I never really thought I would end up designing products for weddings- but when I became a stay at home mom and opened my Etsy shop, it just kind of ended up being the direction I took. I try to find as many inspirations from other weddings as I can, but I end up designing a lot of things around my own wedding two years ago today. Yup, today is my anniversary!
I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures from my own wedding today to show you where I draw a lot of my inspiration from. Luke and I got married in fall because it is our favorite season- we were married in our small Orthodox Christian church in Loveland, Colorado- and held our reception up the canyon on the way to Estes Park. I like to imagine my wedding decorations for weddings in the mountains, on a ranch, or even a beach- fun, elegant events that bring in the natural beauty around them.
I am not a big formal wedding person- I love fun, free-flowing weddings. The ranch we held our reception at was perfect for our Scottish/fall themed wedding. My bridesmaids wore various navy dresses (some from JCrew), and we all carried bouquets we made ourselves- from flowers we got from….. King Soopers and Safeway!!! Really! Mine was wrapped in burlap and a swatch of lace from my mother’s wedding dress; while my bridesmaids carried bouquets wrapped in raffia. We also made all of the boutaineers for our kilt clad men (and our tiny ringbearer also donned a kilt). There were sunflowers, mums, and tartans everywhere… it was fantastic!
To fit with the fall theme, my flower girls carried blooms in apple baskets- and the ranch had a firepit that we handed out bags of mallows, grahms and chocolate so guests could make s’mores!
We didn’t feature a sit down dinner- just heavy appetizers (mac and cheese, mushroom bread pudding, mushroom soup shooters, rosemary chicken skewers and a cheese bar among others), a hot chocolate and coffee bar, and a dessert bar. Instead of a traditional wedding cake (my husband doesn’t like cake) we had mini pies, and a big pie for us to cut (Luke insisted on using his Scottish sword…. really). We had a bagpiper, lots of Scottish ale, and fall accents everywhere- like votives resting on wood slice platforms, mason jar bouquets hanging from the barn rafters, mini pumpkins holding menu cards, and extra seating for guests from hay bales. We didn’t have a ton of tables and chairs and opted for a free-flowing cocktail party feel. It was SO much fun- no sitting around a stuffy table with awkward pauses- we wanted a par-tay! You can easily incorporate any of these ideas in your own fall fetes.
Here are a few pictures from our big day! I didn’t include a ton from the ceremony- we didn’t really decorate the church much. If you’ve ever been to an old, ornate Catholic church or an Orthodox church you know how ornately they are decorated. Our church is bursting with gold icons and intricate decorations everywhere- we felt it was best to just accent with a few greens and let it shine.
All photographs courtesy Jess Apostle Photography , my friend and a fabulous wedding photographer in Northern Colorado!
If you’d like to pin a photograph, please email me and I will get you a watermarked version.
To make the pumpkin menu cards:
Take a small pumpkin, and a thick toothpick, and glue an index card to it. You can then glue decorative paper that you handwrite the food’s name on.
For the bouquets, we picked a few large flowers, and filled in with mums and greens. We then wrapped them tightly in floral wire, and covered the base with raffia- or wrapped burlap for my bridal bouquet. We kept the raffia and burlap in place with some small floral pins.
For the mason jars, simply wrap picture wire TIGHTLY around the lid of the jar in the shape of a handle. If you have a glass drill bit, drill two holes into the top and fashion a handle. We simply placed sunflowers in the jars for a fun, rustic touch.
For the wood slice votive holders- simply drill two holes into the sides of a wood slice, and string with jute from a rafter. Place votives on the wood (far from jute- it is VERY flammable).
The caterers kept food warm by using slate and granite serving platters with a sterno underneath. I thought that was a beautiful touch that anyone could replicate at home! (Be careful, it can get very very hot).
The Chocolate jars were two simple red-topped mini swing lid jars with some chalk pen on the top for the lettering!