I was often asked if I was planning my own wedding. I did and as you can imagine, loved the process. But, practicing as I preach, Chelsey came in to coordinate the day. She was, as always, incredible! I know I’m biased, but I can’t tell you how nice it was to sit back and just enjoy the day and not worry if everything was in order and flowing correctly. Again, I’m biased, but hire a Wedding Planner!
Now, for the day’s details…
As I mentioned on Monday, I was really excited about our wedding flowers. I have always found myself drawn to the fillers and “stuff” more than any particular flower. In talking with Cori Cook, a dear friend and our Floral Designer, I found myself saying that I just knew I wanted lots of stuff over and over again.
And stuff she delivered! Our bouquets were a mix of cabbage/garden roses, tuberose, heather and lots of interesting, textural stuff tied with simple velvet ribbons. If I’m honest, I didn’t want to put mine down I loved it so much!
As you saw yesterday, the centerpieces followed suit with a mix of flowers and textural fillers. The pew decorations were clusters of heather and green wheat embraced by burlap and trails of printed cotton fabrics and at the end of the aisle two large barrels were topped with silver vases filled with a mix of flowers.
Each flower girl carried a wreath of significant flowers or herbs down the aisle. There was rosemary for remembrance, wheat for friendliness, heather for wishes to come true and stock for a happy life. For the littlest of the bunch, it proved to be a great toy during the ceremony!
Sal and I decided to indulge our guests in a few of our favorite and a few traditional desserts. I love French Macarons and Paula at Teacup Shop created some fabulous fall-flavored treats. They were salted carmel, tiramisu (in reference to Sal’s Italian heritage), and chocolate mole. Additionally, she baked a number of pear and apple tarts and a mix of fall-flavored cakes. My mother baked a traditional Norwegian cake called a kransakake as homage to my Norwegian heritage. Sal’s mother created bundles of Jordan almonds Italians call “confetti” and give out at celebrations.
Our ring bearer bowl was actually an antique drinking bowl from my grandfather’s family in Norway. One of our ring bearers carried and the other, his sippy cup—ah, the agenda of a two year-old! He stole our hearts!
Our guest book was a wooden bench that will sit on our porch for years to come.
Hay bales, luminaries and the bridesmaids’ bouquets decorated the building’s stage.
I wore a charm bracelet of photos of our grandparents and loved ones who had either passed or weren’t able to join us for the day. It was our way to bring them close in spirit.
My mother made several strings of pennant flags to indicate the path for our guests.
It was a day of details, all of which were in some way important to the two of us, even the sippy cup!
location: Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, CO
wedding design and planning: Talia Events