Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wedding Crafts and Projects with Love

The Things We Made, Wedding Crafts and Projects with Love

It is difficult to know where to start this blog post. Each one of the craft projects was a labor of love and provided a custom detail. While most people do not notice all the details that go into a wedding, the big picture is important and each one of the details helps paint an overall picture that guest take away with them after all the food is eaten, cake is cut and toast are made.

Our big picture was a laid back rustic California summer wedding, with yellow and green as our theme colors. Though, it was hardly monochromatic. Guest wore fun colored sundresses and light suits (minus the jacket in most cases). To start the party off, guests were greeted with iced tea and lemonade, ivory Chinese paper parasols and fans that doubled as programs. The day then sauntered into the night on the grounds of the original Conejo Valley Stagecoach Inn built in 1876, preserved and curated by the Historical Society.  

Here are the details about some of the details; our craft projects that brought us around the kitchen table to chat and day dream about how fun our wedding was going to be.

Here Comes the Bride Sign ~ green and rustic with a knotted piece of wood carried by Kira and Titus down the aisle. The fabric was sewn to create a loop for the piece of wood to slide through, hemmed, with a custom flower pouch on the back for rose petals, with the letters cut and glued on the front of the banner. Made by Bruce and Sharon

Wedding Program Fans ~ on yellow and ivory card stock with a sweet green or yellow ribbon accent giving guest information about the ceremony and reception and doubling as a fan on a hot day. Using a template created in Word with text boxes we let people know everyone's name participating in the ceremony and fun things to do during the reception like take a tour of the museum or play a game of bocce ball. Made by Sharon and me.

Wedding Tree Guest Book ~ with yellow and green blended leaves made with a sweet potatoes stamp on French Conson Montval acrylic paper signed by our guest with notes of love, framed and then hung over our mantel. The tree and love birds were drawn and painted by my mom, Philleen. Then I added the leaves and final touches.

Dinner Menus ~ made on simple green card stock for guest to know what was in store for them. Similar to the wedding program fan, it is helpful to let guest know what to expect. These were created simply on Word with an inserted rectangle shape and a text box.

Bridal Hair Comb ~ since I didn't wear a veil, it was a nice touch to make my wedding look extra special. Sharon has fortunately had experience making veils and combs. She skillfully arranged some ivory flowers with yellow accents and green leaves to a simple clear 2 1/2 inch hair comb with a hot glue gun.

BC Cake Topper ~ in yellow and green and matching our B + C theme carried over from the invites and dinner menus. This was a real piece of cleaver art. Taking a green plastic margarita glass filled with plaster of Paris, with silk flowers sprouting out of the center then embellished with a BC heart and flowing ribbon. While this was originally intended to be a cake topper we wanted it displayed for more of the party than just before the pie was served, thus it ended up as decoration on the escort card table. Made by Bruce and Sharon


Love Blooms Party Favors ~ gift bags with a gladiola bulb and planting instructions painted with yellow and green adorned with a photo strip. White sandwich bags purchase on Amazon. Painted with green and yellow acrylic paint, then the words Love Blooms hand written in cursive over the painted strips. Then a photo strip I made from our engagement photos draped down the center of the bag clipped on with Cavallini Italian circular paper clip (also purchased on Amazon).  For this craft project the photos were taken by Jeanne, I made the photo strip, painted and written by Philleen and then assembled by Sharon.

Card Suitcase Acorn Sign ~ a green acorn sign spelling out the word CARDS letting guest know where to place their cards strung on braided twine across a simple vintage suitcase, decorated with silk flowers and yellow ribbon. Made by Sharon

    Photo Strip ~ Attached to our Love Blooms party favors, made from our engagement photos. The photos were simply cropped and assembled in a strip using Paint. I painted the sign quickly on a piece of drafting paper with watercolor paint. 

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