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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pics of Yellow and Grey Wedding Are Here!!!

Well, I finally have the long awaited pictures of the fabulous yellow and grey wedding that I keep talking about.  See, it actually did happen!  Warning: this post is a bit picture heavy, so hang on....
I didn't do the flowers, but the lovely Sarah M. did both the flowers and the invitations.  The aisle flowers doubled as centerpieces.  She put hooks on the Mason jars and just moved them to the tables while the wedding party was getting pictures taken (a good money-saving tip!).
I didn't do the bouquet or boutonnieres, either, but aren't they gorgeous!  I did pick out the plate from a thrift store and make the wooden thing underneath the boutonnieres.  ;)  (I'll take credit where I can.)

Again, these are not my doing, but the flowers were just gorgeous.  The lady that did the bouquet did these, too, and I just love that she put these in an antique can.  It went very well with everything else.

These LOVE letters were going to be the death of me.  I had wanted to do something much heavier, but I couldn't put holes in the wall, so I had to come up with an idea that would work with Command Strips. Black foam core board did the trick.  I cut the letters out, then I printed up old sheet music pages, pasted them onto the boards, and gave them a black outline.  It was much harder than it sounds. O.M.G.  :-P

Aren't they pretty?
Can you see my grey striped straws on the very left of this?  We had lemonade in my large, glass Crate & Barrel dispenser (I always make sure to slip in that it's Crate and Barrel because it makes me it sound cooler), and it was super cute with the straws.  Plus, the reception was BYOB, which I thought was brilliant!  Alcohol is usually a huge expense at a reception, but there was plenty to go around if each couple just brought one or two bottles.  LOVED it!
Also on the beverage table was the seating chart.  I designed it with the graphics from the invitations, then hot-glued it onto two pieces of weathered wood which were hot-glued together, tied some raffia around it and called it good!  I really think it was one of my favorite things - so simple but so clever (if I do say so).

The lovely Jennie A. did the cake .  Each one was a different flavor, and they were simply decorated with lace around the bottom and brooches.  It was simple and elegant and gorgeous.

I didn't have anything to do with the food, either, it was all Jennie.  Not only was it beautiful, but it was the best wedding reception food I've ever had.  And I was thrilled that Jennie was on the same page as me with design.  Everything went together so well.  How cute are those chalkboard signs?!

The bride and I went thrifting a few months ago, and we bought little do-dads like this ceramic container, and I painted them all with the same yellow and grey paint.
This is my sign that I posted about here.  Gotta know where to go, yo!

This was a little fan that we made for each person out of card stock using the graphics from the invitation design.
Here's a nice wide shot of the pretty, little, country reception.

Do you remember me posting about the photo booth?  Well, here it is!
And 'member the candy jars?  Here's one of them!
The table numbers were sticks with painted discs and random things glued to them.  They were one of my favorite elements.  Can you also see the tealight place cards?  They brought a pretty glow to each table.  Also, we used her grandmother's doilies for the center of the tables.  I love personal touches like that.
Wanna know a secret?  The Mr. & Mrs. banner was painted denim.  I made cut-off shorts out of jeans and used the extra fabric to make the banner.  Not bad, eh?  That, of course, was adorning the wedding party table, which was the pièce de résistance.  It was really beautiful, but as the night went on it just got more and more magical looking with all of the candles and lanterns.  I made it, and it still took my breath away.  
at dusk

We found this tray (frame) while thrifting, so I painted the bottom grey and used it to put her bouquet on during the reception.  That way her bouquet did double duty as a centerpiece (more money-saving!).  
Speaking of money-saving, I had all of my friends saving jars for me.  There was always a sink full of water at my house with jars awaiting a label peel.  

I used all different sizes and put as many tealight candles as would fit in each one.  
It was really stunning once it got dark.  

Another fun idea that the bride and groom implemented was karaoke for the reception as opposed to a DJ and dancing.  It was such great fun, and everyone played along and had a blast.  It was also a great money-saving idea because they used a friend's machine and got my hubby to run it, cutting out another major expense.

A few days before the wedding I realized that there was not a plan for the grand exit.  So I saw this idea for streamers and ran with it.  I used sticks, ribbon, hot glue, and love.  (Oh, and here's where I talked about the "Just Married" sign.)

The candlelight was really amazing.  I didn't know if it would work, to be honest.  Every time I told people I needed jars to decorate a wedding with I felt like a total noob, but it was gorgeous and it totally worked!  I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out.  It was simply beautiful.

ETA: In case you want to know, I asked the bride what she ended up spending out of pocket, and this is what she said:
We spent just under $8,000. But many services were free (we tipped them though). I estimated our wedding would've cost $15,000 without our hookups.
Not bad, yo!  Just goes to show, being thrifty pays!

Congratulations, Christa and Lafe!!  Thanks for inviting me to help make this day a little more special and for trusting me and my crazy ideas.  I'm honored to have been a part of your wedding!

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  1. You are incredibly gifted! WOW Such creativity! I think I might pick your brain when I get married! God bless ya!

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  3. OMG -- How beautiful.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this.. So super creative and perfect.. Love it.. Officially following ya with smiles.. I'm Marilyn from and I would LOVE for you to link this to my Pin Inspirational Thursdays Party happening now pweease.. TY.. Off to indulge in all this burst of creativity here.. :))

  4. I started the Bird's Nest a few years back on a shoestring, and have tried to pass that on to our customer in hopes that they can take their creative juices and run with them...well, y'all really hit all the details head on - and when Iris told me the wedding was taking place on the side of the building...I thought you were crazy. I bet with these pictures, everyone is going to want to do that!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing the story, ideas, and of course the amazing pictures. Now go pat yourselves on the backs!!!

  5. Ohhhh my goodness. That is all I can say! I LOVE EACH and EVERY SINGLE detail!!!!! Watch out my friend, I have a feeling this is not going to be your last wedding! I have a feeling you are going to be getting hired out!!! I mean if I were getting married I would fly you here and everything! I just can't get over all of the wonderful details. I love the special moments too (Grandmas dollies) now like Monica posted---give yourself a pat on the back!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I think if I ever got to do my wedding ceremony over again I would copy all of this. ;)

    Really, you did great! And she did great with her budget!!

  7. Love, love every single bit. I especially like the photobooth idea. too good :)

  8. wow that wedding is gorgeous it makes me want another wedding. so the same guy of course. just so I can decorate like this and pretty myself up. Love it . Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  9. so awesome! Thank you for helping make our day so special! Made me wanna cry!

  10. So beautiful!! And what talent you have!!

  11. Hello, thanks SO much again for linking your project up to Pin'Inspirational Thursdays last week.. I featured it as my top five this week.. Please stop in and have a looksey/grab a button if you'd like. pweaase. This is totally awesome.. :))..Hope you can link up again today..~M

  12. it's settled, I have to get married again!! I would copy, steal, beg, borrow....every single detail of this wedding!

    That table set up...denim banner...the photo booth oh my goodness it is perfect! Wow...I really can't say enough!

    Oh...and if you were trying to make a career out of this, you are going to be a very busy lady my friend!



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