Take, for example, the invitations (which, by the way, I have been up past midnight working on for the past six nights). We wanted something to look old and simple, kind of like a very old newspaper. We didn't want perfect ink or a perfectly straight layout.
So we decided to get stamps made. McGee's Stamp and Trophy (a local Utah company) did an incredible job putting these stamps together. They're simple and easy to use. The look is exactly what we were looking for. The ink doesn't go on completely uniform. There are smudges and lighter areas. The stamp is usually crooked on the paper. It just works, you know? Like an old timey newspaper or something, but without the tackiness (my opinion).
We even had an address stamp made (I tried to show you below without actually showing our address, sorry for the blurry pic below) that has made it super easy and fast stamp our envelopes. We're using a lot of red, white and blue so these patriotic flag stamps worked out just perfect.
Justin's mom found us some dishes at an estate sale with a "C" and an "M" monogramed in them (the intials of our last names). We thought it looked like a brand so we made a stamp out of the monogram. We're going to use it on lots of different things for the wedding and it will tie things together. Before we send out the invitations we're stamping the front (back?) of the envelope with the "CM." It looks kind of old fashioned and adds a special detail that I really like.
Here is a finished invite before it goes into the envelope to be stamped with the "CM" and mailed out. We found bandana print tissue paper and wrap the invites up, taping it off with some fabric gingham print tape I found at an online etsy store (my new favorite one, go check it out!). Then we tie the whole thing off with baker's twine.
Okay, because I couldn't resist, I wanted to show you the boots I'll be wearing for the wedding. Aren't they adorable? They just came this week and I am trying not to put them on and wear them around all the time.
Here is a pic (blurry again, sorry) of the rodeo grounds where we'll be holding the wedding. You can kind of see the mountains in the background - one of the reasons we decided to hold the ceremony here. The other reason is the view. You can see the whole Utah County from these wedding grounds. I'll show more pictures later. I also like the banner they used here (at the actual rodeo last weekend) and wanted to do something a little more home made for the wedding. Any ideas?
And here is the groom! We were scouting out the rodeo grounds for the wedding before the rodeo because the grounds are usually gated off. We took lots of pictures and were trying to map things out for the big day.
I'll have more posts coming soon with more wedding maddness. I've found a lot of neat online shops that I really want to share. We have some cute ideas too that I'm excited to post about. -Natalie