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Couple creates wedding tree

Jan Hearne • Dec 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

When most couples marry, the things that made their wedding day special — the napkins, the favors, the bows, the flowers and table decorations — get packed away with the hope they might be used for a milestone anniversary.

Melissa Higgins Sears and husband David, who married Aug. 25, have found a clever way to re-stage their wedding — on this year’s Christmas tree.

Melissa said she got the idea from her grandmother, Juanita Hughes, who did something similar for her 50th anniversary three years ago.

“We had favors left over, so we made them into Christmas ornaments,” Melissa said.

The tree topper was the cake topper at the wedding. It is surrounded by bows used on the outside doors and bows used on the inside pews. The jewelry Melissa wore is draped over them, including Melissa’s “something borrowed,” the pearl necklace her mother, Melony Surrett, wore at her own wedding.

The wedding colors were purple and teal, so Melissa has interspersed purple flowers and teal napkins with their names on them throughout the tree. They are joined by silk calla lilies along with the mothers and grandmothers’ corsages.

“That’s the bouquet I carried,” Melissa said, pointing to the silk flowers.

Pictures of the bride and groom on their wedding day are lit by Christmas lights. Small boxes in the shape of tuxedos and bridal gowns hang like ornaments around the tree.

“They were favors sitting on the tables. We had chocolates in them,” Melissa said.

Other “ornaments” include calla lily bookmarks with Melissa and David’s names on them, pencils with bells on top and little scrolls with wedding bands around them.

“There is a poem over a picture of us on the scrolls,” Melissa said. “It was my grandmother’s idea.”

The beautiful white tree skirt turns out to be Melissa’s wedding dress, with her wedding day flip-flops peeking out beneath its hem.

“And our programs are down there as well,” she said.

The tree is a lovely reminder of their wedding day, but after Christmas everything will be boxed up. Melissa hopes to use the favors and bows and flowers for her 25th anniversary.

In the meantime, “my mom wants her pearls back,” she said.

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