We have so many photos from the reception (it was a party, y’all), so I wanted to start with the detail shots first. Thank goodness we had an indoor space to host it because it rained on and off throughout the reception. And because we were delayed due to the rain during photo taking, we had to rush a bit through the timeline of the reception (honestly, it was all one, fast paced blur). I wish we hadn’t had that problem because I would have loved to have more time to sit back and really take in everything.
But just like with the ceremony, I wanted our reception to be filled with a lot of handmade and thought out details. Hope you enjoy!
Redbud Hall. I thought about purchasing linens (if I could find them on sale) but ended up going the easier (and turns out more affordable route) of renting them. Maybe nobody noticed, but I went with a “White Damask Rose” pattern for the linens. It had an off-white color with the slightest rose design (both tea party and subtly Alice 😉 ). Also, since this wasn’t a black tie event, lap length linens worked just fine.
The wedding party table. Those empty mason jars would later hold mine and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. And don’t think I would forget an owl! 🙂
To number our tables, we used years (92 as in 1992) and had a photo of both Whitney and me from that year. We spent a lot of time going through old photo albums and making copies, but the most time by far was spent on the numbers themselves. We bought wooden numbers from Hobby Lobby and wrapped yarn (in grey and yellow) around them. I have Whitney to thank, as he did most of the wrapping. To make them stand, Whitney (the engineer that he is) got some metal pieces from Home Depot to form his own makeshift stands. We got the “tree stump” place card (or photo, in our case) holders off Etsy, and when I found the cute rabbit pot hangers, I just couldn’t pass them up!
Again, I just love the floral arrangements our florist put together. So pretty.
When I said the table numbers took the most time, I really meant these mason jars. We made a heart stencil and spray painted each jar with chalkboard paint (only to have to clean up the edges on each and every one). I then hand wrote the guest name, etc. on each jar. For the tags, I hand wrote the labels as well and dipped each in hot coffee to dye the paper. These were not only our wedding favors for our guests but could also be used as their drinking glasses for the night.
I had the very specific vision of three flower vases (all white ceramic in varying heights filled with different flowers), and thankfully the florist was able to provide these. For the candles, I also picked out little flower pot votives to go with our garden theme (even if we couldn’t hold the reception outdoors).
Our gift and card table. I made the “CARDS” banner to hang in the suitcase.
Our cake. From the beginning I knew I wanted a buttercream (not fondant) frosted cake with this exact texture. I wanted two cakes, one to be 3-tiered and the other to be 2. We had two different flavors as well, lemon and red velvet. I didn’t get to eat both at the wedding but during the taste testing, they were absolutely delicious. We found our baker, Stephanie at Sugar ‘N’ Spice Patisserie, through Texas Old Town’s preferred vendors. I wanted real flowers to adorn the cake, and our florist provided these as well. We found the tree stumps and our cake topper on Etsy. Do I even have to tell you how obsessed I am with our cake topper? I was adamant on having owls, and I did splurge a bit on this perfect owl duo (customized with the exact colors I wanted). But it’s a keepsake that I’ll treasure forever and currently have sitting on one of our shelves.
Next up, a whole lot more of the “Reception”…