Cole + Brittany [Dinner Party Invitations]

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cole and Brittany are one of the engaged couples that I'm working with right now. They have been such a fun and sweet couple to work with! Brittany contacted me in regards to designing dinner invitations for her. She wanted them to be bright and have a fun pattern to them. The dinner was to be an "end of summer" dinner, but what her guests didn't know, was that the dinner was really the chance for Cole and Brittany to ask all of them to be a part of their bridal party. How cute! I got Brittany's request about 11 days before the dinner was to take place so I needed to make them super fast! I ran to the store, found bright striped paper, and ran home to print them. I think I had them ready within 24 hours. I love when projects go that well!
We printed the invitations on white cardstock and then double matted them on a red/orange cardstock and then the bright striped paper. The striped paper has an underlying polka dot pattern to it as well. This paper was double sided, so even the backs of the invitations were colorful and fun! Sorry about some of the pictures being overexposed! Some of the client's information is blurred out to protect their privacy.
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Tom + Ellie [25th Anniversary]

Tom and Ellie celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June and to celebrate the occasion, their son planned a party with close family and friends at a local restaurant in Ventura. I was contacted to make invitations to send out and the only request was that they were stylish (and on the simple side) and were square. We printed the invitations on this beautiful steel blue/silver metallic paper. We kept the font on the simple side and added a rub on embellishment to add a bit of style. We matted the invitations on black cardstock and put them in black square envelopes.
The quality of the pictures I took are horrible but I hope you'll be able to get the idea of what they looked like. They were beautiful in person! Some of the client's information has been blurred out to protect their privacy.

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Jim's 50th Birthday Invitations

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jim's wife contacted me regarding a celebration she had planned for his 50th birthday. They were going to be celebrating with close family and friends at a ranch in the mountains. She wanted something earthy and simple. We found this green paper that was actually fabric that has a special backing on it that allows it to run through a printer. We printed the invitation in chocolate brown ink and added an oak tree to the top of it as the ranch property features many oak trees. We finished it off by adding a recycled tan paper matte and some twine. Up close, you can see that the fabric "paper" frays a tiny bit. How cool! It's always fun to work with new materials!

[Some of the client's info is blurred out to protect their privacy.]

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Thank You Cards

Saturday, September 19, 2009

In August my uncle suddenly passed away due to a massive heart attack that he had while sleeping. They were able to bring him back to life but after a week of being in the hospital his scans showed no brain activity so the family decided to take him off of life support. My uncle lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. We didn't get to meet his girlfriend or his life long friends. Before my uncle was taken off of life support, my grandfather decided that he needed to go out to NC to take care of my uncle and everything that comes along with a passing of a loved one. I was worried about him as he had just turned 80 and this was going to be the first time he'd be traveling alone without my grandmother as she can no longer fly. I was worried about him making it out there under the stress of it all and being alone when he got there. This ended up not being the case! Once my grandfather reached NC, my uncle's girlfriend encouraged him to come and stay at Andrew's house with her. Her grown son had flown in to help out and within days, two of my uncle's life long friends were also there helping out. Soon enough my grandfather had 4 individuals that he had never met, take him in, take care of him, and help him with the passing of his son. It's amazing that through Andrew's passing, 4 individuals came together to take care of one another...all because they loved Andrew.
This was a hard time for my family. Andrew was a great man - hardworking, caring, and loving. On top of that, this was the 3rd child my grandfather was lost. To say that he'll be missed is an understatement. This time was easier on all of us because of these 4 individuals though and for that, we wanted to thank them.
Once returning home, we knew that we wanted to send cards out to these individuals...a thank you for taking care of my grandfather, for loving my Uncle Andrew, and to share our sympathies with them. We hand made cards for each person using a leaf motif as my uncle loved the natural beauty and fall colors of North Carolina. We used a wrap label for the addressing and included a envelope liner.
Also included in this entry is a thank you card for a neighbor of my grandparent's who sent flowers and offered his condolences. We used a damask inspired print for his card.
[As always, some info may be blurred out to protect the privacy of the recipients.]
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Anne + Brian [Wedding Invitation Suite]

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

First ad foremost, thank you to all of you who sent me so many comments/messages on the blog, Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter regarding the previous post about Bri's birthday invitations! The response to the invitations was amazing and put it a really big smile on my face today! :)

Now on to today's post which features Anne and Brian's wedding design suite! This is one of the most fun projects yet - but was also the biggest order we have had (besides my own wedding)!! I am beyond thrilled with the way everything came together and the fact that Anne and Brian love the items as much as I do, is icing on the cake! They'll be getting married in San Diego next year. They're going with a chic and contemporary black, white, and yellow theme. I had this scroll work design on my computer and when I showed it to Anne, she loved the look of it.

-Anne and Brian, you both were a joy to work with! Thanks for allowing me the honor of designing all of these items for your wedding. I know your big day is going to be so beautiful and I wish you guys many years of love and happiness!

Click HERE to view a full size image of the whole suite! From the top left we have the wedding invitation and envelope (front and back featuring a wrap label, envelope liner, and custom postage stamp), favor label/monogram, save the date and envelope, menu, table name, custom postage stamp, program cover, and the RSVP postcard (front and back). Not pictured is the seating chart that I'll be making as her date gets closer, candy buffet labels and possible place cards.

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Bri's "Flirting with Forty" Invitations

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bri's friend, Susan, along with some other friends are planning to have a girls night out in celebration of Bri's 40th Birthday! Susan came to me wanting fun but chic birthday invitations and said that Bri loved Zebra print. We found this ribbon and ran with it! We used a combination of cardstock including crocodile paper and completed it with some black feathers.

-Happy 40th Birthday, Bri! I hope you girls have tons of fun while out and having the night to yourselves! What a great way to celebrate!

[Some information is blurred out to protect the client's privacy.]

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Matt + Jenae [Our 1st Anniversary!]

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Matt and I returned home from our anniversary trip on Tuesday and are now trying to get back into the swing of things. We enjoyed two days in Carpinteria, got to enjoy a huge breakfast at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort using our free breakfast coupon that was included in our wedding package, got to meet a wonderful bride who I had met through TheKnot.com who was getting married at the Biltmore on the 29th, got to stay at the Fess Parker for free using our points one night and then for half price the other night thanks to our wonderful catering manager, Chuck Henderson, at the Fess Parker and so much more! Our floral designer created a beautiful bouquet and bout for our shoot and our wedding baker even sent over a anniversary cake to thank us and thanking her. Isn't it funny how that works sometimes? :)
Our vacation was so relaxing and we are so beyond pleased with the pictures that we got from our Forever After/Trash the Dress session with Hazelnut Photography! Moria Taylor glammed me up! She is a joy to work with as is Jordana Hazel! I highly recommend both of them!! They were so fun and easy to be around! Jordana blogged a few of our pictures on the Hazelnut Photography blog and now we're waiting on the rest of them to be sent to us! Here are our two favorites so far...can't wait to see more!
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For those of you getting married or who are newlyweds, I highly suggest doing a session like this. It was so much fun to get all dressed up again and to be able to take pictures in different locations that you wouldn't typically be able to shoot at on your wedding day. It was so nice not to have to worry about anything getting dirty or messed up too.
We had a wonderful first anniversary! I can't believe how fast this first year has gone by. I am so thankful to have such a loving and supportive husband! I'm already looking forward to our next vacation/adventure! :)
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Rachel + Thomas [Wedding Invitation Suite]

Rachel and Thomas are getting married next month in Bakersfield. Rachel contacted me about designing their invitations, response cards, table numbers, and favor tags in July using a aqua blue and chocolate brown color scheme with polka dots! We printed everything on aqua metallic cardstock and matted it on bronze cardstock. Being that they were printed on metallics, the pictures didn't come out super well (still waiting on buying a new and better camera!) but I hope you enjoy them. I love the favor tags that feature the saying "thanks for being here to celebrate with us and for being a bright *spot* in our day" The *spot* is actually a polka dot! Love it!

Rachel and Thomas - congrats on your up and coming big day! I hope it's everything that you have ever dreamed of! :)

[Some of the client's information may be blurred out for privacy reasons.]

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