During my 1 year blogging break (what, you haven't heard of the 1 year on, 1 year off blogging schedule?) I got married. After six months of rest and recuperation from crazy wedding prep, I'm finally ready to talk to you about it.
First off, I should say that my wedding was held at a county park up in the foothills. We had the ceremony to one side of the site, then had a bbq lunch on picnic tables at the other side. The only vendor that we used was Andy's BBQ, a local business in San Jose. Our DJ, photographer, officiant, and all the other hands helping with the event were friends and family. This was the best compromise we could work out between what we wanted to pay for our wedding (nothing) and what we wanted to have at our wedding (everything).
So! You already know that I made table runners, which I have been working on turning into a queen size quilt top (almost there - one more row!):
|From the BAMQG Winter Retreat show & tell|
Before becoming a quilt, the table runners decorated our wedding picnic tables, along with a row of flowers in miscellaneous bottles and jars that I collected for the event. The flowers were purchased the day before at a local farmer's market, and they were all arranged by my bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridesmaids' and groomsmen's dates and families, and by wedding guests who arrived early. Seriously, thank you everyone who did that, and I hope you had fun!
|The best man's parents, decorating tables.|
|This is mostly a picture of my ear. Note my "something blue."|
My Head of DIY Bridesmaid made my bridal bouquet. She totally nailed the wild look I was hoping for, saving the day after I made a mess of things:
Head of DIY also helped me make petal baskets for each of my flower girls, since I couldn't find something at the store that matched what I had in mind. It was all white roses and tulle and nothing that was even actually a basket. On the other hand, the actual baskets were all way too rugged and chunky.
Inspiration struck when I saw some hats at Michael's made from straw braid. The material was just what I had in mind for the baskets, except that they were large-brim hats. I just had to snip some fishing line to undo the brims and then I cut them unwrapped braid off of the crown. We straightened out some of that braid from the brims and sewed them to the crowns as handles, then covered all of the edges with ribbon. After that we sewed a few flowers on each one, matched to the flowers that the girls wore in their hair. The girls spread real rose petals so that cleanup would be easier - since it was outdoors we just gathered up what landed on the isle runner and left the strays.
Whew. I have a bit more to share, but what could top that cute picture? I had better save it for another day.
To be continued...