For the last post of Wedding Week, I thought I would show some of my favorite details of that special day, four years ago. I planned my wedding before Pinterest so all my ideas were my own or came from inspiration in magazines. I think if pinterest was around then, I would have been in trouble! In case if you couldn't tell in the other photos beforehand, my wedding color was black with accents of hot pink, orange and red, along with touches of white. I loved the contrast of the black with the bright colors and it was perfect for a summer wedding.
Candy Station/Candy Bar:
I had seen these at a few other weddings and loved the concept. I wanted mine to be a little different so I made all the candy be in our wedding colors: black, white, hot pink, red and orange. Yes, people helped me sort through the colors of jellybeans and starbusts. There were large bags of yellow and green "discards." We didn't do appetizers before dinner so this was sort of a "predinner treat."
I made customized reserved signs for the reception tables by using a photo program to put the text on the picture. I then glued the photo to cardstock.
Since I did weddings as a part time college job, I collected almost 100 different wedding programs. I knew exactly what I wanted in a program. It was like a mini book! The concept and look was similar to my invitations (that unfortunately I don't have a picture of) and had all our wedding colors on the front.
Instead of doing a guestbook, I just made mini scrapbook pages with a simple picture on each page. It made it easy for multiple people to write their well wishes at the same time. I was able to make my own book from the pages.
One of the favors we gave were pens. When your last name is "Penz" of course you need to give away pens! (Insert corny laugh) We had our name and wedding date on the pens. Months after our wedding, people told me they used that pen all the time.
I saw these adorable flower cone favors online and my mom and I ordered one. They were beautiful, but at $4 a pop, they were out of the question. We decided to make our own. The black cone section was rolled up scrapbook paper and the flower was from one of those bunches of flowers you can get at Hobby Lobby for half off. We tied a pink ribbon around it with a ring and initial "P." Inside of the cone, we hid some mints. It looked so elegant on the tables on top of the napkin.
We chose the traditional unity candle for our ceremony. I didn't like the ones I found in the stores so I just got a plain pillar candle and tapers, pink ribbon and some rhinestone letters in the scrapbook aisle. I then put our initials on the candles. I loved the simplicity of them, but yet they were personalized.
I wanted a traditional cake but I wanted it to be a little different. It was a 5-tier square cake with swirls on three levels and ribbons in our wedding colors on the other two layers. It looked exactly how I had imagined! I ordered a "P" online for the top and the two picks by the "P" were actually hair accessories. Baby roses lined the bottom of the cake for an extra touch.
These little trees were on many of the tables at the reception. My mom and I found these little trees on sale at Pier 1 after Christmas. They were originally silver and gold and after countless cans of spray paint, they were black. They were a little too plain, so we added little clumps of pink silk flowers to them for an extra touch.
These were the other centerpieces on tables. My mom found the vase/candleholder combos on sale at Younkers and we sprayed the bases black as well. The florist put small bouquets of flowers inside. The vases had curled colored wire in the bottom and some shoots of black twirly sticks.
Here is a shot of one of the tables. It was a white tablecloth with a black over lay. I loved the touch of orange, pink and red with the colored floral ribbon in the centers of all the tables.
I did placecards for the head table and reserved tables only. I drew the initial of the person's first name letter with a glue pen and then stuck pink and orange beads to it. This project definitely took some time!
The Front of the Church:
I talked about this a few days ago but thought I would include it in the details as well. I loved the front of the church. We rented a trellis/arch and draped some black fabric through it. The trees were from my friend's wedding. She did the work of finding branches and small trees on the side of the road and screwing them together. The church threw them away after her wedding and my dad rescued them from the dumpster and sprayed them black and added candle holders and candles. The two stands of flowers were arrangements done by my florist. There were two in the back of the church as well and they served two purposes: ceremony decorations and centerpieces for the reception. I think my favorite part of the front was the pink spotlights we rented. They just added a fun ambiance.
Since there were several aisles in the church I blocked off the middle aisle for wedding party only. I used white drapy fabric to connect all the pews. We put down the aisle runner and added pink silk flower petals. My church let me borrow their candleabra and we wrapped them in black ribbon and had the florist add a little arrangement on each one.
The vibrant colors of the flowers together were amazing against the bridesmaid's black dresses. They were rose bouquets with some sprigs of twirly black sticks.
I absolutely loved my bouquet. I had my heart set on some peonies in my bouquet - but August is not the time for them to bloom. I had hydrangas instead, along with the roses, and they looked amazing as well. I got some little sparkly accessories in the wedding aisle of Hobby Lobby and the florist added them into my bouquet. They added so much.
One of my favorite details of the day was on my bouquet. I cut out a small picture of Todd and mounted it on cardstock. I punched a hole, added a ribbon and tied it to my bouquet. I had a small picture of my man on my bouquet. Throughout the day I would look down and smile. This was what it was all about. After months of hard work, planning and making countless crafty things for this wedding, it came down to this day.
The day I vowed to spend the rest of my life to my best friend.