In addition to keeping my booth at Art Angels well-stocked with wonderfuls, I have been quietly pursuing another adventure. And, no, of course I would never dream of leaving Art Angels or 2+Hue behind; but, about a month ago, I was contacted by a kind woman who saw my blog and had a question. She wanted to know if I would be interested in renting some furniture for an upcoming summer wedding. Immediately, two things came to mind:
1. I love weddings!
2. Why am I not doing this already?
I assured her that I would most definitely be interested in working with her and I promptly began brainstorming vintage/rustic wedding scenes. Last Sunday, I scored a china cabinet and a buffet – both of which were made in the 20’s. Mr. Hue and I loaded them into the truck and they headed home with us to undergo a major transformation worthy of a photo shoot. Both pieces were painted with a base coat of crisp white, then distressed.
The top of the buffet was a complete hot mess, so I spent two days painstakingly stripping it off piece by piece to unveil the surface beneath. I decided to stick with my rustic roots and weather the top before applying several layers of sealant.
I envision this buffet serving as a one-of-a-kind gift table, a cake table, a candy bar, or anything else a tasteful bride can imagine.
As for the china cabinet, I knew immediately what direction to move in with her. In place of glass in the door, Mr. Hue risked lacerations to fill the casing with chicken wire. Attached to the chicken wire are guest names along with table assignments.
Inside the cabinet is a custom antique frame-turned-chalkboard (more on that below) encouraging guests to guide themselves to their particular table.
There is also shelving available with this piece and I can envision the cabinet being filled with photos of the bride and groom and perhaps a personalized message from them.
The moment I stumbled across this breathtaking antique Oxford double student desk and chair set, I knew that it would make the most amazing guest book sign-in table ever. I decided, completely uncharacteristically, not to paint it. It is perfect!
As for those frames-turned-chalkboards, I was thrilled to score several of them. Most of them were guilded and a few had been salvaged from The Hard Rock Cafe in London when it was remodeled. How cool is that? If you have spent much time on my blog, you know how I feel about chalkboards. They are a must for any vintage or rustic wedding and they can be completely personalized then repurposed. How can you not love that? Here is one of the boards in my quickly-growing collection:
Another finished product in 2+Hue Weddings is my room divider. When my antiqued pink dresser sold so quickly at Art Angels, I had to improvise in a hurry since I had not quite finished the next piece in the two days that pinky spent at the shop. In desperation, I loaded one of the dividers from my own home into my car and headed for SODO. The moment I unfolded it and began staging my booth, I had a customer try to buy it. I was amazed and convinced that others appreciate that perfect combination of elegance and ruggedness as well as I do. These dividers are weathered and free standing on a base which is attached behind each panel. They are fully customizable as far as size is concerned. Each panel measures 22 inches wide by 78 inches tall. A line of six linen swatches lace the panels together. Whether you need just a couple of panels for ambiance or you need several yards, we can accommodate just about any situation.
A barely pink washed antique ironing board transforms into a candy bar in these shots.
The candy jars were much more full before the kids of 2+Hue got their little hands in the vicinity of sugar overload!
I think that vintage luggage and an antique trunk are so appropriate for weddings. They capture the idea of packing up and beginning a whole new chapter. Charm your guests by giving them a one-of-a-kind greeting card collection suitcase.
I will also be offering custom weathered wood and chalkboard table markers. The markers are free standing and measure 7×9 inches with a 4×6 inch opening.
Along with several custom wedding burlap pennant banners.
And, I have amassed a collection of eighteen (and counting) antique Ball Blue Mason jars as well as a slew of clear Mason Jars will be available for rent. They make beautiful vessels for floral centerpieces or floral pew decorations. The possibilities are endless with Mason jars.
I will also be offering my custom monogrammed clay tags for place settings, as well as custom tea towel wedding favors.
I am also opening up 2+Hue’s home collection and offering this, my once-favorite buffet for weddings. It was finished in Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White then distressed. The top of the buffet is weathered wood and the entire piece has been sealed for durability and protection.
I have a few more pieces to finish for 2+Hue weddings and many more pictures will be coming soon. I am so excited to explore this new avenue and my ideas are endless. I will be offering my custom cake plates and Mr. Hue and I have a little cake stand idea up our sleeve that we hope to have finished shortly. If you, or someone you love, is gearing up to say ‘I do’ and you have an idea of something that I have not yet covered, please do not hesitate to contact me. I love new challenges, as evidenced by this journey, and I will get back with you immediately. Check back soon for an entire page devoted to Weddings by 2+Hue and my most recent offerings. Of course, I will continue to maintain my blog and my wonderful home at Art Angels. This is just another adventure to embark on, and I could not be more excited!