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Monday, December 19, 2011

Sharp/Smothers Wedding Part 1

In honor of my husband and I's 4th year anniversary I thought I would blog a series on our wedding and  share photos from our wedding held on December 15th, 2007.  As a little girl I always dreamed of having a Christmas wedding, the church was always decorated so nicely, and the holiday carols were sung, I loved the romance of the candles in the church windows that were lit during Christmas Eve service, and the cherry on top of it all was Christmas Eve service at my grandma's church, all those attending the service formed a circle around the sancturary and lit candles and sang Silent Night to close out the service.  It is a memory that is forever a tear - jerker for me, so beautiful and so striking, the candles, the unity of the guests, and the wonderous carol.  OHHHH... beautiful goose bumps!
We decided on the date of December 15th, as it was the Saturday closest to my fathers birthday who had recently passed away the year before, his birthday was December 17th. 
The Theme - HOLIDAY GLAMOUR....  1940's hairstyles and make-up, big bling, mixed with the earthly elements that make Christmas special, the spices, the evergreenry and the beautiful striking individuality of the curly willow that sticks out on the winter landscape.
Now the year before some good friends of ours had gotten married on the same weekend (December 16th) and the weather was in the 60's!  Our wedding the weather was the exact opposite!  It not only rained the morning of our wedding, and froze, it then snowed 5 1/2 inches of snow on top.  It made for some gorgeous photos outside, however fairly dangerous for our guests who were traveling. 

We were married at the United Methodist Church in Centerville

In the entry the guest book table took command, the table was decorated with Christmas trees adorned with cream hydrangeas gold ornaments, clear lights and curly willow branches.  The table itself held many various candles, cider mill from prilgrim primitives (the best smell EVER!) mixed with vanilla and cinnamon.  The church smelled like Christmas for sure!  Candles were displayed on full length mirrors with gold and silver metallic ornaments intermixed for filler.  A couple of our engagment photos were on display as well, along with the words "I DO" in the middle to symbolize the awesome adventure we were about in embark on!

Our guests were encouraged to write warm wishes and their names on quilt squares instead of in a traditional guestbook.  Shawn's grandma pieced the squares together, and we now hold this quilt on display in our bedroom, its very special to us!  Guests used fabric pens (green ink of course) which were enhanced from the basic marker look to have glitter and beads and crystals on them.  Its all in the details folks!

Guests were able to place wedding cards in an antique mailbox that I found at a flea market, it was originally adorned with salmon pink flowers which I painted creamy white to match our wedding decor I also added some glitter elements as well....  One can never have enough glitter! 

As the guests traveled thru the foyer and towards the santuary they were greeted by a very close friend of ours at the program table.  Our programs were handmade from cream colored cardstock with rounded edges.  The outside was stamped with the same snowflakes that were on our invites in the colors of olive and sage green.  The inside of the program was adorned with engement photos printed on vellum, the order of the wedding, and crossword puzzles as well as a word search for the guests while they were waiting for the wedding to start.

The programs were held together with little rings that were adorned with miscellaneous ribbons that matched our wedding decor. 

In case you havent noticed, I dont like to have everything matchy matchy.... I think that with the different textures, colors, prints etc that the effect is one of a kind, electic if you will, but cohesive at the same time.
As you make plans for your special day, make sure that you are true to you and your partners style, make your event one that showcases both of you!  Make it unique, remember you are like a snowflake, there is no one else out there like you!!!!!

To be continued....

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