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Mar 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Husband!

I just want to pop in to wish Duncan a very happy 30th birthday! I can't wait to celebrate this new decade with you as your wife! I love you.
Bride and GroomPin It

Mar 6, 2012

Bouquets and Boutonnieres

Next up in the Vivi Dot wedding extravaganza are boutonnieres and bouquets! I made the boy's boutonnieres (or buttonnieres in this case) out of solid dots, a fabric leaf and eucalyptus. Each piece was attached to floral wire and wrapped with ribbon.Groom's Boutonniere
Groomsmen Boutonnieres
My Mom did an incredible job with the bouquets! I love seeing cabbage in the big floral bunches at the farmers market in the fall so I knew I wanted to incorporate those. She filled out the rest with the same flowers that were in our centerpieces.
Bridesmaid Bouquet with CabbageI wanted to keep my flowers as simple as possible since they'd be right next to my belt. I wanted to make sure they didn't fight eachother so we went with baby calla lilies. Calla Lilly Bridal Bouquet
I also want to be sure to note that all of the photos in this post were taken by Love Me Sailor.Pin It

Mar 5, 2012

Wedding Flowers - Step by Step

Our wedding flowers were a big group effort and because we did them all ourselves we saved a ton of money. Duncan and I started the process by talking to a local restaurant, Take 5 Market, that we frequent often about saving their large cans that they normally recycle. They were awesome to set them aside for us until we had more than enough for our project.
Wedding Flowers Homemade Cans
Duncan designed a label that paid homage to our animals and a few other details about us. Our dog's name is Indy and our cat's name is Olive so together they're Indy and Olive, hence the Indian Olives choice. Hooper is my new last name, our love was 'San Fran Grown' and 'canned in Seattle,' and the net weight references our wedding date, 11-5-11. The design wouldn't have been complete without a reference to our newly acquired chickens as well.
Wedding Centerpieces DIY
We cleaned up the cans, glued the labels on and put a few coats of glossy mod podge over the top to protect the color copied image from the water from the flowers. These only cost us about 55 cents a piece - 50 cents for the color copy and a few more for the mod podge!Easy Wedding Centerpieces
My mom took the reigns as far as the actual flowers went. She spent a ton of time collecting and drying hydrangeas as well as wiring each little piece to wooden stakes. She had all the cans 'greened up' and ready for the fresh cut flowers to be added. As for those, we used snow berry, seeded eucalyptus, blue thistle, button mums and purple statice. We picked them up two days before the wedding and my Mom, Mother-in-Law and two of my aunts got to work out in our driveway until they were all ready to go. Wedding Arrangements
I bought eight different vintage labels from Antika for about a dollar a piece and printed out copies of them on glossy photo paper. I mounted the copies on copper colored card stock and added a round table number to the corner. Wedding FlowersWedding CenterpieceHope you enjoyed seeing how these came together!Pin It

A Premarital Affair

Duncan and I received our wedding proofs about a month ago so I think it's high time I start sharing! Our friends Ron and Dominique of Love Me Sailor did an amazing job capturing our big day as well as our rehearsal dinner the night before. Let's start there.
We had a big wedding part with 8 people on each side. We wanted to get everyone involved in the ceremony together (plus their significant others) so we opted to have everyone over to our new house. It was a tight squeeze but we crammed 40 rented chairs and maneuvered every table we own into our living/dining room.
Jeff & Liz
Little Audrey
One of our favorite local restaurants, La Isla catered the dinner. Their Puerto Rican food was perfect for both our meat loving and vegetarian friends. As for beverages, we kept it simple with Tecate, Modelo, Bud Light and homemade winter sangria.
Duncan Molly & Gma Dottie
Some of our friends in our wedding party made speeches and we watched a slide show Duncan put together. It was so fun to get sentimental and reminisce about where we had been before we met as well as our 5 and a half years together before getting married.
Dominque & Bette
Duncan & Grandpa Hooper

Ashley & Eugene
Back PatioI'll be back as soon as possible with photos from our big day!Pin It