Bride: Keep an open mind about EVERYTHING. It’s ok to have visions and dreams, but if you set your sights TOO much
on having every little thing a specific way, you are almost sure to be disappointed.
Groom: Case in point: you can plan every second of your wedding down to the last detail, but nothing can prevent an
ACT OF GOD (such as flooding in Biblical proportions)!
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
Simple and vintage inspired
Was there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?
The bracelets were worn by me and my Mom. The one with silver accents one was mine; Mom wore the antique bronze accents. I designed/made them myself at a bead store in Mooresville called Ain’t Miss Bead Haven. We wore them in remembrance of my Dad, who passed away last year. We wore them in place of the silicone awareness bands we usually wear.Mom asked me a couple months before the wedding if I thought we should wear our silicone bracelets during the wedding in honor of Dad; I told her as much as I liked the idea, I was afraid they might look out of place in the photos. I told her instead I might look for a couple of nice beaded bracelets in the colors of Suicide Prevention Awareness (purple and teal), which coincidentally also happen to be my favorite colors, and also obviously the colors for the wedding. After looking EVERYWHERE: jewelry stores, the mall, Etsy, our local crafts co-op (I even looked at having someone there custom-make them for me), David and I were on a date, walking in downtown Mooresville, when we spontaneously decided to walk into the new bead store. After describing what I was looking for, the lady showed me some Czech crystal beads, which were PERFECT.
I then picked out antique bronze accents for Mom, because she’s very old-fashioned, and I picked out sterling silver for mine, because it looked a little more fancy, and bride-ish? I’m not sure that’s a word! Mom’s has an anchor charm, because Dad was in the navy, and a second charm that says “made with love”. Mine has a single silver heart charm. Mom and I made the Seed Bombs in our kitchen. We used a blender, flower seeds from Lowe’s, and cheap aqua copy paper from Staples. I got the directions from an digital download PDF tutorial I found on Etsy. The seller’s shop, “Pulp Art” is amazing! The flower seeds all grow in different shades of purple and blue; we even used a couple varieties of purple-flowering herbs. (You can see the varieties HERE) (Purple flowers were Dad’s favorite also, which is probably where I get it.) A lot of people don’t know this, but many purple flowers are also easy to grow. Most herbs and other Mediterranean plants bloom in purple; Mediterranean plants are tough and easy to grow because they can tolerate heat and drought. (That is if our Southern humidity and acidic North Carolina red clay don’t kill them first!)
David and I also have a connection to purple flowering perennials. (Perennials are the ones that come back every year.) We met when I worked at the Garden Center at Lowe’s about 4 or 5 years ago. Part of my job was to roll the distressed plants out behind the store, and either “doctor them up”, or dispose of them. (When I would dispose of the dead perennials in the dumpster, I would always clip off the ripe seed pods from anything that flowered in PURPLE, of course, to bring home and plant!) David also worked in the Garden Center at the time; his job was mainly to drive a forklift and move around pallets of mulch and fertilizer. Every now and then though, he would come out back to where I was deadheading plants; he said our manager told him to “help me”. (This basically meant he just distracted me and got in my way: he got on my nerves back then!) I found out years later though, that was a total lie. Not only did our manager NEVER told him to come help me, the manager even YELLED at him for following me around like a puppy instead of doing his own work in the Garden Center! Anyway, I packaged the seedbombs myself with tulle, spanish moss, and ribbon. I printed the labels myself on clear Avery printable labels, and put them Martha Stewart Home Office hanging tags I got on clearance at Staples.
The coffee mugs, I designed; then David and I painted them ourselves. We have a family membership-discount at a local paint-on-pottery store in Huntersville called “Meg-Art”. (That’s actually another Dad-related story, for another time: let’s just say that although he was never actually able to go to Meg-Art, he loved to paint pottery). I Google-imaged the little stick figures, then printed them out on my home printer. We did pencil rubbings of the outlines onto the raw clay mugs, then painted in the little details ourselves. (I painted the purple sash on mine; David painted the bowtie on his.) We also painted the insides, and I painted our names and the wedding date on the bottoms. We then had the awesome owner of Meg-Art, Sherry George, paint the black stick lines for us. (Usually I’m pretty good at painting fine lines, but we didn’t want to take any chances on something so important, so we thought we’d leave the tricky parts to a professional!) Meg-Art then glazed and fired them for us.
Was there a theme for the ceremony and reception?
Spring Wedding Robin-Egg Blue