Welcome back friends!
I am so glad that you came back! Today we will be taking a close look at my wedding.
To begin, I love Cinderella. Always have. Always will. Her story is magical and beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to style their wedding after her and ‘live happily ever after?’ I wanted us to have an elegant fairytale wedding- not an overly Disney, childish, wedding. We chose the Civic Center Music Hall, Meinder’s Hall of Mirrors, located in downtown Oklahoma City. The ballroom is stunning with art deco inspired decor. We used a lot of gold, ivory and silver, as well as blue and pink. There were some French inspirations and definitely some subtle Cinderella tie-ins.
To begin, we had roses line the aisle. We had 8 sets, 4 on either side, every other row. The aisle runner said “Always and Forever.”
Our alter was on the stage and had a total of 4 columns and urns with baby’s breath with candles on the columns.
Look at the details of the ballroom! We had the ceremony and the reception in the same room. I wanted to have a grand entrance, so we made the partitions seen in the picture. It also allowed the reception area to still have a wow factor for the guests after the ceremony.
For our ceremony, we decided on the Unity Cross for many reasons. It is gorgeous, and is something that can go on our mantle forever. We also loved the meaning behind each piece and the building of the cross.
I also made that rosette pom with the help of many friends and family. It was perfect, but I don’t think I could convince anyone to make rosettes again.
I insisted that we have place settings even though we had a buffet. We chose baby’s breath for the centerpieces because we (ahem, I) wanted real flowers. Baby’s breath had recently become a popular trend on Pinterest. It does make a fantastic statement, and it saves you from groaning at the bill, well, groaning as much anyway.
Here is a close up of the place setting. We did not, I repeat, did not use any real china, silverware or stemware. We did use cloth napkins and real chargers. This was a win-win-win-win-win situation.
Win 1. We had a beautiful place setting.
Win 2. I now have 200 ivory cloth napkins for a bargain ($40!), 150 made-with-love-by-my-(fairy) grandmother napkin rings, and awesome napkin folding skills.
Win 3. I have 130 gold chargers.
Win 4. We did not have to do any dishes.
Win 5. We saved a lot of money and did not have to sacrifice style.
I chose the Fleur-de-lis because it is French, and so is Cinderella.
On each plate we put our thank you and the guest take-way/ our send off. After much debate, my groom and I decided that we liked the wedding bell. Even though we bought them at the Hob Lob- aka Hobby Lobby- it still felt like a unique send off. Our guests lined outside, and we walked out to the sound of tinkling bells. It was simple and sweet! And, if you recall, that is how Cinderella and Prince Charming left. Subtlety was the name of the game.
I just love the way these table numbers turned out! It was a very easy project.
Supplies: David Tutera table numbers (cut, outlined, and printed) purchased from Michael’s, Elmers glue, a paint brush, gold glitter and voila! An easy craft that makes a huge impact!
The cake, my friends. The picture does not do it justice. The cake sat atop an ivory satin crushed rosette table cloth- a decadent splurge to be sure.
By this point, are any of you surprised? OF COURSE we would have Cinderella’s Carriage on the cake table. This was a last minute purchase, and looked totally different in it’s original form. It is currently sitting on my buffet in the dining room.
If you have done any search on Cinderella inspired weddings, most of them will have blue and pink somewhere in their color scheme. I was no different, however, I kept it fairly limited so it would not look like a gender reveal party. I also used the bouquets to differentiate the Bride’s Maids and the Maid of Honor, since their dresses and jewelry were the same. The MOH had a larger bouquet than the BMs. Then, as you can tell, my bouquet was the largest, and included pink and white roses, baby’s breath and little gems. Each of the bouquets was wrapped with the extra material from my wedding dress. Mine was also accented with a blue rosette, which served as my something blue.
No joke, I had dreamed of wearing this wedding dress for like 7 years. It is in the Alfred Angelo Disney collection. The Cinderella 205 dress to be exact. I know, shocking. It’s beautiful and glittery and makes you feel like a princess. Which, is sort of the point, I think.
My handsome groom and his studly groom’s men. Michael (my groom) chose a white tie and the others wore a silver tie. We used the boutonnieres to differentiate between the groom’s men, the ushers, and the family. It was color coordinated.
Just a fun picture!
So, that was our elegant fairytale wedding. Next time will be all about the dress. Look for that post on Saturday!
I do want to give appropriate photo credits to AshleyRWest Photography. Check her site out at http://ashleyrwestphotography.com/.
Have a lovely evening!