save the date

ginny + daniel: glamorous winter affair

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y’all, i LOVE what i do.  i mean, really love it.  so often, i get to reconnect with old friends who are getting married, having a baby, throwing a party…and we just have a ball working together.  actually, i wish there was another word for it besides “work” because it doesn’t feel like it at all.  that’s how it was working recently with a friend from college and sorority sister, ginny.  she got engaged and rang me up to see about doing her save the dates and wedding invitations, and of course i was thrilled to help!  she was creating an amazing winter wedding with themes of green boxwoods and topiaries amongst all white flowers, coupled with touches of elegant black and white patterns.  swoon.  being a winter bride myself, i have a soft spot for cold month weddings. mainly because they call for fur wearing, which makes everything fabulous.

we set the tone with the save the date – black whimsical text with a topiary featured at the top, a sweet border, and sealed it all up with a green envelope.

for the wedding invitation, we chose a super thick 140 lb. light cream cardstock on which to print black thermography ink…and lined the envelopes in a custom pattern exactly matching the table runners!  there is such love in those small wedding details, no?

i loved the language on the reply card: guests could check either “wouldn’t miss it for the world” or “will celebrate from afar.”

and now for the amazingly gorgeous affair, photographed by the talented heidi of our labor of love.  OMG.  get ready for some jaw-dropping beauty.

i just love it all, top to bottom, a to z.  congrats ginny and daniel!!!

watercoloring, folks.

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since i know you all are very hip and with it, i’m sure you’ve seen this cool new trend of doing watercolor stationery…yes?  i love it!  and am kicking myself for not paying more attention in art class…for some reason i always liked math class the best.  practicality is so very uncool.

check out these show-stopping save the dates; the product of swiss cottage design and love, jenna calligraphy (whom i have loved for years!).

oh so beautiful paper (which is a great blog for all you paper lovahs) recently did two DIY tutorials on doing your own watercolor save the dates.  the results are fab to say the least…

tutorial here
tutorial here

…but i think you could only do these for a super-duper-califragalistic SMALL wedding.  like ten people small.  you have to do each one by hand!

i think i’ll stick to using my printing professionals, but what a gorgeous technique!


elizabeth and tim: old time elegance in music city

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you all might recall this save the date i did for a sweet engaged couple in nashville…well, their engagement ended with a wedding in april, and what a gorgeous affair they had!  elizabeth is jen’s cousin, and she lent her flower arranging skills (i don’t think there’s anything that gal can’t do!) to the bride and as you would expect, it turned out swimmingly. 

they planned a wedding with a blush, champagne and cream palette with several old fashioned, vintage touches.  there was also an underlying theme of music, as both the bride and groom are musically inclined (note the ukulele in the save the date photo) AND they reside in nashville, aka music city.  um, could that be any more fitting.

the wedding invitation was modeled after a classic 1950s wedding invitation elizabeth found and loved…and we lined the envelopes in sheet music.

i love how the save the date established the color palette, and the wedding invitations introduced the feel of the event.  parfait!

now…are you ready for this gorgeousness?  all photos courtesy of the photographix!

the bride with the sweetest flower girl ever – carson, jen’s adorable little girl.
how amazing is this…a wreath made from sheet music.  LOVE IT.
this father-daughter dance picture is so heartwarming – i just adore how you can see her heels off the ground.
and speaking of weddings, i am still crying from laughing so hard reading this blog entry on a couple going on 15 years. it truly is wise to choose your battles in marriage…victor.
but i’m sure elizabeth and tim won’t have that problem, being so adorable and happy!!!  congrats to the both of you!!!

blush and taupe save the date

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i just adore a good save the date.  they’re small, cute, informational and look great slapped up on a fridge.  what’s not to like?

for this save the date we recently completed, we followed the cues set by the uber-talented jen dipasquale in an inspirational storyboard.  she created a gorgeous palette full of soft pinks, taupes, creams and old world glamour…check it out.

we used an ever-so-light pink envelope and cream cardstock, with a champagne colored ink printed in thermography.  a picture of the cute couple completed the card, and off they went to the guests!

we printed the hotel and travel information on the back.

now that the color palette and style has been set, all of the other decor and paper pieces will tie into it for the big day.  fabulous!