As We Promised: Part II

The things I love most in this world are not new or shiny. They’re used, maybe a little torn or discolored, but they have a story – even if I don’t know what it is. Thus begins the tale of our wedding. We spent hours scouring antique stores & flea markets to find the perfect combination of old things. From the quilts we had for eating dinner on the lawn (made by my great grandmother…or someone else’s) to the banner made from vintage handkerchiefs to the old doors we used as tables, very few things were new or sparkly.

Among those old things were a collection of used books. Because there weren’t even 100 people coming to our wedding, we could afford (economically and emotionally) to make something special for each guest. The books were by far my favorite part of everything we worked on, and they turned out to be even more beautiful than I had hoped. We got the idea after running across this blog about 2 months before we got engaged, and I found most of the books at an estate sale. Then I called my friend Sydney (a book hollowing expert) and she helped get me started on this tedious endeavor.  We started working on them about a week after the engagement and finished about 26 hours before the wedding.

Each included a personal note on a card handmade by me, a picture of us at our new home with our address on the back, and our marriage statement: see the card here. The back of the small card also had information about the blog we were starting and how to follow us on Twitter. Each was adorned with ribbon and a mix of eclectic buttons. Here are some visuals:

Books we handed out to everybody at the wedding
Books & Buttons

I also made my veil with a little help from this website and my mother. I planned only to wear it for the ceremony, but loved it so much I couldn’t take it off. If only I had an excuse to wear it every day.

My birdcage veil

Tomorrow: Envelopes! Bartering! The Cash System! How we pulled off a low-budget wedding…

8 thoughts on “As We Promised: Part II”

  1. Oh my goodness I loved everything about your wedding – especially your veil and the books! My favorite part, though, was how your wedding was about your relationship with God and with each other. Although I thought it was decorated perfectly (I loved EVERYTHING!!), I was never overwhelmed with material things, nor did I become distracted from the true reason I was there.

    I left your wedding that night feeling more full and overflowing with love than I ever have in my life. It took me nearly the whole trip home to digest everything that had happened (and to stop all my tears of joy!). From the bottom of my heart, thank you guys SO MUCH, for allowing God to work through you and being an example of His love for me! Thank you for putting the world aside and placing God first in your lives. It truly shows.

    I love you both!!


    P.S. Thank you SO MUCH for the tag!

  2. though my own probably won't be happenin' for a looong time, i love reading about DIY wedding projects and thinking of all the things i might like to make one day. yours are absolutely gorgeous. can't wait to see more!

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  4. I stumbled across your blog. God gas blessed you with a creative and sweet spirit. I love how you share all the little details, like how you made the flowers for your wedding, and the books for your friends and how you are decorating your home. I do fine art photography, but I don’t have a website yet. I have sold my images at art shows. I am going to be in the Rockport Seafair in October. Anyway, I would be glad to give you a free image just because I like your blog so much. Most are coastal and I have some Mission images. Anyway, I usually don’t comment on blogs, so I don’t know how all this works. I pray God’s blessings and grace upon you and your husband. Janet

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