Neely incorporated Arrows into a lot of her wedding. These are all vintage arrows on the mantle of the cabin. The awesome Letterpress letters, spelling out their names were a gift from Sandy Redburn. (owner of Crafty Secrets)
The cabin is owned by a dear long time friend of the Bride and Groom. They have so many memories of good times here. Neely and Alans friends are some of the kindest most amazing people I've ever met! They all jumped in anytime something was needed, without even being asked , to make everything run so smoothly!
Here is the first project I'm going to share. Neely had this idea to put this design ( which is similar to their "Save the Date" magnets) on log slabs for the wedding party to stand on during the ceremony.
This project had my sis and I a little apprehensive ... simply because neither of us had ever used a wood burner before. My son Jarad got the log slabs cut for us from fallen trees out at his cabin. ( different cabin)
Here is what we learned
IMPORTANT After they are cut, set them out in the sun ... keep them dry. Flip them numerous times, to give both sides a chance to dry out. She left them out to dry a couple of weeks. Why you ask? Well, Jarad and Kate also used wood slabs just like this for their weeding and found ... if you don't let them dry and just keep them stacked in a box... they will mold.
Wood burned log slabs for the wedding party to stand on
Once they were dry, we drew out the design with a pencil first and then used a wood burner to burn the design in. HINT--- We had two different wood burners, both bought at Hobby Lobby. Since we had never don't this before my sis bought two different types. We quickly learned for the type of project,...... Hottest temp you can buy with the thickest tip, works best. It was actually much easier than we were anticipating!
I think we ended up doing something like 14 total. Extras for décor.
Also wanted to point out the cool teepee style backdrop. Neely's idea... and she made it! She was back a week before the wedding, and got SO much done herself in that time. One of the things was painting this! Her Dad and her got the polls and she went to town! I turned out so cool!
Teepee style back drop
Remembering Grandma Dunn - A sweet treat for the guests
I was so touched by this idea... which was totally Neely's. These are my mom (Neely's Grandmas) trademark cookies, that our whole family loves! She wanted to be able to have these set out in trays for the wedding guests.
So my sis and I spent a day together weeks ago baking over 300 sour cream cookies :) They were all put in my deep freeze for save keeping until we got closer to the wedding date and could frost them.
Between the three of us.. this is what we came up with to put them in. Neely told me what her and Alan would like to have printed for them. I got them printed and cut. I ran across these darling charms in an etsy shop, and fell in love with them. Luckily Jan and Neely love them also :) This is how we decided to wrap them up.
My sis had so much going on at her house .. and the cookies were at mine, so I had a cookie frosting day at my house a few days before the wedding. Look at this.... Alan even got right in there and helped! What a guy! Neely's sweet maid of honor, Janelle was also there frosting like crazy, as well as my sis and I.
now THAT is some serious cookie frosting!
While the frosting was drying we put together the packaging. Here is my sis adding the saying to the backs of the envelopes. Could not have managed this without Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Runners!
These two were troopers! What a fun day for all of us, to get to work together and just chat.
Flower bottles that lined the path
This was a pinterest inspired idea that Neely and her Dad worked on together. These lined the path down to the ceremony spot.
Large Polka Dot Balloons. Look at these fun huge polka dot balloons Neely found on etsy!!!
Check out this huge vintage lighted A and N for Alan and Neely that my sis found at a Cool Vintage Shop in Lincoln.
You can see more of the first set of photos in the blog post below.
Wow.. that's more writing (typing) than I've done in a while. Time to take a break .. whew! lol
One thing I love about Pinterest, Instagram and blogs, is seeing peoples creative ideas. I'm always amazed at peoples willingness to share their creativity with others. I know my sis, and Neely feel like I do... We love to share also! I'm hoping you find things here that inspire you... if not for a wedding, for a get together or event you have coming up. One thing I've learned .... when your working on big projects.... do them with people you love and enjoy being with... it makes them fun and feel like no work at all! I looked forward to ever time we got together to work on projects for the wedding. We laughed and we cried ( happy tears of course).
Thanks for stopping by!
Vicki, (Jan and Neely)