I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to design these 1920s-themed wedding invitations for an incredibly lovely couple in Germany. We created one version in German and one version in English for their friends all over the world. And they even let me get fancy with a little silver foil stamping. Herzlichen Glückwunsch Marie and Constantin!
Wedding planning was such an interesting experience for me as a designer. Even though I tried not to get wrapped up in all the wedding planning hullabaloo, every decision felt important because it was all part of the greater design of the day. So between choosing a venue, designing the invitations, planning the schedule, picking the dress, choosing our photographer, and so much more, my mind was in overdrive for about a year. But like most people tell you, it was all worth it. Because now we have this beautiful memory that Inna and Constantine of Peach Plum Pear Photo captured beyond my expectations. (And that, my friends, is not easy to do.) So I cannot say enough good things about them. They were so easy and fun to work with. And the photos feel natural, beautiful, but most importantly, they feel like us! They are everything I hoped for and easily one of the best decisions we made.
So below are my Top Ten photos. And they were not easy to narrow down! Enjoy and Happy Friday!
As soon as we started wedding planning, I knew I couldn't imagine anyone else designing our invitations. Mainly because I would have driven them absolutely insane with my particularity! And the thought of taking this on, on top of planning, sounded like a lot of pressure. But luckily, my fiancé and I had a very clear idea of what we wanted our wedding to be. We both envisioned a relaxed backyard wedding that was more party than wedding. A celebration of love with family and friends.
And it was important to us that our invitations clearly conveyed this idea. Because with the word "wedding" comes lots of expectations. And we wanted our guests to expect nothing but a good time!
So we named the event SchennellyFest, and held it at a beautiful old bed and breakfast called The Woolverton Inn, which is located in Stockton, New Jersey—right outside of New Hope, Pennsylvania.
We planned for non-stop music, coolers of beer, and yard games. No church, no cummerbunds, no cake.
What?! No cake, you say?! See. Expectations!
Well, we think the invitations accomplished their mission because our guests came ready to party, dance, and definitely ready to enjoy the Mister Softee truck that made a guest appearance. So thank you to them, our venue, and our vendors for making the day everything we hoped it would be.
And thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the photos below! More to come on Facebook in Instagram.
I'm excited to announce the launch of my very first fabric on Minted. It is called Journey Together and it features a repeating pattern of tandem bikes. It was designed to accompany the Journey Together wedding invitation I designed for Minted a while back. The fabric comes in ten colorways, including 2015's color of the year, Marsala. I hope you like!
And if you're interested in designing fabrics but you don't know where to start, hit this link for a tutorial that I found incredibly helpful.
Thanks for reading!
Hey All! This is a follow-up to the Vintage Wedding Photo Invitation blog post. It features the wedding day designs I created for Brigid and Jonathan, including the program, escort cards, table names and menu. All photography is by AE Stelzer Photography. Enjoy! And congrats again to Jonny and Brigid! It was a fantastic day.
A few weeks ago, I revealed the design that my brother and his fiancé chose as their Save The Date. And today, I'm excited to feature the runner-up. Like I mentioned, their proposal took place at Grand Central. So, I thought it fitting to present them with a vintage-inspired train ticket design. And even though they didn't choose it, I'm excited to now make the design available to anyone whose theme and dream it suits.
So now, you can find it for sale on Etsy. Check it out! (And notice how the holes in the tickets are punched with an actual vintage railroad ticket punch. I'm super pumped about that thing!)
About a year ago, my brother orchestrated a beautiful proposal to his girlfriend at Grand Central in New York City. And not long after, my soon-to-be sister-in-law asked me to design their Save The Dates. We sat down over Thanksgiving to discuss her vision, and of course, I did plenty of Pinterest stalking. Her Pinterest boards were gorgeous. They contained lots of soft pinks, sage greens and neutrals, as well as plenty of vintage cues.
Fast forward a few weeks and a couple of design options, and here is what they chose:
The photo on the front of the postcard was taken by Brigid’s sister the day they got engaged. And the postcard ornamentation on the back includes an illustration of the famous Grand Central Terminal clock, set to 6:21 to symbolize the date of their wedding.
If you dig this design, a similar one will soon be for sale on my revamped Etsy page. Coming soon. So keep your eyes peeled!
Peak wedding season is here! Exciting, right? And potentially overwhelming for some of you brides out there. Well, to help you out, Minted has done something pretty awesome. They've created a new way to shop for invitations. By inspiration.
So, if you have a wedding coming up and you have no idea where to start, I suggest snuggling up on your couch this weekend and taking a look through all the gorgeous inspiration boards on Minted. Not only will you likely find an invitation you love, but you're certain to find plenty of overall style ideas.
For example, I created the inspiration board below for a wedding invitation I designed called Journey Together. It conveys the playful, vintage-inspired wedding these invitations were meant for, as well as the fun, unique, tandem-bike-riding couple I had in mind while designing them. Enjoy!
Sometimes when you have a full-time job, it's hard to find time for side projects. Am I right? But it is side projects that help keep us happy, inspired and free. Like I read in a Fast Company article back in June, “The happiest people are the ones that aren’t just working on a deadline for a client." Mike Sheldon, the CEO of Deutsch, goes on to say, "This is the slash generation where someone might be an art director/DJ/surfboard manufacturer, and we have to embrace the slash generation. We have people here that are writing books, making guitar stands, making short form movies and developing a cosmetics line.”
One my favorite side projects is designing for minted, a community of independent graphic designers and online paper goods store. But because of my hectic work schedule, it has been over a year since I've shown minted any love. So, I've decided to get back in the groove. And it feels so good to be back!
My latest design, he loves her, which I entered into this month's Just Can't Wait Save The Date Challenge. Voting open now.
Tell me, what kind of side projects do you take on, and how do you make time for them?
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we are all anxious to help in any way we can. In this blog post, I would like to thank my Philadelphia-based printer, Media Copy, for playing a big role in a very small relief effort of my own. This week, I received a note from one of my Etsy clients who recently purchased the This is the Time wedding invitation. Very sadly, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the family owned, Jersey Shore hotel where she was directing her guests to stay. She had not mailed the invitation suites yet, so she messaged me requesting updated information cards. She signed the note, “Stressed Out Bride.” The poor thing.
I couldn’t imagine charging her for these, so I worked together with Media Copy to get it done for free. Though it was a small gesture, it made me feel good about people. And that doesn’t happen every day, does it? This country sure does come together in a time of need.
And of course, there are lots of places online where we should all make donations to the relief effort. Like The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Food Bank for New York City to name a few. Let's do what we can!
Tell me, in what other ways can we help out?
It works for a lot of occasions including vintage-themed weddings or showers, New Year's Eve parties, or in the case of my latest client, Dana, New Year's Eve weddings.
I absolutely love the potential of this theme. So below are some fun ideas for you, Dana, and all the other New Year's Eve brides out there!
1. Clock centerpieces. These can also be used as table numbers if you set each clock to a different hour. Very elegant. (Vendors: Karson Butler Events and Sweet Tea Photography) 2. Clock dinnerware (Vendors: Karson Butler Events and Sweet Tea Photography) 3. Fun party hats (Vendors: Hey Gorgeous Events and Jenna McKenzie Photography) 4. Another take on clock table numbers. (Vendors: Jesi Haack Design and Focus Photography, Inc.) 5. Clock backdrop for professional photos and/or photo booth. (Vendors: Jesi Haack Design and Focus Photography, Inc.)
Tell me, have you hosted an event where clocks played a major role? Link us to some pics in the comments. We would love to see!
Etsy is an e-commerce site for hand-made items. A virtual craft fair, if you will. And not too long ago, I opened my own storefront. I sell wedding and shower invitations, as well as save the dates. At the moment, options are limited, but there is much more to come. One of my most popular items is this Love Story save the date bookmark.
I love it because it is memorable and unique. But most importantly, it is useful. And it is available for purchase here at $3 each.
And yes, of course there is a matching Love Story wedding invitation suite. It will be featured on the blog later this week.
Tell me, what's your favorite Etsy shop that we must check out?
How did excessive penises become a bachelorette party phenomenon? Who decided straws, necklaces, cakes and confetti shaped as penises was a good idea? I'd like to know. Because last weekend, I attended the most amazing bachelorette party I’ve ever been to. And guess what? No penises. It was a breath of fresh air.
Props to the Maid of Honor for designing the perfect day. First, we took a limo from Manhattan to Long Island, where we tasted wine at Duck Walk, Pugliese and Vineyard 48. The setting was picture perfect.
My favorite wine of the day was the Southampton White at Duck Walk. It was a rich, dry wine, made from Southampton-grown Pinot Gris and blended with Chardonnay. It was fruity, smooth and refreshing.
After wine tasting, we took the limo, overflowing with champagne and fudge, back to Hotel on Rivington on the Lower East Side. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. Especially if you can pull a few strings (or completely luck out like we did) and get the Owner’s Suite. We’re talking all-white linens, secret passageways, corner all-glass master bathroom (pretty sure I bared all to the City of New York when I showered on Sunday morning) and best of all, a side-length balcony.
After we basked in the glory of our celeb treatment, we went downstairs to CO-OP Food & Drink. The mix of American food and sushi was delightful. And equally as important, so was the design. It was colorful and modern, with a touch of grit.
Amazing day, right?
So tell me, do you prefer bachelorette parties without the penis paraphernalia? Or is it just me?
This week, I received a wedding invitation in the mail that looked quite familiar. It was the wedding invitation suite that I’ve been working on for months with my soon-to-be-cousin-in-law, Maria.
Maria and I began discussing the project back in January. She requested “a classic, traditional look...”
Traditional isn’t really my thing.
But then she added, “...with some fun, personal touches”.
To me, the most important thing in wedding invitation design is to capture the personality of the couple. I never want to design something that looks like it was purchased at the card store down the street. Then what would be the point of hiring me? Am I right?
The design that Joe and Maria chose focuses on their wedding venue, Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Canisius College is also where they met many years ago, and will always be a special place to them.
Thank you to Michael Smith (www.mssgraphics.com) for granting me the rights to his ink drawing, "Christ The King Chapel at Canisius College"
Tell me, what do you think is most important when it comes to wedding invitation design?