A few weekends ago we had our first “official” job as The Backdrop Shop for the wedding of Lauren and Patrick, set in the charming town of Lewisburg, Pa. The bride, Lauren, is a good friend of my college bestie, Kellie. I approached her in the fall about designing her wedding and she graciously agreed to allow us to turn her vision into a reality. She already had some of the big decisions out of the way. The venue, a farm called Colonial Pines in her hometown, was beautiful and perfect for her style that we referred to as “rustic chic”.
Lauren is an interior designer here in D.C . She has a great sense of style and is easily the most decisive bride I’ve ever met. I started by pulling together a pinterest inspiration board for her and we went through it together deciding the right look for her and Patricks nuptials.
Right of the bat she knew she wanted the ceremony outside and wanted a romantic nature inspired backdrop. The picture she loved was the BHLDN flower backdrop , so we got started right away cutting out hundreds of petals.
We dyed them using the bridesmaids dress colors as inspiration, pre-strung them and then installed on site. We tied up three different levels of fishing line to string our flowers and tethered them to the ground to avoid a mid-ceremony breeze blows paper flowers in-yo-face moment.
Lauren knew she wanted live music and had already booked a great wedding band, CTO 5th Avenue. The dance floor was in the center of the barn which had very high ceilings and limited lighting, so we made our own! Strings of café lights came to the center of the floor to a chandelier we made out of PVC piping, hand dyed jersey torn into strips and lots and lots of hot glue. Poor Emily suffered one of the worst hot glue gun burns either of us had ever endured, which says a lot considering I don’t think I have finger prints left since we use and abuse glue guns so often, or should I say we use and they abuse.
Lighting is so important to setting the mood for a wedding reception and café lights, traditional Christmas lights/twinkle lights and candle light are some of the cheapest to ways to cast of romantic lighting in large spaces.
To break-up the large wall behind the head table we hung fabric banners that we ombre dyed. Check out our DIY ombre dye tutorial.
Lauren loved the look of long banquet tables and had already decided on burlap runners and white table cloths. She wanted minimal flowers arrangements, which really helped to emphasized all of the different candle holder and vases she had been collecting since her engagement. The tables were set with the guests favors, vintage salad plates collected from flea markets and antique shops.
The bride had also been building quite the collection of “found objects”, everything from frames to toy wagons. We ended using all of the found objects to decorate the guest and gift tables, bar and seating signs. It was great to have all of these pieces to make each wedding necessity feel like its own special moment.
Photographry: Tom + Keidi http://tomandkeidi.com/blog/ || Dress: Sabrina Ann www.sabrinaann.com || Venue: Colonial Pines, Lewisburg, PA