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« on: August 12, 2007 02:19:52 PM »

We had a July garden wedding in a zoo. Nearly all of our decor and paper products were DIY, and I thought I'd share the finished products here. Our primary colors/motifs were turquoise and green, peacock feathers, and zebra print.

Ceremony Program - trifold, printed on standard computer paper, rhinestone on cover

Boutonierre - peacock feather + three sprigs of fresh lavendar, wrapped in pool-colored ribbon

Flower girl bouquet - sunflowers + green filler

Bridesmaid bouquets - assembled the day before from Farmer's Market flower finds, $7 total for each bouquet

Napkin rings - made from paper, 4x1.5 inch printed with zebra pattern, secured with double sided tape

Ribbon board with seating cards

Seating cards - each guest received a button designed for them based on their interests or inside jokes

Vellum-wrapped candles - printed zebra pattern onto adhesive vellum and wrapped candles throughout reception

Vow display

Wishing-well guestbook

Centerpieces - also made from Farmer's Market flowers the day before. Each bouquet in the center cost between $7-$10, and each center bouquet was flocked by two smaller vases with flowers and peacock feathers, $3 ea.

Table names - tables were named after animals at the zoo, represented by full color photos

All photos by Rathbone Images.


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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2007 02:23:27 PM »

wow!  everything was just beautiful!

congrats, and great job!!

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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007 03:42:42 PM »

Lovvvely pieces!

I really like your color and motif.  Everything just fit together so well.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2007 04:07:59 PM »


Very unique & elegant.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007 04:11:13 PM »

Oh wow! I love the peacock bout!
I never thought to do that... Maybe I'll steal the idea, if you don't mind Smiley Where'd you get the feather? Is it real?
Also, I was thinking of doing the same thing with the placecards! I can't remember where I got the idea from though.
Were the pics diy or did you have a professional? I really like a lot of em

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007 05:15:30 PM »

Thanks for your comments! For the person who asked, the photos are all professional photos from the wonderful Rathbone Images.

As for the peacock bouts:

We bought packages of real peacock feathers from Oriental Trading Company (www.orientaltrading.com) -- 24 feathers for $7.95. The bouts were super simple to make, and we were able to make them in advance and save them as a keepsake since they don't degrade as quickly as cut flowers do.

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2007 07:38:12 PM »

Everything looks so coordinated and beautifully executed!  WAY TO GO! :-)
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2007 07:53:56 PM »

Gorgeous, very elegant. I love the personalized placecard buttons, that is wonderful. I wanted to do buttons so badly, but just ran out of time and $$. You did a wonderfully thoughtful thing, and guests will always remember your wedding when they see the button you made them. LOVE the brown and blue, so rich. Great job.

Just wondering what it was like getting married in the zoo. How were you situated for the ceremony and reception? Were your guests able to wander the animal exhibits, etc. Sounds really whimsical.

« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2007 08:03:15 PM »


I love your photos. Everything looks like it came together so well and I love the bright green you used throughout.

why did you decide to get married at a zoo? how did all that work exactly? i'm just curious. it sounds like such a neat idea.


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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2007 09:05:08 PM »

that is simply amazing ideas and the way everything was put together!

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