Maddy and Ryan’s Wedding, December 28, 2018

February 13, 2019

By Tab Byrum

With all the hubbub of the holidays and end of year stuff, I haven’t had a chance to post about the wedding I helped with at the end of Christmas week. My friend Shana from Ink Stained Fingers asked me to help her with the wedding of a friend’s daughter, Shanna is a calligrapher and creates a lot of items for weddings, from the invitations to napkins, seating charts, table numbers and so on. So, with her experience Shana had taken on the role of wedding planner, she knows I have experience with doing weddings, especially the flowers, so I did what I could to help create a beautiful night for this young couple. We used muted colors in the table settings with white tablecloths and gray and the bride’s grandfather made and painted wooden boxes that we used on half the tables to hold floral centerpieces I did. We had a gorgeous rustic arch on the stage of the venue that we draped half of it in sheer fabric and the other side was draped in a garland I made by hand and topped with a big arrangement of greenery and flowers I wired together. I’ll go into more detail with the photos and you’ll be glad to know Shana and I are hoping to do more weddings and parties together as we grow our business, more on that later. For now, Enjoy the wedding!!! (above via)

I wanted to share some before photos, this is how the Springs Event Center looked when we arrived on Friday morning. The tables were set up but had the wrong chairs, the white chairs were changed out for dark chairs at the tables. The area where guests sat during the ceremony in the white chairs was cleared away after the bride and groom left the area for about 20 minutes and that area became the dance floor. 

This is a great staircase at the back of the Springs Event Center, upstairs was where the groom and his groomsmen got dressed and relaxed in-between photo sessions and also grabbed a bite to eat during the day. The staircase was also where the bride and her bridesmaids entered the room for the wedding service.

Just a little look at all the foliage that went into this wedding. I used it in the table centerpieces, on the stage and made garlands by hand to decorate the staircase. 

A peek at more foliage and some of the flowers we used for decorating. 

Right after lunch Maddy, Ryan and their bridal party left the venue to take photos elsewhere. All the professional photos were done by Brooks Captured Moment Photography. Here you get a good look at bouquet and flowers we used. The strongest color used in everything were the deep red roses used in Maddy and her bridesmaid’s bouquets and the centerpieces. Beautiful couple. (via)

Here’s a look back at the venue after we had most everything set up and the draper had hung all the draping strung with white lights. 

I finished my garlands for the staircase and attached them to the staircase. Simple but beautiful and VERY effective. 

The arch was rented from a local rental company and it’s a simple stained wooden arch. The draper hung sheer fabric on it and Shana and I did the rest. We played with the fabric taking it to one side and wrapping and draping it until we had it just right. Then I made another garland that I hung across the top of the arch going to the opposite corner of the sheer fabric and wrapped the garland around the pole on the other side. 

We wired together a lot of greenery into a literal “clump” and I attached that to the top right corner of the arch and added flowers and pods to it for color and more texture.  (via)

For greenery, we used Cedar, Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, and Olive Branch. This gave us varying shades of green and texture. 

We had 20 or 21 tables and on half of them we did floral arrangements in wooden boxes. The boxes were simple boxes made by the bride’s grandpa and painted a metallic on the bottom layer and then white paint was dry brushed on. The same flowers and greens were used in the arrangements as the arch and bouquets and we surround them with votives. 

There were also small stands on each table where we placed candid photos of the happy couple. On all the other tables we placed simple glass hurricanes with a large white candle and then we laid greenery around the hurricane along with votives and photos. 

A better look at the centerpieces, you can see the Seeded Eucalyptus and the pods we used. 

On the cake/dessert table we simply laid more greenery down the table and stuck in flowers and votives. (via)

Shana had designed the napkins, programs, invitations, signage used for the wedding. Basically, anything with writing on it was done by Shana at Ink Stained Fingers. (via)

At the end of the night, guests were encouraged to take a small gift, these S’more Love kits that Shana had made. Everything you need to have a delicious smore later. Aren’t the tags awesome, made by Shana at Ink Stained Fingers.  (via)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at this gorgeous wedding. Ryan is a Marine and he and Maddy moved to Hawaii with his job, so they are getting a gorgeous start to their life together. If you see anything you like for your wedding or upcoming party let Shana or me know and we will be more than happy to try and help. We had a ball doing this wedding and were exhausted for a couple of days afterward. Check back tomorrow for more Valentines and as always, Enjoy!!!

Words are my own.
Some photos are my own
others are from Brooks Captured Moment Photography.

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