Jen + Dan’s Wedding, Part 2 – Details and Our Invitations

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Hello again! Jen here from the haystack needle.  Yesterday I left you on a Maine farm with many ways to craft together a wedding with rubber stamps.  Still following?  Here are some more details from our wedding (no stamps involved.)

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I outsourced the paper cocktail napkins and drink stirrers to For Your Party.  I love how they turned out. And I picked one of my favorites in the paper world, Delphine Studio, for the napkin design.

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My father-in-law is my hero.  We needed a bunch of signage to point to where to park, where to go for the ceremony, and even where to find the loo.  He made us wooden signs that looked adorable.  All I did was paint them.

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We turned the back room of the barn that served as our wedding venue into a lounge where everyone could eat cupcakes and blueberry cobbler and check out old photos of Dan and me (and our families.)  My friends decorated the cupcakes with fresh blossoms and set a few birch paper flowers around the table.

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Our wedding invitations!  I decided to splurge on letterpress, because I love it so.  I saved on costs by opting for a postcard rsvp card and handling the map and envelopes myself.  Stacy of Pancake & Franks designed our wedding invites.  She was so much fun to work with and Stacy really understood my vision.  I made the maps by simply photocopying our Maine atlas, glued the map squares to cardstock, and then I punched a hole to mark where the event was taking place.  I couldn’t swing the cost of a calligrapher, but I really wish I had ordered a custom return address stamp, which would have saved time and looked prettier on the envelopes.

All photographs by the ever-talented Charlotte Jenks Lewis.

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing our save-the-dates!

Jen + Dan’s Wedding – Crafting with Rubber Stamps

Hi everyone! I'm Jen with the haystack needle. I'm so happy to be guest blogging this week here on Oh So Beautiful Paper while Nole moves into her new apartment!  I'm a huge fan of OSBP, and there are few things (besides homemade gelato) that I love more than stationery and pretty paper goodness.  To kick off the week, I thought I'd share some details from my wedding. 

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I had so much fun planning and crafting the elements of our wedding — for seven months I was stamping, snipping, and sewing on our living room floor.  Dan and I got married on a farm in Maine (his home state), so I let the natural setting inspire all the details.

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I've always loved skeleton keys, and I liked the idea of having guests pick up a key to find their seat. I organized our 60 guests into seating groups by animals (and the butterfly, my favorite).  These key tags also served as an alternative guestbook.  I made a sign telling everyone to sign the back of their tag, and then my friend Sue-Anne picked them all up.  I have a vintage blue mason jar filled with the key tags now on our dresser.  It's fun to read the messages every once in a while.  By the way, the keys I used were actually wooden skeleton keys I found on Etsy.  I couldn't find a lot of skeleton keys for a good price on eBay, and I liked the idea of wooden keys.

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The table cards were everyday letterpress cards by Pancake & Franks (who also designed our custom wedding invitations, which I'm sharing tomorrow!).  I brought the cards to a local rubber stamp maker who created custom stamps from the images of the cow, horse, pig, bird, butterfly, and rooster on the cards.  Then I stamped river rocks at each place setting to make the seat groupings
clear, since we were using long communal tables rather than separate
round tables.  I loved Stacy Pancake's horseshoe card, so Dan and I used the good luck horseshoe to mark our seats.

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The photo above is of our handmade ceremony programs.  Here's what I used: bakers twine, rubber stamps, faux bois paper, Japanese screw punch, and I printed out the program text on kraft brown paper.

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I like to use my ever-growing collection of rubber stamps whenever possible.  So the stamping didn't stop with the paper.  I bought floursack towels from Kmart and dressed them up with a little pattern using stamps and fabric paint, and we used the printed tea towels at each place setting. (Do not try this with a large wedding!)  In hindsight, I should have figured out how to silkscreen the pattern, which would have saved a ton of time.  After the wedding, the tea towels were a sweet way to say thanks to my friends who were a tremendous help pulling everything together with me.  We went with biodegradable bamboo forks, knives, spoons, and plates — I saved a ton of money on rentals and didn't need to hire a dishwasher. 

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It was blueberry season in Maine in September when we got married.  Early on, we decided our favor should be a food treat and we fell in love with the idea of blueberry jam.  I sampled a bunch of Maine blueberry jams and found them to be too sweet, too jiggly, too pasty, or just not quite right.  Spoon had just debuted their collection of homemade jams, and after sampling their blueberry jam, I knew it was the one.  And it was sweet that Spoon packages their jams in pretty jars  — even the turquoise blue label coincidentally fit in my wedding color palette.  I made paper butterfly tags to dress up the jars.  I love how the butterflies look like they're about to take flight. 

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More details on our wedding tomorrow — including our invitations!  See you soon.  

All photographs by our wedding photographer, Charlotte Jenks Lewis.  She's amazing!

Welcome Jen from The Haystack Needle!

Good morning everyone!  As I mentioned on Friday, the amazing Jen from The Haystack Needle will be filling in for me, sharing the details from her gorgeous wedding all week long.  Jen's first post, which is all about incorporating rubber stamp details into diy wedding projects, is coming up a bit later this morning!

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{photo by charlotte jenks lewis}

But first, I wanted to let you all know that I'm stopping by the Inspired Bride today with my own little guest post.  I'm taking about something I love but don't get a chance to talk about very often — wedding dresses!  I'm including a quick sneak peek below, but check out the Inspired Bride for the full post!

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{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  After a few unexpected delays and flight changes yesterday, I'm now finally in Salt Lake City and busy running around at the Alt Summit.  If you want to follow along with many of the bloggers attending or speaking at Alt, I created a twitter list to help make it a bit easier for you.  I'm going to run back to the conference, but in the meantime…

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…a few of my favorite links from this week:

Also — since next week is our big apartment move, I've asked one of my very favorite bloggers, Jen from The Haystack Needle, to help fill in for me all week.  Jen will be sharing the details from her incredibly beautiful wedding last year, including her invitations, save the dates, and lots more, so you'll definitely want to check out her posts.  I may also be popping in once or twice with more valentines and other fun things, but otherwise I'll be back in full force the following Monday.

{image credit: *mayxxx* via lovely clusters}

A few more valentine ideas…

I love the idea of giving something a bit more permanent for Valentine's Day, so I've been paying close attention to valentines either printed on fabric or in the form of artwork.  These vintage handkerchiefs from Bird and Banner are one of my perennial favorites, particularly for Valentine's Day:

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These "much love" doily screen prints from Ashley G are incredibly sweet and perfect for Valentine's day:

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And how unbelievably adorable are these fabric flower valentines from emersonmade?

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{images from their respective sources}