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.

Mixing bowl collection  and a ladybug

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.

Centerpiece photos by Love Shack Photo

our wedding invitations

Hey guys! I can’t believe it is Thursday evening already in the middle of June. This week has flown by. In fact the past month has. Ryan and I have been married for just over a month now.

And I’ve barely given you any wedding details here on the blog yet! Shame on me.

That is about to change.

Get excited because you my friends are going to see every last vintage-lovin’ DIY detail throughout the summer. I am aiming to do a post a week highlighting the projects and details that antique junkies like us might find interesting when it comes to wedding planning.

Let’s start at the beginning shall we?

The invitation. It had a vintage spin for sure with none other than a blue mason jar as the solo image.  Come on did you expect anything else?

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

I conceptualized these 5-7 half folded invites in my sleep I think.  Once I had it worked out in waking hours, I pre-stamped and water colored all of those cute little flowering jars, pre-cut the cardstock and lace that would serve as the belly band holding all of the inserts.  Then I corralled some of my favorite crafty ladies to help me assemble and stuff about 90 of these dream invitations.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

Yes, we are sitting in my dining room and that’s me in the stripes bossing everyone around.  Feel free to note how much the decor of the room resembles the invitations and in fact the whole wedding scheme.  I’m consistent like that.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

So here’s what we were working with on that day back in February.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

Lots of hands went into the final blue and green product.  I love how they turned out.  I think the foreshadowed the casual vintage vibe of the wedding.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

Can’t wait to share another element of our vintage-style wedding next week!

drop it like it’s hot

It’s official!  We’re getting married!

Yeah it’s been official for awhile but it’s really, really offic now because we dropped 100 wedding invitations in the mail.  They are on their way to mailboxes all over the country.

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And even one to Japan!  (As if I have to prove it.)

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This is happening!

It’s go-time now with just a few months left of planning.  The engagement period sure has flown by.  Although we’ve been engaged since April, we didn’t start planning until September so I guess that’s why.

But you know what has been our hands down favorite part of wedding planning?

Cake tasting.  Duh.

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Over the holidays, we visited a local bakery and sampled flavor after flavor of divine cake.  We ultimately settled on the rich and buttery pound cake but it was a tough choice!

pound cake

swan pastries

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We took home lots of samples.  Trust me when I say none of this went to waste.  What wedding dress?

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Ryan and I had a fun time touring the bakery’s kitchen.

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whisks

Of course I saw these industrial sized whisks and imagined them repurposed into pendant lights.  But that’s just me.

industrial whisks

Has this post made you hungry now too?

making progress

Everyone in the blog world is talking Thanksgiving and Christmas and here I am talking spring.  As most of you know, we are planning our dream wedding.  Ok, my dream wedding.  Ryan is a doll who seems to agree with all of my ideas for our wedding.  So at this point, we’ve made a lot of progress including securing a date, venue, photographer, officiant, band and some of the other “big things”!

No I didn’t choose a dress yet.

We’re getting into the nitty gritty details at this point so I thought I’d keep you up to date.  Details, as you know, are my thing.

About 6 weeks ago we had an engagement photo shoot.  We lucked out that crisp fall morning with a wonderful showing of bright autumn colors at Maple Acres Farms.

They were so very accommodating at the farm.  They even let us bring Wilson although he was a bit of a diva (or is that divo?) when it came time for his close up.  I thought you’d like a peek at our photos since there are rarely pictures of us posted.  But let’s start with Wilson since you see him all of the time.

Our e-session photographer, Mandy Keep, captured just how vivid the autumn day was and all of the natural beauty and charm the farm offers.  I particularly like how the photos emphasize the primary and secondary color scheme which is very opposite of how the wedding color scheme will most likely work out.

It was important to me that we look like ourselves and dress like ourselves.  Ryan and I shopped our closets for favorite clothes we already own in complementary colors.  We didn’t do anything over the top to prep for the shoot.  We were just us.  Wilson too.

Now this is where Ryan would probably point out that we don’t normally take a wagon full of vintage props out on a walk with us.  And he’s right.  That’s where I may have gotten carried away but overall I like how the props and colors worked into the farm setting.  Subtle right?

Check us out on the vintage Orrlaskan wool blanket (similar to a Hudson Bay blanket)!

We also had a pair of vintage industrial stools out in the field which is totally natural.  I love how Mandy captured the foliage in this shot.

And who doesn’t love frolicking in the cornstalks?

We’re just about 6 months out from the big day. I am starting to think about our invitations and what they might look like.  As you may have guessed, I would like to hand make them.  I had initially thought we wouldn’t send Save the Dates mostly because it would be too laborious to make them all plus how could I practically make them and add engagement photos?

However, our wedding is essentially a destination for 99% of our guests since we are getting married at the beach which is about 2 hours away for most.  We decided it would be considerate to send Save the Dates after all.  And I’m glad we did once I heard the date morphed from May to March in one line of communication in my family!  Now everyone has plenty of time to  make accommodations.

We partnered with Wedding Paper Divas to create the perfect Save the Date.  After narrowing down several hundred Save the Date choices to about a dozen, we ended up going with Chalk Frame Charm for our layout.  I like how it had the look of an erased chalkboard but also allowed us to incorporate 3 pictures from our shoot.  It definitely foreshadows the fun, casual vibe that we’re creating for our wedding.

We received the Save the Dates in less than a week and sent them right out to our guests.  We actually had the opportunity to speak with a live consultant at Wedding Paper Divas and provide feedback on our proofs so we were sure they were perfect!  I’m glad we ended up doing Save the Dates.  It wasn’t nearly as daunting of a task as I’d initially thought.  Check that off the list!

And the money shot of the day goes to Wilson.  This one is going up on the wall.

There are a few other favorite photos that have a vintage vibe to them.  I am using them on other areas of the blog and for business purposes.  My favorite one is on the ‘About‘ page.

Photos by Mandy Keep Photography

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…

introducing…

Hello there!  Let me keep it short and sweet today like Kim Kardashian’s marriage.  Actually that was just short. 

This is sweet…

Did you know that I have had the opportunity to design and create many of my friends’ wedding and party invitations?  I didn’t think so.  That’s why I have added a new invitation tab to the top of circadee.com.  You can check out my work should you be so inclined.

If you’ve got an event coming up and you like the look of custom designed handmade invitations, email circadee@gmail.com for a consultation.  The options are endless! 

Don’t forget to check out the growing invitation portfolio here.