As promised, here are some photos of my September wedding showing some of the hand-made elements that took a lot of time and love in creating. The theme was “vintage hot-air balloons” and I had fun tying the theme into different elements of our special day.
These are twelve of the fourteen original 8×10 acrylic paintings that I made for the table numbers (two of them went missing after the reception before the decorations got taken down). Each painting rested upon on a gold wire table-top easel, and I cut numbers out of thick gold paper and stuck them to the corner of each painting using double-sided adhesive (which was easily removed after the wedding). It was one of the most challenging projects that I did for the wedding, but also one of the most rewarding. Someday, I will hang these in our nursery once we start a family and they will gather more precious memories that will be cherished forever.
The colors are a little “off” in these pictures (I am not a photo-editing pro). The colors are much softer and richer in real life But you get the idea.
Here is one of the table numbers that got lost, but my father-in-law took a photo of it during the reception. You can see the number in the corner (which looked much prettier in real life – the gold paper was texturized).
Here is a picture of the other one that got lost – Glad I took a photo of it before the wedding.
Invitations – I used Adobe Illustrator and InDesign in creating the design for our invitations, and then uploaded the design to Vistaprint’s website (I was very pleased with the quality and affordable price that Vistaprint had to offer, and they turned out wonderful). They were printed and mailed to me within 10 business days.
The most stressful project that I did for the wedding, hands down, was the programs. I got it in my mind that I was going to hand-stamp each program cover. First, I had draw and carve the design into a lino block. The first stamp I carved was a failure (as my husband-to-be pointed out that the design was BACKWARDS – I did not carve the mirror image). The second attempt was a success, and the “D” was not backwards this time. The day that I stamped the covers, my entire living room was covered with programs that were laying out to dry. It took a few hours of charging the stamp with orange paint, pressing the paper onto the stamp and rubbing it with my fingers to make sure the entire image was transferred onto the paper (my fingers were sore for days), and carefully pulling the image away from the stamp.
By time I was finished, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I felt like I had just conquered the world. After all, I am not an experienced print-maker and I was just teaching myself the basics as I went. I was so afraid that hours of work would end in complete failure, but the Lord knows I needed this victory amidst all the last-minute wedding stress. I obtained the desired affect I was aiming for – imperfection. I like how each print had its own subtle differences, each a work of art. As I pulled print after print, I imagined walking down the aisle and seeing the faces of our friends and family – people who mean so much to us, and who love us so much. I wanted them to know how special they are, and how much attention went into each little detail. After all, the wedding is just as much for our guests as it is for us.
Seating chart – I few years ago, I garbage-picked a huge, beautifully ornate gold frame. I knew that I had to use it for the wedding.
I made rows of twine, purchased a hundred tiny wooden clothespins, and cut out a hundred hot air balloons from different shades of cardstock. For spacers, I added pennant flags decorated with buttons and vintage jewelry. This was such a fun project!
A view of the reception area (my grandma sewed ALL of the hanging pennant flags using vintage fabric that I got from thrift stores).
My husband and I <3
Like our wedding portrait? Check out Sheri Tuttle Photography for more examples of her beautiful work.