Whew – this weekend has been a whirlwind of weddings! I decided there was no better way to end a weekend of wedding madness, then with a blog about one of my absolute favorite weddings of 2010. A few weeks ago this wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty, you can see it HERE. We are always so excited to have a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, it is such an honor to hear that other people love our work. I have to be honest, while we did the flowers for this wedding, I think what really made this wedding so amazing and special was all of the details the bride and her family put into the day. Rachael and Connery were married at Pratt Gardens in Pilesgrove, NJ (anyone looking for a gorgeous outdoors location in South Jersey has got to check out this venue!). I was so impressed with the amount of work, planning, and love that Rebekah (the bride’s older sister) and her mother did to make sure Rachael’s wedding was perfect. Rebekah was kind enough to send us a list of the details her and her mom came up with to make Rachael and Connery’s wedding so special. Check out all that they did….I love all this DIY and the fact that they shared their secrets with us:
BURLAP SIGNS – “Just Married” & “Sweet Treats” – Burlap pennants 10” x 7”,stencil letters painted on the burlap, jute sewn on across the top & on the ends to hang them up.
BURLAP PETAL CONES – each cone was made from 2 – 7” circles of burlap, sewn around the edge, and turned; then wrapped into a cone shape and hand stitched to hold. A ribbon loop was sewn into the top & finished off with a small bow. Filled with colorful petals by A Garden Party.
BURLAP drawstring CANDY BAGS w/ tags – Small drawstring burlap bags were made to be filled with candy at the candy bar. Each bag had a round “canning jar” tag that read: “Love is Sweet – Rachael & Connery 10.30.10”. Each bag was finished with a jute drawstring, and canning tags stamped in orange, green & brown ink. The tags and the custom made stamp for the tags were purchased on Etsy.
BURLAP OVERLAYS – Burlap overlays covered all the tables, ivory over brown tablecloths, on the serving tables; and natural burlap over ivory tablecloths on the guest tables (provided by A Garden Party).
“Bride” & “Groom” CHAIR MARKERS – Wooden hearts stenciled with “Bride”& “Groom”, hanging on the back of the bride and grooms chairs.
DIRECTIONAL ARROWS – Wooden signs/arrows for guests to find their way around: Signs included: Connery & Rachael’s Wedding, Reception, Ceremony, Restrooms, Ladies, Gentlemen, Smoking Area, Party, Parking.
PAPER FLOWERS – Paper Pompoms were made with 6 sheets of tissue paper, 2 shades of orange & ivory. The paper flowers decorated an old swing in the yard, the bar area, the photo booth, and the golf cart that the bride and groom rode off in after the ceremony.
WEDDING CLOTH Guest Book – Large ivory tablecloth with the following instructions for wedding guests: (pencils were provided and the messages were later embroidered) “Please Sign Our Wedding Cloth, In lieu of a Guest Book, we wanted to create our first family heirloom. Each message written and signed by our dear friends and family will be embroidered and sewn into one big memory of this very special day. We will look at it always, and think of y’all. Thank you, Rachael & Connery.”
THUMBPRINT TREE Guest Book – Drawing of a tree trunk & branches (no leaves), and instructions for guests to “leaf your thumbprint”. Three different color stamp pads and hand wipes were provided for the guests.
WEDDING ATTIRE – The entire bridal party wore Cowboy boots; and the girls also wore Flower Mohair Triangle Shawls, purchased on Etsy, handmade in Istanbul, Turkey.
THE CAKE – The brides’ aunt made THE WEDDING CAKE, it was a triple layer cake with butter cream icing; and 250 matching cupcakes. The cake topper came from the brides’ grandparents, and A Garden Party topped the cake and cupcakes with an assortment of matching flowers. Carved pumpkins adorned the cake table, each with a different carving. The carvings included a bride & groom silhouette, champagne glasses & a heart with 2 birds on a branch (to match the invitations).
HAY BALES – Hay bales decorated the inside of the ceremony gazebo, and the outer areas of the guest seating, and around the reception tent.
ENGRAVED BRICK – An engraved brick bearing the names of the bride and groom & wedding date, was placed in the ground at the gazebo, where the ceremony was held. This is something that Pratt Gardens does for all the weddings held there.
PHOTO BOOTH – The Photo Booth was decorated with a sheet of burlap, with “photo booth” stenciled down the side; flanked by 6 streams of paper pom poms on each side; a chalkboard easel identified the area, and small chalkboards & chalk were provided for guests to write a message to the bride and groom; an assortment of mustaches & lips on sticks, “Groucho Marx” glasses and other masks were provided for fun props; and, a stone bench for guests to sit on.
BAR MENU – The bar menu was written on small chalkboards (to match the photo booth), honey sticks stirrers were provided, for hot beverages.
INVITIATIONS – Invitation designs were purchased on Etsy, and printed locally. Table menus and Programs were made to match, and were printed on Ellie Pooh paper (Mr. Ellie Pooh LLC is an eco-friendly Fair Trade company making exotic gifts and paper made partially out of elephant poo!)
And one final story…when I asked Rebekah about the PacMan and PacWoman that greeted the guests as they entered the driveway I knew I was in for another amazing story. Here it is, I just had to share it! From Rebekah:
“When Rachael was home, Connery had to do some training in the states and flew to NJ to spend the weekend here, meeting the rest of the family and friends. It was the weekend before Halloween and we were all going to a 80s themed party. So in true Rachael fashion, nothing can be done small scale, Rachael made the costumes – wood, cardboard, glue, nails, paint – I think it took her like 2 weeks to put them all together. This is how Connery met all of Rachael’s NJ friends, dressed as an oversized pacman..so we knew he was a good sport and would pretty much do anything for her. So, since it was Halloween weekend the following year they were getting married it was only fitting to pull them out and have someone wear them!”
I had to include a few more photos showcasing some of the flowers :)
Rachael was gorgeous! Her bouquet featured locally grown dahlias, calla lilies, craspedia, tulips, and bittersweet.
We added these charms to each bouquet. Each charm was slightly different – so unique!
The gazebo at Pratt Gardens looked amazing after we added some hanging mason jars with votives, and ribbons with flowers.
Beautiful shot of the bridal party!
We hope you love this detail filled wedding as much as we did. Thanks for working with us Rachael and Connery!
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