Get some amazing ideas from my sister’s dazzling, blue wedding celebration! More photos to come later; I only have a couple snapshots at this time.
Last Saturday was truly a joyous occasion as my older sister, Lindsey, married her best friend and love, Christian Parker. There were so many stunning and meaningful details that came together to form an unforgettable celebration. Some of my favorite ideas from Lindsey’s big day can help you plan your own wedding.
Ceremony: Marriage Wisdom
My sister and her groom each asked a dearly respected family friend to give a brief talk on marriage advice during the ceremony. They each chose mentors who had watched them grow up since childhood and who had been married for over thirty years. The speakers' wisdom was extremely insightful, reminding Lindsey and Christian to build their marriage on a solid foundation. And of course, these talks added a more personalized, meaningful touch to the wedding ceremony.
Ceremony Program (SEE ABOVE FOR PHOTO)
With their gorgeous, shimmering blue exteriors and lovely white, monogrammed ribbons, the ceremony programs were stylish and customized. They maintained the overall look of the wedding, but they also stood out with their chic display of color.
Cake (SEE ABOVE FOR PHOTO)
Besides my beautiful sister and the overall atmosphere of the venue, the most breathtaking wedding detail was the bride’s cake. The cake was adorned with ornate, edible flower petals cascading from layer to layer, forming an exquisite flower that appeared to float on top of the cake. And because my sister originally wanted a blue cake, the florists surrounded it with lovely blue flowers. Many bakers can create beautiful cakes that taste like paste, but Leslie Rabenaldt from Midland, TX, specializes in delicious. Her first priority is the taste, and the beautiful design comes along with the scrumptiousness.
Blue Cotton Candy Favors (SEE ABOVE FOR PHOTO)
My sister LOVES cotton candy, and when Christian first started pursuing her in Dallas, he would sweetly bring along blue cotton candy as her surprise gift. He had her at cotton candy! So, what could be a better favor than the same sweet and sticky treat that won my sister’s heart! My mother added personalized stickers and ribbons to complete the look. She also displayed the favors in these elegant silver bowls, pulling from her own collection and borrowing from her closest friends.
Slumber Party, the night before
While my mother and her friends thought we were crazy, Lindsey decided to host a casual slumber party with her bridesmaids the night before the wedding. My sisters and I have a tradition of holding our own little slumber parties before big holidays and occasions, so it was a special way to commemorate our childhood while celebrating the future. If your bridesmaids are likely to turn the sleepover into your second bachelorette party, then skip on the slumber party or move it to an earlier date. We all respected our need for sleep and just enjoyed a few nice hours of girl talk before heading to bed.