Hey! Since I’m putting the finishing touches on our invitations, I thought I’d make a post about our Save the Dates we sent out a few months ago.
I wanted to do something to do with movies since we were getting married in a movie theater, and I wanted to do something that wasn’t impersonal. I wanted something that was unique and showed off what we do.
First, obviously, our inspiration came from the poster from last year’s Tree of Life:
And by ‘inspiration’, you now know I just blatantly ripped it off.
Here’s the original design for the Save the Date. Unfortunately when I assembled it, I used images of too low resolution to look good printed. Here’s the original version:
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Any interest in hearing what all of these pictures are from? I didn’t think so, but I’m going to anyways! Starting from the top left and heading right.
1 – This is the first picture we’d ever had taken together at my old apartment in Bloomington. We look so young! Not much different, but young.
2 – Jacob and I went on a road trip last year. This is one of the many endless flat areas of South Dakota. Endless.
3 – The result of my attempts at snowboarding early last year. I ended up liking skiing a lot more.
4 – This is the Marriott in Normal where our reception is being held; I took this picture while it was still under construction. See how I snuck that on there? Clever, huh?
5 – This is Aubrey at a place called The Stinking Rose in San Francisco. I like how serious both Aubreys are in their consideration of that drink.
6 – A winery in Napa that we visited last year for my birthday.
7 – This is Shibuya in Japan where Aubrey and I visited two years ago. Bright lights; big city.
8 – Aubrey and I at the Air Force Ball back in 2011. This picture may look familiar in the next Save the Date…
9 – The Normal Theater, where we’re getting married. See how I did that? Subtle!
10 – A tour around the San Francisco bay last year. This is my Captain America shot, I guess.
11 – This is a mountain outside Kofu-shi, Japan, where we’d gone hiking back in late 2010.
12 – Aubrey playing Mini-golf in Summer 2009 shortly before she moved to Arizona for the Air Force. I really like this picture, though she doesn’t.
13 – That’s me canoeing. Aubrey really likes this picture. I don’t know why; maybe because I’m doing all the work?
14 – Aubrey driving at Tokyo Disney. This was shortly followed by a loud evil laugh, I’m sure.
15 – Riding the fiberglass jackalope at Wall Drug in South Dakota. If you’re ever at Wall Drug, you should go! (Don’t go to Wall Drug)
16 – I wanted to put plenty of movie stuff in here, so that’s my DVD collection! You can see the Gilmore Girls, Deep Space 9, Marx Brothers, and Busby Berkeley collections among other things.
17 – Aubrey and I on our previously mentioned cruise around the San Francisco Bay.
18 – This is the cutest picture I have of our two dogs, Harpo and Chico, together, so I had to include it.
19 – Aubrey and I at the botanical garden outside Phoenix in late 2009. Daww.
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21 – Lemons from the tree in our backyard out here in California.
22 – Aubrey and I went to Ocean City, Maryland, last year, and the kite store there had a huge display of kites flying along the beach. Aubrey wanted a picture of me eating them all up. Yum yum.
23 – The trail out behind my house!
24 – Aubrey out on a rock in Monterrey earlier this year.
25 – Napa from last year. This is from Coppola’s Rubicon winery.
26 – The last and most important picture, this is us right after getting engaged. Presumably Aubrey is pointing at her engagement ring, unless she’s just really enthused about her fingernails for some reason.
But, like I said, that Save the Date was too low resolution, and some of the pictures I used just didn’t look right to me any more. Here’s the revised and final version:
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A lot of these are identical to above. I’ll skip to the ones you didn’t see before.
2 – This is Aubrey’s picture of me skydiving early last year. Fun stuff!
5 – Aubrey at her favorite restaurant in Napa, The Bounty Hunter. It’s good stuff.
8 – This was taken right before Aubrey left for basic training at the park where we went canoeing.
9 – The videostore where Aubrey and I met.
10 – This is from when Aubrey and I went to the Statue of Liberty (I know, no shit) together in the fall of ’11. Not the prettiest of days.
11 – The HALL of MIRRORs in Monterrey. You can see Aubrey wandering around there in the background too.
12 – Aubrey kayaking off near Sausalito! I wasn’t there for this. I don’t like kayaking. I call it crap-yaking, but don’t tell Aubrey that.
13/14 – The big two pictures were in the old invite, but now they’ve been split up. I like that my elbow in Aubrey’s picture looks like it’s coming from nowhere because of the split.
15 – Aubrey was intensely proud of this waffle sundae at Friendly’s in Maryland, and I was amazed that she just kept taking pictures of it.
17 – A llama. Aubrey. I’m not surprised they hang out together.
20 – The last new one on here is our roommate Sam’s car filled with balloons from a prank that Aubrey and I played on him last year. Sadly, due to the California sun, most popped before he saw it, leaving him with just a bunch of popped balloons to clean out of his car. That’ll show him!
I think it turned out pretty well in the end, but I think our invitations are way cooler. I guess anyone reading this will find out about that soon enough!