In the beginning, Em & Luis had chosen to use a damask pattern as the theme for the wedding decor, with the colors black and white with a little red thrown in. I used that inspiration to create their wedding invitation:
And this is how the wedding reception looked! (Everyone say "Ooooooooh!" together now!)
We did the reception at Highland Gardens Reception Center in Highand, Utah, which was just gorgeous to start out with. Emily's new hubby Luis' family is from several Latin American countries, so we took a few of those traditions as a jumping off point for our decor. My sister-in-law Caitlyn's mom Jeralee was the visionary behind all this, and I was so happy I could help make it all come to life. My mom and Jeralee got these damask table toppers and borrowed all sorts of silver pitchers and containers from generous family and friends and filled them with roses to make these gorgeous centerpieces.
We made approximately a gazillion of those tissue paper pom-poms to hang around the reception area, which was truly a labor of love by several family members and friends who are NOT crafters but pitched in awesomely.
My biggest contribution was the white paper papel picado banners hanging above the tables. They are traditionally cut by hand out of tissue paper, but I wanted to customize them, make them a little sturdier, and give them a cleaner, more modern feel to match the damask theme of the wedding, so I designed 8 custom banners and then cut each one with my Cricut (using SCAL). I cut over 200 of these babies, so my Cricut was smokin' by the end. Here's a closeup:
And, just because I can't help beating a dead horse, here's what the designs look like without background distraction...
I was also in charge of hair accessories for the bride and bridal party. I made red satin flowers for all us bridesmaids and our sisters-in-law with this tutorial from Stuff & Bits. This is my beautiful sister Amy and me:
And of course we couldn't leave the little girlies out! I made these rolled rosette hair pretties for my daughter Eliza (on the left) and my niece Amelia out of the same fabric:
But my favorite was this enormous flower I created for the bride herself, using a technique I actually figured out myself (I know, don't fall over dead...).
My sister Amy made this AWESOME sombrero grooms cake, also completely by hand:
I also made them a pretty sign-in scrapbook, but my pictures of that didn't turn out AT ALL, so I will have to steal it from them and show you another time.
Whew! Just looking at these pictures makes me tired, but so very happy. Thanks for letting me be part of the fun, Em and Luis! Love you guys!