Wedding Shots: Ceremony Details

Incoming: the next few weeks my “Wedding Wednesdays” will be featuring none other than OUR WEDDING PICTURES! I was beyond excited to find the adorable rose gold flash drive in our mailbox this past Friday from our amazing photographer Staci of Dear Olive Photography. Over 500 images captured our wedding day beautifully, and, yes, some tears may have been shed.

Now I’m not going to share every. single. photo. But I am going to share a few highlights of the day including our ceremony details, bridal party portraits, couple portraits, and reception details. I am so in love with these pictures, and am excited to share them with the blogging world. I hope you enjoy the next few weeks!

G and I fell in love with each of our rings upon first viewing. As someone who wears jewelry every day for work, I have a bit of OCD when it comes to matching metals. I like to wear all gold or all silver, and only mix when necessary. So I chose mixed metal rings so I would always match no matter what necklace/earring/etc choice I make. My engagement ring is platinum and my wedding band is rose gold. I plan to get another rose gold band for above my engagement ring in honor of my first child. G’s ring is rose gold as well with a tungsten carbide center. He chose the rose gold due to its uniqueness, and it just so happened to match mine as well!

Our main decorations were candles at both the ceremony and reception. Otherwise, I kept things as simple as possible. The candles were all mix matched in styles and heights. For the guestbook table, I used a wooden trough I found antiquing for our programs, and a galvanized “S” given as a gift. The church had a hydrangea arrangement downstairs I was able to borrow. Our friend drew a beautiful chalk board welcome sign. We wanted the aesthetics of the day to be downplayed as the ceremony itself was the most important part, so we kept everything effortless and rustic.

Inside the sanctuary, I kept the woodsy/outdoorsy feel. My cousin had a few cherry trees needing removed on their farm, so my dad went and cut ten logs about two-feet tall. The logs were weathered and mossy, and were so beautiful for acting as runners of the aisle. I printed snippets of 1 Corinthians 13 and rested them against the logs so the passages were read as you walked to your seats:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

The last phrase, “Love never fails.” sat at the altar where our tree ceremony was set. (You can find out more about our tree ceremony here.) A rose gold sequin runner lay across the altar under our little evergreen, and other pops of pink were found in scattered bouquets placed along the aisle.

Ugh. I adore that smile G gave me when our eyes first met when I began my walk down the aisle.

And then about twenty minutes later…

… we were officially Mr. and Mrs. G.

Next week I’ll be sharing a few more, but until then, friends, 

#Inspiration: Head Tables

I’m all over the board, I know, friends. One day I’m thinking about cakes, the next I’m considering the seating chart. I tell you, coordinating someone else’s wedding is 542,568 times easier than trying to plan my own! At least, in the respect that coordinating and planning are TWO. VERY. DIFFERENT. THINGS.

But, let me stay on target with this post before I rant: head tables. Let me give some insight on the wonderfulness that is where G and I will be sitting throughout the Big Day, and how we’ll be spinning away from tradition a bit…

When I was in my friend Kari’s wedding last year, I absolutely loved something her and her hubby chose to do, so G and I are stealing the idea for our own wedding: we are having our wedding party’s SO’s sit with them at our head table. We agreed that it is always painfully awkward for a SO to sit by him or herself at a wedding where he/she may only know the marrying couple and their SO who is in the wedding party. Thus, to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible, an additional seat will be added beside each bridesmaid and groomsmen to allow SO’s a special seat as well.

With this decision, though, our head table is a bit off-skew. As our Man of Honor and one bridesmaid are married, they will be sitting together. This means we will have eight placements on one side of G and me, and only six on the other.

So, to make the bride and groom’s seats centered, we’ve chosen to have a round Sweetheart table set between two longer tables. Behind the round table, G and I will sit, and we will design a special backdrop for unique picture opportunities. I’m also a big fan of texture and am looking at options for changing up our linen on our table for something a bit different than the other tables — I am LOVING the sequin overlay in the image below!

As for decor, we’re going to keep the tables relatively simple just like the other centerpieces throughout the tent. Greenery garland will slither down the front of the party’s two tables with numerous candles and four vases to hold the bridesmaids’ bouquets. On the Sweetheart, a single vase for the bridal bouquet will be centered, as well as some more candles. I am hoping to find a vintage bench or love seat to borrow for the evening to mark the table even more special.

As a back drop, I am torn between the garland hoops and the simple falling fairy lights with tulle. I would like to build a L-O-V-E lighted sign for the front of the Sweetheart table, though I may try to work with a galvanized “S” and tree stumps with lanterns or something rustic as well.

Hmm…

What have you tried that you would recommend or not for your own head table? Any pointers for us brides-to-be?