Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wedding Inspiration: White Flowers, Twinkling Lights, Mercury Glass, and Apothecary Jars. Or, In Which I Talk About NOT Talking About Weddings Too Much, and then Talk About Nothing But Weddings Anyway.

Hi! Remember me? It's been a while. I realize that my upcoming wedding is a LOT more interesting to me than it is to everyone else. I don't want to be that girl who mindlessly babbles about chiavari chairs, menus, centerpieces, and mermaid versus ballgown silhouettes while everyone gives her the side-eye. I used to work with that girl. She sucked!
What librarian's wedding would be complete without a few books thrown into the centerpieces? Source
I'm trying not to bore y'all with wedding stuff, and as a result, I've dropped off the face of the earth. To stay sane and not entirely wedding obsessed, I started a knitting project and a redecorating project, but they're not ready to be revealed. And to top it off, I've been fighting a nasty case of bronchitis since Sunday! 
I want a sweetheart table! Source
So I'm going to share our wedding planning progress, because a )I'm so damn excited about it, and b) I don't have much else to tell you. And if you don't like it, I recommend checking out what Lladybird is sewing or what funny thing Kimmie has to say today or Karen's amazing house-flipping project. Let the wedding talk (and inspiration images) begin!
Mercury glass, white flowers, and white candles! Source
Last week I met Jim, the owner of Chef's Market, to do a food tasting and plan a menu. He does a lot of weddings, and his professionalism and experience are so reassuring--not to mention his enthusiasm for a lakeside October wedding! He rhapsodized about the one other lakeside wedding he's done in a way that made me feel really special and creative, as if I'd invented the damn lake myself. Working with Jim will make a bride-to-be walk away saying Why yes, I am completely amazing! How lovely of you to notice!
Distinctive linens! White flowers! And oh my god, that chandelier! Source
Since the wedding decor is to my taste, I wanted our menu to reflect Keith's tastes. I told Jim that Keith is a Texan who loves beef brisket and Nashville style hot chicken. Jim helped us craft the perfect menu and even offered to invent a new Hot Chicken Bite appetizer just for us. He was gleefully rubbing his hands together, like Yay I get to experiment with food! He loves what he does, and I loved everything I tasted. Any bride who chooses Chef's Market is in good hands.
I absolutely love love assemblages of vintage stuff.
This is how I incorporate my beloved phrenology head into our wedding! Source
Jim recommended Liberty Party Rental, so we met with them the following morning to choose tents, linens, tables, chairs, china, glassware, and flatware. Working with one company = Paying just one delivery fee. Here's an important thing to be aware of when choosing a party rental vendor: All of them charge a "Breakage fee" because guess what Captain Obvious, stuff might break. Some of them charge a redundant "Replacement fee" to replace anything that actually breaks. That is a total rip off and you should avoid those companies.
These natural elements would be perfect at the lake. Source
Liberty Party Rental isn't a rip off, and playing in their showroom was possibly the highlight of my week. We played Table Dress-Up! We took our favorite linens, china, and glassware, and set the table to see how it would all look together. And then we did it again, and again, and again. Tablescapes are just decorating on a smaller scale, y'all. The only thing that didn't impress me was the linen: I practically grew up in fabric stores, and I have very specific ideas about how fabric should look and feel. Mom agreed, and we decided she'd make custom runners that we'll place atop basic ivory tablecloths.
I'm not crazy about the barn setting or dark chairs, but I love the tablecloth.
It's very similar to the fabric I chose for our custom table runners. Source
We found the perfect fabric for the runners at Jo-Ann Fabrics on Monday, It's a super-swanky home dec fabric, but it's 50% off right now, so we're placing an order for massive quantities of it. Like, enough to smother an elephant. I ordered 10 yards of ivory felt, too, for making flowers. Soon it will be time for the fun part: Making the flowers and collecting the bell jars, apothecary jars, candles, candle holders, antique oddities, and vintage books that I'll use to dress the tables!!!
No wedding of mine would be complete without apothecary jars. Source
In between all of this crazy wedding stuff, Keith has been so supportive, creative, and funny. I feel closer to him than ever. He's full of inspiration right now for his own projects--think electromagnets, electrons moving through vacuums, and using centirugal force to... wait, it's not patented yet! I need to stop right there! But he's brilliant, and I love what he's working on. Best of all, I get it, and I like talking about it. I even gave him a few of the ideas he's incorporated into this project, and I'm proud of that. We bounce ideas off each other every night while weaving lots of quotes from Idiocracy into every conversation... And while I cough uncontrollably. I really want to kick this bronchitis soon!

P.S. MY VEIL ARRIVED YESTERDAY! I picked it up after work and wore it around the house for an hour before Keith got home because veils are really, really flattering, dammit. I want to wear it all the time. I was all, "Keith, want to see my veil?" NO HE DOES NOT WANT TO SEE IT. He's superstitious about NOT seeing my wedding gear before the big day. It's pretty cute.


  1. Wedding planning doesn't interest me AT ALL, but I found this post really fascinating for some reason. Yay!

    1. Linking up to Lladybird always makes a post more interesting. ;-)

  2. Lisa The Wedding (and Jen) FanApril 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I love reading about your wedding because you are good at decorating, because I love you, and because I get to live vicariously. So, type away! PS Love the book centerpieces and this Jim guy who seems like an excellent find!

    1. Guys named Jim are alright. :)

  3. awww. thanks for telling people to read my blog...but seriously you are miles away from being "that girl." I have met "that girl" many times and good god I want to punch her. You are self aware which totally saves you from being obnoxious! WOO HOO!

    I am really liking where the wedding planning is going! I love to see weddings that are personal to both the bride and is totally obvious to me when a bride has totally bogarted every single detail. Usually guys are good with s the food and beverage, but don't care much for flowers and place cards. Crazy, right?!? Also, tell Keith that hot chicken bites sound brilliant!

  4. i love all of this! i know we already talked about it a bit but i don't mind these posts. oh, and i was thinking— now might be a good time for you to have some guest posts on your blog. after we talked together about you not wanting to go wedding overboard, it seemed like it might be a good fit! maybe some of your favorite people can pop over and keep your readers entertained between your wedding posts ;-) anyway, those book centerpieces are the best!

    1. That's a really good idea! Would YOU want to post something about bookmaking? It seems fitting, on a librarian's blog, to have something about bookmaking... ;-)


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