Today’s post might be a long one, but we hope you forgive us for that! Click here to see part one.
Our venue was the Beau Lodge, a gorgeous 70-acre property surrounded by woods. As soon as we visited it, we knew that it was perfect!
For our guestbook, we had guests fill out notecards with advice, memories, or well wishes.
We made the programs (and invitations and all the paper signs) ourselves. We used a little vintage suitcase to hold the programs.
Ben and I got married in front of a mossy apple tree–it’s wasn’t the typical ceremony spot at our venue, but we loved it. We made the wooden signs that we had throughout the wedding.
Right after our ceremony, we had all of our guests take pictures at our photobooth. We had hung paper pinwheels from a tree and set up a little bench with empty white frames.
We had some fun at the photobooth ourselves!
The food was amazing, if we do say so ourselves! Ben and I agreed early on that we wanted to have food that we ourselves really liked–and lots of it. So instead of doing something formal, we went with burgers! We rented a couple big barbecue grills and had some friends man them. Then, we had tons of sides, all lovingly made by our families the day before our wedding. There was seriously SO much good food.
My mom made the punch, which was really good, and I couldn’t resist getting some striped paper straws!
For our centerpieces, we laid out paper doilies as runners and stacked vintage books that I had collected from thrift stores. Then, we used mason jars and milk bottles as vases and propped paper pinwheels and vintage keys around them. Of course, I had to incorporate lavender, which we harvested from Ben’s parents backyard.
The pinwheels were an easy (but time-consuming) DIY project. I used mostly old sheet music that my mom had, accordion folded it, then glued buttons on either side to hold them together.
We loved seeing these photos of our guests having fun with the books.
We also loved these sweet photos of our grandparents (mine above, Ben’s below).
We hung a bunch of photos of ourselves throughout the years on twine that we stretched across the entrance of the lodge.
We had no shortage of dessert at our wedding! The tiered cake was by Pure Bliss Desserts. We also had cheesecake made by Ben’s sister, Italian cream cake and cookies made by Ben’s dad, old fashioned doughnuts from our favorite local bakery, and lots of candy. Needless to say, we both have a sweet tooth :)
The cake topper was one of my favorite DIY projects. I’d seen similar ones for over $100 online, so I decided to try my hand at making one. It took awhile, but the total cost was somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 so I’d say it was pretty worth it!
We totally forgot about getting a pretty knife for cutting the cake, so we used this one. Haha!
A month before the wedding, I found a pretty antique desk at a thrift store that had these gorgeous drawers. So I lined them with kraft paper and we used them to hold the cookies and the candy! I loved how it turned out.
Ellen and I couldn’t resist getting a Love & Lavender shot. I was kind of greedy with my lavender bundle!
Whew! Is your finger tired of scrolling?? Told you it would be a long post! Thanks to Rosie of Simply Rosie Photography for all the photos!