Wedding Work Days Continue

Wedding Work Days

For our third work day at my parents house two weekends ago, we had a full crew over to finish the major projects on the backyard and backdrop. It was awesome to have so many people come over because we accomplished more than we thought!

Finalizing the pathways

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During the last work day, mass quantities of wood chips were wheelbarrowed in. Now they did more detail work leveling the wood chips throughout the garden.

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They also created a solid edge between the lawn and garden that looks mighty fine.

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Kevin took on a side project and fixed the brick path to the pool.

Heart Garlands

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With the guys occupied outside, Wendy, Julie, Adie and Alice helped me work on our backdrop. I won’t go into much detail of how it will look finished, but one component is garlands of hearts that echo our invitation design.

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The ladies spent hours cutting construction paper hearts out in red, orange and white. Then the hearts were stapled onto a 8′ length of cooking twine which is the height of our backdrop.

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Each garland of hearts was then accordion folded and placed into a standard envelope. We did this to prevent tangling in storage and make setup as easy as possible.

Swing set goes down

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Another task that fell to the boys was taking down the swing set. This set was an original 1950’s piece from our local elementary school that made it’s way to my parents backyard for the grandchildren a few years back.

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We expected it would be a pain to take apart, but it turned out to be the easiest project of the day. The set was very well made and all the bolts and connections came apart easily with no sign of rust.

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Of course the Hannah (pictured) and Teagan (my niece) had a hard time seeing it put away, but we assured them it would be back after the wedding.

Installing posts

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We will be lighting the backyard with strings of lights that crisscross the lawn and patio areas. My parents decided they wanted to install posts into the garden to hang them and be the support for our backdrop.

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The boys got to work digging holes for each post. Nate and Jeremy used some reclaimed lumber from my dad’s supply to cut down into posts.

Feeding the troops

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Around lunchtime, we all took a break. I grilled up some burgers and my mom made pasta salad.

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Then everyone sat down to eat.

Back to work

postholes

After everyone’s bellies were full, we went back to work. The boys figured out the depth of the posts and got to work filling the post holes with cement.

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Finally, they built a frame for the backdrop and raised it.

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Then they made sure it was level and filled the post holes.

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Here’s the final frame propped up to let the cement dry.

Thanks

swimming

And with the posts up the work day was completed, the kids (and parents) took a dip in the pool to celebrate.

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It was another great work day with our friends. As I have mentioned before, Nate and I are very thankful for the help. I’d like to give a big round of applause to Kevin, Julie, Derek, Wendy, Scott, Alice, Jeff, Hannah, Joe and Jeremy for helping out on their Saturday. A special thank you goes out to my parents for hosting us once again. 😉

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