well it’s been so long ago, let’s see if i can even remember! i know i got home from ohio, 3 weeks before the wedding. things had gotten a little backed up. andrea had to pretty much put wedding things aside to wrap up at school. erica was busily sewing 8 dresses for the wedding (one of them being the wedding dress!) and mom was frantically feeding work crews that came to work on the house, plus washing, cleaning, and feeding our own family of 9. so when i got home i didn’t have any of the above responsibilities and was able to help out with actual wedding details. and there were a LOT of them! i’m kind of a list person so i typed up lists and tacked them to the wall.
i’m not even going to try to describe what it was like exactly. hopefully you will catch on from the pictures. the table numbers were chalkboard squares which needed to be spray painted
as you can see the deck was full of wedding projects. another of them was painting the bridal table chairs
we had so much help! people were so awesome. i’m not going to name them all but i’ll point them out in pics as they come up. we decided to make flower balls to hang over the bridal table. we did not realize how much work they were going to be when we started! they should have been done months before wedding. they were actually only finished a few days before. we bought the styrofoam balls and t-shirts in bulk. we cut the t-shirts in one inch strips, sewed a gathering stitch and gathered them, rolled them into little flowers and glued them to the balls. it doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but when you have a couple hundred flowers per ball it’s pretty time consuming! originally we wanted 7 but had to come down to 5 as the days passed. we had a few people over to help make them. this was the day we realized exactly how long they take to make! i was hoping to get them finished in one day. ha ha. we got one small one and part of the big one done! but bless the dear girls who came. :) it was a mixture of youth girls, cousins, and joe’s sisters.
erica and esther
tinslie and i. you can see the unfinished large one and the nearly finished small one in the foreground. (sorry its unfocused!)
people got really tired of gathering them! the mood got interesting as you can see.
there were little fuzzies EVERYWHERE!
at the end of the day we still weren’t close to done. sooo…. the strips went everywhere with us and we worked on them any chance we got! even to the lake when we went boating with joe’s family.
bless joe’s family! they literally saved the day. i’d say they did the majority of the work on the flower balls. and it wasn’t really fun work either. but not just with the flower balls. they painted the entire trailer, ironed table cloths, and prepped the flowers. along with many, many other behind the scenes jobs. andrea ordered her flowers online and they began arriving the tuesday before the wedding. we had to pull leaves and thorns off the roses and rehydrate the hydrangeas. this is where my other family came in handy. :) i don’t know how many times i called renita and jonita asking this question or that.
it worked out really nice to have the meat cooler. it kept them nice right up until the wedding. we had a last minute panic trying to find spray roses because sams sent us more regular roses and we needed spray roses for the bouquet. but an old friend was able to find some for us and ran all the way to greenville to pick them up at the last minute. pepsi and my phone. pretty much life savers when working on a wedding. at least for me. :)
marta put together a seating chart for us
aunt jan moved in a week before the wedding and took over all housework. she was amazing!
two nights before the wedding our house was filled to the top! we sent out teams to pick queen annes lace from beside the road, and put the programs together. there were other various projects being worked on as well.
the last time we had this many vehicles in our drive way was brad’s accident. i’d rather have a wedding. :)
okay well it’s time to wrap this thing up. good night!