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Here’s a glance at the decorations for my wedding ceremony and reception. Perhaps it will give some of you some good ideas if you are planning your own wedding or helping someone else plan theirs. The cute card holder above is by Wilton. It is very modern and cute. It has a little heart-shaped lock on the front and looks great on a gift table.
We swirled silver tulle and purple chiffon ribbon together and attached them to the altar railing in the church sanctuary.
Our unity candle was very plain and I loved its simplicity. I got an ivory pillar candle and two ivory taper candles at Walmart and put a ribbon around the pillar candle to match the wedding colors. I wanted something that would not detract from the service itself. Plus, I figured that only the people in the first couple rows would even be able to see the details if I got ornate unity candles.
We had a small, intimate wedding and reception. Since we had a very small wedding party, we set up our head table in a not very traditionl way. We sat the wedding party as well as both of our immediate families with us.
Since the theme for decorating was “winter,” I focused the decorations on pinecones, candles, snow and tree branches.
These large vases are from Ikea and I filled them with pinecones from the backyard and amazing (and cheap) Ikea potpourri.
We also sprinkled tiny iridescent snowflakes and glitter over the ivory tablecloths.
I absolutely loved this arrangement of four pillar candles of different heights tied together with purple satin ribbon!
We had three vases like this one in front of the head table. I sprayed tree branches from the backyard with fake snow, put clear and silver marbles at the bottom of the vase and added some silver glittered curly branches.
I put the taller branches in a couple of larger vases in the corners of the room. I used white sand at the bottom of the vases to look like snow.
We got purple napkins with our names printed on them. These were actually pretty cheap through David’s Bridal and they helped pull the look together.
I absolutely adored these tealight holders from Ikea! With lights coiled around them, they really sparkle.
Our wedding favors were snowflake ornaments with tags. On one side, our names and wedding date were printed while on the other side our theme wedding Bible verse was printed.
Our cake was simply… AMAZING! We had a buttery white cake with fudge filling and chocolate icing. The baker piped white frosting to look like lace and draped real flowers that matched my bouquet down the side.
(Once again, thanks to Abby at Studio A Photo in Detroit Lakes for the amazing pictures!)
I thought I would give you all a peak at some of my wedding pictures. Next time I blog, I’ll show you some of the decorations since some of them I made or designed myself.
My amazing sister-in-law Abby owns Studio A Photo in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and did all of my wedding photography for me along with her assistant, Rita Paul. (You should really check out Abby’s portfolio over at www.studioaphoto.net)
Enjoy the pictures!
The colors and theme were pearls and silver, ivory and a rich, dark purple. I wanted a winter wedding – not a Christmas wedding.
I opted for no veil since I have never been a huge fan of them anyway.
We took some of our bridal portraits and wedding party photos at the local train depot. It was COLD!!
We were jumping to stay warm, but then it turned into a photo op!
I love downtown. I love the old storefronts and the character.
My husband and I took a nice ten day honeymoon right after our wedding. We had amazingly beautiful weather – especially for December. We barely saw any snow driving from Minnesota to Colorado Springs. We both enjoyed the drive for the most part. We took three days to get there and two to get back. The first evening we drove to Sioux Falls, SD. We saw a gorgeous sunset that night.
We stopped in Grand Island, Nebraska the second night. On the third day of driving, we drove past the first Pony Express Station in Gothenburg, Nebraska. We made a spontaneous decision to stop there since we were getting tired of sitting in the car anyway. Even though the building wasn’t open for tours when we were there, it was still interesting to look through the windows, snap a few photos and read about its history.
When we got to Colorado Springs, we stayed at a fabulous bed and breakfast called the Holden House. It’s a home built in 1902 which was converted into a B&B in the ’80′s I believe. It has three rooms in the main house, one room in a second house and two rooms in the carriage house. It’s located in Old Colorado City which is a historic area of town since it had been the capital of the Colorado Territory. The Holden House was all decorated for Christmas when we were there. Absolutely gorgeous!
This is the Carriage House where we stayed on the main floor.
The Carriage House has its own living room and kitchenette which are shared between the two rooms.
This was our suite, the Silverton.
It had its own sitting room with a TV and DVD player.
The bathroom was great because there was a large Roman soaking tub.
We visited downtown Colorado City which is filled with tourist shops, art galleries and eateries.
We also visited Garden of the Gods which was about five minutes away. The pictures were taken right before sunset.
We also went up Pike’s Peak. Pike’s Peak is over 14,000 feet high. We were planning on taking the train up but then decided at the last minute to drive up ourselves. It was certainly an experience to remember! It was a nineteen mile drive but it takes about an hour to get to the top because of the elevation, hairpin turns and icy roads. The side of the mountain that had the sun shining on it looked like this.
But then when you turn a corner onto the shady side of the mountain, the roads start looking like this! We were glad that we had 4 wheel drive.
This next picture was taken especially for my mom. She hates driving on roads that have bad drop-offs and don’t have any kind of barrier. Most of the time, there was practically no shoulder on the road and it got a bit scary when you could see hundreds of feet down the side of the mountain while you were driving on ice. (Then again, I had it good since my husband did all the driving.)
After a while, we hit the permafrost where no vegetation can grow. The only word I can use to describe it is desolate.
I think this was the worst turn (so bad in fact that they put up a tiny 8-inch tall barrier).
Check out the curves on this road!
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at some of our honeymoon pictures. Have a great weekend!
I can pretty much count down the time until my wedding by hours now instead of days! Saturday is coming pretty quickly!
And now begins all those last minute details. I have always liked to have as much done as possible ahead of time so that when the actual time comes, I can just sit back and relax. Of course, with a wedding, there will be the final details to take care of no matter what. So what have I been up to?
Finishing up all those bridal shower Thank You cards so that I don’t have to tackle them after the honeymoon.
Wrapping presents for our family’s early Christmas tonight.
Shopping for furniture and other household necessities for finishing up the home organization post-honeymoon.
Making lists… and checking them twice.
Folding wedding programs.
Sending the wedding party as well as family schedules for Friday and Saturday.
Packing for a honeymoon.
Giving myself a relaxing pedicure at home.
Doing a few last minute dress alterations as well as steaming the dress. (Are you kidding me? Did you actually think I would show you a picture of the dress?????)
Journaling about the last few minutes of single-hood.
Getting the spare room as ready as it can be for my soon-to-be-arriving maid of honor.
AND, not to be forgotten, getting a little beauty sleep.
As my roommates and I would say in college as we counted down to Christmas vacation, just two more sleeps ’til the big day!!!
We had previously read his wildly popular 5 Love Languages together and benefited greatly from that. That book sparked a good deal of discussion between us (something we are quite good at) and we learned much about each other.
This book covers a number of basic ideas and principles that are important to understand before marriage. We are reading it out loud and discussing as we go. My personally favorite chapter was about the importance of apologizing when we have done something wrong or hurt the other individual. Of course, both of us already knew that and (being imperfect) have already made use of apology and forgiveness. However, it was eye-opening to see how many varieties of ways there are to apologize. Mostly it goes back to the way we were raised and grew up. Some people were taught to say “I’m sorry” while others make visible restitution. For example, I was taught that I needed to say “Please forgive me” when I had done something wrong against someone and anything less than that from someone else seems to be lacking in sincerity to me.
So far, this book has helped us to more fully understand and appreciate the differences in each other.
I think that this book would be perfect for newly-weds or for engaged couples. Check one out the next time you are at a bookstore.
Have any of you read this book or any other of Dr. Chapman’s books? What did you think?
I have started taste testing punch for my wedding. I don’t want to have the first batch mixed up on my wedding day and find out that it is disgusting. Plus, I wanted at least one flavor that seemed a bit winter-y. So many punch recipes start sounding alike after awhile or are filled with so much sugar that you might as well serve Kool-Aid. I found a recipe for Apple Orchard Punch on AllRecipes.com, changed it up a bit to make it my own and then fell in love with it. Here is my final product.
Gracia’s Apple Orchard Punch
Stir together until dissolved:
1 (12 ounce) can of frozen apple juice concentrate
1 (12 ounce) can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate
3 cans (36 ounces total) of cold water
1 cup pulp-free orange juice
Add 1 ½ liters of ginger ale immediately before serving.
The orange juice adds a delicious addition to a very typical juice combination. If you are going to serve this from a punch bowl, you can slice an apple into whole horizontal strips to float on the top of the punch. This give a beautiful star-shaped pattern that you can see here.
Thanks to Michele O’Sullivan for the original recipe!
Want this recipe as a Word document? Click here for Gracia’s Apple Orchard Punch.
This weekend was an absolutely gorgeous September weekend in Minnesota. I played piano for a wedding and got a few great ideas for the lighting at our own wedding reception in December. Then my fiance and I worked on some of our own reception decorations the next day. I must admit, I was having trouble visualizing our reception. I had an idea of how I would decorate, but I couldn’t picture it in my mind’s eye.
Our theme is winter, but NOT Christmas decorations. I’m having a very dark purple and silver as our colors. Most of our decorations center on pinecones, tree branches, snow and candlelight.
Half of the guest tables will be decorated with ivory candles of various heights tied with a matching ribbon. I was really excited when I found that David’s Bridal sold ribbon that exactly matched their bridesmaid dress colors! Interested? Look here.
The other half of the tables will be decorated in tall glass bowls filled with pinecones (compliments of my brother and sister-in-law’s backyard) and potpourri from Ikea. (I must admit, I really love the scent and look of their potpourri, and the price – 99 cents! – is fabulous!) I used an aerosol can of glue to spray the pinecones and then I sprinkled some of them with silver, some with white and some with purple glitter to add a bit of sparkle.
I designed centerpieces for the head table that will match with some of the floor
decorations. I designed vases filled with tree branches (courtesy of my fiancé’s
old hedge) and silver curling accents. Before I put the branches into the
vases, I sprayed the bark with aerosolized snow. They are finished with a
combination of silver and clear decorative marbles in the bottom of each vase.
In low lights, these vases are eye-catching and unique yet have aMinnesota winter beauty.
I finished making these outside as the sun was setting and they were absolutely gorgeous!
If you’re looking for more of a crystallized ice look or for something with berries, this website (http://www.save-on-crafts.com/icedbranches.html) has some great ideas as well as a store to purchase the supplies through. These are also great for winter decor in your home. They are beautiful and can be fairly inexpensive depending on the materials that you use.
Wedding planning is one of those things that force you to get organized even if you tend to be a free spirit. Whether you want to or not, everything has to be planned and purchased by a certain day. It forces you to make lists and delegate tasks. And it forces you to think about how it is taking months to plan for an event that will last for six hours or less.
On the other hand, you could look at it as planning the first day of the rest of your life.
That is exactly what I’m doing now… planning the perfect beginning for my life with my fiancé Michael. I look at this planning as setting the tone for how we work and plan together, for how we make compromises and for how we determine what is most important to us.
I am happy to say that according to my highly detailed plans, we are right on target! I am a list-maker and a budgeter and a time-table watcher. For something as big as a wedding, I think being organized and having an overall plan is vital.
Here are a couple books that I have loved for their details about how to plan any sort of wedding.
This book is amazing for people who work well with checking things off a list. This little book covers a bit of everything from the time you are first engaged through the honeymoon.
This book has concise information on all parts of the wedding and reception. It is divided into chapters with pocket dividers to hold all of those important receipts, pictures and notes.
This is another book I have looked through and found some excellent planning details. It has much longer chapters with explanations of traditional weddings versus modern spin-offs. I also love that you can get it as a paperback or as a three ring binder! This book is also excellent for giving some creative ideas for things such as décor, music and favors.
When you get right down to it, there are a lot of details that you realize that you just don’t know. How exactly do you word the invitation? Who do you send wedding announcements to? Who gets a corsage or boutonnière? When should the invitations go in the mail?
Finding books to help me sort through all of this information and to plan a budget has certainly been a lifesaver!