Celebrating Our Wedding Anniversary, Nautical Style

Before I launch into a very happy reminiscing session, I wanted to share that my new job has been keeping me very busy lately!  I haven’t had the usual evening time or even the same amount of weekend time to work on projects.  You might have noticed that I haven’t really been posting any big updates recently, so I apologize for that!  I will say that we’ve taken steps forward on quite a few projects: final decisions made on the kitchen renovation, finishing the ill-fated floating shelves (finally!), updating a desk chair, building wooden planters, updating a garage sale plant stand, and finishing our bedroom wall decor.  Whew! Too bad none of it’s finished yet. Patience, my lovely blog readers, patience.  But for now… let’s celebrate a pretty awesome thing that happened two years ago!

Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the one year blogiversary of Creating Krista, and now it’s time for another celebration: Dan and Krista’s awesome wedding anniversary!  It’s been two years since the most fun day of our lives – May 31, 2013!  Last year, I shared a few tidbits about how we’ve repurposed our wedding decor into our home.  This year, I thought it would be even more fun to share our wedding story with all of you, including a few special highlights on crafty projects and creative ideas that we brought into the mix.  It was pretty much the best day ever.

Is this not one of the most beautiful wedding backdrops you’ve ever seen?  I have to give a special shoutout to the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, New Jersey.  It was an incredible venue with an even more amazing view.  This was actually on their second floor balcony, where the cocktail hour took place – just a sneak preview of the nautical vibes that inspired much of our decor and the feeling of the space!

To start with, I decided early on that I wanted to create a custom stationery suite for my wedding.  I love stationery, office supplies, and getting mail (who doesn’t?!), so when I first got engaged, I quickly went on the lookout for Etsy designers to work with.  I found BeJoyful Paper on Etsy and fell in love with the simplicity of designs, fonts, and customization that they were able to provide to me at low prices.  BeJoyful shared everything with me digitally and I was able to print all of my paper products on my own through Vistaprint using lots and LOTS of Groupons.  The invitation suite was a simple navy border with a knot, along with a patterned RSVP card and direction sheet.  I found the navy blue envelopes, anchor stickers, and persimmon colored sash at Paper Source.  My brother and bridesman TJ came over one night and we packaged everything together.


Other items in the suite included our ceremony programs, again with the same colors and fonts, but different patterns.  I bought some coral twine and tied bows on all of the programs myself, as well as found a matching basket at Target where we held all of the programs at the ceremony site.

Speaking of the ceremony, we reserved a dock through the Borough of Fair Haven’s Parks and Recreation department (for just $25!) and rented chairs, tables, and linens from a local party rental store.  The dock was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy but rebuilding finished just five days before our ceremony!  Let’s just say the weather odds were (mostly) in our favor: it ended up being 90 degrees that day!  Thankfully, I had anticipated the heat and bought two affordable beverage dispensers from the Christmas Tree Shops, filled them with sweet tea and lemonade, as well as bought those little chalkboards and wrote on them with chalkboard markers.  You’ll see in the background that we had plenty of water bottles for anyone who might have been parched as well.

And yes, they had custom labels with our wedding logo on them.  I have to give credit to my mom and brother for sticking all of those labels on and just making our ceremony that much more personal!

Having a separate ceremony site and reception venue enabled us to brainstorm a pretty creative mode of transportation to move guests from one location to another, so we worked with the Long Branch Trolley Company to book this adorable trolley.   My brother printed a custom poster with our wedding logo and engagement photo to hang on the outside.  I loved the trolley: it was super personal and very fitting to our nautical theme, and we were able to create a custom playlist to play while guests were traveling from place to place!

Speaking of playlists, Dan and I chose a first dance song that was very true to my 80’s girl heart: “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, from the movie Say Anything.  Not only do I personally think that this song is a classic and completely timeless, but I was able to add a little DIY flair by printing out paper boomboxes and asking our wedding party to hold them up while we danced.  Sigh.

One of my favorite DIY projects from the wedding was the custom escort cards with the “message in a bottle” twist.  I bought over 200 mini bottles at Michaels, cut up small pieces of paper, and wrote special messages in each bottle for the guests at each table (everyone at the table got a different message).  I also cut out some coral cardstock into flag shapes and tied a piece of twine to the card and the messages inside.  It ended up being a simple and sweet nod to the nautical side of our venue.  I blogged more in detail about this project and others at Pretty Little Details, which is the site of the wedding planning company that helped pull together all of those special details.

Speaking of nautical flair, I brought the navy and coral theme into our centerpieces with custom table names based on important places in Dan and Krista history!  BeJoyful worked on the design for the front of the table numbers, and on the back of each one, I wrote a description about why that place was important to us.  We also used nautical knots to hold up the signs with a floral pick, and chose small groupings of flowers in small vases rather than large centerpieces blocking the view from one end of the room to another.  I also bought navy and white striped ribbon to line the nautical crates that helped make our flowers the focus of the table.  I have Designs by Dara to thank for some of the inspiration and a lot of the execution.

Other small touches made a big impact.  We turned our engagement photos into a guestbook, displayed it on a navy chevron table runner, and spray painted some chipboard letters and a heart.  This table later held our candy bar, which served as the favors for the end of the night:

Of course, peach rings, Airheads, and Hershey’s kisses were not the only treats that we served to our guests that night. The venue provided amazing food (particularly the filet mignon… drool), but my personal favorite treat had to be the tower of nautical cupcakes from Ye Olde Pie Shoppe in Little Silver.

You might be asking yourself: are those Game of Thrones action figures on the top of your mini wedding cake?  Yes.  Yes they are.

Before I wrap up our celebratory wedding post, I first want to give a shoutout to my amazing photographer, Sarah Postma, for capturing our big day in such a special way.  All of these photographs are hers – and you can find even more samples of her work on her blog.  I also can’t forget our amazing wedding DJs, Hurricane Productions.  They provided a wedding experience that our guests will remember forever – and some of them even went on to use Hurricane at their own weddings!  Last but not least, I want to show off our amazing wedding party.

My bridespeople made my special day so easy and relaxed.  Plus, they make poppy bridesmaid dresses (and matching ties) look so darn good.

The groomsmen weren’t too bad either.  How did we get so lucky to have such amazing friends and family?  Luck aside, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.  I’ll be back next week with some more project updates!




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