A Wedding Filled with Handmade Touches
Lorena & Drew | July 19th | Twin Lakes, Colorado
From the bride: Our first “kind of” date was a bike ride, and we like to mountain bike and road bike together often. Drew even proposed while on a mountain bike ride. So it was fitting to have an underlying bike theme. Our favors were silver bike bells. They doubled as napkin holders and when we were introduced, everyone rang the bells, creating a beautiful melodic sound.
We made our engagement ring and wedding rings for each other after taking a metalsmithing class together while dating. We also designed and hand letterpressed the invitations, programs, thank you notes and boxes for the lavender toss.
We went to a harp duet concert while dating and fell in love with the sound of two harpists, so we wanted to share that with our guests at the ceremony.
We asked our guests to bring a small stone from their home. During the ceremony, each guest placed the stone on the soil of a bonsai tree as a symbol of their blessing of the union and to help support us in our marriage.
My 99-year old grandmother (who traveled from Massachusetts) recited (from memory) a poem she wrote for us. The poem tied into the bonsai tree and our love for nature.
Drew likes to create origami as a little hobby. He made me origami flowers on one of our first dates. For the wedding, each guest received a handmade origami animal as their name card, hanging from a wire frame with mini clothespins. They found their table with a larger matching origami animal as part of the centerpiece.
We are animal lovers so we had a “cat” table (we each brought a cat to the relationship), the angelfish table (we both like to scuba dive and Drew takes underwater photos and an angelfish is hanging up in our hallway), the turtle table (I collect turtle items) and the “fox” table, of course (my last name).
Guests loved our handmade guest book costume photo booth. We set up an iPad with a photo booth app and had it connect to a mini photo printer. Two photo strips were automatically printed, one for the guests to take home and one to put in the book and sign.
Drew also made 3D origami swans that formed a heart when together.
We made a wire metal cake topper of us on a tandem bike with a sign post containing our names and wedding date. Find on Etsy.
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Ceremony: A Wolf Den B&B // Reception: The Twin Lakes Inn // Photographer: Jesse LaPlante Photography // Flowers: Love Letters Floral // Ceremony Harpists: Erin Newton and Margot Krimmel // Cocktail Hour & Dinner Music: David Tipton // Reception DJ: Derek Russo at The Higher Sound // Hair: LeAnna at Roots Hair Studio