Anyone who knows me, knows that I love details and our wedding was full of them! I wanted each little nook and cranny to feel special. I think I could write a novel on the details of our wedding, but I'll try to limit it to a few special favorites.
One of our goals was to bring the inside outside. We wanted to create little cozy areas that made our guests feel like their living room had been invaded by a cozy autumn setting. Some of my favorite touches were the couches, quilts, windows hanging from the trees with curtains blowing in the wind, and pictures of our parents and grandparents weddings hanging on the tree trunk. We also brought in more trees to surround the property.
The only color I 100% knew I wanted in my wedding was the color of golden craspedia, also known as billy ball flowers. We ordered them in bulk online, and they arrived my parents house the day before the wedding. My wonderful friend Brady created the most lovely wedding bouquet out of flowers he handpicked from a florist in Manhattan, and then arrived in Clay to put together the flowers. I still can't get over how beautiful they were! My mom and I worked on the boutonnières for everyone. Once again, a few craspedia and some leftover greenery from the bouquet making.
The table flowers were simply gatherings from fields and a few billy balls here and there. I just loved the earthiness of everything. A theme we wanted brought into our wedding. The stump theme from our cake table was carried over into each table setting as well. All of the tables had mix matched table cloths with stumps in the center, an eclectic mix of vases with flowers, candles, and a vintage object of some sort. The tables were even better than I envisioned them!
Throughout the wedding, there was a lot of signage. Each sign was done with hand cut letters. Some being fabric others out of old wallpaper.
When our guests first arrived, they signed in, by writing their name on a tag that hung on our three dimensional tree of love created by my lovely cousin Kelli. Kelli was also the artist behind our invitation and save the date art. She is quite a talented lady. Our card box was created out of an amazing thrift store find and old stencil letters, and our programs were mini art journals for each of the guests, to help them remember the special day. Art journaling had become a huge hobby of mine while Dane and I dated, and he even made an art journal as part of his wedding proposal to me. Inside the art journal there was a picture of Dane and I, a card to write a note to the bride and groom, a place to glue your own photo from our smile booth (more coming on that soon), the order of ceremony, a note from the bride and groom, and a small bag of confetti to throw at the end of the night.
Pretty much everything was handcrafted at this wedding, including the amazing pinwheels that hung throughout the yard. We couldn't find any paper that we really liked, so we created our own polka dot paper in the colors we loved. I can clearly remember February being filled with hours of this and hours of Hoarders episodes :) Several of the girls also made many of these adorable owls to hang from the trees and place on the tables. Each one is unique and so special!
And finally the lighting. Lighting is what makes spaces feel magical, warm, cozy, and like home. My dad is the electrician genius who figured out how to hang thousands of lights across the property to create the perfect sundown glow. The lights are actually the old Christmas lights that used to line the Clay Center streets. I have always been in love with them! There were also hundreds of candles! Really, I have never seen a yard look so perfect.
A huge thank you to all of our friends and family who helped make the details possible. For the many thrift store visits, estate sales, basement, barn, closet and attic hunting. The gems that came together could not have made a more lovely scene. We had so much fun doing it too! Our day was full of details, but they are details that we will hold near and dear in our hearts forever! We love you!
The Kids Down Under
The pictures above were taken by the lovely and wonderful Stephanie from Brown Bag Photography. Check out more of her work here.