With a lot of things.
So, the things you do...need to stand out.
When we began working on the concept for our darling daughter's wedding and Texas reception in March...
The little things are what we started with.
Etiquette for such situations is rather vague and different for each location. So, we decided to stick with the vintage suitcase theme she had found early last year.
Remember the stack of suitcases we were painting way back in July and then again in October?
Well, they are gifts that await her guests when they check into their hotels.
I forgot to take pictures of the inside before I shipped them...so, let me show you what's inside...like this for now.
Each tiny red suitcase has a small bottle of champagne...
And red and aqua straws from here
A deck of cards...
A pair of Elvis glasses...
And a postcard from Las Vegas.
We are asking everyone to write a message to the Bride and Groom on the post card.
They will be act as April's guestbook and a remembrance of her special day.
There is also an Itinerary of the happenings while in Las Vegas!
(I promise I will take a picture of them when I get there...what was I thinking? I probably wasn't!)
Next, I began working on the flowers.
She wanted vintage.. and we cannot have fresh flowers at this venue... so it all worked out.
I started with vintage millinery stems and a small fortune in vintage buttons and brooches. It took us 6 months to collect enough!
We also were able to get several family pieces to include in April's bouquet. Something she was really hoping for.
A large majority of the flowers I ordered from one of my favorite sources here
Everyone except April and Russell will have red flowers.
So, I needed to make several of them myself .
Some were simply altered by inserting a rhinestone or bead.
Were completely remade...
These roses were once hydrangea buds.
Hours and hours went into her flowers but I knew they would be kept forever.
Keepsakes of a very special day.
Her bridesmaids bouquets are velvet roses, hydrangeas and ranunculus. Velvet leaves and vintage buttons.
The handles are hand tied with ballet lacing and french knots.
Russell's boutonniere is a handmade rosebud with a rhinestone center. Velvet leaves,a vintage organza hydrangea and it's buds.
The antique button was taken from an old jacket we found at a thrift shop.
It also has ostrich feathers to coordinate with April's bouquet. (I might trim these a bit when I see it on him)
Lastly, I worked for a solid week on April's bouquet.
Each and every bead, button and brooch had to be soldered to a silver metal wire before it was inserted into the styrofoam base.
Each of the flowers are vintage and most of them are silk or velvet even though you can barely see them underneath all of that bling!
The handle is wrapped in ivory silk and them ballet tied and french knotted. At the base there are her beloved ostrich feathers!
She hasn't seen this yet so I waited until I knew she had boarded the plane this evening before I posted.
I just checked and all of these things were delivered to the resort this afternoon. (Whew!)
She will see her bouquet for the first time tomorrow when she goes to pick up the boxes at receiving.
To carry on a family tradition, April has several gardenias included in this bouquet. She will be the 4th generation to carry gardenia's on her wedding day!
The only other accessory I made for April was her handbag.
It started out a basic ivory silk but I then applied an applique to both sides. Each applique was then hand beaded. I did this on the 16 hour drive to Texas last month! It certainly kept me busy!
At top the beaded applique, on one side...
I put this vintage velvet corsage I made for her.
That of course had to have a touch of bling...so a rhinestone button was sewed in the center.
The handle was made using some vintage rhinestone cording and the spare set of silk ribbons that her wedding dress came with. The back of which is corseted.
And yes...this is it.
April's wedding dress.
Yards and yards of ivory tulle with embroidered and beaded appliqués on the front bodice.
She calls it her fairytale dress.
It was fairly similar to the one she carried a photo of when we set out on our search for her wedding dress.
She also has a veil and wonderful little ostrich feather and brooch hair pin she will be wearing.
All of these "little things"have added up to a lot of work. But I have loved every minute!
I know she will too!
While all of this was going on...I was still in search of the perfect dress to wear.
It took me several months to find the one I wore to our son's wedding in October.
Each time I went out I was looking for both dresses.
Wait until you see what I ended up with!
I can give you a hint...it's vintage as well!
Tomorrow, I will show you my dress!