Table Setting

Table Setting

I know it’s been over six months and I am still blogging about our wedding haha. BUT it was so busy after the wedding with the holidays, our honeymoon and NOW I am working on growing our baby girl 🙂

Anyway, I wanted to share the reasoning behind our table names. We ultimately decided to go with our favorite locations but had tossed around the ideas of our favorite hiking trails, words relating to love, words related to marriage, favorite places to eat or favorite vacation spots.

Seating Chart
photo by Liz Chack

Our table names:

Salt Lake City – Where Chris’s brother Andy got married which doubled for our first family vacation with the Halls.

Schuylerville – Where we bought our first home together.

Caroline St – Where we first met 🙂

Malta Drive In – One of our favorite date night places and also where we attempted to take Patty and she jumped out the car window and ran into the snack stand kitchen!

Pharaoh Mtn – The first time Chris met my mom and brother on an overnight hike which turned out to be a complete nightmare of black flies and squeezing four people in a two person tent!

Saratoga – When we first started dating we both had an apartment in Saratoga.

Amigos – Our favorite Mexican restaurant. Best margaritas ever!

Dog Park – Patty’s favorite place.

Myrtle Beach – Where we got engaged 🙂

Congress Park – One of our first dates we spent walking around downtown Saratoga and ate lunch in Congress Park.

Virginia Beach – Our first vacation together.

Race Track – One of our favorite places to go in the summer. We never win anything but always have a great time!

Stadium Café – One of our favorite restaurants in Saratoga.

Canal Trail – One of Patty’s favorite trails.

Battlefield  – Where we took Patty on her first long walk and one of our favorite places to go walking and talk about everything and nothing.

Maine – Our healing trip after the loss of our baby girls.

I can’t take credit for the beta fish centerpiece idea…that was ALL Chris! We did half of the tables with fish and half of them with lemons. To give away the centerpieces, since we didn’t want to go home with like 10 fish, our DJ announced that whoever had the next birthday at each table got to take home the centerpiece. For the table names I bought wooden hearts from the craft store and wood burned the lettering. Then we had our florist add a floating flower to each of the fish ones.

As far as the rest of the table goes, my mom graciously offered to make all of the table runners. I had no clue what I wanted when I went to the fabric store so we just picked what jumped out at us. The candles are actually citronella candles to keep away any pesky bugs. Good thing yellow was one of my wedding colors because I could not find any white ones!

I hand made all of the favors/place tags and bouquet holders.

photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
wedding table setting
photo by Rob Spring
Sweetheart table setting
photo by Liz Chack
Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

I grew up as the “artist of the family” so when it came to my wedding I knew I had to step it up! For the favors I wanted to make something that wouldn’t go straight to the trash on the way out. I decided to combine the place cards and favors into one. I loved the way they came out and I love seeing them now 6 months later still sitting on mantels and bookshelves of my friends and family! For the kids I bought spinning light up toys that I thought would be fun to dance with throughout the night.

All photos by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
Wedding favors
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Liz Chack
photo by Liz Chack

There was a beautiful tree coming up through part of the deck where I hung the seating chart.

photo by Liz Chack
photo by Liz Chack
For your…

For your…

For your tired feet…

Every wedding I go to within the first few songs my high heels are kicked off and I’m dancing in my bare feet. Which is fine if you have a dance floor, but we had a deck and I was afraid of my guests tripping or getting a sliver. I wanted to go to the annual Old Navy dollar flip flop sale but missed it so I found these ones for about $2 a piece at Khols. With coupons of course haha. I placed them by the DJ’s station for any of my guests who wanted to kick off their heels and dance the night away!

All photos in this post by Rob Spring
All photos in this post by Rob Spring

 

For your Bouquet…

I wanted something on the tables for my bridesmaids to place their bouquets in versus just throwing them wherever. I bought mason jars to go along with my lemonade theme and filled them with rocks and water. I used the cap to create a cute label with scrapbook paper and ribbon.

Bridesmaid bouquet holder

 

Bridesmaid bouquet holders

 

Bridesmaid bouquet holders 2

Ceremony Programs

Ceremony Programs

I personalized our ceremony programs by doing a watercolor and colored pencil drawing of the bed & breakfast where our big day took place.

The Mansion Inn watercolor & colored pencil

My last signature as M. Armer!

We made mini booklets from standard computer paper cut in halves and stapled in the center like a book. What a pain in the butt it was to figure out what needed to go where in order for it to print correctly and form a book! We also passed out bubbles which were a big hit with the kids.

photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring

I made my fiance at the time buy over 100 lemons for our wedding! I was obsessed with the whole backyard lemonade theme haha

photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring

Totally recycled these bad ass pinwheels! 

photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring

Yup….there was a whole lot of lemon going on at our wedding 🙂

photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Brendan Fridhandler
photo by Brendan Fridhandler
photo by Rob Spring
photo by Rob Spring
Something Blue

Something Blue

My something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue…

photos by Rob Spring 

SOMETHING OLD: my brother’s Great Great (possibly 3 greats?) Grandmother’s pendants. The same ones I wore around my neck while at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and months after for comfort.

something old

SOMETHING NEW: Earrings from my soon to be husband given to me the morning of our wedding.

Something New

SOMETHING BORROWED: My mom’s diamond bracelet.

Something Borrowed

SOMETHING BLUE: My shoes! Totally stole this idea from one of my best friend’s who got married 2 months before us 🙂

Something Blue

Leave Us Some Love

Leave Us Some Love

Along with a guest book we had these custom cut mattes out at our wedding for guests to sign. I used scrapbook paper to fill in the photo hole and wrote “Leave us some LOVE” Obviously I plan of adding my favorite photos from the wedding once I receive them from the photographer. I bought a third matching frame for this sunflower print I bought over the summer. I had sunflowers in my bouquet so I thought it would tie in well with my “wedding wall” as I have been calling it. I also added one of those wall quotes that reads “A true love story never ends”

That’s George (like George of the jungle) the giant plant in the corner and yes those are Halloween decorations sneaking in 🙂

 

 

Wedding Welcome Bags

Wedding Welcome Bags

At the last two out of town weddings we attended the bride and groom left a nice welcome bag in our hotel room. I thought this was such a sweet touch and so thoughtful so we stole the idea for our own wedding.  We got married at a beautiful bed and breakfast just outside of Saratoga Springs NY. Of course since we got married during track season, like many other hotels in the Saratoga area, we had to book for a minimum of two nights. This actually worked to our benefit since our wedding DAY turned into a wedding WEEKEND! We were able to accommodate our immediate family as well as a majority of our bridal party!

Major blog fail on my part for forgetting to take photos of the welcome bags! Who knows where my head was the weeks leading up to the big day haha

We went the cheap rout and bought 49 cent  gift bags at The Christmas Tree Shop instead of actual baskets. Chris will tell you how awesome it was digging through bins of gift bags to find 14 ones I liked without any wrinkles or dirt spots haha. He earned major fiancé points that day!

Contents:

2 bottles of water
Bag of trail mix (which came in VERY handy when I started to get a migraine right before the ceremony and realized I had not eaten lunch! More on that below…)
Mints (also handy right before the ceremony!)
Gum
Tissues
Granola bar
Snack size bag of cheez- its
Flip flops (for when high heels no longer cut it on the dance floor)
5 hour energy drink (after starting the day at 7am with the hair dresser this was necessary)
Band-Aids
Saratoga picnic blanket we scored for $3 each on one of the Saratoga Race Track giveaway days (I thought this was a cool idea for our out-of-towners as sort of a souvenir)
Weekend itinerary (when to be ready for photos etc)

Also added a sticker/activity book with markers for our 4 year old nephew

WARNING to all those migraine sufferers out there….EAT LUNCH AND STAY HYDRATED ON YOUR WEDDING DAY! I feel like people gave me this same advice before my big day but somehow the morning just slipped by and before I knew it was time for the ceremony and the only thing in my stomach was breakfast and mimosas. Right before the ceremony I had a slight headache so I took some meds and ate some trail mix. I was fine the entire wedding, drinking only water and lemonade, until like the last 3 songs. Then as soon as the DJ turned off the music it was like BAM full blown migraine! I spent my wedding night throwing up and crying into the toilet while apologizing to my new husband that was kindly holding my hair back! Not the romantic night I had hoped for but a memorable one for sure! Haha