Wedding

Wedding Details

Next month Justin and I will celebrate one full year of {mostly} wedded bliss. It’s really been an amazing year and I’m so thankful to have my best friend by my side. But enough of the sappy stuff! Today I am excited to share with you some of my favorite details from our wedding.

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Planning our wedding was so much fun, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I had a lot of people tell me that it wasn’t worth the stress or the expense, and to just elope. We met and got married in our 30’s, so a lot of our friends had taken the plunge years before us, and were moving onto the baby-making phase. Because of that, we had both been to so many large weddings at various KC area event spaces, and while they were fun and beautiful, we knew we wanted something different.

We tried to strike a balance between an elopement and a large, traditional wedding. We were pretty set on Napa (where we got engaged), but then stumbled upon Rosemary Beach, Florida (after extensive online searches over daytime cocktails). I had visited the area (30A) before and knew how beautiful it was, and everything about Rosemary Beach just screams “wedding!” Rosemary Beach isn’t exactly a budget venue, so we weren’t able to have a full event planner. Even if we could have afforded it, I had so much fun working on the details, I don’t know that I would have even wanted one (I will say that our day of coordinator was worth every penny).

So now on to the fun stuff! We tried to incorporate a lot of fun details to make our wedding feel special, at least to us. I spent most of our engagement searching Etsy, Homegoods, H&M Home, and countless other places trying to find pretty but affordable ways to make our wedding exactly what we wanted. Because we had a destination wedding, my poor parents had to drive a rental van from Kansas to Florida so they could haul all of my stuff, including my dress.

During the planning process, I discovered Zazzle, which turned out to be a lifesaver. I became totally addicted to creating stuff on there! I don’t have any fancy graphic design programs, but I think I did pretty well with good ol’ Microsoft Paint! They also have a ton of pre-designed invitations and everything else you can think of, but I had fun doing a lot of it myself.

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Not a professional shot, but I’m glad a guest got a pic of our Welcome sign!

My favorite details:

When I found these cocktails stirrers from MyPaperRomance on Etsy, I knew they would be perfect for our escort cards. As everyone left the ceremony and went out to the courtyard, they could grab their pink champagne and find out their table number.

I had originally wanted a big floral wreath on the front door to Town Hall (that’s what they call the venue), but that came with a hefty price tag. Instead, my mom and I made this floral “B” out of faux peonies. Big craft stores sell large cardboard or paper mache letters, which are hollow. We cut the front off one, sprayed the outside gold (of course), filled it with floral Styrofoam, and then just started poking flowers in! As much as I wanted real flowers, I think it turned out great.

These hurricanes, which you can’t see well in these photos, are also from West Elm and are another item that we use all over our house now (we actually mixed these with another line of hurricanes that West Elm no longer carries).

Our guest book – I wanted our guest book to be something we could later have in our house and see every day as a reminder of our wedding. I spent literally hours (days?!?) on Pinterest trying to find something perfect, but was just not loving anything. I liked the idea of people signing stones, but that didn’t quite go with our theme, and then I stumbled upon this gold rimmed sea glass in an Etsy shop. So perfect. We found a pretty hurricane at West Elm (on major sale!) and put the sea glass in a gold tray, again from West Elm, for guests to sign. All of these items are now in our home.

At Target one day I found these gold coral pieces and thought they would make great sign holders (for the bar, dessert, etc) and snagged several. I didn’t create the floral design on the signs, but did the rest of the design in Paint and on Zazzle.

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We had a full bar, but I think custom cocktails are really fun, so my husband and I each came up with one. His was not really custom (whiskey + ginger) but we gave it a fun name (“Better Together”), and mine was a “Rosemarried Breeze,” a mixture of grapefruit, vodka and ginger-rosemary syrup from Bang Candy Company. This syrup was seriously amazing, and couldn’t have been more perfect with the rosemary. I’ve been looking on the website and it doesn’t appear that they make it anymore, which is such a shame (although they have some other yummy-looking flavors).

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That’s a “Rosemarried Breeze” in my hand!

 

We didn’t do favors at the wedding, but we gave out bottles of wine (rose, of course!) as a welcome gift, along with a note and custom tags that I found on Zazzle. We also had a welcome party/beach bonfire after our rehearsal dinner and had custom koozies that we gave out there.

Most of the table settings and décor were rented through our florist or caterer, but we did do the table numbers. I just created a simple design in blush and navy and then had it printed on metallic pearl paper to give it a little sheen. The frames were seriously $1 each at Duckwall’s (most of you probably don’t know what that is – think small town Walmart or Dollar Store).

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Our photographer didn’t get a shot of our vow books, but they are too pretty not to share. We found these on Etsy (madedivine).

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Photo c/o MadeDivine Etsy Shop

 

My bridesmaids had robes from Plum Pretty Sugar that I gave them as gifts. Aren’t they pretty?

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I had AMAZING vendors. Obviously our photographer was amazing (the talented Dear Wesleyann – all the photos above are hers, unless specifically noted otherwise), and our florist, Kellie of Florals by the Sea, was out of this world. She was way more than just a florist; she helped me with so many other details

A few final details:

It’s always fun reliving such an amazing day! I would say the one thing we really wanted but wasn’t in our budget was a wedding video. Good thing we have these amazing photographs to remember all the details.

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Even though I’m now married, I still love to talk weddings! Married? What details made your day extra special? Engaged? What details are you really looking forward to?

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