I think it’s about time we talked about how a simple red balloon sparked our wedding theme.
Mr. Sugar Cube and I love bright colors. (One of the things we actually talked about when we first met was the color orange—how it was his favorite color and how I had these bright safety orange colored socks that I loved racing in.) We also love food (tacos happens to be one of our favorites). So naturally when we started planning the wedding, we both wanted lots of color and Mexican food served at the reception.
Well, Mr. Sugar Cube and I decided that would be the basis for our invitations. That then launched into finding more ways to incorporate balloons and finding those big initial Mylar balloons and a giant red Mylar heart balloon (I love hearts). They, too, were perfect. We could take engagement pictures with them to use with the invitations, then re-use them for ceremony decor by tying them to a chair or two, and then make mini versions of the balloons for our cake topper to continue the theme. (I originally thought it would be awesome to have a wall of the red heart balloons at the reception, but we scrapped it various reasons.)
So out went the vibrant color scheme and balloons and hearts, along with a gray, silver, white, and red color palette to complement the balloons. Since, we’ve been stumbling on other ways to incorporate the “red heart balloon” theme as well. Like heart-shaped magnets to guide guests to our wedding website included in our invitation suite and a perfectly fitting ceremony reading with the last line reading: “When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found our soul mate.”
Simple and fun. Us. It makes my heart happy!
Do you have a wedding theme? If so, how did you choose yours?
The cake topper was just one of those things I knew I wanted to make myself. You see, with our particular wedding package, I won’t have ever even met our cake maker before I see the cake! So being the mellow, secret control-freak that I am, I wanted to set to work on the few things that are actually in my sphere of influence. Decor is part of those things. As for the cake, I’m just trusting it to a higher power, I guess.
I had no idea what my hair color would end up being on the actual day of. So as you can see from the picture, I’ve left my mini-bride’s hair bone white. I’ll revisit her with a little acrylic paint as soon as I pick a color.
I was inspired by ClayLindo on Etsy, a seller who, like the name describes, makes pretty sculptures out of modeling clay. And while of course I strongly believe in supporting artists and makers on Etsy, I wanted full ownership over my toppers. I had the craftiness, just not the funds.
First things first: If you don’t know the reference in my post title, get thyself to this website. You’re welcome.
The cake design was one of the easiest decisions we made in this whole wedding-planning thing. We knew it was going to be decorated with buttercream and not fondant, because (a) our venue includes a buttercream cake in its packages, but fondant decoration is extra, and (b) while fondant makes for one glamorous cake, we prefer the taste of buttercream, and being the food-motivated sharks we are, buttercream was A-OK with us.
So, buttercream it was. And funnily enough, all of the cake inspiration photos I found are, uh, pretty much identical.
Our wedding requires a bit of signage to help point our guests in the right direction both on the road and in the forest.
All photos personal.
You may remember my over the top diagram:
We needed to make a few signs to remind our guests (that choose to drive) to go past our regular driveway and make their way up to wedding spot. The ceremony is also tucked away in the forest and requires some direction.
One of the biggest perks of getting married at the Mansion of Valley Country Club is that when it comes to décor, less is more. The mansion itself is beautifully adorned, and the ballroom’s uplighting and drapery means our decorating needs are minimal. My budget loves that.
But I still wanted to add our own touch. The handful of times I’d imagined having a wedding, I pictured standing with my groom under an arch or chuppah.* But the ballroom’s low-hanging drapery means high structures are out. The pictures I’d seen of indoor weddings at the mansion had the couple and officiant standing in front of an ornate gold mirror. It is lovely, but I wanted something more.
I thought that I’d interrupt the posts about the sequence of our reception to give you a closer look at some of the reception decor details. A lot of the decor is DIY (I’ll link to projects as I show the final product), but none of it would have been possible without our florist/coordinator extraordinaire, Beth at Wild Flowers Inc. She did all of the flowers, executed our vision perfectly, and took care of plenty of details that we didn’t even consider. If you are in the area and looking for a florist or day-of coordinator, she is definitely your girl.
Here you can see the directional arrows sign that Mr. Coral built. It points to some of our favorite places in the world. We saw guests taking photos with it, so we know they loved finding their hometowns or special places on it, too.
I know bathroom baskets are one of those things that usually don’t get put together until the month or so before the wedding, but I’d actually gathered all the stuff for ours pretty early in the game. A few months ago, I was going to the Dollar Tree and the Christmas Tree Shops every other week for one reason or another, and I kept running across things I knew I wanted for the baskets. I know both those stores’ inventories tend to change quite a bit from month to month, so I figured as long as nothing expires before the wedding, why not stock up now and avoid having to make another trip later?
We really didn’t get to experience the cocktail hour at our wedding at all since we were off taking pictures, but we made sure that our guests had a good time. Right after the ceremony, guests migrated approximately 50 feet to the open-air portion of the deck to mingle with family and friends and have some food and drinks.
Of course, the fact that it had just stopped raining and was suddenly sunny and gorgeous made for the perfect weather for hanging out on the deck at the edge of Shem Creek.