Today I am reliving my wedding through our pictures and wedding video. I wanted to share some of my favorite things that really pulled my idea of a "shabby chic southern" wedding together. I have so many fun details that I loved, so bear with me that this post will come in two parts.
Our reception was off the beaten path, so Z and I made two signs that directed people where to go. They also went with our old time country feel.
For my guest book, I wanted something that I could hang up and display and this fit the bill. I love that it turned into a little piece of art that we are now hanging in our house.
One of the ways our caterer actually SAVED us money is by having a signature cocktail instead of a full bar. Don't get me wrong, we also served red and white wines and beer, but just not liquor. To rectify this we made our own special wedding drink that had some hard liquor in it for people that wanted it. Plus, this is our favorite drink as a couple and we wanted to share it with people.
All guests drank out of a mason jar unless you were having wine then there were wine glasses available. We also had straws that went with the glasses because I think mason jars are hard to drink from sometimes.
This was Z's only request-A Missing Man & Honors Ceremony. At the time of our wedding, three of Z's best friends (and supposed to be groomsmen) were serving in Afghanistan and couldn't attend. Aside from that, in October 2009, Z lost one of his soldiers in combat. He refers to that day as "the worst day in his life." Since coming home, Z was constantly checked in with this soldier's family and even invited them to the wedding. However, they weren't able to make it due to work and financial obligations.
The table is round -- To show our everlasting concern for these men and women
The tablecloth is white -- Symbolizing their pure motives when called to serve
The rose -- Symbolizes the ones we lost and the ones who couldn't be here tonight
A slice of lemon -- To remind us of the bitter fate of those missing and captured.
A pinch of salt -- Symbolizes the tears of the families whose soldiers are missing and/or couldn't be here tonight
The Bible -- Represents the strength through faith
The glass inverted --Symbolizes their inability to be here to share with us in this evening
The Chairs -- To symbolize that they were and are not forgotten.
We then stood up and said a prayer for all those serving in our US military.
I wanted to have a string of lights hanging from the tent, so ta da there they are! We also had 2 buffet lines, a cheese station, and fruit table set up as well. We didn't do a sit down meal because I wanted people to feel free to get seconds or thirds if they wanted.
This was my Dad's favorite gift. I gave it to him before we walked down the aisle. He is now going to frame it with a picture of us walking down the aisle underneath it.
We had a S'MORE-MAKING station. We had a campfire, fire attendant (for the little kids), and individualized s'more-making bags. It gave people a chance to sit down, stare at a fire and just relax. Plus, who doesn't have fun making s'mores on a farm in the fall?