Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Beautiful Wedding

Wedding Collection
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations
Is there anything better than attending a beautiful wedding? For me, the answer to that question is easy. Yes! Although I really do enjoy attending a wedding, what I enjoy more is creating for a wedding. I love creating the invitations, table decorations, and all the things that makes a wedding the most special day in a couples life.
Memory Candle
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations
Wedding Chair Keepsake
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

I can still remember when my daughter and I were preparing for her wedding in early 2007. For those of you who follow my blog know, I have been dealing with Crohn’s Disease all of my adult life. The year 2006 was no different. I had multiple surgeries that year, and six months before my daughter’s wedding, I was laying in my recliner in my studio, recovering from yet another surgery. I only have one daughter and I was determined to make her wedding day as special for her as she is to me. I didn’t want anyone else to do it and so as I laid in my recliner I sewed and hand beaded beautiful hand muffs for all of the bridesmaids. As my recovery progressed, I continued to work on her wedding. I also made all of the invitations, table decorations, flower girl baskets, centerpieces for the head table, a memory candles for her late grandparents and much more. Was it difficult for me? You bet! But I wouldn’t have traded the time I spent for anything. When we walked into the reception hall and I saw my daughter’s face as she took everything in…that moment speaks volumes for me and I will never forget it as long as I live! It was worth every single minute I spent working on the wedding from my recliner. I was the one who gave my daughter her dream wedding, and it fills my heart with joy even to this day.
Bridesmaid Hand Muff
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

Ring Bearer Pillow
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

When people asked me if I had lost my mind I always said “probably!”, but I also say that if you can do it for your children, then do it! It does take a lot of your time, but let’s face it. With weddings costing on an average of $30,000 you can save a lot of money creating some of the wedding items yourself. I know that for my daughter’s wedding, I saved almost $400.00 on the invitations alone. With a computer, a few rubber stamps and some scrapbook supplies, you can create some beautiful invitations that you can customize to what your loved ones really want. They don’t have to settle for the designs in the invitation books. Now, don’t get me wrong, those designs are beautiful, but in my daughter’s case, she wanted something with snowflakes and she also wanted a picture of a little boy and girl in wedding attire. Before I decided to design her invitations myself, we poured over dozens of invitation books, and we couldn’t find anything remotely close to what she really wanted. It broke my heart to see her so sad. When I showed her the invitation I had designed, she looked at it and cried. I knew at that point I made the right decision to design her invitations myself.

Invitation- Outside
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

Invitation- Inside
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

The techniques that I used were, stamping on velvet, beading, rubber stamping, scrapbooking, and general crafting. I hope by seeing the items I created for my daughter’s wedding will inspire you to create a beautiful wedding for your son or daughter. It really is worth all the hard work when you see the look of appreciation in your loved ones eyes. There are no words to describe that feeling. I hope that you have the opportunity to experience it for yourself.

Crafty Hugs,

Stampin’ Queen Creations

Table Centerpiece
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

Flower Girl Basket
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations

Bride's Purse
©Lisa Rojas, Stampin’ Queen Creations


Terry said...

Beautiful designs! You are an inspiration!

Melony said...

Lisa- what a touching story. I am sure creating these wonderful projects was difficut physically but rewarding and theraputic as you got throught your recovery.

Julie McGuffee said...

Wow! Truly a labor of love.

Cherish Flieder said...

These are so special, I especially love the winter bridal purse. Beautiful touch!

Eileen Hull said...

So pretty Lisa. And how special that you were able to do that for your daughter even with all you had going on in your life.

milkcan said...

I think the purse is just amazing!