When we got married, I knew I wanted it to be slightly untraditional. We got married in a traditional Catholic ceremony, however instead of opting for a venue for our reception–we decided to make a venue out of my mother-in-law’s farm. It was a lot of work, somedays a little more stressful than others but all in all, it couldn’t have been a better day.
I had so much fun sifting through Pinterest and crafting our way through our big day. My mother-in-law was the queen of hunting all over town for unique items we could repurpose or use for our wedding. We spent so many weekends together creating and coming up with fun ideas. My mom and dad were so generous with their time and drove up with us to CT to help with each and every detail. It was truly an effort that took a lot of people to make possible. I try as often as I can to thank everyone, but thank you isn’t enough for the time our family spent making our day so special for us–we were so moved by everyone’s dedication to our day.
A few of my personal favorite details that we made come to life were (although, please note there were many more and I could probably blog for a straight year about every detail we loved):
- Our Hay Bar–constructed by my dad and Dan and used to serve delicious drinks all night! My mother-in-law found this on pinterest and brought the idea to life…
2. Our seating chart–constructed on an old window pane from a garage door…I painted the words, hence why they are just a little crooked…”Perfectly imperfect” as I like to say!
3. Our Cornhole Board guestbook (cornhole is very near and dear to my competitive family)–These boards were made by my dad, and project managed by my Mom!
4. Our Photo Booth where guests could put their heads in the frames to snap a picture!–This was all my mother-in-law, with some help from my mom and dad! Our bridal party helped bring the props!
5. Our picture clothesline, thankful to everyone that helped us gather pictures from all the years of our lives!
6. Our Menu Sign–This was also constructed on a repurposed garage door panel. My sister-in-law Laura took the time to print out each of these letters on this special printer she has, and then glued them down individually. We love the way it looked and are hoping to keep it in our house somewhere as decoration!
7. Our Smore sign–I showed Dan’s stepmom Joanne what I had in mind for a sign (found on Pinterest) because we had smores as our favor. She made the sign come to life…
8. Mums and wine boxes for days!–I just love mums, they make me happy, so does wine…so together these were the perfect decoration in my mind!!
9. Our vows sign–this was also made by my sister-in-law Laura and just looked so cute in my opinion!
10. Our welcome signage–My mother-in-law painted these and I laugh because we never realized how many fonts Granny Janie has until our wedding. Her talent really shined in the weeks leading up to our big day…
Our wedding may not be everyone’s taste as we had a lot of homemade love involved, but it was our taste and we couldn’t have been happier with how it all came together. We are so thankful to our family, including our extended family for making each and every detail come to life! It was so fun to see it all in action.
I am now trying to help my friend Christian where I can with her wedding planning and I don’t want to spoil her surprise, but she has some amazing details that she is planning for her big day. Christian has always had such cute taste in clothing and decorating (her apartment is amazingly decorated…I may have her send a picture to put on here one day!). I can’t wait to see all of her wedding details come to life. One detail I helped her to get together was some wood lettering that she will be using. By weird chance and fate, one of my friends from college, Jen, shared on Facebook that she started a company that creates cut wood letters. It was so crazy because when Christian asked me to help her find a place to get wood letters, I will be honest I was a little nervous because I wanted it to be perfect and exactly what she wanted. I was so grateful that as I was seeking out the perfect vendor, Jen posted her company on Facebook. Jen was so amazing to work with. She sent us a variety of fonts and options, and even said that if it wasn’t exactly what Christian wanted to let her know. Christian got the letters yesterday and was so happy with how they turned out!!!! She sent me a picture and they really are amazing. It is such a great feeling as a bride to see your ideas start to come to life. If you are looking for wood cut letters for your wedding, your home, or a gift—you should most definitely check out Jen’s shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PennwoodCo?ref=l2-shopheader-name. She was able to customize to exactly what Christian wanted! What could be better!?!
Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂
I put a lot of pictures throughout this blog, but if I had to pick one for the day this would be it…
We laughed and smiled a lot through our day…and are grateful to those that made us so happy!!!