Ahh, wonderful Thursday. Time to reminisce on our favourite wedding details!
We are lucky enough to have some very talented people in our lives, and we had a long enough engagement to find and plan for lots of personal touches.
Our wedding was in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of Idaho - so Laura's mum very kindly lent us her time and sign-making skills to get everyone to the location from the main road. They are so pretty, and some of the most photographed things on the day!
One day we will bring this one ^ back to hang in our home!
Aren't they amazing?
Our wedding shoes were pretty and casual, though Laura requested Sarah (and the bridesmaids) wear heels for the ceremony so she wouldn't look crazy tall :)
Our wedding dresses - how gorgeous is this bathroom in the lodge we stayed in? It's properly girly, so features in plenty of our photos!
Even Kevin got in on the professional photo action! Meet Kevin.
We hung wedding photos of our parents and grandparents along a forest path that led from the ceremony to the reception, to remind us of the great loves that came before us. Laura's mum and dad are featured in the front photo, and Sarah's grandparents in the one on the left.
Our rings! On a pinecone! Just because!
Laura's pearl earrings, given to her by her parents, and our ring bowl for the Ring Warming ceremony, given to us by our lovely friends Susie + Natalie. We were so glad the rings were tied on, when one of the guests dropped it during the ceremony haha!
Sarah's wedding jewelry, given to her by her parents - she went on a lovely shopping day with her mum to get them! Me'thinks this is an acorn this time.
Our bridesmaid dresses - again, in the lovely bathroom! We were so happy with these, they were feminine, woodsy, and the colour was perfect. Also they had pockets, so that's great. It was a huge challenge having bridesmaids in three different countries - we are relieved it worked out so well!
Sarah's mum gave us each a horseshoe to carry down the aisle - a Scottish tradition for good luck in a marriage. Laura's had her Australian great-grandmother's ring tied to it, brought all the way from Oz via her uncle. It was extra special because her mother also wore it on her wedding day! Sarah had her mother's eternity ring on her horseshoe.
All of our wedding papers (invites, programme, menu, etc!) were designed and printed by one of Laura's good friends from school, Julia Green. She was a dream to work with - took our wacky ideas and made them into something that made sense, looked great, and was very 'us'. It all came out great quality and on price! Seriously if you're getting married, get in contact!
Julia also did our table plan on chalkboard globes (found by Soiree) - our tables were named after some of our favourite places we travelled together, so this tied in perfectly. We managed to get one back in our hand luggage, so Russia is in our home, and two are up in Laura's parents' house!
One of the most unexpected things we loved most on our big day were our flowers, by Flowers At Will. We thought they'd be good, but couldn't have fathomed how much we would love everything he did. The tree centrepieces were initially our idea, but after it looked like it might not be feasible, Will made our dreams come true with the above. And the bouquets! They were natural and wild, how we had pictured them, and fit us while complementing each other so wonderfully. Purple of course is Sarah's, and the pink is Laura's!
Our cake was by Greg Marsh Cakes, and the little bird toppers we found on Etsy. It was delicious - Victoria Sponge, Red Velvet, and Lemon - all our favourites. Though Laura didn't even see it at the reception, we both went to town on the leftovers as we couldn't really fly back a tier for our first wedding anniversary. We'll just celebrate that with a new cake! Brandi at Soiree found these stunning sequin table covers for our accent tables - we thought they were so perfect to 'girlify' the woods, exactly what we wanted. And see the champagne flutes? These were given to us at our legal wedding in March, by Westminster Registry Office for being the first female couple to be legally married in Westminster! We were very happy to be able to carry them across the world to tie the two days together.
These handsome gents are modelling another one of our favourite things - these bow ties, worn by Laura's brother (left), her Dad (right) and our other usher Dave, are from Tie The Knot, which is an LGBT charity started by Jesse Tyler Ferguson (of Modern Family) supporting marriage equality. They have little owls on them - and in addition to looking awesome, and being the perfect colour, they represented the right for us to marry (which ironically came to Idaho only a few months later) and gave some money to that cause.
Our little favours, which were at each place setting, were key chains stating:
All of our overnight guests were given these welcome boxes, put together by Soiree, with a few of our favourite things in them (Diet Coke, anyone?) and things to remind them of the weekend. Our favourites were the handmade cocktail napkins, and locally made candle!
Phew! That was a longer post than we'd intended. But there were so many amazing little things we wanted to share with you! If you're planning a wedding and have any questions, please get in contact - and if you're Idaho based, we'd love to talk - we have lots of vendor recommendations!!
Ahh this post made us sad it's over - thank goodness we still have so many amazing memories!
If you haven't yet seen the others, click here to see our previous wedding photo posts!
Lets get back to the action - our ceremony post will be out Saturday 22nd November! OHMYGOD it's like we're getting married all over again... you know, kind of.