Ok, we’re back for real this time! It’s been a very busy spring/summer with brides from the Cape to the eastern shore of Maryland to Jamaica, plus our own wedding! Below is a sneak peak of my dress and a few shots of the Weddings & Wellies blood, sweat and tears that went into our wedding on Lake Winnipesaukee this June. More photos to come but we will wait until our amazing photographer’s reveal next month for that!
Planning your own wedding amongst a handful of work weddings (and moving) is daunting and exciting and I loved every (almost every) minute of it. I not only took on all the stationery, accessories and branding items but the decor and florals as well. It was really important for me as a wedding professional to have my handprint on every piece of our wedding and I am thrilled with the end result.
Just a glimpse into this DIY dream – my transportation to and from the wedding weekend was a handy-dandy UHaul and boy was it necessary! Candle holders & vases for 18 tables takes up a lot of room as do flowers, flip flop crates, welcome bags, koozies, coasters, frames, a vintage water ski, rehearsal dinner decor, and more. I saved most assembly to the week before so I could focus on my clients until the very last minute so as soon as we got to the lake I was cutting ribbons, organizing and alphabetizing cards, table numbers, menus, escort cards and signage; washing vases, baking cookies (250 chocolate chip) for the farewell snack, painting and spraying escort card trays, organizing transportation, contacts, and tips, laminating and stringing together an adorable “Just Married” bunting for the back of our boat, packaging tons of goodies for tote bags, making bridesmaid & groomsmen packages, monogramming bridesmaid shirts and family handkerchiefs, making bathroom baskets, hot gluing flowers on pins & barrettes for flower girls, and on and on.
However, I was not alone in the end and it was wonderful to have so many helping hands. We rented a house for 24 people which became wedding headquarters. Those not involved hung out with the groom and fished, swam, and boated all day long. The rest of the gang was all hands on deck helping with the wedding – Matt painting the directional sign and assembling and delivering 100 tote bags, mom attaching the flags on our striped paper straws (in addition to transporting my dress, picking up flowers, and making the wrap for my bouquet), my mother-in-law tying ribbons on programs and taking stickers off vases, one of my MOH and her mom trimming the 300 peonies we purchased at a local farm, my other MOH wrapping bouquets, my stepfather sawing birch rounds in his Sunday’s best, bridesmaids doing my make-up, cleaning my ring, and assembling menus & fun facts cards, everyone making sure I was well fed and having fun, and so on. Whew, the list is long! To all of my helpers and dear friends, thank you!!!
The entire process was exhilarating and exhausting and my admiration for DIYers and for my fellow professionals, wedding planners, has increased ten-fold. I might even say that I have a small, OK – BIG, itch to jump into the business on top of my already large role in wedding design. I don’t think my husband loves the idea as much considering we are big weekend fans. We’ll see what happens …
Until then, we’re back to business and back to the blog! We’ve got recipes coming, wedding tips to share, and even some amazing editorial coverage of late. Happy Monday and thanks for waiting for us!