please forgive my brief sabbatical, i wanted to keep nana at the top of the page there for a while.
the irish blessing she read at our wedding was one of many personal touches i tried to incorporate into our day. i wanted the wedding to say, even scream, “PETE & KATIE!” i have been to too many weddings that scream,
“Hey, this is actually my parents’ party that just happens to be on our big day!” or
“I like the most generic and trite of decor because I had no idea what else to do!”
and i wanted ours to be a 180 from that bizniss.
so here’s some stuff i put my fingers on:
our cake topper. a friend did the illustration, i ordered the laser cutout on acrylic, and i loved the result! patsy got to be there on our special day, if only in spirit.
our wedding party. hello, ridiculousness. pete had 12 groomsmen, i had 11 attendants (10 bridesmaids, 1 bridesdude). we could not have done this without any of them. especially take absurd pictures.
signage. my nephews carried this particular sign, which i freehanded using a word doc on my laptop and different fonts for inspiration. i could just hear everyone “awwwwwwww”-ing when these two came down the aisle, and they were so dang proud to have this job! i also did signs for our photo booth, candy table, and an Avett Brothers quotation that i thought perfectly fit the day:
“Always remember, there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”
including our bebes. this was pre-finnigan, so these two got to get taken out of camp for a couple of hours to come be with us for our first look and some key pictures. it wouldn’t have been a wedding day without our little boys!
ring pillow. i hand-sewed this ring pillow that never actually carried any rings and was really just for show. my nephew, luke, carried it down the aisle for us though!
my great-grandmother’s handkerchief. my mom’s mom’s mom made this for my mom to carry down the aisle, and i got to carry it too – it has some yellow spots from age but you can’t beat this for “something old.”
our fire axe. purely for show, this was our cake-cutting utensil. it reads “ANDERSON” then the EMS/fire maltese cross, then “EST. 2012”. i love that we will always have the thing we used to cut our cake hanging out on our wall.
centerpieces, table runners, and “chandeliers.” as i went in to previously, i did the chandeliers by hand. we used stitch witchery to make the table runners over an afternoon, and i ordered (and now own, anyone want one?) and arranged all of the centerpieces. i wanted to alternate tall and low centerpieces, so the ones with willow are almost 4′ tall on the tables while the ones with yellow baby’s breath – who knew that existed? – are only about 1′ tall.
my backdrop, as previously discussed. it looked so awesome in all of the pictures! added the perfect touch i had hoped to achieve.
we also designed our own cakes, elected to serve moscato instead of champagne (i’m a sweet wine kinda girl), played some mega-important songs to our various friend groups like “rosanna” by toto and “like a prayer” by madonna, and reused all of the bridesmaid bouquets as centerpieces on our 2-person tables. i’m actually pretty proud of how this turned out, and have to thank my photographers, Pablo Corona Photography, for these beautiful images (which p.s. are copyrighted by me and them!)!