I printed these on card stock and used marker to mark the date. I chose this format so that I could design and print them before even confirming the date.
Then the invitation:
The main crafting project that kept me busy for weeks was the backdrop. A few notes before I show you:
- I had help. A few of my girlfriends came over for an evening to help and my sister also helped me for an evening.
- Even though the backdrop got destroyed (wind and transport etc) I would do it again! I loved the result
- The end result was not quite the end I would have left it at if I had more time.
- I loved this backdrop!
The details: there are 12 foam backed poster boards attached with zip ties covered in paper flowers. The only thing I used was plain printer paper and glue (low temp glue gun). I researched tutorials on Pinterest and in the end I just made things up as I went. It took an average of 2 boards per evening to complete.
|A close~up from my Instagram|
I wish I had followed my original instinct to make some extra fill flowers, but as I finished two nights before the party and having out of town guests, I decided to call it finished. The gaps are obvious. Within the first hour of having set it up, I lost one of the larger flowers in the wind and I decided not to try to save it. Transporting it was a bit of a pain. If I make one again, I hope to sell it to a photographer. I think it would be especially nice in a studio.
The only other decor piece we had anything to do with from the picture above was the program.
We actually started late, but we managed to catch up and finish on timer anyway. We wanted to be sure families with littles weren't out too late. Anyway, the rest of the stage...gorgeous right? We were blessed to be hosted on a family farm by an awesome family who are no strangers to hosting events. Their property is beautiful and full of the host's creative touches.
Our family outfits had some creative touches added here and there. Bow ties, boutonniere and a hat brim change.
Instead of making traditional bow ties that wrap around and under the collar, I removed the top button on the shirts and put a snap in its place with the other side on the bow ties. It worked quite nicely. I couldn't resist popping a piece of wheat into the bib pockets of the boys' coveralls. They looked so cute. I'll show you them dressed up in another post.
We decided that David wouldn't wear a suit but instead a dress shirt with blue jeans and suspenders. He looked so hot! Yes, it was a hot day, but I mean he looked really great! I whipped up his boutonniere with matching ribbon from the boys' ties and my hat brim.
This awesome hat I purchased at the Haberdashery here in town. Friends from church own this great shop and I was so happy to have an occasion to need a great hat. Luke hooked me up with this one and I love it, but the trim was black and my dress, navy. I took matters into my own hands and changed up the trim with a ribbon.
It's not the best picture, but you get the idea.
I made some digital designed printouts, but I'll share those with you as I get into the ceremony details.
I had a lot of fun with this party. I had so many ideas and some of them didn't make the light of day, but in general I'm happy with the results.