Friday, August 23, 2013

A Backyard Rustic Wedding

Last weekend my brother-in-law and his bride had a gorgeous day for their wedding! I am not sure if I have ever seen a more perfect weather forecast for the whole week! We spent several days leading up to the wedding decorating the yard. It was exciting to watch everything come together.

Rhett and Kylee got engaged in May, so there wasn't a lot of time to plan and prepare.  They decided to get married in my in-laws backyard and went with a somewhat rustic theme...including a lot of burlap, lace and mason jars.  Their colors were gray and yellow - think sunflower yellow.  We had a couple pinterest boards filled with ideas and realized we would need to focus on a few projects that would have the most impact.  This is what we ended up with...

Wooden Signs: We cut out letters with my cricut, pinned them onto pallet boards and spray painted over them.  They took longer to make than I expected, but they turned out great!  Some of the spray paint was shimmery so it didn't photograph well, but you could easily read them in real life.

Some of the signs helped the guests find their way around...



Some of them lined the path to the ceremony and reception...

And this one was carried (or should I say pulled) down the aisle by my boys! (Too cute!)

The Father of the Bride built the arbor and the aisle runner was burlap and we sewed lace onto the ends...I didn't get a close up picture. 

We spent many hours making yarn balls. After a few fails, we found that a mixture of cornstarch, glue and water worked best...and be sure to grease the balloon with vaseline!  For the bigger balls, we used "punching balloons" because they are round, versus the teardrop shape of a regular balloon.

We also used embroidery hoops to make "fabric chandeliers.  Three of them hung in the middle of the tent surrounded by the yarn balls...

And the rest hung in the tree limbs along the path, like this one.

The bar area turned out so cute! The guys built the bar using pallets and it was decorated with bouquets of sticks and burlap roses and embroidery hoops filled with various fabrics.  The windows sitting on the left listed the drinks that were available.

This arch was to the side of the bar.  We saw something similar on pinterest and asked the guys to take a stab at making one too.

There were both regular tables and picnic tables. We tied twine around the ends of the table to hold the table cloths down.  The centerpiece was a tree cookie and 3 mason jars...one with sunflowers, one with a candle and one with sticks and rocks.  I wish I would have taken another picture after we flipped the plates over...they were purchased from various thrift stores and the variety of patterns and colors was so fun!

The food was served from the basement of the house so we added a few decorations to the porch.  This old wooden ladder got spruced up with left over decorations from other areas. 

And the other side had a cute lantern and a giant tree cookie. 

They used their picnic basket as a card box. 

 Cow bells to ring for a kiss 

 This was part of the guest book table decor...a stick bouquet on a tree cookie.

There were several garlands (made from lace, burlap and various other fabrics) that were hung is a few areas too.

Such a fun day, well actually it was a fun week! Oh, and I should probably share a family picture from the day! (The boys are at an age were suckers are a necessity if you want them to cooperate for more than 2 minutes!) Quite a good looking group, don't you think!?!

I am planning to write a post about my dress as well. It was a $4 Salvation Army find, the color was perfect for my Element, but it had silly sleeves so I reworked it.

Enjoy the weekend!
~Anika

1 comment:

Caregiver said...
This comment has been removed by the author.