Thursday, October 17, 2013

our wedding · the details & links

Our rings. The best man kept the rings in this pouch in his jacket.

The gifts Steven & I exchanged on our wedding day. I gave him hand-stamped collar stays and a custom illustration of one of our engagement pictures. He gave me a necklace with my new monogram. :)

My bouquet. Totally gorgeous. I had the stems wrapped with a piece of fabric that was cut off my dress, and then with a piece of lace from my Mom's wedding dress. I'm doing something fun with the lace - I'll be sure to post about it when it's done.

The bridesmaids bouquets were all white flowers with greenery and wrapped with grey ribbon to match the boys suits and my sash.

The boutonnieres were wrapped with twine to match elements. Steven's was pink and all the other boutonnieres and the corsages were white. So Steven and I were the only ones with pink flowers.

Our guest book & program table. I bought this table a while ago and decided at the last minute to spray paint it blue and use it for the guest book. I did two different things for the guest book. One was the square sheets of paper people signed that were added to our engagement photo book, the other was the manilla tags. I asked everyone to write their well-wishes or words of advice on the tags. It was a lot of fun reading through those.

Our altar. My Dad made the flower boxes using old fence boards from our house. They looked awesome. And I made the fabric backdrop, with a little assembly help from my Mom and bridesmaid Jessica. I dyed a few bedsheets different shades of teal, my Mom helped me cut them all up, and Jessica helped me glue them to the PVC pipe. It was meant to hang up a little higher, but the pieces I bought broke, so the venue owner rigged up something else. It still had the effect I wanted. :)

The gift table. I searched for several months until I found the bird cage I had envisioned in my head. I can't wait to use it as decor in the house now.

Our favors. I made the labels for the jars, Steven and I stuck them all on and tied the twine around the lids. Then we stacked the jam jars in some old soda crates. It's strawberry-pineapple and tastes oh-so-yummy.

Escort cards. I designed and cut the cards. My Dad helped me by attaching the twine to the old door, then I used tiny clothes pins to hang them from the twine. It turned out exactly as I envisioned.

Our cake. I love the way the icing turned out - I did not want fondant because no one likes it. And they did a great job with the buttercream. I made the mini-garland to match the real garland hanging from the ceiling in the venue. And the peg people & cats are the best. We have them displayed in the house now. Wouldn't it be fun to get another set made after we have a kid or two? Little peg collection. :)

I knew people would be posting pictures during the wedding, and I wanted to make sure we got to see them! A lot of people used our hashtag and it was great looking through the photos in the following days.

The paper straws - everyone loved the paper straws! We also had blue striped ones. We have some left over, and every time I use one I'm reminded of our awesome day.

The cafe lights and bunting. I think I about killed my Dad, Steven and two of the groomsmen with this project! It was the biggest part of my vision, and I think it really set the mood for the reception.

I made all the bunting with help from my sister, my friend Lauren, my Mom and Dad. It took a lot of work, but it was totally worth it. We ended up leaving the cafe lights behind because there was a wedding the following day, and we made the owner of the venue take down some other lighting elements to hang ours up. Totally worth the investment though.

The table set-up. I bought the burlap in long rolls and cut them to fit the table and trimed the ends to match the ends of the bunting. An inverted triangle, I guess? I potted little succulents in mini-terracotta pots to go along with the blue glass ball jars and milk glass vases that the florist arranged. And we scattered a couple tea lights on each table.

The napkins. Oh, the napkins. I had been searching high and low for the napkins with teal/turqouise/blue/green stripe for months. Months! I finally saw some in a picture on a blog I read {don't remember which one now, sorry!} and I commented asking where they got them. The blog owner didn't respond, but a super nice commenter provided a link to some. They are barber towels!

I designed the menus to match our other print items, and I love them.

The table numbers. Again, a vision I had in my head and my parents made them come to life. They had the stands fabricated at a local metal shop, my Dad cut the wood and stained it, and they used stick-on house numbers. Super duper love them.

All of the vendors are listed below, with links to the exact product when possible. None of these are affiliate links, I just wanna help another bride out! If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email and I'll do my best to help! 

Photographers: Briana & Phil Gray, Shades of Gray Photography
Videographers: Evan Bush, Adam Falk & Erik Shute
Ceremony & Reception Location: Alpine Park & Gardens in Columbia, MO
Wedding Gown: Watters Too
Bride's Earrings: The Fab Wedding on Etsy
Bride's Shoes: ASOS, no longer available
Bridesmaid Dresses: Carol Hannah NY
Bridesmaids Earrings: Ike & Co. on Etsy
Girls Hair: Green Meadows Hair Co.
Nails: Varsity Nails
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites at the University of Missouri
Flower Girl Dresses: Lori, Mother of the Bride
Groom's Suit: Men's Warehouse
Groom & Groomsmen's Ties: The Tie Bar
Wedding Bands: Buchroeder's Jewelers
Stationery Design: Christa of c. jane create
Stationary Printing: Greener Printer
Floral Design: Natalie at Allen's Florist
Table Numbers: Jim, Father of the Bride
Burlap Runners: Save-on-Crafts
Blue Striped Napkins: Salon Supply Store
Officiant: Paul Lehmann
Music Selection: Steven, Groom
DJ: Bill Ladwig of Music Express DJs
Catering: Laura Estes of The Farmer's Daughter
Cake & Pies: Rock Bridge HyVee
Cake Toppers: Once Upon a Peg on Etsy
Paper Straws: Poofy Cheeks
Transportation: White Knight Limo
Day-of-Coordinator: Christy Herrmann

Monogram necklace: McLaughlin Creations on Etsy
Hand-stamped collar stays: Bead Soul on Etsy
Custom illustration: HsqrdCreative on Etsy

Thanks for reading / looking at all of my wedding posts. Only a few more to come, but I promise the super long, photo-heavy ones are complete. :) Our wedding was a labor of love, we couldn't have done it with out help, but it was exactly as we imagined.

xoxo, christa


  1. Your gifts to each other were SO SWEET. I love that illustration! And can I just say I am crazy jealous of your reception venue, seriously, it's beautiful.

  2. Your wedding was SOOOO gorgeous!! Your dress was, too - good choice :)

  3. so much love and detail to your wedding, everything is perfect. and your shoes!


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