Sunday, July 29, 2012

Laura & Marc

I have been waiting FOREVER to be able to blog about Laura and Marc's Boston Waterfront Wedding outside at Sam's at Louis. Ironically I never actually met Laura and Marc and didn't even know what they looked like until I saw their wedding photos by Steven Michael Pugliese of Wedding Perspectives. I received an email from Laura early winter about needing invitations for her June wedding, normally I meet with perspective clients in person but for Laura and Marc it was a phone consult as they were in the process of moving to London for Marc's job. After our initial phone chat we switched to email which worked out great. Not all weddings have a theme but there is nothing more FABULOUS then a LOBSTER BAKE June wedding on Boston's Historic doesn't get anymore New England then that!

The wedding color palette was hot pink and green mixed with various shades of pink. I designed a logo that incorporated their names into a scrolled frame and continued the use of that frame throughout the rest of invitation elements. The invitation was a square portable pocket in a shimmery hot pink paired with an apple green envelope. Laura did not want to do a typical reception card, she wanted a timeline using various artwork. I did a knot of rope for the ceremony, a drink glass for the cocktail hour then for the Lobster Bake I built her a lobster in Illustrator which was then hand embellished with red glitter. For dancing we used shoes then a boat for everyone to sail on fitting considering they were on the water.

My favorite part of this design was the FAN that acted as the wedding program. LOVE when my brides like to take the road less traveled.......You may not have noticed but SHOES are HUGE in the wedding industry. Brides are no longer wearing your traditional white but opting for something fun, colorful and usually sparkly or embellished. Instead of just listing the names of those in the wedding party we used stilettos for the bridesmaids, ties for the groomsmen, bows for the flower girls and a bow tie for the ring bearer. I am happy to share that Laura and Marc's invitation design was  recently featured on  the Wedding Lovely Blog.

When I began blogging about my designs it only included my work but in order to really see the entire vision I found it is best to show all the details of the wedding. Recently, I have been reaching out to my bride's photographers and have had such a wonderful response. Laura's photographer Steven of Wedding Perspectives did an incredible job of capturing all the beautiful details that truly make a wedding. I contacted Steven a few weeks before the wedding and he could not have been more gracious about allowing me to use some of his images for my blog. Before writing this I was on his website and found my way over to his BLOG, which I instantly LOVED! He not only shares the images but the story behind them and how they came to be. Out of all the vendors associated with weddings I would say photographers have it the hardest. Since the invention of the digital camera everyone thinks they're a "PROFESSIONAL" photographer. While in college I had to take a photography class as a part of my degree by the time I finished I had learned that photography really has little to do with the has to do with the eye behind the camera; the ability to see something that most do not. It's a God given either have it or you don't and just in case you are wondering I was not given that eye which is obvious by looking at my photos verses Stevens:)

Laura had not found a floral designer yet so I recommended Gregory Costa-Saint John of Flouer and was thrilled when I found out she had hired him. Gregory is truly a gifted floral artist and I am always blown away by his work. It is pretty obvious that all the arrangement and bouquets where stunning but the stand out piece was the arch of flowers that Laura and Marc were married in front of.....seriously beautiful.

Laura did such an incredible job with the details of her wedding......her color palette was seamlessly carried out throughout the entire wedding. The New England Clam Bake theme......was flawless, from lobster cracker favors for all her guests to the newspapers for table linens. This couple may reside in London for now but it is evident from their New England Wedding that their HEART still lives here in Boston.

Thank you to Laura and Marc for allowing me to be a part of their day, it was truly an honor. Best of luck across the pond.........!

Wedding Photographer: Steven Pugliese of Wedding Perspectives
Venue: Sam's at Louis
Flowers: Gregory of FLOUER
Brides Dress: Melissa Sweet, altered by Andy Piccos in London
Flower Girls: Lela Rose

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Katharine & Heath's Wedding

I first met Katharine and Heath after designing their Bridal Shower invitations for Katharine's Mom. Katharine's wedding invitations had already been designed but she wanted to work with me on a NEW design that could be used for her rehearsal dinner invitations and then carried over throughout the rest of the wedding. As a designer I truly rely on talented photographers to capture my work on display at weddings and events. I am so lucky that Katharine and Heath hired Lauren Halvorson of Lauren Halvorson Photography, not only is she incredibly talented but she flawlessly captured some great shots of my work. I reached out to Lauren about using some of her images from Katharine and Heath's wedding for my blog, she could not have been more responsive or nicer to work with. I actually emailed her my 20 favorite images this morning........a couple of hours later she sent me an email with all the images I requested.....LOVE productive professionals...thank you LAUREN!

The invitation color palette was navy and hot pink which Katharine wanted to keep but now wanted to add in a pop of chartreuse. First up was designing a logo for them. The wedding venue was on Lake Winnipesaukee at Church Landing in Meredith, New Hampshire. This venue is simply stunning and as you can see from all of Lauren's photos ....their day was picture perfect! My jumping off point was a pair of OARS, the wedding was on the water and they had these beautiful oars for their guests to sign. I built the oars in Illustrator and incorporated a frame in front that would be used for their names. This design had a great element of function as it was easy to tweak to be used on other elements in the wedding while keeping the same feel.

Their new wedding design was first used on the rehearsal invitations. I chose a long 4x9 navy backer with the invitation printed on a textured white called powder paired with a hot pink envelope to complete the design.

For the place cards, Katharine wanted to use all three colors, as you can see from the photo it gives a nice look when placed around the stunning rustic floral arrangement designed by Emily Herzig Alberini of EH Floral Design in Littleton, New Hampshire. Each place card's number was hand embellished with hot pink glitter which matched the glittered table number. Instead of doing individual menu cards I created Katharine a pocket style card that had the table number mounted on one side then on the back the menu was inserted into the pocket.

Using their oar logo, I created a sign for their signature drink "THE MOJITO" replacing the circle with a lime that was hand embellished with glitter. The same was done for the "ICE TEA" sign but with a glittered lemon........super cute!

I spent three hours looking at Katharine and Heath's wedding photos and it was truly an incredible wedding.....the kind you see on wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty or Grey Likes Weddings. From the hot pink heels to the hot pink was clearly evident that this Bride and Groom truly thought of the details when planning their wedding.

I would like to thank Katharine and Heath for allowing me to be a part of their day, it was a pleasure to work with you both, I wish you nothing but happiness! I also would like to thank Lauren of Lauren Halavorson Photography for allowing me to use her photos in my blog:)


Venue:Church Landing in Meredith, New Hampshire
Photographer:Lauren Halvorson Photography
Florist:Emily Herzig Alberini of EH Floral Design
Wedding Dress:Essense of Australia, purchased at A Day to Remember
Shoes: Kate Spade