Modern Wedding Arch

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Project by mtalley posted 09-07-2015 01:34 PM 1402 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Brother-in-law and his then fiancé decided early this year that they would visit us in France and while here have a little wedding… My wife freaked out and turned on the ‘Big-Sister Action Mode’ setting on her internal processor. She quickly organized the shipping logistics, helped with transportation, found lodging for all, located a restaurant for the reception, sourced champagne and wine, etc… I had two jobs. 1. Make sure the yard was a perfect/green as possible. 2. The wedding arch.

I sketched a bunch and talked to the bride a little about her ideas and wants. I had planned on doing a big natural arch with the pruned limbs of 70-100 apple and plum trees, but my source burned the branches before I could get to them. I went with Plan B and drew up a modern interpretation of a classic white wedding arch. The bride said ‘go’ and it was on.

The arch is made from 4 meter (13.14’) X 1.25”X1.25” pine sticks that I sourced at the local lumber yard. They are sold for fencing trim and to cut foundation stakes from. I painted each with two coats of white paint and the bottom is held together with 10mm all-thread. The top is screwed one stick to another – everything is pre-drilled.
All was finished one day before the ceremony with the bride’s brother and sister helped out with the final painting and installation.

As you can see from the pictures – I succeeded in Job 1 as well: Greenest yard in Toulouse.

-- Matt at:

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 02:13 PM

You did a great job on the arch….it looks fantastic. Good use of relatively low cost materials to create a stunning wedding arch.

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 04:07 PM

Very god idea and a very nice design.

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 06:56 PM

It really complements the gray and white clothing. Very nice!

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 11:17 PM

That is quite an accomplishment, design, shipping, offsite assembly, and a wedding arch in time.
Nice work!

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 12:12 AM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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