[real weddings] A Hockey Themed Wedding Event

wedding invitation and cake styled to match

It’s Game Day!
This sports-loving couple did an amazing job planning their hockey themed wedding at The Church on Main in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Their photographer, Nelya, sent me a few awesome photos of the custom ticket invitations with tear-off RSVP stub that I designed to match the colors of their team [the Nashville Predators]. 

And, after seeing the rest of her photos from their big day, I had to share how creative they were throughout the reception by incorporating the sports theme with the team colors… I especially love the custom Cake Topper and the gorgeous flowers.

Check out more of Nelya’s photography portfolio at her website!

[real weddings] A Dazzling Los Angeles Wedding Celebration

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Time is flying by, the 2019 wedding season has already begun but I had to share a few inspirational planning photos from this 2018 southern California Wedding Reception. These photographs by Jason Q Tran are stunning…I was super lucky to be a part of this very talented vendor crew:

Photography by Jason Q Tran Photography
Cocktail/Reception: Vibiana
Wedding Coordination: Sassy Girl Weddings & Events
Floral Design Reception: Bebuds Florist
Reception Stationery: Papercake Designs

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Beautiful purple lighting illuminates this elegant styled reception room by wedding planner Sassy Girl Weddings at Vibiana, Los Angeles.

A Margarita Toast favor with seating card

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We combined their wedding favor ‘Margarita Toast’ with the escort tags! These were printed on labels & adhered to straws, which were then attached to each bottle.

Marble Table Number Card
Each framed table number card listed a personal note about the couple.

Marble Cake Menu
I love that the Wedding Cake matches the purple marbled stationery design I created for the couple! The wedding Menus were laid out at each place setting.

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Congratulations ESTRELLA + ESTEVAN  •  8.10.18

[wedding invitations] a custom bilingual invite for the holidays

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Uyen at Sassy Girl Weddings contacted me to design her clients invitation suite; which was an exciting project since I needed to find a way to combine two languages, a greenery watercolor graphic, along with their holiday wedding theme! The most cost effective [and eco-friendly] option was to print a language on each side of a single-layer card. The couple could then flip the card face-up within the envelope, depending on who was receiving the invite.

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I found a few green foliage graphics for the couple to choose from, I then added the red berries for a classic holiday element. They decided to incorporate a belly-band embellishment [wrapped around the invite card] to slide the enclosure cards in.  For the band design, I laid out their names & date in white on a red berry ink. Finally, we went with a wild berry envelope to match.

Wedding Invitation GreeneryI can’t wait to customize this design style in the future for a non-holiday celebration, simply by changing the band & envelope color and probably removing the berries… or we can keep them for fun. 😉

 

[party planning] food, and drinks, and dessert bars, oh my!

There’s so much creativity that goes along with planning a wedding or event. You can choose a specific theme or add in one unique personal touch. I love the new ‘bar stations’ that are popping up on many Pinterest planning boards; from the make-your-own-drink and pour-your-own beer bars, to the donut and popcorn bars [just to name a few]. All you need is a great way to display your favorite beverage, dessert or snack, along with some lovely signage and you’re set to impress your guests!

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Donut Bar | Free Style Mom

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Make-your-own Cocktail Bar | Junebug Weddings

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Cheese Station | Wilkie Blog

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Cookie Bar | Madam Palooza Rentals

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Beer Bar | The Melideos

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Popcorn Bar | Pen + Paper Flowers

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Sangria Bar | Style Me Pretty

smores-station Smores Station | Sun & Sparrow Photography

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Coffee Bar | fantabulosity

bloody-mary-bar Bloody Mary Bar | MARCIE LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

*there are too many fun ideas to showcase 🙂 see below for more inspiration:

Pinterest  |  DIY Food Stations | From Beer to Cigar Bars |

[custom invitations] a modern city skyline invite personalized for any event

I’ve recently had a few requests to pick up my city skyline illustrations for a save the date, post-wedding reception party and two bridal showers! I noticed while redesigning each card that these examples really showcase how you can personalize any invite based on the events theme.

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San Francisco Skyline: Reception Invitation [Gold Foil on white matte + Super Gold metallic envelope]  ~  Wedding Save the Date [4-color printing on white matte + Antique Gold metallic envelope]
Updating the size & shape of the card along with changing the paper finish, envelope color, and fonts will produce a very unique invitation. You can, of course, fancy up the design by adding gold foil printing! It may seem overwhelming to make all these decisions, but I normally offer up a few ideas along the way! 😉

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Portland Bridal Shower Invite [9×4 cream linen]  ~  San Francisco Bridal Shower Save the Date [5×3.5 white + copper metallic]

> Additional city skyline graphics can be found at my etsy shop (flip through photos at each listing to see examples); Washington DC / Chicago / Boston / San Diego / Seattle / New York / Philadelphia / Paris

 

> You can get started on the custom design process for your event invitations here

[custom design] Vintage themed wedding & party Ticket invites

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Wow, time is flying by! I was first asked to custom design a vintage film ticket invitation for Trisha & Tony‘s wedding in 2011. Luckily, based on each new clients theme, this unique invite suite has been personalized many times over!

For example, I’ve updated the design to work as a single invite card only (vs. the full suite w/tear-off RSVP postcard & map card), along with a new style that includes a perforated tear-off RSVP STUB on the main invite.  There are also now smaller, miscellaneous event tickets available, plus ticket save the dates. And lastly, a fun Pop or Rock Star themed girls birthday party ticket.

This is truly what I love about my job…customizing all the details…it’s never the same. Time flies when you’re having fun! 😉

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Wedding Film Invitation Ticket with #10 envelope; response info printed on the bottom (option to add printing on the back with rsvp & event details)

 

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Cinema themed wedding invite tickets with separate Rsvp card, response & outer envelope; (fonts & paper colors can change to match theme) 

 

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Vintage Ticket Wedding Invitation with tear-off RSVP Stub + response & #10 envelopes (paper colors & inks can change to match theme)

 

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Custom Vintage Ticket invitations & save the dates [available in the sizes and shapes shown]

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If you plan on throwing a fun themed music, ballroom, theater or film event, check out more ticket ideas & inspiration at my portfolio section.

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A vintage ticket Wedding Save the Date [with or without photo on the back]

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Rock or Pop Star Girls Birthday Party vintage style invites; diy printable options also available!

[real weddings] A magical affair at a California Mansion

Custom Pocket Wedding Invitations

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While searching for a past clients wedding day photos, I came across these stunning images …thank you social media! Congrats to Andie & Augie, married on September 10, 2016 at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California. [photography by Mémoire Studio].

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We customized my square, booklet-style pocket folder invitation suite by incorporating their navy, blush & beige theme colors. For the reception stationery, we picked up all the design details from the invites onto the menus, seating cards, and program fans (Andie tied her own ribbon embellishment onto the fan sticks)! I also love that we added the gold-glitter card stock to the escort tent cards & menus, a very glamorous touch.

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2-layer, Escort seating tent cards + tall, vertical menu flat cards [glitter gold + cream texture]
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Wedding Program Fan; front & back printed program w/rounded corners [cream texture]
And finally, they requested a unique guest book alternative [Wed-Libs], which we also personalized to match the rest of their stationery design! Check out the various wedding Mad Libs ideas via Pop-Sugar; [14 Free, Fun, and Printable Wedding Mad Libs].

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Wed-Libs; a personalized wedding guest book alternative

[custom design] Destination Fiesta! Create a Stationery Suite Unique to Your Wedding

papel picado themed wedding

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A custom designed papel picado wedding invitation suite; 2-layer card, 2 personalized enclosure cards + monogram tag & twine [white texture + mandarin matte]
Starting from your event’s theme — like the Mexican destination wedding shown here — is an ideal way to begin the creative process for your invitations and stationery. This is exactly what we did to create Liz’s wedding package after she Googled around & found Papercake’s “Papel Picado” themed design via Etsy! (Papel picado is a Mexican style of art that features tissue paper cut-outs.)

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A destination wedding save-the-date with envelope; includes papel-picado graphic + photograph 

After the initial email inquiry & discussion on papers, colors, etc., I began the process with the design of their monogram, a papel picado flag with initials. (The monogram will set the tone for the special day & can be used throughout the wedding stationery, on the cake, favors, or even lighting at the reception! e.g. check out the postage stamp above – ordered via zazzle). I placed their monogram onto the banner illustration along with an engagement photo for their save the date cards. She had the guest & return addresses printed directly onto the envelopes by cards & pockets; (on their site, select the envelope color & size, choose your fonts, then pick guest only -or- guest + return address printing).

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Behind the scenes! After custom designing & printing the invite and enclosure cards, the assembly can begin: layering cards together, twine embellishment cut to size, monogram tags punched, tie all together & insert face-up in outer envelope!

We had a little fun with the papel picado invitations & switched up some of the paper & ink colors. Liz also had the addresses printed on pink, watermelon envelopes (not shown). Finally, I printed the custom monogram onto a tag that we tied with twine around the 2-layer invite & enclosure cards. I cannot wait to see what we do for the reception stationery! 😉

You can do the very same to create your custom wedding suite by first working with me to develop a monogram or graphic, then adding this design to the save the dates, and finally styling the invitations to match!  fyi: If you would like to print & assemble your own stationery, I also offer DIY design assistance where I layout and provide high-resolution pdf’s ready for print!

[design update] wedding showcase + wearable art!

SF wedding invitation and reception cards

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San Francisco skyline wedding invitation & reception suite

I’m excited to be a part of the wedding showcase at The University Club of San Francisco!   I personalized my SF Invite suite to match the event theme colors + I’ll be raffling off my city skyline save the date postcards!  *find tickets at link below

We Left Our Hearts in San Francisco: A Mock Wedding 6.12.17
This isn’t your typical bridal fair where you’ll be hopping from booth to booth to booth, it’ll be set up to reflect a real wedding! This also isn’t just for the ladies, we have events and giveaways for the men too! So bring your gals and your guys, and even your grandma!


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