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Stryker Sonoma Winery Wedding: The Ceremony and the Girls

What a fun day.  What a fun couple.  What a beautiful venue…Stryker Sonoma Winery!

Photos taken by the talented Sabine Scherer.

Up Next:  Stryker Sonoma Wedding Reception Details!!

Mason Jar Salads for Wedding Reception

I came across a post about Mason Jar Salads and I started to think that this might be a super cute idea for a wedding reception.  Perhaps a laid back farm wedding or maybe a wedding reception in a barn?!?!

Jars could already be on each place setting, in the buffet line or even served individually by wait staff.

Tips for making a Mason Jar Salad include:

1. Dressing on bottom, lettuce on top.

2. On top of dressing should be something hearty like shredded cabbage, pea pods or carrot matchsticks

Wedding Photo Place Cards

I have to be honest (and I apologize in advance if I offend anyone) but I sometimes feel that a lot of weddings we see on blogs blend together.  Don’t get me wrong they are all overwhelmingly beautiful…but most are very similar.

I am always searching for new ideas, brainstorming new ways to revamp old ideas but in reality it’s hard.  Most things have been done.

Enter my Wisconsin bride, an easy to work with laid back girl who just wanted a fabulous party.  When I asked her if she wanted to “reserve” seats for certain family members at the ceremony she said yes and in her casual laid back style asked if we could just tape pictures of those people to the seats.  Then the creative juices began flowing.

Why not do this for the reception?  We have all seen photo walls, photo tables, photos strung on twine…but why not attached to each seat?  A fun way to find your seat and a great conversation piece for the guests.

Granted this probably is only practical for a small wedding and if done for a larger wedding you would probably need escort cards to guide people to the correct table and then they could find their seat.

Well without further ado…wedding photo wall meets place cards:

DIY Recycled Glass Centerpiece Idea

When I ran across this beer in the store I knew I had to make something out of these amazing bottles…I wanted a more modern look a la Crate and Barrel.

I wound up at a home improvement store looking for glass paint and clear coat.  I chose both the white and clear coat in a matte finish.

After some trial and error I found the best way to spray paint them was to put my finger inside (or my sidekicks finger) and spray away.  Wear gloves!!

The finished product was awesome!  Love the matte finish.

Such a great way to recycle beautiful bottles.  A fun way to add interest to your centerpiece or home decor.  Remember you can paint any glass…jam jars, soda bottles, mason jars etc.  Have fun!  Play around and be creative.

Burlap Wedding Decor Revisited

I love burlap…I think just the slightest amount can add charm, interest and texture to any wedding.

Browsing around Etsy I found the following gems:

Such a charming centerpiece.  You can find it here.

Gray burlap…my new favorite.

In love with this burlap headband…perfect for a bride or flower girl.

Check out my previous posts on burlap and a DIY burlap table runner!