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Real Weddings Follow-Up: Happy and John

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Didn't you just love Happy and John's wedding, in our new destination weddings issue? The whole thing was really charming, and of course the bride's illustrations were the icing on the cake.

Well there's even more, including some fun post-wedding fun. And if you didn't see her sketch of the head wreath that she sent for reference to her florist, you must check it out. Read on for the scoop from the new Mrs. John Swansburg.

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A detail of our wedding crest.

1 A detail of our wedding crest.

The sketch of Virgil, John's mother's dog, that I gave him when we met.

2 The sketch of Virgil, John's mother's dog, that I gave him when we met.

Wedding portraits on large porcelain plates I made when we got home. I just went to one of those Paint Your Own Pottery places where kids have their birthday parties. It's really hard because the glazes are essentially invisible ink until they've been fired, so you kind of fly blind when you're painting. I'm proud of the concept, but must learn a better technique before I can do it for other people.

3 Wedding portraits on large porcelain plates I made when we got home. I just went to one of those Paint Your Own Pottery places where kids have their birthday parties. It's really hard because the glazes are essentially invisible ink until they've been fired, so you kind of fly blind when you're painting. I'm proud of the concept, but must learn a better technique before I can do it for other people.

Place cards meant to look like funny little bushes on the tables. This was a labor intensive last-minute preparation that I found myself doing in our hotel room at 6 a.m. the day of the wedding, and finished maybe an hour before the ceremony. I couldn't delegate the cutting since it was my own hair-brained thing, but I should have delegated the lettering. All handwriting, even terrible handwriting, is charming.

4 Place cards meant to look like funny little bushes on the tables. This was a labor intensive last-minute preparation that I found myself doing in our hotel room at 6 a.m. the day of the wedding, and finished maybe an hour before the ceremony. I couldn't delegate the cutting since it was my own hair-brained thing, but I should have delegated the lettering. All handwriting, even terrible handwriting, is charming.

Menu. The food was good. Everyone says you don't eat at your own wedding but we managed to chow down for a few minutes.

5 Menu. The food was good. Everyone says you don't eat at your own wedding but we managed to chow down for a few minutes.

One of two cool overhead shots taken by Tec Petaja. I recommend that everyone get a group photo at their wedding so they can enjoy personalized games of

6 One of two cool overhead shots taken by Tec Petaja. I recommend that everyone get a group photo at their wedding so they can enjoy personalized games of "Where's Waldo" for years to come.

This photo was taken once everyone scrambled into place.

7 This photo was taken once everyone scrambled into place.

A little card enclosed with our welcome bag.

8 A little card enclosed with our welcome bag.

A close-up of our save-the-date.

9 A close-up of our save-the-date.

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