Monday, July 4, 2016

Wedding bells and baubles

Our niece's wedding was here and gone in a blink of an eye, a whisper of tulle and the tinkling of cutlery against water glasses. It was everything a wedding should be.

The day was clear and warm but not too warm. Mariah was beautiful and Josh was handsome. Here are Mariah and her parents before heading to the church.

Both musicians, they decided that music would play a prominent role in their ceremony and featured a choir made up of 13 talented friends and family members. The performances were so stirring it was difficult not to break into spontaneous applause.

There were so many special touches. Instead of live flowers, framed paintings of flowers made by my brother, Paul - the bride's father - sat in the front of the church on either side of the aisle.

Pansy Painting by Paul Seymour

Mariah carried a jewelry bouquet, shown below, created with trinkets and gems donated by friends and family.

The Bridal Bouquet

My donation featured a beaded rivoli made from the same beads as those I used in her bridesmaids' necklaces and two photo charms: one of my parents, Mariah's grandparents, both who have passed away, and another charm with a photo of the bride and groom.

And then Mariah came down the aisle escorted by my brother Paul looking composed but also slightly stunned that his little girl was old enough to reach this milestone. Mariah and Josh read each other vows they composed. Josh told the story of knowing his love for Mariah in the sixth grade when they became friends and he impulsively recorded his adoration on a napkin vowing that he would marry her one day.

Mariah and Josh in Grade School

Here is a photo of me with the bridesmaids in the sets I created.

I used a design by Panda Hall and replaced pearls with Swarhovski crystals.

I made two sets of earrings so the girls could pick their preference and packaged them in anti-tarnish bags. I really like these boxes from Nile Corp and customized them with inserts created on Photoshop and personalized with a note of thanks from the bride to each bridesmaid.

The reception brought together all the members of our family, which is a miraculous event, especially with many nieces and nephews attending school or working in other far-flung locations. But we were all together, enjoying the celebration and each other. Here we see this unruly mob doing our  best to settle down for a family photo.

Family Mayhem

Congratulations to Josh and Mariah for a perfect event to commemorate their love and commitment to each other!

Married at last!


Amy S. said...

I love this round up of your niece's wedding!!!!! It's awesome. That bridal bouquet idea is positively spectacular! What a unique and special thing to do and it will last forever!!! And your jewelry design for the bride's maids was gorgeous as well!!! I love the photo of all the gals wearing their jewelry. You made the right choice subbing crystal for that design because the sparkle on the necklaces is really great with those dresses. I also love your outfit and jewelry for the evening! You look mah-velous dah-ling!!!

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