Monday, September 15, 2008

Love, tweet love

I'm getting married in less than a month! While I'm not big on themes for weddings -- I was under the impression that "wedding" was a theme in and of itself -- I did decide early on that I wanted to use birds as an integral part of our decorating scheme.

Our wedding is small -- 40 guests -- and not overly formal, so a gardeny bird design is lovely for what we're planning. Plus, we are most definitely love birds  : )

My first purchase, and what really inspired it all, was our cake topper:

We are having key lime cupcakes, so ours will rest on top of the cupcake stand. I do love Ann Wood's birds, but the porcelain ones match our home design aesthetic better and we will be able to display them elsewhere after the wedding.

Photo: me! All rights reserved.
I handmade our invitations, using lovebirds as a header and a feather stamp on the back of the envelopes and on the response cards. (Please excuse the poor lighting of this photo; what appears to be yellow is actually a light cream textured cardstock.)

Photo: Martha Stewart
Our table settings will look very similar to this.  Ivory tablecloths, ivory china with gold rims, gold knives and forks, and double paper placemats on which I will stamp and pencil woodsy avian designs. The tables will further be decorated with votive candles and fresh dahlias arranged in blue Ball jars.

My dress is rather simple, so I wanted a dramatic necklace to set it off. I had this piece custom made by Morning Glory Designs on Etsy. The blue matches my beautiful sapphire engagement ring! My ladies will be gifted with garnet jewelry with delicate bird designs.

Photo: Rebecca Thuss
Inspired by this photo, I plan on having a mini tree (really just a nicely shaped branch) on our dessert table hung with lots of origami birds. I even found paper in our wedding colors: garnet with various shades of blue. I'll have tons of extras, so I will place one on each plate and make a garland with others.

I will probably have our flower children carry birds nests filled with petals.

A lovely way for two lovebirds to start their life together!