I am a super DIY kinda girl and I love antique and vintage goodies. Rusty, shabby, sparkly…. just a few of my favorite things. My wedding was held August 6, 2011 in Los Alamitos and all of those things were some how incorporated. The festivities took place in my Mother in-laws back yard and just about every detail was created by myself with the help of great family and friends.
My husband is from Argentina, so we served a traditional BBQ. Tons of meat, amazing potato salad and super fresh green salad, all prepared by his family. Empanadas, caprice salad on skewers, and chorizo on french roles were the appetizers. Our wedding was the perfect mix of my husband and I. Such an awesome, unforgettable day!
The wedding sign that welcomed our guests was created by my mom and I. We used an old salvaged window and banister that we dug out of my grandparent’s garage to create the sign. I painted the window with chalkboard paint and then primitively painted the word wedding and a few hearts. The night before the wedding a few girlfriends and I created the rose bouquet that adorned the top (along with all of the other flowers for the event).
My husband and I sat at a sweetheart table. The giant “R” stands for Rodriguez. I made that out of some other junk I found in my grandparents’ garage. They used to own a restaurant called Bernies Cafe. The “R” used to be part of a sign that hung on the front of their building. I glued and nailed it to a big block of wood and covered it with some dried moss. All of the floral arrangements are a mix of roses, succulents, and paper flowers. Each is displayed in a piece of silver purchased at my local thrift store. My husband, Santi, and I sat in upholstered chairs I borrowed from my parents. The table was given to me by my cousin. My mom and I painted it, distressed it, and then sold it after the wedding. Can’t beat that!
My Dad built the alter for us. He used antique wood beams and other architectural salvage to create the area where we held the ceremony. My mom and I made curtains from muslin to soften the space a bit. On either side of the alter stood antique bird cage stands. My mom and I created bags out of burlap that hung from the stands full of roses.
The pastor used an antique bible stand that my mom and I found at an estate sale. We painted it and distressed it to give it a very shabby chic appearance. A small vase with roses was perched on the bottom shelf.
I printed the seating chart on card stock paper. My sister had a pretty floral hole punch that she let me borrow to dress them up a bit. Then we used clothes pins to attach the cards to twine. The old screen door is a slavaged piece that we picked up at a flea market. We now have the piece in our store for display.
There was burlap everywhere! My mom and I purchased 100 yards of it for $1 per yard and then went crazy making runners, table toppers, and bags to hold flowers.
We ordered two different styles of chairs in three different colors. We also mixed in a few antique or vintage chairs here and there that came from the homes of friends and family. The rental company thought we were crazy. They were so confused as to what to do with the random mix of chairs.
We created a few seating arrangements throughout the backyard to create cozy places for guests to feel right at home. Most of the furniture was borrowed from friends and family. The upholstered chairs were purchased at a flea market. My mom and I reupholstered them and then sold them in our store after the wedding.
We ordered a ton of flowers from Sam’s Club and the night before the wedding my mom and a few girlfriends helped me create all of the center pieces. Each one was unique. Some were in silver dishes purchased at thrift stores others were in wood boxes picked up at Shinoda design center.
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Alchemy fine living is an antiques & home furnishings business located in Santa Ana, Ca. Alchemy can be defined as an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting power or process; transforming something common into something special.
ABOUT MEAlchemy fine living is my antiques & home furnishings business. I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom Connie & I followed our dreams & opened our store in 2008. It's a collection of all the things she & I truly love. We combine antiques with new treasures, as well as, a selection of handcrafted items created by the two of us. We also offer custom sewing, re-upholstery, & furniture painting services.