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

Liz and Mark's Elegant Pelican Hill Wedding

If you've ever dreamed of a California resort wedding, The Resort at Pelican Hill is the place. Set along the bluffs of Newport Coast are manicured lawns, ocean breezes, 16th century Palladian architecture, panoramic Pacific views, I mean, I could go on and on.  It's no wonder why Liz and Mark chose to exchange vows here. It's so magical! Their September ceremony was under the iconic Italian rotunda with dinner reception indoors. 

Their invitation design was clean and classic, with deep navy blues and golds with a fun accent of wine, literally. Their reply card had a printed wine stain on it, which matched the bridesmaids dress coloring. Here's a few photos of the suite we created for them!

Since we aren't a part of the rest of the planning process, we are always so curious to see how the couple, their planner, and the vendor team, bring everything together for the big day and how our wedding day pieces might have been tied into the overall design. We created gold foil menus, programs, place cards, and bar signs. All with custom calligraphy, to give it that extra special personalized touch!  

Feast your eyes below on the breath-taking photography by Chard Photo, design and planning by Delicate Details, and florals by Bloom Box Designs.

Emma and Ben's Wedding is on Style Me Pretty!

As a stationer, we don't always get to see much of the wedding past the invites we've created.  So when a wedding we've contributed to gets featured on a popular wedding blog like Style Me Pretty, we get so giddy to pour through the details of the full wedding decor and can see how our designs played a role!  Emma and Ben were a delight to work with and we got to create something unique for them that was timeless, organic, and whimsical.  With handmade Spanish deckled paper, custom calligraphy, and elegant gold foil, this invite suite was a complete knock-out.  Head on over to Style Me Pretty to see the full feature!

Vendor Team:

Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Photography: Erich McVey Photography

Planner: All You Need Is Love Events

Florist: J.L. Designs

Videography: Hoo Films

Reception Music: Red Shoe LA

Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Teahouse Company

Photo Booth: Bosco

Hair and Makeup: 1011 Makeup

Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals and Classic Party Rentals

Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger