Let’s just get right to it! Here are the photos of the ceremony and all our wedding decor. Above is the “altar” made from a giant metal trellis and a vintage dresser scarf, on which I embroidered the word ‘happily’. Because that’s how we married–happily.
A view from outside, among the gardeny beauty.
When our guests arrived, they were greeted with an abundance of greenery and flowers, which set the tone for our casual, homegrown weddin’.
Brian’s mom Susan made several lovely signs to point our guests in the right direction.
The week before, Brian and I, with the help of some of our dearest friends, made our programs. We designed and printed them on Kraft paper from French Paper Co, then embroidered little arrows on the bottom of each one in different colors.
Here’s a full shot of the programs (in front of my bouquet) and our guestbook, which might be one of our favorite parts of the wedding.
Instead of a simple book for our guests to write their names in, we created an ever growing book of postcards, mailed to us from the family and friends who celebrated with us. Over several months, we collected vintage postcards, many from Chicago, as well as our home states of Arkansas and Missouri. We then self-addressed and stamped them all. At the wedding, we displayed them in a postcard tree and asked our guests to pick their favorite, write us a little note, and pop it in the mail when they got back home. We’re still getting these in the mail, and it’s like a little present each time!
For the seating chart, we created little buttons with each guest’s name and placed them on a vintage table cloth. The buttons were placed around the corresponding table number, which I embroidered into the cloth, and we used a giant embroidery hoop to display the whole thing.
For the bridal party and their spouses at the head table, we placed their name buttons directly on their plates.
The plates were a mismatched collection of vintage and second-hand pieces, set atop an assortment of vintage napkins. For the centerpieces, we had metal tins planted with rosemary, table numbers embroidered on vintage postcards, baby’s breath (picked by the groom’s mother and sister) in empty wine bottles (happily “emptied” by the groom’s mother and sister), water in carafes, and forks in tin cans. We wanted to keep the tablescapes simple, casual, and sweet. I think we succeeded.
At the head table, we placed the postcard with our wedding logo.
We also collected vintage mugs for coffee.
And instead of a wedding cake, we had wedding cake donuts! Served on vintage dessert plates, of course.
The donuts, more specifically apple cider donuts, were placed in wooden apple baskets made by Little Rock Crate & Basket Company. We couldn’t help but brand the baskets with our custom ‘WE’ stamp, and at the top we placed the two tiny white doves from Brian’s parents’ own wedding cake.
Each guest was given a tiny toy or noisemaker, including slide whistles, harmonicas, little horns, party blowers, kazoos, etc.
Truman’s Ridge, our bluegrass bland, played us down the isle.
And we made it official! Tune in tomorrow for the portrait photos of us and the well-dressed wedding party.