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A how-to guide: displaying photos from your wedding hashtag…

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Displaying Wedding Hashtag Photos

… I like to think of it as a modern-day twist on keeping all those photos from the disposable cameras people used to set on every table.

Remember that trusty hashtag #morethanaveragelove you all not only helped us think of, but then chose from all our creative finalists? Well, I’m happy to report it got a lot of use during our entire wedding (that event I hardly ever talk about) weekend.

It might have helped that I posted the hashtag all over the place, from the wedding welcome bags at the hotel, to basically every table at the reception – no, I’m sure that had nothing to do with it.

The best part though, searching the hashtag on Instagram and finding all our friends shenanigans from the rehearsal and wedding, or… sitting in a nail salon in pajamas. Case in point. ↓

Wedding HashtagSo when the wedding was over and we were left with many fun, great photos that our family and friends had captured of this amazing time, I wanted to find a way to display some of them in our home. I would have framed them all, but you know, my husband holding a bouquet is really one I could do without.

Thus entered the idea for a collage print to hang in the very hallway we just started renovating. And this is where I turned to tinyprints and their custom metal prints to create the collage I wanted for our house.

tinyprints metal printBut it didn’t end there.

Wedding Hashtag Frame 3 Wedding Hashtag Frame 6Because as you all know, a project in our house usually involves that handy husband of mine. Except this time, he’s the one who came up with the idea to create a wood frame for our new print. Since the metal print is much more durable than a glossy photo and doesn’t need a glass front, it made his job much easier.

Oh, and not only did he make the frame, but once again, he used the homemade stain he used on the table numbers for our wedding. And like all his work, I think it turned out quite lovely (biased? no.).

Wedding Hashtag Frame 7 Wedding Hashtag Frame 8^^Sidenote: one of the best parts about hanging the print? It comes with brackets on the back and a handy little cheat sheet that helps you know where to hammer the nails in the wall.^^

Just like that the print was hanging on our wall for all to see! Such a fun memento of all those who helped share in and capture the celebration.

Wedding Hashtag Frame 9Once we get the trim and painting done in the hallway, I’ll show you just how it fits in with the whole look. Hopefully that won’t be too long, but lets be honest, these renovations are never quick. Send help!

P.S. We didn’t walk you through a step-by-step process for making the frame, but as always, if you have any questions let me know and I’ll gladly pass them onto Jeff! He won’t mind. 😉

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Wedding, Part 3 (aka, the Partyyy!)…

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Wedding 82… which for many reasons was probably my favorite part of the day (though I swear, I really loved it all), but I’m guessing this is you’re favorite because it means I’m almost done with all these wedding posts. Don’t get too excited … yet. When I said “almost” I meant there might be one or two more things up my sleeve.

In the meantime, allow me to show you some highlights from that little party we hardly spent any time planning. 😉

First, lets talk about all those logistical details. Wedding 46 with changeBut I must start by singing the praises of our friend Grace, who came to my rescue with her excellent penmanship and knack for chalkboard writing. Case in point, that beautiful seating chart (chalkboard made by that handy husband of mine) and this drink menu, which I’m thinking I would have needed at least a year to do myself. Not Grace. It took her a week … ↓ Wedding 57… in addition to finishing our dinner and dessert menus too. I keep telling her she needs to start her own business.

Sidenote: Barrel Oak Winery has also made a few appearances on our blog. We love it so much we wanted to share it with our guests. 

And remember those centerpieces we worked on (what am I saying, of course you do 😉 ) Wedding 83Wedding 85Overall – and I might be biased – I think they ended up coming together quite nicely. We paired together the painted whisky bottles with eucalyptus, the frosted glass candleholders, and wine bottles with our personal monogram and wood table numbers. We also used gray table runners, which we rented for the evening.

If I had to do the decor over again, I would likely make the centerpieces a tad bigger. We were trying not to go overboard, but I think given the size of the room it might have been better to have a little more height on each centerpiece. But, that’s just my two cents.

Now to get to that dessert … Wedding 56 Wedding 58Wedding 55… we all know that’s the best part. And in our case, it was two of our favorite sweet treats – donuts and Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (I did marry a Texan after all), with a few added toppings. What’s a little more sugar on top of your ice cream?

But, we didn’t do away with a traditional cake entirely … Wedding 54… how else were the two most well-liked members of the Rebori-Simmons household going to make their appearance? And yes, that’s a remote control in Piper’s mouth, because her love affair with DirecTV remotes is something I can’t explain.

Finally (I know, I know), let’s talk about the entertainment portion of the evening.

This part of the post is brought to you by my mom and her bottle of Baileys.  Wedding 80With additional assistance from my dad and those giant green glasses.  wedding 60So, let’s start with our best man Ben (married to chalkboard-writer-extraordinaire Grace) and the very funny speech he gave where he let the crowd in on an embarrassing moment that happened to him a short while earlier.

See, in an attempt to teach the maid-of-honor – my sister Shannon – a dance (I think it’s referred to as the pop, lock, and drop it? i’m not hip with the lingo) before their entrance into the reception, this happened … Wedding 62…and although Jeff and I were there to witness the pant-splitting mishap in-person, you can imagine how we looked when he proudly showed everyone. ↓ Wedding 63Oh Ben.

Shannon followed that with a lovely speech that DID NOT involve split pants. Wedding 64Cheers you two! We love you both! Wedding 65Then we let our guests in on what is becoming a Clifford family (my mom’s big ol’ Irish side) tradition. Wedding 66 Wedding 67Because my sweet cousin Maggie and her two sisters, who sadly couldn’t make it, are excellent Irish dancers and when they performed at my cousin’s wedding last year, I knew I had to steal the idea for myself.

But then I made the crucial mistake of letting all of us ‘less-skilled’ dancers take to the dance floor immediately following Maggie’s performance.

Case in point. ↓ Wedding 68Thank goodness for the choreographed magic of The Electric Slide. That’s a dance I can and will do proudly. Wedding 74In all seriousness, we had the most amazing time. Wedding 59 Wedding 73 Wedding 78 Wedding 77 Wedding 79Wedding 75Sidenote: my mom and her NINE siblings. Remember that big ol’ Irish family I was talking about? Wedding 71I have a feeling our day wouldn’t have been the same without these two women. ↓ They’re something else.

Thank you again to everyone who shared in our celebration for making this day … Wedding 76… truly the best!

P.S. Missed parts 1 and 2 of my wedding recap? You can get all caught up here and here.

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Wedding, Part 2 (aka, where we say those vows)

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Wedding 29… and arguably the most important part of the part of the day. As it turns out, we needed to promise each other a few things (jury’s still out on whether I agree with the “richer or poorer” part 😉 ) before we could get to the party. Wedding 30 Wedding 31Jeff and I – having already seen each other – played it a little non-traditional and decided to hang out together with our bridesmaids and groomsmen before the ceremony. In hindsight, I’m glad we did. It definitely helped ease the nerves. And clearly, the boys needed a quick huddle before it was time.

Meanwhile, I thought putting on the veil would be quick and painless, but I guess I was wrong …↓ Wedding 32… but have no fear, it stayed on throughout the ceremony. The day can’t all be glamorous, right?

Then – in what felt like the blink of an eye – the music started playing and it was time for the ceremony to begin – all in the very church I grew up in. Wedding 33 Wedding 39Sidenote: Jeff and I lucked out when it comes to musically talented friends. The piano player is also my boss, the violinist my former co-worker, and the soloist, the very lady who set us up on our blind date! Wedding 51 Wedding 84 Wedding 36 Wedding 37↑ That moment right there was incredibly emotional. I’m one lucky lady that both my parents could be by my side.

Though really, the entire ceremony was emotional in many ways and for once, I’ll try to let the pictures do the talking. 🙂 Wedding 42 Wedding 41 Wedding 40 Wedding 43 Wedding 44While I hope this was evident from the photos, I should tell you that the ceremony was nothing short of wonderful. I think I’m still in a state of shock that it went off without a hitch!

Including getting that marriage license signed in a prompt fashion. Whew. Wedding 45But it wasn’t party time quite yet, we still needed to pose for a few more formal photos … Wedding 50… or maybe not so formal. Wedding 35And really quickly, I must talk about these ladies ↑. We’ve known each other – some of us since grade school – for a while now and it’s times like these that I’m in awe of our ability to remain close aside from the years and miles that separate us. I love them so.

Okay, wiping away the tears now, because these gals have also been around for awhile and it turns out I kind of love them too. ↓ Wedding 52I promise I’m wrapping this little post up, but somehow I feel like I barely scratched the surface in telling you about this part of the day. I hope, if nothing else, you could tell how much we loved the ceremony.

Now to just tell you about the reception … I’m saving that for later this week.

P.S. Sad you missed the first wedding recap? No fear, you can read all about it, HERE.

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