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Wedding Part Five: Outta Time

10 Sep

My final wedding post is about all the things I’m sad I didn’t get to make in time for the wedding! Even though I was working on stuff up to the last minute on our wedding day (well I’m lying, I took a 3-hour nap at 6:30am), there are some things that I just didn’t get to finish. A funny one was that I didn’t get to make table place cards, whoops! But to save my sanity, someone (I think Bill, our groomsman/friend-fa-life) came up with the idea that the groomsmen could act as doormen and escort our guests to their tables. That ended up working out pretty well, plus it also emphasized the personalized nature of our wedding. Hooray!

Here’s some other stuff that I’m sad I didn’t get to finish in time for the wedding:

1. Hand-Crocheted Cake Topper

These two birdies cropped up on some of the stuff we made for the wedding, and I thought it would be adorable to make crocheted versions of them for our cake topper!

But this is as far as I got! I couldn't find a (free) pattern that looked like what I wanted, so I decided to make my own pattern. I had a lot of trouble with the color work though, so it took a lot of trial and error. I really wanted this as a cake topper though! I even brought this with me to the Museum, 'cuz I thought I would have time before the wedding to finish it. Ha ha ha ha ha. Well imagine these two little guys finished, with wings and beaks and eyes, and standing on a crocheted heart. One would have square glasses like Tim's, and one would have cat-eye glasses like me.

The cake still looked beautiful though! Katie (at Clementine Cuisine) used some nifty last-minute improvising skills to decorate the cake with leftover flowers from the flower arrangements and stuff. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

2. Past Anniversaries Special Mini-Exhibit

I’m always making random stuff for Tim as gifts. Since the wedding was in a historical museum, and we were getting married on our 10th anniversary, I came up with the idea (a few weeks before the wedding, alas) that we could set up a “special exhibit” featuring stuff I made for Tim for past anniversaries:

One year, I'd found a cool book about architectural origami in the school library, and I was inspired to make something for Tim for our anniversary that year. It was a small paper box with little paper cut-outs of the two of us (using green papers, he loves green!). I can't find it though, it's packed up in a box somewhere. So I did this little sketch from memory just to give an idea of what it kind of looked like.

A few anniversaries ago I designed Cubee Craft (Love them! cubeecraft.com) versions of the two of us. Here's a mock up of what they look like! I also posted about them here: https://meincrafthaus.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/cubee-love

I was also going to include a print of the Save the Date post card I made, since it's technically for our 10th anniversary, har har!

I couldn’t remember any other anniversary pieces off the top of my head, so I decided to add some bonus pieces to the “exhibit”:

Bonus Piece #1: Here's a valentine I made for him one year. I can't find the printed piece, so here's a .jpeg of the design.

Bonus Piece #2: Here's a random colored pencil drawing of us that I did. I used to have short blond hair. (I've had a lot of different hair styles over the years!)

3. Directional Signage

I had all these ideas as to what to do for directional signs to the Museum and signage inside and stuff. But this is as far as I got with it! I did bring the poster board and my wide selection of color Sharpies with me on the wedding day though, I thought I'd have time to whip up some sweet signs before the festivities. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Well, that’s (finally) it for wedding posts, folks! Thanks for letting me share my special day with y’all. And I should be back to posting more regularly starting next week. We shall see…

And if you missed ’em, here are all the previous posts about my little personalized D.I.Y. wedding!

Part One: Hand-Made, Heartfelt, & Hitched!

Part Two: Close-Up of the Book Invitation

Part Three: Sew Crazy

Part Four: DJs on the Dance Floor


Wedding Part Four: DJs on the Dance Floor

9 Sep

Another way Tim and I wanted to personalize our wedding was to have our favorite tunes during the wedding bash! We both love music, and our tastes include tunes from different eras; so we thought our musical choices not only reflected our unique tastes, but also lent a sort of “timeless” quality that worked well with the old-time-y museum we got married in. Current meets classic, like getting married in 2011 among cool old machinery from the early 1900’s!

We especially wanted to share some of the really special-to-us songs with our guests, so we included this little section on the back of the wedding program.

Coming up with the playlist for the evening was really fun! It was also challenging in that we knew the acoustics weren’t going to be great in the giant museum, so there was some stuff that would just sound terrible (I had originally been entertaining the idea of using this song as our Processional music and this song, sans the intro, as our Entrance music. Also, we couldn’t play anything remotely jangle-y. Sorry Josef K! Sorry MBV!)

To help save on money, we also decided to DJ and emcee ourselves. We’re so lucky that our wedding party was up for helping us out with this! Bill (audio guru) helped us set up the equipment, and Sherwin co-emcee’d with Tim. We had lots of help DJ-ing as well. Hooray for awesome friends!!

DJs behind-the-scene. Sorry for drawing arrows all over your pic, Mary! (c) Mary McCarthy-Gardiner

Tim during "The Humpty Dance". Check out the emcee mic a'flyin'! (c) Liz Frazier

We were also excited to have my brother/Bridesman John close out the evening with a techno dance party!!

Oh Daddy DJ, please take me to the party... (c) Christine Spiliakos

We had so much music in our arsenal and we were having so much fun that the end of the evening crept up on us, and we didn’t get a chance to play everything! Maybe I’ll make a “Best of Tunes You Never Heard” playlist, haha!

So even though we were psyched to share our fave tunes all evening, it wasn’t all roses. The equipment we rented ended up being… well, shitty. We took a chance on Daddy’s Junky Music on Mass Ave. Hey, it was local and the price was right. Well when we went to pick up the equipment that morning, they didn’t give us the stuff we asked for. Tim ordered specific speakers, but even though he reserved them, they “didn’t have them” that day. And the mixer they gave us only had one clean channel. So obviously no one there checked the equipment before giving it to us. Jerks. So unfortunately it was a little hard to hear the music at some points, and to hear announcements on the mic. I’m sure the acoustics of the room had a lot to do with it too, but dude, when you can’t understand what the two guys who studied Voice and Articulation at college are saying, it’s not just the acoustics! So yeah, Daddy’s stinks. I keep meaning to write them an angry review or something, grrr!!

Because no one could hear him on the mic, Tim had to go to each table to let our guests know they could go up and get food. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

The food was worth that little extra work though. So yummy! Thanks Katie at Clementine Cuisine! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

We still had lots of fun though!! If you’re curious about some of the tunes we played, you can click on the images below to hear ’em!

Processional: Mambo Sun by T. Rex. The Bridal Party and I entered from outside, walked down this ramp, and continued down the rest of the make-shift aisle. My parents were waiting at the end of the ramp, where I met up with them and they walked me down the rest of the way. (c) Forrest Frazier

Recessional: Till the End of the Day by the Kinks. Well, at least it was supposed to be! But due to last-minute changes, it actually kicked off Cocktail Hour.

Entrance song: (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures by The Rezillos. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

First Dance: This Magic Moment by Lou Reed. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Father/Daughter Dance: Isn’t She Lovely by The Idea of North. I love the Stevie Wonder version from when I was a kid so I was thinking about it for our dance, and turns out my Dad was thinking the same thing! But he found this cool funky acapella version. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Mother/Son Dance: My Mother’s Eyes by Frankie Valli. I think this is one of the nicest Mother/Son dance songs. Way to go Tim and Dyanne! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography.

And if you want to take a gander at our entire play list for the evening, we’re up on Hi-Fi Weddings!! This is such a great site. There are tons of wedding blogs out there, and it’s extremely overwhelming when you’re trying to plan a wedding. And a lot of it’s trite, repetitive, and impersonal. So it’s very refreshing to see a wedding-related resource that emphasizes personalizing your wedding through your music choices. Plus they’ve got some great song recommendations to get you inspired! (As soon as I saw the first three songs on this page, I knew I was in love.)

And here are some more snaps for you to enjoy!

Dancing with fabulous friend/officiant Erin! (c) Alex Garrido

Hug it out! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Dance it out! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

One of my fave pics of the evening! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Oh look, Corey Hart stopped by! (c) Mary McCarthy-Gardiner

Thanks for folding programs and tying ribbons on all those cookies, Gwen. Now I command you to DANCE! (c) Dyanne Gardiner

I see a man at the back, as a matter of fact, his eyes are red as the sun... (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

...And a girl in the corner, let no one ignore her, 'cause she thinks she's the passionate one... (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

OH, YEAH! (My least favorite picture of me, but my most favorite time that night.) (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Heehee, this makes me so happy! Stomp it out, Dave! Shake those hips, Dad! (c) Molly King-Smith

And this is just awesome. Sorry Paul! (c) Mary McCarthy-Gardiner

**UPDATE: I forgot to mention, my bro-in-law Forrest recommended that we check out the program djay to help us rock out our jams. We don’t know much about DJ-ing for real, but Tim and I really dug this program! If you’re without pro DJ equipment and/or experience, I recommend it.**

All right guys, there’s only one more post after this: Part Five: Outta Time!

And if you missed it, here’s the previous post: Part Three: Sew Crazy!

Wedding Part Three: Sew Crazy

8 Sep

So even though I didn’t make it myself, I still wanna talk about my wedding dress!

I originally got in touch with Karissa Kloss, a publishing colleague, about different ways to potentially bind my hand-made wedding invitation books; Karissa did the well-renowned publishing grad program at Emerson, and she used her trusty sewing skills to help bind several of her final book projects. Karissa also does a lot of sewing on the side, and she’s always making cool dresses for herself for special occasions. At the time, I was having difficulty finding a wedding dress that I liked, and, even though the wedding was quickly approaching, I was at the point of considering going to a tailor and having something custom-made. Though I knew that would most likely not fit in my meager budget, so the reality was that I’d just have to get any old dress, even if I wasn’t in love with it. Whatever, I’d get married in jeans if I had to! It’s just that this day was really special, so before giving up, I was searching every nook and cranny for a cool dress I loved.

Well after awhile, a light finally went off in my head: I actually know someone who knows how to make dresses. And I’d so rather give my money to someone I know rather than a stranger! So one night, after chatting about bookbinding and publishing in general for a bit with Karissa, I sheepishly brought up the idea about custom wedding dresses. And if she would ever consider making a dress for someone that’s not her. And if she would happen to be interested in a custom wedding dress commission from me.

I wasn’t expecting a positive reception to the idea, but I figured I’d give it a shot before I resign myself to plan B. But to my pleasant surprise, she entertained the idea! She immediately started thinking of ways to go about making what I had in mind, and, after a few days of heavy thinking, she agreed to make me a dress!

During my grueling wedding dress search, I realized I wanted an ivory dress, with a simple A-line silhouette, and with no train. Also, it turns out I really like lace. Who knew?? (Only sassy-antique-y lace though.) I was new to a project like this, but thankfully Karissa helped me look at different dress patterns and fabric swatches. We ended up going with this dress pattern (we went with the “B” option, and Karissa used her magic to extended the length), and used this beautiful Radiance Cotton/Silk Poplin in Ivory fabric with this gorgeous Scalloped Lace Fabric in Ivory (it was exactly the lace fabric I was hoping for, and it was on sale!!) for the top layer.

Since the dress was tailor-made to me, I needed to stick around while she made it. I think I hung out at her place a total of three times during thie dress-making process. It was fascinating seeing her genius at work! Here, you can see her doing something you'd never catch me doing: ironing.

Here she is working on the lace overlay for the skirt. She was able to keep the scalloped edge at the bottom, how cool!

Karissa has an adorable cat, Iris, who loves this lace as much as I do.

While Karissa was hard at work, Iris and I were busy hanging out and playing Fruit Ninja.

Here I am trying on my nearly-completed dress for the first time. When I was at David's Bridal a month earlier desperately trying to find a dress, the girl trying on dresses next to me wore a big poofy dress and tiara, and totally had a "bride moment". I think she even hugged the employee that was helping her find dresses (who was also supposed to be helping me at the same time, but she was truly terrible and I later ended up storming out of the store). Well right here is when I had MY "bride moment"!

Also, Karissa made me a surprise wedding shower gift: a matching purse! She used the same materials as the dress, and she created it from a vintage 30's pattern. And the little white piece of lace in the middle is vintage lace from the 20's-30's. Unknowingly, this design happened to echo the design of my shoes. So cool all around!

Boy, I am so lucky that she was up for this challenge! Not only did I have the wedding dress I had been searching for, but I'm super happy that I got to support a local artist too! Also, this was the most comfortable dress I've ever worn.

Karissa posted details about how she made the dress, you can read all about it here!

Seeing Karissa at work inspired me to pursue a long-time goal of mine to take up sewing. I knew I had to start with something small and relatively simple. I found this pattern on how to make a magnetic wrist pin cushion, and after conferring with my friend Melanie (YES Melanie my knitting and crocheting buddy, who also proofread the Wedding Book Invites and helped me assemble them. Now she is my sewing teacher. She’s amazing!!), we both decided that it would be a good project for me to start out with. Plus it would be a handy thing to have in case I ever start making clothes and stuff.

Melanie has a sewing machine, so we made plans to get together a couple of nights after work and make these. She made one for herself first, so I could see how it’s done. Then I made one for me!

Check it out!! I originally bought a couple of different kinds of magnetic sheets so we could trim them to size, but they weren't strong enough. We ended up cutting up a few random magnets that Melanie happened to have on her fridge, which worked well!

Here's what it looks like when it's not on my arm. Not bad for my first-ever completed sewing project, but I definitely need to practice sewing in a straight line.

I had a lot of fun looking at different fabric combos, and I like what I ended up choosing for this project! Melanie provided the velcro. I hadn't seen tan velcro before. I like it.

This is what the outsde of the velcro side looks like.

Okay, so the real reason I made a magnetic pin cushion is that I wanted to make Karissa a thank you present! She knew that I didn’t have a lot in my dress budget, but she still agreed to make my dress. I really appreciate all of her hard work, and I wish I had lots of monies so I could give her more. But I totally don’t. But I still wanted to do something nice to show my gratitude. I remember a few times when working on my dress that she dropped some pins and lamented the fact that she didn’t have a magnetic wrist pin cushion. She also mentioned that even though she makes lots of fun gifts for her friends and loved ones, no one really makes her anything because they figure she makes whatever she wants for herself, but she doesn’t because she’s too busy making stuff for other people.

So, voilà: a magnetic wrist pin cushion for Karissa! After making a practice one for myself, I decided a bigger magnet would be way more helpful. I also decided to place the velcro differently.

It was also fun picking out fabric combos for Karissa. For some reason this color combo reminds me of her. I really like it!

Sewing’s fun! I’m already starting to think about what I’d like to work on for my next project. I hope I get a sewing machine for Christmas!

In case you missed the previous post: Part Two: Close-Up of the Book Invitation

And keep your eyes peeled for the next one: Part Four: DJs on the Dance Floor!

Wedding Part Two: Close-Up of the Book Invitation

7 Sep

I would love to post all about doing a DIY wedding, and go in to detail about the pieces I made. But for right now I will settle on just focusing on the biggest project: The Wedding Invitation Book!

Here's another spread from the book. Aww, 8th-grade Tim and Chrissy! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Well, if you know me, you know that I really like books. I dig ’em as objects that can not only relay information, but also create a personal interactive experience. And I’m wild about the role I have as a designer to help create that experience. Hachi machi, gimme a multiple-page document any day of the week, and I’ll be in design heaven!

I really really wanted to make a book for our wedding invite!! But due to time and budget restrictions, I didn’t know if it could be an option for us. I had to research different ways to produce the book and come up with some price estimates. But in order to do that, I needed to know the specs of the book. To figure out out how many pages the book would be, I created an outline of the content I wanted in story, then designated each piece of info to a page. I came up with 24 pages! Then I looked in to standard USPS mail dimensions as well as standard envelope sizes in order to determine the trim size: I decided that 5 in x 7 in would work nicely.

I then picked the brain of my awesome friend Ginny, who knows everything about book manufacturing. And I quickly realized that there was no way I could afford to have the books professionally manufactured. Looks like I’d have to make them myself! But how would I be able to print it all?? I checked out some recommended copy shops and got a few quotes, but turns out I couldn’t afford that either. I decided that I needed to print them at home. And that the 5 in x 7 in trim size was still doable with my home printer.

The next step was to figure out the binding, and after consulting with a publishing colleague, Karissa (yes the same Karissa who ended up making my dress!), I thought a simple Japanese stab binding would work well (and I increased the trim size of the book to 5.5 in x 7 in to account for the binding, and it would still go through standard mail, woo!). I also continued with the content of the book: checking the flow of the story, writing out the gist of what would be on each page, and sketching thumbnails of the shape of each illustration. Then, I put together a full-size mock-up comp to make sure all the elements were working well.

I don’t have any pics of the legwork, but don’t worry, it’s not anything fancy to look at (the mock-up comp was made out of folded scrap paper and tied together with a piece of yarn, haha!). But you can bet your bottom dollar that I saved every shred of paper used for planning out this project and that it’s currently all sitting in a box in the middle of my dining room!

Once I had the layout figured out, I sketched out all the illustrations. Then I scanned the sketches and placed them in to the book layout, to make sure the illustrations fit in the designated spaces.

Then I traced all the sketches on to watercolor paper. When doing this kind of work, I use my Barbie fashion plate light box from when I was a kid; it still works, but methinks it might be time to upgrade to a professional light box!

Once the sketches were transferred, I did a preliminary ink outline of all the illustrations, then I colored them all with watercolor pencils, then did the final ink work. I was leaving a path of craft destruction around my house wherever I was working, so I soon had to move to the dining room to find a clear spot to paint. And also, yes that's a pair of pants on the table. They're not mine, I don't know why they're there!

During this time, I was also working on the final draft of the story. I’m not a writer by trade, but I had a lot of fun “designing” the writing: figuring out which words to use, what info was important/unimportant to include, and the pace of the story. Tim, who’s a great creative writer, pitched in to punch up the wording here and there. Then my friend Melanie (yes, the very same Melanie who taught me how to knit and crochet!) did a few proofreading rounds, and helped make all the words more sensical.

Then it was time to set up the final text for the book! I wanted something hand-written so it would have the same feel as the illustrations. And I wanted to make sure the leading, tracking, and heck even the letterforms themselves were all optimized for legibility. I was working under the gun at this point, so there was no way I could successfully hand-letter the book legibly. So I set the text digitally, using Adobe Caslon Pro 14/16, then I printed it out at 120% and traced it all.

Cheater cheater pumpkin eater!

This took ages to finish. During this period of time you would have encountered me frantically tracing letters on the bus, in restaurants, even trying to eek out a few letters here and there at work while I was waiting for large, slow files on my computer to open.

Okay, cool, so now we have this awesome book! But it’s also a wedding invitation, and we have to make sure all the guests have all the info they need.

So I stuck a library pocket on the back page of each book, and designed and printed hotel info/directions/etc. to go in the pockets. In this pic, if you look at the back page you'll notice a lot of signatures. I'll explain that in a bit! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

I also made RSVP post cards. They were going to go in the Library Pockets... brilliant, right? Too bad I overlooked that the pocket interior dimensions is slightly smaller than the outer dimensions advertised. D'oh! So we just stuck them in between the last pages of the book. Also, I am proud to say that the little "interactive food exhibit" line was a genius collaboration between Tim and me!

Tim helped trim all the postcards and the book pages. And he helped prep the envelopes to be mailed. I had designed this little thing for our address that I like to use as a return address on envelopes, but the invite envelopes weren't going through the printer. In order to keep a hand-made feel, I went and got a rubber stamp of the design made! Well, I forgot to account for the spread of the ink, so when we used it it kind if looked like a blobby mess. We still used the heck out of it though!

I couldn’t tell ya how many hours it took to do all this. I spent a lot of time making sure the outline and layout worked, and I thought that was going to be the hardest part. Then I started on writing the story, and I thought THAT was going to be the hardest part. Basically every time I moved on to a new task in this process, I thought it was the hardest part! I believe I started this officially in February, and was ready to start production of the book in March. I figured it would take me two weeks to do the sketches, illustrations, text, printing, trimming, and assembling (we were busy at work so I couldn’t take any time off, and weekends were usually filled with other obligations, so I could only work on it after work). Ha…..

I hadn’t attempted anything like this before, so I had no clue how long everything would take. Well, after 6 weeks of close to zero sleep, the production was finally done, and the books finally hit the post office in early May!

*Phew!* If you’d like to see all the pages of the book, I posted little jpegs of each page up here. You are welcome to check it out!

So that picture of the back page of the book, with all the signatures? You’ll notice that it’s a colophon/credits page! I had everyone who helped make the book sign this keepsake copy for me. I’d like to especially point out that under “Assembled by” is listed “The Tim and Chrissy Fan Club.” Lots of folks expressed interest in helping make the books, but when I printed everything, I didn’t know who would actually be able to help out. So now I would like to officially introduce you to…

...The Tim and Chrissy Fan Club! We've got Melanie (knitter/crocheter/proofreader), Karissa (bookbinding guru/wedding dress maker), Kerry (awesome co-worker who's crazy good at hand-binding books) and Anny (mistress of book production)!

My vixen-y sis Amelia is part of the club to, but she wasn't in the group photo, but I still wanna give her props. Thanks sis!

I don't know how these books would have been made if it weren't for the help of "The Club". For two evenings after work, I rented out one of the conference rooms at work, and we had a "Wedding Bee"! In the end, I think we made about 87 books. Here's a bunch of books in progress.

I’m really, really happy that I got to make this book for our wedding invites!! It was worth all of the time and effort, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. But! Now I know how much time something like this takes, I would have definitely started, like, I dunno, a year earlier? The incalculable amount of hours and the sheer amount of mental and physical energy a piece like this requires… this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime labor of love!

In case you are curious, here are all the materials I used.

Watercolor Paper: Arches Hot Pressed 140 lb 14 x 20 Water Color Paper Block

Watercolor Pencils: Pro-Art Watercolor Pencils (had this set since high school, the colors are so much more fun than traditional watercolor colors!)

Tracing Paper: Canson 9 x 12 25 lb Tracing Paper

Inking Pen: Micron, sizes 5 and 8 – Black

Book Interior Paper: Paper Source 8 1/2 x 11 Luxe Text Paper – Cream

Book Cover Paper: Paper Source 8 1/2 x 11 cover weight paper – “Paper Bag”

Library Pockets: Self Adhesive 5 1/4 in. H x 3 1/2 in. W with a 2 1/2 in. D Book Pockets

Labels for Library Pockets: Paper Source Oval Labels – Superfine White (I bought these in a panic once I discovered that the Library Pockets didn’t go through the printer very well)

Book Mailing Envelopes: Paper Source A9 Envelopes – Pool (“irregular”! They were half-priced, and looked just dandy!)

Custom Rubber Stamp: Rubber Stamp Champ 3/4″ x 2″ Hand Stamp

Printer: Epson Stylus Pro 4800 (We used ours, and our friends Aimee & Carlos let us borrow theirs so we could do twice the printing in half the amount of time. But we ended up just using their ink. Stupid print drivers.)

* Pro Tip: It takes a lot of ink to print 87 24-page full-color-illustrated books. You’re not going to get by with just one set of ink cartridges. So do yourself a favor and buy extra ink ahead of time so you’re not having any late-night panics. Your brain, and wallet [overnighting ink to your house multiple times is $$!], will thank you!)

If you missed it, check out the previous post: Part One: Hand-Made, Heartfelt, & Hitched!

And tune in for the next post: Part Three: Sew Crazy!

Wedding Part One: Hand-Made, Heartfelt, & Hitched!

6 Sep

Dudes, I got married! This is why I’ve been too busy to post in a regular manner, ‘cuz I was busy making stuff for the Big Day!

It's official: we're legit in the eyes of the law. (c) Forrest Frazier

Before I get in to the fun hand-made stuff, lemme share a bit about our day. Tim and I tied the knot at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, on the exact date of our 10th anniversary. We wanted this day’s meaningfulness to be reflected in everything we did, and we also wanted to include our loved ones in on it too. So our day ended up being the loving result of a group effort: My buddy Karissa agreed to make my dress, and as a surprise she even made a matching purse! My sister Sara did my hair and make up. My sister Amelia made the hair flowers for the bridesmaids. My mom gave me my vintage Weiss Black Diamonds necklace and matching brooch. A design friend made our guest book. Tim and I DJ’ed. We also did the flower arrangements with Sara and my mother-in-law. And so many loved ones offered their help before, during, and after the wedding. We had some pros helping us too: Lisa Rigby Photography did the official (and gorgeous) photography, and Clementine Cuisine provided the phenomenal catering and cake.

Purse and necklace. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Look at how GOOD my hair looks! Sara did the color as well as the style. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Back of the dress with the brooch. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

All of my siblings were in my bridal party: Sara and Amelia were my Bridesmaids, my sister Liz was my Maid of Honor (who was also a VERY patient listener and advice-giver!), and my brother John was not only my Bridesman, but he also closed out the evening with a techno dance party play list (his specialty!). Tim is an only child, but his best pal/“brother” Alex joined him as his Best Man, and his close buds Bill, Dave, and Sherwin joined him as his Groomsmen. Instead of place cards, the groomsmen escorted all of our guests to their tables. Also, Bill helped with the audio set up and DJ’ing, and Sherwin co-emcee’ed with Tim and helped DJ as well.

So not only is our wedding party pretty, but they’re talented and helpful to boot! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

To make our wedding even more personal, Tim and I got each other gifts that we could wear on our wedding day.

Tim got me a beautiful hair fascinator that went perfectly with my dress. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

I got him old-timey diver helmet cufflinks (he scuba dives)... (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

...and a Black Watch tartan pocket square to represent his family and symbolize his grandparents, who weren't able to make it to the wedding. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Now for some hand-made goodies! Since it was at a museum, we didn’t really have to decorate, so we just focused on a few big pieces:

For our invitation, we made a book about how we met, how we started dating, and our engagement story. Here's the book cover! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

We both wrote it, and I designed and illustrated it, and set it up to print. We printed and trimmed 'em all at our house. And some friends and I hand-bound them.This is one of my favorite interior spreads. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

But we had to send out Save the Dates first! I designed and illustrated these postcards.

We wrote our wedding program, and I designed, illustrated, and printed it. Tim, along with our fabulous upstairs neighbors, helped fold them. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

You can see the back cover in this lovely photo of Mary! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

For our favors, Tim baked his famous chocolate chip cookies (He made over 300 of them!), and I designed, illustrated, and printed labels for them. A co-worker loved what we were doing and offered to bake a vegan version of the cookies for our vegan guests. Nicole, you rule! And know who also rules? Our upstairs neighbors again, for stuffing delicious cookies in to bags, tying ribbons at the top, and sticking labels on them. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Since we were getting married in an old-timey museum, Tim thought it would be cool if we named all the tables after 19th-century inventors! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

So after extensive research and carefully crafting our inventors list, I hand-made each sign with my trusty Micron pen and colored pencils. (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

Then I scanned in each illustration, and used them to design the bio cards for each inventor. I took this close-up to show you an example; looks like we kind of forgot what a thesaurus was when we wrote this one, ha!

We wanted our signature cocktail to be old-timey-inspired (since we were in an old-timey museum), and also fun, unique, and delicious. After much research, the Monkey Gland was the obvious choice! If you're 21 or older, try it at home: one part gin (London Dry Gin recommended), one part orange juice, a dash of absinthe, and a dash of raspberry syrup (though grenadine is traditionally used; also, I think our bartender nixed the raspberry syrup, boo). I hand-made this sign with a Micron pen and colored pencils as well. I re-created this set-up my kitchen, mmmmmmmmm.

Also, here’s a snazzy card box. Yowza! (c) Lisa Rigby Photography

And some thank you cards, of course! I took this shot late on the night I realized that I wouldn't have time to do three card designs like I originally planned. Booooo.

We did all of this in a few months. Even though I was getting a little insane working on wedding stuff till 3-4am then working at an extremely busy full-time job all day, I love that I got to marry a rad dude, on our 10th anniversary, surrounded by loved ones, and that I got to make some fun stuff that made our special day even more special.

Gooey gooey gee! (c) Liz Frazier

Stay tuned for Part Two: Close-Up of the Book Invitation!