Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Janine's Wedding Gift

Earlier this year, Luke and I boarded a plane from Detroit and about 3-4 hours later, this was the view we were looking at. 

Hiiiiii, Caribbean (I love you).
We went to Cancun for the weekend to celebrate the wedding of Janine, one of Luke's friends from high school, and the bride that I did these Save the Dates for. It was one of those trips that we weren't quite sure we would be able to make work at first, but we finally made the call to go and were so incredibly glad we did.

One of our favorite parts of the trip happened right after we got to the resort and were checking in. We were told at the front desk that our room had been given away, but that we could be upgraded at no charge to a nicer room as long as we were cool with twin beds.


Nothing says bowchickawowow like twin beds.
So instead of overlooking the resort like we would have been, this was the view from our room.

We loved it.

We enjoyed as many breakfasts out on our deck as we could, we played a little volleyball, we laid out by the pool, we saw a weird fire show, we swam with dolphins, we laid out by the ocean, we ate good food, and we drank good drinks...all in all, it was a great time and I will now show you a series of somewhat awkward photos of us from the weekend.

I have an abnormally large head...please note that the hat does not fit.
Windswept hair and my pregnancy (I'm not pregnant) dress...but the background is gorgeous.
It was hard to get a photo of my hair not being blown in my face. Also, Luke's hand on my shoulder looks weird, doesn't it?
But here's one that I do love, probably because of my sassy stance.

Basically, Luke and I dreamed the whole time we were there about just traveling more and more and working less and less. We'll let you know how to do that once we figure it out.

But before any of this wedding stuff happened, Janine contacted me about doing a special wedding gift for her then fiancé, Cory. 

Cory loves playing poker and had actually played in the World Series of Poker before. As a gift, Janine wanted to give him a buy-in so he could do it again. But instead of just handing him the money, she thought she'd present it to him in an invitation. 

Like this.

White pocket fold + black accents = manly, right?

The invitation had three parts - the invite, the schedule of events, and a little envelope that Janine could put the money in.

My favorite part of the invite was the Schedule of Events. I liked the 3-D poker chip. :)

Fonts were simple - BD Hanover and Myriad Pro.

Next week I have a beautiful pocket fold invitation to show for a Mackinac Island wedding (there is a tandem bike...I am in love). See you then!

Want to hear more about the value of custom invitations? Check out this post


  1. What a thoughtful bride! And what a manly, beautiful, but mainly, manly invite.

    1. A manly pocket fold invitation...impressive, right?