our wedding preview | part 3: the reception + details

This is part three of our wedding recap. Go HERE for part one and HERE for part two. 

The details. OH the details!

These details you guys, are what stressed me out beyond belief. It’s what stresses every bride out though, isn’t it? BUT I can honestly say that it was all worth the sweat and tears.

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ΔΔ Brandon’s bow tie was made by me and the groomsmen wore Rose Gingham ties by J Ferrar. As for the boutonnieres? Sarah at Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse was so wonderful to work with and her creations were absolutely brilliant. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ I mean c’mon. Beautiful, no? And that brooch was my Great Grandma’s and was previously worn as a necklace by my older sister in her wedding. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ I made these lanterns using white school glue, corn starch, and warm water. On wedding morning, my aunt hung them in the trees along the creek to give just a little magic and whimsy to our ceremony backdrop. That creek by the way, ran literally 15 feet from where we stood during the ceremony and it was the most beautiful spot. Listening to the creek running in the background as we read our vows and exchanged our rings made everything feel so surreal. Get the lantern tutorial I used HERE. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ I wore my mom’s veil for the ceremony, which was even more special since my older sister wore it for her wedding too. The idea of this veil being passed on through our family makes me so happy; I hope it becomes a tradition for generations. As for the jewelry, the earrings were found on Etsy (unfortunately the shop I bought them from has since closed), the gold feather clip my bridesmaids and I wore in our hair was made by a previous co-worker in Arkansas, and I found the bracelet from none other than my biggest guilty-pleasure, Target. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ We’re suckers for a good game be it yard games or board games, so that was the theme for the reception. My dad made an incredible Jenga set and branded our initials in the end of each Jenga block with an actual branding iron! (he custom-ordered the branding iron from Reeds Blacksmith Shop on Etsy). My dad also surprised us with the bean bag toss boards that he had repainted with our names – seriously awesome. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ Brandon made the chalkboard signs using garden stakes, plywood, and chalkboard paint from Lowes and my sisters made the seating pages using black paper, a metallic marker, and some fun lace paper. They definitely know my style! ΔΔ

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ΔΔ My sisters made the most incredible coordinated speech and although I know they’ll hate me for posting this picture, I still love it because it shows their animation and how much fun they had with it! I really wish I had recorded it so I could watch it a million times. If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, I highly recommend asking a friend to at least casually record the vows and speeches. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ And by the way, having donuts in place of wedding cake was a great decision. We ordered our donuts from YoYo Donuts and Coffee Bar because they make their donuts from scratch every morning and, well, they’re delicious. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ After getting engaged, Brandon and I searched Etsy for a talented comic illustrator and found Andy. We worked with Andy to illustrate some of Brandon and my early adventures together. Since completing this project, we’ve used the illustrations to create a fun guest book for the wedding and have even used prints of the artwork to decorate our home. Check out Andy’s shop, Campfire Comics, HERE. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ For our first dance, my younger sister sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis. We got the idea to use this for our first dance after hearing Ingrid Michaelson’s version of the song. My sister’s voice is so incredible, I have no idea where she gets it because I definitely do not have a singing voice. Thanks to my brother in law, you can catch a glimpse of the moment HERE. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ Each table was named after a game and our centerpieces were made up of bundles of baby’s breath, pictures of Brandon and I as kids, personalized kids coloring books, and chalkboard sign table names. The table names were made by my older sister using mason jars, wooden dowels, spray paint, and paperclips.  Do I have a crafty, resourceful family or what??! (the personalized kids coloring books were found HERE on Etsy) ΔΔ

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ΔΔ Again my sister and brother in law will probably hate me for posting this but OH MY GOSH. This is priceless! If you are planning a wedding, I highly recommend having a photo booth! We made our own photo booth using disposable cameras and props I found at various party stores and I made the facial hair props in photoshop before having them laminated. Stumbling across pictures like this makes stressing over the details completely worth every bridezilla breakdown. I promise. ΔΔ

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ΔΔ Between my aunt playing air guitar and Brandon’s cousin falling/jumping into the creek and later incorporating a photo booth prop into the dance, I love that everyone simply went with the flow and had fun. ΔΔ

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This is part three of our wedding recap. Go HERE for part one and HERE for part two. 

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