“Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”- Hal Borland
Fall is the perfect time for a wedding. The crisp air with red, yellow and orange leaves, these delicious colors of fall, provide a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. When my mom told me she was getting married in the fall, I was excited about the great colors to choose from and I was honored to help with the planning. What I didn’t plan on was the amount of Band-Aids I would need, the sunny morning turning to rain or a broken zipper. Grab a cup of coffee, some tissues and sit back to enjoy a story about the preparations leading up to a beautiful fall wedding, that shows love can happen at any age.
The story of this beautiful fall wedding began on December 4, 2008 when 68 year old Norma went to a local private club to spend some time with friends. Across the room she spotted a man sitting alone, since it was a private club and most people there knew each other, Norma went over to introduce herself and struck up a conversation with 62 year old Butch. They exchanged names and numbers, with the goal of Norma introducing Butch to one of her “younger” friends. The two did not see or talk to each other again until January 2, 2009. Once again, they were both in the same club. They had a great conversation discussing their hobbies, work and whatever else those in their 60’s talk about. Butch informed Norma he no longer wanted to meet her “friend” that he had found someone already…yep, he meant her.
The two dated for a few months and in March of 2009, Butch asked Norma to marry him. When mom gave us the news of the proposal, in the same breath she stated that for her wedding, she wanted something she didn’t have the first time around, a big wedding. Just like any other kid who hears their 68 year old mom is getting married, I experienced a brief moment of hmmm, how did that happen? After the shock wore off, I knew it was time to get the plans in gear and give her the fall wedding of her dreams.
So out came the glue guns, the band aids, the hours of shopping for the perfect necessities and the smile on her face when it all came together. We knew there had to be all of the colors of fall incorporated, so choosing dresses for the bridesmaids and maid of honor was a breeze. There were five of us in all and each wore a different fall color. The maid of honor wore yellow, the bridesmaids wore green, brown, burgundy and orange. The ushers wore brown suits that matched the color of fall perfectly. The flower girl was adorable in a two toned brown dress, that matched the brown suit of the ring bearer.
The flowers were stunning with all the bright crisp colors of fall. There were pots of bright yellow mums scattered about the church, both inside and out. Instead of tossing flower petals from her basket, the flower girl tossed fall leaves. The females in the wedding party carried delightful, colorful bouquets that were made up of a variety of fall flowers. The bridal bouquet was elegantly made up of various fall flowers all of which were vivid and bright in color.
The reception was decorated with plenty of candle light, pumpkins, gourds, leaves, haybales and a scarecrow. The centerpieces were made with glass hearts, clear plates and colorful leaves surrounding the heart shaped dish that held yellow and orange floating candles. The tables were covered with brown linen table covers, off white netting placed in the center and the centerpieces on top of the netting. There were leaves, small pumpkins and gourds scatted on the tables and plenty of candlelight. The table settings were square yellow plates and champagne glasses with brown and gold ribbons tied around each one.
The coaster wedding favors, were adorable, easy to make and were a big hit. To make the coasters, purchase plain ceramic tiles from a home improvement store, choose the picture you would like to have on the front of the coasters, I made these with a beautiful picture of trees covered in orange leaves. When printing the picture chosen, it helps to size them to the size of the tile. Cut picture to fit the tile, use decoupage glue to attach to the front of the tile. Let dry overnight, apply another coat of decoupage glue over the picture. Cut pieces of felt to fit the back of the tile and hot glue on. I used two coasters for each guest, but they are great when used as one per person. If using more than one coaster per guest, tie them together with a ribbon to match the colors of the wedding. Each coaster costs approximately $1.00 to make, much less expensive than purchasing ready made items.
This fall wedding was beautiful and the bride was glowing. Planning a wedding is like the marriage, there are ups, downs and mishaps but, keeping a smile on your face and happiness in your heart will make it work. This wedding was not without its mishaps, including a broken zipper five minutes before the wedding, a great seamstress and an orange shirt came to the rescue. A “hayride” was scheduled to take the wedding party from the church to the reception, however, rain during the ceremony, changed that plan quickly. Fortunately, back up arrangements had been made and there was a Rolls Royce parked out front that took the bride and groom to the reception.The wedding turned out beautiful and I am happy to report that Norma and Butch will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary October 10, 2010. They are planning a hog roast (they had one at the wedding reception as well), and are looking forward to many happy years to come. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Butch, I love you both.