On July 18th 2014, Paul and I got married. I knew beforehand, that I wanted to do a lot of things myself. So in the end, I created the invitations, the guestbook (which is actually a painting), my bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres, fans for our ceremony guests (it was the hottest day of the year so far), and our own personal stamps for sending out the invitations.
Our guestbook is a large painting of a divi divi tree on a beach. Guests could write on the sand and the leaves. It was painted with acrylics on canvas.
For our boutonnieres I used real orchids and turquoise metal wire, which I curled using a painting brush. Instead of pins, I used magnets (to prevent clothes from getting damaged), and which was tucked away underneath the floral tape.
For my bridal bouquet I used several different white flowers, and the same white orchids and turquoise metal wire used for the boutonnieres. The turquoise accents in my bouquet were made of preserved turquoise orchids. I wrapped a turquoise colored ribbon around the stems, and pinned it tight with a flower shaped brooch.
For our gifts, we created cd’s. The picture was printed directly onto the cd’s using a Canon Pixma Pro Mark II pigment ink printer. We ordered cards with the same picture at the company that printed our invitations, and I sewed the sides together creating a cd sleeve.
The week before our wedding, we checked the weather prognoses every day, and every day the temperature for Friday the 18th increased. So I decided to create fans for our ceremony guests. We had a set of leftover invitations (they were misdirected at first, so we received a full second set), so I bought a bag of lollipop sticks, used double sided tape and a stapler and voila, we had our own personal fans.
Looking back, I’m so happy I did this all myself. It made our wedding even more personal. We loved every minute of it, and will cherish it for the rest of our lives.