A West Coast Happily Ever After

I was contacted this past Spring to do a custom wedding invitation for a lovely lady and her sweet, soon-to-be hubby after they saw my Mackinac Island themed invitations. They live on the West coast and the Mackinac Bridge reminded them of their bridge – so away I went designing…

The custom belly band was made with things important to the couple; music and the ocean. I incorporated the two to make an elegant piece that would hold the invitation all together. Colors, patterns, and lots of details went into this unique invitation. I just LOVE love!

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She said “Yes!”

Love is in the air – well it has been during the four weeks of planning this special event…

My dear friend, Karen, shared the news that her daughter, Rachael, said “yes” to the marriage proposal from long time love, Gregg.  Naturally, Valentine’s Day was the perfect “love” weekend to throw an Engagement Party to congratulate and celebrate the soon to be Mr. & Mrs.

Even though it was Valentine’s Eve, the traditional Valentine theme just wouldn’t do. We kept it to white with a touch of red – no pink here. Sophisticated, delicate, and lovely. We were inspired from a dessert table found online (see link below) and the simple elements that were used. The paper products featured on that site are no longer available so I did my best to replicate them. The garland was our base and we built from there. The venue for the party was a multi-level club-house and the stair railings were the perfect place to dress up with yards and yards of custom cut hearts sewn together into an elegant and delicate garland. Please note the “hap-hazard” way it was hung was done on purpose… elegant yet whimsical – fancy but not stuffy.

Karen had the brilliant idea of a kissing booth but to be used more like a photo booth so that guests could have photo memories and fun with their Valentine. Her giving heart wanted to be sure guests were still able to enjoy their Valentine being that the event took time from their weekend. The crape paper backdrop was created to cover an 8′ door wall. The event was at night and the wall of glass behind the booth turns into reflective mirror and wouldn’t make for good photography. The booth was a big hit!

The backdrop for the dessert table was needed to cover an interior window. The venue was full of window and mirrors so creative and inexpensive backdrops were needed. The envelope wall was the perfect fit. “Sweet Hearts” was our tag line and we felt fit the envelopes well.

Karen made all of the cookies – working for hours to get them just right. The edible stamps on the love letter cookies were so cute and each cookie carefully tied with twine. Karen’s brother made the amazing cupcakes and cake and I did the chocolate covered strawberries. Licorice was tied in knots, Oreo’s covered in white chocolate, and red velvet cheesecake brownie “love bites” finished the table. (Karen did the Oreos and brownies too – she hasn’t slept for weeks!)

Thank you to everyone who helped with the set-up, food, desserts, and clean-up. So many helped to make this event a huge success.

I hope LOVE has found you this February and will continue to do so all year through.

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Frozen – in June…

I have a client who has fabulous parties for her kids and comes up with great themes. These invitations and party favors were for her daughter’s very special 5th birthday – a Frozen themed party! Such a great idea for a summer party – to cool things down. Although, when we began the designing and prep for this event, there was still snow on the ground outside of my studio. Boy, how things have changed quickly over the past few months… The invitation was a interactive snow globe – shake the beads inside for snow fun! Flip the invite over and the party information is found on the back. The 3D castle with paper dolls was used as an activity for the young girls to assemble and play with during the party. And of course, everyone needs a snow wand. I made an extra one that I keep on my desk so when my kids get out of hand – a little wave of the wand to “freeze” them.

LOVE IT!   DSC_4116 DSC_4120 DSC_4138 DSC_4140 DSC_4139 DSC_4113 IMG_4737 IMG_4771 IMG_4782 IMG_4786   (The photos of the table centerpiece and wands were from a party my daughter went to at a friends – I was in the middle of working on this event and gave the hostess the centerpiece and wands for the girls. Even tweens love Frozen)

Once Upon A Time…

I was thrilled when a past client contacted me to create this unique, girly invitation for her daughter’s first birthday. A few inspirational images, some poetry, hours of adjusting color hues, and voila – an invitation fit for a princess. Well I think so anyway…

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Once Upon A Time castle invitation
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a four paged book with gems, pearls, custom paper, and ribbon details
the front page was raised to appear as the castle entrance
the front page was raised to appear as the castle entrance
the pages are made from multiple layers of card stock, each page with custom pattern
the pages are made from multiple layers of card stock, each page with custom pattern
invite front page
when the book is closed, it looks like a complete castle
note the gems on each page and custom monogram
note the gems on each page and custom monogram
invite page 2
page 2
invite page 3
page 3
invite page 4
page 4
invite back
invitation back

invite details

custom printed paper and addressed
custom designed and printed paper for the envelope and personally addressed to each recipient
custom printed inside and out with the return address on the flap
custom printed inside and out with the return address on the flap

Such an important event deserves a party as special as the birthday girl herself. I think her mother did just that and the party turned out amazing! Here are pics from the special day. (Aislynne, thanks for sharing with me.)

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Maxx Joseph Baptism

I had the pleasure to work with my dear friend, Karen on this wonderful event.  The baptism of a baby is such a magical, inspirational, and glorious celebration of God’s eternal LOVE and I LOVED being involved with it!

Karen wanted to create an elegant room without being so elegant it became uncomfortable.  I think we accomplished just that.  The combination of natural burlap and white, a little glitter and pearls, and tree branches and paper details all worked together.  Shabby Elegance!

We were able to use my cupcake tree and hang cupcakes for a little whimsy.  And just a touch of blue was found everywhere around the room with lots of little ribbon bows and blue printing on the white paper.

A special thanks to my little girl… Dani was such an incredible help the entire morning of set-up.  She awoke very early, eager to do what ever she could to help and never stopped until the drive home!  Mommy loves you – my little angel 🙂

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