I’ve been meaning to start a ‘Wedding Wednesday’ blog series, you know, since I’m getting married and all, but, like most things in my life right now, it takes a back seat to raising my daughter…
So we’re getting married! It’s been 8 years in the making, folks, and we’re finally taking the plunge! Wedding planning, at least for me, has been stressful, annoying at times, and time-consuming. I know, it sounds like I hate it. I promise I don’t and I’m very excited to get married…it’s just…it’s not the fantasy world they lead you to believe on tv and in bridal magazines. This is the real world, we’re living life…working…taking care of kids…paying bills…so wedding planning has been different than I always thought it would be. Not bad, just…different. I have a baby. I go to work. Paying for groceries and bills takes precedence over deciding between peonies and hydrangeas…because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford that shit.
But we love each other, and that’s what matters, right?! Although, that doesn’t stop me from worrying about everyone else during my wedding planning. I’m a perfectionist, a romantic at heart, and a procrastinator. NONE of this helps me in the least! Plus, I refuse to pay ridiculous amounts of money for something I can do myself.
Enter save the dates…as a graphic designer, I obviously took it upon myself to design my own save the dates. I wanted fun and whimsical and had delusions of grandeur about heavily detailed illustrations…again, I have a baby…so I went a little more simple with the same kind of feel. I illustrated the front of the card to depict our destination wedding.
We chose California as our wedding location after much back and forth about having a wedding here in Michigan. Ultimately, what it came down to, was we wanted a smaller wedding, surrounded by family and with lots of personal touches. So we chose to get married in our small, mountain hometown. James and I met online, while he was searching for fellow classmates, which happened to be from the same high school I went to in said small town. We have an 8 year age difference and never knew each other while living there, but it’s likely our paths crossed at some point. So this tiny town is very meaningful for us and the reason we met, so we’re saying ‘I do’ amongst its pines.
Including Michigan and California on the save the date was important to us since they’re both a huge part of our lives, and also illustrates the travel aspect of our wedding. I also hand-lettered our names, because I enjoy that sort of thing, but must have burnt myself out because I used fonts entirely on our official invitation! But that’s a story for another day…
I also included an apple and apple blossoms. Our wedding has a slight apple theme, and the venue also centers around apples, so it was fitting. The apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan, so I thought that was a great touch as well. And a tiny plane, making its way between states.
The back included a photo of us. Not a professional photo, just a snapshot, but it’s a favorite. We didn’t have any sort of engagement photos done, but this photo represents us so perfectly. It also included a favorite quote, “Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” Followed by some additional lines, written by me, “This is the story of a snow white maiden and a charming lad. Brought together by an enchanted forest, in a land far, far away…” Now, normally I wouldn’t choose a cheesy fairy tale theme, but Snow White has been my favorite tale since childhood, and with apples, and enchanted forests, and a ‘real life’ fairy tale, complete with obstacles, tribulations and triumphs, it just made perfect sense. At the bottom it read, “p.s. no poisoned apples in this story!”
All in all, I thought it turned out well. It’s not what I thought I’d choose or design for a save the date, but as I’m learning with most things in life, you can’t predict the future…and maybe you think it sucks, I don’t really care, because this piece of paper, represents everything we’ve been working for. And I can’t wait to be his wife!