It's finally over!
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved our wedding and am loving the married life, but WOW was it a big undertaking. And I had a relatively simple one with less than 50 guests.
We DIY-ed a huge chunk of it -- the food, the cake, some of the attendants' clothes -- partly out of money concerns, partly because I had really specific ideas on what I wanted and I wasn't willing to outsource it to someone who couldn't see into my head ;-)
I've got some pictures now, but a lot of the detail shots haven't come back. I'll update when they do. Enjoy!
Our cake and the "topper". Mr. Awesome_Pants made the cake the night before, with help from his sister-in-law and a groomsman. Three layers -- 10", 8", and 6" -- all frosted in white buttercream and decorated with sugared strawberries and blueberries. The bottom tiers were white cake and the top was chocolate, just for me
Don't ask for a recipe -- it was from a box, but nobody knew hahaha. Also, we cut the cake with a medieval replica dagger
The little castle was made by a good friend of mine who is an artistic genius. The frame is sanded wood and all the details are made of painted polymer clay. She said it took her ages to get it just right, and I absolutely loved it.
All of my lovely ladies lined up before the ceremony. I made them ribbon rose bouquets in purple and white to complement the emerald dresses. I was originally going to make coffee filter roses since one girl is severely allergic to real flowers, but those didn't turn out, so I started rolling ribbons. Those bouquets were one of my favorite details, and they were so cheap and easy to make. I spent about $15 on styrofoam cones from Michael's, $2 on corsage pins, $5 on floral wire, $7 on wire cutters, and another $5-$7 on ribbon from Wal-Mart. I made them all slightly different in the way the flowers were arranged. To cover up the styrofoam I used lace from my mother's wedding dress
Three of the dresses were also handmade. The two girls on the far left bought dresses from shops, I made the one in the middle, the redhead's dress was ordered from a designer on Yardsellr, and my grandmother made the last dress for my sister/maid of honor. That dress turned out spectacular, but the one I made was sorta "ehn." I finished it at about 12:30 the day of for a 4:30 ceremony, and had to improvise on the back. I had an elastic band to give the bodice more definition and a gathered back, but all my stitches popped as I was trying to sew on the lace shoulder straps...so I had to change it up and make a big lace bow in the back.
I also made the dress for my older flowergirl. I found an old 80s-ish one at a yardsale; the bodice was covered in lace and the sleeves were kinda puffy, but I loved the fluffy tulle skirt with petals inside. So, a few days before the wedding I took my seam ripper to it and separated the bodice and the skirt, gave it a waistband of emerald satin, and crafted a matching tube top. With their little baskets and purple rose hair circlets, my flowergirls were ADORABLE!
Here you get a bit better picture of one of the ribbon rose bouquets, plus my bouquet, which was semi-handmade. I LOOOOVE lilies and had to have them for my bridal bouquet, so I ordered one off of 1-800-Flowers. It was delivered on Friday, and with some flower grow powder and a plastic bag, I got them to open by Monday afternoon. I wrapped the stems with a rubberband and then covered it with silver ribbon, then tied on some more lace from my mother's wedding dress.
Our groomsmen wore replica Hand of the King pins from the Game of Thrones HBO series. DH and I both read the series and loved it, so we had to be geeks and do non-traditional bouts. It also went with our medieval theme. DH himself wore a metal crown pin I bought at Michael's with a purple rose attached, and my ringbearer and usher/little bro wore the same crowns.
Overall, it turned out fantastic and I loved it. More pics to come soon!