When Your Best Friend Gets Married...

Part One.

... you do everything you can to make her wedding day everything she's dreamt it could be. Oh yes, and cry lots of happy tears!

In my case, this involved helping curate all the little details that made her day special (thank you Southern Weddings ladies for your amazing Southern Weddings Planner!), designing her save the dates and invitation suite, hand-lettering over 50 chalkboard signs (stay tuned for part 2 of this series!), and spending countless hilarious nights reminiscing on all of our middle school "boy chats" from years past.

Last month I shared some sneak peeks into the week of my best friend's rustic chic wedding in Colorado. I had the joy of standing by her side as her Maid of Honor throughout her whole wedding planning season. As I'm sure many of you can relate to, witnessing your best friend fall in love and marry the man of her dreams is one of the sweetest gifts. Many happy tears were shed throughout her engagement. Leslie and Andrew got married under a beautiful tree on an apple orchard overlooking Long's Peak. The word "breathtaking" doesn't do the view justice. (side note: The big wooden arch shown below was handmade by the groom. It is now at their home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, holding up a porch swing he made for her as a wedding gift. How sweet is that?!)

Her vision for her wedding was clear from the very beginning of her planning process. The words "farm casual" and "lots of details" were constants in our conversations. As she shared with Colorado Magazine, "My palate was mostly light pastels - neutrals, blush, with hints of mint green here and there. I have always loved rustic and vintage styles, so I wanted to create something that combined these in a soft and beautiful fashion."

Ever since I started working in the wedding industry, I've dreamt of one day designing her invitations. After all, the next best thing to your own wedding is your best friend's! To my delight, quickly after she got engaged she asked me to create a custom suite for her. Knowing she wanted a rustic, organic style for her wedding, my main source of inspiration for her invitations were the flowers of her bouquet. She picked out a dreamy combination of dusty miller, brunia berries, roses, blush stock, baby's breath, cascading seeded eucalyptus and small blossoms of cotton. Oh goodness, my heart skips a beat just thinking about the beauty contained in her bouquet! 

Burlap and lace were main sources of decoration for her wedding. While we wanted to incorporate these elements into her invitation suite, we also wanted to differentiate it from the rest of the classic, rustic invites we've seen on Pinterest. I decided to use a hint of light brown kraft paper behind a white felt stock. The crisp white paper mixed with soft watercolor details added a layer of class and subtlety. To complete the suite, I wrapped it with a delicate ribbon of lace and topped it with a bow of twine.  

My favorite part of her wedding suite was the back of her "The Particulars" card. The soft hues of blush and mint green mix beautifully with the pops of cotton and seeded eucalyptus leaves.

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In two weeks, I'll be sharing part 2 of this series! Stay tuned to learn 5 ways to use chalkboard signs in your wedding and helpful tips on how to save money at the same time.

A special thank you to Aldabella Photography for capturing Leslie and Andrew's wedding so beautifully and to The Fresh Flower Market for designing the stunning bouquets.

With joy,
Alexa