Where to start? I want to share it all with you so I will just tackle one thing at a time so here is how we got ready for the day....
As you know this was a farm wedding and it was very much DIY!
Chloe married farmer Luke on Saturday.
Last week for me was getting ready. I was the florist. With Mum's help we gathered all the flowers ourselves from the farm. Mostly from Mum's garden. The total cost of the flowers for the wedding was zero dollars and zero cents lol.
At one stage there I did feel that I had taken on the job of several florists. But it worked out!
So we really began Thursday with picking a vast amount of flowers and foliage. I drove over to Mums and we picked and loaded up.
This was the back of my car at one stage and this was another...
By now we had a marquee set up for the reception and I started unloading flowers in there and just stuck them in buckets...
We also had huge amounts of foliage... and long bits that were five to six feet in length. These were draped on sheets on the ground. Chloe had wanted just foliage on the fence posts leading the the wedding site. This was a challenge as they were over five feet tall.
So these led into the wedding site with one on each side. They were huge!
The wedding was going to be under a huge gum tree. This is the location before we made an isle lined with jars of native flowers (will show this sometime later...)
On Friday we had a day of setting up and I arranged flowers. Everyone helped.
This is Chloe and Allie putting up bunting. There was miles of bunting. I sourced lace tablecloths, doilies etc from op shops, my friends helped from far and wide until we had enough. Chloe sewed it. It was gorgeous. All the marquee ropes etc were covered in bunting.
The seating was hay bales.
Some were placed in huge circles and in the middle were the flower fire pits made by Luke and Andy from tractor disks. Then they piled up wood to burn in these into the night. To me even the wood piles looked lovely.
I began arranging. I was remembering my Nana who was a wonderful florist. She collected flowers and foliage wherever she went. She would have loved to have seen all of this! Truly she would have thought it was heavenly.
All tables had flowers. Some were kind of arranged and some really just stuck in buckets. Mainly I just stuck to casual and abundant...
This went on and on until I was wondering about a blood transfusion lol!
I was also doing a mental Vicky Challenge. I wonder how much city florists would charge for the flowers and the arrangements etc? I am guessing a lot. As I get to next stages you will see we also had no hair dressers, make up artists etc. Chloe made her own bouquet. And headpiece... can't wait to show you that!
By Friday night we were ready and walked away. All we could do now was hope and pray for tomorrow....
(Part 2 coming as soon as I can manage. Also I have not replied to most of Fridays comments but I will! Have a wonderful week! xxx)