A HUGE element that helped transform our wedding tablescapes from ho-hum to bangerange was the burlap table runners. Insert my girl, Christy, The Hindsight Bride, who generously graced our wedding with the burlap table runners from her own wedding. Have you ever heard of such a thing? It was the sweetest gesture and brought tears to my eyes. Really. Not only that...she sent a couple of bags of pinecones that decorated the tables at her wedding as well. Such LOVE has been bounced around on those table runners and pinecones now! Thank you thank you thank you Hindsight Bride...you are beautiful.
Another monstrous thank you shout out goes to my bloggy friend at Very Married. I inherited an array of silver frames that were used in her wedding. It would have been easier for her to give these away locally, and not dead with shipping and such, except, she did...and she sent them to me. These enabled us to create the "love table" - one of my favorite things we had at the wedding. Such a special detail that would not have happened without those frames! Thank you Very Married!!
I have to give props to Sera for offering up her incredible seamstress skills when I started freaking out about my "old" dress. Her kindness made me cry. As in....I needed Kleenex. She's a bloggy friend that has seriously turned into a keeper. Chic 'N Cheap offered to loan me her glorious veil - what a sweetheart. And one of my fave reader/email pals offered to loan me jewelry from her own personal jewelry collection. Such kindness was showed to me from these internet kindred spirits...this is why blogging is so addicting to those of us that do it - a real network forms...a community develops of strangers...of people... who actually care about you and your dreams to come true too. (and why it's so perplexing to those people who don't blog and don't understand what a "blog community" is!) I've shared my wedding planning journey more intimately with this community of readers than I did with anyone in my "real life." These connections have changed my life. They certainly enhanced our wedding!
Onwards to our Dessert Table - where everything was a gift from a whole slew of loving hearts. Our dear friend made our cake and pies...another friend made us two different types of cupcakes...ALL of it was divine. My sister let us borrow her pretty white wire cupcake tree, my mom let us borrow two of her crystal cake platters, and my aunt let us borrow her adorable serving pieces. It was a lovely spread...thanks to the generosity of those around us.
Obviously, the wedding was decorated by family and friends who gifted their afternoon on that beautiful Sunday to create a lovely space for our wedding. They lined the aisle with pinecones, created simple yet glorious tablescapes, made the bouquets, arranged the love table, organized the space, fashioned a delectable dessert table, and handed out programs at the ceremony. They read poems, and said prayers during our ceremony...one special lady even flew out to Arizona to marry us on that mountain top. They created an open afternoon for Tommy and I to enjoy each other and to capture some lovely memories. This community, our little community of family and friends, made us feel solidly supported, so very loved, and blessed beyond words.
I have a lil pay it forward up my sleeve to keep the good vibes flowing. I'll be announcing it in a few days.