**Photos by Kristi Hedberg
Weddings are one of my favorite social events, because they are such a celebration of love and lives to be shared. Recently I served as a bridesmaid for my friend Marci’s wedding in Arkansas. She decided on a winter woodland wonderland theme, and I posted about her inspiration here.
There were so many frugal, creative, and handmade touches throughout the reception. Matches and sparklers awaited the departure of the bride and groom. Painted branches hung with white lights and origami birds greeted guests as they entered.
The bride looked radiant in her 3/4 sleeve beaded gown. She had each bridesmaid pick her own dress with a color guideline of pale to slate blue. We looked everywhere for a maternity dress in those colors for me, but finally found one in the regular section at the Gap. They basically only make maternity dresses in dark monochrome or giant crazy patterns.
Each centerpiece was unique and handmade. They made the room look really lovely and fit the winter woodland theme perfectly.
The soft glow of white candles set the romantic mood in the room. Mirrors reflected the light throughout the room.
The wedding and reception were so lovely and different, and really fit the personalities of the couple. My favorite weddings are those that make you think, “This fits them so well.” Every touch was thought through and so many were both frugal and handmade, which makes them dear to my heart. I’m so thankful I got to be a part of Marci and Scott’s special day.
What unique idea did you have at your wedding, or see at a wedding you attended?
Last week I told you about the simple and artistic bridal brunch for my friend who recently got married. After the brunch all of the bride’s friends whisked her away to the Red River near Heber Springs, Arkansas, for a rustic, laid back, and super fun bachelorette weekend.
I found the cabin on the Vacation Rentals By Owner site. It was pretty affordable when we split it among all the friends attending. We brought our own food and drinks and saved a ton not going out on the town. The bride just wanted to get away, so it was a perfect place to make that happen.
The cabin overlooked the river and though the scenery was not in the prime season, it was still lovely. The living room had an awesome fireplace that provided the perfect gathering place for our time together. I made baked brie and tomato soup that we enjoyed all evening, and my friend Crystal made an amazing cake.
It was an amazing weekend that made the bride feel loved and cared for before her big day. The photo above shows the bride (in orange) with some of us. This was the crew that hung around as long as possible enjoying the peace of the woods.
I love weddings, especially when they involve people I care about. One of my oldest and dearest friends is getting married in January, and I am so excited for her and her fiance. We have been friends for about 17 years, and she is one of my favorite people in the world. I’m thrilled to be one of the bridesmaids. She has is one of the most creative and original people I know, so I couldn’t wait to hear about her vision for the big day.
And I am thankful for her kind of lovin’
We’re way past that
Down so low I barely hear her
And she was sick like Audrey Hepburn when I met her
There is darkness all around us
I don’t feel weak but I do need sometimes for her to protect me
And reconnect me to the beauty that I’m missin’
And in January we’re gettin’ married
I’m sorry but I don’t know the source of all the photos, because they were sent to me.
remember that piece of picket fence i picked up off a curb, cut into pieces, and hung on my wall? you can see that project here. my crafty to-do list is approximately 9 miles long, and i’ve been meaning to finish this piece off by adding hemp clotheslines and some of our favorite pictures. the inspiration was this:
this is the barn where we held our wedding reception. we had clotheslines hung throughout the barn with our favorite pictures attached with little wooden clothespins. one line held my pics, another held jed’s. at the end of the barn were 2 lines hung with the pictures of our dating and engagement story. my life, his life, and now our life together…
we still have all the hemp cord and pictures mounted on cardstock. we picked out 6 of our favorites and i hung them with the same cord and wooden clothespins. now we have a piece of our wedding reception in our bedroom, just in time for our 2nd anniversary next week.
i love it! we’ve included pictures from my baptism, our engagement at disneyworld, jed with his brother and daddy, jed and one of his best friends, our first date, and me and one of my best friends. we can always change them out later and mix things up.
it cost absolutely nothing, and is so personal for us. it makes my heart happy every time i look at it. that, my friends, is my new decorating rule. what in your home makes your heart happy every time you see it?
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