The work actually began when I did the "dry run" back in Brookings. (See below what I did as a practice project.)
I set up shop at daughter number one's church across the road from their home. They were very gracious and kind to me—letting me use up a good deal of the floor space in their sanctuary to work. A few days before the wedding it was suggested that I create a smaller version to be hung over the guest book table. That created more pressure on the use of my time.
Then I cut out the image using the lines as my guide. Back home, when I did my dry run, I tried using an electric knife, but the styrofoam I used then was a standard thickness. The panels I got in Oklahoma was a compressed foam and too hard for the knife. The youth pastor at the church was kind enough to loan me his sawzall to use instead. That worked great for the large cuts, but for the tighter spots I utilized a hot knife.
I was able to find a latex metallic gold to use on the face. Many of the metallic paints are oil based and will eat into the foam if you use it.
My father-in-law, Tom, helped me a bunch. He worked hard to clean up the edges of the cutout.
Then we hung Chinese Lanterns on either side.
The finished product. What do you think?
A view of the reception area from above.
Here is a photo of the smaller cutout hanging over the guest book table. I had a lot of people say nice things about my work. Most were wondering how I got the things from Oregon to Oklahoma. I wanted to say that we flew out a craftsman from Oregon to make the design for us, but I was enjoying hearing their complements too much to lie.
After the fun was over, it was my sad responsibility to dispose of them. After all, what does one do with a 14 foot name thingy?
So, I took them outside, popped them over my knee and dumped them in the dumpster. Isn't this a sad photo?
BUT WAIT!?! That's not entirely true...
We just couldn't destroy the entire project.
Snuck over to the newlywed's home and hung the smaller cutout over their bed—waiting there for their return. I guess they will have to decide it's fate.
I'll post some photos from the wedding soon. You can find several that I've already posted on my Facebook page. It was a beautiful event and my daughter looked VERY beautiful.