2011 Wedding

August 6, 2011
We added a family member!

It was a very warm and humid day in Rochester, Minnesota
Guests from Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Atlanta ...  had more of the same weather they came from!

The heat didn't get in the way of a beautiful wedding
and an amazing celebration !

The wedding took place in the backyard of our "catty corner" neighbors
The reception was in the front yard of our home, TheCottage.

Very little was spent on flowers -- baby's breath from Sam's Club
in borrowed vases
hanging on $1 hooks from JoAnne Fabrics

A glass jar with a cork top from HomeGoods provided a place for the rings
No ringbearer -- the bride's cousin was "ringkeeper"

We added a twisted copper wire for a handle, 
hung ribbon by tack on the bottom of the cork for the rings to tie to and hang,
tied a cream ribbon around the rim
heart confetti and a Sola Gardenia lined the bottom of the jar.

I made all the boutonnieres from Sola roses bought online here
A friend glued burlap onto leave shapes cut from cardboard (cereal boxes)
Fresh baby's breath was added the day of the wedding and the 
stems were tied with raffia

We ordered the bride's bouquet from a local florist

the bride wore a blue topaz ring and earrings that were her great-grandmothers
(she borrowed them from her grandma)
That covered "something old, something borrowed, and something blue"!

The Groom and groomsmen wore Nantucket Red slacks, and blue blazers

The bridesmaids wore navy dresses -- style of their choice -- from David's Bridal.

The keeper of the rings -- wore a dress from Gymboree.

Photo taken in neighbor's yard
  Bridesmaids were escorted down a long hill by the groomsmen

The bride was escorted down the steep hill by her daddy.

Faux windows, held in place by rebar, were the backdrop for the wedding ceremony.
Large pots of white wave petunias were placed between the window frames.

Following the ceremony, guests were dismissed to the reception across the road

Waiting for them were mason jars ... with a blue stripe straw ... with a flag
with each guests name and table number

And four choices of ice cold beverages!
cucumber water, pink lemonade, sweet tea, water with berries

We used forks to hold the printed table numbers!

Queen Anne's Lace was picked by the side of the road the morning of the wedding
by yours truly, my friend Sue, and the brides Auntie Sandy!

Mason jars with candles, paper doilies, thrift store milk glass vases,
Queen Anne's Lace, baby's breath,
bottled beverages from HomeGoods 
and full bottles of Relax wine were centerpieces

The head table had a burlap runner, fresh cut green branches from 
a bush on our property and flowers and candles.
Candles nestled in safflower seeds and white rice
in mason jars.

I made little wood signs for the bride and groom.
They sat in chairs from our dining room table.

  Guest names were also printed on labels on the wine bottles
each wine bottle had a cute little bee sticker on it!

Napkins had a stamped cardstock wrap with spoon and fork tucked in.
A card to write a note to bride and groom and attach photobooth strip was also tucked in

A cookie and candy dessert table was a popular spot!
I made the cookies with the help of my sister
Candies were bought - and powder sugar donuts added in a nod to the groom,
who like his mother and father-in-love, really likes doughnuts!

We set up my antique desk for a drop spot for photos/cards from the photobooth
and a place to write notes

 The wedding party walked down the street together
and were introduced by the DJ as they entered the reception tent

Reception food:  picnic style!
BBQ pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, pasta salad, hash brown potatoes

the food was delicious !
My friend, Deb made aprons for the bride and bridesmaids to wear
to keep their dresses clean while eating BBQ!

  Homemade coconut cupcakes made by my friend Brenda replaced a traditional wedding cake
Though a simple 9" tiered white cake was used as a top for the bride and groom to cut.

Red Velvet mini cupcakes surrounded the cupcake tiers

The cake topper was first used on top of the bride's grandparents wedding
cake over 50 years before!

Cards and gifts had their own special place in the yard 

 Lace tablecloths were borrowed, bought at thrift stores, and from my stash

  We had such amazing support of friends helping with this wedding!
The borrowed blue stripe canopy was a perfect addition for the bar!

The photo booth was a huge hit!
I sewed pockets in paint drop cloths from Home Depot, then hung them 
on pvc pipe to make the perfect length curtains to hide
the not-so-pretty parts of the garage!

 We had a coffee station set up on the patio

Near the porta-potties we had a little dresser with a mirror
set up with essential toiletries and a lamp for when it was dark!

a little sign I made by the front door
using an old cabinet door and vinyl words

The DJ did an awesome job of providing music 
making the celebration memorable!

The new Mr. and Mrs. are living happily ever after.....

It takes a village to raise your children, and it takes a village to put together a wedding and ceremony for them too!  Without the help of our amazing friends and family, we never could have pulled this event off like we did.  We will be forever grateful for their help.

Thank You ....
Jo Lynn:  Our wedding consultant, decorator, food manager, table decor help, and the best BFF ... ever.
Dave:  Friend shuttle driver, support extraordinaire
Sue C:  Friend, wedding coordinator, organizer extraordinaire, flower picker, reception set-up
Steve C:  Friend, wedding/reception set-up, coordinator, amazing help
Diane F:  Sister, baker of cookies, reception set up
Scott F:  Work weekend volunteer .... spray painter, brick layer, mr. fixit
Molly F:  Painter of fences and arbor, napkin stuffer
Kenzie F:  flower planter, cookie decorator, program designer
Deb A:  Cookie arranger, reception set-up, coordinator assistant, food help, apron maker
John A:  Photobooth creater, owner, set-up
Bob Z:  Day before and day of set-up help of all kinds of odd jobs!
Sandy Z:  Day before and day of set up help, flower picking, mason jar organizing, flower arranging.
Josh/Drew:  light hangers, odd jobs, go to help!
Nate D:  tree lights, pool lights, pool fountain
Alice & Darold:  Graciously allowed us to invade their yard, and home !


  1. What good memories from that special day!!! Nice post!

  2. Anonymous9:36 PM CDT

    Beautiful wedding! Beautiful and special young newlyweds! Glad we could be part of their special day!

  3. This brings back so many wonderful memories of family & friends gathered to celebrate Cara & Tim... thanks for posting!

  4. Anonymous10:38 AM CST

    Thank you for all the beautiful ideas and pictures. I'd love attending such a wedding and I bet many memories of the special day. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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