Thank you, Shutterfly, for giving me the chance to decorate a wedding once again!
I will wholeheartedly admit it: I loved planning my wedding.
I planned and planned and planned and then within a couple of months, I had sorted the whole event. And most of it was on an Excel Spreadsheet.
Mr. Suburble said, “Now what are you going to do for the other 10 months we have to wait?”
…. you know what happens. You just plan more. And buy a chocolate fountain.
I was recently given a fabulous opportunity by LooksiSquare and Shutterfly to rekindle that wedding-planning love. Believe me, it was a gleeful “bride” who designed and ordered products to create a gorgeous wedding set-up. I even commented to Mr. Suburble, “I would love to plan another wedding. Wouldn’t that be fun!?!?”
Thankfully, Mr. Suburble is good at rolling his eyes. But I love love love the details. Especially ones that showcase exactly who you are.
I imagined a country wedding in an airy field. Sunlight was streaming across the grass… and there was a tree. There’s always a tree, isn’t there?
And then I let the Dreamy Bride and the Hyper-Planner take over as I started designing the day…
At most weddings, there is a guest book. And typically, there is also an epic line waiting to sign that guest book. Too often, this means that there isn’t always the opportunity to leave your most heartfelt thoughts, while Aunt Gerta is breathing down your neck.
I designed these notecards with the saying, “The Secret To A Happy Marriage”. Guests can take these from the reception table (or they can be left at place settings), and scribble down little bits of advice or well wishes for the happy couple. Wouldn’t it be fun to save these until your first anniversary?
Or your first argument as Mr. and Mrs? There would probably be some sage advice lurking in those cards.
I thought that a simple “Thank you” sticker would be perfect to decorate plain favour boxes. An adornment of baker’s twine would keep with the rustic theme. I thought that filling these with Love Heart candies would be a fun treat for guests at the tables. Much better than Jordan Almonds – though no offence to people who love them. I just…. don’t.
And speaking of favours – why not get creative with business cards and use them as favour tags?
I LOVE the damask print on these cards! I hole-punched them, tied them around old-fashioned lollipops with baker’s twine, and then displayed them in flower pots that were filled with rice. It’s a nice take on the “candy table” that is so often seen these days.
But the favour that was SO dear to me was the magnet set. For the couple who has travelled, relocated, or just has a fond love for areas in their hometown, the photo magnet set is fantastic. These images are personal enough to have meaning to the couple, but still beautiful enough to warrant staying on a guest’s fridge much longer than a something bearing the couple’s name.
I used pictures from our European adventure (from Once Upon a Honeymoon ago…) to showcase some of our favourite places.
And how perfect would it be to feature a series of photos that showcased different stages of the couples’ lives? i.e. Where we met, where we fell in love, where we married, and where we live.
Oh, I love it. Wedding mulligan, please. Mr. Suburble, let’s do it again!
But before I start dragging Mr. Suburble down the aisle again… I have to share my most favourite element of my “country style” wedding decor: the photo quilt.
I know that at our wedding, we had a large photo collage on an easel, filled with pictures of our babyhoods, our childhoods, and our couplehood.
Do you know where that frame is now?
The photo quilt is not only a charming way to display a collage of photos for your guests, but it also immediately becomes an heirloom piece the minute it crosses the threshold into the couple’s home.
It’s the story of a courtship.
The simple personalized touches of a wedding are what make it stand out. As they say, “It’s all in the details”.
I loved creating this wedding scene, and even more, I love what possibilities lie ahead for those lucky gals who are planning their weddings right now. It is so easy to DIY your wedding and still have professional – and thoughtful – finishes.
And if you make those magnets as your favours, tell me! I will do a jump of bridal glee!
HUGE thanks to my dear friend, Lindsay Faber Photography, for helping me capture this fun project!
Beautiful styling, that quilt is stunning, the quality of the photos is amazing!
Isn’t the quilt lovely , Virginia! I’m so thrilled with it. The pictures are a tiny bit muted, but I think that makes it even more romantic.
And credit for the gorgeous photography has to go to my dear friend, Lindsay. She’s sheer awesomeness.
Elena @ `a casarella
Ridiculously beautiful, Tara! Job well done!!
Thank you, Elena! It was a lot of fun to plan!
Beautiful photos, Tara ( and Lindsay)! Love that table- dreamy!
Thank you, Shauna! I only wish I had thought of this the first go ’round!
This is so beautiful Tara! And how fun to recreate a wedding – you did a lovely job!!
Thank you, Jo-Anna! It was so much fun to design a wedding… I love all of the finicky little details!
Oh if I had it to do all over again this would be my dream! You did a beautiful job Tara! I love the details and the quilt….beyond adorable!
Thank you, Kadie! Isn’t it so funny how we would do it differently if we had it to do over? I loved my wedding, but man… what I know now!?!?? That would be a game-changer.
How lovely! I really like all the details!
Thank you, Melanie! It was fun to put together!
This is soooo fabulous! I LOVE the quilt!
Thank you, Bethany! I love the quilt too – it’s probably my favourite piece in the entire post. 🙂
Someone said ridiculously beautiful — they were totally spot on. WOW girl.
Awww…. thanks, Amy! 🙂
amy @ one artsy mama
So gorgeous, Tara! I think all of us who had pre-Pinterest weddings should get a free do over. Love all your details!
I totally agree, Amy. We missed out by being pre-Pinterest brides. 😛
I love it all Tara! I think that quilt is amazing though!
Isn’t it? The quilt is lovely in person, too. I really love how well it is put together.
Katie @ A Handcrafted Wedding
Wow, this looks so dreamy and beautiful! Love all of the details and the sweet photos on the quilt 🙂 Pinned!
Thank you, Katie! The quilt was such a fun piece to design. And aren’t the little details the best part!?!?
You’re more than welcome! The images would be nothing without all of your fabulous ideas come to life. And I agree…us pre-pinterest brides should totally get a do-over.
Well, I don’t know about that. Your eye is a BIG part of this, lady.
And yes, I think about the time I put into our wedding and think, “If Pinterest had existed… how elaborate would it have been!?!”
It would have been a DIY-overload!
So beautiful- what a lovely setting and all your details are so heartfelt! I always love reading your posts, Tara 🙂
Oh Tara… this is so wonderful! Your ideas for the wedding decorations are brilliant and you showcased them so well with your photography! I love your idea for the alternative to the guest book. The advice cards are much better. The long line up is a problem and these can be filled out with a special heartfelt message. Well done!
I LOVE the quilt, what a wonderful gift idea!!
Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz
You are so talented. What a beautiful shoot!
Thank you, Kenz! I owe a lot of the props to my girlfriend, Lindsay, who did the photos for this shoot. I just did the design element of it. 🙂
Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs
Oh such fabulous ideas! The quilt is amazing!
Thank you, Bonnie! I really love it, too.
Tara, that quilt is absolutely amazing! I’m going to be sure to share this post with my daughter!
I LOVE the quilt, too, Marilyn! It turned out so nicely, and I love that it’s become an instant heirloom for the family! 🙂