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Hawaiian Wedding Collage

Hawaiian Wedding Collage
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A few months ago, my husband and I had the privilege of attending the wedding of our friends Gregg and Claire. Dale met Gregg years ago when his Portland, OR food cart opened. If you’re a local. You may be familiar with his handmade deep-fried savory and sweet Whiffies hand pies, located in the Cartopia food pod until the end of Summer 2014. They’re delicious!

Gregg grew up in Hawaii, so it seemed fitting that he would be married there someday. The night before the wedding, there was a full moon and a very rare moonbow. I’d never heard of that before, but it’s called a moonbow when a rainbow is visible with the moon!! It’s so cool, and everyone took it as a good omen on the eve of the wedding.

The Maui wedding location was breath-taking. It wasn’t possible to take a bad photo with such beautiful people and gorgeous scenery! God even blessed us with an incredible sunset!!   Hawaiian Wedding Photo CollageI wasn’t satisfied with just getting the couple a gift from their registry. We did that, but I wanted to do something more personal. I’m a papercrafter, and I like to give handmade gifts, so after the wedding I looked at all the photos Dale and I took and selected a few that really represented the wedding week to me. I printed them from my computer onto glossy Kodak photo paper and made this collage using paper and paper flowers I bought in Maui, and I used my Cricut Explore to write the heading.

Hawaiian Wedding Picture Collage

Yes, my Cricut Explore WROTE the words for me! I used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart and used the pen attachment to have my machine write the text. I was going to fill in the letters with a black marker but decided I liked the way it looked as outlined text.

Pretty paper flowers from Island Paperie

After mounting the photos on black cardstock and arranging them the way I wanted, I framed the art and embellished the corners with laser cut Hawaiian flowers and pearl-like embellishments. I wrapped it in tissue in a pizza box and included a card I made with images I bought from the friendly owner of Island Paperie in Maui.

Easy card made with printed paper from Island Paperie

When I presented this to the couple last month, they were surprised and happy to see photos printed! They hadn’t ordered any photos from their wedding, so I was happy to give them something for their wall to commemorate their lovely wedding.

Card envelope for Whiffies

Gift-wrapped frame

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you’re planning on getting married in Hawaii soon, let me know. 😉 We would love to return to that gorgeous State!

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