Thursday, August 4, 2011

DIY Everywhere!

Our wedding, like most these days, was on a smaller budget, but it's amazing what you can do with a little creativity and patience. I realized I could cut the cost of flowers by buying the vases in advance. My husband came up with the great idea of using vintage milk bottles instead of traditional vases. (Thanks honey!!) I was able to locate about 15 or so on ebay, and for the remaining 5 vases I used old mason jars we had around the house. Andy at Accent on flowers was wonderful about accommodating my requests and ideas. I wanted a wild flower feel with flowers such as lizianthus, dahlias, button chrysanthemums, and tuberose in a mixture of creams, greens, and pale pinks. I wasn't too particular, and wanted him to use his creative genius. What you see above is a small example of the center pieces for a few tables.

I thought it would be a great idea to have photos of our grandparents on their wedding day on display, along with our vintage suit case for cards, and baby's breath in vintage soda bottles. As you can tell, there was a vintage theme for our wedding! My family was great about getting the photos to me, and my aunt was awesome enough to pick up some simple black frames. Now we have these great photos of our grandparents to decorate our home. We asked our photographer if she could recreate a similar vibe in a few of our wedding day photos and I think she did a great job.

I couldn't resist the opportunity to make little mini me's for the top of our wedding cake. I found these great wooden cake toppers on Etsy. Thankfully they give you a second set in case you mess up your first (which I did.) I'm not a master artist by any means, as you can see, but I had a fun time making them. I thought they added a fun, personal touch to our wedding cake.

(photos via Jenn Olsen)

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