Friday, April 18, 2014

Historic Charlestown...Katie and Kyle's Wedding

Since designing the save the dates for Katie and Kyle's March wedding I've been waiting patiently to see their wedding pictures by Katie Noble of Katie Noble Weddings. You can see where it began in their Charlestown engagement shoot HERE. The early images that photographer Katie Noble captures were taken where the couple lives in Charlestown and where they were married at Saint Mary-Saint Catherine of Siena Parish. The images not only capture the early part of their wedding but little bits of history too. In the background of a lot of the photos you can see the houses, sidewalks and streets that make Charlestown so unique and unlike any other neighborhood in Boston.

Katie wanted a soft palette for her wedding invitations, very similar to the colors chosen for her bridesmaids dresses. I created a custom logo for them which was used throughout the wedding, rehearsal dinner, wedding signage, table numbers and place card tags. White, soft pink and a light taupe was our jumping off point for the design. Katie chose to do a single flat invitation with a paisley pattern on the back. Both the invitation and response card were paired with a soft pink shimmery envelope, completing the look nicely. When it came to the rehearsal invites I used one of my favorite styles...the TWIST card paired with the same soft pink shimmery envelope!

Katie's dress was simply STUNNING and her stylish lace shrug and muted sparkly accessories completed the look!

One of my favorite moments is when a photographer captures the "first look" of when couples see each other....nothing but LOVE here!

Love that Father James Ronan was in the neighbor and stopped by for a photo!

I am a definite dog lover and fan of "pets in the wedding"! This little lady not only made the engagement shoot but also the wedding!

While walking through the neighbor why not stop for a quick beer at the historic Warren Tavern, after all George Washington and Paul Revere did! 

This city wedding continued further into Boston to the historic Omni Parker House for an evening of dinner, dancing and celebrating.

Katie had me create a custom "LOVE" sign that was strung across the front of their table. For the table numbers we used a folded card in the paisley print, the number was hand embellished with pink glitter to give each table a little sparkle. The custom escort cards that matched the overall invitation design were attached to the wedding favors completing the look!

Thank you to Katie and Kyle for letting me be a part of your day, I wish you all the happiest in the world! To photographer Katie Noble thank you for allowing me to showcase your images on my blog and for doing an incredible job at capturing more than just a wedding, I am forever a fan of your work!

To see MORE images of Katie and Kyle's wedding head over to Katie Noble's BLOG! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bridal Shower

Recently, I was contacted by this MOB to design an invitation for her daughter's upcoming bridal showers in Boston and New York. When we spoke she mentioned there was photo she wanted to use...of course I design around photos all the time. The minute I saw the photo I knew immediately NOTHING I design could hold a candle to this image...a photo of the bride rocking a wedding dress at age 8...just PRICELESS! To all the young mothers out there back up your photos because some day they may come handy. I LOVE this design and it truly has nothing to with my design abilities, this one is ALL about the photo!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Destination ARUBA

If you want to plan a destination wedding to Aruba I highly suggest the Flamingo Beach at the Renaissance Aruba Resort. Sabrina and Jesse are the third couple I have designed invitations for that had this very spot as their venue.

Sabrina and Jesse were so relaxed about their wedding and the nicest couple to work with. We began the invitation process while they still lived in Massachusetts but not just 2 weeks later they had already settled into their new home in New Jersey. Nothing like moving, planning a destination wedding, starting new jobs ALL while awaiting the results from the Bar Exam Jesse had just finished taking...SERIOUSLY this couple was cool as a cucumber!

If you received their invitation you may have first thought it was plain as the entire exterior was just a pretty textured white but once you opened inside is where the surprise is revealed. I love reversing pattern card stocks because it always adds an extra bit of excitement.

My most favorite item I designed for the couple was their welcome card for their acted as a door hanger for the hotel room but also as the itinerary of the days events. Even the bridal party received their own customized itineraries so the girls knew when they were needed for hair and make-up and the guys knew when it was time for dressing and pictures...BRILLIANT!

I love how everything turned out but was over the moon when I received a post card today from Sabrina and Jesse thanking me for my part in their special day but also sharing the web address to view the a clip from their day...all I can say is AMAZING wait until you see the REAL flamingos walking in the background...there is even a quick shot of their wedding program that was actually a fan for guest to use. CLICK HERE to view, truly a must see that made my day!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year

Yes, it's been two months since my last blog, to say I am grossly behind is an understatement but rest assure it's my goal for 2014 to keep up with my blogging.

To kick off the 2014 year I wanted to share some of my holiday cards from 2013. I design each client's card based on the photo and what their vision is. My favorite part about creating holiday cards are my repeat clients, I love seeing how their children or grandchildren have grown over the year.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year...ENJOY!

Folded card L to R front, interior bottom, interior top and back

Folded card L to R front, interior bottom, interior top and back
Please note: above photo by Laura Barnard Photography

Monday, October 14, 2013

Katie & Kyle

I was thrilled to design this Save the Date for Katie and Kyle's upcoming March wedding and thanks to their TALENTED photographer Katie Noble of Katie Noble Photo I had so many great images to choose from! Those of us that live in Boston are super lucky we have countless spots for taking photographs, the waterfront has always been a favorite spot of mine BUT now it's Charleston. I truly loved how the design came out but honestly the photos are what made it that much better.

My initial idea was to use this image below but in the end the others worked better with the overall design. That being said I LOVED it so wanted it showcased regardless...kudos to Katie Noble for having a great eye!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's not "Just an Envelope"

Whether you are picking out Wedding Invitations, Announcements or your Holiday Cards most people do not put much thought into the "envelope" but you should. The envelope can be the first glimpse into what is inside, a little sneak peak of what's to come. There are many fun options out there on the market so I thought I would share a few with you!

The Embosser
is a great investment that can be used over and over again. A metal plate is made with your address and chosen design. The device is hand held so it is very convenient to use on all envelopes (shimmer, matte or colored). This is an excellent gift to give at a Wedding Shower as the couple can use on their invitations and thank you notes. You will find plenty of formal, whimsical, and seasonal designs as well as monograms.

The Self-Inking Stamp is also a great investment and because it is self-inking you never have to worry about messy stamp pads. Like the embosser they are available with your monogram or you can add a design element to it. These self-inking stamps come with black ink and look stylish and elegant on any color envelope.

Custom Sticker Labels
have truly come a long way from your typical matte white rectangular address label with black text. You can now order labels with trendy designs or customized your own design. Most of the labels available now come is fun shapes, are longer and can be used to wrap around your envelope adding a pretty design element to the envelope.

I own a self-inking stamp and just invested in an embosser both were purchased online at TinyPrints.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Winter Wonderland Wedding

For the bride that has always dreamed of a Winter Wonderland Wedding...this one is for you!

I was hired by the Lisa Gallagher to work with her and Event Planner extraordinaire Kathy Cronin of KMC Productions to design the invitations and reception collateral for her daughter Kate's winter wedding. The color palette was a shimmery white, silver, graphite and soft blue. The wedding was held at The Four Season's Boston on December 1st of 2012. The idea for the invitation design was to make guests feel as if they were opening a present. The three layer invitation was wrapped in vellum and placed inside a blue box and tied with a graphite satin ribbon. To protect the invitation boxes we used an additional shipping box with a custom printed address label wrap. I designed Kate and Michael their own logo that was used throughout the wedding they even had it etched in ice over the raw bar. I have to admit that was a first for me and The Four Seasons did a flawless job with it!

Michael is from London so there were many out of town guests and family members that would be arriving early. I designed a "Welcome to Boston" three panel fold out card advising guests on the wedding activities and things to do around the city! Each of these cards where placed in the welcome baskets filled with yummy treats from The Topsfield Bakeshop.

On the day of the wedding the weather could not have been more perfect, I pulled into The Four Seasons just as the sky grew dark and the snow began to fall. In Boston there are two kinds of the snow you can get in December and thankfully for Kate and Michael it was the good kind. Big fluffy flakes fell from the sky melting as they hit the ground giving the look and feel of a winter wonderland but without the mess.

I was onsite to set up the place cards and let me tell you the floral design for the place card table by Honey McCue of Lotus Designs was literally jaw dropping! Two half moon tables were put together with a tree in the middle. The linens by Table Toppers of Newton were unlike anything I had ever seen. I was early and watched the staff attached all the layers of tulle by hand to the table...AMAZING is all I can say. It's nice to be onsite the day of a wedding and see how everything comes together, I observed the real flowers being added to the wedding cake by Mary owner of the Topsfield Bake Shop and then witness first hand the amount of time and effort that goes into setting up all the lighting by Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design.

As a graphic designer I of course believe the invitation plays an important roll in the wedding because it sets the tone for the entire day. That being said equally important is the DRESS...Kate's couture gown was designed by Boston Designer Daniel Faucher Couture. He also designed her rehearsal dinner outfit and mother of the bride Lisa's navy gown...all the designs were STUNNING! The images below are from Daniel Faucher Couture's FB page I chose to use some of these images because I LOVE how you can see the designers "real" work space in the background.

I feel the need to chat about the men's attire, we all know it's not nearly as fun as the wedding dress but Michael and his groomsmen did a fabulous job representing London and the U.S. on the day of the FABULOUS are the all the grooms socks, they even had matching suspenders too!

It has taken me FOREVER to write this blog mainly because I'm sad that it had end. MOB Lisa was sent to me by her friend Polly Allyn who I will be forever grateful to. Yes, this wedding was extraordinary and one-of-a-kind but so was the bride Kate and her mom Lisa. It was truly a memorable experience working with them both and hands down Lisa is the funniest person I have ever met... I miss her energy and her consent ability to make me laugh.

Here is a short clip of the wedding video by Artistic Wedding Films, thrilled that some of my paper collateral made it into the video. Pay attention to the Groom's speech and Kate's was one of my favorite parts because you can tell just how genuine it was.

Congrats to Michael and Kate, I wish you both nothing but happiness, thank you for letting me be a part of your day.

Event Planner- KMC Productions
Venue-The Four Season's Boston
Church-Cathedral of the Holy Cross
Linens-Table Toppers of Newton 
Florals-Lotus Design
Cake-Topsfield Bake Shop
Wedding Gown/Rehearsal Dress/MOB Gown-Daniel Faucher Couture
Lighting-Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design
Video-Artistic Wedding Films
Photograher-Cheryl Richards Photography
Make-up artist-David Nicholas of DNI International