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B+M= no joke!

4 Apr

On April Fools day, Becky and Mike tied the knot!!!

I don’t think I ever explained to you my sheer excitement for this wedding… it is kind of my fault.  You see, the groom is one of Hubby’s bffs (do guys have bff or just bros?) and I met Becky at my first job out of college.  Somewhere along the line, it hit me that they would go great together.  And they are great together 🙂

Their photographer has some AMAZING pictures posted on her website:

It’s awesome to see 2 of your best friends make each other so happy!

Love ya B!!!

They kept their guest entertained with dancing, a game room, and a photobooth.  Personally, I think the photobooth was a smashing success.  Once I figure out how to take a decent picture of the photo strips (or locate the install CD for my ancient scanner) I’ll share some of the amusements.

*pics courtesy of my sister and Geoff- I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures myself

Nuptial Nostalgia: Centerpieces

14 Apr

Wedding season is quickly approaching and as I help a close friend through the beginning phases of the planning process, I’ve been reminiscing about my own wedding almost 2 years ago (my how the time flies!!).

I decided to share with you some of my favorite DIY elements that I created for our Old Hollywood inspired bonanza.  I think I’ll break this post into a few weekly posts so I don’t overwhelm you with a novel of a post.  It was a wedding on a budget, so I had to prioritize the money (location, photography..) and DIY whatever I could.

Part 1: DIY Centerpieces!

The tablescapes I created for my wedding included DIY menu cards and centerpieces.  I had quite a time trying to figure out what to do for the centerpieces.  We had our wedding at The Bushnell, a historical theater in Hartford, CT.  The beautiful room(part of an addition on the historical part) that our reception was in had 35′ windows on 3 sides and a spectacular orange Chihuly glass sculpture on the ceiling.  I didn’t want my centerpieces to compete with the views or the sculpture (or the 18 piece swing orchestra we had as a wedding gift from Brian’s parents, tee hee), and the flower centerpieces that I could envision just weren’t in my budget.  What other choice did I have?  I hand made 200+ tissue paper flowers of course.   Although it was a daunting task, I had a quite a bit of fun with it.

I took Martha’s Pom How-to and played with it until I came up with a small-scale flower that looked elegant and a little quirky.  You should have seen my apartment as I went through the process!  Purple tissuepaper everywhere!  And Hubby was still willing to marry me- amazing!

100+ and counting.

Each bunch of 16 – 20 (depending on flower size) got bound with flower tape and shoved placed into silver bud vases.  I also printed table numbers on acetate and used a wire holder to suspend them over the ‘flowers.’  On the table the bud vases got placed onto a square mirror which was placed diagonally on a larger square of green fabric.  The green fabric was actually fabric napkins and came surprisingly in the size I was looking for (yay HomeGoods).  All they needed was a quick iron.  I was so happy with the way it looked when it all came together.  AND I had guests wanting to take the bouquets home (which of course I let them)!

Did you make DIY centerpieces for your wedding?  I’d love to see!

*all the wedding photos above are courtesy of our fantastic photographer, Erica Lyn