Even though our wedding was a bit laid back, I most definitely wasn't a laid back bride.
I was a tad obsessive over many minor details.
For starters, the arch.
Our wedding was going to take place outside on the porch of a gorgeous venue overlooking a pond.
I had a very detailed image in my brain (thanks Pinterest) of what I wanted our arch to look like, and it wasn't one that could be bought.
We had to make it.
Thanks to some friends donating their river birches, and thanks to my awesome uncle and dad for being little lumberjacks for the day, we ended up with a pretty dang awesome arch.
We matched the lengths of each tree (and chose the skinny odd man out as the top bar of the arch)
They drilled a hole all the way through each tree, so that a bolt could be placed holding them together.
This was also necessary so that we could take the trees apart so the separate pieces of the arch could fit in the trailer to go to the wedding.
My ever so thoughtful uncle even bought brown paint to paint over the bolts!
We (I) was a bit anal about the alignment of it all.
My favorite part was the vintage planter boxes that mom found at a flea market!
We needed a strong base to support the trees, and this turned out the be the perfect solution.
We filled some plastic flower pots inside the planter boxes with Quick-Crete (we had to use two bags) so that it could form around the tree, and also be removable from the planter.
The men were proud of their project!
. . . and I was a happy little bride to be.
We wrapped rope around each corner, and our florist created a centerpiece for the top.
We draped some sort of ivy like thing (I don't know flowers, obviously) along the sides and then filled the planters with an assortment of some other cool flowers (see?)
. . . and here's how it turned out on the big day!