A wedding wish sent with love / how to create the perfect package

Mark and I had the delight of attending the wedding of two very dear friends, Jim Fielding and Edison Briones. With a spectacular backdrop, the O’Donnell house in Palm Springs and an intimate gathering of those near and dear, it truly was a magical day.J&ENikkiBaxendale 5x510-0007

As any fellow passionate photographer or creative will tell you, it brings so much joy to be able to capture something personal at an event like this. Without meaning to intrude I always sneak my camera out for a few key shots and then just as quickly pack it away to be sure to be present and enjoy a very special day in time.

I think when you know someone and you know how to read a persons expression, you can instinctively know when to hit the button. For me photography is a way to capture a spark in time, I am truly passionate about it and as they say you don’t always remember the days but you remember the moments.

This moment was following a few words that the couple shared and sparked the party to irrupt.

Armed with an array images printed and ready to send, I put together a welcome packet for the couple to receive upon their honeymoon return.

Here’s how to create a beautiful memory box wrapped in love, and sprinkled with smiles.


If you have been following my posts you will know I always start with a color palette. For Jim and Edison, I wanted something that felt in keeping with their gorgeous Palm Springs home to celebrate the location they got married, something happy and also stylish. I noticed beautiful tones of orange and blue in their fabulous tile work and whilst I also was drawn to the lovely earth tones, this pop of Orange felt so happy. The orange contrasted with navy to celebrate the color of their wedding suits.


Using a stylish and bold lacquered orange box, fill with miniature pictures and sprinkle with homemade heart confetti. To make the confetti simply fold tissue paper in half then quarters and keep going till you have a folded pile that you can still cut, then simply cut heart motifs. You will then also be left with a great sheet of heart cut outs which you can then use as creative packing for shipping.


Using clear orange acrylic boxes, fill each with a sentiment for future success. Top with notes on wooden flag tags.

  • Crayons – Life filled with Color
  • Chilli – Life filled with Spice
  • Dollar – In god we trust / Fortune
  • Gummy hearts – Life filled with Love
  • Band aids – Sickness and Health
  • Sunflowers – Life filled with Sunshine
  • Salt – Life filled with Flavor (I think the literal version will be covered by Edison!)


Add a dash of something personal. With Edison being a chef I thought a recipe for love attached to some contemporary measuring spoons added a little fun feature.

And a mini journal to start writing a new and next chapter in their book of life.



I love to write pocket notes, I hide them in Marks luggage when he has to be away from home so he can find them when he is unpacking or sneak them into the kids lunch boxes to bring a mid day smile. I thought it would be fun to pop little notes of encouragement and smiles throughout the box, maybe they would would find them years from now and it will bring a smile remembering this special time.


Well this one is personal and I know the words were special to the couple.



Lastly complete the package with all the finishing touches.

  • Sprinkle with homemade confetti hearts
  • Wrap in beautiful paper
  • Tie the perfect ribbon
  • Attach something personal, I had Chloe and Lily watercolor paper flowers and then I made them into a mini bouquet to complete the package.


Carefully pack with ample tissue and send with love and a little eccentricity from Literally Life.

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it) anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)

I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you.

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry you in my hearts (I carry it in my heart)”

E.E. Cummings

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