Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Blog and Website!

After many many months of designing, my new website is finally up! www.gourmetinvitations.com Be sure to check out all of the all new portfolio pages.

In the process, I have changed my blog as well. This log will remain online, but I will no longer be updating it. So PLEASE be sure to update your feed readers to the new blog! http://www.gourmetinvitations.com/blog/

Monday, October 11, 2010

Stephanie + Leonard: Heart Theme Multi Language Invitations

Stephanie had a very unique situation. She needed her invitation suite in both English and Albanian. She wanted to use her double heart cake topper as the inspiration and I used that to do a very subtle heart theme on her gorgeous amethyst, slate grey and white invitations.

The english invitaions had a pretty font and modern layout of the wording.

The albanian invitation was a bit of a challenge with the albanian fonts and charachers. It came out beautifully.

Two different RSVP cards were designed as well. Since invitations are not typically sent in the Albanian culture, the rsvp card gave the guest exact directions for filling and mailing the rsvp card.

The inserts were wrapped with lots of bright purple ribbon.

The reception cards were designed with the ornate ornament and printed on the deep slate cardstock.

Friday, October 8, 2010

On the Web: The Bride's Cafe


In April, I had the wonderful experience of doing a Style Photoshoot with an amazing group of Detroit vendors. The shoot was based on the Champagne ad featuring Grace Kelly for Taittinger champagne. The inspired wedding was featured last week on The Bride's Cafe! Check it out to see more photos. My favorites are below.







The invitation was designed as a bottle of champagne that is shipped in a custom black monogrammed box.

I designed custom cigar bands and a monogram logo for the box.

These menus are top of line - layered inside of a padded black silk gatefold.

Table numbers in a diamond shaped frame.

I also designed these custom favor boxes with a ribbon wrap and gorgeous drop crystal.

Thanks to the amazing team that supplied so many items to this shoot.

Event Planner – Misty Trompeter – Bells and Bliss www.bellsandbliss.net
Photographer – Dionne Haglund – The Shooting Gallery www.theshootinggallery.com
*Invitations and Paper – Tifany Wunschl – Gourmet Invitations www.gourmetinvitations.com
* Florist – Holly Mackler – Hollye Mackler Designs http://www.hollyemackler.com
Furniture, Linen and China - Special Events Rental www.specialeventsrental.com
Venue – Flat 151 Detroit, Michigan www.flat151.com
Hair - Peter Mansoor Vanity Hair Salon, Birmingham MI
Makeup – Elizabeth Arsov – Elizabeth’s Head to Toe
Feather bouquet – Emplume www.emplume.com
Tuxedo – Wesner’s Tuxedo www.wesnertuxedo.com
Cake - Christine’s Cakes www.christinescakesandpastries.com/

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Seating Charts, Seating Boards, Seating Posters

Throughout the year, I did tons of seating charts. This year was no exception. Instead of posting each seating board individually, I thought I would do one post showing a sampling of some that I have done for various clients. Michelle's chart was modern and had the same mirrored monogram as her chart.
Most seating posters are elegant and formal with a monogram.
And other seating arrangement posters are lush in deep colors with a monogram.
Some of my favorite placecard alternative are the white printing on a black seating chart.
This chart came from a client that wanted something to coordinate with her invitations.
And other clients ask to have the menu on their seating charts as well as the bridal party.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pooja's Indian Butterfly Wedding Reception

Pooja's Indian theme wedding turned out so beautiful with the tiny butterfly theme on each piece. The gold and plum colors were so rich and elegant.

I designed long tea length invitations for her Catholic ceremony.

Gold and Purple table numbers printed with her Indian graphic and tiny butterfly.

Pooja's placecards were the long and tall frames that came with her photo booth. I did long paper inserts with the name printed vertically.

A photo booth sign instructed guests about the frames and fun.

The signature drink was a Lychee-tini!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jennifer's Vintage Plum and Gold Wedding Reception

Fall weddings are definitely abundant here at Gourmet Invitations the last two months. It always seems like my fall weddings order so many reception items as well. Jennifer's vintage aubergine and gold wedding was no exception. I designed these square booklet invitaions with a ribbon binding.

Table numbers were designed with a monogram and were to be placed in an easel or frame.

I designed gold menus for each placesetting and the charitable donation as a favor was mentioned at the bottom of the menu.

A seating chart was designed instead of placecards in a vintage matching style with their monogram.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Elizabeth + Alap: Passenger Pigeon Wedding Invitations

Elizabeth contacted me with a very unique theme. They wanted their wedding invitations based on a painting of the extinct passenger pigeons.

Thankfully, I was able to purchase the image and I used the painting as a background for the invitation.

For the rsvp postcard, I used pieces of the painting. The birds on the front of the postcad with a monogram and then one leaf that became the custom postage on the back.

For the custom postage on the envelopes, I designed it with the two pigeons.

Alap is Indian so they also asked me to design coordinating Sangeet invitations.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Meghan's Modern Black and Amber Wedding Reception

Meghan's wedding in Washington DC is one of my absolute favorites of the year. She had so many details for her black and amber wedding at the Halcyon House in Georgetown in Washington, DC.

We did long tea length classic programs that were laid on each chair at their ceremony in the round.

Her menus were out of this world in a vintage die cut shape laid on top of two chargers and a black napkin.

The cake sign is my favorite ever. I used the sketch from her cake designer, Fluffy Thoughts Cakes and labeled the flavor of each layer.

A first for me, I designed and made custom stir sticks!

I also designed Welcome letters for the out of town bags for each guest.

There were a ton of other items, many, many signs, dessert bar signs, custom postcards for their guest book. The list goes on and on. To see some of the details of this amazing wedding, check out the photos from Love, Life, Images.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jennifer + Aaron: Vintage Playbill Theater Invitations


If you follow Wedding Chicks, you already got a sneak peek of these vintage playbill invitations. Jennifer is getting married at the Historic Henry Ford Museum. The wedding will take place in the theatre there so I suggested doing vintage theater program invitations.

I designed the invitation with a theater drape and very vintage fonts.


The inserts were packaged together with coordinating brown ribbon.

The RSVP postcard was designed with a model T car in honor of the venue for the wedding at The Henry Ford Museum.


Custom maps were included in the invitation suite detailing the accommdoations and venue.

The envelopes were printed with the same fonts as the invitations to match the style of the invitations and vintage car stamps were designed.