This June 3rd made it 9 years since my Hub and I said I do. We were married at a pretty little resort named La Mariposa in Arizona luckily before the desert heat really kicked in. Growing up in the desert I never thought a June wedding would be ideal. Just so you know the average high temperature at La Mariposa Resort this time of year is 105° F. Our wedding favors were personalized paper fans we gave out to the guests before the outdoor ceremony. Practical and pretty to help the guests keep cool. I didn’t intend to be a June bride but I always think of this song from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” on my wedding anniversary,

I loved planning all the little details for our wedding. I wish I had Pinterest when I got married. I designed the Save the Date cards with a rose logo which I ended up using in the program and menu cards. We picked roses after we decided on a outdoor garden ceremony. The Hubs likes roses as well. The invitations were a nod to my printing work done while getting my degree. We met while in college. Simple and elegant text with a subtle engraving pattern. Since I didn’t have a press of my own we embossed the ceremony program on the cover with gold ink. We printed out little wedding vow cheat cards just incase we couldn’t remember from memory.Copyright ADK Photography 2014The Hubs wedding band is a simple white gold band. I personalized it by having it engraved with “My Heart.” So where ever he goes he carries my love with him. It has held up well after almost a decade of wear and tear 🙂Copyright ADK Photography 2014I polished off my wedding day jewelry for an anniversary portrait. The earrings and broach were my something new. The broach was given to me by my sister and helped me incorporate pearls into my weddings day.  Sweet tea and pearls is what remind me of my grandmother, who is originally from Tennessee. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her without at least pearl studs on, always a lady. My “something borrowed” was an black opal ring my aunt had made from a loose opal my grandfather found for the same grandmother in Australia during his time overseas. My “something blue,” and “something old” was a vintage hankie from my Hub’s grandmother.  My mum and I, made silk tote bags with monograms for he ladies in my wedding party. I made one for myself as well in light silver.Copyright ADK Photography 2014This year to mark our nine year anniversary I wanted to somehow use all the extra wedding stationary. I’ve lugged this stuff around for more than a few house moves. I really didn’t need to keep the piles of stuff in boxes, but I didn’t want to just throw it all away. I decided to make an interactive set out of paper butterflies to shoot in. I choose butterflies to highlight that we were married at a venue named La Mariposa Resort. I attached them to fine netting and pulled lines forward with fishing line. We basically stood inside a funnel of paper bugs. Copyright ADK Photography 2014

I’m one luckily lady to have a man who is down to participate in my creative projects.

Copyright ADK Photography 2014Copyright ADK Photography 2014How do you mark the milestones in your life?