Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rustic Winery Pre-Wedding Weekend

Our brother is getting married!  

This past weekend we enjoyed a pre-wedding celebration with friends and family since the actually "I Do!" will take place next month in Mexico.  We kept the party casual, just like the couple, and let the gorgeous setting of the Missouri winery act as the main decor.  

In keeping with the vino theme, we stole (literally!) these amazing wine cork place card holders from our friend Jacquelyn's wedding in June.  (It's true!  Liz took them home in her pashmina!  Not to fret - we asked first, and of course, returned them once the fete was finished.  First rule of design: when you see something great, you have to jump on it!)

To bring the "outside in" for this nature-loving couple, table numbers were covered in moss and nailed onto cedar bases. (Click here for a how-to on this easy, adorable project.)

An enormous thank you to our friends Jen and Molly (another dynamic sister duo!) for their invaluable help on the centerpieces.  Using sunflowers, empty wine bottles, wine barrel tops repurposed as trays, and a charming mix of pottery, they brought our mom's rustic Sicily-chic vision to life.

In Italian, "bomboniere", or favors, are gifts given by hosts to guests on special occasions.  Traditionally the pouches contain five Jordan almonds symbolizing health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and long life.  As our Italian mother explained this tradition to guests, she held up the bomboniere my father and she received over 30 years ago on their wedding day.  Continuing the tradition, we tied a burlap sack of the sugared almonds to wine bottle stoppers using twine and placed one at each place setting.

We absolutely love our future sister-in-law and couldn't be more excited for their special day.  Our one regret is that we didn't take enough pictures this past weekend, but luckily, we get another chance in Mexico.  Enjoy this snapshot of the party!

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