I collected some of our wedding memorabilia into a scrapbook. It ain’t fancy–I chose the “git ‘er done” method this go ’round–but it works. It puts the focus on the “stuff,” where it should be, right? Anyway, I wanted to upload it for my family to see, since they are not in Texas.
Here’s the front cover. I bought this linen scrapbook from Michaels because I thought I would prefer it to a faux leather. Turns out, linen covers collect dust and bits of this and that. Oh well. At least I can lint-roller it.
This was my initial mood board:
Some fabric swatches and the invitation materials:
This was the engagement announcement we put in my hometown newspaper (The Marshfield News Herald). The note is from my mom’s coworker, who attached it to a stack of clippings she brought in for my mom. I thought it was funny, so I kept it. Luckily my family expects such shenanigans from me, so they were amused at the announcement, not angry or disappointed.
This was the invitation the girls made for my bachelorette party:
I kept the ads from my dress. I didn’t see the ads until after I had purchased the dress.
The red envelope in the corner holds the receipt for the dress:
Instead of a guest book, we had people write out some marital “words of wisdom.” I won’t show all of those, but here is the page with our moms’ advice.
One spread of the words of wisdom cards:
This is the program. The note there says that the scalloped edge was created using a paper punch that I designed:
The inside of the program:
I printed out the entire script of the ceremony. Here is one spread showing the 7 Marriage Precepts, taken from American Zen Buddhism. These are the vows we, along with our officiant, chose as our marriage vows. I think I want to design a nice artwork print of these to hang in our house, just because I like them.
(In case you are not familiar with these, they are:
1 Will you allow your deepest selves to appear?
2 Will you take full responsibility for your lives, in all their infinite dimensions?
3 Will you affirm your trust in the honesty and wisdom of your own body and mind?
4 Will you embrace all parts of yourselves, including your deepest fears and shadows?
5 Will you keep your hearts open, even in the midst of great difficulty?
6 Will you honor marriage as a sacred space where there is mutual respect and trust?
7 Will you open yourselves to developing love and compassion for all beings?)
Our table numbers had fun facts about us and other things related to us.
91%: David and April’s compatibility rating on OKCupid (the free dating website where we met–we were too cheap to pay for dates!)
2: The number of dates before we say “I love you”
3rd: The date in July when David proposed (ironically, the day before Independence Day).
1386: The number of days between our first date and our wedding
72: The number of breweries in Wisconsin. (We like beer).
25: The number of breweries in Texas. (Thanks to our friend Wim for adding to this number.)
91*: The average high temperature during June in Dallas.
76*: The average high temperature during June in Rice Lake. (It was exactly this temperature on our wedding day, as predicted by the Farmer’s Almanac. Yes, I checked the Farmer’s Almanac.)
9:00: The time of the sunset here tonight.
202: The number of miles between Dallas (where David was living when we started dating) and Austin (where I was living).
1/5: The fraction of a second it takes to fall in love.
34: The number of muscles in the face involved during french kissing.
This is the page of my vows to David that I had with me to read at the ceremony. David lost his between the ceremony and the honeymoon.
The best man’s speech, handwritten and tucked into this envelope.
These are some photos that our friends and family took. I chose some of the ones that I liked and had them printed up to put in the scrapbook. I like this one of my parents…I printed it a second time to frame in my house:
This is a good one of my brother and sister-in-law, and a good one of David’s sister Lizz:
This one of Lizz and Megan is hysterical. In the lower photo, I look AWESOME and David looks weird.
Time to boogie:
Love the lower photo with John, Kennedy and Scott.
That’s it! Hope you enjoyed.