Wedding Wednesday ~ Sara & Andy

   

Date: October 23, 2009
Location: St. Louis, MO
Theme: Personalized with a pop of purple and pink
Bridal Party: 7 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen
Number of Guests: 190

I was so inspired reading Sara and Andy’s story. It just goes to show, you never know at first where something will go! Here is a look back in her own words…

“We met through work when we were both 18 (him) & 20 (me). My mother was trying to hook me up with his best friend, and we had NOTHING in common! That is how I met Andy 🙂 We were arguing over who was a better basketball player and he matched me to a game of “Horse”. Of course I won and he took me out to a dinner and a movie. It wasn’t a good date at all! I’m surprised I gave him another chance. We both eventually hung out again and started dating. We moved in with each other 3 years ago and he proposed to me right before our 4 year anniversary on a carriage ride.”

I have to admit that I have never personally been a fan of purple but Sara found some beautiful ways to incorporate a sophisticated and elegant hue that made it look good! Now I am second guessing my opinion! 

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Sara had a blast creating some amazing DIY projects to personalize their wedding. As you can see, she did an amazing job! Her DIY touches were crafty, sophisticated and added amazing pops of color. 

Candy buffets are becoming very popular at weddings yet I have never seen two the same because of all the different ways they can be personalized. There are hundreds of jars to choose from and vary in price depending on where you find them. My suggestion is to always check Craigslist first. Many brides choose to sell theirs after the wedding and if you are local you can get them for a steal. That is where Sara found her’s. You can also find a great variety at stores ranging from Pier One all the way to The Dollar Tree depending on your budget. You can use bags, boxes or canisters for your guests to collect their stash and don’t even get me started on the variety of candy that is out there. You can order specific colors, shapes and sizes! Sara used Chinese take-out boxes, made individual labels on card stock for each candy and tied them to the jars with ribbon from Hobby Lobby. 

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Sara made their card box to resemble gifts. I have never seen this before, definitely Pin worthy on Pinterest in my opinion! It is such a great way to discretely organize all of your cards on the gift table. Sara found the wrapping paper and ribbon for this project at Hobby Lobby. 
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Small touches like this are one of the many reasons I love DIY. Sara made these adorable reserved signs that were a nice little touch at the ceremony. 
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That’s right brides, Sara even DIYed her shoes! She found the perfect color shoe at Target and then glued broaches on for the extra bling. I think these are simple, fabulous and looked great with her dress. 

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Sara took old cardboard and covered them in fabric to make the place card holders. She tied ribbon around the cardboard in rows to hold the individual place cards.  
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Sara decided to make simple yet elegant programs for their ceremony. Music was very important to Sara and she was thrilled when she found a string quartet that could play some of her favorite songs like “Wonderful Tonight”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “God Bless The Broken Road” and “Stand By Me” She walked down the aisle to “All I Ask Of You” from Phantom of The Opera and their recessional was “Forever” by Chris Brown.

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Sara wanted to make sure her guests knew what delicious food they had in store for them. She used her own computer to print up these menu cards that fit perfectly with her theme.

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Sara really enjoyed putting together the gifts for her bridesmaids. Some of the DIY gifts included personalized shot glasses she decorated with glass paint markers and rhinestones. 
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Sarah also shared a little of what life was like in the days leading up to her wedding. I found her story to be very inspiring because all brides want that perfect day. We can plan for months or years and sometimes, something doesn’t go the way it was planned. Sara did an amazing job overcoming unexpected news and still found a way to enjoy her day.

“The week of our wedding we found out my grandpa passed away and everything came to a halt. I realized that one’s perspective can really change after something like that. I was heartbroken, as was my family, but we knew my grandpa would have wanted us to keep our heads up and have a good time at our wedding. It’s funny when you think of things your stressed and worried about, like getting a zit or wondering if all the things you worked for will go accordingly. You learn to appreciate life and the moment of things. We saved a spot for him at both the ceremony and reception with a straw hat. He always joked that he would come to the wedding wearing overalls and a straw hat, and drive by carriage with donkeys pulling us (he was really country and owned donkeys).”


When asked to reflect on her day, this is what Sara said.

“The day of the wedding went awesome. It decided to be super windy and cold, so we didn’t get many outside photos! The ceremony was beautiful at sunset. The church was packed. During the ceremony, my cousins that were coming from KY were super late. They walked through the “front” doors (which really were the back doors in the church). The door ended up being unlocked and they opened the doors (right were we were standing for our vows) in the middle of the ceremony. It didn’t bother me and I think it actually helped the mood 🙂 The reception was a blast and we were on the dance floor all night long!”
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Like Sarah’s taste? Check out her on Pinterest. With over 4,000 pins, she is a pro!

Interested in having your wedding showcased on a Wedding Wednesday? Contact me for more information. I am looking for all kinds of wedding themes, venues, locations, budgets and level of DIY projects. Didn’t have much of a DIY wedding? Don’t worry at all! This is about inspiration and every wedding has the ability to inspire other brides! 


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