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On the note of the reception…I’m not sure I ever posted the final version of our invites, but here they are! I’m still so happy with how they turned out.
Sarah at Allium Design was the only florist I met with who not only understood our “vision” for the wedding, but she encouraged our ideas. Other florists? “You want to use succulents? Like, cactuses??…::disgusted face::” “Hmm, I’m not sure I understand…your bridesmaids are wearing a different color than you want the flowers to be? Won’t that not match?” “What do you mean ‘tablescape’? You don’t want just one big centerpiece in the middle of the table? We don’t really do that…” etc, etc, etc…I was so relieved to meet her and am thrilled we left the florals in her hands!
The flowers were in a peach-pink-yellow palate and consisted mostly of peonies (!!she got them in July!!), garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and hydrangea. When I asked her if we could incorporate olive branches to make it feel more Spanish? Who cares that there are no olive trees even remotely close to Easton, PA, she managed to get them for us! And, she kept me in check the entire time, working with me to stay within our budget.
The second photo shows our cookie favors from SomethingSweetsShoppe on Etsy. She put our monogram on different colored cookies.
We mixed lanterns, potted succulents, vintage bud vases, and smaller arrangements along rectangular tables to create a whole tablescape rather than one big centerpiece.
I created those 86 escort cards and I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud of them. I love how they turned out and loved being able to use my own calligraphy for them! Trying to find excuses to do more things in calligraphy now. The escort cards and table numbers both had our Spanish tile pattern from our invitations on them.
Our guest book was made by my bridesmaid, Julie, and although it doesn’t look like it in the photo above, we actually managed to get photos of all our guests at the wedding and had each person sign by their photo, just like a yearbook! It was a challenge to get all the photos, but it is one of my favorite mementos from the day!
Overall, I’m so happy with how the venue looked for our reception, although I can barely remember seeing any of it from that night! I’m glad that we have photos to show us what I missed while on cloud 9.
Did you really get to see what your venue looked like? Or were you in a total fog like I was?
*All images except the last credited to Punam Bean. Last image via author’s personal collection