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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Catching up: Wedding Reception Pictures

I was looking for pictures of the ribbon wall we made for my niece's wedding. I discovered that I posted them on Craftster.org but didn't have them here. So I am re-posting it here without any modifications.

My niece got married. I got to help with the decorations.

It is a long story but the theme was high tea in a sandcastle with beer. The food was pure Scottish high tea. The sandcastle was for the actual beach wedding. The beer was a special brew made by the father of the bride for the wedding and beer garden setting.

The sandcastles were wooden castles purchased from a chain craft store, sprayed with glue, coated with sand and sealed with clear coat. They held up amazingly well and really looked like sand castles.

The bride made the flowered hair clips in the picture.

A quick trip to the thrift store provided glass fish bowls to hold the sand, candles and shells sent from the bride's beach home.

There were fresh flowers arranged in beer bottles scattered all around the beer garden, including in the 'necessary' (a grand family tradition).

A bolt of muslin and a few yards of burlap provided the table cloths and runners. I did stitch hems in all of the table cloths. The bride and her friends cut the burlap. They had a bit too much fun, but it looked lovely.

We made tons of bows from the four rolls of perfectly colored ribbon we found at the thrift store. It was an amazing find. I turned down the aisle, looked up and saw them all sitting there in the perfect color for $1 a roll! The ribbon wall helped hide some of the business end of the brewery outside the beer garden.

I already posted the guest book. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386958.0

and the croquet set http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382294.0

I forgot to get pictures of the tablecloth I made for the gift table. It has the same embroidery pattern as the purse I made for her. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383849.0 I added their names and dates and a celtic heart to the center.

Oh... and what every good guest to a celtic wedding celebration should wear...

A utilikilt.

Forget what the mother of the bride was wearing... here is the lovely garb of the father!

One last thing... what does the mother of the groom do when the army won't let her son have leave to attend the reception? Why make an almost life-sized paper cutout of course. (Sorry I don't have a good picture of that.)


  1. :)!! I love the theme of the wedding. It sounds very fun and certainly personalized! I can't believe how well the sand castles turned out. Wow, I would have guessed those were really made of sand!

    Great job. I hope it was a special day.

    1. It was a great day. The sandcastles worked out much better than we expected. I think my niece really liked them. I snuck one of the sandcastles and a big bowl of shells into my suitcase so I am looking forward to getting them out for the summer around here.