My fiance and I are planning a small wedding with friends and family in Fort Worth, Texas
The stone in my engagement ring is from the engagement ring my father gave my mother in 1965!
We had it reset into this gold filligree setting with millgrain beading. It has a matching wedding band too!
A few pictures I put together for an inspiration board....
The beautiful chapel where the ceremony will be. The architect E. Fay Jones was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The room where we will have our reception, it rocks!
My color choice is a little bit unusual, but will be a unique and pretty contrast....Apple red and blush peach with a few bright green accents. Red is the only color that all of my bridesmaids like and wear.....and I added the peach because it's always been a favorite of mine......
I got my beautiful Justin Alexander dress off of Ebay for a fraction of what it originally cost!
My bridesmaids will be wearing DB style 8585 in "Apple" with red lace boleros to match. These are close to the BM bouquets, without the brown monkey tails.
This is the inspiration for the reception flowers....peach, ivory and red roses with peach stock, green hydrangeas, and peach or green cymbidium orchids.
My centerpieces will be shaped like this one with 6 low and 4 high. The 4 high centerpieces will be similar but
have orchid "trees" coming out of the top like below.
We've decided to cut our flower costs, so I found an alternative centerpiece that I think will go great in our venue. We will use these gothic arch iron candle holders with candles and put 3 roses on each corner and some greenery.
Here is my first centerpiece trial:
I bought these bottles of "Texas Champagne" (hotsauce) and made these tags to attach with coral ribbon. The picture was taken with "Pecos Bill" a fixture downtown in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The tag says "The Champagne is on us!" I mailed them in these white mailing boxes with shred.....
The save-the-dates tie in with our wedding, as our favors will be tiny bottles of real Texas champagne from a local winery with our custom printed label. They will serve double duty as our escort cards.
I printed the guests names on cardstock and punched out with a star punch:
These were expensive and complicated to do, if I had to do it again, I probably would have picked a simpler design. I was happy with how they turned out though!
Pocketfolds and envelopes in Candy Apple Red from Cardsandpockets.com
Envelopes lined with peach Thai silk
Patterned paper-Anna Griffin
Flourish Stamp, peach, green, ivory card stock -Stampin Up
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
We are having a rehearsal "luncheon" since our rehearsal is so late at the chapel. It's at a local steakhouse in the historic Stockyards in downtown Fort Worth. At 4:00pm there is a real catlle drive right down the street, great for the out of towners!
Here are my rehearsal dinner invites I whipped up:
My cake will be 4 tiers in a blush peach color with white "lace" over all 4 tiers........I'm thinking about putting a rhinestone "G" on the top with ivory, peach and green flowers....
My Rhinestone "G" came in from weddingfactorydirect and wow is it beautiful! Very classy looking, I was so pleased to see that it wasn't cheap in quality despite the cheap price!
I don't have a picture of my bouquet uploaded...but these are close...I would like ivory and peach flowers with just a little touch of red. My flowers will be paler than the bridesmaids. I would like to include roses, hyrdrangea, stock, cymbidium orchids and gardenias (LOVE THEM!) in my bouquet.
I'd like to add these beautiful hibiscus flowers to our champagne for something special for the toast....from
I really like these for makeup inspiration........the coloring matches mine.....but for a more dramatic look I could go with something like this:
Update, I had a makeup trial done by Sephora and this was the result. I wanted to try the "Smashbox" brand makeup and I was very happy with the outcome! Excuse the pained expression on my face though, I was sick when this picture was taken!
Wedding Chapel- Marty Leonard Chapel, Fort Worth www.martyleonardchapel.org
Reception- Joe T. Garcia's restaurant, Fort Worth www.joets.com
Cake-Charonel Designs- www.charoneldesigns.com
Photography- Juliana Studios www.julianastudios.com
Flowers- Central Market
Alterations- Becky Fowler Distinctive Brides
Makeup Trial-Sephora Galleria Mall
Invitation Pocket Folds- Cards and Pockets.com
Rhinestone Cake Topper- WeddingFactoryDirect.com
I'm posting these because I don't want to lose them:
I bought beautiful pearl bracelets at a jewelry shop that was going out of business. These are to wear in the wedding, and I got my junior bridesmaid, (my step-daughter) ruby earrings to wear with her red dress. Because the shop was going out of business, I got a really great deal and was able to get much nicer gifts than I could otherwise afford. I'm going to throw a shabby chic bird themed bridesmaid's luncheon and present the girls with their gifts in these boxes I made. Each one has the initial of their first name. The boxes even match the blue and pink china I'm using for the luncheon!
My DIY Bridal Shower Martini Invites, I was pleased with how they came out! I didn't want a "traditional" bridal shower so we are having a "Love in Paradise" martini shower instead!
My bridal shower was amazing! The decor, the food, the martinis, the girls really outdid themselves!
If you need any ideas for martinis, I have killer recipes for a wedding cake martini and a tidal wave!
Wedding Cake Martini
6 counts Vanilla Vodka
1 1/2 count Pineapple juice
Splash of Cranberry juice
Pour ingredients over a healthy scoop of ice in a shaker.
Shake and pour!
Garnish with a mararscino cherry
Tidal Wave Martini
1 1/2 oz Coconut rum
1 oz blue Curacao
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz amaretto
1 TB coconut cream
1 tsp superfine sugar
Shake and pour, garnish with lime slice.
I am running out of time and patience, so I made these as simple as possible.....the table number is on the front and a quote about marriage is on the back.
My mom removed the ring from the keychains and tied them on the vases for the girl's bouquets at the reception...