I was fortunate this past weekend to have the opportunity to help out at a family wedding... not only with loaning some of my "treasures" but also with decorating beforehand as well. When the bride and my cousin approached me a few weeks back I was thrilled to hear that the bride's ideas were pretty eclectic! One of my favorite styles of decorating, of course if you've been here before you probably noticed that about me.
I think one of my top 5 favorite things at this wedding was actually a bit of a happy accident. The bride wanted to borrow my vintage metal wash stand, I believe to hold ice and bottled water. On Friday during the set up the water idea was nixed but the plan to fill the tub with extra flowers turned out to be truly inspirational! I know I will be trying this myself at some future Red Gate Farm party!
A little different angle shows off the front of an old card file drawer that usually rests on my coffee table.
This little alcove was one of the first areas I tackled on Friday morning. I have a number of panels of sheer curtains from IKEA used in my daughter's wedding as well as my niece's. I believe this is 12 panels (or 6 sets) and these panels are just $5 for two! Super large and very "tulle like", they filled this space like a wispy ballerina tutu.
You may recognize this chalkboard sign from my daughter's wedding... as well as the "wedding cakes" sign.
The gold and white paper and tissue fans filled in the other side of the space. Pink, pale green and gold were the predominate colors the bride was using. You can't tell from this photo but this pink tablecloth is sequined! So cute and sparkly.
In hindsight, twinkle lights behind the sheers would have been perfect! The actual wedding day was pretty gray and gloomy so this little spot could have used a bit of light.
One of my vintage lamps (one of many used here) fills in with some height... and that little gold purse is just the right amount of sparkle.
Words like "love" and signs like "&" were sprinkled all about.
More love and silver...
Even a vintage hand bag made the cut. This black velvet and gold handbag belonged to a good friend of my mom's and hung on my bedroom wall for a few years.
Lace doilies and lace trimmed linens too.
Gold, silver and pearls.
An old 5 or 6 foot ladder the bride found on the side of the road was filled with love, literally.
A final little vignette in this area with an "R" for the happy couple's name.
It was not only filled, it filled a need too.
Anchoring the end of the tables! You can see them lined up behind.. this also gives a good view of the center of the covered area and the nook with the cake in the back. In front of this area was the dance floor for the reception so adding this to the end of the table made for a pretty backdrop.
You can see that this venue is a rustic shelter made of logs. Along with all the gold, pink, green, lace and pretty bits and pieces the rustic element was part of the wedding too; making this venue the ideal spot for this wedding.
This venue is also perfect for this little community of farmers and loggers to host weddings, parties and other events. This venue was built over time by a local farmer on the edge of his property and includes a covered area, an open area, bathroom, lots of parking, camping areas and tons of spots to pick from for the actual ceremony.
The groom's sisters were the sign makers for the day... a cute one for the bar area.
And chair... a couple of more items from my house.
They made for a nice area to sit for a bit during the reception... or a pretty spot for a picture or two.
The bride's vision for her tables came to life with pieces she had collected and some extra pieces from my collections to fill out the table center pieces.
Teacups filled with succulents...
More silver, teacups, votive candles in wood and sheds or antlers.
The bride had also collected hydrangeas from a variety of sources and they looked fabulous!
And the bike basket was also a birthday gift this year. Filled with an old piece of linen and a cute little sign it was just the spot for guests to leave cards.
A strategically placed table for gifts...
And the bride's welcome bunting/banner and this vignette was complete!
The sign in table was to the left and was another one of the rustic spools. A lace covered arbor added some needed height. When decorating in a wide open space like this it can be hard to make a vignette look "big enough"!
The bride had cuts of wood along the aisle. A morning windstorm blew the pretty pink jars full of baby's breath and lavender onto the ground so you don't see them here... fortunately there were no casualties!
The altar area was very simple. Just a couple of vintage doors and a few potted chrysanthemums.
It was such a fun and beautiful event to be a small part of...
Chris at Red Gate Farm