Shadow Boxes: A Little Snapshot of Our Wedding

A long, long time ago, I put “make wedding shadow boxes” on my post-wedding to do list.

Well, better late than never I guess, because I finally got around to it!

Earlier this summer I had purchased some cheap shadow box frames, which I had a location for on a specific wall, but nothing to put in them. It was the perfect opportunity to find some mementos from our wedding that I had stashed away last year.

So I dug through my old boxes of wedding stuff, and printed out some photos to make a collage for the shadow boxes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my husband’s dried boutonnière, but I’m sure it will turn up eventually. I distinctly remember hiding it in some kind of little box or something, somewhere “safe” where it wouldn’t get damaged in our cross country move, but I guess it was such a good hiding place that now I can’t remember where I put it!

Want to see the finished (but not yet hung) shadow boxes? :)

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(Tip: After you figure out how you want to display your shadow box items, take a photo of the layout before you glue/tape everything into place. It makes a good reference, and is a lot easier than trying to remember the exact layout you liked after picking things up to apply the glue and tape.)


And how about some close ups?

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Below shows one of my “something old” items, a little bear I gave my grandma when I was 3 years old, that she carried around with her in her purse for 20 years, until my grandpa gave it back to me after she passed away. Also, one of my Cola rehearsal bouquet flowers, as a nod to my time writing here. And in the far bottom right, some fabric from the napkin rings I made.

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A close up of our laser-cut invitations. So much work, with all the cutting, folding (I even hand made the pocket folds!), and gluing, but I’m still so proud of them.

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I had to include a photo of our six foot tall cupcake tower that my husband and I built together, since that was another one of my favorite wedding projects. And also one of the rocks from our “wishing stone” guestbook, signed by my parents. My mom even drew a little flower on it, just like from our invitations.

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And now for a closer look at the second shadow box.

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Our programs, and a few leftover flowers that I had after I turned the cuffs from my DIY wedding shoes into a clutch.

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One of the magnets from our save the dates, and of course, a photo of our first kiss as husband and wife!

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And finally, the belly band from our invitations, and our LED luminary escort cards, another favorite wedding project of mine (partly because my husband did most of the work, haha!)

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It’s just too bad I can’t leave the batteries turned on all the time, to glow like they did at our wedding.

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(Above photo, and photos used in the shadow boxes by Shoot Me Now Photography)

I can’t wait to get some Command picture hanging hooks so I can put these little snapshots of our wedding up in our hallway. Can you believe that these will be the first wedding photos we’ll have put up on our walls, over a year later!

Will you be saving any mementos from your wedding, to showcase them later? And how long did it take you after getting married to hang or display your wedding photos?

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Mrs. Cola

Location:
Mountain View, CA
Wedding Date:
June 2010
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    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:03 pm

    These are wonderful, Cola! What an awesome idea.

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:10 pm

    I love this! You are so creative, Cola!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:13 pm

    These are such a cute idea! I’m really into scrapbooking, so I hope to put together a memento album in addition to a regular professional-style photo album. We’ll see … I’m just now getting around to ordering our prints!

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    Mrs. aMAYSing 231 posts, Helper bee @ 3:16 pm

    I love this idea, super cute

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 3:17 pm

    Shadowboxes area great idea. I was just gathering up all of my wedding mementos the other day and wondering what to do with all of them. I am inspired!
    P.S. your clutch is adorable

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:40 pm

    Great idea! They look amazing.

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    amethystmeg 235 posts, Helper bee @ 3:41 pm

    Such a great way to keep all those little things!

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    Future Mrs. Huban 185 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:16 pm

    These are sooooo beautiful. I’m definitely saving this post for some post-wedding inspiration.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:31 pm

    Amazing, I love this idea Cola!

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    teaspoon 768 posts, Busy bee @ 8:15 pm

    Wow, I just added an item to my post-wedding to do list! These are beautiful!

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    taramarie97 30 posts, Newbee @ 11:55 am

    I made one of these too! I had bought a shadowbox from Michael’s a couple years before and had never used it…it came with pearl-headed stick pins and a fabric-covered foam back so I didn’t glue anything, just used the pins to hold them in place without actually sticking them through the items…

    I put one photo in, plus my husband’s boutonniere (made of feathers so it still looks the same) and the monogram plaque from our cake (non-edible) and the cork from our champagne and I had him stain a wooden initial for our last name and put that in, as well, even though it wasn’t actually at the wedding.

    Here’s a tip – on mine, the front/glass part actually opens and closes magnetically so you can change it and add things if you want, I plan on pulling a brooch from my feather and brooch bouquet and adding one of those, as well, so it’s nice that I can have it out on display but still add things as I think of them, and I know I got it pretty inexpensively with a coupon.

    I’m excited to see what someone else did with these–Mrs. Cola, yours look great!!

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    Photographer Glenwood+Springs+CO, Guest @ 4:27 pm

    Great idea! Your wedding is such a special day in your life and it’s easy to forget the details. This is a perfect reminder.

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:35 pm

    Great to see you popping in here again Cola! Your shadow boxes look great. You had so many awesome DIY projects that you definitely need to display them somehow!!

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    teacup 631 posts, Busy bee @ 1:08 am

    Very pretty and a wonderful memento of your wedding day! Great job :)

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    Nik19 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:07 pm

    LOVE these! You did a really good Job!

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    kitkat813b 4 posts, Wannabee @ 6:19 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love to scrapbook and these are such a great idea!

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