Thursday, August 27, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stephani's Damask Invitation

We have been working with Stephani and Dan for awhile now. We did her Damask Save the Dates earlier this summer. Which, by the way, we offer a discount if you order both! We kept her entire design consistent for both the STD's and invitation suite.

For the invitation she wanted a more formal look, but she said to have fun with the rest of the cards, and that is what we did! The invitation is held together by a black band and the envelope has the enlarged damask printed on the flap and front of the envelope.

My favorite part are her response card and timeline. Stephani didn't give us a whole lot of direction on what she wanted them to say, but she wanted them to convey that the evening was going to be a big party. So, we winged it, but I think it came out really cute.

The timeline is a new layout for me. Not the typical way we do it, but it was fun to switch it up. I love the "Exchange of the Bling" and the graphic of the two of them kissing good-night.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Laura's Accessories

We did Laura's custom swirly monogram invitations a couple of months ago. Initially she thought that she was going to do all of her accessories herself, but as her wedding day was drawing near she decided she just didn't have the time. So she contacted us to do them for her about a week prior to the big day!

We did programs, place cards and tented table numbers that were double sided with a special thank you to their guests. Instead of table favors, they made donations to two causes that were near and dear to their hearts, The Cancer Research Institute and The Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The SOWF is dedicated to providing a college educations to surviving children of fallen special ops forces who lose their lives in battle or training. I thought this was especially touching since the groom's brother is a Ranger and could not attend the wedding.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Plantable Wedding Invitations

Paul and Libby contacted us earlier this year to design their fun & unique save the dates. For their wedding invitations they wanted something very natural and personal to them. Libby was very interested in using plantable paper. We researched and found a great resource for all things plantable paper!

Plantable wedding invitations is a  first for us! I love working with new products! This is a great option for those of you who want to make a green choice for the environment. The paper is hand made and Wildflowers grow right out of the 100% post-consumer waste paper!

Notice the seeds within the paper.

The invitation and response card are held together with a handmade red paper band with gold leaves inked on it.

Imagine how fun it will be to plant all of the response cards and see all of the wildflowers bloom out of them! Paul and Libby have promised to send me a picture when they have all bloomed! I can't wait to see!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Black and White Pocket Invitation

Casandra wanted a simple, yet elegant wedding invitation. This design was based on her wedding cake. The cake itself, is black and white and has a simple black band around the bottom of each tier and a swirl pattern overall. That inspired us to incorporate a black satin band on the invitation and created a swirl design throughout.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Family Photos courtesy of Jessica Johnston

Ok, so I have been dying to share this with everyone. We had our family photos taken back in June with the super talented Jessica Johnston. I have always admired her work and have following her blog for awhile now. She did a shoot awhile back called the Red Dress Session, which I fell in love with. I wanted to do something like that, but with my own spin on it. I also had a special request, I wanted to recreate the image of Bob Dylan that I have mentioned in previous posts. They were so open to any ideas and suggestions we had, and did a fantastic job recreating the image, which I guess is pretty tricky to do digitally. So, a special shout-out to Nate, the other half of Jessica Johnston Photography who did the awesome post production work, I'm pretty sure.

I have to say, Nate and Jessica we so great to work with. I hate having my photo taken, but they made us feel like there wasn't a camera in sight. We traipsed around in the woods, climbed hills, got bit by mosquitos and dodged a skunk and all along they were so patient. Especially with our high strung dog, who doesn't listen to anyone once he is outdoors!

When it came time to pick our photos, we went to their studio in Ann Arbor. First of all, I have to say that their studio is so cool! Loved the way it was decorated! Lucite chairs and Flor carpet squares. Best part of all is the giant screen that drops down so that you can view all of your photos on a movie screen. We had about 35 to 40 images to chose from and if I could I would buy them all. They were all great, but luckily they were able to help us narrow it down.

So, if you are in need of any photography, you have to check them out. Please, please, please visit their
website and blog to see their work. So worth it. Enough of my blathering. Here are some pictures from our session that she posted on her facebook site.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

While on vacation...

It has been awhile! I apologize for neglecting my blog for the last 3 weeks, but it has been a busy time, not to mention that I went on vacation for a week! Vacation for me was a week long get away to the family cottage in Northern Michigan. The plan was to do some work, but spend most of my time lounging around, working on my tan and playing in the water. Well, if you haven't heard or seemed to notice, the weather here this summer has been mediocre at best. I spent 6 days up north and only 2 of them were sunny! The rest of the time was overcast and rainy. So, since I spent some quality time in-doors, I managed to get a good amount of PQ stuff done and put my family to work too! The main objective was to get my sample boxes put together and assembled to send out as marketing tools. See below, what we worked on all week. :)

Sample invitations laid out and ready to be put in the boxes.

Stacks of business cards. Notice the rainbow in the background. Gotta love being up north.

Also, figured out how to do a new photo editing technique. See the before and after. It gives it that cool over-saturated look. I'll have to try it out on some better photographs when I have so free time. Maybe in October...



Thanks for reading and stay tuned. I have lots of wedding invitation stuff to post.