Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ali's Tree Save the Date

Ali's mom, Susan, contacted me for Ali's October wedding. Daniel had written Ali a very beautiful poem when they first started dating and they wanted to use the poem for inspiration on all of the pieces. The wedding is also taking a vintage look to it, so I designed these with the first line of the poem and gave them a vintage look with the fonts and the antique gold envelopes. The colors are aubergene and gold - an amazingly popular combination this fall.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Julie's English Garden Wedding Reception

Julie's Garden Wedding Invitations used one of my favorite fonts, so far this season. I continued the same fun fonts on her menus - fuschia and brown for an amazing splash of color. The table numbers are a beautiful apple green and brown with the floral pattern along the bottom. And her seating chart was designed in champagne and brown with the entire saying that I started on her invitations: "Love fills a lifetime, and a lifetime begins this hour". Congrats Julie!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Andrea + Andy: Preppy Inspired

I've been talking to Andrea for nearly a year. When we first started talking about design, Andrea told me that she would best describe her & her fiance as preppy. When I think of preppy, I think of argyle. That became the design for her awesome bumper sticker save the dates. I designed this patterned argyle with her colors - butter yellow and navy blue.

The invitation design came quickly then. I used the same argyle pattern and used some preppy looking fonts in all lower case and upper case. I designed the argyle wedding invitations to have a long reception card and a rsvp card held together with an argyle sash. The RSVP envelope has argyle custom stamps.

The outer envelope has the same stamp and the return address is so cute with the address as part of the argyle design.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tara + Kie: Peony and Chinese Inspired

Tara contacted me and had a special request for her peony wedding invitations. She needed her invitations in both English and Chinese. I've always wanted to do Chinese wedding invitations - the characters are just so gorgeous. Tara knew she wanted a tea length invitation and she liked the idea of the Chinese text being on vellum. I had just designed this new gatefold for Kate, one of my October brides. The design was perfect for this invitation and Tara loved the idea.

The Chinese text was printed on silver vellum and includes the Chinese symbols for "Welcome" in hot pink.

The English text portion of the wedding invitation was designed with a flowing fuschia peony.

When put together the graphic from the vellum and the invitation card form one peony graphic.

Tara's colors are charcoal grey and fuschia and are so striking in this custom gatefold. The inserts are held in place with a peony graphic sash in hot pink.

The RSVP postcard is designed with the peony and the Chinese symbol for double happiness. Directions were also included to the Skirball Cultural Center with peony leaves.

Deep grey envelopes were designed with a fuschia envelope wrap.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Brett + Nick: Music Inspired Wedding Reception

Brett's record album wedding invitations are one of my all time favorite invitations this season. I continuted the Chicago skyline from her wedding invitations and made these awesome Chicago skyline menus that are really long and fun.

The programs were very subdued for the church ceremony and are designed just with their monogram.

My favorite piece - the Chicago skyline seating board with all her seating arrangements.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Crystal + Christopher: Motorcycle Inspired

Tracy from You're the Bride suggested that Crystal contact me for her invitations. Crystal and Christopher's wedding will be a motorcycle theme, but Crystal wanted very elegant invitations. She searched and searched for motorcycle wedding invitations and found nothing but cheesy invitations.

I was thrilled to do something so different and Crystal was so much fun to work with. She sent me a picture of a shirt to use as inspiration:

She didn't want the swirls to be so leafy though, so I set out to design something similar.

I designed a crest with their names on the cross bar and placed a subtle swirl inside the crest. The fonts on the invitation include a grungy script font that was a perfect compliment to the motorcycle theme.

The RSVP postcard was designed with the monogram on the front and motorcycle-inspired rsvp response lines. Custom stamps were a must for these invitations. Could you image a blue polar bear stamp on here?!

The reception card continues the theme with just the swirl pattern.

And the directions and accommodations card is designed to say "The Journey" and "Pit Stop".

The black envelopes have another custom stamp with their monogram. And one of my favorite details is the chrome envelope label wrap.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Follow Me on Twitter

I don't know how many networking sites I can keep up with, but I took the plunge and signed up for a Twitter account. Seems like every wedding professional, vendor, bride, website, tv show has an account. To follow me, click here.

Happy Memorial Day

I'm taking a blogging break today. :) Stay tuned! 7 orders went out Friday and I have a ton of blogging coming up in the next two weeks.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fall has arrived!

You read that right. Since I work four months in advance, my September and October orders are in the works. I received a huge shipment of ribbon and cardstock this week. I was reminded why I love fall so much . . . COLOR! I just love the rich colors. Gold is definitely the new brown. I must have over 1000 gold envelopes on hand at the moment. Brides are turning to the deep gold with other jewel tones for their wedding.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fabuluxe Feature

Wow, I'm so honored that Terrica of Fabu-Luxe featured me on her Papier Tuesday. Thanks again Terrica and I hope to work with you soon!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Natalia's Monogram Wedding Reception

Natalia contacted me to designer her seating chart. Then the order grew to menus and table numbers too. I was able to accommodate the additions for her wedding. I can never turn down menus. :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jillian's Mimosa Inspired Wedding Shower

After seeing the letterpress baby shower invitations that I designed for her sister-in-law, Lauren, Jillian asked if I would design the invitations for her upcoming wedding shower. There was no color theme, but she told me that they were having a champagne brunch. Mimosa was Pantone's Color of the Year. So it was only natural that I make Mimosa invitations! I designed a bubble, star, and swirl detailing to give the idea of the mimosa, without using a picture of a champagne glass. Bright yellow-orange envelopes with deep orange printing complimented the invitations. Can't wait to work on the wedding invitations!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lauren's Rubber Ducky Letterpress Invitations

Lauren is one of my favorite brides of all time. If you've followed my blog for a while, Lauren was one of the models in my old slideshow on my website. So I was ecstatic when she asked me to make invitations for her baby shower. I've been dying to do letterpress baby shower invitations and I couldn't think of a better person to make them for. :)

The theme of her shower is rubber duckies in the bathtub. I so wish that I could draw, but I attempted to make a rubber ducky. Lauren called him freaky. ;) But with tons of time and a steady hand, I designed this adorable ducky floating on blue bubble.

I love the multi-dimension look of the two colors on the invitation.

And I even designed "baby bingo" sheets to match her theme.

Congratulations Lauren!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sara + Steven: Pomander Inspired

Sara did not have any definitive ideas for her invitations. She did tell me that they were having an elegant event with touches of whimsy and she wanted her invitations to reflect that. Sara emailed photos for inspiration. The one that caught my eye was the photo of the pomanders hanging over the cake table.
This photo was taken at her reception site, The Inn at St. John's.

I set out to design a pomander wedding invitation and kept in mind that they should be whimsical at the same time. I typically send three proofs to start, but this design was just so perfect, I only sent the one. It was a hit!

The rsvp cards are whimsical too with the pink envelopes.

I designed the reception card with three pomanders hanging from a swirl at the top of the pink card.

Custom maps were also designed.

The outer envelopes have one single pomander that hangs over the top flap and connects to the return address.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Molly's Inn at St. John's Seating Chart

Molly's invitations are one of my favorite all time monogram invitations. When it came time to do the seating chart, Molly wanted more than just the monogram. So her coordinator, Ana of TwoFoot Creative, suggested that I use the lamp posts at the St. John's Inn as inspiration.

The chart will ultimately hang in Molly's kitchen so I made it portrait to fit on the small walls you typically find in a kitchen.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

My programs are blogged!

Terrica from Fabuluxe Events has a great post on her blog with a free downloadable Wedding Program planner. She used my program from Brianna's wedding in the post! Thanks Terrica.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Zazzle TBA!

I won the "Today's Best" Award on Zazzle yesterday! I was so excited when I started getting lots of congratulations from the members of the Zazzle community. I hope this is the first of many. :)