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Handmade Wedding Details

7 Oct

We have entered week two of this ridiculous government shutdown, and I really really really want to get back to work. The weather has turned to fall today with driving rain and dropping temperatures, which also sapped my motivation to do anything particularly productive.

Our wedding photographer, Katarina Price, delivered our wedding photos just when I needed an indoor activity to keep me fully occupied!  I promised a while ago to share details from our big day, especially those details that I crafted or otherwise put together with family and friends to make our day really personal and totally us for our “Lucky in Love” theme.

So here we go with the ‘American’ wedding details! And I should also mention that today is our big one month anniversary 🙂

Vietnamese long dress and American wedding dress

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

One of the first things I decided is that we needed to have sparkly glittered details to make the day truly magical. Pinterest is a total time-suck, but there are plenty of totally manageable projects. I ordered votive candles and holders in bulk online, and picked up a tub of Modge Podge and Martha Stewart glitter, and got to work.  Mix a bunch (more than you think) of glitter with Modge Podge in a bowl and apply with the foam brush applicators and let dry. It took a few coats, as I didn’t add enough glitter from the start. The results were beautiful. Definitely seal the glittered votives with a clear acrylic, otherwise they will stick to each other and the glitter glue will peel off in warmer temperatures. I also glittered three cylinder vases purchased from Michael’s to feature the wedding party’s bouquets during the reception. These turned out beautifully and definitely have prime placement around the house post-wedding. I have tons of these left over and will use them in my table-scapes and house decor throughout the year – a great reminder of our big day!

Wedding table topped with milk glass flower centerpieces and crafted glitter votives.

Katarina Price Photography http://katarinaprice.com/

I wanted long rectangular tables to fit larger groups of friends and family and wanted to feature clusters of flowers and votives with beautiful runners. Mom and I hit the local fabric stores and found a gorgeous teal/jade lace print that was perfect. Our flowers were from local florist and working farm Growing Wild Floral Company. Barbara is amazing and knows exactly what you need and want. I loved that she grows most of her own flowers so you’ll get what is in season and fresh. Our dahlias, texture greens and a few other flowers were directly from her farm outside Delaplane, Virginia.

Wedding table setting with teal table runner and flowers

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

Modern calligraphy adds such a gorgeous hand-touch to any event, but it can be pretty pricey to commission work from professionals or pro/hobbyists. I took an introduction to calligraphy class from DC calligrapher at the helm of Meant to Be Calligraphy and gained enough confidence to hand-letter the escort cards. Not to mention they were the perfect anchor for my quasi-favors of hand-crocheted hearts and spades. These three aren’t the best examples as they were towards the end of the alphabet and my hand was a bit fatigued…but you get the idea.

Hand-written escort cards with crocheted hearts and spades.

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

I also turned a rustic window-pane picture frame from Target in to a chalkboard program rather than printing on paper. A can of chalkboard spray paint,  portrait from our Dam Hoi Vietnamese engagement ceremony (also photographed by Katarina Price – remember?) and box of chalk made for a perfect program that now hangs proudly in our kitchen as a message board. By painting only three panes of the window we can change out the photograph as we have new memories to celebrate.

Chalkboard window frame used for wedding program

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

Never knowing what early September weather will bring, I bought paper hand fans in our wedding colors of coral and jade to keep guests cool. I bought in bulk from Luna Bazaar, which has a great selection of colors. Unfortunately, there were these plastic “made in wherever” stickers on the side that would not come off. Not even for rubbing alcohol and a hair-dryer + razor blade. Fortunately, Washi Tape has taken the craft world by storm and there are plenty of options for colors and design. A friend came over one evening and, over a bottle of rose, helped cover the stickers with gold Washi tape and pen Lucky in Love. Voila! A functional wedding favor which came in handy on our gorgeous sunny – and warm – wedding day.

Jade and Coral hand fans

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

We tried to incorporate personal touches that said something about our relationship and tastes. We were engaged in Sonoma, California at Kunde Family Estate, where we first visited earlier in our relationship. Since we purchased our own beer, wine and liquor, we were able to select wines that were not only delicious, but also helped tell the story of where we’ve been. Also on the menu was a Vin Gris rose from Saintsbury, which we visited the day after we were engaged. All of our signage had the same King and Queen of Hearts theme that my colleague so graciously designed for our invitation and stationary suite. The frames were purchased on the cheap from Michael’s using their ever-present 40% off, etc. coupons.

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

Bar set up with Kunde Family Estate and Saintsbury wines

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

We love family barbecues and seafood feasts and wanted our guests to feel like they were at an end of summer celebration. Windows Catering did a phenomenal job with pulled chicken and barbecue brisket for dinner, complete with turnip greens, cheddar and jalapeno grits and heirloom tomato salad. Before dinner, we even had an oyster bar with oysters local to Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay region from Choptank Sweets. They brought an extra 100 oysters and not one was left. It was definitely a hit!

Pulled barbecue chiclen with turnip greens, grits, and tomato salad

Katarina Price Photography http://www.katarinaprice.com

So there is a bit about our wedding last month. People say weddings can be stressful, but I really did try to enjoy the entire process and contribute as much as possible – even though I had an amazing wedding planner in Rex & Regina to help pull it all together. Think about how you can make your big day special and share some personal touches with your guests. You’ll be happy you did!

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2 Responses to “Handmade Wedding Details”

  1. Ceal Ebert October 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    It was a fabulous day. The weather could not have been better. The wedding was beautiful and the Bride was absolutely gorgeous. The poems read were very touching and made the wedding very personal. The reception was lots of fun. Good food, lots to drink and fun music. I’m so glad I was able to be a part if it.

  2. Hannah October 11, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    I stumbled across your blog as I was googling how to make a pumpkin baby carriage. Pretty impressive with the one your husband made. Congrats on your recent nuptials. I think it’s awesome that you are learning Vietnamese and love the food! BTW, I am from No.VA too. 🙂

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