Here is a closer view of the sign-in area.
Below are several photos of the reception. I tried to share the photos in order of how you would walk into the room if your were a guest. Then at the end I included overall photos and photos of the tables. So, these first few photos are of the gift area. We went with a flower bed since the bride wanted a garden/woodsy/shabby chic/industrial kind of feel. I know it's a lot to include, but we feel it worked for us. The industrial comes from the signs, sign letters, and the big industrial style lights hung over the entire room. The shabby chic comes from the vintage table cloths, the lace and fabric banner, the lace and burlap runners, the old doors, old chairs, old fence pieces, and several other things in the room. The woodsy feel comes from the birch trees all over the room, the birch structure over the cake area, the wood slices and wood sections on each table as centerpieces, as well as all the moss, and the tree trunks scattered around the room. The brides colors for this wedding was pink and green in various shades. The bed below like I said, is the flower bed where guests left their gifts. We had a mailbox for cards, and the gifts were left around the bed. We painted an old bed frame white. We put the frame of the bed together and then instead of a mattress on the bed, we filled that area with empty totes from the things we brought down to decorate the room with. It really worked out as a great storage place believe it or not. Then we picked up this huge screen or privacy screening fabric that came with ivy all over it. We cut that in half and put it over the bed frame and totes so it looked kind of like a comforter just like we were making the bed almost. Then we secured the ends of the screening fabric using green pipe cleaners. Once that was done we used all the dollar store flowers the bride had picked up to fill the bed with flowers like she wanted. Honestly, we probably could have used a few more to go down the sides of the bed a little. Then I made a sign that we attached to the headboard that said, "Thyme to Turnip the Beet!" to go with the garden theme and since we had a DJ it went along with everything too. I added some plants from around our church building, a step, a watering can, but I forgot the little grass or straw slippers I had to found at DI to tuck nicely next to the bed. Oh well.
I'm sure I've got a photo or two of the candy table with the big flower bouquet and the candy in the jars. My SIL, KeriAnne did a great job of organizing and putting this together for us. Thank you KeriAnne!
Next was the receiving line. We used the doors from my home, a vintage couch from a dear friend in another ward in our stake. (her husband just got called as Bishop too! EEK!) I had this chair I picked up about a year ago sitting around the house that I intended to redo the seat cushion of, but never got around to doing it. So, I painted the chair parakeet green and put sheets of moss on the seat and made it look like flowers were growing out the seat to go with the garden them. The chandelier lampshade really turned out nice, I think. Take a look.
The next thing you saw was the wall on the other side of the doors. On the wall we added one of those huge prints we picked up at OfficeMax that measured 36 by whatever size the photo would allow for less than $4.00 each. We had six of these photos. Underneath the photo was the mirror I picked up at DI for $15.00 turned chalkboard with the couples dates and story. Lexi did a nice job writing things out, don't you think? Then Danielle had these cute signs she added above the photo that said, welcome to our story and I'm her MR, or I'm his MRS. Cute!!!
On the other side of the large double doors and a few tables we had this cute screen we put photos of the couple on for everyone to look at.
This was one of the boxes the groom's father made for us to help block off the dance floor area. Danielle picked up these 8 foot and 4 foot tall birch trees that light up and we put them inside the boxes with a plant we borrowed from my other SIL, Kim. Underneath all the tables we had floor length white tablecloths which were nice.
On the stage is where we put the industrial letters I've been talking a lot about lately. We borrowed the fence pieces from my SIL and put the letters down in front of them. Then we added a few more plants from the building, a birch tree, wood pieces and called it done. This was the backdrop for the food area.
The cake stands were also made by the father of the groom. Pretty cool, aren't they?
These next 10 photos are of the tables. We used about one and half square feet of moss in the center of the table, then added a 10-12 inch wood slice, followed by teapots, teacups and saucers, flowers, gems, flower peddles, gnomes, birdcages, and lots and lots of tea lights, ferry berries, love birds, candy dishes, and whatever else we could come up with. We had so much stuff for the centerpieces that we probably could have decorated about 90 different tables if we tried.
Lexi took this panorama picture of the reception. It looks pretty cool!
And the photos of the happy couple
There are so many great photos of these two! There are just a couple of the gazillion the photographer took even before the actual wedding. In fact, Danielle said she just got the wedding day photos from the photographer. I can't wait to see them!
After our reception here in Arizona the groom's family had an Open House in Montana. The Open House was at the home of a former Bishop in their beautiful home. His wife, Deann made most of the food. One of our favorites were these shredded beef sandwiches. We didn't eat any of them at the Open House. In fact, we ended up eating some of them the next day and we left off the provolone cheese and the chipotle sauce, but OH! they were so good! Now Lexi is craving those sandwiches. So, I went on a search for a recipe close to the ones we had in Montana. Here is what we found. Can you say Yum?!
Beer Braised Beef Sandwich Recipe (Minus the Beer, of course!)
How's it goin? This week was a great one. We taught that youth Jxxxxx
a couple more times with some of the priests. It's fun to get them out
because I remember back when the elders were trying to get me out of
the house haha. Jxxxxx is still on date for May 7. He's super pumped
and so is the rest of his family, his mom especially.
Today is trainer calls so that means transfers are next week. They
would be today except for that darn 7 week cycle. It's been a long
one. I think it's because I've been in this area for a long time. Over
a third of my mission will have been spent here. It's also probably
because I've been in the same apartment as Elder Holtom and Elder
Nutall for a really long time. If there is any place to be for a long
time it's here though.
Yesterday we were teaching a member and after he asked if we wanted
to do lunch today. We of course said yes. He made us decide on the
place and at first we said a really good Mexican food place down the
street from us. He rejected that and said "guys you don't go out much
to eat do you?" Of course we don't!!! Haha so we are going to some
swanky place to get steak and lobster hahah.
This week is going to be a service filled one. Tomorrow we're going
to wave you care center to first help out like we normally do, and
then we're going to help them set up for a party for us volunteers.
The next days after that were helping a lady in the ward move and get
her house ready to put on the market. It should be pretty fun.
Well I gotta go get some of my shopping done before we trek over to
this place were meeting our member. I will talk to you all later.
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I'm in my new area. I got here yesterday. It is a very
small town with a very small branch. It's going to be exciting. Elder
Matson is a cool guy. He's pretty quiet, but very smart and understands
a lot about missionary work already. I'm only his second companion.
It's kinda weird this is the first time I've been older then my
companion in the mission. The district that I'm over is all sisters
besides my companion and I so I'm pretty much a stl (sister training
leader). The new apartment I'm in is super nice it's just Elder Matson
and I which is good because that helps me focus a lot better. This
week is going to be a lot of finding people that the other elders
taught and figuring out the area. Hopefully all goes well. I got a few
opportunities to move back to Darien when I get home. Mostly just
internships for investment companies, but I need to go to college first
hahah. Well I will let you know how this week goes, but as far as last
week went it was pretty boring haha. Bye
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The other day I received a message from an old friend I've known since ninth grade seminary, but because I was
knee deep, no more like neck deep in wedding stuff I couldn't stop to talk to her about a few things, so I sent her a message today. I couldn't get over some of the things she said she appreciates about my blog and my example. Honestly, I never thought that about being an example here on my blog. To be honest, this blog has been therapeutic for me and has helped me work through a few things. So, when she said those things about me and about the things I've shared I was floored and quite shocked...and humbled by her sweet words. I had absolutely no idea and that means so much to me. Wow! Thank you dear friend. I hope you know how much I appreciate your sweet words and am honored to help you in anyway I can.
It's been an amazing couple of weeks! Weeks filled with all kinds of emotions and things, but most of all, weeks filled with love and appreciation for all that we have and those we share it with. It's been absolutely wonderful! AND, it's been absolutely hard work too! But, that being said, I would do it all again if I had to...and I'm sure I will with when it comes time for my other children to get married. Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.