You might be able to tell that I am a sentimental person. I framed a map of the city my husband and I met, fell in love, and were married. I hang photos of us all over the house. So when I wanted a way to remember our beautiful wedding, I decided to use a shadow box.
I purchased the shadow box at Hobby Lobby for 50% off making it $25. I made sure to get one that opened from the front because it seems easiest to assemble. I love the nice grey fabric of the backdrop, it’s a perfect neutral for this project.
Here is what I used: my bouquet, a copy of our marriage license (it’s so pretty), a personalized napkin, a boutonniere (yes, they were faux), a Save the Date, a piece of our coffee mug favor, my headband, our program, a piece of the ribbon from our table décor, and our wedding cake topper.
To preserve the bouquet, which was Star Gazer lilies, I used a floral preservative spray from Hobby Lobby ($6). I obviously couldn’t preserve it right after the wedding since we went on our honeymoon, so my maid of honor hung it upside down for me after the wedding to let it dry out. And then it took me months to do anything with it. Sure, the petals are brown, cracked, and fall off but I think it still looks beautiful. If anyone knows how to make a bouquet not do this please share in the comments!
My favorite thing about the bouquet is how personal it is. My husband’s grandmother brought the monogrammed handkerchief back from Italy for me for the specific purpose of wrapping it around my bouquet. And my best friend and maid of honor gave me the locket with the photo of my dad and I for my bouquet.
I used pearl-topped straight pins from Hobby Lobby to secure everything in place. I didn’t mind layering things as long as the significant parts were visible. I tried to use as few pins as possible, but made sure the bouquet was secured well since it is heavy.
To tell the truth, I actually made this shadow box before and when I went to hang it up, it didn’t grab the nail (because the hanger was bent) and it fell. And broke. I was so sad. But I let the hubs hang this one, and it’s up to stay! Kinda a boring photo…. It’s on this small wall next to the bathroom doors in our bedroom.
Note: if you want to do this, plan ahead! I didn’t and wish I had more to include like an invitation from the wedding. I recommend asking family to save things like a program, napkin, favor, etc. for you. They could even preserve the bouquet for you while you are on your honeymoon. Don’t be like me and have to hunt for it all after.
I was so happy when I finished it and hung it in our room. It’s such a sweet reminder of that special day I married my best friend and we promised to care for one another, always.