February 9, 2011

My Wedding

When I graduated from college, I was unsure of what I wanted to do next. I moved from New Hampshire to Boston, with no real plan in mind. I had an apartment with my friends and a waitressing job that would hold me over until I found a "real job". After working in real estate, I decided to apply to graduate school. I was at a complete crossroad. I didn't know if I should go for a degree in counseling or interior design. I chose counseling. The reason why I am even telling this story is I never questioned my choice until I started planning my wedding. I forgot just how much I loved to use my creative side . I designed and planned much of my wedding by myself and it just came so naturally to me. I was also lucky to have a great family, great friends and a supportive finance (who actually stayed up one night until 4 am tying ribbons on our programs) who all helped me.

I wanted every aspect of the wedding to have some "bling". I wanted my invitations to have a rhinestone buckle. Most invitations with a buckle were more than I wanted to spend so I decided to design my own. I ordered my invitations from Wedding Paper Divas and embellished them using rhinestone buckles and ribbon. I designed a monogram, with the help of my sister-in-law, and made a tag that closed each invitation. 

I also made my own programs using the same metallic card stock as my invitations. I embellished each program with my custom monogram and a rhinestone.

I wanted to do something dramatic for my seating chart. I made this manzanita tree using manzaita branches I purchased online and used Plaster of Paris to bond the branches together. A seating card was made for each table and tied on the tree with pink and gold ribbon. Crystals were hung from the tree and orchids were wired on. I found hanging candle holders and filled each one with scatter crystals and a LED light.

I continued the rhinestone buckle theme throughout the wedding. I used Wedding Flowers by Annette as my florist. 

The higher centerpieces had orchids and curly willow filling the vases. Crystal strands hung from each centerpiece.

I made gold menu cards and embellished with crystals.

Caitrin Bourque from The Mixing Bowl in Haverhill, MA our this beautiful cake. She also designed a delicious dessert bar with cookies, truffles, and pastry.

I designed a  candy buffet that displayed all pink candies. Each candy was labeled with a rhinestone adorned frame.

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