is one of my fondest memories of our engagement.
My wedding band was custom made by Carroll's Jewelers in Marion, Ohio to match the slight curve of the engagement ring. Danny often works on machinery and durability was most important when selecting his ring. It's titanium and was made in the United States by a talented jewelry shop called Spexton that features custom work through their etsy shop. I highly recommend their work. They were kind enough to engrave the inside of his ring with our initials and wedding date as well.
And here's a mini slideshow of how the proposal happened (on April Fool's Day)!
Save the Date - It was time to get the planning rolling and I designed our save the date cards using an Adobe program I use everyday called InDesign. I used a photograph from our engagement photo session (taken by the talented Javier Jarrin) along with a simple design that stated the wedding date and location. For as many people as I could, I sent the card via email. It worked really well and we got lots of 'congrats!' emails back, which were really fun to read. For those that didn't use email or I didn't have email addresses for, I printed them at staples on a very heavy cardstock and sent them out via snail mail in a classic black envelope. I addressed them with a sparkly gold ink pen.
Postage - It's unreal how much postage is used through the wedding process. Shower thank you notes, paying vendors, a few save the dates, invitations, pre-stamped rsvp envelopes, wedding thank you cards, and more. Load up! I ordered sheets of Forever postage from usps.com and selected the white rose stamp. There's so many fun options to choose from though. I would suggest the Forever stamps, just in case postage prices go up between the time you buy them and send out the envelopes.
Gift Registry - We registered at Crate&Barrel and Macy's. Both were wonderful to work with. I wish we would have thought to register at a home store like Lowe's or Home Depot, considering all we'd be getting into with the house. Nonetheless, we got some really great stuff from so many heartfelt family and friends. But oy! Packing all those wedding gifts up and moving them from the first house to the second is a real chore!
Bachelorette Party - I didn't want anything crazy or over the top, however my sister and the rest of the bridesmaids threw a lovely shower in the morning and an 80s themed party for me that evening. I don't have to explain much more than this photo. Pure awesome. Recognize any of these shoulder-pad-infused frocks? Goodness sakes.
Marriage license - An experience I'll never forget. We had to get it processed in Logan County, our old place of residence. The marriage license process could only be done during certain office hours, so we both made time to leave work early on a Friday afternoon, after a long stressful week of work and renovating the old house. The courthouse was in complete disarray because the tower of the whole building had just been blown off because of a damaging wind storm. Everyone had to evacuate the building immediately and the marriage licence office was relocated to another building and EVERYONE there was on edge. Come on people, it was Friday! Let's call the lady helping us out "Fran." So Fran led us through a series of questions and Danny was in another world, not paying the least bit of attention. The musty, thrown together office was the last place he wanted to be. Of course, the next question for him to answer was, "Are you currently under the influence of illegal substances, especially pertaining to drugs or alcohol?"
And then he just gave her a blank stare. And then he said, "huh?" Well, Fran got real angry. It kind of went like this. "SIR, ARE YOU CURRENTLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES, ESPECIALLY PERTAINING TO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL? SIR, IF YOU CAN'T COOPERATE WITH US, WE'LL END THIS MARRIAGE PROCESS IMMEDIATELY AND HAVE YOU ESCORTED OUT OF THE BUILDING." Well hot dang. Fran meant business. And Danny straightened up real fast. Pay attention to those court house ladies! They'll getcha on a Friday afternoon when there's courthouse roof debris flying through the air! Looookout!
On a lighter note, let's talk about wedding invitations! I wanted these to be fuss-free, yet elegant. I designed these in InDesign as well and had three main parts. 1 - main invitation, A7 size
2 - response card, A6 size - (we got so many good song requests from the dance floor song request line!)
3 - accommodations and registry card, A2 size - this is where I included hotel accommodations, registry info, and a link to our website. It was unbelievable to me how many people don't return the rsvp card by the deadline, or at all! If you have one sitting on your kitchen table right now and it hasn't been filled out and sent back yet, stop reading this and go do that first. Every butt counts and the bride is waiting on your response so that she can assign an appropriate seat for you and/or figure out the food count. Vendors tend to be very particular about the "cut-off date" for letting them know how much food they need to order. My mom is excellent at keeping accurate records and all that jazz, and I was in housing-apartment-moving limbo (and staying with an awesome family before we wed), so we had all of the rsvp cards sent to my parents' house. Each time one showed up in her mailbox, she kept track of dinner choice selections and song requests via an excel spreadsheet. Here's quick tip to avoid potential confusion… many people (mostly males - sorry guys) aren't aware that the "M__________" line is the place for their name to be filled in. In the chance of getting a nameless rsvp card back, we placed a tiny number on the backside/corner of the rsvp card in pencil. The number corresponded with the guest name on the guest list. Needless to say, it came in very handy.
I ordered black A7 and A6 envelopes from paper-papers.com. I purchased cardstock from an etsy shop, and worked with a friend that had connections to a solid printer. I wanted a bit of material and texture variation within the invitation set, so I printed the accommodations card myself, on which I used plain black ink on a piece of kraft cardstock. I wouldn't suggest printing invite pieces yourself. It was such a pain because the stock came pre-cut and my printer didn't like the small card size. AT ALL. The other two pieces (luckily, the most important ones were in the hands of the printer) were printed on ivory stock and turned out great. I would always suggest printing at least 15 extra invitation sets. Out of the 200 people we invited, I recall resending 7 invitations to people that didn't put in a mail forward with the post office or had moved and didn't give us their updated address. Boo! Need a mail-forward package sent to you? Find options from the USPS here. You can fill it out online for $1 or they can send you a packet. They assume you just moved, so the packet will come with all sorts of fun discount cards for places like Uhaul, Lowes, or a company that prints new address labels for example. We actually just used our 10% off card from Lowes to buy a lawnmower (Gertrude, the mighty Green Giant - she's a John Deere. Dad, I know I make you proud.).
Will you be my guestbook attendant? I have three lovely cousins that I knew would be perfect for the job of program attendants and guest book attendant. I knew they were eager to help and I wanted to ask them in a fun way, so I put together these boxes and filled them with candy, corresponding to the note within. I got the boxes free from the USPS. Did you know you can order a pack of priority boxes online and they'll deliver them to your door for free? I used three of the small flat-rate boxes and wrapped them in a brown kraft paper from Dollar Tree (you'll soon understand my love affair with Dollar Tree when it comes to event planning!). I attached a gold ribbon and stuffed them with green scrunchy paper, all from Dollar Tree as well. Dollar Tree doesn't always have quality goods, but it's a perfect for finding wrapping paper or other temporary items that get thrown away within five minutes of opening. Plus, planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, so saving a few bucks here and there just feels good.
Rehearsal - It was held the evening before the wedding. I remember being very nervous and everyone was pretty quiet… pre-wedding jitters, I suppose. We went through the ceremony twice with Pastor Dave and things went well. There is truly something to be said about someone that has the ability to take control of a group of lively people and tell them where they need to be and when. I've been a part of weddings and events before where the ground rules and the plan just wasn't laid out well, and people are left feeling a bit lost and it just doesn't run smoothly. Know the plan and make sure someone is direct and upfront with the next day's plan. Give people an itinerary. Let them know you expect them to be on time. Huge kudos goes to Pastor Dave for orchestrating our lively bunch. Oh, make sure to bring your marriage license to rehearsal!
Rehearsal Dinner - We went to a local restaurant called LaPiazza and had a great Italian dinner with everyone together in a separate room, which made it feel nice and intimate. Danny and I thanked everyone for coming and passed out gifts to our attendants and parents. While on my trip to Italy with a best friend the summer before the wedding, I knew I wanted to find something unique to gift my bridesmaids and the program/guestbook attendants with. I immediately knew some fun scarves would be perfect for the fall wedding and great to use in photos as well. I found the younger girls' plaid print scarves in Padovia. I found the silk scarves for the bridesmaids in Florence and also wanted to give them a bottle of Bellini from Venice. I didn't want to travel with the bottles, so I put in a special order through my local World Market after getting home, and had them delivered safe and sound. World Market was so helpful and I would highly recommend working with them to find something unique and special from different parts of the world. For the guys, we had custom leather flasks handmade and initialed by an etsy shop. At first it was a little frustrating because they weren't what we thought they would be and one of the flasks was missing a middle initial. After some polishing and cleaning up, they turned out pretty sweet.
This became a reoccurring motion/shout of the weekend - Fire up Chips!
Crazy-cool photo captured by Nicole below - these were the gifts for the bridesmaids. Can you guess where the wrapping paper and ribbon came from?
Friday night after the rehearsal and dinner, a group of us (ladies only!) went to the reception site to wrap up some final details and get a last look at the hall before the big day. I have OCD tendencies, so this was a must-do for me!
The wedding day… ah, it has finally arrived!
Hair & Makeup - I chose a local salon for hair and makeup, which was only a block away from the church. They were so gracious and let us take over the upstairs of their fabulous old building. My Aunt brought an awesome brunch and drinks for all of us midway through the hair and makeup process. It was such a fun time to bond with the girls and enjoy the day of getting ready among delicious food.
Photography - I had our photographer come and capture the moments of the day, starting with the hair and makeup in the morning. She was incredible and put in a very long day of capturing the day's best moments. Kudos to you, Bobbie! Please check out Bobbie's site here. She's a gem - many of the photos you see in this post were taken by her.
Wedding Program - Less is more! I didn't need a booklet of how we met and what we ate for dinner on our first date. I found a ream of ivory cardstock at Staples and designed the program very much like the invitation set. I was sure to include special details of the day that guests might be interested in or could relate to. I printed it on a black and white copier and folded it hot-dog style. Done! I printed way too many, so here's a little something I did with the extra programs in a vintage frame from Italy.
My Jewelry - I mixed two family pieces of jewelry and created one big chunky necklace. The pearls came from my Grandma Joanne and the crystals came from my Grandma Pat, worn on her wedding day in 1963.
My Dress - My first job was in high school and I worked at a local bridal shop that my Grandpa's cousins owned. I also worked at a large bridal chain throughout college, but I knew the talented ladies at the local shop would take care of me. It's pretty amazing what they can do with a dress. The same alterations specialist that altered mom's wedding dress in 1985 actually altered my dress as well. Incredible! I chose a strapless fit and flare silhouette in all ivory lace with an slight sweetheart neckline. An ivory sash, embellished with crystals and pearls was added at the natural waistline. I always wanted satin covered buttons to run down the entire back of the dress like my Grandma Joanne's and this dress fit the bill perfectly. The photo below was taken in one of my old Sunday school classrooms. Big props goes to Bobbie for encouraging us to get ready somewhere other than the BRIGHT YELLOW nursery!
Our family actually lived in that big house behind us for just a few short months while my parents were building their current home!
My Veil - After working in a few bridal shops, I knew veils were outrageously priced. Some of them are priced higher than the cost of a small used car. All I wanted was a very long simple veil. No tiara, no beads, pearls or other bells and whistles. My Aunt was the perfect person for this job. She's made plenty of hair pieces before and offered to do it as a gift. Love! I found the tulle I wanted and ordered it online (gasp!). With a wire clip and a little TLC from my Aunt, my cathedral length veil came to a grand total of……..drumroll please………… $11.78. Wohooooo! Say what?!
One of those tear-jerker moments that always getcha at weddings... here's me and Pops exchanging one of those moments!
My shoes - The first floor of the reception hall has leopard print carpet - and I do love it! I then saw these Anne Klein pumps at Macy's and my heartbeat quickly sped up. I splurged a bit on them, but I have worn these again and they're such a fun shoe. They went well with our black-ivory-champagne color scheme. I've seen a lot of wedding shoes, but have never seen a good looking white satin pair. They're so.. stiff or something. Do something a little different!
Bridesmaid Dresses - Enough about the bride already. Let's talk about the beautiful ladies I was honored to have stand next to me on the biggest day of my life! I didn't want the typical bridesmaids dress. You know what I mean. I saw these awesome ruffle-top dresses online and had to see them in person. I chose a champagne color in a European dupioni fabric and haven't regretted it since. I knew I never would have been able to pick one "wedding color," so I decided to stick with more of a neutral pallet and it really went well with the classic architecture and pallet of the reception site. Also, the church has a ton of RED upholstery, which is very tough to match anything to. Once again, a neutral color was a great option.
Bouquets - I wanted fresh flowers for myself and the girls to carry. I decided on a simple bunch of white hydrangeas for the girls and a collection of white hydrangeas and mini green hydrangeas for myself. Looking back, I wish I would have had more greenery added to the perimeter of these so that they would have popped off of the light dresses more. Also, hydrangeas really get beat up after enduring the whole wedding day, so something more durable probably was a better answer. All in all, they were pretty and not many hydrangea blooms are needed for a good-sized bouquet.
Tuxes - Classic black tuxedos with ties was all it took for these guys to look dapper as ever! I've noticed a trend in bow ties lately and I love how fun they are. At least cumber-buns and ruffles aren't back... yet!
Boutonnieres - Something about guys wearing flowers just never really made sense to me. Danny and his groomsmen are the farthest thing from feminine, so after a boatload of online searching and a quote of $20 per boutonniere from the florist, I decided to take on this project myself a few months before the wedding. The wedding was planned for October and I wanted something durable and classic. I bought a green and brown based floral arrangement for $7 at Garden Ridge and decided to do some damage to it. If they turned out awful, my $7 wasn't something to get worked up about. At first they looked a lot like a few sticks of dry celery glued together. Throw a little peanut butter on them and we're good right? No, I hate celery! However, quickly they evolved into a really fun piece for the guys to wear. I used more pieces of the floral arrangement and found some manly-ish bird feathers that tied in with the fall season really well. I assembled everything with a hot glue gun and wrapped some black ribbon around the base. A little sparkle and they were done! I stuck two pearl-pins in the back to prep them for wearing. For 11 boutonnieres, I spent $11 (including the hot glue, florist's tape & ribbon) and maybe two hours of time. $11 versus $220 for boutonnieres sounds so nice!
Car - This was such a special touch to the wedding day. After we wed, we drove off from the church in the same 1947 Buick Roadster as did Danny's grandparents on their wedding day in 1953. This photo is priceless to me and is easily my favorite captured moment from our wedding day.
Photos at Family Farm - Another special part of the day for me… taking photos with the whole gang at my grandparent's family farm. I spent many summer days here and grew up just down the road. These special moments don't seem so important the day of because it's such a whirlwind of events, but I appreciate these photos more and more everyday. The rain came quickly after we grabbed a few shots at the farm and loaded onto the Silver Bullet!
Silver Bullet - Big shout out goes to another Aunt and Uncle who let us use their souped-up RV for transportation to the reception from the family farm! We had a ball. Thank you for your generosity! Also, big thanks to my Grandparents for being our chauffeur!
Marley's Downtown - A former Elk's lodge (not the animal!), the building is very historic and sat vacant for a few years before the current owner transformed it into a swanky first floor restaurant, and restored the second floor's beautiful ballroom. With so few unique venue options where I come from, the place had me at hello. Original architectural details, hardwood floors, a beautiful staircase and the barrel vaulted ceiling with crystal chandelier was exactly what I had in mind, but thought I'd never find in rural Ohio. Bingo! Yahtzee! We kept the guest list to 200 people, which worked well with the venue, which held a cozy 197 people, but we expected some wouldn't make it.
Head Table - This thing was incredible! The head table was about 30' wide and sat 22 people. I have no idea where it originated from, but it was fabulous. The entire bridal party and their dates, parents, and our head pastor were all able to sit around it. I loved that it was wood and one less thing that had to be covered in linens.
Ferns & Hydrangeas - My parents were married 27 years earlier, on the day of the rehearsal dinner. They had two big Boston ferns on the altar at church and I knew I wanted the same. I've always loved their bold presence and wanted to use them on the altar, as well as at the reception. Fresh flower centerpieces are so pricey and for the four or five hours that the reception lasts, I just didn't see that being worth it. We worked with a local florist and he was a blast and very creative. It's great when you know you're on the same page with a vendor. Blaine from Village Green was the man! They were local and didn't charge a delivery fee. The best part is that he let us rent these fresh ferns that he babied the whole week leading up to the big day, meaning we didn't end up with 22 ferns that we had no where to put. We definitely wanted them up on a pedestal because we had a lot of ceiling height to work with and they would have taken up too much space on the round tables. We got a lot of bang for our buck with those big luscious ferns! I was thrilled with how they looked. Go Blaine! One fern even ended up on an avid dancer's head by the end of the night.
No flames - This was a bit of a bummer.. no natural candlelight flames allowed. I think candlelight creates such a romantic feel, but rules are rules and I'd say they probably don't want this sweet old building to catch flame. Good ole' walmart.com came through for me with some battery powered led votive candles. I got 36 of them for $15. Way before I even knew Danny, I saw these Pottery Barn votive candle holders at a yard sale and snatched them up so fast. I got 50 of them for $20. They are heavy; gold on the outside and silver on the inside. I'll keep these forever! The led candles put off sort of an orange flicker, but they did the job and I didn't have to worry about them burning out. Average battery life is ten hours.
Pub Tables - We didn't have enough room for everyone to be seated at the large round tables, so it was time to get creative and figure out a game plan without going over the fire code limit. The groups of people at the large round tables consisted mostly of family. I had a vision of creating more of a bistro feel by renting small two-top pub tables for the outside of the ballroom. There was a 4' deep small ledge that lined the two longest walls of the ballroom that would fit the small tables. I originally wanted bar height pub tables and stools. However, there were no local vendors that carried the stool style I was envisioning so that quickly was out of the question. We still kept with the concept and rented regular table height pub tables and these sweet old wooden folding chairs. The coordinator had some concerns about people possibly tripping over this ledge, but I decided to place young couples at these tables, ones that we thought would be up and dancing later on, alleviating any worry of the ledge being a trip hazard.
Linens - Most of the linens were provided, however I didn't want black napkins to blend in on the black table clothes at the large round tables. My Grandpa worked at a local linen shop for many years and got me the hook-up with a custom linen order. Sadly, we lost Grandpa just a few short months before the wedding, but I sure couldn't help but think of him the entire weekend, especially when dressing the tables. I ordered ivory napkins for the tables covered in black, and black napkins for the pub tables, which were covered in ivory.
I found a Craigslist listing of someone who had 50 large chardonnay bottles that he wanted to get rid of for free. I jumped on that listing so fast. Many wine bistros will give you their used bottles as well if you just ask. I went through the painstaking process of peeling all the labels off (with a ton of boiling water and Goo-Gone) and created my own bottle labels to serve as the table numbers. I got the labels very reasonable online from onlinelabels.com and printed them on my inkjet printer.
An Aunt with a great green thumb offered to dry a some bunches of hydrangeas for me to use here and there at the reception. They were a unique contrast with the fresh ferns and hydrangeas.
For the Kids! I wanted to attempt to help keep the younger ones occupied, so I placed a juice box at each setting, along with a few coloring books and a pack of crayons.
Everything for the guest seating assignment table was found in our first home's basement. I found these vintage fruit crates, jars and different bottles and put them to work. A little glitter and some gold spray paint can go a long way. I filled the base of the crates with floral foam, placed and secured the jars, and glued down peet moss to cover the floral foam. Below you'll see one of the the seating chart cards, which I printed and stuck to bamboo sticks, which I later placed in the jars. The guestbook was a photo book of the Italian landscape that we asked everyone to sign and leave a special note. It's a beautiful coffee table book now.
A few childhood bath photos of us both at 18 months old served as restroom signs for the ladies and gents. Just look at Danny's thunder-thighs!
Name Cards - Each seat had a place card, with either a chicken (chicken breast), cow (steak), tomato (vegetarian), or juice box (kids' meal) image, pertaining to their dinner selection. Knowing the ballroom would get cozy once guests arrived, I wanted to make things as easy as possible for the servers.
Our First Dance - "To Make You Feel My Love" - by Adele
Dancing with Our Parents - We did something a little different and decided to dance with our father/mother at the same time. We chose the song "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" by James Taylor.
Time for the dance party!
Garter Toss - Danny loves football. After finding my garter, he wrapped it around a football and launched it to all the single guys. The winner got to keep the ball - go Ross!
Dessert Bar - Woah, this was such a huge collaboration. Neither of us are huge cake fans. It's good, but wedding cake is wedding cake and we wanted something with a little flair. We decided to have an eclectic mixture of family favorite desserts and fresh coffee served at 8pm after dinner had wrapped up. We know some pretty talented bakers that are family or family-friends. The outpouring of help we got to pull this bar together was incredible and could still bring a few tears to my eyes. There's something about a wedding that causes people to drop whatever they're doing to jump in and help. So when people ask you if they can help with something, let them! ... (so long as you trust them). Dividing and conquering works! We can't thank everyone enough who helped with desserts and collecting family cake pedestals and cut-glass platters. Here was the dessert menu...
Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet Cake Pops, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Raspberry Tarts, Pecan Tarts, "N" Monogramed Sugar Cookies, Blueberry Tarts, Pretzel Kisses, Italian Cookies, Oreo Truffels, Louie's Bakery Nut Rolls - Marshall, MI, Louie's Bakery Cupcakes (chocolate, vanilla, red velvet) - Marshall, MI... and Coffee!
The leg lamp - I found it in a random closet at the venue when we were setting up and HAD to put it on the dessert bar. It matched the color scheme perfectly and it was a hit!
Hotel Bags - Lastly, I wanted the out of town guests to feel welcomed, so I put together a guest bag for them, which was waiting in their hotel room upon arrival. Sweet treats, salty snacks, mints, Advil, water and other goodies filled the bag.
Married & Merry! - After our whirlwind year, just a few months later, we sent out Christmas cards to our wedding guests.
Thank you Lord, for the gift of marriage. We have never been happier.
That's a wrap!
Ps. If you recall a special wedding memory, I'd love to hear about it! Have more questions about how we designed something or put it all together? Just ask!