And of course, with April comes the promise of warmer weather. The first day of Spring may fall in March, but for many April 1 marks the beginning of the Spring & Summer season. And after a three month break from frivolity, we are ready to celebrate again. Bring on the showers, graduations, and weddings!
For anyone with a major event happening in June, July, or August, April marks the time when you really need to start getting your ducks in a row. If it's a university graduation you're facing, then right about now you are putting the final touches on a thesis and cramming for finals. A June high school graduation means that if you haven't picked out your prom dress yet, you'd better hurry up!!! And if you're getting married, then you are probably blissfully scanning items into a registry in anticipation of your shower. Regardless of the event, there's lots to do, plan, and look forward to.
This post is the first of three about weddings, specifically, homespun weddings. Weddings have really evolved over the last decade, thanks to increased reporting on celebrity nuptial trends, the internet, and magazines such as Wedding Bells and The Knot. While brides were once dependent upon tradition and family
The great thing about this? Anything goes! Brides and grooms are free to have the event of their dreams and to celebrate their day (and indeed, their life together) any way they choose! And what we're seeing is fabulous! In fact (and this is just my personal observation) to me it seems that, since the rules of engagement have loosened up, the grooms are getting more involved and are happy to do so!
A trend (or lack thereof) that I personally love is that, once the stale traditions started evaporating, brides began seeking out unique, traditional and homespun elements to include in their special day. What I love about this is that from the most elegant of weddings to the downright down home, there is always a way to bring in some meaning and tug at the heartstrings. I've recently started following Jenna MacNeil's blog My Bridal Bouquet. Jenna and I met a few years ago when we were both working for the Suas e! International Choral Festival. A few months ago she announced her engagement and is planning a summer wedding (Congrats!). Instead of a traditional floral bouquet, she has found a stylish and meaningful alternative. I want you to visit her blog so that's all I'm going to say, but it's absolutely one of my all-time favorite wedding ideas!
I could go on and on about all the nifty things I've seen at weddings over the last few years, but instead, I'm going to showcase three weddings in particular that totally embraced the idea of having a personalized wedding full of homespun, homemade and heartfelt delights!
|Just Married! Jamie & Mike share a smile.|
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend their wedding as I had just relocated to BC a few months before and logistically I couldn't make it happen. But I was home for most of the planning meetings and was familiar with many of the ideas she was hoping to incorporate. In the days following the wedding I waited
|Look close! Those are cowboy boots on the bride!|
|Wedding Cake with Floral Accents|
|Here Comes the Bride!|
|Bridesmaids Ashley & Ainsley|
I'll leave you with a few more images of Jamie & Mike's wedding. On Wednesday, I'll be featuring the wedding of Eric & Ainsley Latwaitis (she of Patty Cake Manners) which took place almost 10 years ago! Time flies when you're having fun!
|Make time for Hugs! Jamie & Mike under their bower.|
|Good Morning, Campers! The Tent Village.|
|Hay Bales waiting for quilts, and guests!|
|Wheelbarrows full of gifts! It's good to be Jamie & Mike!|