Last night Jane Bowness Johannsen hosted a surprise wedding anniversary party for her parents. We were sure this would be a surprise since it was a month earlier than their actual anniversary date. I, as usual, waited until the last minute to make any type of party decorations. I decided to make a banner that said “Happy 30th Anniversary” to hang somewhere.
I should mention that I decided to do that at about 2pm and the party started at 6pm. I waited so long to do this because: A. I’m inherently lazy, B. I’m not much of a decorator, and C. I got caught up in looking around this week’s SCS inspiration site L’affiche Moderne. I finally settled on this print to help me create the banner.
Here’s the ‘H’ and part of the ‘a’ in Happy:
I didn’t take very long to photograph this since it was created so late in the day and I still needed to tape each flag onto a piece of twine. I laid all the letters out in order, flipped them upside down, taped each and every one onto that twine, turned it over to hang and…..fainted. Crud. I taped them on backwards! Unless you’re dyslexic, in which case you could have read it perfectly fine.
So off came the tape, I reordered everything…backwards this time…and taped them on again. This time was just right. Jane and Trevor came by to start setting up and we hung the banner outside, just in the nick of time! Here’s a look at the banner hanging in front of the crowd of party-goers:
So for those of you who know the Bownesses and couldn’t make it to the party, I’ll share a few of my shots to update you on the festivities. As you see in the above shots, the guests all gathered on the front porch to wait for Rob & Willie.
Here is the happy couple with a long-time friend coming up to the winery to supposedly celebrate the release of our new wine, Grapes of Raft (Jane designed the label for this wine and is the Bowness’s daughter, for anyone that doesn’t know and is interested in this post thus far!).
Family members as well as friends came from all around to help celebrate their 30th. Here’s hugs for moms and stepdads:
And then they greeted everyone up on the porch. And told Jane that unfortunately she had left a picture of her invitation on the camera and so it wasn’t a surprise after all.
Oh well! Everyone laughed and shrugged their shoulders and shook hands and drank wine and ate and had a good time anyways. Trevor (Jane’s hubby) made note that this whole party would have been a lot easier if they had known that the Rob & Willie already knew.
And that cracked Clyde & I up. ‘He knew and she knew, but they didn’t know and they thought they knew that they didn’t know, but….’ 😀
In any case, everyone had a great time, including the happy couple. Here’s Willie showing Rob my gift to them…an empty frame with a paper promising a photo from the party to insert into the frame:
After they finished opening gifts, the happy couple embraced as passionately as they could given that they were being prompted to by all the photographers:
Cheers to 30 years and many more to come!