It hardly seems possible that I'll be getting married on Friday, but it's true! And since I amazingly wound up with a three week hiatus from work, I get to enjoy this week as our friends and family start arriving into town, and spend my days relaxing and finishing up some small projects.
Our festivities are in two parts—Friday is the ceremony in a local Rose Garden with dinner after at a favorite Italian restaurant for close family and friends. Saturday evening is a potluck party with a band and square dancing with a bigger group in a state park down the road from us. It should be a weekend filled with everything a wedding should have like friends, love, laughter, good music and food, and much appreciation for the moment. And after nearly exactly a year of waiting for this day, I am extremely excited.
Over the weekend, I worked on the garlands that will decorate the dance floor at the potluck party. I'd gotten two enormous sets of paint swatches from Yolo Colorhouse and knew that I needed to put the paper to good use. So with a large scallop hole punch and some Divine Twine, I started making garlands. I love that they are super simple, but that the colors make them really pretty.
The goal of the wedding was never to go DIY overboard and while I have realized that I was completely lying when I said that I was going to keep it super simple (because in reality I do care a lot about aesthetics!), I am glad that I did limit the projects to a select few. I am looking forward to finishing these up, to preparing the meal for our "welcome to town" dinner at our house on Thursday, and to making my bouquet on Friday morning because it means that I will be inherently part of the festivities in more ways than one.
Plus, I just really like making things.
So with that, I'm going to sign off of here for the next three weeks. I'll be back the week of July 18th with tales of the wedding (you'll finally get to see my dress!) and of our honeymoon up in the Boundary Waters. Cheers!