“ About Shmel ” by shmel
The "Sh" part: Shaun: Grew up in Rhinelander, Wis. He moved around quite a bit after leaving home. He now works as a manager for Family Video.
The "Mel" part: Melissa: Grew up in Medford, Wis. She moved to Wausau and went to college. Since graduating college in 2000, she has worked at a law firm.
How they met: Shaun was a manager-in-training at Family Video and bounced from store to store. He finally ended up at the store where I worked part time. He says that I had a "mysteriousness" about me that he
just wanted to find out more. So after a couple attempts, I finally agreed to hang out. We spent quite a bit of time getting to know each other and taking it slow. Soon after we got into a groove, Shaun got transferred to Ohio for
work. I had been in long distance relationships before and knew they were hard. So instead of officially dating, I decided we should have a "M.N.R." (monogamous non-relationship). So for 6 months or so, we talked daily and visited
once a month. Then in April 2006, I decided that it was time to make throw out our title of MNR and become boyfriend/girlfriend.
The Engagement: It was our 2 year anniversary. I had worked during the day and FI had off. We went out to eat after work and then came home and took our furbaby, Sadie, for a walk. He was acting a
little weird..getting phone calls all the time and such. We then went to the park near our house. There was a little island with a bench on it and the closer we got, I noticed a blanket on the bench. I said "oh someone is already
using it". We got even closer and noticed it was my blanket!!! So we sat down and he had wine and strawberries in a basket. He was standing behind me with Sadie and I was just sitting and watching the water. When he said "what
do you think about wearing this home this weekend?" I was in shock and just said, "are you serious!?!?" After the shock wore off, I of course said yes and cried. We then walked home and called EVERYBODY!! (Please ignore my
very wrinkly hands. It was like 30 below when I took this picture!)
The Big Day: We decided to stick close to our dating anniversary and picked April 24, 2010. I wanted plenty of time to plan so I didn't stress out, hence the two year engagement.
“ Invitations ” by pennypretty
Making my own pocketfolds, inserts, belly bands, monograms, etc.
The paper I originally wanted has been discontinued so I'm currently on the hunt for something to replace it or at the very least trying to track down some vendors that still have it in stock.
These are just digital mock-ups of what I'm working on.
- Our monogram. I wanted something circular potentially with dots and or an infinity symbol. Threw the idea past FI and he and I agree this is our monogram!
The squiggly plus sign beat out the actual numerical plus
sign I was kicking around in other iterations. But it is in fact two infinity symbols perpendicular to one another.
- Our Invitations. I wanted to do different papers in different
shades of blue. Still searching for the perfect metallic paper for our pocketfolds, but thus far this is my idea.
The colors aren't completely correct. But that blue dotted paper is a definite (Wausau dotted washi).
I'm thinking I might do a paper belly band. When we were working on my friend Laura's invitations the fabric ribbon belly bands were a huge pain in our butts to get together.
on the belly band will be embossed.
As for the insides, I'm still working on designs for things here and there. Obviously since we haven't nailed down all the particulars: venue, ceremony site, etc. we can only really guess where things
will take place and what the directions and whatnot will be.
But here's the inside of the invites:
The envelopes will be a really pretty dark blue, A7. With font Scriptina Pro printed on them. Then I'll trace over the printed address with a white pen. I have done calligraphy for other people's invitations by hand, but I wanted
something really special for our invitations and fell in love with this font.