When my sissy-in-law mentioned needing a few little details for her Santa Rosa beach wedding this past October, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.
I think I’ve made it pretty clear how much I love to work with my hands right?
I’ve learned this past year and a half that I absolutely la la love weddings (and all the planning). Maybe it’s because I had such a wonderful experience with my very own wedding this past June, but honestly it’s just that I love love.
The saying “Love loves to love love” comes to mind <3
Ngoc and Greg were so so chill about details and only requested two things for their place cards: pops of color and a hint of gold. It worked out great because I adore the small details and just went with it.
The results turned out beautifully and they both loved it! Whew*
Ngoc called them “unicorn colors”. I totally agreed.
Two weeks before the big day, Ngoc asked me which menus(from minted.com) I thought would compliment the place cards.
Um. What?! Stop.
Of course I was more than happy to create matching menus.
After testing out a few designs that night, I decided to hand-paint and hand-letter a menu for each guest. A total of 80.
Ngoc thought I was crazy and said it was “too much work”, but I was tickled with joy the entire time.
Every ink stain and finger cramp was well-worth it.
I love calligraphy especially with this beautiful gold ink. I couldn’t get enough. In fact, I felt sad after all the work was done and I’m itching to do more.
They wanted to a few signs like a seating chart and welcome sign too. I purchase the frames at a variety of shops at the Antique Village of Denham Springs, La.
Glass is hard to photograph. Here are my best shots in our backyard. Ha.
Okay okay, I’ll spare you more of my amateur iPhone shots.
Here are Moriah’s pictures of all my hard work. Pretty proud of myself and really happy with the way it all came together.
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I made each kid their own menu too. I do not play.
I should mention both bride and groom are Mississippi State graduates.
They love their cowbells.
Two-sided wooden sign to signal the bride walking down the aisle…
… and to get the PARTAY started!
Technically I made these “Greg-on-a-stick” for Ngoc’s bachelorette party, but Khang convinced me to bring them to the wedding too. Such a good idea.
So that’s pretty much my little role in this lovely wedding. But there’s a moment I’d like to share. A moment I did not expect to happen.
Picture this: I’m in the middle of curling my hair and Van, Ngoc’s MOH, asks me if I’m too busy to help Ngoc. Duhhh, I say NO! Van and the bridesmaids are running a little behind but Ngoc needs to start taking bridal portraits on the beach…I rush out in my pjs with no bra, slipped on someone else’s flip flops, grab her dress train, and the three of us are out the door. No questions asked.
So while Moriah is shooting away, I get full view of Ngoc in all of her glory and my eyes begin to water because she is just so damn beautiful. I’m trying to hold it in y’all, but then Ngoc asks me to jump in to take photos with her. Yeah, so I quickly become a mess. A complete mess. I take advantage of this sweet moment to tell her how stunning she looks and how I’m overjoyed with happiness for her and Greg. Luckily Moriah is there to capture it all. Thank you thank youuuu so much.
I’ll hold these images close to me forever.
There’s quite a number of engaged people I know and if there’s one piece of advice I can give is…there’s going to be some serious planning involved but don’t get so overwhelmed with your plans that you pass up “real moments” during your wedding day. Remember that a wedding is just one day, but a marriage is a lifetime. Start off your marriage not by over-analyzing the materialistic items but by creating lasting memories with family and friends.
Thanks for reading and following along,