a wedding recap - the details

I still can't believe I'm married and have been for almost two weeks.
Ryan and I were Facetiming last night and, perhaps it's because we had to part after a week of marriage,
but it hasn't quite entirely sunk in that he and I get to spend eternity together now.
It's still pretty amazing to wrap my head around,
so I'm keeping it alive today and sharing the little details from our teeny wedding!

When Ryan and I started our little whirlwind wedding planning process, 
we knew we didn't want anything huge and pretentious. 
We wanted to play off the colors of the season (and his uniform) and really just embrace winter.


Our centerpieces were simple - evergreen in hand-blown glass vases filled with pinecones and cinnamon.
To add a little something extra, 
We decorated the evergreen branches with glass icicle ornaments, which caught the candlelight in our reception.
I made all of them two days prior to the wedding to ensure they wouldn't die before then.


Since there were only 19 of us at our wedding and reception, we ended up having a few extra centerpieces,
which we used to help adorn the cake table.
I made both the cake and the centerpieces, as well, which was truly a labor of love. 
Our favors were peppermint hot chocolate in mason jars.
I simply layered pure Dutch cocoa, crushed peppermint and marshmallows in the jars for all our guests.

Our cake was red velvet with a cream cheese frosting, adorned with fresh pine, raspberries and powdered sugar. 
I knew from the start I didn't want a tiered, traditional wedding cake,
so I decided to play off the season with the cake, as well, using the same elements as the rest of our decor.
I was surprised with how well the cake turned out, too!


Honestly, looking back, I wouldn't change a single thing from our wedding day.
Sure, things went "wrong," and little elements were overlooked,
but everything went so smoothly, and despite our nerves, we were married that day, 
and that's what really mattered to us in the end. 

22 comments

  1. Love all the details and you were a beautiful bride, loved the choker (something so meaningful) cant wait to see more pictures!!!!

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    1. Aw thank you so much! I can't wait to finally get all the pictures back. I'm the most impatient person in the world!

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  2. Wow, I love your hot chocolate favors! So cute! Our centerpieces had Mason jars. I love them.

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    1. Thanks, Steph! I had a lot of fun making them...and they were delicious ;)

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  3. My goodness how pretty everything is! I have always loved fall and winter weddings vs summer wedding, I feel as though they are much more personal, warm and intimate. You pulled off your decorations so well!

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  4. It looks so beautiful. It almost makes me want to get married in winter, but I really don't like the cold season.

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  5. What creative favors you had. Love them!

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  6. I love your details! They seem so perfect for the day, and you had me at peppermint hot chocolate.

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  7. This is all so beautiful!!! It is simple and so very elegant :)

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  8. Honestly, the details that you took time with are incredible. I love all the personal touches and extras that you did. Your cake looks so FREAKING amazing..I can't get over it!

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  9. oh my gosh, oh my gosh. this is perfect.

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  10. I love fall wedding details. That cake is beautiful!

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  11. I love the centerpieces, they played so well with the theme. The cake came out fabulous, great job!

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  12. Your wedding looks beautiful!! I hope you post more pictures :). That cake looks delicious, too!
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  13. I love all the little seasonal details, such a lovely wedding you had!

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  14. Amen about the little details not mattering. You were there to get married, and you did just that! Success!

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  15. OOOOBSESSED! The simplicity is flawlessly beautiful. And Christmas tree trimmings...you can never go wrong with those in my book. Love how beautifully y'all embraced winter! xx

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  16. I love a winter wedding! Looks like yours was absolutely beautiful!

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  17. All of this looks so great! And way to go for doing it yourself!

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  18. What an amazing idea for your favors, and the cake looks incredible! I love that you incorporated the quintessential winter look (and smell!) of evergreen into your wedding!

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