(Okay okay, I've been back in Portland from NYC and DC for exactly 2 weeks now.  But geez...it sure did take awhile for me to feel like I was back.  So now I'm really back and boy oh boy do I have loads to share with you.  I'm gonna start by backing up the bus to the frenzy that took place before I left PDX.)

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My honey and I knew we needed to get all of our wedding invites out before I skipped town for a few weeks, so we rallied an incredibly generous group of friends to hang with us and make the handmade glory happen. What we thought would take 2-3 hours tops, ended up taking nearly 10 hours with the help of 6 other people.  Not to mention all the prep work W and me had already put in. handmade-invitations-dreaming There was cutting.  More cutting.  Oh yeah, and even more cutting.  With a little piano playing, music video watching, brew, wine, ice cream, laughter and love...and we were well on our way. handmade-invitations-close-table At last came the teeny tiny hallway production line: handmade-invitations-hall handmade-invitations-hall2 handmade-invitations-hall5 handmade-invitations-hall6 handmade-invitations-hall3 handmade-invitations-hall7 handmade-invitations-hall4 handmade-invitations-heart-toe handmade-invitations-close-up-heart It got wild and crazy, took WAY longer than expected, got stressed, emotional, and giddy, but in the end turned out better than we had ever imagined.

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handmade-invitations-victory In the end, we were humbled and overjoyed by their willingness and insistence on sticking with us until the invitations were complete (some even having to work early the next day).  Moreover, I am so grateful for the network of love I have in my life.  As W and I enter this marriage together, may we always remember and revel in the love that extends far beyond our own little unit.  That is, perhaps, what helps us love as hard as we know how. We are so very lucky. Thank you friends, we love you. ***Song of the Moment: Stork and Owl, by TV on the Radio***

6 thoughts on I'm back!!!!

maba:

You doooooo have amazing friends and you all took that time to make those glorious wedding invitations! And …it was more about the loving friendships, time with friends, and kindness than the product! (Which is still really perfect!) You and your friends are the luckiest people in the world!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Michelle:

I’m in love with your invitations! You have such great friends, by the way!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

green ink:

Yay, you’re back! And the invites look so cute. How sweet of your friends to help out! Not long now, is it…..how exciting. x

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

design for mankind:

ok can i just say how ADORABLE will is? you are a lucky, lucky girl. that man is a CUTIE! [you match perfectly].

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Anna Okupinski:

And they are absolutely worth every second of time and love ;o) BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Thank you Betsy & Will’s friends ;o)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Sarah:

Your wedding invitations are adorable! :) All the best to both of you!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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