Unity Candle

unity candle

I love the candelabra… it’d be cool if it were antique as well 🙂



Saw this on Pinterest and I thought it was on the whimsical side of fun and it would be great if it could happen and be ok financially.  I would probably have a photographer take a wide view picture and then have it painted but I love the feel of the painter in the background while the ceremony is happening….. although if he could get there early and then paint the background then all he would have to do is add the people…. hmmmm sounds like a plan



I would love to have a few of these beauties stuffed in either an arrangement or a bouquet or somethin because they are so darn cool. Instead of the storybook I think I would use a hymn page…. although a storybook could be fun too I must admit. 🙂


Here are the instructions website and a few written just in case the site goes away before I get married.

Craft Supplies:
Grosgrain Ribbon, ½ Width cut to 4 inch lengths
16 Gauge Wire cut to 15 inch lengths
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (low temp)
Wire Cutters

Step 1: Gather materials. If you are using vintage books or sheet music as your paper source make sure it is still flexible enough to curl with your fingers. The wire can be found at the hardware store, and is sometimes called “black wire” or “annealed coil wire.” Be sure you are using low temp hot glue because you’ll be able to feel it right through the paper petals as you work.

Step 2: Cutting. You will need to stockpile at least 5 different sizes of petals ranging from about ¾ inch wide to 3 inches wide. I cut freehand, and avoid templates, so that each petal is a unique and organic shape. Think of the shapes as little church windows or arches. Some can be pointy, and some can be rounded. For each flower you will need at least 4 of each size. Make more than you need.

Step 3: Shaping. I really feel that this is the most important step to create natural and soft looking flowers. Roll the edges of each petal, and pinch the base slightly. Each one can be done a little differently to give the petals character and roundness. I shape all of my petals before I even begin gluing anything.

Step 4: Rolling the center. You need to cut out one more shape for each flower, and this is for the coiled center of the rose. This shape should be about 2 ½ inches long with a rounded tip. Roll it up into a tube to create its shape. Unroll it and run a bead of hot glue along the inside and re-roll it around the end of your wire. Another dot of glue will hold it in place.

Step 5: Attaching petals. Begin with your smallest petals. Use a single dot of glue, about ¼ inch from the bottom of the petal to attach it to the stem. Your next petal should overlap the first. Continue adding small petals, rotating the stem as you go, always slightly overlapping the last petal you attached. This is where your artistry will come in as you continue to rotate and build. As you begin adding larger petals pinch the bases, as they are much wider. By pinching at the bases you will be rounding out the rose, and creating space between layers.

Step 6: Finishing. The sepals will be made of ribbon, which will also cover your final seams and create a nice polished look. Each rose needs two – 4 inch lengths of ribbon. Wrap them around the stem and secure to the undersides of the petals. Cut a ‘V’ into each end of the ribbons to finish.

paper flower instructions 1 paper flower instructions 2


Walking down the aisle

I have figured out  my walking down the aisle song. I don’t think that I want it all heavy on the organ. Instead just a simple melody that everyone knows. “Til There Was You” by Meredith Wilson on piano…. although maybe a wonderful small string quartet with piano would do well too.

A Ten Year Tradition

Yet another event to add to a ceremony. The original idea is to put a wine bottle, wine glasses and a love letter written on the eve of the wedding into a wine box. Then during the ceremony the pastor/officiant explains while the couple nails the box shut. Then during their first big fight they open the box, go to separate corners of the house with their glass of wine and read their letters to each other. I think it would be nicer to leave open a letter slot so that every anniversary they write another letter of reflection to each other until their tenth anniversary. Then they open the box and read their letters together while enjoying a good bottle of wine. Who knows maybe my (future) husband and I will like the tradition so much we will put the opened letters back in along with another bottle, nail it shut and keep writing letters. In any case it makes for a nifty part of the ceremony, good decoration in house, and something special to look forward to on the tenth anniversary (other than the other obvious things to look forward to)….. all in the future of course.


Hmmmm I think this is one of those fads that I was immediately drawn to but as I look back it seems a little weird. I don’t think we will need a box to remind us of our love for each other, not saying that we will be perfect. Instead, I think it would be best to always keep in mind that the Word of God will always be the fount from which we draw strength to love each other…. not our romantic feelings (as wonderful as they are).