Love Candee Photography | Logo Design

Saturday, December 3, 2011

You might remember the wonderful wedding invitations below from this wedding that I had the honor of designing for! Well, I got the chance to work for Candice again!  You see, she started up her very own photography business, Love Candee Photography and needed a logo designed!  I was so excited to work with her again as she always brings unique and creative ideas to the table!  This time she wanted a modern logo using a yellow, black, and gray color scheme.  After playing around with a few concepts and fonts, we came up with the final product!

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If you are looking for a photographer in southern California, I highly recommend you check her blog out!  She's quite the talented photographer!  Visit the Love Candee Photography blog or "like" her on Facebook!

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Halloween: Alice In Wonderland Style, Part 2

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Over a year ago, I got the chance to design birthday invitations and accessories for an adorable set of twins.  During that event, a guest at that party (Melanie) noticed my work and asked or my info so she could get in contact with me about her daughter's 8th birthday.  Soon after, we met and realized she actually lived on my same street!  As we spoke, she told me that her daughter, Maggi, was born on October 27th and  they had always had a Halloween inspired party for her but this year she wanted to put a twist on it.  I had just seen an Alice in Wonderland inspired paper line that had just hit the stores and when I showed the paper to Melanie she fell in love with the idea of using the paper as our inspiration and turning Maggi's party into a Alice in Wonderland tea party with a Halloween twist!

We designed two panel invitations that were held together with ribbon.  The fronts of the panels featured Alice in Wonderland and Halloween elements while the backs featured the invitation wording and information.  These were enclosed in small black boxes filled with purple paper shred, tied off with ribbon, and were hand delivered to her guests.  A large 3 panel bunting was made for Maggi as well as a three panel bunting that was added to the candy bar/food table.  A collage was made and was displayed on an easel next to the food table as well.

After we designed the invitations, Melanie asked if we would be up for designing and setting up the whole party along with coordinating all of the elements! We had been wanting to do something like this for such a long time and we were so excited to get started!  The guests were going to include 5 of Maggi's friends and cousins and they were going to need their own table for the tea party which was going to be held at the park right next to her house.  The adults were going to hang out inside and all of the guests were going to want some treats!  

I just did a project for Anamie Mahanke, owner of Anamie's Sweets.  As a swap, I designed for her friend's shower and she designed the most amazing cake and cake pops for this event.  After the cake and cake pops were taken care of, we did a Halloween themed - kid friendly menu that consisted of Monster Mash Meatballs with Drippings, Wicked Witch Fingers, Pumpkin Patch Roll-Ups, Frank 'N Mummy Wraps, and Ghost Dip with Raw Dunkers  For beverages, we served a Black "Burried" (black berry) Sweet Tea and Blood Orange Punch.

For decor, the table featured floor length black linens with a black glitter overlay that was cinched at each corner and tied off with ribbon.  We added white dishes, vases, pumpkin, and a tea pot along with two glitter candelabras, glitter pumpkins, favor boxes that featured each girl's first initial in black glitter on an Alice in Wonderland tag and other accessories. A paper chandelier and two pumpkin paper lanterns that lit up were hung from the tree directly above the tables.

We decided to do a small candy bar for the girls and adults that was placed on a table along with the food and cake!  The candy bar included Creepy Crawlers (gummy worms), Goblin Grape Vines (grape licorice), Tarantula Eggs (mixed Halloween colored jelly beans), Dracula's Dark Truffles (dark chocolate truffles), and Bat Bites (white chocolate special edition orange M&M's).  Anamie created a two tiered cake that featured chocolate cake with Orea filling and vanilla cake with buttercream and raspberry filling and believe me..this cake was as delicious as it looked!  Each guest got a cake pop to take home and those were orange or red velvet cake!

We had such an amazing time designing this event and can't wait to have the chance to do others in the future!  Here are some of our favorite pictures from the event before the girls got there!

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Halloween: Alice In Wonderland Style, Part 1

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween is almost here!  We love this time of the year at MDS!  So many fun projects to work on that set the tone for the rest of the holidays!  The next three posts will be dedicated to what we've been working on for Halloween this year!

We got another chance to design for one of our very favorite clients, Brittany.  We designed for her wedding that took place in May 2010 and had the chance to design baby shower invitations and announcements that will hit the blog soon!  When she came over to pick up the announcements, I showed her a sneak peak of something we were working on for a Halloween "Alice in Wonderland" style party.  She loved the things I showed her so much, she asked if we could make a hanging decor item with the same theme for her home.  

We quickly went to work ordering in the same paper and came up with the 2.5 foot wide hanging banner that featured different panels that included lots of embellishments and the names of each family member, Brittany, Cole, and baby Brayden!  Here are the pictures of the final product!

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A Lobster Bake Party!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

At the beginning of the summer I was contacted by Denise of Fairy Godmothers who was helping to coordinate a lobster bake party for a client. I was so excited to get a chance to work with Denise and design some lobster themed placecards for the party! We did red tent cards with a matte white placecard that featured a lobster graphic and the name of each guest in a bold red font. Here are pictures of the placecards plus two pictures Denise sent over of them set up at the party! How cute do they look paired with the lobster cookies from Anamie's Sweets!? :) Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
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"Will You Be My..." cards for the guys!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


The "Will You Be My..." cards have been so popular this wedding season! They are a great way to ask your friends and family to be a part of your special day and to give them alot of the information they'll need. One of our couples recently came to us and wanted to order cards for her girls but also do cards for the guys! What a great idea! Lakers ended up being the theme for these cards. We created a folded card out of actual basketball textured paper! I designed a Laker inspired logo using the name for each guy and we customized the wording to include some basketball references. :) Here are pictures of the final project including the one we did for the ring bearer!

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Here is a teaser of the cards we did for the girls! I'll blog these soon!
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Erica's "Will You Be My..." Cards

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wow, someone please tell me that it hasn't been nearly 4 months since I blogged last!? Well, the bad news is that is true, but the good news is, I haven't blogged because we have been so incredibly busy designing for our clients! It is WAY past time for a new blog post!

A popular trend we are seeing this wedding season is what we call "Will You Be My..."
cards which are cards designed to be given to your friends and family that you'd like to be involved in your big day as part of your bridal party! The first cards we designed this season were for Erica! She has been such a lovely bride to work with so I was super excited when she mentioned that she wanted to order some "Will You Be My..." cards. Erica is having a destination wedding so she needed to include a lot of information for her girls so we opted for a pocketfold card. Erica wrote each girl a beautiful letter that was displayed on the main part of the pocketfold where the invitation typically would go. Erica's wedding invitations featured a goldenrod graphic so we incorporated that same graphic into this design as well to add a personalized touch as their ceremony will be held in a field of goldenrod this fall in New York. Three inserts were also included that featured information about dresses, travel information, wedding date and colors, etc. Each pocketfold featured a custom monogram for each girl and was enclosed in a green metallic envelope that featured purple addressing and return addressing.

Stay turned for more picture of these type of cards including some cards for the guys as well! Yes, these cards aren't just meant for the girls....we've had just as much fun designing some for the guys as well! It is such a fun and personalized way of asking people to be a part of your wedding day!

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Woodland Baby Shower

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I had the joy of reconnecting with an old classmate of mine who was expecting her first child! Julianne and her husband live out of the country (all the way in Dubai) so we started chatting through e-mail to gather ideas and info regarding what vision she had for the design. Julianne is an artist herself and I love the direction and inspiration she brought to the project!!

I first met with her sister and mother to discuss the details and then was lucky enough to get to see Julianne and meet with her sister again to finalize everything. Julianne wanted to use earthy, vintage colors and as many eco friendly materials as possible. She also wanted to incorporate a doily/lace border. She illustrated the woodland animals that we incorporated into the design to give it a personal touch..how adorable are they!?

Each of the invitations were enclosed in forest green string tie envelopes that featured recycled kraft paper wrap address labels that matched the invitation panels. We also enclosed an insert as Julianne was having her baby girl here in California and was not going to be able to fly back with many gifts. Julianne, it was a joy getting to see you and design for you! I'm so incredibly happy for you and wish you and your little family, all the best! Here are pictures of the design!

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FEATURED EVENT: Candice + Jared

Monday, February 28, 2011

I had the pleasure of designing pocketfold invitations for Candice and Jared's summer wedding! When Candice and I started talking, she had a variety of really cool and unique ideas that she wanted her invitation design to incorporate. I loved that she made me think outside of the box and was so creative! Candice wanted her invitations to reflect vintage romance with birds, birdcages, and lace! She is a court reporter, and to tie that in, she selected to go with a vintage typewriter font. She had seen this image that featured an invitation that had an image "span" across all of the inserts, and after some playing around with it, we got the same idea to work for her design. After a couple of revisions, the whole design really came together and is still one of my favorite designs we've done to date. The design was brought together with metallic merlot pocketfolds, dove gray cardstock and envelopes, and matte white cardstock. Each pocketfold was finished with a merlot sheer ribbon band. Candice had a family friend do calligraphy on each of the envelopes too!

Candice put so much thought into her wedding. They selected a beautiful venue surrounded by rich colors and vintage details! Candice even sketched the bridesmaid dresses and had them made! It's no wonder that her wedding was featured on so many websites including Project Wedding! We were beyond thrilled to see her wedding and our invitations featured on their website! Click here to see the wedding feature on Project Wedding.

Candice has now started her own photography business, Love, Candee and I am so excited to see where her new business takes her and to be helping her design her new logo! Check out her website!

Below are some professional pictures that the talented, Jordana Hazel of Hazelnut Photography, took of the invitations and wedding! Enjoy!

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The Clarke Estate: Venue
Hazelnut Photography: Photography
East Side Marios: Caterer
Flower Allie: Florist
Matinae Design Studio: Invitations
Joey Inez of Mixterious Force: DJ
Maggie Sottero: Bridal Gown
Men's Wearhouse: Suits
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