Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's the little details........

This past Tuesday evening I received an email from event planner Jen Hansen.....who was in a bit of a PICKLE! One of her brides who's wedding is on Saturday (yes, 3 days away) had a last minute change of heart about some "little details" she now wanted. A typical wedding vendor will tell you getting married is an emotional thing and not to sweat the "little details" a truly exceptional wedding vendor will always go above and beyond to make sure their bride is happy. As a custom designer I always have extra stock on hand for situations just like this and was happy to reply back that I would be able to get her what she needed.

Jen immediately sent her brides inspiration board which was essential for me, even though the order was last minute the last thing I wanted was for it to look that way. The "little details" really are what make your wedding extra special and sometimes brides are so overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done that they don't realized how important a few extra special items are until a couple of days before the wedding. I must say this is when working with a custom invitation designer comes in handy, as one of my own brides last week decided a few days before her wedding that she too needed some of those "little details" thankfully I was able to provide them for her without delay.

The next email was about what she needed......they were having a Candy Bar for all the guest so she would need a table sign for that glittered, she also wanted 16 candy tags to put on all the jars and of course coordinating stickers to put on the bags. A set of Mr and Mrs signs glittered to be hung on the couples chairs completed the order. A few electronic proofs later, Jens order was done and ready to be picked up on Thursday!

This Thursday morning I checked my email as I do every morning and I had one from Jen asking if I could "PERFORM A MIRACLE."  Next up, 12 table numbers glittered, a special separate sign glittered for the couple because they were having a sweetheart table, a sign for the the photo booth glittered and a sign for the guest book yes, you guessed it, glittered. Jen still picked her order up today......she is what you call an EXCEPTIONAL WEDDING VENDOR.......and I am honored to be one her "PROFESSIONAL PEEPS" that she can turn to.  I look at these photos and LOVE how everything turned out..........this brides "little details" were anything but last minute.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Jackie & Michael's Save The Dates

One would think using a color palette of black, white and graphite might not give enough pop....if you do then you'd be completely wrong......and I have a save the date design to prove it. I met Jackie at the recent wedding workshop that I was a part of. She had been looking for her save the dates and wedding invitations but just had not found the right ones. Out of the three tablescape designs her favorite was Natural Elegance this was the one that had crystals on the table and sparkles on the invite. She wanted her save the dates to give a hint of what her wedding would be, a formal and stylish affair with a whole lot of sparkle. Jackie was drawn to the black linen card stock which I paired with a white dove card stock that has a slight texture mixed with a subtle shimmer and lastly a shimmery graphite envelope.

Now for the design, lately I have noticed a lot of save the date designs that have so much information on them one would wonder why bother sending out the wedding invitation. We chose a two layer 5x5 square layout a perfect size because Jackie wanted the information to be simply stated. I used a touch of script mixed with a clean font and a few ornamental accents. She wanted to use glitter but could not decide on what color would be best, Jackie is actually the first person that has ever asked to see the glitter (in the jar)....but by opening a few jars of different colors while looking at the card stocks she had chosen really made the the right choice evident. Hands down the winner was black.....yes I know everyone says its bad luck to use, include, wear or even talk about the color black when it comes to weddings but that was forever ago. Ive been happily married for 13 years and both my mother and mother in law wore black to my wedding, to me black is timeless, classic and never goes out of style. Black glitter does not have the same look or feel as colored or even sparkles but is far more opaque giving Jackie's design a unique look.

Envelope shown with optional custom address printing.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Wedding Workshop

The First Annual Wedding Workshop was the brilliant idea of Gregory Costa-Saint John owner of Flouer. His idea was to pull together an exclusive group of wedding vendors to create a workshop atmosphere where brides could come not only to be educated but also have a platform to ask questions. I first met Gregory while working with him on the Reason To Give Wedding and know first hand how professional and talented he his. I was truly honored that he asked me to be one of the vendors and knew the event would be first rate. The workshop took place a few weeks ago and exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.

The workshop was held at Flouers studio which was transformed into three mini weddings each having their own tablescapes; Platinum Elegance, Natural Elegance and Simple Elegance. Each table design began with an inspiration board, these boards do not have to be fancy but every bride should make one it will help you organize your vision and will give your vendors a starting point as to what you want for your wedding.

Platinum Elegance began with a color palette of hot pink, black, and white. In this design we started with what I had chosen for card stocks for the invitations. Event planner Jen Hansen will tell you first hand to start with your invitations, most brides do their invitations last but the save the dates and invitations are the first thing your guests will see. The invitations will set the tone for your entire wedding and give your guest a prelude of what's to come. I was truly amazed at how Alice was able replicate the design from the table linens directly on the cake. The flowers are mainly white with just a hint of pink and the leaves normally green were painted black. To finish the whole look a centerpiece light was added with a hue of pink to make this table complete.  The little details........these are what will make your wedding unique, look at what Gregory did with one of the flowers from the arrangement; he put it into a flat glass vase and set it in front of each place setting as a favor. Not only have you added another element of design to your table but each of your guests are now leaving with a favor that won't end up in the trash. The glittered table number actually has a pocket on the back where your menu can be inserted. A typical wedding program will list your wedding party I decided to use silhouettes with the wedding parties names below.  Candy Bars and Cocktails Bars are extremely popular why not add a custom glittered drink menu that can sit at the bar.......little details make the biggest impact.

Natural Elegance was one of my favorite tables, the linens were a mixture of silks, satins and textures. Most people think centerpiece think flowers but Gregory took this centerpiece to a whole new level. Keeping with the Natural Elegance he created an arrangement of flowers and lit candles suspended from branches......SERIOUSLY STUNNING. The table was also lit by a pinspot which made the centerpiece pop and the table crystals sparkle. The invitation had a double layer of ribbon threaded through a crystal buckle which Alice incorporated to the cake design along with flowers from the centerpiece. This invitation does not have envelope but a custom mailable box......when you send an invitation this way it will make your guest feel as if they are receiving a little present in the mail. I used the twist card for the place card design, each guests name is printed on the front and when you pull the card it will twist to show them their table number which I hand embellished with glitter. The numbers for the table were also hand embellished with glitter as well as the custom Mr and Mrs signs that hung from the back of the chairs.........remember its the little details!

I find it hard to refer to this table as Simple Elegance because it is anything but. For this tablescape the linens were chosen first so I used them as inspiration when creating the invitations. The table linens have this stunning but subtle pattern scrolling throughout which led me to choose a brocade pattern in gold. The invitation is a perfect 7x7 square with 4 layers of pattern, antique gold and textured cream card stocks. The main invitation envelope has a two layer custom address label wrap. In one of the photos you can see how the table is lit from underneath which gives such a look of elegance. I can just imagine an entire grand ballroom of this tablescape design.........STUNNING! I love how the chair wraps also incorporate a matching flower from the centerpiece and how each placesetting has an accent linen underneath it........again little details they make all the difference. The cake design is absolutely flawless you can see the wrap on the cake matches the linen wrap on the chair. The motif in the table linen perfectly matches what is on the cake..........that people is what you call TALENT!

The workshop was a huge success and we have received such wonderful feedback. Every bride and her guest were greeted with a Champagne Mimosa, yummy pastries and were able to sample all of the wedding cakes throughout the workshop that are shown. When leaving each bride was given a lingerie bag made by Carolyn of BBJ Linens and filled with goodies from all the vendors. Jen of Gracious Events set up a Sweet Candy Bar that all the brides were able to fill a bag to take with them, Alice gave a yummy cupcake and Gregory provided each bride with a petite flower arrangement each one in a unique bud vase. I would like to also thank North Shore Magazine and The Knot for providing issues of their magazines for the bags. A HUGE thank you to Peterson's Party Center in Winchester for donated all the tables and chairs and an even BIGGER thank you to Alex and Amy of Gateway Productions for getting it to us:)

Although each of us operate our businesses separately we felt it would be nice to have a name for our newly formed group as it is our plan to do more workshops and events. Let me start by introducing the other members of the Platinum Wedding Group, founder and Floral Artist Gregory Costa-Saint John owner of Flouer, renowned Event Planner Jennifer Hansen owner of Gracious Events Management, extraordinary Linen Designer Carolyn Colberg of BBJ Linens, Lighting Production Experts Alex Sommerfeld owner of Gateway Productions and Amy Zediana Director of Sales and Operations for Boston Lighting and Pastry Chef and owner of Bean Counter Bakery Alice Lombardi. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kelly & Dan's Save The Dates

Your Wedding should be a reflection of you as a couple not what is popular or in style. This rule should also apply to your Save The Dates and Invitations. When your friends and family open it they should immediately think of you........they get it because they know you.  Kelly and Dan have two dogs and like many dog owners theses two furry eyed friends are far more than just their pets, they are a part of their family. Anyone who knows and loves Kelly and Dan knows just how important these dogs are! I have seen tons of Save The Date designs that incorporate photos from the couples engagement session this is the first time I have created a Save The Date design using a photo from the dogs "engagement session."

Kelly wanted a stylish rustic feel to the design, our palette began with a rich bronze, ecru linen, a shimmery rouge envelope liner finished with a kraft envelope. The date (9.10.11) and the dogs really needed to be the main focus of the design, in order to incorporate both I felt using the square twist card would be the best approach to achieve the look Kelly was envisioning. A professional photographer took the photo of the dogs finishing the print with a bit of antiquing. She also enhanced the color in the dogs tongue to pick up the rouge that was used in the envelope liner. The first thing you see are these cute puppy dogs and when you twist the card to show the other side you see the date glittered in rouge. When choosing wording for your Save The Dates it is pretty rare that you see the words RUFF, WOOF & BARK but it works because it is part of who they are. The Save The Dates where mailed the other day and I can guarantee that every guest opened it and SMILED.....they get it! I always tell Brides to "think outside the book, if you can envision it, I can design it." Next the design for the Wedding Invitations.....stay tuned!