If you ever need an extra wedding guest (yeah, because who ever needs MORE people at their wedding?) invite me! I love weddings. Totally, totally, love them. My assistant has, in the past, accused me of “loving love” and I suppose she’s right, I do.
I fell in love young-ish (21 or so) and knew immediately it was love. We met online so I can’t say it was love at first sight, but at first sound. One snowy January day when the busses weren’t running and I couldn’t get to our date, I called my now husband and left a message. He had me at “You’ve reached the voicemail…”
I still love the sound of his voice. And he’s adorable, so that’s a bonus, and it means we make really cute children. But I digress – I’d marry him all over again, not just because I love him so much, but because I love weddings, too. The celebration of love and family, pretty dresses, lots of presents, food, cake, wine, dancing… what part of this sounds bad?
So since I can’t go to weddings every weekend, I’ll settle for making wedding gifts. Recently I made a custom wine tote for one of my mom’s employees, and a former co-worker. He’s a graphics guy, so of course he had a logo made for the wedding.
For a wedding that happened this past weekend, in Idaho, we first did the ten flasks on the left for the bridesmaids. Each is a limited edition with our “Pressed” leather with an Idaho applique on the back. The bride was following the progress on Instagram, and showed her smoke-jumper husband. He decided to go for a set of woodgrain ones for the groomsmen!
This last piece is a valet tray that I made for a high-school classmate to give one of her friends as a wedding present. She and I hung out in the same circles when we were in school together (and I won’t say how long ago that was) but we weren’t close. Working with her on this piece gave us a chance to reconnect – we both have small children, and are artists married to non-artists. She is, of course, across the country from me but smart, creative, baby-loving people are always welcome in my life and I am glad that my work has given us an excuse to reconnect.