Category Archives: Weddings



During the long holiday weekend, I was stuck at home while the rest of ChatterboxBeach met at the shore to make a collection of hearts together.

They sent me a picture of what they were making. For this project, they cut deep-red, velvet-like fabric into heart shapes, sewed the pieces together adding twine for hanging, and stuffed them plump. They made so many beautiful hearts.

Wanting to get involved, I dove into my home fabric stash and came up with a soft purple fabric and made my own his-and-her hearts in purple.


Hearts become popular just before Valentine’s Day, but they have a forever message of love and friendship.

Here are some ideas ChatterboxBeach has for displaying hearts:

 Billie likes to string several hearts on a ribbon and display the garland at the Orange Blossom Shop in Hampstead, NC.
 Caroline suggests hanging hearts on cabinet knobs to add sparkle to the room.
 She also ties homemade hearts onto birthday, wedding, hostess and graduation gifts for added charm.
 Hearts left on a pillow make special valentines.
 Hearts in a bowl make a pleasing display.
 Mary suggests adding hearts to a wreath or vase.
 She also likes to strategically place them at table settings for added beauty.

No matter how you choose to display your hearts, ChatterboxBeach has enjoyed making them.

–Caroline at ChatterboxBeach



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In the heart of summer, and under the forecast of a heat advisory, I attended an outdoor wedding right out of a picture book. The ceremony took place at a shady spot underneath an evening sky with a backdrop of picturesque trees and a blooming flower garden. The setting highlighted the young bride, lovely and graceful, and the handsome bridegroom, tall and witty, as they exchanged vows of love and fidelity.

Seated in a row of white folding chairs near the string quartet, I admired the chic bows tied onto the chairs along the center aisle. Dangling from each was a wooden heart about the size of a Christmas ornament. And painted on each heart were the couple’s initials, K+N, as if they were carved on a tree.

I mentioned the clever and special detail to the mother of the bride at the reception.

The bride made those, she said, explaining that after the venue for the ceremony became official, the bride wanted to go to the local craft store. There, she bought plenty of wooden hearts, spools of decorative burlap ribbon, 150 various jars, and an assortment of electric votive and tea-light candles that would fit inside the glass.

In addition to lighting up the wedding reception area with candles, the bride also made her own place cards from lace-like paper adorned with miniature burlap flowers. She slipped bouquets of purple and pink flowers into mason jars to create her dinner table centerpieces. And with her father’s help, she orchestrated a star-like night sky in the overhead beams of the dining room using strands of white Christmas lights.

The guests enjoyed music, food, dancing and toasts. They browsed wedding portraits of the couple’s relatives that were placed along the dining room windowsills. Family and friends also wrote memories, well-wishes, advice and prayers upon postcards provided at each table for the newly married couple to read on their honeymoon and beyond.

What I will remember most about this wedding was the love the couple had for one another and how welcome they made their guests feel. The personal touches that the bride made with her crafts added an elegant and celebratory ambiance to the entire event.

More importantly, the warmth and love that the bride shared through her handiwork will no doubt be the same care and attention that she gives to her marriage.