Monday, April 4, 2011

Wedding Preparations

Early on the morning of March 24, Drew and I left for South Carolina to help prepare for my sister, Nora, and brother-in-law, Topher's wedding. We flew out at 6:15 AM, and we got to see the sun rise on our flight. Drew enjoyed watching a movie on his little DVD player and drinking juice. Both our flights were uneventful, and security was pretty easy (they were very accommodating for us since Drew was so young). I got right to work the afternoon we arrived! Nora had lots of projects planned, and most of her wedding decor was done by hand by family members and friends. Here are some of the projects we worked on: I made her a practice bouquet for her rehearsal using a paper plate, some packing tape, and ribbons from her bridal shower.
I glued on the bow in the middle with a hot glue gun and gave myself a huge blister on my thumb.
We also made practice bouquets for the bridesmaids using tootsie pops, rubber bands, and more leftover ribbon.
Drew's birthday was a couple weeks before we went to South Carolina, so he got gifts from the family while we were there.
We made corsages and boutonnieres by hand. We cut different sized circles from satin and melted the edges with a candle. Then, we stitched the layers together with beads, and stitched on leaves and wires.
Nora added berries and wrapped them with floral tape and ribbon. They turned out so cute!
Nora sewed little pillows for the ring bearers.
I monogrammed the napkins by stamping them.
Drew was sick with allergies for most of our time there. He had a very runny nose and a bad cough. One evening, he just lay around watching movies, which is very unlike him! We found out today at the pediatrician's office that he has a double ear infection, probably caused by all the congestion.
Dad and I put together most of the wedding programs.
Drew went out with Topher to spray paint the giant letter C that would be at the front of the church.
Topher's mom and aunt came over several times to help with projects. They packaged cookies for the wedding favors.
Nora's friend made these cookies. Topher is a big Chicago Cubs fan, and since their last name starts with a C, they thought these would be fun!
My mom made the wedding cake - a key lime cake with coconut frosting, covered with shredded coconut. It was delicious!
Topher and his sister, Ann, covered the big cardboard C with tissue paper flowers.
One evening, Topher's sister, sister-in-law, mom, and aunt came over to help puff out the big tissue paper flowers for the reception.
Kim, one of the bridesmaids, had also gotten into town and helped with the flowers too.
We did several colors of flowers, and they were so pretty together!
My mom sewed the bridesmaid dresses, and she had to do final fittings and alterations that week.
We were very busy the week before the wedding, but the personal touches and memories of working together made the wedding so special. You can see more of our prep work on my mom's blog. Later this week, I will share some photos of the wedding!

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