Friends and families have been waiting for this day.
Natalie and Jack were FINALLY getting married!
They are two of the kindest people I've met. Natalie is such a sweet person, but is a little bit of a firecracker too! They were a dream to work with and I am thrilled at how their wedding stationery turned out. Plus, Ashley from Ashley Rae Photography did an incredible job taking all of these photos!
Their wedding venue was the Regency Garden in Mesa. Natalie wanted to stay with the garden and rustic feel of the venue for her wedding stationery. They also chose a digital only option, where I created their designs and they took the printing into their own hands.
Natalie chose a kraft paper with gold foil dots for her wedding invitations.
For the day-of stationery, Natalie chose an ivory metallic paper and wanted floral accents that matched her bouquet.
How sweet is this flower girl? Her nails are on point!
One of my favorite elements is this seating chart. I love how it all ties together using wooden clips and the gold frame!
Congratulations, Natalie and Jack! I wish you two the best in your marriage. Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!
They’re THE ONE. Maybe you knew it right away like I did when I met my husband. It was the butterflies in my stomach on our first date that gave it away! Or maybe it took some warming up to in order to realize it. But now, they have finally proposed and you said “YES”!
Those feelings sweep over you like a tidal wave and you can’t help but stare at your ring finger every minute of the day. Though I highly recommend not doing it while you’re driving!
You start to tackle the wedding planning process and for some, the thrill you once felt quickly turns into dread. From choosing the venue to picking the perfect florist, a bossy bridesmaid, or nosy family members...it can be overwhelming and exhausting.
When I was getting married, I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the wedding planning process. That was until it was time to have our wedding invitations made. We visited several shops here in Phoenix, searched dozens of websites, and browsed every major wedding magazine I could purchase or borrow. There was something that wasn’t quite right about everything we saw. Whether it was out of our price range, or the paper felt too flimsy, I just couldn’t say YES to what was out there. My stress turned into restlessness and then into nightmares.
I ended up deciding to make my own, but that ended up causing me to worry even more…especially when my family wasn’t adhering the layers together perfectly during the assembly process! I was also extremely anxious about the fact that I thought I’d forget someone’s name on an escort card, leave the programs at home, or forget some other detail altogether!
Luckily for you, one of my favorite parts of being a wedding stationer is being able to take some of that stress off of your hands. Since most of you are going through planning your first wedding, it’s easy to forget all the little details when it comes to your wedding stationery. Plus, letting someone else find the right paper or spend hours assembling your wedding invitation suite not only saves you time, but it lessens the chance of turning you into a Bridezilla/Groomzilla! Your future spouse will thank us for that later. You might thank us for that later too!
When working with my clients, I bring a timeline and thorough checklist to our meetings so that we can make sure we think about all of those details. Since some of you are just recently engaged and are still in the early stages of planning, I wanted to help you avoid some of the stress! If you’ve been engaged for a while and just need some help with organization, or feel like you might forget a piece of stationery, this will help you too!
It’s a shortened version of my wedding stationery timeline and checklist. Plus, it’s the perfect size to fit into your wedding planning binder or notebook! On the left you’ll find the timeline that gives you an idea of when to order and send out different pieces of wedding stationery. On the right, you’ll find a brief checklist of possible items you’ll need to order.
I know that not all brides are able to hire a wedding planner or have hire a wedding invitation designer to help them remember all of these pieces of information, which is why I wanted to share this with you. Even if you do have a planner and/or are hiring a designer for your invitations, this timeline and checklist will help you decide what pieces are important for you to include and will allow you to budget your money wisely!
You can download the timeline and checklist here.
I'd love to hear how it works out for you! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
I met Samiayah and Reneake for coffee late last year for coffee to talk about their upcoming wedding. These two ladies are so sweet and funny! I love that they play off of each other and have such a great sense of humor.
While we were talking about what they'd love to see on their save the date, they both said they'd love a "timeline" of the important dates in their relationship. Samaiyah mentioned that at one point, she bought a teddy bear and a rose because Reneaka had never received a rose before. Isn't that so sweet? Aww...
I'm looking forward to meeting with these two again to finish planning their wedding invitation design! But for now, here's a peek at their save the dates!
*The winner from last night's open house will be announced at the end of this post!
I am a lucky lady. Truly.
I get the opportunity to work with the most incredible couples on their wedding stationery and make just a small piece of their dream wedding come true. But I also get to work with some incredible vendors who are part of these couples' weddings.
A few months ago I met with Stacia from The Elegant Barn to show her some of my samples. She was so kind and easy to talk to! I received my own private tour of the property and fell in love with its charm.
Seriously. Isn't this stunning? I want one of those chairs for my house!
If you haven't checked them out as a venue for your wedding...put them on your list!
I love these table and the chairs. Their design team really knows how to make your wedding vision come true!
Those drapes paired with the huge barn doors are my favorite part of the venue. I could sit there are stare at them all. day. long.
So stop swooning already and go see it for yourself!
The Elegant Barn
1221 N. Greenfield Rd.
Gilbert, Arizona 85234
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* Thank you to all of those that entered the giveaway last night at The Elegant Barn's open house. Congratulations go to Bristol B.! Please check your email (spam box too)! For those of you that entered, I'm offering you something special just for entering. Please check your email this week!
Happy New Year!
I hope that you all had a festive and safe time last night. I know I did! If you call going to bed at 11:49pm without even opening the champagne festive!
Last year brought some big moves on my end of this business of mine. I'm a bit reserved, so jumping into promoting myself at a wedding expo and other networking events threw me out of my comfort zone. However, I am SO incredibly thankful that I did! The vendors I have meet (which I'll goninto more detail in another post) have been so kind and welcoming, not to mention helpful and incredibly knowledgeable.
As for 2016, I have only more big plans! Here is one of them:
Blog At Least Once A Week
I have so much to say, so it will become a priority to blog more and I hope that you're ready!
When I first went to college at ASU, I knew exactly what I would major in...architecture. I had wanted to be an architect my entire life. I'd make small cities in my parents' living room out of paper, draw up floor plans of my dream houses on graph paper, and even make CAD-esq drawings of the kitchen design.
After two years as an undergraduate architecture major, it was time to apply for the upper division program. I took photos of my work and created a portfolio to submit along with my application in Spring 2002. Just a few months later, I would find out that I was not accepted into the program.
I didn't really know what to do after that disappointment, so finally decided to take a semester off of school and started working as a teacher's aid at an elementary school. The school had a high percentage of Hispanic students as was able to use my Spanish speaking proficiency daily with students and parents. It was here where I started to fall in love with teaching.
The next semester, I was signed up for taking some prerequisites to enter the education program at NAU. Fast forward past my graduation in 2005 and to 2008 when I had begun working for the Litchfield Elementary School District. One of my teammates was Jennifer, who we named Jen Ben because there were two Jennifer's on the team. She was this fun-loving woman who was extremely talented as a teacher and came with an in depth knowledge of education. She was a dream teammate to have the pleasure of working and I am so lucky that I had to opportunity to learn from her.
Now she is the principal of a school and you can tell that she LOVES her job. She inspires her teachers and is loved by the parents and students. Jen Ben is one of those people that found her calling in life as an educator.
When she asked if I could make some note cards for her, I was honored and excited to do so. It's the least I could do for all that she does for the kids and families at her school. She truly is a world changer and is making an infinite impact on them. Thank you, Jen Ben for all you do!
Hello again. It's been a while.
Yesterday was one of those days where everything just seems to fit together. The stars align and the angels sing, and you know that at that moment, you are right where you need to be.
I was able to attend a WIPA meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelulcia thanks to the kindness of Sarah from Hagerty Photography. I met Sarah several years ago when she was the photographer at a friend's wedding, but we met again recently at the Wedding Symposium hosted by Imoni Events. In addition, she also went to high school with my husband! It was such a wonderful event for me to attend. Not only was the location stunning, but I was surrounded with so many talented and welcoming people in the wedding industry.
The speaker for this event was Jasmine Star, an international wedding photographer who was awarded one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world! What I loved most about listening to her speak, was learning about how she started with a camera, no money, and focused on her assets to start her business. It really stuck with me because this is where I am in my life and business.
Jasmine spoke about listing three words that describe ourselves, not our business, in order to help create her brand. Seriously? Only three words? She said that in order to attract the clients we want, we have to put ourselves out into the world. You get back what you put out, right?
Now I sit here trying to narrow down into just three words about who I am as a person and it is really hard to do!
That pretty much sums up how I felt about being an exhibitor at the Scottdale Bridal Expo on November 8th.
Our morning started off at 7am with loading up vehicles and heading to the stadium for set up at 8am. My two dear friends, whom I have know for 15+ years and also happen to be two of my biggest supporters and best clients, were there to help me keep things running smoothly all day.
We all had a wonderful time talking to brides, engaged couples, moms and dads, and their friends about their upcoming weddings! From couples getting married locally to out of the country, some keeping their weddings simple and classic while other wanted a unique theme, it was obvious how they all wanted their wedding to be special and unique to them.
My favorite part had to be watching the bride (or groom) start to light up and get so exited about their wedding when we began to briefly talk about what they wanted to see for their invitations. I LOVED that moment.
Thank you once again to all of the attendees that came to visit my little ol' booth. I can't wait to work with you on creating your wedding stationery!
I would also like to congratulated to Jenna G.! You are the winner of the $100 stationery credit giveaway from the Scottdale Bridal Expo. Please check your email to see what steps to take next!
For those of you that entered, I'm still offering a SPECIAL DISCOUNT just for entering! Be sure to check your inbox this week (as well as spam and promotions folders) for more information from me.
If you were unable to attend the expo on Sunday, I'd still love to meet with you! Check out my website for available openings. All other times are by appointment only.
It's happened. My best friend has gotten married. I also had to keep it a bit of a secret!
You see, my best friend, she's popular. Her list of friends extends far beyond mine, but she also is amazing at keeping those friendships. She's the person that never forgets to send you a birthday card in the mail. Or an anniversary card. Or a thank you card. Or a "just because I love you and you love cheese just like I do card". Because of this, she knew that her wedding would either be really big, or really small, thus she and her fiance decided to have a smaller wedding in Vegas.
When she asked me to create her wedding invitations, I felt my blood pressure rise. Of course I was honored that she asked, but I also wanted to them to be PERFECT for HER. After many many many emails and daily texts about paper and fonts and wording and the right color gold, she loved them.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Richards! I love you dearly!
My husband and I have been married for 7.5 years now. I remember when we were deciding on how many people we wanted on each side of our bridal party. We started off with three, but ended up with six on each side. I vividly remember asking my sister to be my matron of honor. We were walking into the craft store, JoAnn's. I turned to her and said, "So...I was wondering if you'd be my matron of honor?"
That was it. Just a simple question to which she thankfully said, "YES!"
Today, it seems as though brides and grooms have found some really interesting and fun ways to ask that same question.
I was contacted by a couple to see if I could make some cards to ask their friends to be groomsmen and one an officiant.
They came out so simple, but sweet and classic. Plus, who doesn't love a bow tie?