The Bunting Bash: The One Where I Throw Poms at My New Husband

When Mr. Bunting and I returned to the park following our carriage ride, we had just enough time to mingle with our lingering guests before they went on to the reception downtown. A group of our friends and relatives remained behind to help tear down the decorations at the park, and since we had finished all our formal portraits before the ceremony, we pitched in to help. Yeah, that lasted long.


I have no idea why, but Mr. Bunting possessed a strong love-hate relationship with all our tissue poms. He loved and appreciated them as decorations, but he loved to hate them as objects. I don’t think I’ll ever understand, but it’s almost like Mr. Bunting was the one who personally had to count sheets of tissue paper, fold, cut, and fluff all those colorful poms. Which is just silly talk, because aside from the fluffing party we had at the rehearsal dinner, it was my fingers who labored so intensively over these delicate creations. All right, all right, Mr. Bunting did help fold a few (after he was kicked off cutting duty for failed quality control checks), but he later admitted to me that he got away without fluffing a single pom. That sneaky devil. So why, then, was he so keen on destroying my pretty poms? He claims he only hates them on my behalf (they were rather tedious and frustrating), but I secretly think he just loves the idea of shredding a brightly colored ball of tissue paper. When we started pulling down the decorations, including the poms, Mr. Bunting got a devious glint in his eye and zeroed in on them like a lion to its prey.


At first I tried to rescue them.


And then I realized that they were exceptionally fun to throw at other people. Namely my new husband.


Soon, we each had an armful and, with our photographers at the ready”¦


”¦we released them into an explosion of color. Glorious, colorful, wonderful poms!


Mr. Bunting immediately pounced on the aftermath.


Show us how you really feel, Mr. Bunting!





 We may be the Buntings, but he clearly has some cat in him! I couldn’t bring myself to shred any of the poms I had worked so hard on for months, but we sure had fun tossing them over our heads. Not only was it a moment of pure spontaneity, but it left us with some fun photos! And for the pom activists, there’s no way we would have been able to save them all for re-use because they really don’t transport well once fluffed. But a handful of them did survive and are now hanging in our basement, and one of our guests also happily adopted a couple, so they DO live on!

*Marked photos are copyright Bryan and Mae Photography. Unmarked photos are personal or guest photos.

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Mrs. Bunting

December 23
Grand Rapids, MI
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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  1. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 11:40 am

    This entire photo series is epic. I LOVE the animated gif! Haha!

  2. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:45 am

    you’ll HAVE to give a tutorial on the gifs! amazing!

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    vorpalette 11300 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 11:48 am

    Hahah I LOVE those gifs! Our photographer does them and they’re awesome. We have bubbles being blown and FI twirling me.

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    clumsylawyer 1351 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:59 am

    Hehe, I adore those gifs – especially the expression on Mr B’s face after you’ve thrown it at him!

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    mnp 1722 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:03 pm

    You guys are too cute! lol I <3 those poms!

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    katie395 527 posts, Busy bee @ 12:22 pm

    The pictures of you guys tossing them in the air is great! I love it so much! I think it was great you were able to have fun with them! Made all the hard work worth it!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:35 pm

    I love the poms, but love love love these pictures! They really capture the poms in all their glory, better than just a standard decoration shot from the reception. And it’ll be something you’ll always remember!

  8. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:46 pm

    Those are SUCH fun pictures!

  9. beanstalk Member
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:36 pm

    super cute pictures!!! So happy to hear that you were able to save a few to cherish!!!

  10. jaguar Member
    jaguar 6490 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:09 pm

    Oh I LOVE a good cheesy gif. You guys are awesome!

  11. coyote Member
    coyote 1930 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:33 pm

    Bunting… This is hilarious!! I love the photos of you guys throwing them up in the air!!

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    sundaylouu 26 posts, Newbee @ 4:51 pm

    I love the photos! You have also inspired me and now I want tissue paper pom poms! Where did you get your tissue paper from and how early did you make them? I’m getting married in May and am worried if I make them too early that they won’t keep well…

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:30 pm

    What delightfully fun photos with the poms! I love how devious your husband look!

  14. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:21 pm

    you two are so adorable!

  15. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 7:07 am

    @Miss Armadillo and @Miss Gray Wolf: I am all about animated gifs these days!

    @vorpalette: Those sound great! I made the gifs myself, but I was only able to do so because our photographers took such great sequential shots for us! I love them. 😀

    @clumsylawyer: Me too! I love it!

    @mnp: Thanks!

    @katie395: I was really bummed at first to witness the end of my poms’ lives, but that all changed once we really started having fun. It was good to get another use out of them!

    @Blonde17Jess: Very true! I will never forget these spontaneous moments. :)

    @Mrs. Jaguar: Oh, you can trust that I jumped on EVERY opportunity to make cheesy gifs out of our wedding photos, haha!

    @Mrs. Jaguar: Me too! Those are some of my fav shots.

  16. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 7:11 am

    @sundaylouu: Thanks! I bought the tissue paper from about two months before the wedding and started making them as soon as it arrived. I made over 100 in varying sizes, which was a LOT. I did discover that they don’t keep/transport well once fluffed, so I prepared them up until that final step and then went to work fluffing at our rehearsal dinner:

  17. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 7:14 am

    Oh my, I adore these pictures!!

  18. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:56 am

    This is the best post ever.

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    babe_bamboo 74 posts, Worker bee @ 10:14 am

    After “Show us how you really feel Mr. Bunting”, I burst put laughing! What a hilarious and spontaneous memory!

  20. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:58 am

    The the photo of you throwing the poms in the air and at Mr. B, so fun!

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    msjess204 18 posts, Newbee @ 11:24 am

    I’m SO in love with these photos! ADORABLE!

  22. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:16 pm

    OMG, Mrs. Bunting – the photo of you running away with the poms is pure wedding gold. Your animated photos… there are no words for how much fun they are!

    And Mr. Bunting’s desire to destroy the poms?
    It’s because he’s a boy! :)

  23. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 6:12 am

    @Mrs. Pain au Chocolat: I think you’re right… there’s simply no other explanation for it! Boys will boys, haha.

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