Inspiration for your road to the altar

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October 8, 2008
As you may or may not remember, I wanted an altar made out of sticks in the worst way. I didn’t get it. We must learn to pick our battles, no? I had resigned myself to the idea of not having an altar at all and then about two months before the wedding I decided that I absolutely couldn’t live without one. So I called our florist and with absolutely no direction from me she provided the most beautiful arbor, complete with white and green flowers (I am not kidding, I believe my exact words were “Yes, put flowers on it”). The picture above is the arrangement at the very top of it and you can pretty much see the whole thing in this shot:Its a tragedy that I only got to see it for a few minutes, because I really just liked it that much. The candles and petals lining the aisle? That’s a story for another day (I can’t tell you how much I am fighting the urge to, after I gush about all the things I loved, write a post about the things that pissed me off. It would be funny, I tell you!) But anyway – on with the details. This is also one of my favorites, which happened to be a total coincidence:That’s the flag on the boat which technically represents Gage Marina but also happens to be the first letter of my new husband’s last name. I adore it. Onto a few shots from the reception! I don’t think I got around to writing about this either, but we had a damask box filled with flip-flops for the taking:My Mom and I tied ribbons with the sizes around each pair…I have some pictures of the process somewhere that I will have to dig up. You can see one of the runners in this picture:Alright, I can’t help myself. The tall centerpieces were supposed to have the ribbons out the outside of the vases, not wrapped around the actual flowers. There was a tall centerpiece on our table and I was actually confused for a second, thinking one of the girls put their bouquets in there for some reason…argh. And the green runners aren’t at all what I remember ordering – I am stopping now. Time for one of the best parts:The cake was perfection, both in appearance and taste. It is actually buttercreme, not fondant, and I have no idea how that is done but I love it. It’s kind of hard to tell how big the top layer is in this picture but I can assure you that it is HUGE. We took it to brunch the next morning and let 10 people have another slice, then gave my brother and sister-in-law a huge chunk for the drive home, and still we have cake left over. I froze a wedge that would amount to 4-5 slices for our first anniversary, and we’re still eating cake at our house. I love it when there is cake at our house.
  • notsojenny writes:

    oooohhh, i LOVE that you had real champagne glasses. i’m not a fan of flutes and i think the glasses are just so classy. they even look gorgeous just sitting on the table.
    sucks about the details that weren’t perfect, but it all looks gorgeous from here. love the arbor! thank goodness for great vendors

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  • My Dream Ring writes:

    I really like the runners, they are great even if they are not the green you wanted. The cake, wow! AMAZING!!!

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  • Jamie writes:

    Wow, Darci. Everything looks AMAZING! The arbor is gorgeous, the flag…how great was that?! And the cake….oh the cake. Can’t wait for more!

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  • Pretty Bride writes:

    i love love your cake!

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  • Kelly Oshiro writes:

    That cake is hot! I can’t wait to see, more, more, more!

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  • bekapaige writes:

    I am loving the photos of your arbor and the gorgeous cake! Love your runners too! What a beautiful day.

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  • Molly writes:

    Love, love, love. And I have to say, I want to hear about the bad stuff too :) I can’t help it!

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  • Ainsley writes:

    I know it’s hard to accept, but you should remember that the only reason you can be critical of the slight imperfections of the wedding are that you put soooo much energy and time into the details. Nothing is ever perfect, and you should be really proud!

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  • Sooz writes:

    Hi Darcy,
    I have been reading your blog for the past year and I recently just got married in August! Like you, I too am learning that I am somewhat of a perfectionist and can totally relate to your disappointment on details not being followed through! It is definately upsetting, I totally understand. Although, either way, your wedding looks absolutely beautiful. You did a great job planning it. And ya know what a lot of the things that didnt go through people won’t even notice because they will just think that was how it was supposed to be. :) Happy Marriage!

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  • Jennifer writes:

    I can’t see all of the pics for some reason, but the ones I can see are great! All of the personal touches you worked so hard on really came together beautifully!

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  • Janelle writes:

    Darci, Congrats on a beautiful wedding! I am using damask elements in my wedding. Did you make or rent your runners? If you own them, are you interested in selling? Thanks.

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  • Darci writes:

    Thanks, Janelle! We made all the runners by hand and I am happy to say that they all survived the wedding perfectly. I am selling them, shoot me an email if you’re interested! (darcilynn80(at)aol(dot)com)

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  • Donna writes:

    Very lovely wedding! I love the combination of the green and white flowers with the black and white runners. Very striking.

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  • Wedding Reception writes:

    I'm liking that cake in the last shot.

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