Friday, April 30, 2010

thorne + laura are married! (wedding invite design, video, random pics, etc.)

This blog is a little show & tell of sorts. I'm sharing lots of little things in this one blog post, so bear with me. :)

This past weekend husband and I had the joy of being in two of our best friends' wedding. Thorne and Laura have been in our lives since the beginning of our college years...first, separately...and then, together. We've had so many fun memories with them and they're both very very dear to our hearts. And, I must mention that my claim to fame is that I was the first to predict their like, then love, and togetherness for each other. :) I remind Jonathan of that often, because he didn't believe me at first.

Here is a little slideshow I put together as a surprise for them for the rehearsal dinner. It highlights lots of fun moments from their friendship, dating, and then engagement years.

*sniff* my how our little Thornie and Laura have grown and blossomed.

Next up, I believe it's about time for me to show you the wedding invitations that I designed for our dear friends. I knew that I would have fun with this design, because Laura said she wanted something whimsical, fun, and incorporated a big oak tree.

So, this is what I came up with...

The front of the invitation:

The back of the invitation:

The front of the RSVP card:

The back of the RSVP card:
For Thorne + Laura's wedding gift, I knew I had to do something a little crafty for them. So, I made this little gift bag to put their present in.

I made it just by drawing the letters freehand on a canvas bag with a felt tip fabric marker. The font I used on the bag is also one of the fonts that I used on their invitation design. The little flower pin on the bag was made from stitching pieces of felt together.

As for the wedding weekend itself...I didn't take many pictures...My DSLR wasn't taken out at any point, and any shots that were captured were with my little point-and-shoot powershot. At first I felt really guilty about this...but then I realized that it was nice to just be a bridesmaid and do my bridesmaid duties and enjoy this celebration with our friends. :) They hired a professional photographer to get the professional photographs...and I could just relax.

Now, here are some quick snapshots that I did manage to get last weekend.

After the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and setting up things at the reception site, us girls all went to Waffle House for Vanilla Cokes and a game of Nertz (for my northern friends, this game is like Dutch Blitz only played with normal cards.)

Lauren and Jennifer...I don't know what was happening here. haha!

Amanda and Laura--the BRIDE! :)

Me and Bethany!
We're holding up two fingers because this is the second picture we've ever taken together (yes, we're counting)...not because we're hippies. :)

And here is me with my sweetie at the reception.
He looks so good in a tux!

It really was such a wonderful weekend spent with so many of our best friends. I have to admit, I was pretty sad to leave them...makes me wish we all still lived closer. But I know we're all where we are for a reason...and it makes our visits even that much more special. :)

Congratulations, Thorne + Laura! We love you both so much, and are so happy that you're so in love and get to spend the rest of your lives together.