This Weekend: First Wedding Anniversary

Today I am attending my last wedding of the summer and marks the completion of the "great tour of weddings," as I have been calling it the last couple of weeks. In a few hours I am jetting off to El Paso to watch my dear friend marry her prince charming tonight.

Then I'm flying back to Dallas first thing in the morning tomorrow so I can get back for a weekend full of anniversary festivities with my husband! Our official anniversary is on Sunday, but we're going to the Brad Paisley/Blake Shelton concert on Saturday to kick of the celebration. We bought this exciting Groupon last week that gives us a three-course meal for two and a 30 minute sightseeing flight above DFW, so that is our official anniversary event on Sunday night.

The traditional gift for the first wedding anniversary is paper, and I'm very excited to show my other half his handmade present. I'll give you those details and a tutorial next week since he reads this blog. I'm terrible at keeping secrets and feel so proud that I have made it this far without telling him!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few of my favorite personal touches from our wedding last year. One of the biggest hits was this giant G we had made to serve as our guest book. Here I am in White Sands, NM, doing my best impression of a cheerleader with our guestbook:

Now we have this G hanging up in our dining room, and it's always a conversation piece. Several of my friends getting married soon have asked me where I had this G made. I ordered it online from Woodland Manufacturing, and I think it ran me about $40. Check out the selection HERE.  I had it done in MDF, and my lovely brother painted it white for us. Everyone signed it with a black Sharpie.

I'd always wanted turquoise jewelry with my wedding dress, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I ended up customizing my turquoise and pearl jewelry (earrings and bracelet) through this Etsy seller, Lauren Blythe Designs. She's wonderful to work with, and her prices are very affordable. Click HERE to visit her shop. We chatted online and she created exactly what I wanted– it was amazing!

We bought Scott's wedding ring through Etsy, too. He loves wood, and this ring had wood embedded in the band. Once again, we worked with the seller personally to create a custom piece. He loves his ring and gets so many inquiries about it. The best part is that the wood has weathered in the past year, making it even more charming and rugged, which is what I was going for. (My husband isn't the flashy type.) We bought it HERE.

Ok, I have to dash to the airport! I'd love to share more wedding details next week. Happy weekend!

* Paper Hearts <3 *

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