Foxy Masks + Fabric Birds

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kristin + matt engagement photos by becci amesLast week, Matt and I headed out to Shakori Hills, which hosts the Grassroots Festival that we look forward to each spring and fall; this trip was even more exciting, however, because we arranged for our photographer, Becci Ames, to join us on Thursday for our styled engagement shoot.  She had the sneak peek above posted before we even returned from our weekend camping trip!  The masks we wore were borrowed from Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a local group whose “mission is to make work that inspires people, promotes social change” through celebration and love of the Earth.  They are always a highlight of the festival; though they were not there last weekend, they were kind enough to let me borrow a few masks for our photos (thank you, Donovan!).  Lesson Learned #20 – Pick a location (and props if you use them) that holds meaning to you for your engagement photos, no matter how far-fetched others may think the idea is.  I’m sure a few people thought I was a bit silly when I hinted at our plans, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

Aside from that bit of excitement, I’ve met with a few ladies this past month about helping us out with day-of coordination and such — and, oh boy!  Lesson Learned #21 – Think about day-of help early on!  We’re mid-way through and this was not something we budgeted for, though it is something that I’m realizing we need.  And it doesn’t come cheap.  You can probably guess that I want to be hands-on, in the mix, making sure our day comes together perfectly (or near to it), but I know that is not going to be possible since I’ve got to be getting all dolled up during peak decorating hours come the big day.

fabric and pattern for handmade birds

With that said, I have been busy working on our handmade details and have a feeling my hands won’t stop creating until September 15th!  I won’t say exactly how we’re going to use these cuties, but take a look at this little short I put together of the fabric birds I’m making…

For other sneak peeks and project photos, check out my Pinterest board.

What projects are you working on for your wedding?  I’d love to hear from other DIY brides… or follow you on Pinterest!

sign off -- kristin


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