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Wedding: DIY and Decor Details

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Welcome back! I trust you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Today I thought I’d share a few of the little DIY and decor details from our wedding.

First up, our invitations. After designing our Save the Date’s myself, I decided to go an easier route with the invitations and used a template from WeddingChicks.com. There are a ton of beautiful options available under the Invitation Suites tab. We ended up going with this one because it was in line with our color palette (and because it reminded us of our beloved Print Mafia foxes).

We created a wedding website with the help of WordPress and had our guests RSVP using a Google form embedded in the site. I was really happy with how it turned out and going digital with the guest list made things quite easy to keep track of.

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As for the venue…of COURSE we had to display some photos from our beach shoot next to our guest book. Thanks for capturing so many seasons of our lives, Carrie and Ganer!

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We also set up a couple tables for favors. Breaux’s Bayou Shakedown (Chet’s family’s signature Cajun seasoning) seemed like the perfect gift for our guests. Chet’s mom thought of this fun favor and I’m so glad she did. Our guests loved them! Thank you for this perfect idea, Denise!

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I wanted each dinner table to be adorned as simply as possible. So, we went with soft white table linens, a small square of burlap, and a burst of color in the way of a minimal flower arrangement. We dressed up blue mason jars with bits of lace, burlap, and twine, and pulled blooms from Trader Joe’s (!) bouquets. (And by we, I mostly mean my mom and sister. Thanks gals!)

I love how Arts Place uses neutrals and natural elements to allow their displays to really POP. I think we achieved a similar look with these simple tablescapes.

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As any true ride-or-die would, when I asked my best friend Katie if she would create some wedding wreaths for us, she said “yes!” in a heartbeat. The result was beyond my wildest imagination. Isn’t this a lovely pair? I love that there’s a groom wreath and a bride wreath! (See her other wreath creation here.) Thank you, Katie! They made the perfect backdrop for our ceremony. Along with some coordinated bunting, of course!

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Finally, wedding florist Jessamine Michler designed and created my bouquet, as well as our corsages and boutonnieres, in her family’s Lexington shop. Michler’s Florist has an adjoining greenhouse and a nearby farm so they’re able to incorporate exquisite local flowers in their arrangements. I was truly obsessed with how my bouquet turned out. Thank you, Jessamine!! In fact, the other day on a walk with Chet I asked, “You know what I miss? My bouquet. I wish I could carry it around with me in normal life.” It was THAT pretty. Not to mention, Michler’s is a rad local business that I love supporting. (I went to elementary school right up the street from them and still remember taking a field trip to their greenhouse when I was just a wee one.)

Thanks for reading! More to come…

(Our wedding guest book was from Office Depot. Collage-style picture frame is from Gordmans and the chalk-board easel is from Michaels. We had our bunting custom made by the adorable Etsy shop – Sugar Owl Design.)

(Photos by Sur la Lune Photography.)

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mid-week round-up

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What are you up to this week? Yesterday we went to the pool (again!) and had it all to ourselves. And last night we watched So You Think You Can Dance. Have y’all been watching this season? I LOVE Gaby and Jaja! Chet is going to ask his students today for hole-in-the-wall Cuban restaurants so we can check one out this weekend. Can’t wait. Have a great week, loves! Here are a few links for you to peruse. Once you’ve clicked ’em all you’ll be THAT much closer to the weekend! Enjoy…

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P.S. In case you missed it, here are 7 colorful accents to turn any room from white to bright!