I had my first small taste of a busy spring wedding season, and I must admit that I loved it! We had two weddings and a large fundraising dinner dance gala for my high school all within a month! It’s been a year since I’ve graduated, and I think I have a pretty promising future. It’s been an amazing experience thus far, and if it’s always going to be this fun, with a few challenges here and there, then bring it on! With the success of these past 3 events, I couldn’t have asked for things to go any better as an amateur event planner.
The first one of the season was the wedding of Clayton and Laura. I always say that if you want weather in Yuma, have an outside event. Here, you either experience morbid temperatures into the 100’s or extreme wind. Well, on this special day we endured both! But despite it all, we ended up with a really great time! The wind that graced us cooled everything down as it blew tin pots of baby’s breath across the grass.
Laura and Clayton were such a great couple to work with and so easy going. All they cared about was being married! They were both involved in the planning. Naturally, Laura was primarily in charge, but when school got busy for her, Clayton stepped up and took care of business. It really created an insight into their relationship, and if they keep that kind of teamwork up, their marriage is guaranteed to be successful and happy!
My favorite part of the wedding was when the bride, groom and their bridal party were able to walk around and take in all the decorations and enjoy the little time before before the party starts. This is one of the many reasons I love first looks.
I couldn't be more than happy at the end of the night when the bride told me she didn't want to leave and had originally planned on leaving at 9:30! She was ecstatic, meaning I was too!
The ceremony and reception were held at Yuma Catholic High School, and we placed the chairs around all four sides of the dance floor where the wedding party stood, which created a neat dynamic. Once the ceremony was over, everyone moved their chairs to their assigned tables. This was a great way to, first of all, save money on chairs and secondly, prevent having empty chairs and unusable space during the reception.
Set-up began very early on Friday with the dance floor, chairs, and a first-for-me: a tulle and twinkle light wall. That was a definite project, but it ended up being beautiful despite the fact that the wind blew the tulle all over the place…lesson learned: tie everything down!
|My favorite crew rollin' in the dance floor that weighs a thousand pounds!|
|Bring on the Wind!|
|I remembered to snap a photo of the lit wall after I tore everything down at 1:00 AM, Naturally|
Laura had a fun and simple vision. Her colors were grey, lemon, and white, and bunches of baby's breath were placed on the tables in vases filled with lemons. Tin pots of flowers were scattered around the lawn as well. Designs by Ta Da was behind the flowers and design.
As always, I'll jump on the opportunity to get my hands on any DIY projects. I created this pinwheel wall as a backdrop for the escort card table. In my small town, creative paper resources are harder to find so I used a combination of napkins, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, and large construction paper from the teacher's supply store. FYI plain grey paper is hard to locate!
I used ceiling tiles my dad had lying around as the solid white background and hung it on the burlap wall I had used as a dessert table backdrop in a previous wedding seen here.
The lounge turned out super cute, and my pictures don't do it justice. We hung tissue puff balls created by the bride and her grandmother to frame the area.
|Cake Table with Yuma Couture Cakes' beautiful cake!|
|Laura and Clay|
|Laura and Her Bridesmaids|
Thank you to Laura and Clay for allowing me to be a part of your special day!
Venue: Yuma Catholic High School
Photographer: Scott Dance Photography
Florist: Designs By Ta Da!
Cake: Yuma Couture Cakes
Hair and Make-Up: Kristina at Painted Mane
Catering: The Crossing Grill and Bar
DJ: DJ Money Morgan with Platinum Empire Records