Hello, Garden! Today I’d love to share our candy bar, which we used as a wedding favor for our guests. We stuck with the black and white with red theme matching all the candies to that. Everything came out perfect and the setup was so cute! The candy jars and scoops were borrowed from a friend and the cake pops were made by my Aunt May. I printed out the Love Is Sweet sign here, and found the frame at Hobby Lobby for half off.
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Candy: Sweet Ladera
So fun and a great, cost-effective wedding favor! What did all you gals use as your wedding favors? Any other candy bars out there?
I loved my bridesmaids bouquets designed by Natalie Galasso Designs! They really popped against all the girl’s long black dresses. The bouquets were composed of freedom, black magic, wild one (dark hot pink) roses and finished off with black satin ribbons.
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Floral Design: Natalie Galasso Designs
The girl’s bouquets were just perfect, don’t you think? I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
For our guest sign in table, we used our K and R anthropologie monogrammed mugs for decor, along with the engagement book our photographers made for us. Each page had a place for guests to leave their comments and well wishes. Here is the end result:
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Florals: Natalie Galasso Designs
I love the deep red roses that filled the mugs, my favorite! Our engagement book is now filled with sweet notes and words from all our family and friends that we can look back on for years to come!
Hello Garden! Let me just start off by saying we had the most amazing wedding party. Not only were they family and friends, who we love dearly, but they looked amazing as well! Ryan and I chose 6 girls and guys to stand by us on our wedding day. I had my 2 sisters, sister-in-law, and 3 best friends and Ryan had his brother, my brother, and 4 of his closest friends. The wedding party shots are some of my favorite out of the whole wedding, everyone looked so sharp!
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Venue: Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa
My bridesmaids purchased their dresses at Alfred Angelo and David’s Bridal. The groomsmen’s tuxes were provided by Friar Tux. I absolutely loved how the overall look came together, exactly what I envisioned!
Hello Garden! I know throughout my wedding planning process I relied heavily on research from the Internet, and the wedding blog community to help me find inspiration and plan my day. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites and also hear which sites you ladies used for all your planning.
Who doesn’t know about Style Me Pretty? I mean honestly?! Even before I was engaged or even thinking about planning my wedding, I was on that site every single day. So much inspiration and beauty in one place, it’s a brides dream come true!
I really love how they also break up real weddings by region like California, Destination, New York, etc. So many ideas for the soon-to-be bride.
The Wedding Chicks is not only great because there’s tons of wedding inspiration to view, but aslo so many awesome free printables for all your wedding needs. I used their printables on my dessert bar goodie containers, and they were adorable!
Another one of my favorites is Green Wedding Shoes. This site is chock full of real weddings, galleries, vendor searches, and a great section on DIY wedding projects.
These sites sure helped with ideas, what about you? What are some of your favorite wedding blogs to check out?
This past Saturday, I served as a bridesmaid in Violet Blossom’s wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful wedding, and I was proud to be a part of it. Violet Blossom and I have been friends since kindergarten, in case the Garden didn’t know!
I’ve been a bridesmaid in multiple weddings before Violet’s, but this is the first since getting engaged. I know that Violet Blossom is excited for me to be engaged, but I also knew that I should keep discussion focused on her wedding from her bridal shower to her reception. We did talk here and there about my pending nuptials, but I was careful to stay focused on her big day.
I will say that being a bridesmaid in the midst of planning your own wedding offers a unique opportunity to learn and observe. I hadn’t been a bridesmaid since fall of 2009, so this past Saturday served as a reminder of how things go. I also took notes on things to look for in decor, ceremony details, and some vendors. Violet Blossom’s DJ, Jason from Cipriano Productions, was a blast, so I might end up hiring him for my own big day!
So I feel that, although it was a new experience, being a bridesmaid while engaged was also a great experience full of laughter and learning opportunities. I feel that I kept a good balance between my own excitement and the joy I felt for my friend!
We’ve all seen customized hangers for brides, but what about your bridesmaids? I wanted to get my girls something a little different and something custom to each onte. The Hanger Girl on Etsy designs these customized name hangers in bulk, which was great for me since I needed six. They came out super cute and all the girls loved them!
Photography: Sargeant Creative
If you’re still looking for that gift to get your bridesmaids, check out The Hanger girl on Etsy here. Reasonable prices and great products! The girls can still use this hanger for their normal clothes and always remember that they were apart of our special day.
Mr. Hydrangea and I had discussed a few details about our wedding before we were engaged, including the fact that we would like to get married at my family church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon. My grandparents, parents, and both of my sisters were married there, and we wanted to continue the tradition. That was the easy decision. Then we moved on to determining the perfect reception venue, which proved to be more difficult than we ever would’ve anticipated.
Our Ceremony Location - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Massillon, Ohio
We looked at a variety of venues, from vineyards, to barns, banquet halls, and a few golf courses. We ran in to a few unexpected problems along the way. We quickly found that what looked good on paper, didn’t always match what looked good in person. We also learned that there are a lot of people planning November 2014 weddings. At least two venues were booked solid through November 2014 (for Saturdays) and many others had very few dates available. We literally walked in to an office to look at available dates as the couple that booked our date was walking out. We weren’t sold on the venue at the time, but by the time we go to it, it wasn’t even an option!
We also found that many venues are simply not an option in November due to the colder weather. We checked out a beautiful vineyard in North Canton, Ohio, only to learn that the pavilion we wanted to rent wasn’t an option in the colder months of the year, including November. We were also told by every golf course that we contacted that they would not be willing to hold a wedding in a tent any later than early October.
After considering what seems like 500 venues, the process was becoming frustrating and overwhelming. Mr. Hydrangea and I sat down and really talked about what we wanted in a venue. We decided on three key attributes to look for in a reception space: 1) enough space for our growing guest list, 2) close proximity to our ceremony location, and 3) a blank canvas to decorate as we wish (I love to DIY, as you know!). After making our list of must-haves, we were able to narrow down on our options much more easily. Just days later we decided on the perfect reception venue. The Santa Maria Ballroom at the Massillon Knights of Columbus was the closest we had come to a blank canvas, where My. Hydrangea’s mother and I could get crafy and make it our own. The K of C is also literally up the street from our church AND it holds up to 500 people! And so it was decided – Knights of Columbus it is!
The Santa Maria Ballroom at the Massillon Knights of Columbus
I am beyond releived to have made a decision about our venue and am hopeful that when all is said and done, I can say that the venue search was the most stressful aspect of planning our wedding.
What wedding detail has been most stressful for you?
My husband Ryan and I were married on a Friday and left for our honeymoon the following Monday. The night of the wedding, I wanted to stay somewhere local and fairly close to our venue, so we chose the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. We had an amazing experience here! The night before the wedding, my maid of honor and I stayed in their Island Corner Suite and it was fabulous! Plenty of room to get ready right before the wedding, and the perfect place for photos. We had views of Fashion Island (shopping center) and the Pacific coastline.
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Island Hotel
Since we were not supposed to arrive at our venue until 3 p.m., it was nice to have a place to get ready with all my bridesmaids and just relax. The Island Hotel provides amazing customer service, amenities, and I can’t wait to visit them again.
Did any of you in the Garden chose a hotel close by to prepare for your wedding?
With the ceremony finished, we moved on to the reception. During my entire planning process, I was very dedicated to having my reception be a real party. I had been to a lot of receptions during my life, so I had seen a lot of things that I
liked and wanted to replicate in my own reception and a lot of things I never wanted to happen on my big day.
First, I was totally okay with the party starting without me. I hated going to wedding receptions where the bride and the groom are staying behind to take pictures, so the guests have to just sit at their tables waiting for the hosts to show up so the fun can begin. They’re hungry. They’re thirsty. And without anything real going on, a lot of them are most likely bored. “Not for me,” I said in planning my wedding. We got to the church two hours before the ceremony so we could get all of our pictures out of the way before. And we totally got all of them done!
Just kidding. Everyone told me it wasn’t realistic to expect all of our pictures to be finished by the time we walked down the aisle. And I hate to tell you, they were right. Sort of. We finished about 94% of the pictures before the ceremony started. Thus, we spent about 45 minutes after the ceremony taking final pictures. Mostly ones with family that arrived just in time for the ceremony. Since this was the case, I didn’t want people waiting around for me and the Joker before they could start eating. So, I made it perfectly clear to everyone that would be working the reception to get started without us. That way, when the Joker and I arrived, we arrived to happy faces and full bellies as opposed to impatient people who just wanted to get this all started.
Our dinner was an assortment of pasta dishes with salad and garlic bread. And it was delicious.