Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rustic Rehearsal Dinner Accessories

My brother in law and new sister in law were married last weekend. A few weeks ago, I posted their rustic rehearsal dinner invitations. Here are the placecards and dinner menus to match. I found these birch placecard holders from Vermont Branch Company, an Etsy store.

I put the flower arrangements in birch vases! They were designed to look like bunches of wild flowers with Queen Anne's lace, millet, cattails and ranunculus (that unfortunately didn't bloom in time).

Stay tuned, next week I will post all of the paper goodness from their wedding.

Have a great weekend!

One Amazing Quilt

So yesterday, Katie, my wonderful bride from my Style Me Pretty giveaway, From Inspiration to Invitation, sent me the coolest email:

Working with you was one of the great joys of planning the wedding--I love the invitations and, as you'll see in the attached pics, so did everyone else.

I won't have the professional pictures for awhile (Kelty from Steep Street did them, if you haven't seen her work before I suggest checking out her site and blog). I'm hesitant to send you these because I'm sure that the ones she took will be even more beautiful, but I can't contain myself and want you to see the beautiful gift your invitation inspired.
Cameron's Aunt Lory made the quilt and even though I don't have good pics, the details are amazing. Your flowers from the invitation are stitched on the entire quilt and all the elements are quilted in.

I was soooo impressed, I had to share! What an awesome way to "preserve" your invitations. Unbelievable! Every detail of the timeline card are stitched in. WOW.

Oh, and Katie is right about her photographer. I checked our her blog after I received the email and she is phenomenal! I can not wait to see the pro photos. Stay tuned, I will be sure to post.

Thank you Katie for passing this along, I couldn't have asked for a better bride to work with. I am so happy that the design was able to convey the look and feel for your wedding day.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spanish Style Laser Cut Invitations

This project was great for me to work on because I was able to try a few techniques I haven't done before!

When I first talked with Andrea, she knew the type of design she was looking for, but in terms of papers used, printing techniques, and a unique band to hold it all together, she wanted to let the design dictate that, and then decide what she wanted.

She is getting married in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Andrea wanted her invitations to reflect that Old World, Spanish style, - charming, romantic and elegant. She sent me some amazing photos for inspiration. She especially liked the architectural iron work that you see so much of there. That became the overall influence on the design. The wedding will be held at Castillo San Cristobal.

Spanish architecture and Andrea's actual dress!

For the design I found various ironwork details. The scrolls on the response card are actually replicas of spanish door hinges. The scrolls on the invitation are replicas of part of a candelabra. The patterns on the timeline are taken from a Spanish tile design.

Andrea also opted for the thick, luxurious, cotton paper and a combination of gold thermography printing and flat printing.

We had toyed with the idea of the band opening like a door, and I was thinking of just printing a Spanish gate design on that, but then she came to me with a laser cut band that she had seen on Etsy. She really liked the cutout look. I contacted the vendor, and they were able to take my design, make it so that it wrapped around the entire invitation and replicate 100 of them in 3 days! Each one took 20 minutes to cut out!

I then had a custom wax seal made for her and everything was held together with a sheer gold ribbon and the wax seal.

She is using vintage stamps and hand-lettered calligraphy for the envelopes. The graphic on the back flap on the envelope is the same design on the wax seal.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Style Me Pretty - Michigan Winter Wedding Shoot Recap

Last winter, I contributed invitations and paper accessories for a Michigan winter themed wedding photoshoot. We were lucky enough to have it featured on Style Me Pretty last week. You can see all of the photos here, and all of the great wedding professionals that I had the opportunity to work with here:

Stationery: Paisley Quill
Floral Design: New Creations by Kate
Linen/Rental Items: Special Events Rental
Photography: West Park Photography

Friday, September 10, 2010

Inframe Bride Magazine Feature

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to work with a great group of wedding professionals to create a wedding photoshoot for Inframe Bride. It is a magazine dedicated to finding your perfect photographer. Lindsey Nartker of Lindsey Nartker Designs coordinated and designed the entire shoot and came up with the very modern theme loaded with rich colors. Jason Aten of Jason Aten Photography was our photographer. Kate of New Creations did the amazing flowers! Notice all of the carnations, they get a bad rap, but they look gorgeous when grouped together.
Colleen and Crystal of Affordable Elegance Chaircovers and Linens took care of picking the perfect linens for the shoot. Sweet and Savory Bake Shop made the fruit trifle along with the little cookies that garnished it. They matched the table runner! The best part of this shoot was that we got to eat that dessert when it was all over. DE.LIC.IOUS.

I did the invitation, place cards and table number for the shoot as well.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Labor Day Weekend - Recap

I thought I would share some pictures of our weekend at the cottage this past Labor Day weekend. It was full of family, fun and good food.

Friday night, my mom cooked lobster dinner for everyone.

Friday's dessert. A homemade raspberry, blueberry pie.

It was cool, but we managed to get a boat ride in.

Cam on his "boat."

Saturday's sunset.
Sunday night I prepared a walnut and rosemary encrusted beef tenderloin.





Friday, September 3, 2010

Baptism Invitations

Adrianna's Baptism invitations were printed on shimmer stock in soft pinks and lavenders.

We also did a response card and everything was mailed in shimmer lavender envelopes.