Though I had an idea for the DIY photo booth backdrop a long time ago, it took awhile for me and my fiance to get around to constructing it. We decided we wanted a backdrop with a sheer white curtain and bright string lights. … read more
Editor’s note: The second topic for our After the Wedding series was to choose the most memorable object or moment from your wedding day. I’ll let the bees take it away now!
Looking back at the Campfire wedding, most of the day is a warm blur, punctuated with crystal clear moments filled with love. There is the “you may now kiss the bride” of course, and the feeling of seeing Sparky for the first time that day.
If I had to pick—and I did, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post—a few moments stand out more than any other.
The first: Sparky delivered breakfast/lunch to our hotel room and stood with his back to me when I answered the door. He refused to turn around, even though I was in a robe and yoga pants. As we sorted out which pastries were whose, Sparky’s were returned to him. As our door was closing he exclaimed, “Hey! There is a bite out of my chocolate croissant!” I smiled and licked the chocolate off my lips.
The second: Krista had lined us up for a group photo. It was one of the first ones of the day so we were all feeling a little bit awkward. Krista suggested that someone tell a joke and we all looked at each other, unsure. Finally, Apple Pie busted out with a hilarious, if dirty, joke. We couldn’t help but laugh.
As you may have been able to figure out from my anniversary post, we’ve had a bit of a rough year. Not with our relationship, just with life in general. This series is such a great opportunity for me to reflect back on our vows and a good reminder to always be grateful for what we have, instead of upset about what we don’t.
In the first couple of months after we returned from our honeymoon, I really struggled with communication. I was suddenly very bored (going from two jobs, school, and planning a wedding to just one job gave me a lot more free time), and I was sad and scared about my mother-in-law. I had to remind myself to be good to myself and to be good to Sparky. Once I settled into my new rhythm, I felt better and more able to live up to everything I’d promised.
It’s always easier to be kind when things are going well—it’s much more difficult when things are bad. With this in mind, both Sparky and I made the extra effort to talk and work together, and I’m happy to say that we have really been living our vows.
Hive! I couldn’t leave you with just my anniversary post—not when I have a craft project to share with you.
Sure, this is a wedding blog, but anniversaries follow after the wedding, and I thought that this project might be one that one or two of you might be interested in doing for yourselves—or your spouse! Plus, it doesn’t necessarily have to be reserved only for anniversaries…I’m sure plenty of you could find a use for this to incorporate into your wedding.
What you’ll need:
Card stock in your color choice
X-Acto knife or other sharp paper-cutting instrument
Stencil (which you’ll make)
Magazine or cardboard (something to cut on)
Time and patience
Step 1: Make your design. I used Illustrator for this and just played around with it until I was happy with the look. I chose some lyrics from the Capital Cities song “One Minute More” both because I like the song and also because it was light-themed in a nod to our wedding.
Step 2: Print. Simple enough.
Step 3: Attach your design to your card stock. I used a little bit of tape on the long sides (one at each corner) to tape the design to the stock.
Step 4: Using your X-Acto knife, start cutting out the centers of letters (think o’s, e’s, a’s, etc.) as well as the smaller hard-to-reach letter areas (in my case, for example, that would be the space between “h” and “t” in bright).
Step 5: Start cutting along the tops of the letters. I found it was easier to cut along the tops of each row first (since you’ll have more loops and movement) and, once that is done, cut along the bottoms of the letters. Then you cut along the straight-lined sides.
Step 6: Carefully start removing the white space. It pays to be extra gentle here and go over certain spaces with the knife so that you don’t rip the letters you just spent a ton of time making. Tape any of the fragile pieces (see the question mark in the first picture) if you need to in order to clean up the rest.
Step 7: Once you’ve removed all the excess, you’ll probably need to go in and clean up the letters a bit.
Step 8: Frame and you’re done!
All told, this probably took me somewhere around four hours. I’m really happy with how it turned out, but I’ll warn you in advance that it is kind of a pain in the ass. In my world, projects that are probably more pain than they are worth are par for the course. (Maybe that’s just crafting in general?)
Anyway, any ridiculous and/or time-consuming projects you’re undertaking?
With the wedding over, I found myself with the conundrum of many a bride. What the heck do I do with all of our leftover decor?
Some brides sell it (Mrs. Wallaby has an EXCELLENT primer). Some brides leave it to languish in an attic or second bedroom. Some brides lend it to other brides (my photo booth backdrop made an appearance at hive member scarlet_letter”˜s wedding in December). I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do.
So imagine my pleasure when hive member dsanchez posted on the Seattle boards about a new endeavor from Get Hitched Give Hope.
During my time blogging for you all, I’ve touched on a few sensitive subjects. Exes? Yep. Weight? Uh-huh. So why not give it a shot and talk to you about another touchy subject: money.
I’m not going to tell you that a $1000 wedding is better than a $10,000 or even a $100,000 one, or vice versa. You’ve seen our wedding and I can tell you this: it was exactly what we wanted and we’re happy we spent our money in the way that we did. It was right for us; it may not be right for you. And that’s okay!
So, budget. We did a bad thing and never really set a budget. I had a number in my head all along but we never really settled on a solid figure. What was my working number? $60,000. This number does not include my engagement ring or our honeymoon.
As the party began to wind down, more and more guests began to head out. Soon there were only a handful of people left and I made the decision to head back to the hotel earlier than planned. I’d been up since 6:30am and moving around all day (and dancing up a storm at the reception!) and getting out of my beautiful-but-heavy dress began to sound like a better and better idea. (Seriously, if I wore that thing every day I would have ABS OF STEEL. And probably a lot of people asking why I was wearing a wedding dress every day). I told Brian to play one more slow song and then we would call it a night. He asked what I wanted and I told him that I trusted him.
Brian knew about our theme but not the small elements of it. But as soon as the song started, I teared up. The song he picked was perfect. He chose “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.
Krista and Mary had already left for the night (after 10 hours of coverage because they rock!), so I don’t have any photos of the dance. In my memory, I see Sparky and no one else. I see the candles glowing, the string lights overhead. I feel warm, safe, and happy.
Lucky for me, I do have other photos to show you and I think they go quite well with this. (All photos copyrighted by Love Song Photo.)