Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wedding Memories Sketch

After months of planning and eager anticipation, the day of our daughter Sara's wedding flew by all too quickly. It was a whirlwind of activity from the moment I awoke until my head hit the pillow that night! I hardly had a moment to catch my breath until I was in my seat in the front row, watching my sweet daughter smiling up at the man she was about to marry. It was a beautiful wedding, and, when we get the official wedding pictures from the photographer, I plan to write a big, long, excruciatingly detailed blog post all about it (for all you incurable romantics out there!) 

For now, I've commemorated the event on a page in my sketchbook. I wanted to remember all the unique little details that made the wedding such a perfect reflection of Sara. 

I had so much fun working on this sketch. Here are some close-up views of the individual drawings that fill the 9"x12" page, along with a brief explanation of each.

Each guest table had four votive candles in glass holders. The table number cards each had photos of Sara and Ian at that age - age 1 for table #1, etc. We had a guitarist for the ceremony and the first few hours of the reception. Great music with lots of variety - everyone loved it!

One of the prettiest things about the wedding was the flowers. We had centerpieces of vintage half gallon blue canning jars with huge blooms of pale blue hydrangeas. So simple, yet absolutely gorgeous! Overhead there were large white paper Japanese lanterns. Around the edges of the tent we had strings of white lights.

The wedding cake was decorated simply with rows of polka dots, and blue hydrangeas.

Glass jars filled with homemade cookies were 'favors for our guests. A large padded board covered with blue and white polka dot fabric was strung with white ribbon, and small envelopes with the escort cards inside were fastened to the ribbon with tiny clothespins. 

Signs along the driveway welcomed guests as they arrived at the wedding. The folding chairs set up for the ceremony were decorated with jars of blue hydrangeas and organza bows.

We had red wine from a local vineyard, along with a yummy muscato and two mixed drinks, one with the fun name of "Sweet Summer Lovin'". ("Hello, Mr. Bartender, I'd like some Sweet Summer Lovin', please.") In lieu of a traditional guest book, Sara designed a scrap book page that each guest filled out, with drawings, words of advice, and remembrances. Each child attending was given an individualized bag of goodies. Lacy fans helped the ladies to stay cool at the outdoor ceremony. The programs for the ceremony were tied with ribbons and matched the menus. Cards were placed in a pretty shabby-chic container.

Sara and Ian were married on a sunny summer afternoon in our front yard, under an arbor covered with flowers, surrounded by friends and family. What a happy day! These simple little sketches make me smile every time I look at them.


  1. It sounds like a perfect wedding, you guys thought of everything !

  2. Leslie,

    What a wonderful way to remember a magial wedding. If I were Sara, I'd want a framed copy of that sketch....I'm sure she'd love to have it as a piece of artwork. My husband Doug and I were married 13 years ago and I still cherish the memories of our own incredible day.

  3. What a sweet keepsake!
    We are about to celebrate our 23rd and this would be a lovely gift for any anniversary or newlywed!


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