I’ve always known it was you: Pt. 1

Remember those save the dates I showed ya’ll way back when? Well the wedding has come and gone and I never showed any planning details or recaps. Oy! Better late than never right?

This was not only a wedding I was planning, but also a wedding I was in.  Jaci is one of my oldest and closest friends and we have known each other for almost 20 years! Anyway, to refresh your memory this was a lovely spring wedding with a “whimsical modern garden” feel (or something to that effect). In case you forgot, this was the Save the Date that I designed.

I also had the honor to design the entire invitation suite for the wedding. Using the forsythia and the gray and yellow color scheme as inspiration we wanted the invitation to have a bit more of a traditional yet whimsical feel with the illustration, rather than the modern feel of the full color style used above. To help with this I once again enlisted the help of one of my graphic design friends Courtney O’Connell and we used this pretty number (with a few tweaks):

I made a few size options in both rectangular and square so that the bride could decide what route she wanted to go. Ultimately we decided upon rectangular as it was easier for both printing costs and mailing purposes. Initially, the plan was to go with a pocket fold invitation but again, costs and ease of mailing came into play and the decision was made to go with a twine wrapped stack.  This is what the whole suite looked like put together:

By happy accident the important titles (a.k.a. everything in black) actually printed with a slightly raised texture which I think added to the invitation significantly. The whole thing was finished off with a pearl silver envelope for the RSVP and the suite.

All in all I was pretty happy with the final product. I didn’t actually get to see anything printed until the full invitation arrived in the mail so it was a nice surprise! I would definitely recommend DIY’ing paper products for anyone worried about budget. With so many online sites to help with purchasing the envelopes, pockets, even pre-cut paper – it’s a breeze! (or you could always hire me! lol)

As great as all the paper parts are, I know what really matters is the wedding….so stay tuned for pt 2 with details, photos and more!!

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Back in Action

I know a start every post with a “sorry i’ve been absent” statement, but i’m not entirely sorry this time. I’ve had some things going on lately that have left me with less than a desire to talk about all things weddings, lets be honest. I do however have a whole heck of a lot to talk about now. First things first – a recap of the wedding I did last month. Sara and John had a wonderful “winter” (come on it’s Florida) wedding the week after Christmas in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Sara’s father is a pastor at a beautiful methodist church in the area so naturally the ceremony/reception was on location and he performed the ceremony. I had a wonderful time working this wedding because Sara and I are friends from High School, so it was great to be involved with someone I had a history with!

Sara wanted a casual, laid back event with some slightly southern touches! The main inspiration for decor was mason jars, ribbon, lots of candles and flowers that looked like they were picked fresh from the garden. We created garden wreaths to hang in the reception (the whole thing was DIY btw) and even had mason jar tealights hanging from the trees outside. It was beautiful, but I will let you see for yourself. I am still waiting for more pics from the lovely photographers Kim and Eve but here are some sneaks in the meantime (there are more photos on their blog – all were posted on Jan 19):

All in all, it was a great day! Sara looked beautiful in her lace Casablanca gown. All of the ladies wore classic black dresses so that not only would they be comfortable to dance all night – but they were sure to wear their dresses again!

As you can see in some of the photos – they lucked out by having their wedding around the holidays. The church was already decorated with greenery and white lights which added wonderfully to the decor. We created a photo booth as guest entered the reception using fabric left over from the DIY table runners in the reception. Aside from Sara’s bouquet all of the flowers for the reception and the bridal party were made by family friends to save on costs.

To save costs and allow for an interactive reception, Sara and John used an interactive “jukebox” app (available on ipods/iphones/etc) that allowed guests to request songs throughout the night!

Congratulations again to Sara and John it was such a pleasure working with you on your big day!!!!

(all photos courtesy of TheBigDayBlog).

Pinch me am I sleeping?

Because it’s like my dreams are coming alive. Why’s that you ask? Well aside from my extremely quirky (and realistic) dreams as of yet – that’s a story for another time – this following wedding is the epitome of my latest dreams. I have found myself being drawn to the same style of weddings lately – maybe it’s because we just closed up the summer wedding season which is always beautiful, or maybe its a nice swing of trends, or perhaps I’m just getting tunnel vision currently – whatever it is – i’m loving it.

“It” – is a simple style, laid-back but still feminine and glamorous, outdoor weddings. Case in point the event below. The following wedding took place in Manhattan Beach in Southern California. Photography was done by Erin Hearts Court, florals by JL Designs, and once again showcased on my mecca Style Me Pretty.

The couple planned most of the event themselves (with help from their floral designer) and took the event location – The Shade Hotel – as inspiration for the feel of the wedding. I absolutely love the color palette of whites, greens, and grey executed beautifully through the cymbidiums, hydrangeas, tulips, and calla lilies.. I think it is very chic and elegant, but also very natural in feeling (not to mention the pale green is one of my favorite colors – heyo!). The husband did all of the designing of paper goods, website, invites, etc, so it was definitely a DIY wedding – also one of my favorite parts!!

The grey bridesmaid dresses are from JCrew (love!), and look awesome against the green bridesmaids bouquets. Those bouquets by the way – are tied for one of my number one details from this event. Why? Because every bridesmaid carried a bouquet of a different flower. OBSESSED! I especially love the super parrot tulips (the green/white ones in the bridesmaid picture toward the end). They are so unique!

The personalized bouquets are tied with the ceremony decor – specifically the fabric draping on the “ceiling.” This is the second time I have seen this style of treatment and I think it is so beautiful. I can’t look at it enough.

Enough about the details though – how cute are the pictures of the couple?! Laying in the sand, chillin on a vintage beach cruiser – they capture the event so perfectly.

OK, enough swooning. If you want more pictures check out the gallery on Style Me Pretty. I will keep dreaming.

Petal Cones…You are the bane of my existence…

If I ever get married and some one in my close circle hears me say I want petal cones at my wedding…slap me. Real hard so it leaves a mark.

What are petal cones you ask? Exhibit A:

(source)

Now don’t get me wrong, they are beautiful, and they hold a special place in the wedding world. The after effect can often times be quite exquisite. Exhibit b:

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However, even my art brain couldn’t handle this project. One of our clients at work decided she wanted these in her wedding (which is tomorrow BTW, and she originally ordered 100, thank god she cut that down!). I thought to myself – oh craft paper and ribbon, sounds easy enough.

If ever you should be doing this project, do not, I repeat, do not wait till the day before! Basically, you use an 8×10″ piece of paper, roll it into a cone, staple, tie with ribbon and repeat. I thought I could easily knock out a couple dozen of these in 30 minutes – hour tops. These little cones are decieving to the eye! They are soooo much harder than expected. Every time I thought I got into the groove and had finally gotten the technique down pat, I pretty much failed on the next one and had to teach myself all over again how to do it. I think i finally got it down on cone number 52. 52 out of 60. About halfway through I decided there had to be an easier way to do this and googled instructions. Apparently there is a template to use but I just didn’t have that kind of patience at this moment. All’s well that ends well though, and they looked pretty good. Here is a finished cone:

and the whole box of cones I created ready for tomorrow:

I think this is definitely one of those situations where you forget the pain until you relive it. Like a tattoo. So when I finally do remember how frustrating they are to make, lets just hope it’s months before I actually need them, not 24 hrs!

Party in a Box

No, not the JT skit sorry. Party decor in a box. That’s right. There is no longer a need to spend hundreds of dollars to throw a small get together, shower, or seasonal party. Behold ACME Party Box Company. My new best friend. A lot of their products are vintage chic and kind of bohemian – which I totally love juxtaposed with an uber modern backdrop. Anyone? How about country chic? Maybe?

Anyway, you can purchase pre set boxes, or search by party themes and choose sets of items individually. They have everything from favor bags and place card items, to table runners and even mason jar drinking glasses. That’s right. You can even get all of your plates and utensils in your box. Some of them have premade invitations to match. SO EASY RIGHT?!?! The decor is just so cute as well.  Check it out:

LOVE IT! LOVE IT ALL! The holiday and kids party boxes are adorable as well. Yay for ACME saving the party day.  I’m so glad I happend to surf through this site today. It just made my day for sure.

DIY Tags

I feel like weddings are becoming more and more about DIY. Maybe it’s because of the economy and the low budgets, but I’m not necessarily complaining (well except for the fact that this means not so many people using planners currently. gr). Anyway, one of my good friends pointed these fun tags out to me today and I am quite keen on them as well!

I’ve always had a weird attraction to skull adorned items, but these are cute. In mini version they would make great wine glass tags for events (maybe a different symbol, but showers, rehearsal dinners etc – thanks court for the idea!). The possibilities of design are endless, and they look uber simple to make. (These come by way of  “Miss Teacher Lady” on flickr).

This individual also advertises other tags and coasters!

I think these could also work wonderfully as escort cards or place cards, tied around a napkin perhaps? Gift tags for the OOT (out of town) welcome bags, bridal party gifts, even thank you favors maybe? Again – the possibilities are endless. It looks like all you need are some ribbon, card stock and stamp ink.

Speaking of DIY – I’ve had a hankering for a while to try out some of the paper/fabric flowers that I am seeing ALLL OVER THE WEB! I think i’m going to bite the bullet and try it out sometime soon. I’ll keep you posted. No pun intended.

Goodies, Goodies, Lots of Goodies

Ok so it’s been quite some time since the last post, so to makeup for it, i’m going to share lots of fun things with whoever it is that is reading my blog! 🙂

I had this week off and spent this past weekend visiting my sister. Basically this means tanning, lots of food, and shopping. All of the items linked below relate back to this weekend in some way or another – inspiration perhaps.

I took the opportunity of nice weather and a day to myself to tan. I love the beach so naturally I fell in love instantly with the below engagement shoot showcased on Junebug Weddings.

The next day consisted of lots of shopping. I was looking for new shoes. I am a sucker for flats – how cute are these custom made flats from etsy seller extraseed? Bride or Bridesmaid – you can definitely dance all night!

Barnes & Noble was also an important addition to the day. I love books and love to see them incorporated into events like centerpieces on style me pretty

and these DIY hardback books for pretty much anything from Elizabeth Anne Designs

And naturally, a shopping trip isn’t complete without some fashion purchases. Fashion, specifically Louis Vuitton, was a source of inspiration for this engagement shoot on 100 Layer Cake. How fun!

A final stop for the weekend was a hunt for Vera Bradley. I think with her latest lines Vera is on the way back in. You can’t help but love her for all things gift related, but I have specifically fallen in love with the below bag which will be arriving on my doorstep before long. The Ditty Bag is the perfect catch all for bridesmaids gifts, no?

And last but not least, not particularly related to the weekend, but my heart strings can’t help but pull from these adorable scratch off invitations from etsy seller unlesssomeonelikesyou.

Lots of things to drool over, at least I did. On another note, I start my new job tomorrow, so expect a lot from the world of events this week. Happy Monday!

Raise chin from floor…wipe drool off face

In my exhaustion at the end of the day, I never got around to a post yesterday (or Today I Love… Tuesday edition). To make up for it – I bring you lots of drool worthy items (hence the rather unappealing title; you know you love it!)

I have mentioned before that I am a blog fanatic. Scratch that – a wedding Blog fanatic. I have about 10 “must sees” coming into my Google reader every day and it is the ONLY non-work site I allow myself to look at during the day. As I have been feverishly trying to promote my blog, A.K.A. obnoxiously asking everyone I know “Hey, have you seen my blog,” a few people have told me about others I should be adding to my reader collection.

Today my sister brought this little lovely to my attention: Kristen Weaver Photography. If I’m not mistaken she went to college with Kristen, who is now a wedding and fashion photographer working out of Orlando, Florida. Quick back history: I have my degree in photojournalism and wedding photography was the one niche I was always too scared to try. There I said it. *whew* glad that’s out haha. My background in the field however has made me extremely critical as well as obsessed with wedding photography in general. Kristen is absolutely amazing. Her photographs are nothing but B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L (and no I’ve never met this girl in my life so she didn’t ask me promote her). Just to prove it to you – I give you a sneak peak:

This particular photo shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty – one of my daily reads. When I initially saw it (at the time not knowing who’s it was) I died. I absolutely loved all of the feminine details and the buckets of baby’s breath – which are so pretty if done right – not weed like (and I am anxiously awaiting the day I have a bride who wants to do this!). My favorite part is the acrylic table number from the first two images. SWOON!!!!! When I opened Kristen’s blog and saw this on the top post, I died again.

I don’t know how long Kristen’s business has been kickin but she appears to be on a great track. Looking through her site, she has been featured and published in numerous places, and rightly so. I just hope I will one day have as much success with my planning business as she does with her photography. I leave you with a few more eye goodies:

Thank you Amanda for continuing my blog obsession. Kristen – if ever you read this – keep up the beautiful work! (all photos courtesy of Kristen Weaver Photography)

…. and just to keep you around a bit longer (Sorry for the length). My second drool inducing event today was this:

Notepad anyone?

I walked into a co-workers office today and I think I may have squealed. This little pad of pretty was just hanging out on her desk. I love it! It’s just so cute and … I don’t know… perfect? The wedding planner side of my brain went nuts. My immediate thoughts went to bridesmaids gifts, programs, personalized stationary favors, you name it! It looked so simple to make and super easy to personalize. I have officially added this to my to do list. As soon as I get the chance I am going to make one. No I am going to make a hundred, and find reasons to gift them to everyone and anyone I know. Consider yourself warned. The end.

Today I Love… (monday edition)

These awesome rehearsal dinner invites. They are simple and clean – yet modern and vibrant. I love that orange!

simple beauty

These little lovelies come courtesy of one of my favorite blogs… WeddingBee. WeddingBee is a blog that features DIY brides, each coined with a personality appropriate blog name. Miss Argyle made these herself in InDesign to go with her DIY invitation suite.

One of the reasons I love Wedding Bee is because you get to experience every aspect of wedding planning on a personal level. Most of these “bee’s” don’t use wedding planners (which I obviously would not recommend 🙂 ), but I think for the average bride it gives a truly realistic look at the detail and stress that goes into a wedding. I also love the blog because I find each individual inspirational in all of their creativity and projects.

If you’re into crafting – check it out. There are a lot of great tips and tricks for every project – wedding or not. The blog also features a classified section where Bee’s and other users post items for sale, as well as vendor section to find that baker or venue in your area. It is a great resource for any region you find yourself in.

I am a huge wedding blog junkie (obviously if I am writing one myself) and WeddingBee is one of my daily fixes!