Ooh-wee, this wedding. Just one look at their sweetheart table backdrop, and we were in love. Bride Rachel made pinwheels the central focus of her wedding in honor of her nephew, and we have to say the design worked out perfectly. Thanks to Rachel Havel and Platte Floral for your work on this one!
From the bride, Rachel: For our wedding I envisioned something very whimsical, vintage, and rustic. Pinwheels were a big part of the theme. They are my nephew’s favorite and I didn’t think he would be able to make it, so I wanted to incorporate him. (Thankfully he made it — he is the little guy with suspenders.) It was all about the details.
Flower recipe: My bouquet contained white peonies, pink ranunculus, pink waxflower, and yellow button. For the centerpieces we had a mix of white yellow and pink flowers including snapdragons. For the bridesmaids bouquets they had hydrangea. All of the bouquets and boutonnieres had hand made pinwheels in them.
We had one pinwheel for each guest, we had them as centerpieces hanging from the ceiling, we had them on the curtain behind the head table as a back drop, we had 12 4-foot tall working metal pin wheels for the ceremony. Most of our wedding was DIY — my mother hand made every napkin, the runner, we made every pinwheel by hand, my dad hand made and welded each metal pinwheel, he also made a stand for the doors I walked through down the aisle, we made our cake stand, we made all of the table runners, we made all the chair ties, my mother and I made the belt on my dress, we made all of the frames with family couples pictures that were sitting on my great grandmother’s pie chest; our whole wedding was DIY. I definitely became a pinwheel pro after making 600 of them! My family worked so hard to make this wedding everything I dreamed of and I am so thankful!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would definitely say don’t plan too much, don’t stress out too much about all the details just remember what really matters is that you are marrying the love of your life!
Newlywed Entrance: “Happy,” Pharrell
First Dance: “Boat Song,” JJ Heller
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts (it was hard to find a song for this dance, but this one was perfect!)
Mother/Daughter Dance: “Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood
Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies,” Beyonce
Reception Exit: “Honey Bee,” Blake Shelton
From the photographer, Rachel Havel: This gorgeous wedding was only possible with the help and hands of the bride and her family’s DIY commitment. They spent a year making hundreds of pinwheels by hand. The bride’s father welded metal pinwheels and created the doors to the ceremony aisle. They sewed the napkins, seat pads for the benches, and even the bride’s belt she wore on the wedding day. It was so tastefully done and beautiful and all the details came together so nicely. Beyond that, Rachel & Chris are high school sweetheart and so madly in love with each other. Their love was the main focus on their wedding day and it was apparent. They were such a joy to be around and celebrate as they entered into marriage.
Wedding Location: Woodland Park, CO / Photographer: Rachel Havel / Event Planning: Patricia Miller (rockymtnmillers @ msn.com) / Floral Design: Platte Floral / Venue: The Barn at Casey’s / Wedding Dress and Headband: Danelle’s Bridal / Wedding Dress Alterations: Alterations and Custom Sewing by Grace Bloom / Bridal Belt: Patricia Miller (rockymtnmillers @ msn.com) / Bride’s Earrings: Helzberg Diamonds / Hair: Suzanne Coffy / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Kohl’s / Groom’s Bow Tie and Cufflinks: Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s Watch: Dillards / Caterer: Famous Dave’s / Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes / DJ – Chase Demelio (chase.demelio @ gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations: Shutterfly