Today, just now, I had my first wedding cry.

Right after we got engaged, I had an engagement cry.

But today. Today, it was a wedding cry. Two, actually.

And I’m not counting the tears of desperation and frustration because no one wants to remember those ones.

Today, I’m talking about tears of joy, happiness, love.

The spark was my mother.

She called me the other day and left a voicemail saying that she over-nighted me a package.

After I got over the initial irritation that it required signature during a weekday morning that wasn’t going to happen, I started thinking about what it might be. I boiled it down to two things.

1) My mom’s pearls to try on with my dress for my fitting on Wednesday. Er, tomorrow.

2) Meat. (It really isn’t a bad thought. If you knew my family, you’d get it.)

I was half right.


[Insert Smile Here]

My  mother has had this same contact paper since the early 90’s, I’m sure of it.


Indeed, wedding jewelry it is, but not her pearls. My jaw dropped when I saw she made them herself.

And she wouldn’t be my mother without a plug to her blog. 😉


(I kid.)

To my delight, a full set of the most perfect jewelry ever was before my eyes.


I had fallen in love with a necklace at my bridal shop a month or two ago. But I couldn’t talk myself or allow my mother to buy it for $200. No way. But I did my best to describe it to her and we scoured eBay and etsy for days. No luck so I settled on a $9 necklace from Forever 21 to fit the bill for the time being.

But this. This is perfect.


Dainty earrings, not too big to take away from my darling fascinator or smiling face.


A delicate bracelet to adorn on my (tan) wrist.


A perfect drop necklace – large enough to make a statement, small enough to not overpower the bride (or the dress).

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The pink is the perfect shade – it matches part of my dress perfectly.


A sort of vintage feel with the pearls, the crystals, the antiqued separators.


I couldn’t have designed anything more perfect myself.

I love you, Mom. Thank you so very much. I will always cherish these.


12 Responses

  1. The jewelry is STUNNUNG!!! Your Mom did an amazing job!
    Very touching story. ❤

  2. The jewelry is STUNNING!!! Your Mom did an amazing job!
    Very touching story. ❤

  3. Wow! Beautiful and unique ;]

  4. She handmade it?? Wow, they’re beautiful!!!!! A million times better than some expensive junk you’d get at a store. Definitely something to cherish forever. Jeez Leah, even I’m tearing up a little!

  5. GO MOM!! Those are amazing! ❤
    Lucky duck, my mom prohibited me from wearing pearls.
    Some Mexican thing apparently lol
    Can't wait to see them in person. 🙂

  6. you got me teary eyed too!!!!! Love the jewelry

    I’m getting to the point where I cry about the happy stuff with my wedding..3 weeks left!

  7. Oh. My. Those are simply gorgeous. I’m so excited for you! It’s getting so close…

  8. What a wonderful surprise! That set is not only beautiful but priceless as well. Can’t wait to see photos of it on the big day.

  9. Ahhh Leah those are so perfect!!!! They will look amazing!

  10. Your mom is incredible! I had no idea she even made jewelry. She did an amazing job and caught us completely by surprise. The jewelry is going to look terrific with your dress, I’m sure. I can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle. I’m probably going to be a cryer. Maybe.

  11. […] almost daily phone calls, I taught myself how to make jewelry because she couldn’t find the perfect necklace, and I recruited a good friend to help me make the guest book, oh and there was some financial […]

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