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A Labor of Love Wedding

February 1, 2016

We shared with you on our last post (here) the venue and the months of preparation leading up to my daughters incredible Wedding day.

As promised, today I will be sharing just a few of the many personalized, custom built & thrift store items we used to make the Ceremony extra special.

Rustic Vintage Wedding 101

A little reclaimed wood for him and a little glam for her  

Hope you're inspired!


The ceremony decor was kept simple. We consciously made an effort to blend in with the outdoor surroundings thus keeping the focus on the star of the day, the beautiful bride. 


After the ceremony, 90% of the items were then taken to the reception to help decorate the massive reception space. Definitely not the easiest task, but money saving for sure!


The challenge... waiting for all the guests to leave before breaking down everything and then getting it all to the reception before the guests arrived.

The large custom planter boxes were made with reclaimed wood and filled with large blooming hydrangeas, the hydrangeas have since been planted outside to enjoy and I'm still looking for the perfect spot for the planters. We found out that late August is not the ideal time of the year to find blooming Hydrangeas. Thankfully, after explaining our desperation to a local nursery, they were gracious enough to bring out the most gorgeous hydrangeas that had been put aside for a contractor.
Never hurts to ask! 

A rustic vignette greeted the guests and became a focal point instead of the not so pretty hotel room balconies. An inexpensive chicken wire screen was made and was the back drop for a few custom & thrift store items. A painted antique kitchen table, lace table cloth, welcome sign, programs, apple barrel with a few bundles of baby's breath filled in the space perfectly. 
And... super inexpensive too!

I love everything about this vignette! 


I had been unsure on what to do with this very old sofa table that I had purchased sometime ago.  To paint or not to paint? Once it  became clear that it would be perfect for the ceremony, paint we did.  A few thrift store finds, wood hearts custom made from reclaimed wood &  a sign made out of an old cabinet door brought in just enough of that Rustic feel.  

 An old antique buffet was the perfect solution for the altar. But what really took it over the top was the draping of the fresh eucalyptus and baby's breath. Simple tin pitchers and a burlap wrapped olive tree was part of the vows and ceremony.


I wasn't to sure that the olive tree was going to make it to the ceremony.  I had purchased it online a month prior and watched daily as the leaves fell off. Thankfully it survived. 

And, no wedding would be complete without flowers, lots and lots of flowers! Lilypots of Lake Geneva definitely exceeded our expectations! Not only are they extremely talented but also super easy to work with. Who knew thrift store urns & vases could look so incredible.  


They were spot on, creating the vintage romantic look that the bride had requested.

And lastly, don't forget the sentimental things

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue


Grandmas baby dress, tucked away in a trunk for the past 80 years was repurposed into a handkerchief keepsake.

And Amber's great-great grandmothers letter opener garnished her bridal bouquet.

***If adding heirlooms to your bouquet, please make sure to have someone responsible for grabbing it at the end of the night! We unfortunately learned a hard lesson with my oldest daughters missing wedding bouquet.

All the work that went into the wedding was definitely a labor of love. But with a little vision and teamwork  you too can surprise yourself and your guests with the 
Wedding of your dreams.


Next up.... Cocktail hour and Reception diy's

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A special thank you to Elizabeth Haase for not only capturing this day perfectly with your incredible photography skills but for also stepping in as wedding coordinator when our coordinator was no where to be found. 
You really saved the day!


Here is a detailed source list for the Ceremony

Floral arrangement - Lilypots

Chicken wire screen - Kenzie Lynn Designs

Blue table - Craigslist

Blue table - Apple barrel, Urn, baskets, linens - thrift stores

Wood Welcome sign - Kenzie Lynn Designs 

Blue table paint  - Valspar chalky paint

Large X planters - Kenzie Lynn Designs

Hydrangea plants - Barn Nursery 

White sofa table - Craigslist

White sofa table paint - Bemjamin Moore white dove

Reclaimed wood hearts - Kenzie Lynn Designs

Sit Wherever sign - Kenzie Lynn Designs

Cross candlestick - Hobby Lobby  

Antique Buffet- Craigslist

Burlap Olive Tree - One Kings Lane 

Watering cans (similar) - H & M

Vintage Books - Thrift stores



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