I was looking through my pictures and realized that I totally forgot to post about my sister Cara's outdoor/ indoor wedding that happened in October. Which is sad, because it was a completely beautiful, totally DIY wedding. So I'm going to remedy the situation, and post some of the awesomeness now.
First, my husband BJ and I took engagement photos:
My sisters Marissa and Anna and I threw Cara's bridal shower, and a friend was kind enough to host it for us.
Here's the shower invite that I designed using Inkscape (a free Illustrator-like program).
Here's a somewhat better view of the refreshment table. We had a tea and hot chocolate bar as well.
Here are the favors for the guests- a packet with an herbal tea bag and a honey stick. The tags were designed by me- again in Inkscape.
Cara and I spent hours making bridesmaid jewelry using beads and findings she bought online and at Hobby Lobby. Each piece was totally unique, but had a unifying theme. There was a necklace, bracelet, and earring set for each of the 11 bridesmaids.
The house and yard was transformed for the wedding and reception by the tireless help of many friends and family members. Tables and chairs were covered with fabric from the stashes of my mom's friends and sisters.
My cute and talented mother did all of the flowers- bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements, indoor/ outdoor, etc.
|This photo doesn't do them justice, these are just the only flower photos I could find.|
Here's one of the bridal bouquet.
|Photo credit to Giffy Pix.|
My mom also made the cake pedestals by gluing together glass plates and vases, filling the vases with dried flowers, and tying ribbon around them.
My aunt, sister Marissa and I did Cara's makeup, hair, and nails respectively.
My mom made this lovely wedding gift with words of advice, featuring a hand- crocheted doily (My grandmother made one for each grandchild before she passed away, and my mom saved them to give at each wedding).
My mom and my aunts took a basically strapless wedding gown bought for under $200 and using their brilliant sewing wizardry, transformed it into Cara's dream wedding dress- a much more modest, and classy looking frock. I wish I had a more close-up detailed photo of the dress, but you can get an idea by the picture below.
My dad is a bishop- a lay clergyman in our church, so he was able to be the one to marry Cara and Jeff. My sons were ring bearers.
|These 2 photos courtesy of Giffy Pix|
Marissa was the fantastic artist behind this lovely cake and multitude of cupcakes. (Check out her baking accessories shop on Etsy!)
I also made marriage advice cards for guests at the reception to fill out and compiled them into a book for the newlyweds to enjoy down the road.
It was a bit crazy to arrive just a day or two before the wedding and everybody work like mad to throw it together (after a several months of distance planning), but I think it turned out fabulously! And the newlyweds are still doing great!