Category Archives: Wedding

Backyard Wedding Reception (4)

Backyard Wedding Reception

Backyard Wedding Reception (4)

In August, my nephew Geordan & his bride Koki were married in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, in a beautiful late afternoon, ocean side ceremony.

In September, Gina & George hosted a backyard wedding reception so all their Oklahoma family and friends could bless newlyweds.

It was a beautiful Sunday evening…and after the threat of rain passed...perfect weather for an outdoor celebration.

Backyard Wedding Reception (3)

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Homemade Wedding Favors

Strawberry Jelly: A Family Tradition aka Wedding Favors

Homemade Jelly Wedding Favors

Have you ever thought about the fact that your family has it’s own culture? I tend to think of culture in the broad sense…as in Native American culture, Southern culture, Western culture, etc.

One of Webster’s definitions of culture is...the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time. 

Every family has it’s own culture. Some good…some bad…(we’re dwelling on the good here)…things like Friday night pizza night, a specific holiday menu, extended family weekend at the lake, cousin sleepovers at the grandparents house and in this case…

Home Strawberry Jelly. 

Wedding Favors (5)

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Ring in the Newlyweds Wedding Bells (2)

11+ Wedding Decor Ideas Including Wedding Bells, Wood Candles & #Hashtags

Ring in the Newlyweds Wedding Bells (3)

My two oldest girls, Courtney and Kaleigh are 2 1/2 years apart. Growing up they were as different as night and day. Yet sometime during their late teens/early twenties they began to look more alike.  People began having a hard time telling them apart.

They would go through spurts of looking alike then one of them, usually Kaleigh, would cut or color her hair and then friends would say…“Oh, good. Now I know which one is which”. 

While they have so much in common and love many of the same things, I realized early in the wedding planning process with daughter #2 that wedding #2 would in no way, shape or form resemble wedding #1.

It was an unwritten/unspoken rule that we would be avoiding those things which looked too much like wedding #1.

Except for the sofa.

So, today I’m sharing a few of the creative wedding ideas that Kaleigh chose for her special day.

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The Wedding Shoes

The Day of the Wedding

The Wedding Shoes

It truly was “the day” of the wedding. One day.

We had from 10:00 am until midnight to unload numerous trucks, cars and trailers with wedding paraphernalia, set up the ceremony, decorate the tables, have the rehearsal, host the rehearsal lunch, clean up the rehearsal lunch, relax if possible, dress for the wedding, have a wedding, a reception and then break everything down, load up and head home.

And believe it or not…we did it! With an hour to spare.

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Creating Bridal Bouquets (5)

Creating Fresh Flower and Sola Flower Wedding Bouquets

Creating Bridal Bouquets (5)

If you’ve ever been involved in planning a wedding one of the most important decisions is whether to use fresh flowers or silk, fake, faux or some other form of not-real flowers.

Kaleigh chose to use both.

The bridesmaids carried fresh flowers while Kaleigh carried a bouquet she created herself from Sola Flowers.

Creating these bouquets involved many things including a bride, bridesmaids and a bathtub.

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KJB Wedding Confetti Celebration

Setting the Stage for Amazing Wedding Photos

KJB Wedding Confetti

Thousands of tiny colorful squares.
Painstakingly cut with one object in mind.
To create an amazing photo opportunity.

Vintage Furniture.
Two sofas. Two chairs. A poof. A table. A trunk.
Traveled across town with one object in mind.
To set the stage for a wedding.

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