I suppose we should start with THE DRESS. In short, I loved it and it was so much fun to wear.
This also helped to give a more dramatic silhouette when bustled.
The silk breathed as well as it could in 88 degree heat, with a dash of humidity. The bodice held its form well through the day, despite my fear of skimping on the structure inside.
So on to the other handmade items. First up is my hair piece, which I cannot take credit for but will rather give to Lulusplendor on Etsy. When you can't make it yourself I swear that site is the next best thing. (See what I'm talking about with the wrinkles on the butt? BLECH. Thankfully the nature of the taffeta helped disguise that a bit.)
As you can see, the guys wore navy blazers and white linen pants, which worked quite well with the table runners I whipped up days before the event. The fabric came from IKEA and in a brief moment of lapsed judgment, I had planned to actually cut and hem all 18 of these babies. Then I remembered the pinking shears - deep sigh of relief! Those things are worth their weight in gold, despite the small blister I got on my finger! And the make-your-own-table-runners is a good tactic for avoiding extra cleaning fees from the linen vendor if you have tall, drippy candles like we did.
Let's go in for a closer look, shall we? Because then I can finally show you those favors I mentioned more than once! Together Matt and I made cotton webbing key fobs and used about 8 different kinds of jacquard ribbon. Though we were intentional in our original assignment of the favors, we later discovered there was a secondary market for them and people were bartering for different ribbon patterns! They were a crowd pleaser and I particularly liked that we could incorporate them into the table setting as napkin rings.
And as for my two favorite munchkins, here is the flower girl in her dress (which she loved to twirl around in because it was long, I later learned) and the junior groomsman in his scaled-down tie. (Aren't these fun pictures? The photographer set up a photobooth of sorts and people went to town after all the serious stuff was over!)