Jun 13, 2010
We had our reception and the same place we had our wedding. Let me tell you, it was the best decision I ever made for my wedding. It was so much easier to deal with all the vendors at one place. Hermann Hills is a one stop shop and I loved it. The theme for my wedding was a classic, simplistic, laid back wedding. We wanted the same theme for our reception. We wanted our guest to enjoy Hermann Hills and not feel like they had to stay in their seats the whole time. Guest got a chance to enjoy the sunset, take a walk around the grounds, and dance the night away.
Michelle Silva (ShellS on Project Wedding) and Mary the florist from Hermann Hills really made the vision for my wedding come to light. The yellow shined through the silver and gray. I loved my floral arrangements for my tables. Michelle did an awesome job on the table numbers and labels for our gifts. Stacy Dutton designed our menu cards. In Nigeria, it is tradition for families to bring gifts with them to a wedding. Our guests ended up with bags, coffee mugs, notepads, picture frames, and custom wine glasses. Our guests were shocked and so was I!
Wale and I put a lot of work in our reception. We designed the seating chart and stamped all the napkins. We loved the end results. Check it out!
My tables numbers, menu cards, and floral arrangements for my tables.
Our cake. The two bottom layers was chocolate chip and the third layer was vanilla. Our layer was butter pecan. My husband designed the cake.
Our seating chart and guest book box. Instead of a regular guest book we had a Guest Book box (Tara at the Esty site cutthecakedesigns) made. Its a creative and unique alternative to a guestbook. With the Guest Book box, it so much easier to keep up with people's addresses for Thank You Notes and you can create a scrapbook page with the wonderful notes that guest leave.
Grand Entrance as Husband and Wife
Toast from our Maid of Honor (my sister/best friend Erica) and our Best Man (Wale's frat brother/best friend). We were so honored by the words that they said. I cried on my sisters speech...it was beautiful.
The rest of the Reception: 1st dance, cake cutting, the Nigerian dollar dance, and other pictures
Getting ready was a nerve-wrecking! I was so nervous however I have some amazing sisters that helped me along the way. Here are some pictures..
Everybody is crowding around me making sure Wale doesn't see me. He hadn't seen me for a week.
My dress and my shoes.
My jewelry and my bridesmaids jewelry. The theme for this day was simplicity.
The bouquets (plus, the bouquet tags) and a little champagne to help ease the nerves.
Gotta have lipgloss!
I haven't been on here in a long time. I need to update pictures from my reception. But, here are some pictures that my friends and family took throughout my wedding day.
It's been a while since I have been on here and quite a bit of the ideas that I put up I didn't use. However, my day was still special and it was the best day of my entire LIFE!! Our day was truly special and it was full of love, culture, truth and God's grace! Our photographer was Jeff Borts from Denash Photography (www.denash.com) and he was amazing!! One person I would love to thank is Michelle Silva (ShellS on Project Wedding), she was truly a lifesaver and a wonderful person to work with. Sometimes I wished she lived in St. Louis, just so we could hang out. Her creativity, positive attitude, and work ethic was truly inspiring and really made my wedding day unique! Her website is: www.sweetpeasandseashells.blogspot.com. Check her out!!
Wedding Date: June 13, 2010
Venue: Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn, Hermann, MO
The Toast of Blessings!
I knew I wanted a simple bouquet. At first, I wanted the white calla lillies bouquet or an all white one. However, I knew that there I wanted something more and I wanted more color. My bouquet will consists of carnations, peonies, and yellow freesias. Similar to first picture.
My bouquet will be wrapped in white ribbon and I have decied to add a brooch to my bouquet. I got the idea from fellow PW member midnyteblue110609's bouquet at her wedding. I think I am going to try the website she got them from as well: www.sammoon.com. I thought the idea was lovely, added a little "bling" to the flowers, and made them personal. The other pictures are from the blog, Pretty Chicky and Karen Tran Florals.
Update (5.6.10):The BMD bouquets will be made up of carnations and "football mums" wrapped in yellow ribbon and each of them will have a bouquet tags (I got this cool idea from fellow PW member ShellS). Fellow PW ShellS (Michelle) actually makes these tags, she has an Etsy shop:http://www.sweetpeasseashells.etsy.com
I think that they are so unique and I'm glad I stumbled upon this idea. Here is the finished product!
I sent my invites out last Saturday and I was so happy with my choice. My FI and I really worked hard with stuffing, stamping, and writing. I love him and he was so a big help. We work great together and he is so patient (especially when I am being a control FREAK!) We were up to about 1:30 in the morning. These are the invites I decided to go with:
I am so glad I chosed these invitations, and I am very happy with the product. BTW I am a terrible photographer. The picture on the right is everything including the extra DIY projects that my FI and I completed.
I made a registry card that included our website because it includes the hotel accomondations. Also, my FI made a map for the ceremony, since we are getting married an hour and half away from St. Louis. Our very own "destination" wedding!
My FI addressed the front envelopes with DYI calligraphy from a gray/silver calligraphy pen. He has the best handwriting I have ever seen. I stamped the back of the envelope with a flower stamp using a yellow inkpad. I turned out pretty well...I think.