Our 5th Wedding Anniversary is approaching this Friday, June 25. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already…. Time sure does fly and we’ve been through so much together as husband and wife, but even before that being together for 13 years, and living together the last 10. Almost half of my life I’ve spent with one man. One man that I love, support, care for… He’s been my partner in life, business and now parenting – and stood the test of our vow – “in sickness and in health” – when I dealt with my illness at it’s worst.
Now that I recall our Wedding Day, I certainly treasure each moment and still consider that day one of the BEST in my life. I loved the planning process so much, all decisions were so beautiful and happy right in front of me. I wanted to control contribute as much as I could creatively. I wanted to make a lot of things myself, from the design process to the production process. I wanted things to look and be presented a certain way and I was eager to get my craft box out with my IDEA BOOK next to me, and create the most MEMORABLE and UNIQUE wedding for us and our guest to happily remember….
I kept flipping through every wedding magazine I came across. Looking for inspiration, trends and ideas of how to incorporate my dream wedding into a ‘not-looking-like-on-a-budget’ beautiful Wedding Day. I took a plain handmade paper album and dressed up the cover with a pink paper flower and some Swarovski Crystals. I added tabs along the way and just glued, stapled or clipped in all my ideas. Me and my idea book were INSEPARABLE ;D
The theme of the wedding came to us that it should be a mix of OLD & NEW. But not in a traditional sense… We have an appreciation for old architecture, old songs, even old cars but we’re such MODERN people that we knew we had to MIX it up a bit to get OUR STYLE really across. Inspired by Etta James’ “AT LAST”, I knew this would have to be our song… my fiancee at the time was happy to keep me happy so… there we were… At Last!
Our song really set the theme for our invitations, the venue and our limo… all the details I will still feature throughout the week.
To make the invitations, I first went out to search for the envelopes I liked. I found some great ones with a satin, silvery finish in a square shape. Then I played around with some designs for the cards. I chose a photo from our favourite vacation spot and I wanted to layer it all together in an elegant and classic design. I chose a textured off white paper for the card’s base, cut out a photo opening in the centre. The photo along with the information were printed on parchment paper for that elegant soft look. A white sheer ribbon decorated the front and a Swarovski Crystal was glued to the knot on the ribbon for a finishing touch. I also made the RSVP cards printed on the off white paper, glued to the matching card stock I picked up with the envelopes, and another Swarovski Crystal adorned the little card. Making the first 5 was fun, but making about 50 proved I could stay focused and dedicated till the end, I will also be forever grateful to my sister/maid of honour for giving me a helping hand in all this craziness… I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
This week I will feature all the creative details from our wedding, like my customized wedding dress, ring pillow and decorations… see you tomorrow.
Now that I’ve revealed some of our wedding details, tell me about your wedding. Did you make things yourself as well? I would love to hear about your day…. so please share.
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