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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Our Wedding... It's All in the Details

I thought I would do a post about the planning and little details of our wedding. Because some day, when more than five people read this blog, someone may be looking for some wedding planning tips.

As far as a "theme" we knew that we wanted classic fall. I wanted the flowers, decor, and little touches to softly portray that warmth, homey feeling of my favorite season!

As we were thinking about flowers, I had found a few types that I pinned to remember:

Source: google.com via Claire on Pinterest
Source: google.com via Claire on Pinterest

Those little bits of inspiration turned into this:

Some of the 'bouts

My flowers - orange lilies, green irises, purple lilies, red sunflowers, green buttons, deep purple roses.

Flower Girls - mini sunflowers balls, MOH and Maids - yellow sunflowers, orange lilies, purple irises.
 As far as the decorations inside the church, we knew again we wanted to focus on fall foliage but also incorporate in some way the theme of "love birds."

We had beautiful candelabras at the front of the church, which I was in LOVE with!

We played off the "love bird" theme by using ornate black scroll bird cages as pew markers, and in the church windows.

One of my FAVORITE special touches was a hand painted aisle runner, that matched a custom stamp we used on the front of the programs and on our thank-you notes.

We also hired wedding planners for the day. That was, hands down, the best decision we ever made. They took care of everything - from beginning to end. It was marvelous. I would recommend Lukefield Events hands down!

The decorations at the reception carried out the theme. We focused on fall colors and foliage, along with bringing pops of the deep plum of the bridesmaid dresses. We had to buy and rent very little - most we were able to borrow!

With the lights on

A view from the top

Candelabra Centerpiece

Candle Centerpiece

Head Table

Close Up

Head Table

Floral Arrangements flanking dance floor
We also wanted a simple, elegant cake. I have to say, this original design filled that order!

As for my beautiful dress, I bought it from Brides by Demetrios. There was a retail store in St. Louis I was able to buy from. It was a great experience all around, and I thought my dress was perfect. I wore my Mom's veil she wore when she married my Dad. How sweet is that!

Front View

Back View - train is detachable
You are also supposed to have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, right? Obviously my new was my dress...

My old was my Mom's veil.....

Something borrowed was my Mom's dear friend, Mary Anne's, mother's pearls....

And finally something blue - a handkerchief from my "adopted" Grandma.....

Our rings were something I was very proud of as well. Justin saved for YEARS (honestly) to buy me a jaw-dropping ring set. For someone who was living off a teacher's salary, this was a huge feat. I will forever be grateful to him for this. While I in no way, shape or form expected this, it was still a wonderful and touching surprise. I had Justin's ring custom made out of his Grandma's wedding set. Had to add a few more touches of bling, but I think it turned out as gorgeous as mine!

Hope that gives a little inspiration out there to someone! Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about vendors, themes or ideas!

** all professional photos provided by Tyson Zahner Photography **


  1. I found your blog through Kelly's Korner. I clicked on it when I saw SE Missouri. After looking at some of your posts you have to live around Jackson to use Lukefield Events and Tyson Zahner....my husband is from Jackson and I went to school at SEMO. We now live in West Plains, MO but go to Jackson often to visit my in-laws and our nephews. Just curious where you live! Fun and small world! My blog is http://mallorybthompson.blogspot.com

    1. Hi! We live in a tiny town about an hour south of Cape. My husband graduated from SEMO as well! As did my sister, who now lives in Cape. This is a small world. I doubted anyone would even know what Southeast MO was! Ha! We used a lot of vendors from the Cape/Jackson area for the wedding, since that is the closest "big city" we have :) Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Hi to both of you! I live in Cape Girardeau and went to school in Jackson. I found you through Kelly's Korner too!
      My blog is www.our2newfeet.blogspot.com.

    3. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! It is such a small world, isn't it?