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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chocolate Brown & Apple Green Wedding Invitations

We've loved every single one of our clients, and I feel very fortunate to be able to say that. Not only are Lisa and I fulfilling a dream by running our own business, but we get to meet amazing couples who genuinely seek a design that will define them–and their once-in-a-lifetime day.

Pamela and Ben are a romantic and fun couple, who met while working for Disney. When it was clear that they soulmates, they went house-hunting and Ben proposed on their closing date, in the driveway of their brand new home! This November, they're getting married at a church in downtown Orlando. Their wedding reception will be at Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.

Atlantic Dance Hall ©Disney

Pamela and Ben were super-cute when we sat down to discuss invitations a few weeks ago. We pulled out swatch books and started taking notes. They were excited to get the ball rolling and ideas started to flow. They asked each other's opinion—and nothing makes us happier than a groom getting involved paper choices! They love the look of the dance hall and want to incorporate subtle Art Deco elements, and acorns (Pamela's very proud of her Alma Mater, Elon University). Champagne accents will complete their green apple and chocolate color palette.

While the final reveal of her chosen design quite is a few months away, we're sharing a few concepts that we started with.
Concept 1 invitation

Concept 1 in holder
Concept 2 invitation

Concept 2 in holder

It's always a pleasure when a couple incorporates their personality into the invitations. Stay tuned for the final product!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Crepe Paper Place Cards

I spend probably way more time that I should each week searching for inspiration and beautiful paper projects. This week I came across Once Wed, which I can already tell will be a daily source for inspiration! Emily Newman launched Once Wed in March of 2008—from DIY projects to inspiration galleries, it's a wealth of knowledge for brides. You can even shop for gently used wedding gowns! The site is filled with pictures of original weddings, and unique ideas.

I love these crepe paper place cards! What a creative way to welcome your wedding guests to their seats! With easy to follow instructions, complete with photos, these place cards could certainly get done in an afternoon with the help of your bridal party, friends and family (or maybe even your fiancé). This is a great way to incorporate your color palette. These place cards can definitely be a mix of patterns and colors that complement your overall wedding theme.

Image courtesy of Once Wed

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Featured Friends: Josh & Monica Holtsclaw

Who says you can't brand your entire wedding while still being thrifty? This week I thought I would share an example of how to create a beautiful custom wedding, while still being friendly to your coin purse. Featured below are two of my closest (and most creative) friends and their fall wedding.

Photo taken by Steve Smith of Bella Pictures

Josh, an talented Illustrator, Designer, and Walt Disney Imagineer, met Monica, a brilliant book binder and owner of Boom Box Bindery while they were students at Savannah College of Art and Design. After several years of dating Josh popped the question, and they promptly began wedding planning. To me, their wedding was a perfect package from beginning to end, and you wouldn't even know that they did it all without breaking the bank.

1. Save the Dates

Save the Dates are the first impression for a wedding, therefore they should never be overlooked. A great look can still be achieved while saving most of your "paper" budget for the actual invitation. Josh illustrated this beautiful piece of art for their save the date that they continued to carry out the design through the rest of the pieces of their wedding. They saved on cost by using Modern Postcard for their black and white mailers. This also saved on postage, as there was no need to buy envelopes.

2. Invitations

Since they saved money on their Save the Dates they were able to make these innovative and intricate invitations. They used full color, and were able to go to Kinkos to print, but did all of the assembly themselves. Doing an R.S.V.P. postcard also saved them on postage and not having to supply R.S.V.P. envelopes.

3. Programs

Photo taken by Steve Smith of Bella Pictures

Josh and Monica used the same design elements carried over from the invitation for their programs, but did them once again in black ink only and printed from their home printer. This not only saved money but time too!

4. Extra Touches

Photos taken by Steve Smith of Bella Pictures

They were able to continue all the beautiful color and design throughout their wedding and reception. They printed these cute guest book pages on their home printer, on which guests drew or wrote. The illustrated frame was drawn in the same style as all their other paper goods. All of the hydrangeas were from friends' yards, and were dried before the wedding. They also had a great idea of using place names that were meaningful to their relationship in place of table names! Printing on the blue paper, along with the flowers, carried the blue color over from the invitations through the entire ceremony and reception.

If Josh and Monica could share one tip about wedding invitations, they'd like you to know that, "it's okay to think outside of the box and try something different. The most important things are to be happy with your invitation and feel like it says something about you as a couple. Who cares what's been done before? There will never be a wedding just like yours!"

We loved everything about Josh and Monica's beautiful wedding, and we would love to feature future innovative weddings on our site. Not already friends? Let us get to know you and feature your great ideas! Email us at

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We Love it Wednesday: Orla Kiely

Yesterday I received a gift from good friend (and graphic designer!), Trisha Hay. Beautifully wrapped, complete with perfectly designed hang tangs, these Orla Kiely chocolates were indeed heaven in a box. So beautiful in fact, that Lisa and I spent nearly five minutes, in the middle of Panera, attempting to delicately open the box, so as to avoid tearing the paper. Fellow designers and lovers of all things creative, you get it, right?

Of course we loved what we found under the paper wrapping and hang tags–besides the chocolate.

Orla Kiely has a unique brand and it's everywhere. From Anthropologie to Target, her patterns can be found on dresses, dishware, notebooks–you name it. Now that's a versatile brand!

What are some other brands that successfully carry their design scheme across the spectrum of apparel, paper goods, kitchenware, etc? 
Image courtesy of Orla Kiely

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered...

After a weekend of putting together the final touches here is picture of our invitations bundled up and ready for delivery to our October bride! Complete with matching purple boxes, and topped off with our new thank you cards and Orange Blossom buttons! We can't wait to see her face when she opens up the first one!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Mix 'n Match Envelopes

I love a great color palette–especially when it's woven throughout an entire wedding. From bridesmaids to bouquets, colors create a mood, evoke a feeling and set the tone to a great event.

Most of the wedding invitations I've received in the mail lately have been basic white, with an embossed silver text and a splash of colored ribbon. Yes, they all say wedding, but besides the time and place, they're pretty similar. Now, white can be absolutely fabulous, but if you're using color elsewhere in your wedding, why not carry it through to the envelopes of your invitations? This is an easy, inexpensive way to make your invitations set the mood for your wedding day. 

We love these these sample invitations from Envelopements. Using one color for your Save the Date envelope, and another color for your invitation and RSVP envelopes keep all the pieces within the same color palette, but still with an overall cohesive look. 

Besides, wouldn't a crisp, brightly colored envelope look great against the endless white business envelopes in which all bills arrive?

Coral, cream and honeysuckle – what a beautiful combination!

Love this deep red, gold and turquoise! Different colored patterns add a touch of elegance.

Pictures and designs courtesy of Envelopements

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Custom Buttons

A good friend of ours, Maria referred us to Busy Beaver Button Co. when we were in search for custom buttons as a cute Orange Blossom Ink giveaway. From start to finish, our custom ordering experience was completely pleasant, and cost efficient. I was even able to visit their studio to pick up our order in person while visiting Chicago. The staff was welcoming and the project was something I was so excited about I wanted to share it in this week's post.

It got me thinking, wouldn't buttons make great wedding favors or a fun extra touch added to a Save the Date? I would love to order more custom buttons that have a monogram, icon, or wedding date that match back to the invitations and event for a couple! Because, who doesn't love to get a nice new button?

Logo courtesy of Busy Beaver Button Co.

Orange Blossom Ink Buttons!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sneak Peek!

It is always exciting to see a project come together. We spent last week getting all our envelopes and enclosures in the mail, and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our invitations from the printer. We are currently getting them ready to hand off to the bride, and can't wait to share the final piece with all of you! Be sure to check back soon.