wedding tablescape

I am a hoarder.

I think we all know that by now.  That is pretty much how I ended up in this biz.  I love old stuff.  I love making stuff pretty.  I love collecting.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about my wedding centerpieces.

For months leading up to the big day, I collected silver water pitchers and teapots preferably tarnished.  A couple of antique champagne buckets as well.  In fact, I collected more than I needed.  Because I am a hoarder.

The shapes and sizes of the centerpieces alternated on each table with the floral palette being the commonality.

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I already had a growing collection of vintage aqua blue mixing bowls.  This is my mantel from last summer proudly displaying the collection which was growing rapidly at the time.

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The color scheme was just right for our wedding so I was determined to incorporate my personal collections into our centerpieces.

We had 20 guest tables, 4 food tables and like 10 cocktail tables, I think.  In my mind, they all needed to be adorned with fresh flowers.  Arranged by me.  Large and small.

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Was I nuts?  Maybe.  I like to think I came to my senses though when I came up with the brilliant idea of only arranging fresh flowers in half of the containers – mostly the silver pieces plus some blue ball jars which coordinated with our wedding invitation.

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My solution to remaining sane was to arrange the other half of the centerpieces the weekend prior to the wedding.  I used flowering plants instead of fresh flowers since they would keep easily and that way I could divide and conquer on the centerpiece front.

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Each mixing bowl was filled with pink flowering vinca, trailing vines and succulents.  Topped with moss and Cape May wine corks.

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Bonus, most of these plants have been flowering in my garden all summer.  The wedding centerpieces were merely a layover for them!

Another collection of yellow McCoy planters in 3 sizes were displayed on the food stations.

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So that left the larger vessels which were arranged just a few days before the wedding, packed up and then driven across state lines.  I think I successfully pulled of the task.

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Here’s a glimpse at what my kitchen turned floral shop looked like all in the name of DIY…

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That makes me happy.

So I am going to tell you the secret to pulling off arranging your own wedding centerpieces without going insane.

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#1 Be Flexible

I was not committed to specific flowers, only a color scheme.  I arrived at the wholesale florist that particular day, 3 days before the grand event, and did what I do best.

Shopped.

Lilacs were in season so I started there and then built a springy palette around it.

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Having worked in flower shops for years, I know the old requests of “no mums or carns.  No babies breath.”  I grew to dislike all of those common flowers during my florist tenure.  But guess what, I got over it.  I actually like these and as Carrie Bradshaw once noted, pink carnations are making a comeback.  Yes, still.  I’m fond of the hot pink minis so into the arrangements they went.

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And the spin on mums?  Sunflower-esque pom pom mums.  Both these and the mini carnations are great filler flowers.

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Moss covered pods were a nod to Ryan’s woodsy style.  Pink waxflower, lisianthus, sunflowers, pink tulips, variegated pittosporum, green status and more…

I took my selections home to my kitchen turned floral studio and got to work filling antique champagne buckets, ice buckets, ball jars, silver water pitchers, tea pots and a few smaller mason jars to don the cocktail tables.

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#2 Be Organized

My to-do list was mostly completed at this point in the wedding planning process.  Had it not been, I don’t know that I could have pulled it off.

This tip is also two-fold.  You have to be organized from the beginning as it relates to collecting your vessels.  See: hoarding.

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Honestly, DIYing these centerpieces was probably the most zen part of wedding planning for me.  Other than the spa, of course.

If you are a DIYing bride with some floral design abilities, I have faith that you can tackle your own centerpieces too!  If not, you can always ask your florist to use your own collected vessels and vases to personalize your centerpieces.

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Next up…Ryan’s secret to getting the mini chalkboard table numbers to stand on their own.  And if you missed it, check out details on incorporating atlases into your tablescape here.

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directional guidance

It has been a crazy busy summer already.  We’ve barely come up for air.  Honestly, a small cry from how we planned to spend our summer.  But someone once told me life is what happens when you make plans.  So true.  Less planning, more living.

So when we do get a minute to breath, we relish in reviewing our wedding photos over and over again. We notice something new every time and relive that perfect day when just about all of our friends and family were in the same place, just a few months ago.  Which, by the way, doesn’t help us select photos to frame and to put in an album nor determine which should end up on the cutting room floor, as they say.

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Speaking of, there are so many hysterical dance floor photos that I am considering posting an outtake reel here…although I may be disowned by a few people.  (If you beg me, I will totally post it though.)  Signature dance moves, silly faces and all.

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N-E-way, where did we leave off in the wedding DIY deets?  We talked about the cake and the must have cake table.

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We talked about the DIY trailhead highlighting where all of our friends and family traveled from.

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I think that transitions nicely into the map thang we had going on…

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I racked my brain over what to do with the table settings.  We knew right away that we would have food stations for dinner. This created a party atmosphere (which isn’t hard to do with our group) as opposed to a formal sit down dinner where people felt like they couldn’t get up and mingle as they please.  There is nothing wrong with that setting but it just wasn’t what we were going for.

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With all of that said, I didn’t want the tables to be bare either since the food would be served at the stations.

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Enter 160 atlas pages to the scene, my friends.  I found old and new ones.  The blue, green and yellow colors coordinated perfectly with our springy palette.  Each page served as a charger or place mat.  Also, a subtle nod to the “On the Way to Cape May” theme.  With a splash of burlap for good measure.  Oh and here’s a secret for you if this look is up your alley:  Take your atlases to FedEx/Kinko’s to have the pages cut in bulk.  It will save you hours upon hours of time tearing and cutting pages.

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Bonus, everyone was encouraged to scribble notes to us on their map.  This ended up being totally entertaining for guests as they waited for dinner and an icebreaker at a few tables.

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Plus, we jumped on the instagram trend and incorporated our own wedding hashtag (#recanize) and encouraged guests to share their candids.  It is a blast to relive them every time and we plan to make a little album of candids with maps as the scrapbook pages.  One of these days.

For brides-to-be out there, we placed note cards at each table communicating the hashtag info to guests…

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Go ahead, take a look at the hashtag on instagram.  You know you want to.

And one more map for the road….ha, get it? Road? Ok.  Our guest book was a guest map which we framed.  People signed all over the country and of course Cape May had a little heart on it.  I found this on etsy.

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I have to admit that I restrained myself from being an etsy bride.  I only ordered this map, which was made locally, and Wilson’s seersucker bowtie and leash which is just priceless as far as I’m concerned.

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Next up…the centerpieces.  And why I might have been temporarily insane for doing them all myself just days before my wedding.  What was I thinking?  Come back on Friday to find out!

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All professional photos shot by the talented folks at Love Shack Photo.

guest post: a shower fit for a bridesmaid

I’ve got a little treat for you today.  Something different anyway.  Last week I posted about my bridal shower, specifically the handmade gifts and details that went into it.  Well, today my MOH is here to rehash the behind the scenes DIY details that went into the event. Take it away Leigh…

As you may know from Dana’s blogging history, she’s been to a lot of weddings. Beyond just being your standard wedding guest, Dana takes what makes Circa Dee amazing and translates those talents into the fabulous, thoughtful events for her friends and family. A 10-time bridesmaid, 3-time reader, toast-giver, bachelorette party-planner, bouquet mastermind, you name it – she’s done it. So imagine the pressure when Dana asks you to be her Maid of Honor, which means planning an event for her!I jest. (A little.)In all seriousness, helping to plan Dana’s shower meant putting some of her favorite things, ideas, and people into one room. Here are a few aspects of the shower to highlight how we did that.The Theme – As a nod to Dana’s role in so many weddings, we went loosely with a 27 Dresses theme.  We incorporated dress and bridesmaid details throughout the day.
The Invitation – Designed by the lovely Poppies and Petals, we crafted a newspaper-inspired invite. Here, we asked that ladies wear a bridesmaid dress. (While I didn’t remember discussing this much in the past, Dana admitted that she checked her closet the morning of the shower to see if her bridesmaid dresses were still there! Without borrowing any of Dana’s dresses, we still had about a dozen ladies join in the fun of dressing up.)
27 dresses themed bridal shower
27 dresses themed bridal shower
27 dresses themed bridal shower

The Centerpieces – I fully admit to stalking Pinterest for this idea, but adding our own flare. We took a page from Dana’s vintage, rustic style, and used mini galvanized buckets as our base. We then added floral foam, some moss, and a few rocks to weight down the piece. Then, we added everyday kitchen skewers (hello, re-purposing!), stuck into the floral foam. Between the skewers, we strung a piece of yarn and a few mini-bunting flags. (We even borrowed Dana’s punch for this step, under the guise of Poppies and Petals custom card order.) We chose paper in sea-glass and vintage inspired tones, with a hint of pink because, come on, this is a bridal shower! Then, my favorite part, we found a template for mini dresses and cut them out on the Big Shot. Some twine was strung around the waist of the dresses for some extra detail and attached with a too-cute-for-words mini clothespin. I really love how quickly this project came together!

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Decorations – The room at the restaurant where we hosted the event didn’t need much adorning, but we added balloons in sea-glass colors. I also stalked Dana’s Facebook, blog, and emailed ladies who had included Dana in their wedding to find pictures. I had a  blast reliving all these amazing events, and Dana’s various haircuts over the years. Some photos for framed, and others were displayed out on tables. We also asked our guests to leave a wish for Dana and Ryan. These notecards and pens were displayed in a vintage planter I found at a local vintage shop.  I’m hoping to turn these photos and notes into a little book for Dana at some point.

The Favors – Dana already showcase the Ball Jar cookies, which she’d been dreaming of having. We also gave away little tokens to the ladies that wore bridesmaid dresses, of even-more-mini galvanized buckets, filled with candy, and adorned with another little dress.

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The Food – No shower is complete without a great spread. Dana’s mom selected a variety of Italian dishes that included Dana’s favorite – Caprese Salad! While Dana unwrapped her mountain of gifts, we enjoyed homemade cookies baked by family and friends. Then, at the end of the party,we enjoyed not one but two cakes – one Tiramisu flavored and one from Alice Bakery (two more things Dana loves!)

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Thanks for taking time to read about how to put on a party for Dana! I think we met this immense challenge in style and made a great day happen for our beautiful bride!

Thanks Leigh!  I have to admit that it felt totally bizarre showing up to a shower empty handed.  And you should also know that it took everything in me not to bring my camera and snap pictures or instagram the whole event.  After years of bridesmaiding (yes it is a verb), it was a blast to be on the other side!  I just wanted to live in the moment without social media…shocking.  And I bet you didn’t know that my blogging originally began in the wedding world, did ya?

a rustic modern wedding

Hey guys!  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here!  I know, I know many of you do not want to hear about Christmas yet.  You’re thinking you have at least a week until the season begins.  Right?

I’ve spent the last couple of days decorating my shop at West End Garage and my Brick & Mortar for the holidays.  It’s go time!  This weekend we’re opening the doors to the holiday season.  I’m pretty excited.  We’ve got lots of goodies in store including vintage kitschy decor, ornaments & serving ware, new handmade stockings, tons and tons of unique gifts from vintage and handmade jewelry to paperwhite bulbs, reclaimed frames and wreaths.  Come see for yourself.  More items will be added weekly!

So you still want to talk about fall?  Ok.

Today as I was sorting through beautiful vintage jewelry for the shop, I recalled the vintage brooch bouquets that I shared earlier this fall.

There are more details from that wedding that I have yet to post about.  Before fall is behind us, let me post away!

The event was the perfect mix of what I call rustic modern…with a hint of vintage.  Other than creating the bouquets, I also designed the stationary from the invitations to menus to escort cards.

The unique escort cards were vintage style tags donning tasty and cute little bottles of real maple syrup.

The golden maple syrup bottles accented the tables perfectly amongst the large green hydrangea bouquets.

The couple had me make donation cards to include at the place setting.  I love how they turned out with a playful nod to their cats who obviously couldn’t make the event.

A little more glitzy gold on the the menu.  Oh the food was so good!  I love how the gold cardstock shimmers in the dinner lighting.

A few more memorable details that I had no part in creating but certainly enjoyed…

This divine cake couldn’t be much more modern but the juxtaposition of the vintage bouquets suits the style of this wedding.

And very possibly the most talked about part of the evening was The Party Painter!  The artist painted the scene of the reception as the night progressed.  Very original entertainment.  Rumor has it that the newlyweds will be doing an unveiling of the masterpiece soon.  I can’t wait to see the finished piece.

Ok back to holiday mode.  Lots of wreaths and ornaments to be made.  These trees aren’t going to decorate themselves…

the greatest show on earth

Happy Monday everyone!  I had a fabulous weekend and I hope you all did too.  Before I tell you about it, let me first announce the winner of the pair of tickets to Arden Theater’s production of Freud’s Last Session…drumroll…Karen M!  See you at The Scene for snacks, drinks & the show on Friday night!  For anyone else who is interested in joining us, you can purchase tickets for $30 each here.

Ok, now for the Greatest Show on Earth!  Seriously.  It was the greatest.

We hosted a circus theme birthday party on Saturday night and it was a blast!  It was everything I hoped and dreamed that a circus themed party could be…a little bit of vintage…a sideshow…creative costumes & styling.  Fire eating.  Yes, I said fire eating.

THE ENTERTAINMENT

Let me just cut to the chase with some pictures.  Don’t try this at home!  This man is a professional fire eater.

There was also a real live strongman but unfortunately I didn’t capture pictures of him doing his thing which included tearing a phone book in half, bending a horseshoe and other metal objects.  Crazy stuff that you’d probably only see at the circus.  Or at my house on Saturday night.  We managed to transform our sunroom into a theater and cram about 50 people in for the show.

THE COSTUMES

I encouraged guests to dress according to the circus theme and did they ever deliver!  I suppose we may have been a little Halloween deprived due to the storm.

Ryan was a lion tamer.

And so was our friend Leigh.  I was the bearded lady.

There were many clown variations including an entire family of rodeo clowns.

Followed by an entire family of circus gypsies.

Best costume went to the half man/half woman.

I had some bearded lady competition.

There were so many fun costumes and props.  I didn’t get to snap pictures of them all.  At some point I had to put the camera down and just enjoy everyone’s company.  Oh and there were lots of lions too.

THE DIY

I am guessing that if you’re still reading, you are thinking that a circus theme sounds like fun, right?  Yep, it is and it can be fairly easy to put together.  I planned a color scheme of red and blue with hints of white and pink.  No matter the theme pick a color scheme up front so the event has a consistent delivery.  Just like choosing colors when styling a room.

I wanted this circus to have a vintage look so I sourced an old poster, clown cornhole game, reproduction popcorn containers and more.  I also pulled out some mismatched vintage furniture from my inventory and used fabric remnants and linens within the color scheme.  You don’t have to buy all matching and new tablecloths when styling a party.  Always shop your stash first.  Again, just like styling a room – always shop your home.

You may have guessed that there was popcorn at the circus along with peanuts and animal crackers.  I also designed a few flower arrangements in the popcorn containers.  Half of the flowers came from my garden and the other half were purchased at the wholesaler.

When picking your color scheme, consider what the venue already offers.  Our dining room palette worked perfectly with the circus reds and blues.  I added a bunting that I had already made.

The circus theme is definitely all ages.  We had the aforementioned sideshow for the adults.  There was a pony corral for the young kids.  Ahem, rocking horses not really ponies.  Plus a pinata, hula hoops and some other games.  The fire eater also made balloon animals.

All in all, I have to say that this was a pretty great party.  Two days later and I am still smiling ear to ear!  I had so much fun celebrating my soon to be status as the big 3-0.  True story.  At the end of the month I’ll be 30 and I couldn’t be more excited.

Oh an I’m sure you are wondering where Wilson was for the festivities.  He was slinking around…

summertime

…and the livin is easy.

tarnished silver initial pitcher

plus farmer’s market zinnias

and clippings from the butterfly bush & garden greenery

equals instant happiness for just a few bucks.  Doesn’t get any better than that.

 

 

 

a winter wonderland

I don’t even know where to begin regarding recapping this weekend’s wedding.  The venue.  The bride.  The food.  Oh my!  Everything was absolutely stunning.  I had so much fun preparing for the evening with 3 of my closest friends – the bride and bridesmaids.  We met in college and all these years later we always manage to pick up right where we last left off.  My stomach always hurts from laughing so much with these girls. 

Ok let’s start with the venue.  I will try to create the scene for you…the wedding from beginning to end was held at the Stirling Guest Hotel in Reading, PA.  “Guest Hotel” is apparently code for huge magnificent mansion stocked with fine antiques from floor to ceiling.  We got ready for the wedding in suites upstairs and stayed the night there as well.  In fact, we didn’t leave until after we all had breakfast together the next morning.  Imagine staying in a mansion with 30 of your friends after a huge party.  Pretty awesome! 

See this grand staircase?  That’s where the actual ceremony occurred…on the landing with the bridal party on the lower steps below the couple.

There were 3 floors.  The processional was down the staircase from the 2nd floor to where the guests were waiting in the center hall or main room of the house.  Despite my paranoia, I did not trip down the stairs.  Thank goodness.

I don’t have any ceremony pictures to share since I was a bridesmaid but I will make up for that with pictures of antiques and DIY projects, mmm kay? Oh and for those keeping track, this was my 11th run as a bridesmaid. I know. I find it hard to believe too.

Here is the bride looking glam and working the birdcage veil. 

Her dress was a fit and flare sweetheart cut with beautiful applique and lace detailing.

Every suite had amazing antique furniture which made for perfect photo opportunities.  The red velvet chaise was a favorite backdrop.  I love the old Hollywood feel of this.

So imagine going to a wedding in a grand mansion and at the end of the night just walking up stairs to your nearly 1000 square foot suite.  And imagine that your friends are staying next door and down the hall.  Sounds pretty fun, right?  I felt kind of like royalty.  Here is a not so great shot of the amazing suite we had. It was easily 1000 square feet.  In the foreground is a large table. We found time to hold a round table meeting at the table since it only seemed right.

Each suite had something unique and reminiscent of the era the mansion was built.  I dropped the ball on taking pictures of the painted ceiling in our room and the huge fireplace.

Other rooms had ornate crown molding and archways.

European antique furniture.

Fireplaces every where.

Four separate dining rooms where guests had dinner were all cleverly named – the music room, the drawing room, the parlor and the library.  It reminded me of the game of Clue. 

Do you see the painted ceiling in the music room picture below?  And the chandelier? Gorge!

The event didn’t need much of a theme considering the mansion offered so much style on its own. The couple embraced the old world feel when pulling together details such as having the centerpieces raised about 3 feet on silver candelabra.

Purple has been such a popular wedding color lately.  It works for so many seasons including a cold winter wedding.  The flowers were purple and white; mostly stock, hydrangea, lysianthus, statice and roses.

The escort cards were attached to skeleton keys and displayed in a gold frame. A perfect match for the grand old mansion.  And an easy but impactful DIY project.

I was delighted to make the invitations and coordinating stationary for my friends. We decided on an antique style medallion which played into the mansion’s look perfectly.  More invitation pictures can be seen here.

Did I mention that it was frrreezing outside?  The favor was so appropriate and clever for a January wedding.  Hot chocolate all wrapped up to look like another sweet treat – an ice cream cone!

Our bridesmaid dresses were black one shoulder chiffon dresses. I think I am going to cut mine short and wear it again. Seriously.

We danced the night away in the center of that old house celebrating this lovely couple.  Congratulations!

We didn’t seem to disturb any of the ghosts of the Stirling either.

an affair to remember

Hey there!  We are in the peak of fall wedding season.  A few weeks ago we went to a lakeside tree themed wedding which you can read about here.  And just last weekend we attended another family wedding, this time in the neighborhood.

It is amazing how much you can customize a wedding to suit your style and personality.  I love to see what details each couple comes up with.  There were few commonalities in the recent family weddings.  Oh except for this bridesmaid who was in both and wore a deep purple bridesmaid dress to each.  (And she’s loving her Circa Dee cameo right now.  Hi Ali.)  Anyway, eggplant or deep purple seem to be quite the wedding trend for 2011/2012.

The bride wore a one shoulder strap gown with tons of detail on the full skirt.  It was a modern choice accented by a vintage style updo and a classic fingertip veil.  Gorgeous and quite complementary to the asymmetrical architecture of the modern church where the couple wed.

Speaking of church, it’s been awhile.  I mean it has been awhile since I have attended a wedding in an actual church.  The trend as of late has been to have a short ceremony/cocktails/dinner & dancing all in one venue.  I found it to be a refreshing change to witness the formality of matrimony.  It was a reminder that there is something bigger than us in this life and love regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs.

The bride and groom originally met in a college dorm years prior.  A few months ago they headed back to the meeting site and posed for engagements pics.  They incorporated the pictures into their save-the-dates and gift box pictured below.  I love the idea of taking engagement photos at the original meeting site unless of course it is less than memorable like a seedy bar, frat party or strip club (actual places some of my friends met their mates!).

The reception was held at the swanky Meadowlands Country Club.  Not only was the inside gorge but so were the grounds.  Ryan and I took a peek at the courtyard and gardens during the cocktail hour.  There he is posing.  The sun hid for their wedding day but at least it didn’t rain!

Back inside we feasted on tons of tasty hors d’oeuvres.  It was enough food to make a meal. 

I was taken back by this simple yet genius candle display.  Loving!  All it consists of his upside down stemware in various sizes with tea lights placed on top and slate tiles below.

It’s even kind of spooky in low light.  You might just see this again in my Halloween decor.

Ok so moving onto the dinner and dancing portion of the evening.  The couple’s first dance was to Better Together by Jack Johnson.  They were definitely the Prince & Princess of their ball!  Or perhaps King & Queen.  Either way, they looked like royalty.

Now let me tell you about the comedy that the bridal party brought to the party.  Enter the Maid and Matron of Honor.  They didn’t exactly look like Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince but they could rhyme.  I have to be honest, as these girls stepped up to the mic to give their toast I was thinking “oh not a girl speech”.  You know they can be sappy or sobby.  But not this toast.  They rewrote the entire Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song to reflect the bride and groom’s courtship.  It was hysterical and the beat was on point.  It could easily be a you tube sensation by now.  Truly legendary.

The flowers were also beautiful.  The tables alternated between low florist arrangements and tall branch arrangements with twinkling lights.  The flowers also met the color scheme in purples and whites.  Phalaenopsis orchids were intertwined in the branches and seasonal dahlias arranged in the low arrangements along with hydrangeas and roses.  Another classic and stunning choice.  Did you expect anything less?

Even the cake got the floral treatment.   Oh and that cake was good.  I am always left wanting more wedding cake!  The cake was followed up by a coffee bar.  In nearly 10,000 weddings that it seems I’ve attended, I have never seen a coffee bar like this.  I am talking a separate bar set up with top shelf liquors to mix with your java.  It was an extra special treat for guests.  I was so busy tearing up the dance floor that I almost missed the coffee bar.  Seriously, I was sore the next day.  We had a blast!

Best wishes newlyweds!

Now I’m off to get ready for another wedding.  The last of the fall wedding season for me.  Have a fab weekend friends!

for the love of trees

The wedding front has been quiet for me lately.  Just two years ago I would have found it unimaginable to go 3 months without attending a wedding but now that almost everyone I know is hitched, the wedding scene is slowing down.  Not totally though.  As I mentioned, we’ve got 3 weddings in 4 weeks and that started last weekend.  We went to the Pocono Mountains in PA last weekend hence our lakeside stay.  Friday evening was spent at another, larger lake known as Lake Wallenpaupack.  Say that 10 times fast.  Or just try to spell it.   

The ceremony and reception were held at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort.

The couple developed their wedding theme around nature specifically starring trees.  Fittingly they said their “I do’s” under the huge trees next to Lake Wallenpaupack.  They stood under this beautiful trellis decorated with ferns and blooming purple and white stock.

I snapped this picture of the sky just as the ceremony was beginning.  Call me delusional but does that cloud formation look like a heart?  BTW after raining for 10 days straight, like hurricane type rain, it was sunny and gorge on their wedding day.  Somebody was lookin’ out!

Let’s talk about what they wore.  Starting with the guys…

The groom and his men were dressed to the nines in classic heather grey 3-piece suits.  The grey was very refreshing for a September wedding.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen this seemingly obvious look before.  Why does everyone go straight for the dark tux/suit? 

Grey is chic.  Very Mad Men if you will.  Who doesn’t want to channel a little Don Draper charm?

 Onto the ladies…

The bridesmaids defined the deep purple color scheme. Their dresses were strapless cocktail length from David’s Bridal in different variations. The girls can totally wear these dresses again. Really they can. They were a good choice giving DB some new credibility in my book.  Their dresses were exactly the color of the first one pictured.

The bride’s gown was the show stopper!  It was a drop waist sweetheart cut with a full train.  Covered in taffeta applique flowers. Love! Seriously gorge.  It suited the stunning bride to a tee.  This picture looks likeit came from a model photo shoot.  I know.  But it is the actual couple sporting their fashionable wedding attire.  Don who?

If this were my dress I think I would cut it up into ruffly pillow shams.  Because I’d want to sleep with it always.  And I mean that in a good/uncreepy way.  If that’s at all poss.  Love the flowers.

The cake.  Yum…

You didn’t miss the tree theme there, did ya?  Loving how these branches look like they were embroidered right on the cake.

Can we talk about the flowers?  A subject close to my heart.

The centerpieces fit right in with the theme.  The father of the bride made custom wooden planters that resembled the rawness of a tree’s bark.

Who said every floral centerpiece has to be created from fresh flowers?  Take a close look.  All of the flowers are blooming plants.  They included seasonal garden flowers like asters, kalanchoe & geraniums in the center for height.  And then pansies, impatiens, ivy & vinca vine provided depth and filler.  The planters added plenty of color and were a great DIY project that will keep on bloomin’ beyond the reception and even the honeymoon.

Hydrangeas cut from the mother of the bride’s garden decorated the sweetheart table.  Could they be any more perfect?

Seriously they don’t even look real.  Seasonal perfection!

The bride’s bouquet.  Simple, lovely and fragrant stock in purple & white with a touch of lavender statice.

Congratulations to my newlywed cousin and his wife!  Stunning details all around…