And before I go any further... no, no, no it is not my wedding! My sister, Andrea, and her fiance Paul will be getting married! Oh, and did I mention the wedding is in July? THIS July. Oh, and did I mention I am planning the ENTIRE thing? AND hosting the bachelorette party? AND hosting the wedding shower? Yea. I'm pretty awesome like that.
That's them. Too cute.
First I have to catch you up. They've been engaged for almost month. I think. The good news is the wedding will be muy pequeño. Immediate family only for a total of 19 people. Good thing we're crazy fun. Or so I've been told. It's going to be on the beach in Michigan, and we're going for a casual, beachy, pretty feel with a good amount of DIY decor to boot (thanks to the many charming, DIY weddings I've seen on blogs and fallen in love with). And you'll be impressed to know we've already picked out the location (sneak peak in the photo above), the photographer, the music, the centerpieces, and the dress. That's right. The dress. But I'll save that for later. Let's have a look at the centerpieces, shall we?
One thing was certain from the beginning. We wanted the centerpieces to be flowers in mason jars which I find to be the most charming and perfect piece for a casual, outdoor summer wedding. The original plan was to have a mass of blue hydrangeas a la this Connecticut wedding I featured shortly after starting LCY, and the mason jars would be clear. So essentially it would be a blend of the centerpieces in these two photos:
bunches of blue hydrangeas...
...in clear mason jars.
Alas, the plan changed once we got estimates back from a florist - why does blue have to be the most expensive hydrangea? I tell ya...
Good thing my mom's endless knowledge of flowers came into play. She suggested white flowers. I was stuck on blue seeing as it was a beach wedding by the water. Turns out there are BLUE mason jars. Vintage ones. And they are heaven. And they're available for crazy cheap in the Matt and Laura Jones Etsy shop. (I noticed these babies retail for $18 a piece at the boutique thrift stores I was at this weekend in Andersonville. We got ours for $5 a piece.) Win, win, win!
Here are a few inspirational photos for good measure:
So in lieu of blue hydrangeas in clear mason jars, the new plan is white flowers in blue mason jars. A simple switcharoo that saves big dollars! My mom tried out a few sample arrangements when we went to her house for Mother's Day. I think they are B-E-A-UUUTIFUL!
Queen Anne's lace, delphinium, and tea roses
So as of today, we are going with the hydrangeas, lisianthus, and stock, as shown above.
Stay tuned. More details to follow!