Well Well Well…
It’s Wedding Wednesday around here.
My oldest daughter will be married This. Very. Weekend. In Four Days!
In the midst of that, my newly engaged middle daughter is here from Las Vegas for the festivities. We’ll be spending a good part of today – yes today - looking at reception venues for her wedding next spring! Whewww!
My youngest daughter – my baby bird – was married last summer.
It’s just plain fun and sweet to see their individual personalities shine through and influence their decisions and myriad of details.
Between showers and weddings and planning and DIY-ing I’ve got enough material to keep me quite productive on this here blog. I could easily (um – if time allowed) fill another one ~ dedicated to all things weddings.
Ohhh how I love them.
Since I wasn’t part of the blogosphere last year I’m going to take a little looky back to the wedding of my daughter Victoria Olander to Brian Wallin on August 18, 2012. It would be a shame not to add it to the chronicles…
Ain’t they purty?
Dresses on the Barn
Her bridal bouquet was an absolute knock-out made with three big white ”Dinner Plate” dahlias, sedum and white calladium. We attempted to grow our own dahlias but sadly that didn’t work out. We were scrambling up until two days before and were thrilled to finally get our hands on some.
We’re BIG into Do-It-Yourself details. I’d never made a boutonniere in my life until I made these woodland ones here. They contained billyballs, dusty miller, feathers and even spun cotton toadstools from Germany (purchased on Etsy). The little flags were just there to differentiate them prior to the ceremony – not perfect but cute – hah?
The Bride’s Navy Shoes
The entire bridal party & some spouses (22 of us in all) spent the night before the wedding on the property. Phil & I were up cooking after midnight and heard something thunderous happening upstairs. It turned out the guys were practicing a special dance for the reception while watching a youtube video. The girls slept next door on my Mom’s side of the house.
watching a tie-tying tutorial via the cellphone
rings ready & waiting (on a branch table made by Mr. Hungry)
So have you people heard of “THE FIRST LOOK”? Prior to the wedding, I personally hadn’t. It’s becoming more and more popular now. So much for hiding from the groom before walking down the aisle. The First Look is a moment arranged for the couple to see each other in their finery for the first time prior to the ceremony. This enables more photo opportunities & saves time between the service and reception. I do say it’s practical.
The big apple tree in our field was the meeting spot for “The First Look”.
heading back up to the house
time to get going
The proud Papa looking on. How SWEET is that?
The Holy Matrimony Banner was crafted by Mr. Hungry and lettered by Yours Truly. It will be used again this Saturday for the next family wedding.
The very artful and unique program was drawn & designed by a friend of the happy couple.
Not one – But Two Maids of Honor. How could you pick just one? And although they look like twinsies, they were actually born a year and four days apart. The wheat sheaves are a nod to our Swedish heritage.
It was a privilege to participate in a family prayer of blessing. Ohh how I’ve prayed & prayed for my girls over the years. This one held a whole new world of meaning.
The groomsmen, including the groom’s brother Zach Wallin, provided music for the ceremony. I wish I had a video for you. These guys were PROS.
The couple planted a tree together to symbolize the putting down of roots in their relationship, continued growth, longevity and unity. We forgot to fill the watering can. They were good fakers. In case you’re wondering, it was a small fiddle fig tree.
Pastor Judy Peterson officiated the ceremony. They became close to her while attending North Park University in Chicago, where she serves as the campus pastor.
The couple went back into the church following the recessional to greet guests and let them out row by row before making their exit.
Do you not love the little flag-waving snail in the corner?
Sisters, cousins of the bride & junior maids, carried bouquets of billyballs wrapped in burlap.
Brian is a rock solid member of this family now. How happy we are to welcome him in.
A quick change-up before heading to the reception.
Four rows of rectangular tables end to end filled the reception hall. Woodland touches gathered or crafted by the family included sage green burlap runners, wood slice pedestals from our yard, rocks covered with sewn-on crocheted doilies, porcelain woodland animals, deer antlers and rosemary sprigs tucked into napkins. White vases held a variety of florals and greenery from our property.
simple rock stands held table assignments
We were crazy enough to take on making the appetizer spread and Scandinavian dessert table, including the wedding cake. We left the main entree to the caterer.
Lobster Smothered Brie
The maids toast the bridal couple.
The father-daughter dance song was a most unique and special song to us – Cosi Celeste – sung in 3 different languages. Euro-Pop star Zucchero sings with Algerian Cheb Mami, combining Italian & Algerian along with a single line repeated in English ~ “She’s My Baby”.
The bride presents her bouquet to the couple who’d been married the longest. Note how she changed up her hair and jewelry between the ceremony and the reception.
parents of the groom
Two deer stood in the moss atop the homemade wedding cake topper. This is one of many inspiring ideas we found on Pinterest. Do I dare say I glued them firmly in place so that a certain someone wouldn’t move them into compromising positions? Hey – we are who we are. Oh Boy, did I really just say that?
Swedish Cardamom Butterhorns
Doin’ The Wobble
late night dance practice paid off
These LOVE BIRDS just celebrated their one year anniversary a couple of weeks ago. I love the Swedish quote in this sign, which translates to
“Together We Are Better”
Here’s to MANY MANY more ~ dear precious ones!
The very talented photographers from Boro Creative Visions came from New Hampshire to Connecticut and will be back with us again this weekend. http://borophotos.com/
Stay Tuned for more wedding festivities just ahead in the Olander household!
I’m sure I’ve broken every unwritten rule on how long a blog post should be.
I’ve got to get going now on those last minute assignments and projects to finish up for the weekend. I’ll have plenty to share with you in the near future.
One down and Two to go!
Church: Talcottville Community Church – Vernon, Connecticut
Catering & Reception Facility: The Old Country Caterers – Enfield, Connecticut