Wedding Invitation: Arts & Crafts

I created the following invitation for Christina and Dayne, who just married a few weeks ago. If you recall, they were planning their wedding in Chicago, and wanted their designs to reflect the Arts & Crafts movement. Here's a sampling of their full paper suite:

Their custom Save The Date postcard

Formal Invitation with coordinating envelopes

I created two versions (verses) for the invitation...
1) Ceremony & Reception and 2) Reception Only

RSVP card with matching envelope

Christina's MOH enlisted my help for the bachelorette invites too!

Vintage Hair Pieces

Veils and hair pieces are usually left for the bride, but in this case the bridesmaids got to have all the fun! Check out these stunning vintage birdcage veils with floral pieces that the bride's mother handmade for each of the girls. The rest of this wedding is equally as beautiful - check it out here. Sorry for the lack of posts this week - it's been a crazy one. Hope everyone has a wonderful, sunny weekend!

Save The Date: Cubs Ticket

I'm excited to share a new design with you! Kris and Molly came to me a few months ago inquiring about custom save the dates. They wanted something that was Chicago Cubs themed. They decided upon a ticket inspired design, and they were thrilled with the end results. I designed and printed the save the dates, as well as shot a mini photo session of the couple at Wrigley Field. The photograph that is incorporated into the ticket is from the shoot - I altered the sign to read "Kris and Molly Are Getting Married 06.12.10."

Recap: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

As with most things in my life, I went a bit overboard with the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" tradition. I wanted to have options, and that, I did! I had numerous special items that fell into each of the four categories. I wore all of them proudly.

Something New: My Earrings
Something Old & Blue: Vintage Pin I bought at a resale store many years ago. I wore it pinned to the inside of my wedding gown.

Something Old & Borrowed: My great grandmother's emerald cut ring (tied to my bouquet).

Something New & Blue: Garter, graciously purchased at the last minute for me by my best friend and bridesmaid, Kristie.
Something New: My bracelet, purse...and, of course, wedding dress!

Something Old, Borrowed and Blue: My great grandmother's handkerchief (wrapped around my bouquet).

Real Wedding: Nautical by Nature

What a no brainer...if I lived in Massachusetts, I'd so have a nautical themed wedding. Check out the beautiful details from this New Bedford, MA wedding. Flowers and design by Chad Michael Peters. Photography by Person & Killian Photography.

Recap: Our Wedding Program

I'll be sharing more "recap" posts with you guys from my wedding day - sorry it's taken so long! I had a lot of fun creating our wedding programs - we made them as interactive and entertaining as possible. We included the words to our hymn, Come To A Wedding, as well as information on the ceremony, our wedding party and a special thank you to all of our guests. The design, obviously, coordinated with our wedding invitations. I purchased the black and white ribbon at Michael's Crafts, and with the help of my wonderful MOH, I managed to get 125 programs folded and tied two days before the wedding.

The entertaining portion of our programs included a short write-up on each of our attendants. Luke and I had shared a lot of laughs while writing these, and we think our wedding party and guests truly enjoyed reading them. We included basic information such as our relation to each person, as well as one or two more personal facts or funny stories about each. This was definitely my favorite part of the program.

Happy Bouquets

This post is for Kim! I've been helping her brainstorm wedding ideas - lately it's been all about flowers. Her wedding is next August, and she picked out these amazing "caspian blue" bridesmaid dresses from J. Crew (I just got mine in the mail last week). Her main color scheme will be navy, ivory & silver, but she'd like to bring in pops of color with the flowers. I found the following bouquets on Bride's Cafe. I'm loving all of these mixtures, especially the ones with yellow. Do you have any suggestions or links to other multi-colored bouquets? Happy Friday!

This Magic Moment

Our first dance was amazing! We danced to This Magic Moment by the Drifters. Yes, I know, we're cheesy...but it's so us. We love oldies! And, as it happens, Luke and I are probably the two most untalented people in the world when it comes to music. I'm so tone deaf that I was literally asked to lip sync in my sixth grade joke. Regardless, we enjoyed every minute of our first dance, and our song made us happy...which is all that counts anyways, right?!

Real Wedding: The Love Boat

I attended Megan and Tim's wedding a few weeks ago. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was the rehearsal dinner, which included a sunset, cocktail cruise around Lake Geneva. Scott Patrick, the photographer behind the wedding, did a fabulous job of capturing amazing shots even despite some bad weather (it rained most of the night). The moody 'dusk" sky is super cool, and I love the contrast of the yacht lights against the water. Congrats again, Megan and Tim!

Keeping with the "love boat" theme, I thought I'd also share with you a few Save The Date designs I've been working on. They incorporate a nautical, clean style. I'm hoping to add these designs to my Etsy store this keep an eye out. Seriously, I think that if I could get married all over again (to Luke, of course), I would love to have a nautical themed wedding...

How to address dark colored envelopes?

I just finished this wedding invitation suite that utilized chocolate brown envelopes. Because of the dark color, I had to come up with a way to address the envelopes that would actually be visible (brown or black ink wasn't going to cut it!). I created these custom, wraparound labels that matched the couple's wedding logo and overall style. Each label had a different guest's address printed on it as well as the couple's return address. The labels were printed on self-adhesive paper which made application a breeze. If you're thinking of having dark envelopes (brown, black, navy) for your invitations, wraparound labels might be just what you need. Please email me at if you're interested in a price quote for custom envelope labels. (Please note: addresses have been changed to protect the identity of my client.)

DIY Flowers

I'm trying to stay true to my "flower friday" postings, so I was so excited when I came across Abbie's wedding photos (and flowers!). Abbie, from A Glimpse of The Girl Next Door, took on the huge task of creating her own floral bouquets and arrangements for her wedding day. Everything she did turned out gorgeous, I'm in love with it all! For more on Abbie's floral endeavors (and dilemmas), go here.

Dessert on a Stick!

It's like I just struck gold! Check out these amazing Cake Pops from Bakerella. Maybe I'm way behind the times, and everyone knows about these already, but they're so cute and so yummy looking. From cheesecake pops to mini cherry pies - I'm loving them all! I'm not much of a baker myself (actually I don't think I've ever even made chocolate chip cookies from scratch in my life), however I'd be willing to give these recipes a try. Wouldn't a personalized Cake Pop or Pie Pop be the perfect favor for your wedding? Really, the possibilities with these are endless...

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