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January 16, 2012

Long time, no see, blogging world. Well, that’s not entirely true, I blog almost every day, all day for work, which is probably why I have so little motivation to work on my own blogging projects. Nonetheless, one of my resolutions this year was to get back into blogging on this site, even if I only post once a week, so here I am!

A lot has happened in the past few months, including a wedding! So for my first post back I thought I’d share some of my favorite wedding projects on here, cramming them into one very long post.

The most talked about element of our wedding decor had to be our wedding portrait, handmade by moi. I have to admit that neither of the drawings looks exactly like us, but close enough to get the gist anyway! I think it came out cute and hope it lasts; pastels aren’t the most durable medium.

The portrait was part of a larger art wall Rob and I worked on together. He made some drawings of animals and I had drawings of fungi! I also made the little pennant that went over it out of scrapbooking paper and yarn.

For our wedding favors, we handed out little test tubes of tea. I got the test tubes from American Science and Surplus and the teas were a coconut green and a classic (but organic) Earl Grey, both from Tea Gschwendner. I added a little bow and button to make them pretty and put on a label that we printed at home.

I was also responsible for the table decor, which, in classic “me” style, was composed of terrariums, mercury glass and other woodsy stuff. There’s a wide shot of the space, called West Loop Studio, and some closer shots of the individual arrangements as well.

There are no chairs at the tables, as they are set up for the ceremony and were moved over later.

To add a little something to our bigger tables, I made these burlap table runners with our initials on them. It was time-consuming (and a little smelly, burlap smells weird), but very easy. All you need is burlap, lots of StichWitchery and some fabric paint. I have one of the runners on our dining room table right now! I also used the burlap, along with some pretty fabric, to cover up the pots of some of the plants — a really easy and pretty way to jazz them up if you don’t want to put them in another pot.

I also made this pretty little bar menu with some free fonts on the web and a cool sticker from Martha Stewart. You can see a couple of the burlap covered pots here.

We also made our own flowers, and by we, I mean me (with a little help from my family), of course. I chose a simple arrangement of hydrangeas (purchased at Chicago Flower Company, where the salesperson seemed pretty put off by the fact that I was making my own floral arrangements, but helpful nonetheless) for my bouquet, which didn’t really need much else. Just wrapped a gray ribbon around the stems and added a vintage bow pin with a blue stone as my “something blue.”

The ladies’ flowers were from an autumn bouquet, courtesy of Trader Joe’s. My mom and sister put those together.

The bountineers were made of dried billy balls (or craspedia, as they are otherwise known) that I ordered online a few little springs of greenery. A little floral tape and ribbon, and instant cuteness. Seriously, they were so easy to put together! Anyone could do it.

I posted a bit about our guestbook before, but here it is in action. We had a mini instant camera so people could take pictures and leave us messages! It came out so cute.

As a final note, here are some shots of my wedding day fashiony choices.

Red shoes from Kate Spade.

Vintage bracelet ordered on Etsy.

Loved my birdcage veil! I took the veil off after the ceremony and just wore the hair comb.

Detail of the beading on my dress.

All in all, it was a wonderful, unforgettable day! I wouldn’t change a thing.

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  • Reply Charlene January 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    It was a beautiful, very unique, personal event and I loved being a part of it. Charlene

  • Reply merry January 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Beautiful wedding pictures. Thanks for sharing. The guest must have felt very special with all the personal touches.

  • Reply Caro (@olesca) February 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Hi Christina – how many stems did you use in your hydrangea bouquet? I want to put one together for my wedding. Thanks!

  • Reply Rebecca Nickel March 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Love your little tea favors! Do you know how big your test tubes were?

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