Wooded Wild Flower Wedding: The Making of...

This is Stephanie, and here's a little story about a few friends coming together for the making of her wedding. 

  Stephanie and I with our friend Emily. We're in highschool on an art club field trip, and we're jumping around in a handmade teepee in the woods.


Stephanie and I with our friend Emily. We're in highschool on an art club field trip, and we're jumping around in a handmade teepee in the woods.

Stephanie has long been an outdoorsy type, and that it is why the spot she chose in a beautiful wooded family home outside Cincinnati was so perfect.

A few friends and I got together the night before the wedding and teamed up to help with wedding prep. The bride and mother did an excellent job getting all the details together for the venue and food, and we all wanted to give a little of our creative talents, in order to bring it all together.

Our friend Laura is a beautiful letterer and she hand lettered all the chalk board signs. She tooled a few different typefaces from references online, and it came out beautifully, sitting at the drink station and pie table, and welcoming guests at the entrance.

Leah, is an incredible photographer and took photos of the ceremony. She is also a talented artist, with an etsy shop of her stencil and spray painted art, and she crafted a delicate string of beer can birds with Laura that hung in the trees. She had stenciled and cut out each bird by hand.

After helping with the styling of the venue and tables, I made a few signs for decoration as well. One sign was burlap letters spelling out "play." It sat out in the yard where the yard games of bocce ball, hillbilly golf, giant Jenga, and cornhole were set up.

The other, my favorite, was a sign of floating twigs spelling "I Do" at the end of the dock. I have to admit I'd never made anything like a floating twig sign before, but I knew beavers make dams made out of twigs –and those float – so I thought it could work. I used some twigs in my parent's backyard and lashed a sign together. There was a beautiful pond on premises and with the alter being at the end of the dock, the bride and I loved the idea of having the words floating there. 

This idea was first inspired by one of Jesi Haack's designs, beautiful tinsel
Mid-century floating initials in a Palm Springs hotel pool. 

I'll detail the process in another post, but the first step is to learn about lashing. So, find a boy or girlscout, a modern day Huckleberry Finn, or YouTube video on lashing twigs together, then I'll show a few photos on the process :)