July 6, 2011

Traditional Wedding with a Touch of Country

Two weeks ago, my daughter's friend was married in a traditional ceremony held in a beautifully restored barn. She had asked me to decorate for her wedding and reception several months ago. The tricky part was uniting a traditional style gown with the white cowboy boots the bridesmaids were wearing. After surfing the web, I came upon burlap and realized this would be the key to bringing the diverse elements of this wedding together. The front of the barn needed "something" so I used many yards of burlap, shirring tape, four tall shepherds hooks in large pots and two daisy balls for the backdrop. Ferns on the floor gave the needed touch of greenery and life. The unity candle table was wrought iron and we placed a simple cotton tea cloth on it.To decorate the aisle, I adorned very large horseshoes with the bride's choice of flower, the daisy. These were alternated with lassos also decorated with daisies.

The beautiful wood floors and beams of the barn lent themselves to the rustic charm of this wedding.
The reception was held in a camp dining hall. No alterations to the building were allowed so we had to keep the decorating limited to the tables. The typical serving line area was obscured by another large piece of burlap with shirring tape sewn at intervals. The tray bar was layered with cardboard, lights and tulle and then framed engagement pictures of the bride and groom alternated with horseshoes and arrangements of daisies were placed on top of that.

Canning jars tied with yellow gingham ribbon were filled with stems of daisies and placed on the burlap runners that ran the length of the tables.
A closer view of the decorated tray bar.