These are the table decorations that I made for the rehearsal dinner. I wanted to personalize it a little for Chris and Michelle and took some of their engagement photos and few of the favorite pictures my son provided and printed them out to fit these 3.5 x 5 frames. I found out the hard way that although you can readily buy 3.5 x 5 frames in most places that print photos, you cannot print photos that size. Luckily I was able to print them out from my computer. Each of the glass blocks held two photos back-to-back. I replaced the back easel part with plain cardboard and glued them together at the sides and the top, leaving the bottom open.
In the bottom of the glass block (the opening is on the top hidden by the decos) I put a layer of sand. I then took a tongue depressor that I snapped in half and pushed that into the sand so I could slide the frames onto it so they would wobble around. The hardest part was adding the shells afterwards. It took a variety of "tools" to get them placed just the way I wanted them. My intention was to keep it simple on the inside with the decorations so you would be drawn to the pictures.
I used the paper that I had leftover from making the invitations to decorate the outside. You can barely see it in the photo, but there was a band of Bermuda Bay completely around the outside of the block. I had used the same shell embossing plate to emboss that. On the top I added two of the Apothecary Accents framelits as a base for the Pool Party flower that I created using dies and punches with a crystal brad center on each. Then I hot glued the tulle ribbon in layers like a bow. Die cut leaves in Sahara Sand and a few shells on the top finished them off.
The real challenge was transporting them without having the pictures fall over, but thankfully it worked out fine. I only made 4 of these and they went relatively fast once I figured out the picture problem. (Side note: the best price for these glass blocks was definitely AC Moore).
I wanted to keep the card that I made for them simple but a little elegant. I stuck with the Sahara Sand, White, and Very Vanilla color scheme. I was driving myself crazy trying to find my diagonal scoring plate and gave up on that and used one of the texture plates instead. The texture was much more visible IRL. I added sticky pearls where there were little circles in the texture plus a few more. There's a Delicate Doily sizzlet there and a Very Vanilla flower made from various punches.
I embossed the sentiment with pewter EB and framed it with one of the frames in the SU Holiday Mini. Since I popped it up with dimensionals, I covered the holes on the sides with sticky pearls and added a sticky rhinestone above the sentiment.
Luckily I still have a partial box of off-white envelopes that were a bit larger than this card so the flower did not get crushed.
These are a few of the cupcakes that were leftover from the reception. Instead of a cake, they had a cupcake tower with a small cake topper. These were delicious - red velvet with edible chocolate shells, starfish, and sand dollars. Yum! All the food was delicious from the cocktail hour appetizers to the expansive buffet dinner. Besides the cupcakes they also had an assortment of desserts and a coffee bar.
And here we are with our gang at Ship Bottom AKA Table 7. A bit fuzzy, sorry it must have been the photographer! That's us on the right side. I loved my dress and thank my daughter for shopping with me and picking it out. HWNSNBP looked very
hot smart in his navy blue suit.
My hip posed little problem while I danced that night and dance I did. It might have just been the high of the evening keeping me going although it did take me quite a long time to find a comfortable position to get to sleep that evening. It was all well worth it though.
And lastly, some pictures from the Photo Booth. (The Looking Glass is Michelle's sister Julie's business.) Keep in mind that we were meaning to "ham it up" a bit!
Thanks for bearing with my absence in posting this last month or so. Things should get back to normal soon. Actually it will be a new normal now that we have a new family member. My son is very lucky to have found such a beautiful, kind, caring, creative, thoughtful, bride. And we are so proud to have her join our family.