Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Homemade Wedding Homestead-Style: All The Little Details

Yes, I'm finally getting back to the wedding posts. I was hoping to finish before our anniversary, but Hawaii commandeered my brain in the weeks before (and after) the trip.

Also, the yard project will soon be hitting stands, as the pictures have finally been processed and uploaded.

You all still with me?? Anyone black out for a minute there??

Goodness knows I almost did when I typed those words.


Now, onto the good stuff!

When planning weddings, brides/planners seem to OBSESS over the details. Details are a double-edged sword (in my opinion). They can make or break the event, but they can also make or break the bride/planner. Like every other aspect of our wedding, there were some details that were very important to me and others I couldn't have cared less about.

I'll start with the flowers. A family friend designed/arranged all the flower pieces for me. She did a flippin AMAZING job. The flowers came out EXACTLY like I wanted them to, but hadn't been able to clearly articulate. I had a very specific vision for the flowers; I wanted a very particular feel. However, I didn't care at all what actual flowers were used. Here's what she came up with:

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My bouquet, which you've all seen before.

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Maid of Honor's bouquet, same as mine only smaller, also tied with raffia.

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Cowboy H's bout, with a bit of raffia to tie in with my bouquet.

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Reception table centerpieces, again raffia.

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This metal "basket" already hung on this gate at the reception location. The gate marks the way to the barn. My florists filled it with this killer arrangement.

This old butter churn was found in my mother's kitchen; we didn't know exactly what we were going to do with it, but knew it needed to be part of an arrangement!
Photo by my cousin, Joelle.

I was very fortunate that my venue came with tons of cool details that completely added to the feel of our wedding. Here are a few of them:

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Wagon wheel chandeliers.

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An old door turned into a mirror hanging behind the bar displaying our names on playing cards.

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Non-alchoholic drinks in glass servers stationed on an old dresser with white string lights hanging behind.

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A handmade sign nailed to a piece of old farm equipment pointing the way.

There were also a few other details that I had my mind set on.

The baby photo boards:

Photo by my friend, Katie.

The handmade (by me!) signs:

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My beloved Menu board (also made by me). This is going in our backyard once we get our BBQ pit made.

Photo by my friend, Lauren.

My "Mr & Mrs" chair signs:

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And last but not least, my FAVORITE detail of all:

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Our horseshoe wedding favors. Did you read the tag? Yes, they all really were from Smoke Tree Stables, and yes, they all really were used. We had to hammer the nails out of and straighten every single one.

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So worth it. People loved them. I loved them. Cowboy H loved them… because they were free!

Up Next: One last photo shoot! (The end is finally here!)

If you missed anything, catch up here.

Unless otherwise noted, all photography credit goes to the always rockin' Applemoon Photography!


  1. So nice to see you back! I loved seeing these. And I even went back and enjoyed many again! Being a cake decorator, I deliver to many wedding venues, and get to see sooo many themes and decors. I'm not joking when I say your's is one of the neatest and most original I've ever seen! I love all the personal touches.

  2. I love all these details! Makes me want to renew my vows!!! Just beautiful!

  3. have also been ...AWL!!! I can't remember when I last posted...too many grandchildren ;) Hay thanks for the photo of Cowboy H's saddle...I love it!!!

  4. Ok Mama H! Where ARE you????? You've been gone a long time now. I know you have a new job and all but gosh we miss your posts!

  5. How can I order the horseshoe favors. I am doing a western wedding in a barn and this would be ideal.

    1. How can I order horseshoe favors. I am also doing a rustic outdoor country wedding thanks.

  6. You my dear are talented..... What a beautiful day for a beautiful bride....

    The horseshoe favor is just perfect.

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