Friday, July 25, 2008

Laura & Bryan's Sunset Wedding

Laura contacted me to do her invites for 2009, then emailed saying they decided to get married this year - with only a 4 month engagement! So we moved up the consult and I started designing right away. She choose some very bold colors and I love the way it came out. They decided to have a small ceremony and reception for close friends and family and then have a big party later.

I also designed invitations for their afterparty: Laura & Byran's After Party

Melissa & Mike's Invitations

When I asked what they were looking for, Melissa said "less is more". Elegant, simple, classy. When they came for their consult, they saw Tracy's ribbon cornered invites and said they loved the look. Their color scheme was chocolate brown and cream, but we had a hard time deciding what to do for the ribbon. In the end, we choose a nice burgundy and Melissa might add that into the centerpieces at the wedding. We did 4 stacked inserts, tying them together with burgundy ribbon. I also did the envelope addressing, bringing in the same fonts used on the invitation. They said the compliments keep rolling in, so that makes the hours of carefully adhering the ribbons worth it! :)

Sarah & Jeremy's Invitations

Sarah came to me after seeing Kathleen's design. She wanted something similar, but we decided to do all metallic papers and only use navy and white. I think these came out stunning. I used only one graphic and had it coming out from the corner. We did a folded card full of information, including hotel, directions and ceremony & reception information since they are having an outdoor wedding at a private residence. I addressed the envelopes adding that extra touch of elegance. Coordinating thank you notes complete the package.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Ashley and Steve came to me pretty much knowing what they wanted - very simple and classy and not a lot of design elements. After talking for a bit, I quickly realized how fun this couple is....We were discussing which font they liked and all of a sudden I hear "1, 2, 3, shoot!" I look up to see them playing Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who gets to decide the font! They also pulled it out later when deciding how wide of a border to use on the invites. So funny. I think they each won once, but Ashley really wanted her font so she gave up the larger border to get the font.

They wanted to tie in the bright green, so we subtly did it on the invite, but used it on the RSVP card and rehearsal dinner card for a splash of color. I also did the addressing on the envelopes to tie it all together.

Jen & Paul's Sydney Extras

Here are the ceremony and reception extras for Jen & Paul's Sydney wedding. We did double-sided long, skinny programs, a guest book sign, as well as a sign to go on a basket of pashminas (what a thoughtful idea! I forgot it is fall down under right now). For favors, they will be giving each guest a bottle of wine from the winery, complete with custom designed wine tags. Since it's a small wedding, they used nicknames for their placecards and Jen will do some DIY work to insert the placecards into corks from the winery. Lastly, coordinating thank you cards bring in the vineyard theme. To see their invitation set, click here.

Jen & Paul's Sydney Wedding

I've been working with Jen and Paul for a while now on tri-continental wedding extravaganza :) I'm going to be so sad when I stop getting emails from her! This is the invitation for the Sydney wedding. The ceremony and reception will be held at a vineyard, so we used vines and grapes on almost everything. We did pocketfold invitations with three inserts. I love "The Plan" card. It's a timeline and carries over some of the illustrations I did from their save the date. They even came up with cute Australian phrases like "plates with mates" and "cheers and beers".

Nicolas's Baby Announcements

Brown is the color of the year...I think about 80% of the people I talk to want chocolate brown incorporated into their pieces.

Ashley contacted me to do photo baby announcements for her new little boy. Her instructions were classic and sweet, but not boring...I think we accomplished that! I used his initials in a fun script font behind his name and made sure to use the beautiful pictures she had taken of Nicolas and his big sister.

Erin's Baby Shower Invitations

Everything about Erin's baby shower was going to be blue and brown, so what better way to give the guests a sneak peak then by matching invitations. Erin had two cute poems and wanted to see if I could incorporate them. She wanted fun and classy, but not babyish. When she mentioned liking ones with a pregnant woman, I had a brainstorm about putting the poem inside the woman! I used the other poem for her matching thank you cards. We added custom printed envelope liners to the shower invite which I think tied it all together. On the front of the envelope, we added "Guess who's arriving September 4th!" Good luck Erin, he'll be here soon!

Tracy & Pat's Extras

For Tracy & Pat's wedding, we did a ton of extras. I even did a custom unity candle, but we'll have to get the photographer's picture of that because i forgot to shoot it before the wedding!

We used the same quartz metallic paper for everything, adding touches of pink and black throughout. We did 8 page programs, complete with fun information about each person in the wedding party. Table numbers matched the invite theme with the ribbon corners and double sided menus also talked about the donation they made instead of favors. We did placecards and finally a fun quiz for cocktail hour. It was great conversation starter - asking all kinds of questions about Tracy & Pat - where they met, where they are honeymooning and some interesting facts about each of them. I thought it was great when the father of the groom sat down, took out his glasses and a pen to take the quiz! :)

Since I was in this wedding, I had the opportunity to see all my work in use! See actual real table pictures.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tracy & Pat's Pink & Black Wedding

Tracy has been an amazing friend for over 10 years and I was in her bridal party. I was so excited to do her invitations...and she had to have been the easiest bride to work with. What bride says "do whatever you like!" Tracy said she wanted simple yet classy. I had wanted to try ribbon corners and did a quick mock-up for Tracy and Pat. They were sold. Black metallic backer with off-white metallic papers and pink ribbon. To add a touch of elegance, we used Thermography printing which has a raised effect. These are certainly not quick invites to produce, but the end result is definitely worth the hours of meticulously adhering ribbon!

Two stories come to mind regarding these invites....after receiving her invite, one guest returned her dress and bought a new one because she thought the invitation was so elegant that she wouldn't have been dressed properly! And a co-worker of Tracy called to say his wife saved the invitation for when their daughter gets married - keep in mind the daughter is only 10 years old!

Jen's Vintage Shower Invites

Jen came to me after seeing a vintage themed invitation with a red and turquoise color scheme. She had also found vintage tableclothes that carried to same color scheme. I used the invite design as inspiration, but totally made it my own with this bold damask pattern.

To make a bolder statement, we chose red envelopes and topped it off with custom made envelope liners with Jen & Paul's names. Jen even took a picture of the Thank You note at the shower to show me the vintage themed look.

Jen & Paul's UK Celebration

You may have seen Jen & Paul's Save the Date on this blog - they are the couple having three wedding celebrations - Sydney, United Kingdom and Boston. Here is the invitation for the UK party. We went for a modern looking invitation using circles, dots, and an all lowercase font. I also did matching Thank You notes.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tracy's Shower & Bachelorette

Again, it's pink for Tracy! We decided to have a girls only shower on the day of her bachelorette party. She had already had 2 family showers -see her wine themed invites here. We always called her "Crazy Tracy" in college, so we took that theme and ran with it. It was a tea party during the day and a fun night out - the inside of the invite reflected the dual party theme. I added the dancing girls on the mailing envelope for fun and made a detail card for extra info.