Where to start… Meghan’s Steamboat, Colorado wedding had it all! Flowers and votives, and crafts and fresh cupcakes… these are a few of my favorite things. I’ve been to lots of weddings and it’s easy to make them pretty (hello?! Beautiful lady wearing a long white dress!), but it’s much harder to make a wedding unique and personal. Well, Meghan hit it out of the park. And you’ll hate her when you hear that this was all done on a pretty strict budget too!
Pinterest was a real spring board for her as she started with all sorts of DIY ideas for a wedding on a budget and then eventually narrowed down her vision.
Let’s start with the flowers. Meghan took a risk and opted to use whatever flowers were ready to cut in local gardens. A few fillers were ordered to be safe, but for the most part, these are home grown stems, so think wildflowers and daisies and delphiniums. Her colleague and friend, Shannon, was the master of all things floral.
The ceremony was in a beautiful little meadow behind her friend’s house. Literally a gurgling brook was winding along in the background.
She had flowers anywhere and everywhere… I always say with wedding flowers, go big or go home. Meghan will tell you that mason jars became a bit of a theme for her with this wedding, so there were mason jars filled with lovely bouquets hanging from simple shepherd hooks creating the aisle for the ceremony.
Our bridal bouquets were equally simple and divine with a silver ribbon Meghan found online and passed along to Shannon.
Other flowers? Well hang on for some DIY magic. And go get your drink on, because I’m giving you a craft-related excuse to go through some wine. And pickles and jam. Meghan pretty much collected any bottle or jar she could get her hands on from the minute she got engaged this winter.
She used silver metallic spray paint and contrasting ribbons to decorate the taller bottles.
Her logo for the wedding was an adorable double bike (that they rode off from the ceremony on!).
The logo was printed on transparency paper in purple and green and then glued onto the lower jars to use as custom votives.
The logo was also on these amazing favors she had made for the rehearsal dinner! I would have taken a full set but stealing seemed like a buzz kill for the night before Meghan’s wedding.
Other crafts? Well rather than use a basic votive elsewhere… Meghan cut and sanded beer bottles. Yeah… she may have succumbed to a slight DIY obsession on this one. I didn’t take pictures, but a careful eye would have noticed spray painted purple sand in a few… Meghan admitted that this was overkill so she bagged the colored sand idea midway through. But that wooden coaster was homemade!
This cupcake stand? Handmade by Meghan’s hubby from salvaged wood. Apparently Colorado-ians are a zillion percent healthier than I am since there were dozens of cupcakes left over. Sadly my carry-on luggage was full or else I would have stuffed 4 boxes of those guys into my bags. So. Delicious.
Meghan’s neighbor, nicknamed Rocky (get it… Colorado… the Rockies…) was responsible for the chow. And chow we did. The table below is just for appetizers… can we talk about the bowl of shrimp?! The main course was perfect casual fare: burgers, salads, chicken, brots…. I sampled just about everything- ya know… just so I could write an honest recap on the blog- and it was delicious. Deliciously delicious.
Our gifts were handmade creations that Meghan pieced together from Etsy… Come this fall, I will be bedazzling my wine glass with these gorgeous charms, mark my words!
At one point, Meghan said her shoes were one of her favorite things about the wedding (all right, she said they were THE favorite…) but I know she loves you a lot, Ryan so I’m confident you’d beat out the shoes.
Meghan had a vision for these signs and that was the only craft she would let me help her with. (Trust me, I tried to work my way into some DIY assistance whenever I could!) The wood was all ready for me to paint; Meghan said she liked my handwriting for the ceremony sign so I literally wrote their name on the board and went over it with regular ol’ craft paint. I didn’t think that a painted version of their logo would translate, so we pulled out the fun “We Do” banner for the signage.
Meghan had a simple dolly in her garage that held the sign up, and then a board sat below for flowers. The reception sign was strung up on a corner near the venue to help people find their way.
After the ceremony there was a champagne toast for everyone. In the meadow of wildflowers. With the gurgling brook. So perfectly picturesque.
These DIY painted and drilled can votives flanked the walkway going into the reception.
Would a wedding be complete if there weren’t cans hanging from the getaway vehicle? What’s the difference if it’s a bike?!
I’ve said it once, so I’ll just go on and say it again, being there to take in all the memorable and poignant moments of any wedding is a joy, but to be part of a lifelong soul mate’s wedding? Well that, folks, is something special. I mean, seeing love on a loved ones face gets a gal’s heart all bursting at the seams.
Meghan doesn’t know it, but I’m coming back for her 1st anniversary…
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