This is a part of a yard ornament we used during our first backyard wedding. It was the backdrop for the wedding ceremony. You can see how it was used the first time here.
For our second wedding we took it apart and made two arches out of it. They were decorated with greenery, lights and in this picture crystals that had been removed from a chandelier.
This added a beautiful touch to our outdoor decorations. The sun was just setting as our couple walked out and the crystals were shinning rays of light everywhere!
It was really fun to take what we had and give it a make-over. And… being able to get two arches out of this one ornament was a plus.
I was able to do a make-over with an old bench I had too, but that is another post.
Will you be doing any make-overs or using things you already have laying around?
This project was a rather big one. The wrong color of wood was brought home the first time so we had to return it and get the brown treated instead of the green treated wood. I did not want to paint this over the years. The brown treated wood looks very natural and won’t need any upkeep. Most lumber yards carry both colors but some only carry green.
The flower bed around the edge of the yard was planted with Diamond Grass. I think I got about 15 plants but will get more in the spring. The deer did not touch these! I had planted purple petunias in between them and the deer ate everyone! Ugh.
I love the deer but not when they eat my plants. Every year we learn what the deer don’t like, but wow, that is a lot of trial and error and plants are not cheep. I shouldn’t complain I guess we have a lot of plants given to us from friends and family.
We also purchased two of the Sweet Autum Clematis and put them at opposite ends of the pergola. These came as very tiny sprouts. The deer left them alone for awhile and then started munching on them. I used netting to try and protect them but our deer have grown smart. They just press the netting down and eat what they want anyway. I have to wait until spring to see if these clematis survived.
I think this is still a work in progress!
This turned out so beautiful! I know I wanted to put pillows in the seat but alas that was forgotten with all the other things we were doing for the wedding. This project was very easy and really made a huge contribution to our yard. I could still make pillows for it at anytime, and I just might.
What will you add to your backyard for your wedding?
So… it’s not totally done in this picture, but it’s enough to get me excited! Actually it is done now (broken camera not replaced yet, this is the only picture I have) sitting in my basement awaiting a coat of white paint.
I plan to purchase two body pillows, one for the back rest of the swing and one for the seat. I want it to look very country. They have bed spreads at Walmart that look like a hand made quilt. It will be easy to cut large pieces out to make pillow cases. The Wedding Ring design would be perfect, but I’ll use something else if I have too.
I found the design in 2×4 Projects for Outdoor Living by Stevie Henderson & Mark Baldwin. It gives you a materials list and instructions on how to put it together. My husband said he improved on the design in places! Lol (laugh out loud), all I know is it’s wonderful and I can’t wait to take the first swing.
We still have to put the header board up between the two trees that will hold my porch swing. This is supposed to be and easy fix… we’ll see. :~ My yard is starting to look so beautiful. I’ll be posting pictures after our July wedding so you can see how things turned out.
Getting there… Teri :~