Whew. It’s been a crazy time around here.
Last week both the boys were off for their Easter break and it was a definitely a whirlwind of busy-ness and blessings. We did a lot of hanging out together and we finally got to meet Patrick’s girlfriend Allie who came up from San Luis Obispo for a visit… and if that wasn’t enough specialness happening, this past week was also our first little wedding job.
Do you remember Anne and Ryan’s rustic chic wedding? Well last Friday they finally got married and Kirsten and I ended up making all of their floral arrangements as planned.
Here’s a shot of some of the wedding roses on my dining room table alongside the tissue balls I made. We picked up the roses, hydrangeas and ranunculus a few days early to leave them at room temperature so they could begin to open.
almost finished: the chalkboard menu
And here’s the chalkboard I was working on in the living room. It has the wedding menu on it and it was the biggest chalkboard project I’ve done so far. Lots of words (and gulp, lots of time).
At the sweetheart table a Lego wedding couple sits on top of Grandma’s old lace tablecloth.
This wedding was overflowing with so many personal touches I thought you’d enjoy seeing some photos.
Anne and Ryan chose to say their wedding vows at the exact spot he had proposed to her. It’s a gorgeous vista point on a hill overlooking the Folsom lake. And they invited close friends and family to witness their ceremony which meant that everyone had to hike about a half mile to get to the spot.
(Older folks got a ride in)
Along the way, the bride and groom made sure no one could get lost. They made cute wooden signs pointing out the direction…which read…
Roses are red
Violets are blue
this way to…
a dream come true
The groom made this trellis himself.
He didn’t want anything obstructing the view and we can see why. Isn’t this an amazing place to say your personal vows?
Now are you ready for a little more romance?
Ryan decided to surprise his bride. He arranged for a friend to bring his beautiful horse to the spot where Anne would begin her walk to the wedding site. Everyone knew about the horse but her.
The horse had daisies braided in her tail and a turquoise blue (the wedding color) blanket with scalloped edges.
I wasn’t there, but I heard Anne was completely beaming. She was on the horse when the guests and her groom spotted her in the distance.
The guests sat under clear blue skies and the wedding party walked down a aisle of green grass while the horse grazed in the background.
The father of the bride with his daughter Anne walking down the “aisle.”
Anne wore a wedding dress lovingly made by her mother, Connie.
After the wedding everyone got back into the cars and headed to
The Flower Farm is located in a working citrus orchard and includes a Bed and Breakfast (where the wedding party stayed) and a charming red barn-styled reception hall complete with stained glass windows and thick wooden beams.
The short winding road is lined with fluffy chickens, and blooming flowers.
A tissue ball welcome
The morning of the wedding while Kirsten and I were adding finishing touches to the tables, the father of the bride was high on a ladder hanging these balls. I got up there later to fluff them.
If you’ve never made tissue balls for an event, you really should. They’re easy to make and so pretty, don’t you think? Click HERE for a tutorial.
Remember THESE DIY mason jars we tinted turquoise blue? They really added that unifying color to the tables.
They were placed on long burlap runners made by the mother of the bride. We filled the large jars with white hydrangeas, white ranunculus, hot pink roses, lavender and white snapdragons, fuzzy lime dianthus, magenta wax flowers and leather ferns.
Here’s a close up of the flower colors we used. I took this photo while we were setting up. Not the best quality but at least you can get the idea. In real life the snapdragons stood out in the jars.
We made a total of 25 centerpieces for the reception tables, the outdoor bistro tables, cake table and lounge area.
Each jar was wrapped with raffia.
We also made 32 small jars with baby’s breath.
The distressed wood table numbers were made by the groom’s mother. Everywhere you looked there were handmade touches.
Each guest got a favor that read, “Keep the fire alive.” It’s a fire starter kit chosen by the groom who was described as an outdoorsman by his bride.
Tissue balls were also hung over the dance floor.
Anne is a professional dancer and her wedding list included lots of her fellow dancer/friends who filled up the dance floor.
This is the floral arrangement I made for the place card table.
The bride was there in the morning setting up the place cards …
…she made using her collection of wine corks.
I was next to her taking this photo
when I said, “Can you believe you’re getting married today?”
And she smiled and admitted she wasn’t nervous at all, only excited and happy.
“I just want to be married to Ryan. I just love him so much.”
The final addition to this tablescape were the childhood photos of the bride and groom hung on a piece of rough twine with turquoise & gold glittered clothespins.
Instead of a guest book the guests signed a bench.
Don’t forget to take your popcorn ball from the old copper tub.
Don’t they make an adorable couple?
I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the details of this rustic chic wedding. The wonderful part of this event is that at each step of the way the bride and groom were relishing it all. I’ve never seen such a calm and relaxed wedding couple. We had so much fun doing their flowers and we wish them all of God’s blessings.
And now, it’s back to reality.
I’ve missed you all and can’t wait to catch up on my blog reading and comments!
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