We’re thrilled to post about the wedding of one of our very own designers here at ForYourParty.com! Ella and Aaron got hitched this past fall and the long-awaited photos are finally here.
They wed near her hometown of Victor, New York, in the great big beautiful park, Mendon Ponds. The weather was predicted cold and rainy for weeks, but when the day finally came, amazingly, it was perfectly dry and all sunshine. Ella and Aaron are nature lovers who met in the fall and got engaged two falls later. So even though an outdoor Western New York wedding in mid-October seemed risky, it was decidedly so, and so worth it. The leaves were changing and it was not too hot, not too cold.
Ella went for a lush, natural vibe, full of shades of green, gold and brown. Guests kept cozy with homemade flannel blanket shawls and hot coffee, tea or apple cider. The couple collected as many mugs as there were guests from thrift and discount stores. Each mug was unique so that guests could pick their favorite, fill it up and take it home at the end of the night for a keepsake.
Ferns were the (super affordable!) foliage choice used in bouquets, flower crowns and delicate centerpieces that also included locally picked Queen Anne’s Lace flowers. They hired Dinosaur BBQ for their famed southern fare and found local bakers to supply their favorite desserts, apple fritters and pecan pie.
Also on the tables were several napkins a la For Your Party. She went with Espresso Brown Napkins stamped in a variety of foil colors: Gold, Copper and Shiny Green Tea.
Ella designed her invitation suite, which was also printed in-house by FYP. She used a gorgeous combination of letterpress and foil stamping methods: a custom Mint Cardstock for the invitation and RSVP with Black Letterpress, and Brown Wood Paper with Shiny Green Tea Foil for the reception card. Delicate leaves were foil-stamped in Satin Gold on all three cards, and the suite completed within Poptone Dark Olive Envelopes.
One of the post-ceremony snacks was caramel corn, homemade by a bridesmaid’s mother. Needless to say, this did not last long! The treat fit nicely in For Your Party Ivory Goodie Bags foil-stamped in Satin Gold. And one final accessory for the sake of tradition–Cigar Matchboxes! These were in Poptone Dark Olive Paper foil-stamped in Copper.
For their honeymoon, the happy couple kept it simple and stayed local in the Finger Lakes, “cabin hopping,” hiking the beautiful area, and eating leftover BBQ and pie. Perhaps an anniversary trip is on the horizon for them next fall?
Ella’s advice for brides to be: “Everyone will have a different opinion about aesthetics, so choose what pleases you. The day really does go by so fast and there will be many things you wished you’d done or done differently, but in the end, don’t listen to those nagging perfectionist-type thoughts. Listen instead to the feedback from your guests who love you and are delighted just to share in your joy and your big day.”