July 30th was our one year anniversary. Woohoo! We have had 365 days of laughter, love, adventure, and tickle fights. Definitely the best year of my life so far. I love everything about the man I chose to spend my life with, and I'm so thrilled about what the future has in store for us.
With wedding season in full swing (5 friends getting married this summer), we decided to get away for just one day. So we packed up and headed to Placerville, because neither of us had been there, and because it was so close to the wedding we were at the night before. We stayed in the historic Cary Hotel, and explored the little town and Apple Hill. It was perfect.
For gifts, we decided to go with the traditional first-year-gift of paper. Also, we made the rule that it had to be homemade (my favorite rule).
I used one of my favorite pictures form our wedding ("The First Look," above), traced our silhouettes onto some card-stock, and used an Xacto knife to cut us out of it.
Then I taped our silhouettes onto the inside of the glass on an extra deep frame. Then I turned the frame into a shadow box, by cutting out a piece of cardboard that was too big to fit inside the frame. I glued a list of all of the adventures we've had in the past year to the front of the cardboard, and then super-glued the cardboard to the back of the frame. Then I super-glued a soda can top to the back to use as a nail holder (thank you Pinterest).
I love the idea of this gift. I love the picture of us. I love the record of our first year in adventures. And I love that I already had all the materials at home, so it was free!
I don't love that the tiny bit of tape I used on the silhouette, failed after I super-glued the back on. GRRR... Fortunately it was still looking good when I gave it to Alan. Also, we don't have a wall to hang it on yet, so when we find a permanent place to live, I'll fix it, and then hang it.
Alan re-used a sign from our wedding (love that guy). He added some eye-hooks, and some wire...
And hung two frames from the bottom that hold our vows in them (there's the paper).
Exchanging vows was one of my favorite wedding day memories, so it will be so lovely to have them displayed on our wall as a daily reminder of all the promises we made.
As if that wasn't enough, he had another surprise waiting for me at the hotel...
He secretly sent this picture of our wedding cake toppers (mini Turkish gourd people) to a local cake maker, and she did an amazing job of recreating them! Her gourds aren't gourds at all, they're perfectly painted marzipan! Stunning!
Alan, thanks for making this year so special! You're my favorite.