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Monday Matinae | "Beauty and the Beast" Styling with Jessica Frey

This winter, we got the opportunity to design for a unique shoot that Jessica of Jessica Frey Photography was putting together!  I can't tell you how excited we were to design for this and finally get the chance to work with her!  Jessica has done several fairy tale inspired shoots that are aimed to help brides find modern fairy tale inspiration. Such a cool concept!

For this styling, we had the opportunity to design an invitation suite, placecards, a cake topper, menu, and bunting.  For the invitation we created a navy metallic gatefold that featured an ornate metallic yellow frame that are laser cut and placed to "frame" the panel.  The panel was printed on pearl metallic paper and featured modern silhouettes.  A thick satin ribbon adorned with a gold brooch tied around the outside of the invitation.  The invitation was then placed in a navy metallic invitation box along with a coordinating response card and inner envelope.

Placecards were designed as tent cards using the same metallic cardstocks and designs from the invitations.  A large 8x10 menu was designed to be displayed at the middle of the table.  The famous line from the movie "Tale As Old As Time" was used to create a three panel bunting.  We also created a cake topper for the cake featuring the same silhouettes!

Jessica said she wanted to shoot in the snow and boy did she get her wish!  A storm hit that day leaving plenty of fresh snow.  Huge props to her, the models, and the rest of the team that braved the cold to put it all together!  :)

Enjoy the pictures below!  Be sure to visit Jessica's blog to see all of the pictures from the styling- Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Behind the Scenes too!  A HUGE thank you to Jessica for allowing MDS to be a part of this!!
Did I mention that Jessica and the team almost got stuck in a snow storm when shooting?  Crazy weather!  Jessica is great enough to continue the shoot the next day and sent me these shoots of the bunting we had designed and more of the cake topper.  Don't mind the damage to the bunting...that is what happens when it gets wet during a snow storm! :)  These pictures were just too adorable not to include them!  How beautiful is Jessica!?  James was perfect for the part too!
Here are a close up of the menu and placecards so you can see the detailing on them. :)

Photographer | Jessica Frey Photography
Stationary Designs and Cake Topper | Matinae Design Studio
Wedding Dress, Balero, and Necklace | Ladies and Gents Bridal
Models | Jessica Evans and James Fray
Flowers | House of Flowers
Makeup | Sylvia with F.L.Y Cosmetics
Hair | Alivia Daniels with La Ti Da Salon & Boutique
Table Decor and Linens | Laura Coleman with Walker Lewis Rents
Assistants | Lauryn Hornug and Makenzie Barefield
Props | Jessica Frey, In Your Wildest Dreams, Whites, Wonderleys, and Ikea


  1. Thank you for the blog post! It's always wonderful working with you - you captured the spirit of the modern day fairy tale beautifully!!! Looking forward to many more projects to come!

  2. Where can I find that yellow jewel that you used on the invitation?

  3. Yvonne, those jeweled brooches have actually been discontinued. So sorry! If you are looking for just the jewel, similiar jewels can be found at Michael's and other craft stores.

  4. How much are the actual invitations?

  5. Hailey, please e-mail me at for pricing and info as this same style is offered in many different invitation styles and pricing is based on that. :)

  6. How do I order these invitations and RSVP cards ?


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For those of you visiting this blog-site, you've probably noticed we've been lacking on posts lately!  We have an excuse though, it's because we're re-branding and when we re-launch, we'll be debuting a brand new blog-site!!  I'm so excited to share the new site and branding with everyone!

In the meantime, our clients have been keeping us very busy!  The 2013 wedding season is about to wrap up and we're in the midst of designing holiday party invitations and cards.  I always love this time of the year! 

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