A Ten Thousand Villages Inspired Wedding Wish List

The Ten Thousand Villages‘ end-of-season clearance email arrived in my inbox over the weekend, and I immediately fell prey to the lure of its eye-candy.  As I was looking, I kept thinking to myself, “That would be great for such and such event,” and here we are with this week’s inspiration post.

Ten Thousand Villages

Of course, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that part of the reason for this post is to share the awesomeness that is Ten Thousand Villages.  (If you don’t know who they are read about them on the website, then find a store near you and go buy all the things!)  Having said that, they have some beautiful hand-crafted items that would lend a fabulously unique touch to any event you are having. And even better, you are giving back to others while you are creating a beautiful event that will have guests asking, “Where can I get one of those?”

All of these items are in the clearance section of the website, so the price is nice.  (You may have trouble getting large quantities of them, though.)  Keep in mind, these are hand-crafted by artisans around the world, not mass produced in a factory, so while you may pay a little more than you might elsewhere, you are getting a higher quality product AND you are helping support and create sustainable economic growth for artisans in developing nations.

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  1. Honey Mist Pillar Candle – a nice alternative to plain white or ivory pillars.  Can’t you just imagine it tucked among some succulents or big, beautiful blossoms?
  2. Blue Sky Candle Holder– fits perfectly with Pantone’s newly announced 2016 Color of the Year: Serenity.
  3. Display Stand– hang small lanterns with tea lights or little pomanders full of beautiful blooms from this miniature shepherds hook.
  4. Twig Place Card Holder – perfect for escort cards at a rustic or woodland themed wedding, and it can double as a favor.
  5. Mercury Glass Candle Holder – because, really, can you ever have too many of these?  (The answer is no, in case you were wondering.)
  6.  Citronella Candle – keep all the bugs away from your outdoor event with this gorgeous alternative to the bright yellow wilderness candles.

The clearance page is a great place to get deals, but be sure to check out the rest of the full price offerings and the page about setting up your fair-trade wedding registry.  The stock changes seasonally, so be sure to check your local store early and often to see what they have that tempts your eye (and your wallet).


DISCLOSURE: I have no material relationship to any brand mentioned in this post. Financial compensation was not received for this post.  I have not tried any of the above products and this does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of the individual products.


Real Weddings: Teresa and Andrew

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There is nothing like a beautiful outdoor wedding to get you in the mood for fall.  I had the pleasure of helping high-school sweethearts Teresa and Andrew plan their small backyard wedding held at her family’s cabin by the Shenandoah River.  The rain held off until after the outdoor ceremony and the dancing lasted until everyone’s feet hurt.

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From the Bride and Groom:

When we started planning our wedding, neither of us wanted something big and extravagant. Our only wish was that we have a day that all our friends and family could enjoy. Oh, and that the food was great. In the end, the ceremony and reception outdid all of our expectations and we could not have been happier.




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Photographers: Brian Kapur Photography and Cory F. Royster Photography
Tent: Sammy’s Rental
Flowers: Costco bulk flowers arranged by Inspiration in Creation and friends of the bride
Catering & Pie: Main Street Bakery and Catering
DJ: Musical DJs
Linens: Everything Linen


3 Important Wedding Planning Lessons Learned

Last weekend we celebrated my dear friends Teresa and Andrew’s wedding.  The weather cooperated, the rain held off and a fabulous time was had by all.  I’ll have a Real Weddings post soon, (since I was in the wedding and didn’t get many pictures, I’ll have to wait for the photographer) but today, I wanted to share some wedding lessons learned that came out of the event.


  1. Hire a day of coordinator.  This is the first wedding I have planned where we did this, and wow what a difference it makes.  (Especially since I was in the wedding party, I was able to troubleshoot big issues without having to manage every single detail of set up and event management.)  This will probably be my biggest recommendation to brides and grooms from now on.
  2. Do a full dry run of your centerpieces.  As we were putting the centerpieces together the afternoon of the wedding, we realized that the buckets we had gotten to hold the flowers were not fully waterproof. We found a solution, but we could have saved ourselves a lot of time and energy if we had done a test run before the wedding. (But, another perk of having a day of coordinator: we were able to discover and solve this problem without the bride ever knowing there was an issue or having to stress about it.)

    Those buckets are not waterproof! (But they were a great deal–$3 for 2 on the Target dollar rack. For that price, I’m willing to work around the water holding issues.)

  3. Keep in mind the size of dresses when planning the width of your ceremony aisle.  The mother of the groom and the bride almost caught their dresses on fire from the luminaries lining the aisle.  When planning to use fire in your wedding decor, be mindful that you need more room to walk and sit with long dresses and trains.

But overall, wedding=success!


Teresa’s Handmade Navy and Coral Wedding Garter Set

Last year I shared how I made my own garter for my wedding.

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Handmade peacock feather garters for my Nov. 2014 wedding.

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The garter toss. (Nov. 2014)

This week is my good friend Teresa’s wedding, and I have had the pleasure of helping her plan her wedding.  As we are wrapping up the final details before the big day, I wanted to share another set of handmade garters with all of you.

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Handmade coral and navy garters for Teresa’s Sept. 2015 wedding.

These are very simple to make, all straight seams except for the flower and camel embellishment (a running joke with the family about having a camel included in the wedding festivities), which are all basic hand sewing.

Supplies used:

  • 5/8″ wide (I think) coral ribbon for garter base. (I got all my 5/8″ ribbon at Michael’s on sale, but you can get it from whatever your craft store of choice is.)
  • 5/8″ wide coral, navy and burlap ribbon for flower accents.  I used this awesome tutorial from Ravings of a Mad Crafter that I found on Pinterest to figure out how to make them.
  • Eintsy thin navy ribbon ( I had this left over from another wedding, but I think I got it at A.C. Moore for 50 cents a spool originally.)
  • Thin white lace and double layer fluffy lace (bought by the yard at JoAnn Fabric)
  • Camel charm (from Etsy, but the shop appears to no longer be open.)

In addition to my original tutorial directions, I looked at this tutorial from Something Turquoise.  The only difference is I put the ribbon between the two layers of lace instead of on top and added another piece of ribbon as a lining of sorts on the back to keep the lace from itching the leg.

Repost: Remembering September 11

This post was originally published on Sept. 11, 2013.  While I did not have lunch with my Daddy today, the sentiments are exactly the same.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t remember what today was when I woke up.  I knew it was Wednesday, and I knew I was running late.  I didn’t remember which Wednesday it was until I saw the traffic headed into DC for all of the memorial events.  And then I saw all of the Facebook posts and radio spots and TV remembrances  talking about what happened and what they remember about that day.

I really don’t remember that much about September 11, 2001.  I was in 7th grade– eleven years old.  I was sitting in Ms. Gregory’s earth science class when the office called and said my mom was there to pick me up.  I remember being really confused because usually when my mom picked me up early she told me ahead of time. Even when she told me and my sister what had happened, that the trade centers and the Pentagon had been hit, I really didn’t understand.

The only thing I remember vividly from that day was that we got Taco Bell take out and sat in the kitchen around the radio listening to the updates (we didn’t have a tv). I knew that my Mama was very upset and worried and crying.  She would pick up the phone that was sitting next to her on the first ring; when it wasn’t my Dad, she would immediately hang up.  I knew that my Daddy worked in DC and something bad had happened there.  At points they were reporting that a bomb had gone off at the State Department, where my Daddy worked.   When Mama talked to my Aunt, who worked at the Department of Interior in DC, she said that she heard the bomb go off at the State Dept.

September 11th changed the fabric of the world.  It changed the fabric of my world.  I have been to Ground Zero in New York and the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania.  I go through the Pentagon everyday on my way to and from work.  I see the scars that September 11th has left on this country.  I mourn the horrible, senseless loss of life that day and everyday sense then because of those acts.

But today, this September 11th, I didn’t visit any memorials or go to any assemblies or speeches.  Today, at lunch, I walked out of my office and down the street and I had lunch with my Daddy at Subway.  And I thanked God that he was still here so I could have lunch with him.   12 years ago he walked into the front door that night. And that is what I remember, really remember, from September 11th.

Wedding Flowers On A Budget

According to Statistics Brain and Wedding Stats (yes, there is an entire website devoted to statistics about weddings!), the average cost of flowers in an American wedding is between $1,800 and $2,101, approximately 8-10% of the wedding costs.

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Many factors may impact the price tag of wedding flowers.

A number of factors can influence the actual cost of wedding flowers, including the time of year and location of the event, the size of the event, the number of different types of flowers (and the flower types themselves), the size of arrangements and how elaborate they are, how far in advance you place your order, etc.  Snippet and Ink, a wedding planning blog and resource, explains very clearly what exactly can effect the cost of a bouquet, and the factors discussed apply to most other floral arrangements as well.

Usually, taking all of those things into account, the flower budget breaks out to something roughly like this for the average-priced wedding:

  • Bride’s bouquet: $50-200
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets (each): $20-50
  • Corsages and boutonnieres (each): $8-30
  • Toss bouquet for the reception: $20-50
  • Church altar flowers (each arrangement): $50-75 or higher
  • Pew flowers (each): $10-40
  • Reception centerpieces (each arrangement): $40-150
  • Flower girl bouquet or petals: $20-35
  • Floral cake topper: $30-100
  • Extras you have like floral hair decor; decorations for outside of the church like a wreath or stair decor; extra arrangements for the cake table, gift table, etc.

I don’t know about you, but 1) I didn’t have that kind of money to spend on just flowers for my wedding and 2) I can find a way to do flowers for cheaper than that.  Here are some options to keep your flower budget under control.

    • Use silk flowers or other non-floral materials. Some people think silk flowers are tacky, but I think they are a great alternative.  While they may not always be a huge cost saving measure (although you can do them for extremely low prices if you are smart about it), they have many other benefits that make them much more practical than fresh flower in my opinion.  Check out my tutorial for silk flower bouquets and the Real Weddings gallery to see pictures of silk flower weddings I have been involved with in the past.
    • Share your budget with your florist. Be up front about your budget as well as your dream wedding flowers if you chose to work with a florist.  They are trained to marry the two, and as long as you are flexible about your ideas, they will be able to create something beautiful in your budget.
    • Multi-purpose arrangements. With a little careful planning, nearly all of your arrangements from the ceremony can do double duty at the reception.  Bridal and bridesmaid bouquets can become centerpieces for the head table, the alter flowers can become decor for the cake or gift table and pew decor can line the walkway to the reception site.
    • Shop seasonally. Chose flowers that are in season where your wedding will be.  Getting flowers that are not in season where you are will cost you premium prices.
    • Larger blooms. Choosing flowers with large blooms means that you will have to buy less stems to create the same effect.  A single hydrangea or a couple of peony blossoms can do what it would take a dozen smaller blooms to cover.

    • Less expensive blooms or greenery. An alternative to using large blooms is to use lots of less expensive flowers or greenery and filler to create a large statement piece for less cost than an arrangement of the same size made totally from flowers or from more expensive flowers.

Love to Know and Colin Cowie both also have good run downs on how to save money using fresh flowers.  The bottom line is if you are flexible about your flower dream, you can have gorgeous wedding flowers for a fraction of the cost most people pay.

How To DIY Wedding Bouquets

I have made bouquets and arrangements for three different weddings, and today I want to show you how to make a super easy bouquet. By altering the number of flowers in the bouquet to change the size, you can use this tutorial to create the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets, toss bouquet or any other type you might need. I have used silk flowers in this tutorial, as that is my personal preference, but all of these techniques can be used with real flowers instead of silk flowers if you prefer to use them.

The tutorial photos are pictures of the bouquets I made for my sister-in-law, Sarah’s, wedding and I didn’t have my real camera with me, so please pardon the really crappy cell phone pictures. Here we go!

  • flowers
  • scissors, wire cutters or stem cutters
  • floral wire (the thin gauge)
  • floral tape
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • ribbon or a bouquet wrapper

Step 1: Gather and prepare your flowers and supplies.

If you bought your flowers as a bunch, you’ll need to cut them off into separate stems.  You can buy wire cutters or special floral scissors, but I use a regular old pair of scissors to cut and hack through the rubber on the stem and to score the wire underneath.  Then just bend the stem back and forth a few times until the wire breaks.  (Note: if your flowers have really thick stems, this may not work.  In that case, or if really jagged edges will bother you, invest in a really good pair of wire cutters.)  If you want leaves in your bouquet you can leave them on the stems, but I wanted a cleaner look for these so I removed the leaves.


Step 2: Form your bouquet.

In the case of SIL’s bridesmaid bouquets, the flowers were all the same so this was really easy– just stick them together and make sure nothing was sticking out funny.  It gets a little more complicated when the flowers aren’t all the same type or size.  My personal method of arranging is trial and error.  I start with a big flower and start sticking other flowers around it until I’m happy with the way it looks.  Sometimes I get it on the first try, others it takes several rounds of starting over with it until I’m happy.


In my experience, the easiest way to hold flowers while you arrange is to grab them in your non-dominant hand between your thumb and palm/fingers.  Hold them loosely as you ad in flowers.  If you want to turn the bouquet to look at it from a different angle, close your fist and use the other hand to turn the stems.   If using silk flowers with wired stems, bend the stems as necessary to create the shape/look of bouquet you want to have. Keep going with this process until you have the bouquet bunch looking how you want it to look.

Step 3: Secure the stems to hold the flowers in place to hold the shape of the bouquet.

You can do this one of two ways: rubber bands or florist wire. The rubber band method works best if you have fairly short stems on your bouquets or a rather long rubber band– otherwise the rubber bands are a bear to get around the stems.

If you are planning to have loose, uncovered stems (this works best if you have uniform stems with no jagged ends), use the floral wire or rubber band to secure the stems tightly about an inch under the blooms. I would recommend covering it with florist tape to give it a little extra hold if you opt to use this method. After securing the stems, cover the securing material with ribbon or something else decorative and your bouquet is done.

If you are going to have covered stems, the techniques differ for rubber bands or wire (pictured below). The wire criss-cross method only works if you plan to cover the stems with ribbon (or some other kind of bouquet wrapper that will cover the ugly wire).

To use rubber bands (this really only works for bouquets with short stems), get two rubber bands and wrap one around the top of the stems (close to the flowers) and one around the bottom.

My preferred method of securing the stems is wrapping the stems with floral wire.


I start at the top of the stems, make a loop and secure the end of the wire.  The I wrap the wire all the way down to the bottom and back up again to form a criss-cross pattern (it doesn’t have to be exact, since you’ll cover it up with ribbon anyway).  Cut the wire and make another loop to tie off the end of the wire.

If you are planning to leave the bottom tips of the stems uncovered, at this point you will need to make sure they are all trimmed neatly to the same length.  If you are planning to to do a square end that covers the end of the stems, you don’t need to worry about how neat they look, as long as they are roughly the same length.

At this point, you can cover the wire with florist tape or move directly on to the ribbon wrapping.

Step 4: Wrapping the stems.

There are as many ways to wrap a bouquet as there are types of bouquets, and for the most part it is up to personal choice to determine which you will use. You can search bouquet wrap and see any number of kinds of wraps, but if you are looking for tutorials, I recommend Martha Stewart Weddings or a You Tube search once you decide on the type of wrap.  I am going to show you a basic ribbon wrap.

You’ll need a hot glue gun (or some other type of adhesive) for this part.  Personally, I think the glue gun works best, but a good, strong fabric glue would also work.  Starting at the top of the stems where your rubber band or wire wrap starts, glue the ribbon tail to the stems.  Make one pass around the stems to make a loop and glue the ribbon on top of the tail you just glued down.


Continue wrapping and gluing all the way down the stems as far as you want to go.

If you are leaving some green stem showing at the bottom, secure your ribbon ends just below the bottom of the wire and tape wrapping. Y

To cover the ends totally (pictured below), fold the ribbon around the bottom of the stems and glue it to make a pretty edge on the bottom of the bouquet.  I wrap back up the bouquet stem before finishing, but that is personal preference.

No matter which option of stem coverage you use, the end procedure is the same.  Whenever you are done wrapping, cut your ribbon leaving an inch or so of tail.  Fold the tail under to make a pretty folded edge to have showing (rather than the ratty cut end of ribbon) and glue it down securely.


Step 5: Finish the bouquet.

After you have finished the wrapping, you can be done with the bouquet (like the bridesmaid bouquet from my wedding, shown below left) or you can add some pretty finishing details.  On SIL’s toss bouquet (shown above) I tied a pretty bow at the top and used the hot glue gun to secure it.  For my bridal bouquet (below right), I put a piece of lace from my Mama’s wedding dress on top of the ribbon wrap.


If you are a visual learner like me and need a more in-depth visual tutorial, this video gives a fantastic tutorial on making a basic bouquet.

What do you think? Would you ever DIY your wedding flowers?  If you have, what did you do and how did it go?

 I was not compensated by any company for this post.  I have no affiliation with any stores or brands mentioned in this post.

The Case Against Fresh Flowers

Somewhere along the history of weddings, the floral industry (and the wedding industry) has convinced us that the elaborate and lush arrangements of fresh flowers we see in magazines and on TV is the proper, traditional wedding floral choice, and silk flowers (or no flowers) is cheap and tacky. I can see how silk flowers seeming tacky might have been then case years ago when you couldn’t get high quality fake flowers, but today you can get beautiful, high quality silk flowers at nearly any craft store, or flowers and decoration arrangements made out of nearly any material imaginable.

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Here are some pitfalls when using fresh flowers.

  1. Having fresh flowers means that you cannot have your floral decor made more than a day or two in advance of your event (as opposed to other options, which can be made months in advance and stored until the event day).
  2. With fresh flowers, someone has to be responsible for going to get them the morning of the wedding, ensure the order is correct (and heaven help you if it’s not), transport them to the event site(s) and make sure they are all where the should be, or  you have to pay an exorbitant fee to have the florist deliver and set them up.
  3. You have to store them from the time they are picked up until the event begins.  In most cases, this is a whole lot of flowers that have to be kept cool and hydrated anywhere from a few hours to 2 days. (I know, I know, if you store them properly blah blah proper care blah blah they will be fine.  But that is one more moving part on an already hectic day that someone has to worry about.)
  4. They wilt.  Fast.  I have been to weddings where the bridesmaids bouquets were already wilted before the walked down the aisle.
  5. You can’t save them unless you dry them, and if you don’t dry them properly they crumble.  I don’t know about you, but to me, this sounds like big pain in the hiney!
  6. People are allergic to them and you end up with half of the bridal party sniffing and sneezing with puffy red eyes, runny noses and red blotches all over them.

All of these issues can be avoided by choosing to use something other than fresh flowers for your floral decor at a wedding (or any other event).

Here are some alternatives to fresh flowers that still make an impact.

Silk Flowers. Silk flowers are a great alternative to fresh flowers, and make it easy to make your own DIY bouquets and arrangements.

Candles.  Nothing can create atmosphere like flickering candles, and your money will stretch a lot farther towards votives and pillars than for beaucoups of blooms.  Be sure to check the sales after the Christmas holidays, this is a great time to get candles at a deep discount.

Lanterns, Bird Cages, Lucite Risers, and other Non-Florals. There are plenty of eye catching decorations you can use that don’t involve of any type of flowers, or when combined with flowers will greatly reduce the number of blooms needed to make a stunning display.

Non-Floral Bouquets.  Who says flowers have to make up bouquets and centerpieces?  Flowers can be made out of paper, broaches, seashells, fabric; anything can become a bouquet if you get creative. The Overwhelmed Bride has some great ideas for alternatives to flowers in bouquets, and Nine to Five offers a great source for flowers made out of old book pages.

How to Make a DIY Family Heirloom Veil

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One of my absolute favorite things about weddings is the tradition and heritage associated with them; anytime I can incorporate family heirlooms into my wedding, I am.  I’m so incredibly excited to show off my homemade (on the way cheap) wedding veil today.

My mama had offered me her veil, and while it is gorgeous, it just didn’t look good on me.  The flower wreath just didn’t work with my face shape and curly (*ahem* frizzy and wild *ahem*) hair, so I knew I had to come up with something else.

DSCF0378My Mama at her wedding.  Isn’t she beautiful?

Since you should all know by now that there was no way on this earth I was going to pay $100+ for a veil from a store, Plan B was to make my own veil completely from scratch like my sister-in-law Sarah did, only using lace accents instead of crystals.


Plan C (the plan I actually used) came into being when I happened to find an ivory veil at Michael’s; with the 40% off coupon it ended up costing me $9.  I also convinced my Mama that since neither my sister nor I were going to be able to fit into her size-2-sample-size-cut-down wedding dress, that we should take the beautiful lace appliques off of it and use those for my veil (and other places).  You can see the lace appliques better in these pictures (and you get to see my handsome Daddy!).  They are all over the collar and bodice, with a few on the sleeves, plus there are little lace medallions on the sleeves and skirt of the dress.

parentsweddingThe streamers coming off of the bouquet are streamers that were attached to the Bible that my Grandma (Daddy’s mom) carried in her wedding in the 1950s.  I’m still trying to figure out how I can use them in my wedding.  And don’t you just love the awesome 80’s photo treatment of superimposing Mama’s picture over the silhouette of Daddy’s face?

laceTaking the lace off the dress.

This lace was a bear to get off, let me tell you!  The little medallions on the sleeves and the skirt weren’t too bad- they were just held on with fabric glue.  But the collar and the bodice lace was not only glued down, but sewn down on top of the glue.  Once I FINALLY got all the lace off the dress, I was ready to sort out which pieces I wanted to use for the veil and start making it.

Step 1: Buy or make your veil base.  You can get plain veils to embellish at the craft stores.  They tend to run about $15, but don’t ever buy anything without a coupon to bring the cost down even lower. If you want to make your veil base by buying tulle or lace at the fabric store to use, here is an excellent tutorial on how to construct it from Bean in Love that also shows how to add lace trim to the edge of your veil if you want.  Since my veil came with a nice, clean pencil edge on it, I chose to let the other lace be the focus.

Step 2:  Choose and arrange your appliques.  I decided to use one of the larger appliques at the comb of the veil and use the small medallions from the sleeves and the arms scattered over the rest of the veil.  When I was initially arranging them, I pinned the lace in place because I was planning to sew them onto the tulle (see step 3).  This is also a good idea if you are like me and will need to change your design around several times before you are satisfied- it’s not permanent like the glue would be (or should be-again, see step 3) but it keeps your pattern from getting all messed up and forcing you to start over.

IMG_2541Lace pieces laid out and pinned on the veil.

Step 3: Attach Lace to Veil. This is where things got tricky.  My first plan was to sew the little medallions on; ha ha ha.  Yeah right- I would still be there sewing.  So then I went and bought some fabric glue and spent an evening gluing the little medallions to the tulle.  And the next morning when I picked it up, they all fell off.  Apparently, not all fabric glues are created equal.  So back to the craft store I go to buy a second kind of fabric glue.  This time it worked and those little suckers aren’t going anywhere. SO my reccomendation is for your fabric gluing needs, use Beacon Fabri-Tac (pictured below) and NOTHING ELSE!  (I have received no compensation or anything else for this recommendation; I’m just trying to save you a whole lot of frustration and headache.)


And you’re finished! This veil cost my $9 to make!  You can’t beat that with a stick, as my Nana used to say.

Here’s my finished veil.  I’m quite proud of it, and it’s extra special because the lace came from my Mama’s dress.

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And here it is on while I tried on dresses.


What about you- did you have a veil or not? Did you make your own?  What other cool wedding headpieces have you seen?  How did you use family heirlooms in your wedding day festivities?

Real Weddings: Sarah and Chris

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Over the weekend I went to the wedding of my amazing sister-in-law Sarah (Calvin’s twin sister) and her husband Chris.  Sarah is amazingly crafty, so she had a whole host of amazing DIY features at her wedding in addition to the DIY bouquets that I showed you how to make last month.  Here are some pictures of the amazing DIY aspects of the wedding.

Sarah (like me) refuses to pay a lot of money for something she can make herself.  So rather than pay a whole lot of money for a blinged out belt and veil, she made her own. And the turned out beautifully.

Picture1Left to Right: Cal (Sarah and Calvin’s Dad), Sarah, officiant, Sarah, Chris


Sarah and I made the bouquets and centerpieces together. I’ll have a post on centerpieces coming soon. I think one of the coolest things about Sarah’s bouquet is that the stems are wrapped in lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress.  I love those family heirloom touches that are incorporated into weddings.


Cal also is quite handy with the DIY projects (he has pretty much rebuilt their entire house!).  I am in constant amazement at his skills.  He made Sarah’s card box for her out of four pictures frames with pictures of her engagement and some extra wood.  I have no idea how. Personally, I think magic was involved, but he assures me it was not.