Earlier this summer I went to North Carolina to take part in helping decorate for a friend’s daughter’s wedding and reception.
Both the wedding and reception were held outside on the groom’s parent’s property. Some of the tables were on the dock, some on the patio just outside the pavilion and some were inside the pavilion.
Set in the beautiful landscape of the lake and woods beyond was the terraced amphitheater where the wedding was held, and just below that is the pavilion, where the reception was held.
The groom’s family milled the rough sawn wood that they sided the one wall of the pavilion with, the rest of the pavilion is open with no sides.
The bride’s father made the wonderful hanging chandelier, to later be used in the groom and bride’s new home, minus the added ivy, we added just for the night, (he said he was inspired by my jar lights I made for the kitchen of the ‘Little Brick Cottage’, but he’s pretty creative on his own, so I’m not so sure I actually inspired him).
We dressed up the open rafter ceiling by hanging a chandelier, I had taken down from my front hall at ‘Our House’, and spray painted it a quick coat of black. Then added Christmas icicle lights covered with tulle, being careful to staple them out of the way of the ceiling fans, because the fans would be on for the evening… remember it’s in North Carolina, in July, and it was warm, so if you could catch a little breeze from the fan, it was welcome.
Also notice all the grapevine screwed around the perimeter of the pavilion? That was all pulled out of the woods and really softened the edge of the soffit.
As the sun set the magical effect of the lights in the tulle started.
But when the bride and groom had their opening dance, now that’s when the enchantment in the pavilion was real.
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