So I have posted a few little things on here leading up to my wedding but here are the final images.
Our wedding was actually an anniversary party because we got legally hitched early [yay for health insurance coverage!].
The inspiration for the wedding all started with the ring. Mr. Silvana is wonderful and knew I wanted a say in the single item I would wear every day of my future life so he proposed with a $10 costume ring from Wal-Mart so I could pick something of my own. I of course was not happy just PICKING something out and had to design and have it made.
I used a wonderful woman based out of California and she made me my dream ring. LaurieSarahDesigns
on etsy. Look her up! The most awesome part of the whole thing was she is benefiting from my design! She asked permission to reuse it and has multiple orders in her shop right now for remakes of my ring.
Next came my theme. I love birds! I have been collecting bird cages even before the proposal and they were instantly my decor of choice.
I painted all the cages copper to match my rose gold ring... I know cheesy! Then I made little nests out of $ store moss. The runners are torn strips of quilters cotton. Cheaper than ribbon and available it a wider range of colors! This was not crafty but we used vintage china from every thrift store in town to eat off of.
I also made a little nest cake topper. Also all from $ store items.
My wonderful sister in law made the pretty little cake [its tiny cause we had traditional Portuguese flan for desert as well.]
Next I made a little photobooth setup for guests to play with. I printed and constructed about 10 masks and 4 mustaches as well as a gathering of more $ store props [hats, flower clips, wings]. Then I made a backdrop from super cute fabric and borrowed a camera that uses a remote for the shots.
That was it for decor because we were lucky enough to have a beautiful [and FREE] venue to use that did not need alot of embellishment.
The bird theme also spilled into my invites and guest book.
The guest book was little comment cards that we set at each plate so that guests could leave us a personal message.
Then came our attire.
Mr. Silvana's suit was not home made [although I was THIS close to making it cause I REALLY wanted seersucker] I found it for cheapy on Overstock.com. I did make his pocket square though.
I made/altered all of my clothing and accessories minus my hair pieces which I friend got me as a gift.
My dress was a scary prom dress that I tore apart and rebuilt. The shoes I dyed and altered and my bracelet I refashioned from broken costume jewelry.
Here are the original spost for my dress
And because that was not enough photos have some more!
I am sooooo lucky to have generous and talented friends. The food was done by a friend who is a fabulous caterer at cost, the photos were done by my brother in law for pennies, my hair was free and perfect, and the location as I said was free as were the tables and chairs which the home owner had on hand.
Overall we spent less on the ENTIRE wedding that the average bride spends on a wedding gown. How sweet is that?