A Cinque Terre Getaway


We've been lucky to design several wedding invitations taking place in Italy, but this is the first one in the famous coastal town of Cinque Terre. The bride and groom, Maggie and Ben, chose vibrant, cheerful colors of coral and gold for their suite and carried it over seamlessly to the event decor! This beautiful wedding is featured on the blog, Smashing the Glass, so please use the link below to see all of the stunning details! Don't forget to scroll to the very bottom of the feature to see the full list of amazing vendors. VIEW THE COMPLETE FEATURE HERE.




Come Away with Me - An Elopement Shoot


The Marin Headlands is a hilly peninsula at the southernmost end of Marin County, California,  located just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. This was the location chosen for our elopement shoot with Bari Elexa Events and Olivia Richards Photography. You really can't go wrong with anything along the California coast but this area really does take your breath away. Now, you wouldn't necessarily think stationery would be involved in an elopement, so we created more of an elopement "announcement" instead of your typical invitation suite.  Keeping with the color scheme, we played with bright pops of color in the watercolor floral liner and kept the main announcement card soft with hand-torn edges and minimalist text. 


Coordinating & Design: Bari Elexa Events // Photography: Olivia Richards Photo // Flowers: Rust and Thistle Florall // Hair & Makeup: Nikol Elaine //  Styling Fabrics: Party Crush Studio

Summer Solstice Inspiration Shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

A styled shoot we collaborated on with Gather Events has recently been featured on Green Wedding Shoes!  The concept was Summer Solstice and we had a lot of fun with this one. Our co-owner, Jill Velez, is also our in-studio calligrapher and her loose and whimsical writing style was the perfect touch for the invites and escort cards. A little bit boho, a little bit vintage, and all of the wonderful shapes, textures, and colors has us seeing *stars*!  

Check out the full feature HERE.


photography: Sarah Carpenter // venue name: Herban Feast's Sodo Park, Seattle, Washington, USA // event design: GATHER Events // planning: GATHER Events // florals: Gather Design Company // wedding dress boutique: The Dress Theory // bride's shoes: Nordstrom // bride's ring: Marrow Fine // bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August // hair stylist: Erin Skipley // makeup artist: Erin Skipley // groom attire: Nordstrom // paper goods: Copper Willow // desserts: Honey Crumb Cake Studio // tabletop rentals: CORT Party Rentals // furniture rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals // linen rentals: BBJ Linen // models: Seattle Models GuildDevon FoxSeattle Models Guild and Seattle Models Guild // installation: Prop Gallery // candles: Creative Candles // ring box: The Mrs Box // runner: Tono and Co // accessories: Ariel Taub // accessories: Elle and Jae // tabletop: West Elm // tabletop: Anthropologie

How to Add a Little Fun to Your Invitation Wording

We all know that weddings are typically a time for formalities and tradition but they are most importantly a time for celebration. That's why we love it when our couples get a little more creative with their invite wording and add a little whimsy, humor, or uniqueness to their suites. It's true that you want the main content of your invite to tell the traditional information such as your names, wedding date, and location. But a place on your invite where you can add some fun is the last line typically included on the invite that suggests what to expect after the ceremony portion. The most traditional phrase is "Reception to follow" or "Reception immediately following". But for those that like something a little different, here's some snapshots of some of our past invites that highlight some alternatives!

Another great place to add some fun to your invitation suite is the reply card. Again, the traditional wording for the RSVP portion is "Accepts with Pleasure" or "Declines with Regret", but for our light-hearted brides who we've seen an array of fun options!  Or, keep that portion formal, but add some things to the bottom like "I/We promise to dance if you play: ____" if you want to ensure your guests party all night long!  Here's a gallery of other ideas from our past clients.

Wedding Heroes Leadership Summit at Terranea Resort

This past Monday we participated in the 3rd Annual Wedding & Event Heroes Leadership Summit. It was a beautiful day among colleagues and friends!  We had a poolside brunch at Terranea's Ciclo Point, followed by 3 leadership panels discussing topics such a leadership, branding, and caring for your business tribe. Leora, our co-owner and business director, spoke on the panel about the importance of taking care of your team and she dished a little about our behind-the-scenes studio fun like Donut Fridays, team dinners, game nights, and our recent team trip to Costa Rica! Thanks to Terranea for hosting and for the collaboration of all of the other Heroes Vendors to put on such a successful event! 

Visit the event website for a list of recommendations that was mentioned by our panelists including books, podcasts & wellness ideas: www.weddingandeventheroes.com/cabanaboss

Vendor Sponsors:

Jennifer Messerli of Terranea Resort | Jackie Hanson of Design Visage | Laura Clausen of Dish Wish Events | Casey Schwartz & Kit Wertz of Flower Duet | Ida Gardner of Ida Gardner Events | Meg Walker of Made By Meg | Sonja Rakicevic of Miki + Sonja Photography | Lisa Oler of Smile Lounge Photo Booth | Amy Berman of Vanilla Bake Shop | Alistair Tober of VIPs Entertainment | KC Campbell of VOX DJs