Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Barn Reception continues...

...with a wall of  "picture" windows and an old truck.  I'm back to share with you a couple of more cute things we did for Danielle and Taylor's barn reception.  
 Danielle placed some great pictures in behind the glass of these old windows... she also put her Cricut to good use again cutting out neat letters for the other panes.
That night, the lights behind the canvas illuminated the pictures.
 Here is a better shot - of course we added a punch of her favorite colors with the tissue paper flowers and hung the windows with burlap ribbon.
 One of her chalkboards and a cute wooden sign with their wedding date...
 Some straw bales and a fern and that was her "window" wall.
 Now for the truck - this is her Uncle Woody's old truck that he is in the process of refurbishing.  We simply pulled it in the side of the barn...
...I made a pocket of fresh flowers and tied it to the grill..
 ...Danielle's "just married" burlap banner was perfect for the side.  We placed a large fern and her mom's "window house" in the back complete with flowers and a lil' chandelier. 
 The truck made a nice backdrop for the bridal table.
 Here you can see the straw bale "couches" in front of the truck.  The truck really did have a great function - all the wedding gifts were placed in the back.
 And to top it off - more, yes more paper flowers.

I just love that old truck. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

And the Barn Reception Pictures begin...

...finally.  Yes, I'm back - I've officially survived decorating another wedding last week - but we are going to journey back a couple of weeks to Danielle and Taylor's barn reception.  I'm going to break it down into a few posts and I thought I'd begin by sharing with you what we did with a hanging ladder.  In this barn were 3 wonderful - VERY LONG - wooden ladders.  I'll show you what we did with the other two later - but this one found a home on a really long expanse of a wall that needed something that could carry significant visual weight.

This is the LOOOOOONG wall I'm speaking of - it was the inside wall of the barn - these are insulated panels - great for function but not really pretty. 
I knew I wanted to hang the ladder but I couldn't do it by myself - so fortunately, Danielle's brother (the tractor driver) and her dad (in the bucket loader) plus her fiance (holding the rope) helped me out - a BIG bunch.  Mark suspended the ladder with rope parallel with the wall.
And here is how it came together.  Mom and I ran some tobacco canvas through the rungs plus I simply tied on pieces of burlap ribbon and just let them hang down like streamers.
Danielle, the beautiful bride, is quite talented herself and just recently purchased and fell in love with her new Cricut machine - she made this banner that said "Happily Ever After" in orange and hot pink.
We hung different lanterns filled with battery operated candles plus pink and orange tissue paper flowers.
The family had this beautiful old church pew and it fit perfectly under the ladder.  On it, we placed a quilt that had been given to the bride's mom and dad on their wedding.  It was a very special piece to the family.
The whole area turned out to be a great focal point in the barn.  It was fun and festive.

Danielle, her beautiful bridesmaids...and

...her sweet lil' girl who found a place to rest for a minute.
I love the way the ladder turned out  - it was something they already had - and it fit just perfectly!  Ladders would be beautiful hanging over tables too - you could almost use them like chandeliers - of course these ladders were old and wooden - they were just perfect.

An uncle's old truck and a wall of windows up next.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Chapel - sweet, simple and sentimental

Hello friends - today we start another lil' wedding photo journey.  I had the honor of working with a beautiful couple on their wedding recently.  She wanted the reception in their family horse barn and she was absolutely certain she wanted to marry in this chapel.  Why?  because this chapel was built in memory of her late grandfather.  It is small and simple but holds great meaning to this family. 

It is nestled in amongst big shade trees...
 It simply has a ramp to the front door which I hung some tobacco canvas on as well as some springeri and burlap bows. 
 Above the door you will see a plague honoring her grandfather, Herbert Graybeal, which was also my grandmother's brother.  So personally, I don't think she could have picked a better more special place.
 The weather last Saturday was beyond perfect - mid 70's, a gently breeze and loads of sunshine.
 A light post lights the way by night.
 On the door, I placed a pocket wreath filled with roses, mums, springeri, tulips, gardenia leaves, and some daylillies and queen ann's lace that I picked off the side of the road.
 Since I will be sharing their wedding journey - I suppose I better introduce Danielle and Taylor...
 ...and their precious Braelyn.  She and her mother were absolutely beautiful that day.
 So next we will be going to the barn where lots of fun was had by all.  We were surrounded by horses, an owl stayed perched in the rafters watching our every move, I lived in a bucket loader on the front end of a tractor for a couple of nights hanging canvas but it was fun and I loved every minute of it.
See ya soon!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Going to the Chapel...

well kinda - just not me - I've already been there and done that.  Actually, I have missed you all so much - I'm still here and well - it has just been an amazingly busy spring.  Jus' to fill you in -

I just completed another incredible spring in the greenhouse - it was so warm so early this year that it just flew by - but oh my - it was crazy while it lasted.
 And I've been spending a lot of nights at the ballpark and I wouldn't have it any other way - I love watching my lil' slugger play ball.
 Plus, I have been working on some weddings - one of which was just today - so that is what I mean when I say...
 We are going to the chapel - 'cause we are - I mean I'm gonna take you there in the next several days - sharing with you some of the fun I've been having working with a super sweet couple on their special day.
Hope everyone has been doing great - I'll be catching up with you all real soon.