When we were brainstorming and deciding what Paige wanted we soon figured out that the theme was all about light. The colors were deep fall colors which gave us lots of flexibility. The reception was held in another friends beautiful back yard. Paige's dad was in charge of the canopy of white lights over the entire yard and another crew wrapped all the tree trunks with white lights. Diana and I for months had gathered clear glassware that were filled with candles and hung from all the branches in the trees. That was a job all by itself to hang all the glassware. My favorite was the cut glass punch cups.
The centerpieces were branches in a large hurricane vase filled with rice. Hanging from each centerpiece branch were several pictures of the couple, cards with phrases or quotes, crystals, pearls and tea lights wrapped in ribbon and tulle. Inside the vase we slipped more photos held up by the rice. The entire arrangement was nestled in a ring of roses. I must say we were happy with how they came together.
Entry - The guest book table we placed under this huge tree (also with all the glassware/tea lights hanging from the branches). Notice the chandelier (one of 5 we used) and window hanging from the tree. We put pictures of the couple in the panes of the window. We lined the walkway with candle filled hurricane vases wrapped with tulle and ribbon.
Gate - We wanted to camouflage the side gate, so we made this huge drape and topped it with another chandelier.
Food tables - Don't you love this patio with the fireplace! We put candles and assorted fall sprays on the ledges.....loved it and it was probably the easiest part of the whole things. In front of the fireplace was all the food tables. Paige wanted something different and they decided to serve cookies. I must say that at first I didn't think cookies would look that grand or wonderful. I was so wrong, Joan and another friend made ALL the cookies themselves. These were not just your typical cookies, they were all dusted with gold, dipped in chocolate or just beautifully presented. Everyone LOVED it....it was so different and fun, which is exactly what Paige wanted.
Okay, I must say we were pleased with how everything came out. All the little lights and candles were gorgeous and they best way to describe it was magical.
Thanks to Kathy, the photographer (...and also my very talented daughter in law) for the wedding photos. She is simply fabulous!....check out her blog here.