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Friday, June 24, 2016

Hope and Jake's wedding

Whew.. this last 2 months has been a blur, It started in early May when Hope graduated from Optometry school at Indiana University. She then moved home and we had a month to finish all the wedding plans. She had been gone on internships the last year of her schooling, Indiana, South Carolina and Nebraska. Not ideal for wedding planning!
I made a bunch of  paper roses from coffee filters for mostly church décor.
I bought silk flowers online and at Walmart, Freds and even the Dollar store
I made the boutonnieres with coffee filter rosebuds, gold metallic leaves and sheet music leaves. I added wired pearly beads for bling. When we pinned them on with pearl headed corsage pins, you didn't have to hide the pin blended in. I also made all the bridesmaid bouquets.
For the reception centerpieces Ed and I bought a big blue Rubbermaid 20 gallon tote of clear glass vases at an estate sale for $3! There were over 2 dozen vases in 3 different styles and also votive holders.
I glittered the bases on some, the interior of shallow vase/bowls on others to which I added glass votive holders (also in the tote) which I gave a faux gold mercury glass treatment to and added battery tea lights. She had almost 30 tables we did centerpieces for, for not much! I found 9 foot long navy satin table runners online for 87 CENTS each (Shipping was $20 but oh well!)
I recycled the pew bows from our daughter Alexa's wedding in January. I removed her purple flowers, left the cream center rose and added the pink paper roses I made. I did 14 of these. They are just hot glued on a rectangle of white felt and that is pinned to a tulle bow that we tied around the pew end.

She wanted 2 large arrangements for in front of the altar. I got 2 large plastic urns at Freds for $15 each, 2 hanging ferns at Lowes for $8 each and stuck in silk flowers. These were a fav of mine.
We needed 2 smaller but still sizable arrangements for the back altar. The navy "vase" is a wastebasket from Walmart for a few bucks. More silk flowers. FYI the same floral foam blocks that are $3-$4 elsewhere are $1 at the Dollar Store!
I made these chalkboard reserved signs for some of the tables at the reception. I added a border of elongated hearts and dots. My kids were making fun of them..I believe the term "tiny dicks" was bantered Note to more elongated hearts. (this is one of the 87 cent table runners) Besides all the vases in the $3 tote, there were also a lot of votive holders and small bowls like these we used for tealites.

 Hope's bouquet. I used silk flowers and some of my handmade sheet music roses. I added pearls on wire for added bling. Pearl is Hope's birthstone...I have 2 Gemini girls! Her veil she borrowed from her friend Mandy who was married last year and was also in the wedding. All the photos from here on are by Brittany Conner Photography of Knoxville, TN

 Her dress was not a DIY or cheap (lol) but when we got it, the little bridal shop gal helping us whispered "Do NOT buy your belt one online!" They were $300-$400 each. I bought the rhinestone applique on Ebay for I think $25-$30 and we bought the exact ribbon she wanted at Jo-Anns Fabrics for another couple bucks...and it was nicer than the ones in the bridal shop!

Extreme not close up!  Her colors were blush, navy and metallic gold. Hard to get a close up of this many people! I did not take a single pic at the wedding..too busy!

Goof shot.

Happy couple Hope and Jake. They have been together a long time, through college and her optometry school. They are very happy to be finally married!
Some more of the reception décor. It was a evening wedding so we had a lot of candles, real and battery. A lot of the décor was things from my house and vintage stash.
A beautiful day! I am clearing the decks and getting back to work. Follow me on Instagram at hopeandjoyhome. I try to post there daily. Til next time! Julia