#MyBestFriendsWedding, Chapter 1 – The Proposal

AHHHHH GUYS!!!!!!!! My best friend is getting married! How awesome is that? SUPER MEGA AWESOME!

Now as you can imagine, this is every crafty person’s dream come true, because with all the joy and none of the stress on oneself, the crafting possibilities are endless. I want to make ALL OF THE THINGS, and oh, I will.

Michelle and I have been best friends along with our group for now almost 10 years (crazy!) and we’ve been through a lot together, which is what builds a super strong friendship, but even better – her family loves me and I love them, and they’ve borderline adopted me into their circle as well, so this feels like my real sister is walking down the aisle, and I’m alllll in my feelings! The best way to deal with those, you ask? Crafting, of course.

So first things first – I got a head start on the engagement surprise because her fiance reached out to me for some advice on the ring, and as soon as I got that text, you know my head went into overboard mode of what to make her/get her so I could put together a nice little “welcome to engaged life” gift for her. I wanted to give her a personalized mug, but the time frame was short, so I wouldn’t be able to place an order and thus, this would be my first wedding-related DIY project! I love all the “feyoncé” merchandise I’ve seen around, so I wanted to have the mug say that, but I didn’t want that to be the only thing on it… It had to be more personalized. So I decided to do something on both sides, and bam! Perfection.

Then, I really loved the idea of some sort of journal or album where she could include printed pictures and polaroids which are very in right now, and when I searched on amazon, this Bride To Be Book was one of the first to pop up. I wanted to see the inside, of which there were unfortunately no pictures on amazon or google, but then I found this blog that showed enough for me to pull the trigger and buy it! I was planning on bringing my Polaroid camera and snapping the moment Brian was down on one knee (which I didn’t quite get in the end because of multitasking, but still got some cute ones thankfully), and now it looks like this –

Finally, Michelle’s mom asked me to make a version of these very funny props that say “He asked” and “She Said About Damn Time,” so I found some faux wood card stock and got to work. I also brought a long a set of my standard engagement props so that we could play around photo booth style after the proposal. All in all, it was a great first opportunity to put my craftskills to use, and the beginning of a loooonggg road of engagement-and-wedding-related crafting ahead!

 

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Event Planning – Jill & Jorge’s Beach Proposal

2014 is definitely the year that brought me back to doing events – and I’ve loved every single one. I’ve planned/crafted for/set up a baby shower, a bachelorette, a few birthdays, a baptism, and a couple of other things here and there, but one of my favorites definitely has to be this proposal. I’ve known Jill and Jorge for about five years now, and they’re one of the most adorable couples ever. They have been together for eight years, and a lot of that time was spent apart, living in different states or cities. Once they were finally in the same zip code, our group of friends jumped for joy.

At some point in late February, Jorge reached out to me with an idea for a beach proposal, and he had a date: April 12th (because Jill’s grandma would be in town). He drew up a sketch of what he envisioned, and let me run wild with it. He originally wanted to propose at Sunset Pointe or Ft. Lauderdale beach, but there was an event that weekend, and we had to look into other options. I had been to the Anglin’s Fishing Pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea once before, and I thought this would be the perfect place for the event, so we had a “site visit” and he was on board.

Since this proposal involved our whole group of friends, I held a crafting session for the girls so we could work on the signs and other props we would need. Everything was exactly what Jill wanted. Her cousin was also in on the planning, and she helped us refine the details to make it perfect for Jill. I also had the very nerve wracking duty of capturing every moment, and I definitely felt the pressure to capture everything and not miss a single beat. Without further ado, here are a few shots from one of the most emotional proposals ever!

And finally, our whole group got together for a pic with the newly engaged couple!

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Congrats Jill and Jorge, and thank you for letting me be a part of this beautiful moment ❤