I've finally finished rounding up all of our wedding details in one place. This was no easy feat, let me tell you!
As I mentioned earlier, we had both our ceremony and reception at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in northeast Ohio. It was a fabulous place to get married, especially for an out-of-town bride. As part of your wedding package, they offered a wedding planner to help with all of the details. My planner, Natalie, was out of this world and guaranteed that everything went off without a hitch on our big day!
Our ceremony was held outside in a gazebo on the lake. We opted out of decorating the aisle and instead chose to let the simply decorated gazebo and the still waters of the lake take over as our beautiful focal points for the ceremony.
Our florist, Blush Custom Weddings, wrapped grapevine around two columns and stuck in white and yellow gerbera daisies for a simple, yet beautiful backdrop.
I made our programs myself. I ordered three boxes of Fan Favor Kits made by Wilton.
I chose these because they were easy to customize and you were able to put writing on the front and back. I found a template designer online that I downloaded onto my computer that made designing the fans a cinch! Once I was done, I simply printed them off on my home printer and put them together myself. I found the flower image online and used it on the fans, as well as our invitations and table cards to tie everything together.
We placed them in a basket at the entrance to our ceremony site, so that people could grab one as they walked in. They proved to be extremely useful, as it was fairly warm outside that day! The basket happened to coordinate perfectly with my DIY flower girl baskets that I made. I spruced it up with a large clip-on gerbera daisy and yellow and white ribbon.
My bouquet consisted of yellow asiatic lillies, white gerbera daisies, yellow poms and white and yellow alstroemeria flowers. The maid of honor's bouquet was similar, just smaller. I LOVED my bouquet. :)
Our reception was held in the grand ballroom. (So fancy sounding, huh?) I thought the large chandeliers really set the tone for the beautiful room.
We chose white chair covers with white tablecloths and napkins for our tables. They all had a yellow runner to brighten things up.
Every other chair was wrapped in a yellow sash with a white gerbera daisy stuck in the center.
I found plain white place cards at Michaels and printed each guests name on their card. I used Monotype Corsiva font. Then I simply glued a piece of floral confetti to each card for a punch of color.
The favors were set at each place setting. I bought small favor boxes, filled them with a bit of local nostalgia (Humphrey's Candy kisses, served for years at the now defunct Euclid Beach Amusement Park) and wrapped them in yellow ribbon. And keeping with the DIY spirit, I bought customizable favor tags, used our computer to design them and printed them off at home.
The centerpieces were just right. I bought these lanterns at IKEA and placed four flameless tealights in each. (There were many young children present, there was no way I was going to take a chance with real fire!) They were surrounded by little bunches of alstroemeria flowers. I used leftover RSVP cards from our invitations for the table cards. I used Monotype Corsiva font to type out each number, added a sweet yellow flower image (which was also used on our programs and invitations) and set them in holders that I found on eBay.
Instead of having a large head table, we opted for a Sweetheart Table. I loved sitting with Jason and watching over our friends and family as they enjoyed themselves!
Our cake was out of this world! The baker, Cakes to You, created a delectable cake know as 'Black Tie and Tails.' It's a combination of white and chocolate cake with fudge in the middle. Divine! The florist decorated it with lillies and poms.
Our guestbook is amazing! We didn't want to go for your usual run-of-the-mill guestbook that everybody signed and then was promptly put in a box and left unseen for years. After searching Etsy for awhile, I stumbled upon the PERSONALIZEDprints shop.They created our beautiful guestbook.
There were enough leaves for our guests to sign, with a few left over to boot.
Two sweet little owls sit on a branch above our names and the date we said "I do." I bought the frame at IKEA and decorated it with a bit of yellow ribbon. The sign reads, " Please sign your name to 'leaf' your mark on our wedding tree." I can't wait to frame this keepsake and hang it on our wall. :)
I stumbled upon this cardbox at Martha Stewart Weddings, and I'm so very glad that I did! It easily unfolds and tapes together into a snaredrum-like contraption. I dressed it up with ribbon, more floral confetti and some fresh flowers. The frame is from IKEA and I used some leftover cardstock to print out the sign, then jazzed it up with some more flora confetti.
And finally, a gorgeous shot of our rings! :)
And with that, my little Wedding Series has come to a close! If you'd like to check out my previous posts you can find them here, here, here, and here!