Aka my most prized possession.
My husband made this antique wooden window shadowbox for me as a wedding gift when we got married in 2004. We had seen a similar idea at a craft fair and I totally fell in love with the idea. He knew he could DIY this himself, and he nailed it. It’s the most favorite gift I’ve ever received.
The day we were leaving on our honeymoon we took my bouquet to a local florist who divided it up while it was still fresh, then freeze dried the flowers into three separate tussy mussies.
Then, after my awesome photographer Emanuel Neiconi got our wedding pictures edited I ordered three of my favorites to go inside the other three windows. Here is what each pane looks like up close:
He boxed in the window using furniture grade 1x4s, then used a piece of pegboard covered with a piece of white matboard for a sturdy backing to hold the weight of the flowers. The tussy mussies are wired through the matboard and pegboard. They have survived two big moves and numerous wall exchanges. He did a great job making it sturdy for me.
This is one of those things that if my house was on fire, I would try my best to salvage before it burned down. I love this shadowbox and all of it’s contents for the wonderful memories of our beautiful fall wedding. I will cherish this forever. I love that it’s handmade by my husband, plus the fact that my wedding photos are displayed in such a unique way.
If you want to see more of our actual wedding pictures you can check them out in this post.
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Thank you, J, for always being my handy DIYer. I love you!