Taylor and Thomas hosted an enchanted forest-themed wedding this past summer. Their Grosse Pointe War Memorial wedding featured so many DIY elements, handcrafted by family and friends: from the veil, to the invites, to the favors, to the photo booth, to even the floral arrangements. The bride even wrote a fairytale that she broke up and placed from table to table, so when guests mingled they could follow along with the story of how she and her husband arrived at their happily ever after. The tone of the evening was utter enchantment, with dinner and dancing celebrated by candlelight.
While I love the grounds of our venue, I always pictured it a little dressed up for the occasion. A wedding backdrop is an easy way to achieve that, but there was no way I would be able to transport a triptych of distressed barn doors, 1,000 origami cranes, tangle-prone strips of crepe paper, or strung up coffee filters—no matter what Pinterest would have me believe.
In my browsing I had seen some simple but beautiful ceremony backdrops. Some pretty writing on a sheet of fabric would pack very easily into a suitcase and be relatively simple to set up as well. So I set out to emulate these backdrop inspirations, but with our own wedding aesthetic in mind.
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My girlfriend and I have been together for 6 months. We have spent every day together since the third week of dating (except when I travel for work) and love being around each other constantly. We like each other’s families a lot, share very similar values and world views, share hobbies in common, travel together, and challenge each other intellectually and constructively. We also have a very healthy sex life, are both financially independent (we both own our own homes) and have very good careers. We like each other’s circle of friends and regularly hang out with them, but also make time to see them separately.
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Greetings, bees! As Benjamin and I near the end of our wedding planning, I have a little Q&A for you regarding the process. Ben and I answered the questions separately, and I have changed nothing since. I suggest you do the same with your fiancé(e)—this was fun. 🙂
Ah, yes. There we are.
What’s been your favorite moment in the wedding-planning process?
Now that we’ve gottenmarried, danced, and toasted, I wanted to take a pause in the recaps to show the little details from our big day. We had many book themed wedding details, as well as some loose travel themed wedding details.
I posted ad nauseum about our paper products, I know, but I am proud of them.
If you had asked me six months ago whether I was a “DIY bride,” I probably would have said no, not really. However, considering the work we put into our invitations, table numbers, and favors, I guess I am, sort of! It’s always been a pleasure, though. There is something so rewarding about being proud of a finished project; it’s cool to be able to say, “Yep! I made that!”
Enter our centerpieces. From the beginning, I thought I might do something myself, because a) it’s a winter wedding and b) I didn’t really care about flowers, especially after I looked at the average cost of a wedding florist. Therefore, I figured I would make my own bouquet, order boutonnieres (it’s like prom all over again!), and do “something cool” with candles for the tables. Considering the warm, festive, holiday feeling we were aiming for, it seemed like a great idea.
Now we’re a couple of weeks out, and let me be very clear—I am so excited to see our centerpieces in action, and I think they are really going to convey the aesthetic we wanted…but Oh. My. God. This was a BEAST. It just…kept growing. Like a hydra when you cut off its head: 10 more ideas sprouted up and demanded to be executed.
Okay, Sixpence Centerpieces, Final Edition. Here we go:
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We’re kicking it old school this week with a blast from the past: The Canaries‘ dual-ceremony New York City wedding!
The Canaries had the most intensely beautiful ceremony backdrop of all time: the pink and yellow flowers really stood out in photos, and the arch framed them perfectly as they said their vows.