Thursday, July 21, 2011

Shadow Boxes: A Little Snapshot of Our Wedding

A long, long time ago, I put "make wedding shadow boxes" on my post-wedding to do list.

Well, better late than never I guess, because I finally got around to it!

Earlier this summer I had purchased some cheap shadow box frames, which I had a location for on a specific wall, but nothing to put in them. It was the perfect opportunity to find some mementos from our wedding that I had stashed away last year.

So I dug through my old boxes of wedding stuff, and printed out some photos to make a collage for the shadow boxes. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my husband's dried boutineer, but I'm sure it will turn up eventually. I distinctly remember hiding it in some kind of little box or something, somewhere "safe" where it wouldn't get damaged in our cross country move, but I guess it was such a good hiding place that now I can't remember where I put it!

Want to see the finished (but not yet hung) shadow boxes? :)

(Tip: After you figure out how you want to display your shadow box items, take a photo of the layout before you glue/tape everything into place. It makes a good reference, and is a lot easier than trying to remember the exact layout you liked after picking things up to apply the glue and tape.)

And how about some close ups?

Below shows one of my "something old" items, a little bear I gave my grandma when I was 3 years old, that she carried around with her in her purse for 20 years, until my grandpa gave it back to me after she passed away. Also, one of my Cola rehearsal bouquet flowers, as a nod to my time writing here. And in the far bottom right, some fabric from the napkin rings I made.

A close up of our laser-cut invitations. So much work, with all the cutting, folding (I even hand made the pocketfolds!), and gluing, but I'm still so proud of them.

I had to include a photo of our six foot tall cupcake tower that my husband and I built together, since that was another one of my favorite wedding projects. And also one of the rocks from our "wishing stone" guestbook, signed by my parents. My mom even drew a little flower on it, just like from our invitations.

And now for a closer look at the second shadow box.

Our programs, and a few leftover flowers that I had after I turned the cuffs from my DIY wedding shoes into a clutch.

One of the magnets from our save the dates, and of course, a photo of our first kiss as husband and wife!

And finally, the belly band from our invitations, and our LED luminary escort cards, another favorite wedding project of mine (partly because my husband did most of the work, haha!)

It's just too bad I can't leave the batteries turned on all the time, to glow like they did at our wedding.

(Above photo, and photos used in the shadow boxes by Shoot Me Now Photography)

I can't wait to get some Command picture hanging hooks so I can put these little snapshots of our wedding up in our hallway. Can you believe that these will be the first wedding photos we'll have put up on our walls, over a year later!

Will you be saving any mementos from your wedding, to showcase them later? And how long did it take you after getting married to hang or display your wedding photos?

1 comment:

  1. These are so awesome, Morgan! Now I want to create shadowboxes of my own! I love the story behind the bear you gave to your grandmother -- it's one of the sweetest I've ever heard. I was so excited to get our wedding pictures that I put them up as soon as we got our pro images -- LOL!