On September 9th, 2009, I walked to school with a tray a lemon flavored cupcakes because during the 15 minutes that my friends and I had before class began, my friend Amanda and I decided we would be married in the noisy, bustling cafeteria. Our friend Hanna stood before us and read those sacred words,
“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv.”The Princess Bride
I was a self-proclaimed awkward kid when I was in Middle and High School, although honestly I didn’t need to proclaim it myself because everyone else was doing it for me. I ran into some bullying issues when I was in 6th grade, but I was lucky enough to have a mother who gave me the support and confidence that I needed to get through it – by which I mean make new friends.
Since lunchtime was the longest stretch of time that we had to socialize, I devised my plan of attack for then. Our cafeteria had this really weird layout to it – two large platforms on either side with tables on them and then more tables in the middle which was lower. My “friends” and I would sit at a table on one of the platforms and I could see across to a table on the other platform where there was a girl (who I’d later learn was Amanda) who was loud and commanding and everyone just seem to listen to her and want to talk to her all at the same time.
I thought, “you know, that kinda looks like a good bunch of weirdos over there so I’m going to go sit with them – but I’mma go ahead and sit as far away from that popular one as possible because every time I try to interact with anyone popular, it doesn’t go terribly well”
All this is not to say that I had a low self-esteem, I was just realistic.
So I picked up my tray and crossed the depths of the lower cafeteria to the other platform to find friends who didn’t just like totally leave me out of sleepovers (still kind of a dick move, Deanna).
Anyway, this diagram below depicts exactly how I (an introvert) became bffs with Amanda (an extrovert):
Thus a relatively elaborate story was set in motion when Amanda “proposed” to me in the water at a grandfather’s camp at her birthday bash. The story grew until my new friends and I had fabricated an entire extended family together complete with a mythical pet (our friend Gus), a set of triplets (who were not the ACTUAL triplets in the friend group), and a jar of SunButter as our grandfather. By the time we were seniors in high school, Amanda and I had to take a hard look at each other and decide that maybe we should pull it back a little bit – people might actually start to think we’re lesbians and we’re both really big fans of guys.
However, the endearing terms her being my “hubby” and me being her “wifey” never quite made it out of our vocabulary.
Now, 7 years later after mine and Amanda’s lives diverged both in culture and geographically, we’ve found that we’re the type of friends who can go months without speaking, yet come together like no time has passed.
At one of those together times, she told me her boyfriend proposed to her!
Now real talk, I love Amanda dearly but I never had a whole lot of faith in her taste in men. BUT. The man she’s now engaged to is the first man I believe is worthy of her and I’m SO freaking excited for them!
In my natural DIY way I decided that I would make them an engagement present because, you know, that’s what I do, and that the most appropriate gift would be to give those vows that Amanda and I made on 9/9/09, back to her.
So here it is – the outside shape is a heart because, you know, cheesy romantic love stuff, and the silhouette actually is a tracing I did of the actors in the movie. Ironically, in the movie the quote is what was said at the wedding ceremony of the evil guy and princess (who of course didn’t actually end up together), but who’s really paying attention to that fact…
Originally when I made this for her, it was just a personal use piece so I honestly just googled “The Princess Bride Font Free” and I got a bunch of results. Since The Princess Bride only really has a title to go off of for font, I just found one with a kind of swoopy, serify look to it. Eventually I decided I wanted to make it possible for other people to use my cut file so I ended up going back and searching for a “free for commercial use” font and I found another really nice one called Harrington.
For the lights, I just ordered some fairy string lights off of Amazon that had a small double A battery pack. They make them with button batteries, the really little 3 volt batteries, but I wanted it to last a little longer than such a small battery would allow. I hot glued the battery pack to the back of the heart, making sure that she could still open it to replace the batteries, then I just made a mess of the string lights and used little dots of hot glue to secure it all around the outer and inner edges. Finally, I added little legs made out of stacked, laser cut circles (essentially diy dowels) to the back of it that were just ever so slightly taller than the battery pack so that she could attach the legs to the wall and the battery pack wouldn’t be an issue.
I like to design my pieces with love, it’s more motivating.
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