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Let Them Eat Wedding Cake

Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, we opted for our favorites – Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting, German Chocolate Cake, and plenty of cookies and candies.

We used biodegradable plates and bamboo veneerware forks from Branch for serving up the sweets.

The ribbons behind the table are part of a curtain I found at a thrift shop and worked perfectly with the gingham table cloth.

I also enlisted the help of my Aunt Karen and Cousin Val to make some of those great Ice Cream Party Favors from The City Cradle.  The kids LOVED them!

Good times were had by all!  XO!

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Wedding Guest Book Fun

We wanted to do something fun for our guest book, rather than just have people sign their names.  I wanted to look back and laugh.  I purchased a leather photo album with two picture slots per page and cut out different colors of card stock to fit in the bottom slots [for people to sign].  The top slot will be for photos.  We sat a few disposable cameras on the table, markers, a bunch of silly props, and some instructions.

I cannot wait to get the film developed because I know we are going to have some great shots … like this one of my Gramma Dorie!  Priceless.

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Picture Window

I had found some old barn windows down in the barn [imagine that] and immediately knew I wanted to hang them from tree branches for the wedding.  In the end, I could only hang one [well, my Uncle Don and Mike did all the hanging] because the tree branches were higher than I thought and impossible to reach even with our ladder.

We removed the few panes left in the window [they looked pretty cool, but were loose and I didn’t want to risk someone slicing themselves on broken glass at the wedding], inserted a couple of eye hooks in the top of the frame, strung it with some clothesline and wrapped that around the branch.  I also hung a few vintage pieces I found in thrift shops on the tree along with an iron candle holder left by the original house owners in the basement.

I was quite pleased with the outcome and everyone [namely myself] had a lot of fun taking snapshots in the window panes.  Simple and pretty.

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Our Country Wedding

Sorry for slacking so much on the posts lately.  I have two good excuses – getting married and looking for a new apartment!  The latter has been taking up most of my free time [which is already sparse] lately, but enough about that …. let’s talk WEDDING!

Michael and I finally tied the knot on August 14th!  The ceremony and reception were held at my parent’s home in rural Ohio, which made for an intimate and idyllic setting.  I did all of the planning myself and with a little help from my mom warning everyone to just leave me alone, it all went off without a hitch.

All week the weather was beautiful and around 1pm on the day of the wedding, it started pouring rain!  We had to scramble to move some things around so they wouldn’t get soaked or blow away and the rain was tapering off by the start time of 4pm.  There were still a few sprinkles during the ceremony, but then the sun came out and made for a perfect evening.  Over the next week or so I will be posting little details of the ceremony and reception … maybe you can get some inspiration for your own country wedding.

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A Picnic Wedding

Things are coming together for the wedding plans [less than one month away!!!].  We are having a country picnic reception and we’ll be serving up cute little gable boxes filled with all kinds of grub for our guests.  I found these striped candy bags [harder to find than you might think] at Fort and Field.  And I just couldn’t resist ordering the paper straws  – they will look really slick in the mix of vintage glasses I’m using or stuck straight into a glass soda bottle.

This picture [via Project Wedding] was the inspiration for our picnic boxes, but we are using kraft paper colored boxes and the colorful striped bags pictured above.  We are also going to have little containers of salads stuffed inside and all of our packaging is eco-friendly.  Please pray it doesn’t rain!  XO

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Handmade Custom Wedding Albums & Guest Books

Ok, I know … I’ve been slacking off on the blog lately.  I do not know where the time goes, but it goes fast.  We are working on moving soon so my free time has been eaten up by browsing at apartment listings … and Ava, oh Ava!  Nine months old and on the verge of WALKING!  She can take about four steps and then she’s on her bum, but you can see the determination on her face.  So as you can imagine, I have my hands pretty full.  That said, I have a few minutes while I wait and see if Ava is going to fall asleep in her crib to bring you today’s post.

After the vows have all been said and the cake has all been eaten and the honeymoon is over [so to speak], you will want to look back and remember all of the beautiful moments from your wedding day.  These handmade custom wedding albums and guest books will hold your memories and well wishes for many years to come.

The photo album keepsake and guest book by Daisy Blu boast hand stitched embellishments and archival quality paper.  Very simple and very elegant.

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The handmade albums and guest books by Priscilla Foster are filled with loving care and attention to detail.  Choose from a variety of fabrics, ribbons, and other personalized touches.

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Know someone that makes albums and or guestbooks?  Send me a link in the comments section … I love checking out new stuff!!!

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Wedding Place Cards & Favors – Buy Handmade or DIY

In my opinion weddings should be small, intimate gatherings as opposed to huge, lavish affairs.  I see no need to invite everyone you have ever met [ie – your fourth cousin and  the guy that grooms your dog].  I feel like the bigger the wedding, the more it becomes about the “Event” and less about the actual union of two people in love.  We are planning a small wedding full of people we cherish and lots of beautiful details.  “A Romantic Evening in the Country”.

My father passed away unexpectedly this past December, but I want to make sure he is remembered at the wedding.  He loved nature – especially pine trees.  The house is surrounded by them [literally].  So, in honor of his memory we will be handing out little seedling pines to our guests.  I found these online at Plant a Memory and they gave me a great idea.  We are going to purchase the pines from a local nursery and then make our own casings out of cardboard paper towel tubes.  We can design our own memorandum / how to plant sheets [on recycled paper] and tie them off with some raffia and maybe a few dried wildflowers.  I’m even thinking about decoupaging the tubes [sounds like a project for my mom and mother-in-law to be!  lol].

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And keeping with the nature theme … check out these heart shaped bird seed favors by 2 Birds in Love.  Made with locally grown organic seed in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

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I like the idea of adding some calligraphy to these origami paper cranes by Craftation and using them as place cards for your wedding guests.

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I think these delicate paper globes are beautiful.  They would look great strung up mobile style or in a streamer line … and they would make great holiday ornaments too!  There’s something so whimsical and romantic about them.  Handmade by an elementary art teacher, Guy’s Art Gal.

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If you’re crafty [or know someone who is], you can save money by making some of the wedding favors and decorations on your own.  You can’t buy the sentiment that personal touches add.  Mom & Carin, hope you have your glue guns ready!  XO

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Save the Date Cards, Cake Toppers, and Lollipop Button Bouquets!

You’ve finally found that special someone to spend the rest of your life with and now you are ready to make it official and share that love with your friends and family at the wedding ceremony you have been dreaming of since you were a little girl.  Planning a wedding can make finding your soul mate the easy part! There are so many details and costs can add up quickly, but don’t worry – it is possible to have your dream wedding without spending a fortune.  Over the next few weeks, I will be focusing on all those little things you can splurge on that put the spotlight on your personality and flare, as well as tips to stretch your budget without sacrificing the look you want.

If you choose to send out Save the Date cards, opt for something simple [save the formality for the formal invite].  I love the bright and elegant design of these cards by Tucci Paper Co.

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And these scratch-off Save the Dates by Unless Someone Like You are soooo original and definitely something your guests will remember!

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This Lollipop Button Bouquet by Jilliann’s is made from satin, tulle, and of course buttons!  I cannot imagine a cuter flower girl bouquet – adorable!!

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And to finish up today’s post … a few of the best custom cake toppers I have seen.

Cake Topper by Dandelion Land

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Cake Topper by Wedding Cake Toppers Studio

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Wedding Photography to Say “I Do” For

Yesterday was supposed to kick off my new Monday series on all things Wedding, but Mike’s sister is town for a visit and family time always trumps blogging time.  I have a few minutes this morning while Ava naps in her stroller, so I figured better late than never.

Now that I am starting to plan my own wedding, I will be sharing the journey with you and all of the inspiration and ideas I find along the way.  A picture is worth a thousand words … or thousands of dollars in the case of hiring a wedding photographer.  You want your special day to be perfect and so the memories you capture should be too.  Today’s wedding photography looks like it belongs in a fashion editorial spread for Vogue.  The images are striking and candid and really capture the personality of the bride and groom.

I love the creativity behind this polaroid shot by Heather Waraksa.  Heather is based in Brooklyn, NY, received her BFA in photography, and has shot editorials, fashion, and still life – and she brings all of that expertise with her when shooting weddings and engagements.  The shot of the bride toking a cigar is priceless!

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Fine Art photographer, Anna Kuperberg captured this beautiful veil shot and some fun loving personality with the smiley faced lollies.

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Award winning photographers and husband and wife team, Prem and Cheridy Mukherjee of Arising Images are based in Michigan.  Their images are inspired by the rewards of bringing others joy and they do an amazing job at capturing those precious moments in a fun and inticing way.

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Wedding photos hold so much sentimental value because they allow you to look back and share and experience those precious memories throughout the years.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the look you want … research local photographers and when you find one with a style that fits your needs [and budget] make sure you sit down and discuss exactly what you are looking for.  Let them know which images of theirs you really like and feel free to show them other images for inspirational examples.  Make sure you will have plenty of shots to select from and if you have a fun idea, let your photographer know.  It’s okay to collaborate with your wedding photographer … they have the creative vision and photography know-how, but it’s your personality that adds that extra touch.  XO

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