My husband's daughter, Caitlin, married Austin, her long-time beau this weekend out of Absorakee, Montana on the Stillwater River. Perfect weekend! Joe made the arch for the couple, and I decorated. Thanks for the 'pitchin' in' Barb--great teamwork!
The paper white birch stumps were from a tree we had felled a few years ago. We had saved them because they were so pretty. Joe dug a small hole and anchored both of them in the ground. I created the hanging grapevine hearts from two heart wreaths I bought at the craft store. The arch included a starfish garland and deer horns representing the couple's shared history. The fresh flowers were divine!
The couple spent a few years in Maui, so the birdhouses I decorated had a dual Hawaiian and Montana theme. The bluebird of happiness held the balloons.
And of course, hearts reined supreme!
Native Wedding Blessing
Now you will feel no rain,
for you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for you will be warmth for the other.
Now there is no more loneliness.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.
May your days together be good and long
upon the earth.
As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!