Last Friday was our first wedding anniversary, and to celebrate we spent the weekend in Savannah, GA. I’ll be posting about that on Thursday, but spoiler alert: we loved it!
Today I wanted to share the gift I got Vikram for our anniversary, partially because it’s one of my only crafts that turned out well and I’m really proud, and partially because it took so long to make that I want it to be appreciated by more than just Vikram 🙂 I hope you like it!
We recently relocated and our new apartment has an entryway, which our old apartment didn’t. Because of that, we had no decorations and walking into our home felt very cold and sparse. I decided to create a gallery wall to celebrate our relationship and liven up the space.
I was very careful to make sure the collection was a good mix of content, sizes, and frame styles. I didn’t want to create something that was only pictures – I didn’t feel like that accurately portrayed who we are! So I decided to mix it up 🙂 In the end, it turned out to be pictures spread all over the entryway rather than one gallery wall. But I love it nonetheless!
Note: Unfortunately our entryway is incandescent-lit with no natural light, so my pictures turned out less-than-stellar. I decided to take pictures of them on our new guest couch since the lighting is better, so you’ll have to fire up your imaginations if you want to see how they look in the entryway 🙂
What I Made
A picture from our engagement shoot
A picture from our American wedding
A shadow box with stubs from important places we went together. I chose a black background to make the stubs pop.
Here is what’s inside:
- A ticket to a Delhi 2 Dublin concert
- A ticket from a boat tour in Chicago – our first trip together
- Stickers from our visit to Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks
- My expensive “foreigner” ticket to the Taj Mahal (Vikram’s ticket for Indian citizens was only Rs. 40, which is less than USD $1.00)
- The room key from the hotel where my company’s black tie party (that I planned!) was held
- A plane ticket stub from our trip to India to get married
- A movie stub from The Hundred Foot Journey – our first movie date
- A ticket from Universal Studios Orlando – where we celebrated Valentine’s this year
A metal letter V for our last name.
A giant frame celebrating our Indian wedding. The original plan was to have pictures from our Indian and American weddings in matching frames, but it turns out that the pictures from our Indian wedding are extremely tiny and couldn’t be printed the size I wanted 🙁
So I put my creative pants on, chose 15 of my favorite pictures from our Indian wedding, and printed them in 2×2 size. I got a “floating double mat” frame, which is kind of like a cross between a regular frame and a shadow box. I used black mat backing and left a small white border around each of the pictures for contrast. I mounted them to the black matting using a double-sided foam sticky to give the picture more dimension.
It reminds me of a real-life Instagram feed, and I absolutely love the way it turned out!
A shadow box featuring memorabilia from Hi! Hello! Namaste?, the Bollywood play that Vikram and I were in where we first met.
It contains the official program (which I designed!), an artist lanyard, a promotional postcard, an admission ticket, a Fringe button, a picture of us on stage, and part of the original script where Vikram’s character (Bunty) asks out my character (Brittany) 🙂
Bunty: And I was wondering, Miss Brittany Ji, if you would be my dance partner tonight?
Brittany: Umm…we’ll see! *wink* 😉
Three matching frames, where I framed a poem and two notes that Vikram wrote to me before we started dating.
A floating frame with three photo booth strips of us.
A small frame with my favorite thing Vikram said to me: “You got magic in your kiss too, pretty girl.”
And of course I kissed it 🙂
The piece de resistance – matching nickname pictures! I spent absolutely forever going through all of the messages Vikram and I sent to each other to find all the nicknames and pet names we called each other before our first anniversary 🙂
Even though it was time-consuming (there were over 1,000 pages of texts) it was so rewarding because I was able to relive all the little memories from our relationship that I had forgotten about, and I feel like I got to fall in love with Vikram all over again <3 These pictures start with our character names from Hi! Hello! Namaste? and end with our real names. In the middle are all of the other names!
It may not seem like this would take a lot of time – and maybe I just suck at crafts – but it did take quite a while to put all this together! But regardless of the time it took, it’s so meaningful and something I know we will have forever, which makes it all worth it!
Do you like my project? Have you done something similar? I’d love to hear about it! Please share in the comments!