From the desk of: Veronica
When you strip it all down to the basics, a wedding is really just two well-dressed people at a chosen location, usually with food, cake, and music. If that were all weddings were, you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.
It’s the little details that make all the difference – all the little choices the bride and groom made along the way to make the wedding especially theirs – that draw your attention and make you think “how sweet!” “how cool!” and “I never would have thought of that!”
I got to attend a wedding this weekend, and it was a fantastic example of those little details lighting up the wedding. The bride and groom spent a lot of time and effort to include all those little things, and I loved them. So, as a tribute to the little details of a wedding, I bring you Kristina and Christopher’s wedding. (It’s important to note, as I am just the blogger part of this equation, these are iPhone photos, not Sean Purcell Photography photos J)
When I walked in about an hour before the wedding to start getting Josephine dressed (she was one of the flower girls) and to double check the schedule of events (I was a child-wrangler/wedding party-helper), the first thing I noticed was my cousin’s dress (of course!) While it would have been lovely all on its own, the belt was such an amazing touch that I couldn’t stop staring at it!
Isn’t she a beautiful bride?
Perfect, isn’t it?
Right inside the door was a sign that screamed Kristina and Chris:
What I have loved about them as a couple from the very beginning is that Chris encouraged her to be herself and be silly, and they are quite the goofy pair. They bring out the best in each other, and I have never seen her happier. Therefore, it was perfect to be greeted with this sign. We all knew we were at their wedding, and not just “some wedding” that was just like everyone else’s and nothing would stand out in our memories.
Next, we were treated to their love story, which I found downright adorable.
Below their love story was a handmade guest book (made by my sister who learned her craft in a Master’s program in book arts) and a sign asking guests to take an entire page to write a message instead of just signing in.
Next, I saw the cake table (my eye always travels there, even though I’m off dairy because my baby is allergic – old habits die hard). Even though the best part of the table is obviously the CAKE, I love a cake table with a little something going on.
As for the space as a whole, they went with one of my favorite decorating strategies – I am a total sucker for lights under tulle, table cloths, and curtains. It’s a nice little touch during daylight and makes the space look magical once it gets dark. Everywhere you looked, there were lights. It was well worth the effort it took for them to string them all up.
Now for the bridal party. The colors were black and bright pink, and I loved how everyone coordinated, down to the sashes and flowers on the flower girls’ dresses that mimicked the bridesmaids.
On the subject of bridesmaids, I like how instead of going the different-dress or same-dress-different-color route for her matron of honor, she went subtle with a flower affixed to her dress to differentiate her from the other bridesmaids.
They also thought of something fun for the bridal party to wear upon entrance to the reception.
Speaking of those little cuties, there was a lot of little details that went into the flower girls and ring bearer as well.
I thought it was fun that the three of them walked down the aisle together, in place of a basket of petals, the girls carried beautiful pomanders, and instead of a pillow with rings, the ring bearer carried this adorable sign.
Petals were simply scattered before the guests arrived and the center aisle was reserved for the bridal party.
Oh, and that sign?
Too cute, right?
I also accidentally coordinated with the hostess. How serendipitous!
I think this photo might sum the wedding up the best.
“What a wedding!”
Thanks, Kristina and Christopher, for letting me share all your great ideas with the Internet!
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