A Wedding on the Porch






One of the most delightful things happened to our new old home this past weekend!
We hosted a wedding day on our front porch!

What made this day and occasion special and precious was that
my friend and her now-husband are dear friends of ours.

I kept it simple, per the bride's request.
So, I gathered my collection of Ball mason jars
(with wire around their necks so I could hang them from our picket fence),
put a layer of brown rice in them and added votive candles.

The wedding colors were cream and magenta,
so I found some cream satin ribbon at Hobby Lobby: one was wired with a center of burlap.
I love vintage jelly jars so I use them not only to drink from, but light candles in.
Lighters, string, and scissors are the only tools I used.


Twenty chairs (still in the cloth bags next to the door) were rented for $2.50 each.
(The tables are from the party held for my daughters' youth group party the weekend before--
yeah, it's been a busy month!)


A little sweeping and washing and arranging.


I found burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby last year on clearance for $5 a roll
and have been using them pretty much every time I need to decorate for a celebration ever since!
They are versatile and neutral.


We are oh so blessed to have a huge, old magnolia tree in our front yard.
I trimmed some branches from it and viola, free greenery decor!




These rocking chairs, generously and kindly left for us by the previous owners,
usually live on the porch, but I had to move them off to make room for guest seating.


I think one of the best purchases for our Craftsman bungalow porch was these lanterns from IKEA.
At $15 each, their size make a wonderful, warm, welcoming glow.


My hubby and I prepared for a few weekends for this day.
See the risers (they are the white painted concrete atop the brick)?
When we moved in, they were red. See?


My dear hubby pressured washed every inch of the porch, sidewalk, and driveway.
We want to restore this home back to how it may have looked in 1938, the year it was built.
Here's the sidewalk when we moved in.


The door was white, now it's Wythe Blue from Sherwin Williams,



At the end of one side of the porch, I hung vintage ribbed bedspreads 
by tucking their ends into the trim on the overhang.
I had originally planned on sewing and hanging drop cloth curtains
but never got to it, so this was Plan B and it worked out fine!
It was a windy, very cool day, and doing this cut down
on some of the breezes flowing through onto the crowd.
It also made a nice backdrop for a few pictures of the joyful couple!




The bride made her entrance from our side sleeping porch (to the right of the bench above).
We played music from this spot from our new/old record player.



The other end of the porch.


Our three-tiered stand got prettified, too.


The bride and groom are in the middle right of the picture below.


Easiest decor ever:
tuck magnolia branches into the cone and tie 3 strands of ribbon to one edge.


The coach lighting branches were tied on with string.


One of the most exciting things that happened for us was that my husband, Mark,
got to officiate the ceremony!
He reminded the couple that just as we discovered our home had a good foundation
when we had it inspected, so must a marriage have a good foundation: Christ.

My favorite excerpt from the ceremony:
"Marriage is a union unlike any other. 
It is the physical and spiritual joining together of a man and woman, 
who after finding each other, cannot imagine life apart."

(See their photographer's camera poking out from the front door opening?)

Our daughter, Miss S, made this banner.
It reads JUST MARRIED on one side.


And MR. and MRS. on the other side.
(The banner is from Hobby Lobby, and after a 40% off coupon, it was $3.79!)


One last picture of the wonderful family that graced our lives with hope and love!



We will always cherish this day and consider it one of the most remarkable 
events we've ever been honored to host!
Congratulations, Rob and Tina!


The glory of this present house 
will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ 
says the Lord Almighty. 
‘And in this place I will grant peace, restoration, and joy’ 
declares the Lord Almighty.”
Haggai 2:9



Jaime

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18 comments:

  1. So pretty! LOVE all of your details and special touches! The white risers really POP! Congratulations to the happy couple and their family. Such a lovely spot to have a wedding

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    1. Thank you, Kolein :) It certainly was one of the best days I can remember...

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  2. What an honor to, not only host the wedding, but to be able to officiate also! You did such a fabulous job Leslie - everything looked wonderful. Congratulations to the happy couple and their new family. May God bless their union.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! It was quite a day! Yes, may the Lord bless them and prosper them :)

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  3. Beautiful Leslie, your friends are very blessed to have you in their lives.

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    1. Hi Wendy! And I am oh so blessed to have them in mine! <3

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    2. Wendy, I couldn't agree more!!

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  4. Beautiful. Just beautiful Leslie. There are no other words.

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  5. How beautiful.... what a blessing to this "Bride and Groom"!!! and that scripture at the end of your post is one of my very favorites!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! I am so enjoying your "Restoration" process!!!!!

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    1. Hi Sweetie! I am going to attempt to get that scripture onto a sign and gift my husband (or me--teehee) with it. It is our verse for this house :)

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  6. How uplifting this blog is...what a perfect day for the newly joined family. And you are a wonderful hostess & decorator. Thank you for sharing your life and your home with us.

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  7. Your porch looked wonderful. How sweet of you to host for your friends. Beautiful family!

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  8. Beautiful, simple and elegant!! I loved everything you did. What a beautiful wedding and memory. Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. This was so simple and elegant. I love seeing all of the easy and inexpensive decorations and details. It all looks so beautiful.
    It is nice to be able to host something like this and bless another family!
    Wishing them Many Happy Wonderful years ... Blessings and much success to the newlyweds.
    Pat

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  10. What a beautiful day! Leslie, you never cease to amaze me with your gifts. You are such a blessing!

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  11. Beautiful, Leslie. You have a real gift in sharing your talent with others.

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  12. This is beautiful, no words to say. I think you are blessed with a superb talent, I loved it. May God bless the newly married couple.

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