Y'all have heard me say this before, but nothing makes me more excited to know the WHY behind a print that I'm lettering - seriously it makes it that much more special.
And when I get asked to letter something for a friend, I get just that much more excited :)
Needless to say I was thrilled when Katie asked me to letter her now husband, Mark's, favorite poem as a groom's gift.
These two lovebirds got hitched earlier this June and I couldn't be more excited for them. Congrats you two!!
PS How cute is this frame that Katie picked out for the print which now hangs in their room? I love watching a print transform from the one that leaves my little corner desk and seeing how it's displayed in it's new home :)
Last December my sweet cousin Janelle got married to her partner in crime, Roberto. The ceremony was in a beautiful church in downtown Tampa and the reception was perfectly rustic in an outdoor covered barn space. Simple and sweet - my favorite!
I was thrilled when Janelle reached out to me about addressing her wedding envelopes. Not only did the turquoise color go perfectly with the invitations she had picked out from Wedding Paper Divas, but Emily and Thomas from The Ganeys captured the suite beautifully!
To top it all off, these two are expecting a little one for their one year anniversary!! Congratulations Janelle and Roberto! :) I couldn't be happier for you two!
Honestly, one of my favorite things about what I do is getting to play a small part in a couple's story - whether it's through lettering the envelopes for the wedding at the beginning of a marriage or helping a couple celebrate a milestone in their lives together. It's truly such a special gift!
On occasion when I'm working with a client, I just know there's a story waiting to be told so when Yeleny told me that the prints I had lettered for her corresponded to songs from their wedding, I just had to learn more!
Enjoy this sneak peak into Yeleny and Chad's love story - a classic ode to the best friend turned life partner :)
What's your love story?
Chad and I first met in high school and became best friends, as he fell in love with me I fell in love with some one else. We remained friends after high school and while the other guy and I were in a questionable relationship, Chad became my knight in shining armor and rescued me from the bad relationship. We began dating in 2005, got engaged in 2009, and got married in 2010.
What is the significance of the songs you chose to have lettered?
Chad won me over by serenading me with Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban in his truck one night on one of our first dates. The lyrics made me fall in love with him so hard because I knew how much he loved me already. He's continued to show me that love just like the very first date, so that song became "our" song. The second song Only You Can Love Me This Way was used as our processional song with a lot of meaning for both of us since it made us remember the period of being in a long distance relationship and other moments where we were happy to have each other.
What advice would you give to engaged couples when deciding on which songs to use as part of their wedding day?
Choosing songs for the big day is difficult, but what I focused on was choosing songs that had a special meaning throughout our relationship and would allow us to relive special moments all over again. You want songs that no matter where you are during the big day you will look at each other and smile and be in total bliss that you have are now husband and wife.
So I don't know about y'all but this totally just took me through a trip down memory lane. When we got married my husband and I danced to L.O.V.E. by Michael Bublé. The song itself didn't hold any special significance for us a couple, but it just felt right and what made it even more special is that my siblings had gifted us some dance lessons to choreograph a little something alongside the song to make our day even more memorable and to give us reasons to have regular date nights leading up to it! If you're looking for a cute and thoughtful gift, dance lessons are amazing!
So tell me, if you've gotten married, which songs did you choose to dance to or walk down the aisle and why?
A little while back I had the honor of lettering Nora and AJ's vows for their first wedding anniversary! Such a big milestone in a marriage :)
And of course behind every marriage, there's a sweet love story that just needs to be shared. I asked Nora a few questions and her words were to good not to share exactly as she wrote them!
How did the two of you meet?
We met on OKCupid! I was on and off of the site and online dating in general for a couple of years--really just enjoying being single and dating, but also on the look out for something special. AJ was a self-described serial first-dater...casting a wide net for a few years and always looking for what or who was next--until me! We had an instant connection on our first date, and the rest was history!
What's your favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory from our wedding day is a tough question! We had a perfect day filled with joy and laughter. I'll tell you two small bits. Neither of us felt particularly nervous, I don't think, but AJ had trouble sleeping the night before thinking about details he didn't want to go wrong. The pictures showing his face leading up to our first look show some real emotion--anticipation, a little anxiety, and definitely some fatigue. But the moment I put my hand on his shoulder, his face changed completely--into a warm and honest look of relief. A second great memory is actually from when we were reciting our vows! We were trying hard to take some wise advice we had been given to really listen to and think and subscribe to the words we were saying and not to just repeat mindlessly. But because we were trying to be so in the moment, we had a really hard time repeating what was said. We each had to ask for a repetition or peak over at our officiant's notes a couple of times! It made for a lot of sincere laughter and really a sweet moment :)
What inspired you to select the vows you did?
Neither of us is religious so we didn't want to use fully traditional vows or a religious officiant. In Colorado, where we live and got married, it's legal to self-solemnize your own marriage license--to just sign as the two parties that you're married and that's that. We chose that route and to have a good friend officiate or emcee a ceremony for us without getting internet-ordained. She had never done it before, so we really wound up crafting our own ceremony based on a lot of Google and Pinterest searches ;). We wanted to find our own vows that spoke to us in a serious way and had some semblance of a traditional ceremony ("for richer or poorer..." etc). We wound up scouring the internet for non-religious vows and secular wedding ceremonies and picked and chose different pieces from different posts that sounded right to us. We're really happy with what we wound up with!
Congrats on being married for a year!! What advice would you give to new couples embarking on the adventure that is marriage?
We are each other's best friends, hands down. We say "I love you" several times a day and kiss and hug when we say goodbye in the morning and when we greet each other after work. We remind each other often that we're on the same team and that we're in it together. It's going pretty well so far, and we're excited for our future!
Thank you, Nora for sharing your story with me and for letting me be a small part of this special moment in your marriage!