Hey friends! You should know that I have officially given up on seeing professional pictures from Melissa’s wedding. Oh well.
Did I mention I need a really nice camera?
Or a really steady hand?
I have neither.
Here is how our story begins.
I love Melissa. If I could describe her in one word it would be
Nothing is really a big deal. I like this about her. So when, at the very last minute, her wedding went from outside, casual Sunday afternoon, to indoor church, she was not concerned.
I was a little concerned. I had 5 days to plan these decorations. They also had to all fit in my car. And I had to put them up in 20 minutes.
Well, then there was the budget. The total for everything you see in the church was $350.
Bonus: people took the plants home. Nothing went to waste.
The church was really pretty on the outside…but the inside…no windows.
With a limited budget and limited time, you have to throw all the decorations into a few hot spots. So do what you can and draw people’s attention there.
I started with these plant stands. They are each made from a 4×4 that’s 8′ tall. I painted them white and added closet shelf brackets to keep them steady.
I then attached shepherd’s hooks to hang plants from.
I have since decided that hanging a plant on two sides would have looked really nice too.
You could mash that idea up lots of ways.
My sister and I picked out all the plants on Tuesday.
She kept them alive. I don’t really keep plants alive.
It was a stressful week for her. The entire wedding rested on her shoulders.
We used plants because they are cheaper than flower arrangements. Think about how much it would cost in cut, arranged flowers to fill up that space.
Also, this wedding was at 2pm on Sunday afternoon. It was casual. It was garden. It needed plants.
I got all this stuff in my suv.
It was touch and go.
PS-all the plants slept inside…so they didn’t know when it was morning.
The groom and I lugged them outdoors and sang a good morning song to them.
It was a really special moment.
They opened their blooms.
My plan was to draw your eye down the aisle and to the stage.
I did this with easy daisies and mason jars.
Seriously. I love mason jars.
We alternated between Gerber and the classic whites.
I added a wee bit of water to each jar and looped it over the pew with a wide yellow ribbon.
Hey look at me not getting a steady picture.
I think at this point I was laying on the floor… exhausted.
Well they got married anyway.
The reception was bright and cheerful with mismatched glass jars and daisy stems.
Guests were served yummy hamburgers, watermelon and lemonade with apple pie and homemade ice cream.
Congratulations to my sweet friend.