-Sep 24, 2019

Our Wedding Part II: The Decor & Details

By Teresa Caruso

All wedding photography by Emily Wren Photography.

Last week I started recapping our wedding here on the blog, and today I am so excited to talk all things decor. When planning our wedding and considering different decor options, it was the little things that were important to me. Yes, we had a few over-the-top moments (hello bicycle with cascading flowers), but I knew attention to small detail would make our day even more magical. And it truly did.

Photo by Emily Wren Photography


Photography | Emily Wren Photography
Flowers | Twisted Willow Flowers
DJ | Mazz Entertainment
Hair and Makeup | Gloss Studio LLC
Dress | Hayley Paige
Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Wedding Bands c/o | Brilliant Earth
Invitations c/o | Minted
Programs c/o | Minted
Tuxedos c/o | The Black Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses c/o | BHLDN

At the Hotel

As many of you know by now, we had a weekend wedding. Our bridal party, immediate families, and close friends all stayed on property the entire weekend. We were really appreciative of the fact that our family and friends took time out of their busy lives to spend the weekend with us, so we wanted to make it as special as possible for them. In terms of decor for the hotel, we had a welcome bag in each room, personalized cups and water bottles in the lobby, and custom games for outside. (You can check out the full breakdown of our welcome bags here and bridesmaid welcomes bags here.)

Welcome Bags by For Your Party

Cups by For Your Party

Many of the personalized details from the wedding were thanks to For Your Party. In this blog post, I spoke all about how we were able to customize our wedding because of their incredible party products.

Welcome Bags c/o | For Your Party
Bridesmaid Welcome Bags | Etsy
Coffee Cups c/o | For Your Party
K-Cups c/o | Beau Coup
Frosted Plastic Cups c/o | For Your Party
Water Bottle Labels c/o | Beau Coup
Jenga | Wedding Woodworks Co (Etsy)
Cornhole | Wedding Woodworks Co (Etsy)
Connect 4 | Wedding Woodworks Co (Etsy)

Getting Ready

Getting ready in the bridal suite with my bridesmaids and family was so much fun! It’s funny because we actually spent most of our day there. It was such a treat to be pampered and have our hair and makeup done. I wish I could have a glam team fix me up everyday! Robes were actually one of the things I almost forgot, for both myself and my bridesmaids. Literally two days before we left for the wedding my grandma and I searched every website imaginable and luckily were able to get all the robes in time! My robe is from the brand Homebodii and my bridesmaid’s robes were an Amazon find (thank you Prime 2-Day shipping).

Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography

Hangers | Z Create Design (Etsy)
My Robe | Homebodii
Bridesmaid Robes | Amazon
Invitations c/o | Minted

Ceremony Decor

Our florist designed two unbelievably beautiful pieces for our ceremony that seriously took my breathe away; a flower arch for the altar and a bicycle with cascading flowers. Before guests entered the patio where the ceremony was being held, they were greeted by the bicycle, as well as a welcome sign (which was also covered in beautiful blooms). We also had a table set-up with programs, fans, and tissues for the guests to take. Two of Matt’s younger cousins, Kate and Molly, passed out the flower petal pouches to all of the guests and it was the cutest thing ever. I loved finding ways to include both of our families throughout the festivities and the girls were a hit!

Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography, Toss with Joy Pockets by For Your Party
Photo by Emily Wren Photography

Welcome Sign | Etsy (similar)
Easel | Etsy
Programs c/o | Minted
Flower Petal Bags c/o | For Your Party
Flower Petals | Farm Girl Rose Petals (Etsy)
Personalized Paper Fans c/o | Beau Coup
Tissue Packs | Favours for U (Etsy)

Cocktail Hour Decor

The room where the cocktail hour was held was actually my favorite space in the entire venue. It had the coolest vibe, and the prettiest floor! Our florist designed two incredible pieces for the cocktail hour as well; our mirror seating chart and cascading florals on the piano. I wasn’t kidding when I said to prepare yourself for a lot of flowers! I’ve actually received a ton of messages about the mirror we used for the seating chart. While our florist did have rental options, I actually purchased the mirror from Anthropologie. I fell in love with it, and it matched my vision for the day. While it’s definitely an investment, it’s a piece I knew I’d want to have in our home anyway, so it was worth it for us.

Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography

One of my favorite pieces of decor was this adorable custom bar sign that features our Merlin! It was designed by Miss Design Berry, and it was a favorite amongst our guests. Merlin is so important to Matt and I, so I love that he was represented during our special day. Definitely check out Miss Design Berry if you’re looking for custom signage for your big day!

Photo by Emily Wren Photography

Mirror | Anthropologie
Guestbook | Starboard Press (Etsy)
Guestbook Sign | Hobby Lobby
Card Box | Michael’s
Custom Dog Bar Sign c/o | Miss Design Berry
Acrylic Bar Sign | 1801 & Co (Etsy)

Reception Decor

Our reception was split into two parts; dinner and dancing. Right after the cocktail hour, guests were led into the main ballroom where dinner was served. Our first dance, the parent dances, and speeches all took place in the main ballroom as well. After dinner, the dancing room opened, and guests made their way to the other space. In between the rooms was the main bar so everything flowed nicely. Our venue also had an outdoor space with fire-pits so guests could go in and out as they pleased. In the dancing room was the DJ’s main set-up (he had a small set-up in the dining room as well), our flower wall and photo-booth, and the cake display. I can’t wait to tell you all about our DJ in part three of the recap. Spoiler alert: They were the best!

Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography
Photo by Emily Wren Photography

Champagne Flutes | Kate Spade
Table Numbers | Amazon
Cake Topper | Amazon
Cake Knife | Kate Spade

The day was seriously such a dream! I can’t wait to share part three later this week. It’ll be all about our reception, including some fun iPhone photos captured by our guests!

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