flower cones to hang from shepherd's hooks at the ends of the rows of chairs. When I first made them, the wedding was still a year away. With only a few weeks to go, it was time to add some finishing touches.
My mom has a natural talent for silk flowers. She purchased a bunch of silk violet, green, and ivory hydrangeas last summer. She used the flowers to make mini-arrangements to put in each cone. We opted to use silk flowers for ceremony decor so that we would not have to worry about flowers wilting in the afternoon sun. The flower cones are hanging on simple black shepherd's hooks that I purchased from the dollar store. I love how the hooks are so thin that they disappear into the surroundings. Overall, I would have to say that my alternative to the traditional pew bow came out beautifully. I can't wait to see them in action at the ceremony.
My goal was to create an arch that looked as though it was made out of materials found along the beach. I think we pulled it off. Sadly, the pictures really are not able to do the arch justice because I was unable to get the entire arch in one shot.