|Project by mtalley||posted 09-07-2015 01:34 PM||1075 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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: www.drivenoutside.com/blog