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Friday, November 5, 2010

a fall wedding and decor

hi buds...
life has been SO full as of late and time has flown by so quickly, so...
with out further ado, i'd like to share what i was up to in september as an october 2nd wedding loomed on the horizon.

here are my finished projects that were commissioned by the bride for her bridesmaids as well as decor for the reception.  the bride is a dear friend's daughter, who also happens to be a dear friend of my daughter. (got that?)

 a ralph lauren tablecloth purchased at tjmaxx was partially used for all of the purses, polka dot & muslin for lining, vintage wide wale rust corduroy (from my stash) along with 3 clearanced fabric samples (black check, black stripe and green quilted). large chunky zippers, magnetic catches, and vintage buttons added to the eclectic mix.  the fabric flowers were attached with safety pins so that they were removable.
count them...10 purses-each different with coordinating fabric
(click on pic to enlarge)
next came the table numbers which were influenced by rie at home and harmony (love her style).  i used an ink-jet t-shirt transfer paper, a favorite font that i typed up in my word processor and ironed on the numbers due to a time crunch. 

believe me, the thumb was a bit numb after all that close trimming i did around each number before ironing them onto the tag

i added a small piece of interfacing at the point of the rivet hole to add strength to the burlap.
each of the tags are a double layer that are zig zagged around the edges.  rie helped me with that detail so that the tags were sturdy and would hang nicely.  about 4 feet of jute string was cut for each tag so that it could be wrapped around the neck of the vintage mason jar.
set up -day before wedding 
floral & burlap squares were added to each table for an added punch of color and texture.  two ralph lauren tablecloths were used for the tabletop (and purses) that were purchased at tjmaxx for $19.99 each.   the burlap was purchased at joann fabrics with a 40% off coupon.
wedding day with florists final touches

a centerpiece grouping
topiary centerpiece
full view
 and finally a vintage frame takes on a new look as a chalkboard menu. 
the frame was a sweet $1 purchase at a yard sale. 
it was originally an antique gold but i dry brushed it with apple barrel goose feather craft paint.  mr. 1829 cut a piece of luan to fit inside the frame, which i painted with chalkboard paint.  the burlap wire-edge ribbon was from ballard designs (purchased after the holidays last year).  my son's gf helped out by writing out the menu so i could finish the sewing. 
we used a vintage wood art easel to display the menu.

frame before and after dry brushing
(center frame pic is true before color)
chalkboard menu
i will leave you with some pics from the wedding reception which was held in a carriage barn built in 1809.  it was such a gorgeous setting for a wedding. 

taken the afternoon before - centerpieces still to be added
fresh flowers adorn the simple but beautiful cake

where does your garden grow (or is it go)?
entrance to the carriage barn at frog pond
a peek inside

fall decor

the bed and breakfast
(part of the rental package is an overnight stay)

sorry for the delay in my postings...
my dad has been in hospital, rehab and now home but with many issues for my
family to deal with since september.  we are all fatigued, to say the least, but blessed that he is getting better and still with us.

have a wonderful fall weekend


  1. Wow Judi, it all looks SOOOOO good! It's just beautiful. And I'm tickled pink that you used the burlap tag idea! Do you have any photos of the inside with the centerpieces? That carriage house is gorgeous. The chalkboard is such a creative way to post the menu Love it!

  2. it looks just beautiful and so cozy and quaint. the cake is stunning, too!

  3. How lovely...I'm going back to study it some more! Lezlee


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