I've already posted the ceremony readings from my wedding, so now I thought I'd share what we did with our guestbook. I wanted to get one that looked like an actual book, to fit in with our table decorations (more on that in a post to come), and after much searching on the internet, the best option I found - that wasn't too expensive - was a custom journal from Beauty Bound Books on Etsy. We chose to have it bound in blue cloth and decorated with pink silhouettes - you can see it in the photo below. I then wrote our love story (in a mad dash the day before the wedding!) and formatted it so we could print it out and paste it in the guestbook. I read the story out as part of my speech at the reception, and we then invited guests to leave their messages to us in the many blank pages in the book. There are still plenty left, so the husband and I intend to add our own messages to each other each anniversary. But here is our story so far...
Once upon a time a girl met a boy. Their eyes locked. And he insulted her.
The boy was most pleased with himself. The girl felt quite differently.
The next time they met, they were surrounded by friends. They were giggling and flirting. And the boy insulted her again.
The girl thought to herself, Who is this rude boy?! How dare he insult me!
The boy thought to himself, I am so clever and very funny.
Then one day, when he had not insulted her for a little while, the boy looked at the girl and thought, She is quite nice and clever and fun. She has a fantastic fringe. I would like to know her better.
Meanwhile, the girl looked at the boy and thought, He fills out his new jeans nicely. I would like to know him better.
So they talked and flirted and talked and pretended to do science and maths and talked some more. They got to know each other better. The girl discovered the boy was actually smart and kind and funny, when he was not insulting her. The boy discovered he would like to spend even more time with the girl.
One day, he rode his noble skateboard to the girl’s home by the sea. He faced a barking hound and was rescued by the girl. He faced the girl’s mother and bravely stayed awhile.
A few days passed and the girl and boy saw each other at school and talked and laughed and flirted some more.
Then came one special Wednesday. Everybody knew the boy liked the girl and the girl liked the boy. With many eyes watching, the boy built up his courage and walked towards the girl. He knelt down and looked her in the eyes. He said, “Will you go out with me?”
The girl said, “Yes.”
That was just the beginning of their story. Days and months and years passed and the boy and girl spent lots of time together and always had fun. Except sometimes, when they would fight. But they made up every time. They were in love.
They continued to grow closer and better together. They finished their education and pursued their own careers. They travelled the world and saw wondrous places. They encountered difficult times and helped each other through. When they were grown up enough, they left their homes and created a new home together. They still loved to visit their old homes, though.
Nine years had passed since the boy asked the girl that first question, and he thought to himself, I would like to always spend time with this girl.
So he got down on one knee and asked her another question. He said, “Will you marry me?”
The girl said, “Yes.”
Two more years passed and the boy and girl went to more wondrous places and learned new things. They planned their wedding, and for a little while the girl was possessed by a stress monster. The boy hugged her and spoke kind words and helped her to slay the stress monster. Together, they looked to their future with hope and excitement.
Finally, another special Wednesday came and with many eyes watching, the girl walked towards the boy. They locked eyes and said kind words to each other and there was not an insult in sight. They made promises of love and friendship.
That day, the girl became a wife and the boy became a husband.
And together, they will live and love and have adventures and battle obstacles and do wondrous things and have fun and fight sometimes and make up all times. It will be their happily ever after...
Wedding photography by J Roberts Photography