Hello all! I have not been on in ages it seems like. But I have a good excuse. I spent my entire summer crafting for my wedding and I finally have the pics to share! I am so thrilled with how everything turned out and how the day went. I got married on September 25th, 2010 this year. I wanted an October wedding, but I also wanted an outside ceremony and reception, so I compromised for the last weekend of September. My theme started as Victorian/Gothic, which somehow turned into Alice in Wonderland, which somehow turned into Halloween in Wonderland and then by the time it was all said and done, it was basically a "Spooky Pooky/Alexz" theme. Just everything I love. Stay with me, I have A LOT to show you all!
First, this is us! Just so you know who got married.
First off, this wedding was almost 100% handmade, by mostly me, but many other brilliant artists contributed. Namely, my dad. The entrance and surroundings:The Tree
Okay, so the tree. This is amazing. My dad is an artist and an amazing one at that. He built me a few things for the wedding, but this is the most amazing thing of all. When I told him I was doing an Alice in Wonderland theme and asked if he could make me some things inspired by it, I never expected this. This tree was built entirely out of sheet metal. He cut and burned the pieces and welded them together piece by piece. It is seriously amazing. It stands about 15 feet tall.
Recognize that Cheshire Cat? Lanikin's made it for me! He was so prefect for that tree! Each branch looked like a hand pointing in different directions. There were five total signs: Ceremony, Reception, This Way, That Way, and "You must be this tall to wed."
The "This Tall..." branch had a rope tied to it with a rock tied at the bottom to pull the branch down. I had a woman tell me I was too little to get married but I was old enough so it became a running joke. We wanted to make it look like I was cheating in order to get married.
Complete with a little door!Our guest book table:
I made my guest book more in a yearbook style. I did 30 different digital layouts using our engagement photos, our wedding colors, and quotes from our favorite songs and other significant things in our relationship, laying them out every other page so people could sign the blank page.Inside the Depot:
The wedding was held at a train depot and the entrance/lobby had some display cases with old train models and such. I covered them with Alice inspired decoration and just my personal favorite things.
(What would Spooky Pooky's wedding be without yetis, -my trademark!- ??!!)
I also made my trademark Pumpkin Head Dolls for the Occasion.
And then I made some plush to match me and the groom.
I did not want to do traditional programs...all that money to make and print them when people just throw them away after the wedding?! No way. So I made a program to place at the entrance of the depot. I themed it to Wonderland, replacing titles with Alice themed ones. It is hard to see what it says since the pictures get sized down so much, but here is a basic rundown.
Queen Of Hearts = Maid of Honor
Adventuresses = Bridesmaids
Fairy Nymphs = Flower and Ring Girls
White Knight = Groom
Alexz in Wonderland = Bride
Officiant Mad Hatter = Pastor
Knave of Hearts = Best Man
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum = Twin Groomsmen
White Rabbit = Groomsman
And a painting I did for the lobby:
Gifts were made for the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and I also made a Pumpkin Head for my photographer as a thank you. If you are still here, thank you! I am sorry there are SO MANY IMAGES!! Almost done!
As I mentioned, many artists contributed to the wedding, including many Craftster members! I did personal Swaps with many of my craftster buddies and they all made me the most amazing things. Craftster really did change my life and it was important to me that my friends were "present" at the wedding. I wanted them to be represented through the means that brought us together. Some of the gifts were tied into the Alice/Halloween theme, and some were just things made to my tastes and likings, but they were all purple and orange and came together amazingly.
My brother, also awesome, built me this wonky shelf inspired by Beetlejuice to display it all! I made the sign, and also a description sign explaining what Craftster is and how important it is to me and my life. I also made little ID cards with each person's picture and placed it with their art.
The cake was a gift made by a family friend, and the toppers were made by FoxyBlue!
Candy Buffet! Om Noms!More Outside Pics
My Dad made this Mad Hatter hat for me to sit on our table. Also, made out of sheet metal. It is HUGE! He rocks.
I spent months tracking down birdcages at thrift stores for centerpieces. No two centerpieces were alike. I painted them black and aged them and then added purple and orange flowers and black feathers and also used teacups and teapots and some tables had fall leaves, others had pumpkins, etc. I used lace table runners/table cloths to give it a more Victorian feel.
Again, my dad just rocks. He also made us a trellis to stand under during the ceremony, inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Pictures do not do all the things he made justice. It is so spectacular in person and the rocks glisten in the sun because he used black flocking powder.
(Trains are inevitable at a wedding if you get married at a Train Depot, FYI
)Attire and the rest of the stuff!
I bought purple shoes and then decorated them to match. (I also did the same with flats for later in the night.)
The garter was made by a friend for me and it matched the ring pillow. I bought the yeti charm on Etsy.
And how cute are these flower girls?! I just love these twins. These are my cousins daughters and they were quite the scene stealers. I bought orange fairy wings and decorated them myself. I also decorated their flower pumpkin basket to match everything else.
MadGypsy made me this amazing top hat, that by sheer coincidence was made with the exact same fabric used for the ring pillow and garter!Some Final Pictures:
I made the bridesmaids bouquets, but unfortunately I do not have a close up shot.
I was in love with my bouquet, done by a local florist:
Thanks for bearing with me through all of that if you made it through that ridiculously long post! Sorry for so many pictures! I just was so excited to finally share it all! Thanks for looking!