Back From Paradise

Whew! I can’t believe our honeymoon is officially over after building up anticipation of this amazing vacation since April. My first time out of the country since high school and we had plans to spend six amazing days on the beach in the Caribbean Sea. We had tons of fun laying out in the sun, enjoying yummy drinks, touring the island and even zip lining in the jungle! It was such a great experience and being someone who is absolutely terrified of heights, zip lining hundreds of feet above the ground was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

me and JP enjoying some sun

me and JP enjoying some sun

It was hurricane season in the Caribbean, but we had plenty of sunshine in the morning, curbing the way for clouds and some showers in the afternoons. It was only cloudy all day once during the trip.

beautiful sunshine and beach

beautiful sunshine and beach

So, now it’s back to reality and winding down from the relaxing week – I’m excited to start in a new job for work on Monday! Lot’s of fun stuff happening over here! What have you guys been up to this week?

zip lining through the jungle in jamaica!

zip lining through the jungle in jamaica!

 

 

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Beautiful Day and Happy Weekend

We’re experiencing some crazy, and semi-awesome weather in Chicago right now. The forecast calls for sun and mid-70s for the next week. Completely tolerable! We have plans to relax and maybe hit up a local Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I’m excited for that!

We recently got our wedding pictures back and I have been in love with them. What a great reminder of one of the (if not THE) best days of our lives! Here are some pics that I wanted to share! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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DIY: Professing Your Love Via Wooden Signage

When JP and I were deciding on the “feel” of our wedding, we kept coming back to elements that complemented the beautiful apple orchard without overpowering it or forgetting where we were hosting our ceremony and reception.  We had seen several signs posted in Pinterest like here, here, and here that we loved – we loved the cute saying, the DIY element and the rustic feel. And we decided that we wanted this element incorporated into our big day.

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and now you know what JP’s real first name is!

The venue, as mentioned before, is in the middle of no-where. It’s about 15 minutes away from the largest “town” in the area and so we thought that having helpful signs to guide our guests to the venue would be wonderful. We also wanted signs to send a message of our big day – as a welcome to our guests and to guide them to where festivities would take place.

clean up crew! wedding this way!

clean up crew! wedding this way!

So, we collected pictures from the internet and JP figured out measurements that we would need and sent an order off to her dad, who kindly agreed to put together some hand-made signs for us made from 2×2 wood.  Not only did he make signs we could stick in the ground, but he also constructed some signs that we could use to lean against walls and decorate the venue.

After he put together the signs, they were delivered to us and we picked out a stain and paint colors for the signs. We chose a darker stain to give it a rustic feel and decided to go with white and yellow paint. The stain was pretty easy to apply – just making sure that the front, back and sides were all fully coated. We used a thick paint brush to apply instead of a rag. It kept our fingers clean and still covered the wood fully.

applying the stain

JP applying the stain

After letting the stain dry, we used some stencil letters we picked up at Joann Fabrics to use to make the “Wedding” and “A & J” signs. We just stenciled around the letter in pencil and filled in with white paint, using a few coats to make sure that it was bright white!

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details

Once we got to our other signs with more of a “message” incorporated to them, we tried to figure out the best way to tackle this – should we print out lettering on cardstock and use that for a fun font or should we just free hand? In the end, we decided to just free-hand as it wouldn’t take as much time/effort and we wouldn’t have to worry about any mistakes or as much drying time that would be needed.  JP did recommend that for the words and symbols where we wanted to use yellow paint, that we should first paint it white and then go over it in the yellow so it pops more. It was barely visible when just going with the yellow on top of the stain. That girl, I’ll tell ya! Genius!

sign with yellow and white lettering

sign with yellow and white lettering

Overall, we’re very happy with the way it all turned out. It was all very personal and some of the signs we can use to decorate our future home.

This officially ends wedding week! I hope you enjoyed the projects I’ve shared, as much as I loved reliving all of the torture joy of creating them!

Wedding Week: DIY Menus and Other Paper Signs

Our theme font for our wedding was a plain old ‘gal named “Arial”, not to be confused with a red-headed gal with a fin named Ariel. We did all of the print in lowercase – our spin on cute, so everything include our invitations, wedding programs, and signs throughout the wedding were used with this font. In an attempt to match our other paper items that were being made by JP’s sister and mom in Ohio, I stuck to simple signs that reflected the same font and color scheme. That way everything wouldn’t clash with the other paper items throughout the day.

Starting with a blank page in Microsoft Word, I decided to make various signs using a “white” background with gray font (in Arial) and yellow double stripes on the top and bottom of the signs. For the menus, we picked up 99 cent white double-sided frames from Ikea. The signs were 4×6 and vertical. On one side I listed out the menu for the evening and on the other side, I chose to do a quick little “design” with our initials and the date of our wedding.

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For the bar menu, memory candle sign, and popcorn sign I did the same thing – but it was changed to horizontal and size 5×7 since we were using different frames. If you’re looking for simple but classic signage – this is a great design to use.

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memory sign | courtesy of Jess @ Plucky’s Second Thought

It only takes a few minutes to type out and print – you just have to be careful where you place your lines depending on what your frame looks like. So, you may have to print out a few times to make sure the lines are shown in the glass part of the frame. But otherwise, I was really pleased with them and happy they matched everything else at the wedding!