handwritten invitations - still a thing of the present

IMG_2781 last monday, i had the pleasure of visiting the ladies and gents of zapwater communications, sit in their sunlit , exposed brick office, and pen out 18 handwritten invitations to a sneak preview of one of their client's new restaurant ventures. it always amazes me how much longer it takes to complete work like this than i'd originally thought. after just 6 short hours, i finished all 18 invitations and envelopes, to be hand-delivered that afternoon. that, and a delicious lemon chocolate chip scone from little goat down the street made my day pretty awesome.

 

 

 

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invitations - lululemon style

IMG_3382 i recently had the opportunity to design some invitations for a lululemon athletica ambassador event, for the 900 n michigan store in chicago. i love love love all of that store's ambassadors (namely because i know all of them, and have taken all their amazing yoga, pilates, spin classes), and so this project held a special place in my heart. i hope you have fun learning all about the lululemon culture, amber cook, rebecca niziol, antonia desantis, tracy zindell (check out her gorgeous jewelry in her etsy shop too), jenny finkel, jessical aiken, and the token gentleman, mike thomson!

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a new york city bachelorette

so now that the champagne has been drunk, the dancing blisters healed, the photos posted on facebook, i can finally share with you the designs i created for both my cousin's bridal shower and my dear friend's bachelorette party.  both of these events were simply gorgeous and came together beautifully.

to start, the bridal shower was the epitome of summer colors.  bright pinks, fuschias , purples and oranges lined the tables by way of eye-popping table runners, fruit-studded salads, red sangria and multicolored big-petaled gerbera daisies.  the invitation was the kick-off to the theme, and when all was said and done, everything matched perfectly!

this past weekend's new york city bachelorette party was unlike the traditional veil and sash festivities that adorn many a bride-to-be before her nuptials.  we decided instead to give our bride something a bit different: a pop-up dinner party in the middle of the carl shurtz park on manhattan's upper east side.  complete with table and chairs, big balloons, tablecloth, flank steak salad with asparagus and blue cheese, grilled veggie sandwiches and sparkling lemonade (cocktails were had by all afterwards), it ended up exceeding our expectations in looks and substance.  the bride was totally surprised and exceedingly happy with the outcome of her blindfolded cab ride across the island.  it was truly a night like no other.

there's always next year

yes, unfortunately, earlier today, in the blistering cold of foxboro, massachusetts, my beloved new england patriots lost their first playoff game against the baltimore ravens.  it was a sad, sad game, and with it came the sad realization that another football season is yet again over before i'm ready.  being a new england fan in new york isn't easy (especially after the giants killed our near-perfect season with a surprise superbowl win a couple of years ago), but i do try to wear my colors proudly, even after admitting defeat at the end of a long and nail-biting season.  i don't know how much of you are sports fans, but there really isn't anything better than sunday afternoons spent yelling at a television, drinking a few beers and eating deliciously cheesy snack foods with friends (whether they be rooting for the same team or not). but now on to an entirely different subject.  are any of you as obsessed with wedding blogs as i have been for the last year or so?  some of the ideas that people come up with for their day of nuptials are truly spectacular; i don't think i've been quite as captivated with any other sort of styling than that i've seen of wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement shoots, etc.  it's all making me want to dive into the industry and become a wedding stylist.  what an amazingly beautiful job that would be - talking with a couple about their interests, ideas, visions, and then pulling together all the details to make it a visual representation of the day they've been planning in their minds.  i'm in love with blogs like once wed, style me pretty, 100 layer cake and green wedding shoes, all of which highlight photos and details from real weddings, musings on the various subjects involved in pulling a wedding together, inspiration boards, self-styled photo shoots, and various vendors in the field.  the girls behind these blogs must be in love with their jobs: spending hours looking at gorgeous photos from vintage, modern, rustic, french-inspired, carnival-esque, etc. events, building relationships with some of the most gifted and innovative wedding photographers, stationers, designers, and caterers, and just generally being around people in the business of promoting the love of two people.  in light of that, and because i'll be attending and participating in a few weddings myself this year, i've decided to devote sundays to posting what i've found beautiful, helpful, and inspiring in the wide world of wedding blogs.

to start off, a little while ago, oh so beautiful paper featured a real invitation by jefferson perky (incidentally, also the groom in that particular wedding), that absolutely blew me away.

some of you may recall how much i love autumn, and this woodgrain design captures the rustic and earthy qualities of the season in a very stylized and beautiful way.  i also adore the typography - it has a little 'alice in wonderland' feel, which brings a sense of whimsy to the theme.

if you want to see more, check out the perky bros. website, and read jefferson's take on the process of designing the invitations over on o.s.b.p.

{image credits: perky bros}

look for more wedding-inspired posts every sunday (unless i become completely overtaken, and feel the need to post more often), and i hope you all have a lovely week!