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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Inspired by Wedding Flowers and The Wedding Story

Erin of Treasures Found::Inspiration is Everywhere does a monthly challenge.  The challenge this month is to create something “Inspired by Wedding Flowers".   I decided to use my daughter’s wedding flowers as my inspiration. 

Please note that I didn't properly follow the rules for this challenge.  I just used it as a starting point for my own enjoyment!  If you're interested in joining the challenge please read the rules!

The Wedding Story…
Once upon a time there was a 16 year old girl who fell in love with a 25 year old guy.  They decided it was time to tell the parents. The young man came to talk to my husband.  Now my husband is a big guy so you have to admire the courage it took for this young man to tell him that he was in love with his daughter!  Well, my husband told him in no uncertain terms to stay away from his daughter!  We knew him and didn’t have a problem with him personally. He’s a nice young man and we approved of him, but as parents had a problem with the age difference since our daughter was still in high school.

Well, they continued to talk on the phone, but I’m sure they didn’t see each other because that was forbidden.  (Uh huh, I’ll just keep on believing that!)  The subject of them dating kept coming up and finally my husband agreed, with strict conditions!  They continued to date through her high school years and the day came that he proposed.  The wedding plans began!

We planned an outdoor wedding for May 6 at a garden a few miles from here.  Imagine walking through a vine covered canopy, down a lovely wooded path, past a small waterfall to arrive at the wedding site.  It was going to be beautiful!  Her flowers were Stargazer Lilies.  The wedding colors were hot pink and lime green.  She walked down the aisle to "Beautiful Mess “ by Diamond Rio.  A little unconventional but that is “their” song.  That’s what I love about weddings now days.  You can be unique, you can be you, you can do anything you want to do!

We planned to have the reception there, also.  I envisioned this lovely “afternoon tea” setting with guests lingering, enjoying the beautiful gardens, while having their cake and punch. Well, that was not to be…

It rained and rained and rained.  All day.  It wasn’t sprinkles, it wasn’t pouring.  Just a nice steady shower.  There was a small chapel on the property and that was our back-up plan if necessary.  We knew it would be very crowded but it would work.  She was so disappointed and determined that she wanted to be married outside.  Luckily, one of the guests was a Boy Scout leader and, “always being prepared”, he arrived early AND he had a canopy with him! They quickly set it up for the wedding party.  We sent someone to town to buy all the umbrellas they could find and she was married in the garden!

It was a quick ceremony due to the rain.  The unity candle and reception were moved to a hall they had rented for the party afterwards.  Due to our oldest daughter “knowing people” we were able to have an arch and yards of tulle and twinkle lights delivered and managed to set up a very pretty backdrop for the reception table!

As they say, “All’s well that ends well“.  It wasn’t exactly the wedding of her dreams but it still turned out beautiful and they just celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary!

I put together a little slide show with some of the wedding pictures.

And now for the jewelry:

"Katie's Bouquet"

I used small white seed beads with a pearl finish, and pink, green and yellow seed beads as accents on black wire.  I added some Czech Fire Polished beads. The color in these beads ranges from the palest pink to dark pink.  The pendant is from a garage sale find.  I think it resembles a lily.  If I had shopped for beads for this project it would have been more elaborate, but due to the distance of the nearest bead shop and the temptations involved with ordering online I just used what I had on hand!

  I enjoyed this trip down memory lane and hope you did, too! 

~Today's Quote~

"Some see age as a restriction, some see age as a number, I see age as mind over matter.
 If you don't mind it don't matter!"


Davinia said...

Jana what a lovely wedding story.I'm so glad it all turned out for the best and the day, although not going exactly to plan, was wonderful anyway. Your piece is just beautiful, I wish I could be so creative with beads I already have, I'm a sucker for bead buying binges on and off line.

Lou said...

Aw, that just put a big ole lump in my throat. It may not have been beautiful weather, but it was a beautiful day anyway. And definitely memorable! The necklace is just beautiful too, and I love the name.

TesoriTrovati said...

Jana, I am just moved to tears by your sweet story. Tears of joy that there is a special someone out there for every person. And what a beautiful bride and handsome groom they were! Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us. Enjoy the day! Erin

JustATish said...


Beautiful wedding pictures - (loved the slide show and the song is perfect!) I think that necklace is a great interpretation of the bouquet! Love it!

Thanks for sharing the challenge - I will have to put my thinking cap on :)

Dawn -Designs by Dawn Marie said...

This post was precious Jana! I too love Stargazer Lilies! So glad 4 years later that you could reminisce and share this special day with all of us out here in Blogland.

The necklace is beautiful as well. It has it's own story, especially with a garage sale find. Priceless! :)


Azure Islands Designs said...

Wonderful story Jana...even with the rain it looks as though it was a beautiful day!!!

The bride & groom look especially happy... :0)
Your necklace is lovely...a great interpretation of the bouquet!!!

Jewelry By Jessica said...

Really great story ^_^ I love happy endings ^_^ That necklace is beautiful! That pendant was a great find.

I gave you an award on my blog ^_^