Monday, October 25, 2010

A peek at the wedding...

...jus' one corner of it anyway. I was going to show you a lil' slide show of it all but I thought it might be better to walk you through a few things - just to show you where it came from. And what some clever cover ups can do.
First let me say - that it (the wedding) turned out wonderful - it was a gorgeous day - a stunning bride - happy families - what more could you ask for?
Secondly - these families were amazing. So incredibly willing to help - so giving and gracious - this "job" didn't even seem like work to me - it was so enjoyable. I feel really blessed to have been a part of it.
Now - remember I told you this reception was in a "barn" - well, that is if you can call it that. The floors are heated, there is a sound system, strobe lights, a bathroom - well, needless to say - it is a very nice "barn/shop". But no matter how many amenities it has - it still is not that "pretty" and it isn't suppose to be. It is to work out of - normally full of tractors and boats and tools. Farm equipment galore was inside. Now after the family moved what they could - you are still left with lots of lil' things that jus' won't go away. For example...
This corner - we have an industrial size fan, portable heaters, a treadmill, a welder, craftsman tool boxes and well, the list goes on and on. What do I do with all this? Well, thankfully, the bride's dad is a great builder (lucky me) and her uncle Scott is an awesome helper. So in a jiffy...
...a wall was constructed to "hide" all that stuff...
...then we covered it with burlap - bought on a roll at our local feed supply store. We just won't talk about how many staples we used on this job - shhhhh. The groom's family home jus' across the road had two beautiful unused mantles upstairs jus' waiting to be put to good use.

...then we draped some plant bed canvas - backed with some lights, hung a yard sale mirror I found, and decorated the mantle with things that were all green and white and some grapes to bring out the color of the girls dresses which were a rich blue.

Then, the bride and groom's table along with the bridal party tables were set in front of the wall. I thought it made the perfect backdrop and hey, no one knew of what was behind there. You don't go and tell anybody - o.k.

In the light of the wedding day...

The mantel was filled with jars of white beans and split peas, money plant and curly willow. Also along the top were faux white pumpkins, real green and white gourds, grapes, honeysuckle, candles and birds.

We (as in grandmothers, aunts, momma and bride) made big paper flowers for the corners - in a parchment color which was a great accent to the burlap.

When the wedding party arrived that evening - Tiff - the beautiful bride, placed her gorgeous all green bouquet in a vase on the table.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the first corner of the barn. More to come a lil' later!
Have a happy week everybody! Now, I have got to get to decorating my shop for Christmas! Our annual Christmas in the Country - is just about three weeks away! I'll keep ya posted!
Cathy








10 comments:

Tamara Jansen said...

BEAUTIFUL! You did a wonderful job on the decorations :)

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Absolutely stunning! I had no idea you could buy burlap by the roll at a feed store! I need some to cover tables at some shows we are doing. Did you provide the chair covers? Can't wait to see more! Dawn

Cherry said...

That is absolutely breath takiing! I want to see more, more. You are one talented gal !!

Look beyond the picket fence said...

Nothing says wedding like burlap and split peas! If you did not mention it was in a barn(a very nice barn!) I would of never guessed. You can see how much thought was put into this wedding. It should be in a magazine! I have two daughter's. I think it would be cheaper to build a barn and have two wedding there, then to pay for two weddings! I wish we had just a little more land!
denise

Melody said...

OMG Cathy! That looks terrific! What magic!

redesigngal said...

Cathy: I just found your blog and the wedding pictures are wonderful! Did you do all the arrangingon the mantel? I am visiting in MN. (but live in CA.) and am here to help with the planning on 1st Granddaughter's wedding next June. Loved the beans, etc. in the jars! Please visit my blog: http://theoldefarmhouse.blogspot.com Admiring you, Joy

Verde Farm said...

Cathy, that is absolutely beautiful and with such simply items. Seriously--magazine worthy. I love it. What a special day.
Amy

Sheila said...

It was absolutely beautiful.. My fave was the mantel and the decor on it. make me want to do something like that in my foyer...hmmmm we will see.
You are so talented.
Blessings, Sheila

Country Dreaming said...

Love to see different takeson how people decorate for special events!
Looking forward to more.

Melinda

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I never thought to look for burlap on a roll at the feed store. Is it less expensive there than at a fabric store?

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com