While I’m awaiting photos from my ceremony and reception, are there any things from the Out of Town Baskets or Welcome Party (or any other projects that I’ve posted) that you would like more detail on or have questions about?
It’s been a busy week.Â I got my dream job offer, flew to DC, found an apartment, and have packed 7 fridge-sized boxes since yesterday in preparation for my big move to DC this weekend.Â Although this means my fiance and I will continue our long-distance relationship for another 6 months or so before we re-evaluate our next move, NYC (where he lives) is a lot closer to DC than Africa was (where I was living last year).
A fun new one has come across.Â This time I’ve been tagged by EmilyÂ and for once you all don’t have to hear boring facts about me, you get to see FUN things I love about weddings!Â Before I get started, I’ll apply my tag to… one of my new favorite bloggers, Anna at Southern Fancy!
After the churchÂ andÂ reception venue were booked and the dateÂ was set, it was time to think about our Save the Dates.Â Matt and I were talkingÂ one night and decided that we wanted to createÂ a map chronicling the paths we each took to find each other and where weÂ are now.Â WeÂ bothÂ wentÂ off to college, moved across the country after graduation, and met as two midwestern kids in NYC before getting engaged and moving to Memphis. And now we were planning a wedding in Louisville.Â Whew.Â It wears me out to just write it.Â I mentioned our idea on Pretty Bride and soon Laura Hooper came to the rescue.
The past week or so has been a sort of unintentional woodgrain week over at Oh So Beautiful Paper – all starting with these DIY woodgrain save the dates.Â Although woodgrain (also referred to as faux bois) has been popping up in weddings over the past few years, it really seems to be picking up steam as a trend – particularly in wedding stationery – this year.
This week I’m highlighting the work of one of my favorite calligraphers, Bryn Chernoff of Paperfinger Calligraphy.Â Bryn’s calligraphy has a wonderful modern sensibility and is absolutely beautiful without being overly formal or fancy – making it perfect for informal and modern weddings!Â So, just in case you arenâ€™t familiar with Brynâ€™s work, I thought Iâ€™d gather together a few examples from her portfolio.
If you’ve ever stopped by EA on a Thursday morning, than you know that I’m a huge paper freak!Â I could spend hours upon hours in Paper Source; hand me a piece of sumptuous letterpress and I’m in visual and tactile heaven!Â So when it came to our wedding and decisions concerning all-things-paper, I was as happy as a pig in slop.
Iâ€™m not a professional designer, but I am among the growing population of brides who plans to create her own wedding invitation suite. Itâ€™s more affordable, more personal, and with help from tools like Gocco, itâ€™s actually doable. (If youâ€™re still on the fence about Gocco, just check out these amazing ideas from Cyd. I bought mine from the lovely Amy I. just a few weeks ago, and I canâ€™t wait to start crafting!)
Wedding planning can be so overwhelming. Â I knew so much of what I already wanted, but planning is hard even for someone who read and wrote wedding blogs regularly like myself. Â So I did what most brides out there in blogland did…I went to Snippet and Ink. Â I wanted an inspiration board and this is before I knew how to create my own..here’s what I found…
I love, love invitations that incorporate hand-lettering or illustration, particularly the work of Florida-based illustrator Anna Melcon Bond of Rifle Design.Â Anna seems to effortlessly blend traditional illustration with folk art elements to create some of the most lovely Save the Dates and wedding invitations.
I love letterpress, but wedding budgets don’t always allow for letterpress or engraved invitations, particularly in today’s difficult economic environment.Â For brides still seeking custom invitations, the Gocco (or now the Yudu!) can be an excellent, and more economical, alternative.Â Some brides choose to go the DIY route, but for brides who don’t feel comfortable DIYing, there are a few invitation studios that specialize in Gocco-printed invitations.
Yesterday was my birthday and after a long search, I finally found and purchased a Gocco as my birthday gift to myself. I’ve basically been on the fence about purchasing a Gocco for a year at this point and naturally, by the time I realized just how much I wanted one they were completely sold out basically everywhere. Oops! Oh well, after some sleuthing and a shout out on my blog and some great tips from my readers, I found one and it is supposed to ship today. Hooray! So in the spirit of all things Gocco, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Gocco inspiration.
Throughout the planning process, I mentioned before that I wanted to stay sane and delegate where I could. Â That included finding a florist who I trusted to do just about whatever she wanted, letting my parents be in charge of the catering and the alcohol, and letting my bridesmaids choose much of their own outfits. Â However there was one thing I couldn’t let go of – I wanted to make the invitations and other stationery myself. Â Naturally, that began with Save the Dates.
I absolutely adore the recent trend of using silhouettes as design inspiration in weddings.Â Whether incorporated as a small design detail or the inspiration for the overall wedding theme, silhouettes can be easily integrated into many wedding details, from the Save the Dates to the favors.Â I’ve collected a few of my favorite silhouette designs here to help provide some design inspiration.
Hi Everyone!Â I am so, so happy to be back blogging here at EAD – and I just want to start off with a huge “thank you!” to Ami and Rebekah for inviting me to join them as a weekly columnist for the EAD Wedding Blog.