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Happy Tears

Some of the most praised details from our wedding day, were the various DIY projects and antique store hunts we completed for the big day. Amongst which included, chalkboard signs, a wooden arbor for the ceremony, ‘happy tears handkerchiefs’ for the guests, and vintage pitchers for the reception centerpieces.

Photo by Matt Haas Photography

These little but important touches ended up becoming lovely memories for many of the guests—many guests expressing how painstakingly they chose a special handkerchief to take home—hankies which were much needed I might add, our ceremony was definitely a tear filled event (after our vows the husband and I even pulled handkerchiefs from our pockets at the same time, a moment which caused plenty of laughter amongst our guests). Others even contacted us later with stories of how the hankie had become a part of other special moments in their lives—my uncle who found the hankie in his pocket (in a moment of need) after dropping his eldest daughter off for her first day of college shortly after the wedding, another guest used her hankie to dry her tears while her granddaughter who lives in China was visiting. When the seven year old expressed concern over her grandmother’s tears, her grandma explained that they were not sad tears, but happy tears, as she was using her ‘happy tears hankie’. The seven year old then became even more concerned over the fact that she did not own a ‘happy tears hankie,’ and so the hankie was passed down, and now resides in China. It’s these little stories that will make the lovely memories from our big day continue to grow.

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Yesterday turned into DIY wedding craft day—DIY table numbers, chalkboard signs, outdoor altar, oh my.

I will be creating chalkboard signage for the ceremony and reception, including one large chalkboard which will be placed on our family heirloom easel at the ceremony, and two smaller chalkboards for the Guestbook and Dessert tables. I purchased custom sized frames from Pictureframes.com, and opted to have blackboards placed inside the frames for me (for a pretty reasonable fee). I started & finished (woohoo!) the Guestbook Chalkboard yesterday, by printing our desired text to fit within the chalkboard dimensions, and using the old-school art class method of tracing (trace the back side of the design with pencil, sketch over the paper on the chalkboard to create a carbon tracing), which I then filled in with Chalk Ink.

I’m looking forward to working on our large ceremony program chalkboard!! Though our Thank You sign was fun to work on, the tiny lettering is a bit of a struggle. More DIY projects to come!

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