I've had a busy few weeks with the end of school around the corner, the warmer weather finally upon us, and all types of family and friend celebrations, but I'm alive and well and here to share a cute little craft I made for a close friend's wedding.
Back in 2011, Indy's best friend from high school and his lovely wife got married. They asked if I would make them a thumbprint tree guestbook, which I had never even seen before. After a few pinterest searches, I got to work and made them this:
(Forgive the angle/cropping. I had to ask the wifey to send me a photo of it, which is framed in their dining room, and she couldn't get around the glare on the glass.)
Their thumbprint guestbook turned out really well, especially considering their wedding was the night of Hurricane Irene and a large part of their guest list had to bail due to weather conditions and canceled flights! We lost power a few times in the night, but the party kept on and it was a really great, memorable wedding. The couple loves their keepsake and it's so nice to see it framed in their home every time we visit. And it was so easy to make!
Materials: Illustration board, Watercolor pencils, Ink pads - Done!
Anyway, flash forward to 2015, one of *my* best friends from high school, Koichi, was getting married, and his is a love story for the ages!
Koichi is half Japanese and half Peruvian. He went to school up in Boston and while he was here, he met a Japanese exchanged student, Yuriko, who was here for just a semester. They hit it off and have been dating from across the world for TEN YEARS! They'd save up money and try to visit each other once a year until finally, last winter, she moved here for good! The two had a small courthouse ceremony shortly after, but also planned a more traditional celebration, which took place just last weekend.
Now, as I said, Koichi me since high school. He's been a huge supporter of my music and has seen me perform with pretty much every band I've ever been in (and that's saying something!) One night, while a bit tipsy at a party Indy and I hosted, he asked if I would do he and his fiance the honor of singing at their wedding. While I was completely flattered by his request, I was also totally freaked out! I'm an okay singer, at best, and I do loud garage band or indie singer/songwriter type stuff- I am in no way, shape or form a wedding singer. I don't even do karaoke! There was no way I could confidently perform for him and his wife on the MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THEIR LIVES! I felt awful but I had to turn him down- I did the whole "it's not you, it's me" thing, and Koichi being Koichi, was totally sweet and understanding about it.
But, a few weeks later, I thought of a different fun, creative way I could be part of their special day, and I offered to make them a thumbprint guestbook! Even better- they'd never heard of one, and didn't have any plans for a formal guestbook- SCORE!
I got to make it even more personal in that I decided to make it a cherry blossom tree. Since Yuri is from Japan, she has an affinity for Cherry Blossoms. There's a park nearby where Koichi and I grew up that's famous for their Cherry Blossom Festival, and he took her there just this spring. All of the planets had aligned, and I quickly got to work.
First, I sketched out the tree and used my projector at school to project their names and wedding date at the bottom. I used Prisma markers to fill in the text:
Then, I got out my good 'ol watercolor pencils, and filled in the trunk, branches and a bit of grass below the tree:
And after picking up a few pink ink pads and an 18x20 frame from Michael's, my job was done! They had the guestbook set up by the door and as their guests entered/exited the wedding, they made their mark. Today, Koichi texted me a final photo of it saying, "Thanks, buddy! We can't wait to hang it in our new place!"