We wanted something a little more modern when it came to our wedding “guestbook”, so we went with a Thumbprint Tree instead of the conventional book. We prefer to have memories that can be displayed and appreciated, so this will look lovely framed in our house one day. It is currently still in Texas, at the Esser house, with lots of the other souvenirs we have collected from around the world, but still, it’s there for when we want it.
I found a tree image that I like then redesigned it a little and hand someone put it onto paper for us. At the bottom of the tree are our names and the date of our wedding ceremony. We had the mother of the groom bring two shades of green ink from the States for us. While we were outside taking couple pictures, the wedding co-ordinators made sure that as many of the guests as possible put their mark on our tree. Each fingerprint representing a guest, with there name or signature next to their thumbprint. When we finally made our way up to the hall to join the others for the reception, we entered the hall and it was our turn to put our prints onto the tree. It was beautiful to see how the tree had come out – just like we imaged it would.
This is something we will always be able to look at and smile as we remember our amazing ceremony and reception in gorgeous South Africa among family and friends.
Our thumbprints were different from the rest because they were sketched into birds sitting on the bottom branch of the tree together. The other thumbprints were all the leaves on the tree.
We love it!