Archive for 2011

melissa and pete's vintage vineyard wedding

Melissa and Pete were married in June at a vineyard in Michigan.  They live in Chicago and wanted to have a mini-destination for their friends and family that were coming from all over the country.  Melissa is a graphic designer and spent so much time on the paper and graphic elements of the day which were amazing.  Melissa got ready in the bridal cottage with her mom and two bridesmaids and got a lift to the top of the aisle in a rolls royce.  

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sugar and spice bridal shower

Last weekend I headed out on the road again to put together a bridal shower for one of my dear friends, Melissa.  We hosted it at Amy's house and ran with a sugar and spice theme.  Melissa's wedding colors are red and pink so we used those along with some teal to create a lot of sweetness.  I made the invites and it's sort of where the theme began. I drew three kitchen canisters labeled sugar, spice and nice so when you opened the envelope, this is what you saw:

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eli + david: handmade love

Working with Eli and David was great.  Both were so involved in making their wedding day special and uniquely them. From the mason jar wine glasses for each person, the vegan meal served for dinner and the homemade jam jars for favors (Eli is a natural foods chef!) to the carbon offsets, 'no cut flowers' mantra and a first dance set to salsa music, the day was completely theirs.  

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coffee & wine for whitney: the event

So you've already seen the invites and read about the inspiration for the coffee and wine themed shower and bachelorette party.  Here's how it all came together.

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traci + luke make it happen

Traci and Luke were married at Old St. Pat's in March.  Their reception was held at The Tasting Room and what a party they had!  Check out some eye candy from the day and of the handsome newlyweds!

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nivi and jerry's wedding invitations

Clever title, eh?  Well, hopefully you believe us now that we have, in fact, been busy. Want to see the latest edition to the Anticipation Events paper tome? Jerry & Nivi's wedding invitations were monsters.  Perhaps it has something to do with the 600+ people they are inviting to the big day.  Perhaps because they are having a Hindu ceremony and a Catholic ceremony followed by an enormous Polasian (that's Polish/South Asian for those of you not familiar with my knack for smushing words together to make better ones) extravaganza.  Perhaps it is because they are awesome.

Each sweet little monster started out innocently enough.  An unassuming little silver envelope:

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coffee & wine for whitney

So I promised you Whitney's bridal shower and bachelorette party invitations.  To make things easier for the guests who are coming in from out of town for the weekend the shower will be held Saturday morning and the bachelorette party will be that same night.  It's a great idea if you have bridal party members and friends spread across the country.

There are two things Whitney loves almost as much as she loved John.  Brunch, and more specifically, six or so cups of coffee at brunch.  She makes the coffee guys eyebrows raise with her eternal request for a refill at Nookies. And that is no small feat considering the amount of coffee that guy pours.  If you accidentally sleep through brunch and don't catch up with Whitney until dinner, rest assured there will be a glass of Riesling in her hand and she'll lead you to a wine bar after dinner.  So that was all the inspiration we needed to go to town on the invitations.

Everyone received a kraft paper-wrapped box in the mail and when they opened the box, this is what they saw:

Each invitation was two coasters tied up in a pink satin bow and nestled on a bed of coffee beans.

They likely all brewed a pot of coffee while they untied the ribbon to find two coasters.  The first coaster was an invite to the shower with a coffee mug ring and this quote by Josephine Baker: "He was my cream, and I was his coffee- and when you poured us together, man it was something."  LOVE.  The second coaster was the invitation to the bachelorette party with a wine glass ring and this quote from Vinny of Jersey Shore fame: "Sometimes when you meet the right girl who deserves to be wined and dined and you know, wifed up." DOUBLE LOVE.  Definitely setting the tone for each separate party.

When you flip the coasters over you have all of the party information.  I gocco'ed both sides of these and actually dipped mugs and wine glasses in coffee and wine to make the rings.  Realism at it's finest.

The shower invite:

The bachelorette invite:

Oh happy day! We're so happy that John decided to "wife up" Whitney.  He really is the cream to her coffee and I am loving getting to be a part of their big day!

What do you think?

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whitney & john & their wedding invitations

Well we've been busy 'round here.  Check out Whitney & John's wedding invites that have been sent to their guests.  We hear the RSVP's are pouring in - no one would dare miss this shindig!

We letterpressed the entire suite which included the invitation, accommodations information and RSVP card and envelope.  I think you might be able to guess what the inspiration for the invite was. We mounted the invite on silver card stock and then mounted the whole thing to a dark grey pocketfold.

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save-the-date rodeo

So to follow-up with my last blog post about save-the-dates, I thought I would post the other save-the-date ideas I had saved in my "paper" folder as inspiration.  I have bombed on tracking the sources, but hopefully they'll inspire you.  Happy crafting!

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save-the-weekend, whydontcha?

I made these save-the-dates and I heart them.  Ready?  Let's go: I thrifted a couple of giant old atlas's at antique stores and cut liners for the envelopes out of them.  I ordered the stamps online--they were all vintage and there were a couple of different sets so not every envelope got the same stamps.  I liked that and think it added to the eclectic feel, even though no one else probably knew it.  I used a typewriter font to print the addresses when I  nearly dissolved in tears when I found out my actual typewriter couldn't hand the thickness of the envelopes.  (Hopefully Barack and Michelle are saving the weekend.)

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we did it!

Yay!  Hooray!  We won!  Okay, it's not like we ran a marathon or even accepted the Bachelor's final rose, but we're so thrilled to receive the Bride's Choice Awards for 2011 from WeddingWire!  It means we're in the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide and more importantly, it means our brides (and grooms!) are happy with the work we do for them.  And we feel so lucky to be able to do it!  Looking forward to another fantastic year.

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