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hi, i'm maggie.

{like the rod stewart song}

i'm a quirky millennial living in the bay area who loves dark beer, hiking, exposed brick, and creative endeavors, in particular sewing for my four nieces: nora, etta, maya, and neela.

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center of attention

as previously mentioned i wanted lush overgrown living arrangements (i.e. plants in dirt) for our centerpieces. obviously i decided to grow them myself.

i started looking for planters months before the wedding, wanting something simple as to not distract from the plants yet natural enough to not look out of place in a woods setting. they would also need to be sturdy enough to handle a potted plant. 

when I started my search on etsy there were lots of reasonably priced wooden boxes. but the shipping costs would have added 50% to the total bill, and for some reason I couldn't stomach that.

then I was at michaels for something invite related and stumbled upon these boxes for $8.99 each:

pretty perfect right?

once I realized I had a 20% off coupon I bought every box they had in the store. i had to go to two other stores to buy enough for all the tables, but I got them.

after drilling a few holes in the bottom for drainage I got to work transferring my plants over and ended up with 18 of these:

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then it was just a matter of taking care of them for a few weeks and letting them get really lush and overgrown.  

two days before the weddding my sisters went into san francisco and bought a whole bunch of boxwood garlands at the san francisco flower mart, nora was quite impressed:

on friday (the day before the wedding) we transferred them up to the venue. it was a tight squeeze getting them all up there but luckily maya and neela's feet didn't touch the ground when they were strapped into their car seats so we were able to put them on the floor of the minivan my parents rented and there were no plant casualties.

photo credit: ryan sin photography

photo credit: ryan sin photography

on saturday our fantastic day-of coordinator jess put them in the center of the table, surrounded them with garlands we had made at the san francisco flower market, a few mercury glass tea lights, the table sign names (in the table sign holders), and the place settings.

photo credit: ryan sin photography

photo credit: ryan sin photography

i was thrilled with how it all came together.

photo credit: ryan sin photography

photo credit: ryan sin photography

i mean how etherial and magical is this? 

photo credit: ryan sin photography

photo credit: ryan sin photography

even if etta felt our table needed a little something extra.

photo credit: ryan sin photography 

photo credit: ryan sin photography 

love,

aunt maggie

 

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