It’s the First Official Wedding Wednesday!
This is new to the iloverehabs blog. I have been asked to do a handful of weddings so I thought I would show you what I have been up to lately. Here is what you might see on Wedding Wednesday:
- Weddings I have done
- DIY Wedding Projects
- Wedding Moodboards
- Wedding Downloads
- Tips on doing a DIY wedding that you can enjoy.
- Money Saving Tips for Weddings
I thought I would kick this off by showing my friend Carissa’s wedding. Carissa is a dear soul. She is super creative and really great with people. She asked me to decorate her wedding reception with a Flea Market Vintage Wedding. I asked her what she wanted and she basically told me that she wanted her wedding to look like a really cool flea market. The kind you get excited about ever little turn that you make in the store. I could get behind that. She and her family did all the work collecting stuff. I have never see that much stuff….but it all found a place.
Carissa’s colors were mint and creme. She wanted burlap and she wanted denim. Her flowers would be sunflowers. I think it turned out the way she wanted and it was a really fun wedding to do. Did I mention that the venue was in an old airport lobby?
The Challenges to decorating and airport lobby:
- So much space
- moving all the airport furniture. There were so many benches!
- You couldn’t put anything on the walls (that is typical)
- Airport signs everywhere…the kind you can’t take down.
- Balance of covering random and embracing random.
- It was really tall and she wanted part of it to feel cozy.
I think I will let the pictures do the talking with just a little bit of commentary.
This is how you walked into the venue. You felt at home. One thing I did not catch a photo of (because it was at the ceremony when I was taking pictures) was the guest book. It was a rocking chair just like this one. She had people sign it! I thought that was such a great idea!
The centerpieces were a mixture of coffered coffee tins, flowers, mason jars, and tea lights. All of the coffee bins were made by her friends. We used cut up bed sheets and Christmas lights to drape across the large beams. The 400 people at the wedding made it hard to get this room with the glow of the twinkle lights. It was a fun place to be.
There were tables all over the airport. It was mostly round tables but we used this little nook to pack in lots of people. I actually sat down over here for a little while, it was the fun place to be. There are so many imperfections to this airport in the day light. There was no over head light in this area so when the party began at 8pm, this area was totally illuminated by candles with a splash of light from other lit areas. It had ambiance and you didn’t even notice the imperfections.
I decided to do very uniform and very simple table decorations I wanted this area to be glowing. I also had to cover up all the stacked airport benches and airport signs. Behind these door are chaos, but you can’t see it. Some of the doors were old, some were new, some were borrowed, and one was blue…literally!
Here is the photo booth. I have a few DIY tricks up my sleeve on this one. I had to hide ugly again. Behind those curtains was another view of the storage chaos.
Incorporating denim can be a little tricky. It was mixed in the centerpieces here and there, but its largest presence was in the wedding party table. I am sad to say that I never got the finished shot. It was hard to get with 400 people. The only thing that is missing is the bridesmaids bouquets. Carissa saved money by using them. I kept their vases on the wedding party table just in case the girls wanted them. Being that they were walking down the aisle with them when I shot this photo…its not the full effect. Imagine fresh country flowers in each of those coffee tins.
Another tricky part of the wedding is that you could see into each of the rooms. I had to make sure whatever I did another room looked good from the back.
This table looked really neat all lit up.
The bride’s family run bed and breakfast’s all over the Branson area. One of their Inns has an eatery. They are known for their pies. I have eaten there. They are worth the trip. I don’t even think you are allowed to know how to make the pies in Carissa’s family until you are engaged. Pies are so special to Carissa that she didn’t want a wedding cake. She had all pies.
These were all made by her family members and we had tons of them. I just simply place the pie stand behind a door so they could be replenished when one was eaten.
I just used random things to put the pies on different levels.
The pie on the white pie stand was Caleb and Carissa’s pie. You would be sick if I told you how many of these I tried.
If you didn’t like pie you were in luck, there were tons of cookies.
If you didn’t like cookies you could eat s’mores. The first table had all the fixings. I used baskets and drawers to hold the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate.
The second table had skewers and burners set in a vintage feeding trough. I spread coffee beans for filler. The burners were the kind you light and put under a buffet server to keep the food hot. They were also held upright by a ceramic planting pot.
The gift table was in a blocked off entrance to the airport. I used burlap and hanging pictures to create this fun look. This was tricky because I couldn’t hang anything, but I have a secret tool that helped me.
I used burlap to cover the door. The pictures were fun quotes and verses that have to do with life. It was an actual gift to the bride so she wanted to include them.
Here is a closer look at the centerpieces. I have done two wedding with all different centerpieces. I love the look but it literally takes an entire day mixing and matching and switching out.
I wanted to show you another way small splashes of denim was incorporated. Carissa did a great job casting vision to her bridesmaids who helped her make all of these coffee tins. They got the coffee tins from their families bed and breakfasts. They usually go in the trash or recycle bin. For month’s Carissa collected these cans. There were probably over 500 candles to light 30 minutes before the wedding. I did have help but I will tell you I got good at lighting two candles at a time.
This was a DIY wedding and I didn’t do a bit of the DIY. Carissa and I met at the airport months before and got a plan. I had a full-time job so it was on Carissa to execute the list of stuff that she needed and she went above and beyond. It made my job figuring out how it all should go together super easy.
I will post more on on how I did some of these projects!