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1  Our science geeky wedding :) Lengthy Post in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LinzSerena on: September 28, 2009 04:01:33 PM
I finally have some pics to show from my 8-16-09 wedding. It turned out so beautifully. If I had more free time during the planning process, I might have crafted some more, but it turned out a-okay. Smiley  

Basically, we wanted a science geeky wedding. My husband is a scientist (HIV researcher) and a chemistry professor. I'm a nurse and in school finishing my graduate degree to become a family nurse practitioner (graduating May 2010 - woot!!!). Therefore, I'm ridiculously busy and not really able to play with wedding planning stuff. I planned a little during my winter semester break and then left it up to my husband (and boy did he take over!) Smiley  

So here's a load of pictures..

Here's us! Awww...

So this next one is not technically a craft, but it is an art. I have danced ballroom for about 10 years and wanted more than anything to have a choreographed first dance. Problem is, my husband is a hockey-playing, 2-left-feet, kind of guy. Well he took lessons from my dance partner and practiced like it was the Olympics and we pulled off a choreographed foxtrot to the song Fly Me To The Moon.

My bridesmaids and I made the flowers for the wedding. Corsages, boutonniere and bouquets for all (I forget what the total was but it was a lot of flowers)! I highly recommend making your own corsages they are so easy that its worth it in saving money. We bought all of the flowers the morning before the wedding from 2 supermarkets. We just walked in, bought two big buckets and filled them with flowers (and booze we were amazed that they sold alcohol in the supermarkets in CT)

Grooms boutonniere:

My bouquet was quite a bit harder, but it turned out exactly as I had imagined:

During our ceremony, we had a wine ceremony (instead of a unity candle). We combined a red wine from CT (his home state) with a white wine from MD (my home state) into these a carafe from which we then served each other wine. We bought the carafes and wine goblets from the dollar store and etched them using that puffy paint and etching cream technique a few people have used on here. We gave one carafe to each mother and kept the one with our initials. Our cups have a cursive B or L and the date 8 <3 16 <3 09.

As we walked out after our ceremony, the recessional song was mixed by my little brother. The song started out as Henry Purcell's Trumpet Tune and then switched to the main theme song to Indiana Jones. Let the adventure begin!

We did E-Save-the-dates (to Save-a-tree and Save-some-green) Smiley We sent out emails with a link to our wedding website, which we kept pretty updated.


Our wedding invitations:  Just altered from a kit. Used a different bow, different font and added a DNA double helix to the bottom

Our wedding programs: We used another kit, added the extra bows from the invitations and had a mix of white and blue bows.

Our welcome sign: Gosh I wish I could find pictures of our table numbers. Our table numbers were so clever. We named each table after a famous nurse or scientist, had a picture and mini profile for that person and then on the back of each table number was a trivial pursuit card filled with nerdy topics about us and our interests. You got to trust me, they really turned out awesome. I have the template for the trivial pursuit cards for those that are interested.
Anyways, here is our welcome sign it looks kinda like our table numbers, just less clever.

Our centerpieces were Erlenmeyer flasks filled with clear marbles and wildflowers arranged by the grooms mother. She put so much effort into these and they just turned out better than I could have imagined.

Our favors were glass test tubes filled with blue and white personalized M&Ms. We made mailing labels on vistaprint that had our name, date & a molecule that spelled out our last name & stuck that label on the side.
Also on the tables were little scrolls with explanations of the Polish traditions in the ceremony & reception (My mother is Polish)

For the wedding, my mother made me my chzpek (which I dont have a great picture of), the apron for the maly taniec (small dance), the baby necklace (I got 2 girls & 2 boys in line for me) and the funny hat for the groom.
Heres his hat:

Our guest book was a photo album made on shutterfly of a bunch of our favorite engagement pics. Our guests signed around the pictures & it turned out so beautifully.

Finally, our rings
As you know from my previous post, our rings were made by two artisans on etsy. Barrys ring was a meteorite inlaid into a white gold band. I really struggled to find a ring that would complement his and still look feminine (and match my engagement ring). Finally, we decided on a white gold band inlaid with some diamonds about 3/4 of the way around the band. At the bookends of the diamond rows were two carbonados, which have been alleged to have been formed in the midst of supernovas. I ended up contacting the leading expert in carbonados (and read his publications), who referred me to a dealer in NYC that sold me some carbonados and shipped them to the jewelry maker in Los Angeles. Anyways, I LOVE how the rings turned out they are so unique and meaningful. This is the best pic that I have of both of them though:

So thats it! That was our geeky wedding! Im sure Im forgetting something, so Ill try to add stuff as I remember. Thank goodness my husband had a hidden crafty side, otherwise none of this would have been done!
I had a wonderful time, but Im loving married life even more than engaged life Wink


Thanks for looking (and making it to the bottom of the post!)

***Edit: (found pics of the table numbers) 9/29/2009
Table numbers; famous nurses & famous scientists with a trivial pursuit card stuck to the back of it Smiley

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2  Re: When 2 Nerds Marry... (invitation advice/etc) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by LinzSerena on: April 30, 2009 05:57:21 AM
My semester is ALMOST OVER and I can finally start playing with wedding stuff. My bridesmaids are all in order and eager to start helping - problem is: I haven't figured out what all needs to be done (craft wise).
Is there any generic craft-to-do list that someone can fwd me?

And my fiance's wedding band arrived!! We had a guy on Etsy make it (not sure if I can share his name on here - but please ask me for his name. He was an absolute pleasure to work with).
This was such an awesome ring (and fits our theme).. it's a band of meteorite inlaid into white gold. The meteorite is the Muonionalusta meteorite that landed in Sweden (his family's heritage) back in 1908. The meteorite has these natural polyhexagonal etchings in it that add so much character.
I'm adding two pics - one shows the ring well, but don't show how the etchings glisten in the light. The second pic makes it look coppery (it's not), but it shows how the ring shines.
I love how it turned, as does my fiance. He couldn't stop looking at it when we received it.

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3  Re: Anatomy/Medical Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LinzSerena on: August 17, 2008 01:54:36 PM
Wow! So I rec'd an incredible swap package from bigfatroses! Allow me to show you what was waiting for me when I got home! Smiley
First things first - everything came in this incredibly cute heart bag that she HAND SEWED (seriously, I would have sworn it was a machine):

I plan on using it to carry my stethoscope, since that desperately needed a home instead of being twisted @ the bottom of my bookbag. Inside was a little pocket for storage! There are two nice molded handles to hold it.

She made me a brain idea book! How clever! I love it! Inside were pics of the skeleton:

She made me a keychain that has a PET scan of the foot & the knee. Look at the beautiful colors!! Smiley

She woodburned a wooden plaque of Da Vinci's Anatomy of Man. The drawing was freehand and then burned over. I have no clue how she did it - it looks amazing!

Here's a necklace that has bone under a microscope on 1 side and bone marrow on the other. I love microscopic stuff as it is, but this stuff looks so neat! The picture doesn't do it justice, but it looks almost like a copper necklace.

And this necklace is freakin amazing! It's a wire uterus!! It's so beautiful. My mother took one look and is already quite envious. I can't wait to wear it to work tomorrow!

She also threw in 3 packets of beautiful beads for me as well as some sculpey, a squishy kidney keychain, a RBC pin & a chicken notepad & pen. Here's the whole lot:

All I can say is WOW! This is my first swap and it she was just an incredible swap partner! Thanks soooo much for everything! I'm in total awe at how beautiful everything is and she did it all while recovering from surgery!
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4  Kidney Wristlet (Image Happy) in Needlework: Completed Projects by LinzSerena on: August 07, 2008 01:51:31 PM
So I'm not sure if this is in the correct section to post this. It is my first attempt @ beaded embroidery and it was also my first attempt at sewing anything, so please be forgiving.
I made this for the Anatomy/Medical Swap. It is a kidney wristlet purse. It was SO much fun to make, but pretty tricky since I'm very green @ crafting. During this project, I learned how to do beaded embroidery, hand sew, use a sewing machine and attach a zipper. Lots of valuable lessons! Smiley
I hope you like it - comments/critique very welcome, I'm trying to learn! Smiley

Here's the purse...

You can see the wrist strap (ureter) in this pic:

Side detail (sorry if it's a little fuzzy.. I am not great @ holding the camera still)

Close up

Close up of the medullary pyramids:

My poor zipper... gosh that was a tougher than I had forseen

The lining of the purse... I used a burgundy zipper and red lining to add to the life-like quality Smiley

Here's the back of the fabric (why I needed lining!)

I hope you all enjoyed it! Any tips/advice for future beaded embroidery / future sewing projects welcome!! Smiley

P.S. - I hope I uploaded the pics right..
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