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Arts & Crafts Wedding Prep

Our original plan after visiting Chile over last Christmas was not to return until 2015 at the earliest and 2017 at the latest, but sometimes love just can’t wait! Alex proposed to Javier’s sister Macarena in July of this year and they wanted to get married in December (summer in Chile), so we scrambled to get a ticket and planned a trip to Santiago for the wedding. We arrived on Dec. 12 (our anniversary) and entered into the whirlwind of DIY wedding prep. When we got married in Chile 5 years ago, Macarena planned the entire wedding. She made the invitations, she made little figurines for each centerpiece that also served as gifts to take home for the guests, she even made my bouquet. She and Javi are the creative types (obviously), and she had a vision for her wedding that involved lots of pinterest-style arts and crafts. When we arrived, the entire dining area was full of all of the materials we would need to make a number of decorations for the wedding, and Javi and I got right to work. Nuestro plan original despues de visitar Chile la navidad pasada, era no retornar hasta el por lo menos el 2015 y nos mas alla del 2017, pero a veces el amor no puede esperar! Alex le pidio matrimonio a Macarena, la hermana de Javier, en Julio de este ano y querian casarse en Diciembre (verano en Chile), asi que se compraron pasajes y planeamos un viaje a Santiago para la boda. Llegamos el 12 de Diciembre (nuestro aniversario) y nos metimos de lleno en el mundo de decoraciones de boda estilo “hagalo usted mismo”. Cuando nos casamos en Chile 5 anos atras, Macarena prepare la mayoria de la boda. Hizo invitaciones, centros de mesa, regalitos y recuerdos, incluso mi ramo. Ella y Javier son creativos (obviamente) y esta vez tenia la vision de su matrimonio que incluia muchas decoraciones hechas por nosotros, estilo pinterest. Cuando llegamos, el comedor estaba lleno de materiales para producer distintos tipos de decoraciones, y Javi y yo nos pusimos a trabajar de inmediato.
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The first project we dove into involved making pom pons to hang around a pergola outside the main reception hall. Maca had a photo of how she wanted them to look and a video on how to make them, and as we worked on them over a few days we perfected our own technique. Javi would flatten out and count the sheets, fold them, tie them and pass them along to me. I would cut the edges so they would look like flowers when we unfolded them, and then one by one I would unfold each sheet and spread it out to fill out the pom pon. We eventually had a system down and made a video of the process – and by the end of three days working on them we had 99 total! El primer proyecto era hacer pompones para colgar en la pergola cercana al salon principal. Maca tenia una foto de como queria que se vieran y un video de como hacerlos, y mientras trabajabamos en hacerlos pudimos perfeccionar nuestra tecnica. Javi contaba las hojas y doblaba los pliegos, ataba los papeles y me los daba a mi. Yo cortaba los bordes para redondearlos y luego separaba las hojas una por una para crear el pompon. Eventualmente creamos un sistema y grabamos un video del proceso – y despues de 3 dias teniamos 99 piezas en total!
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We spent time working on smaller projects as well – folding 250 little boxes that had chocolates inside, cutting, folding and pasting little flags onto sticks that went into the plants that served as gifts for the guests, and running general errands around town that needed to be done. We also dedicated quite an effort buying and arranging the flowers for the reception, but that’s for another post altogether. Below are a few photos of how our arts and crafts turned out at the reception hall – it was so gratifying to see Maca’s vision come to a reality! Pasamos tiempo completando otros proyectos tambien – doblando 250 cajas para chocolates, cortando, doblando, y pegando banderitas para los recuerdos (que eran plantas) para los invitados, y completando distintas tareas que se necesitaban. Tambien fuimos a comprar flores y preparamos decoraciones con ellas (eso sera otro post). Aqui van fotos de como se vio todo – fue muy gratificante ayudar a hacer realidad la vision que tenia Macarena para su fiesta de matrimonio!
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  1. Oh, LOVE this! I’m remembering helping prepare for the wedding of one of my niece’s—thousands upon thousands of little silver paper origami leaves were cut, folded, and unfolded in an assembly line at my mother’s table before becoming beautiful twig mobiles.

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