SIMPLE DIY OUTDOOR WEDDING ARBOR
Hi all! I thought I'd share just a few photos of the arbor
we built last August for our daughter's outdoor wedding
in September, for only a few dollars.
Seriously. 2x4's. Painted white. That's it.
Sorry, no time for step by step photos, and I only had a
short time to snap these with my phone camera, but I
know you savvy DIYers out there get the gist of it...
Three 10 ft. 2x4s...that's it. Two of them have about
2 ft. buried in the ground. The third one had the ends
cut off to use as side braces and to stabilize the top board.
A dear friend of hers from her workplace did
all of her flower arrangements, as her wedding gift.
The wedding time was late afternoon, and, as you
can probably tell in the photos, it was cloudy...
and it DID RAIN about 2 hrs prior to the wedding!
Daughter originally wanted to use wood branches/small
trees for the arbor, and build wooden benches.
When she decided the time of the wedding, we all decided
with the wedding being late, and no sunshine,
that WHITE would POP against the natural background of grass
and trees - I'm so glad WHITE was chosen.
But it worked out to the good. Down here in South GA,
it was a HOT and MUGGY morning.
All of God's pesky critters were threatening to
RUIN the wedding... Gnats, Wasps, Mosquitoes, Flies.
You name it, it was buzzing around.
But the rain subsided, and for September in the South,
we were left with a relatively much cooler and
mostly bug-free evening. Thank you, Lord!
The framing for the "Entrance" old wood doors was
made in much the same way, except the
doors themselves had wooden shims drilled in them
and drove into the ground. I used black chalkboard
paint on two old children's headboards, one used here
to welcome guests and announce the wedding party.
It was propped against a old table used for a water jug and
cups for guests while they waited for the Wedding March.
(the other used to announce the evening's menu)
We used an old dry sink with mirror
to hold the bug spray (not even used!) and
the Wedding Programs (not pictured due to rain!
they were set out just prior to guests arriving.)
Daughter preferred to use her old school globe for her
guests to sign there names in lieu of a traditional guest book.
Simple grapevine wreathes with baby's breath tucked
neatly around the bottom adorned each door, so pretty!
And what outdoor country wedding would be complete
without a Pallet Project or two?
TIP: set out a "Deer Cam" (left side, on the post)
to capture random photos!
And, I just had to share this photo. Our family RARELY
has a dance at weddings, so this 'Father-Daughter dance' pic is
very special to me! Those two little girls at the bottom of the
photo (actually there were about 6 girls or so sitting there),
they simply sat with there mouths open, staring at the
"Princess of the Evening."
It was so precious!
We transformed our boat shelter into an all out "Party House",
complete with dance floor and lighting.
The Best Man provided the music via his iPod and
portable mega speaker,
and they danced and sang til Midnight!!
The Bride and her Grandmother
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
If you are in the South Carolina area, esp Greenville,
and are in need of a photographer for any special occasion,
please consider Kendra Martin Photography. She's terrific!
If you click the link above, you will see various sample
wedding photos, including some of my daughter. She is
the dark haired beauty with her man and wedding party
in the Pine Forest near our home.
To view more great photos of the wedding, click here.
You'll read a short overview of their wedding written
by Kendra Martin on her blog, and even get a glimpse of
my lovely little grand-daughter and grandson, who were
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.
NOTE #1: that is plain juice in his cup - he was tuckered out!
NOTE #2: Her diamond ring is actually a combo of two of
my old 14k gold and diamond rings - the band with the
"open side loops" was part of my "pre-engagement ring" her
Daddy gave to me when I was only 16 years old!
(And Yes, I am, well, over 50 )
The diamond "head" part was cut from my wedding
ring set, and made into a necklace many years ago.
So, with both pieces just sitting in my jewelry box,
I had our local jeweler make her ring, as
her "Something Olde" and now, her Something Special.
Thanks for stopping by!
I'd love to read your comments.