Remember yesterday how I talked about our mutual love of theme parties? Well, our wedding was the granddaddy of them all. Our mutual love of (and desire to work on) movies brought us together (and in the long run has made for a wonderful creative partnership as writers.) So when we thought about our wedding, it seemed to us like it should really include the thing which made us... us. So we did. We had a movie-themed wedding.
|From our Save-the-Dates...|
|...to our invitations...|
|...to our tables, each featuring a poster for one of our favorite classic films.|
(My dad was at the "Father of the Bride" table, naturally.)
|We even held our "cocktail" hour in a movie theater.|
It was in the same complex as our ballroom and hotel.
(No cocktails at the cocktail hour, btw, but there was popcorn and Junior Mints.)
We played a trailer from each of our theme tables at the beginning of the cocktail hour, before the movie we cut together for the occasion. Man, it really pays to marry a film/tv editor. For your enjoyment, Tom and I have uploaded the movie in two parts. It's about 20 minutes long, but it's pretty fun (especially a couple of sections in the second half.)
As you can tell, we're kind of made-to-be. Before I met him, I didn't really believe that anyone out there was made-to-be with me. But after we met, it just became clear that we were meant to meet only then, when we were ready for each other - and not before. He has made me so happy over the past (almost!) seven years, and I'm incredibly grateful for him every day.
|Our engagement photos, taken at Union Station by Paul Manke Photography|
Our big day was beautiful.
|All photos by Kat Foley Photography|
|Ten minutes before the wedding, I received this text message from Tom.|
|Girl talk before the ceremony|
|Our flower girl holding her pomander.|
|My party (we had gender-blind parties)|
|His party, midriff|
|His party, feet. (One of my favorite pictures of the wedding.)|
|Our unity candle|
We're short on pictures of the wedding day, alas, because we've been waiting to purchase the full digital rights to the photos. But by next year's 5th anniversary, we will have some other fun shots for you. Maybe even... dare I say... another movie?
We spent a lot of time in advance, making things by hand (both because we have specific tastes, and because it's a lot more reasonable in terms of budget to DIY.) Thank goodness I had some Photoshop skills - it saved us tons.
|Our program cover, pattern courtesy of iStockPhoto, monogram by me|
|The inside of our invitation, with royalty-free art, design by me|
|I even made our favors. With help from Tom, his mom Jean, and our dear friend Audra.|
All guests received a tin themed to the table where they sat.
If you're short on magnets, feeling crafty, or need a good favor for an occasion, you're welcome to make these. I digitally colored little bits of royalty-free art deco designs, printed them out, and punched them using a circle punch about the size of a flat glass marble. Then the group of us glued the paper to a magnet backing, and a glass marble to the paper. Wha-la! You can download my colored designs, here. Or you can use your own favorite art or photos!
Looking back on all of this makes me feel so incredibly blessed. And kind of exhausted. DIY weddings are hard work! And it was the wedding of our dreams... so I'm glad that we only had to do it once! Now the marriage... I'm glad we get to do THAT every day. I wish you all the kind of happiness I have found with Tom. And I hope you'll all take care of yourselves, and your loved ones too.
And Tom? Happy anniversary, my Harmour Love. lll