Friday, August 10, 2012

To Love and To Cherish From This Day Forward...


    If you're not already, you are going to get so sick of Pinterest by the end of this post. There was another celebration in my family this past week: the wedding of my cousin! She is merely four years older than me and I've looked up to her throughout our growing-up years, so this event really hit me. It also made me feel old. On the bright side, my other cousin and I were able to pick up tips here and there for our weddings!
    As I implied in the first sentence, this wedding should have been a poster child for Pinterest. Don't get me wrong, it was beautiful and had a certain hipster quality I'm sure she was shooting for, it's just that Pinterest is full of wonderful crafts that all need to be done by hand. Details, details, details! There was much work to be done the week before the wedding and since many hands were needed, I went up to volunteer mine. I wasn't the only one. Nine other girls stayed at my cousin's house for the week! It was like a sorority house- sans the bad stuff. We cut circles out of cloth; cut countless lengths of ribbon; tied those countless lengths of ribbon around countless jelly jars; wrote out labels; arranged bouquets; put salt, pepper, silverware, and napkins in 250 box lunches; and tied raffia around those boxes- amongst other things. It was exhausting (and fun, I might add)! We did so much work during the week that we felt strangely calm on the day of the wedding. I'd say it turned out pretty well. ;-)

The reception was held in a white tent right next to the church.
Each guest got to take their drinking glass and a jar of jelly.

The centerpieces each had one of our great-grandma's
antique broaches on them.

The carnival games- for the young and the young at heart.
There was also a photo booth. That's right- with props!

The "guest tree"- All the guests placed their fingerprints
 on the tree and signed their name.

The box of wisdom- good thing the S and the B weren't
 reversed! AMIRITE?!? No. Inappropriate.

The candy table for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Awww... get it??
These jars held candles and were hung all the way around the tent.

The cake table
Chic hipster decor

For an interesting twist, there was a grandfather/granddaughter dance.
It was recently our grandpa's 95th birthday!
Britt and Seth say their vows.
What was so sweet was that they saved their first kiss for the ceremony, so
we all got to witness it. They were sort of cute and awkward, but they got lots
of practice as the night went on. ;-)

This was the song she walked down the isle to. It was so touching, I'm sure there wasn't a dry eye in the sanctuary of that little country church.



Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 
~1 John 4:7


  1. Your hard work definitely paid off, everything looked great! I love the jar of jelly idea, What a fun favor to be able to take with you. The centerpieces looked beautiful as well, I love the glassware.

  2. Thank you! It really was a beautiful wedding, despite my griping. I hope my cousin won't mind that I'll be ripping off a few of her ideas. ;)
    The mother of the groom made and canned all of the jelly- talk about a labor of love!


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