Open, Unwrap, Enjoy

Hang on to your hose-panties, because you are in for a visual treat!  I’ve been working with a wonderful client for over a year now and we finally received the invite suite that we have been working so hard to perfect!  Nichole of Nic.Roc. Designs created the most fantastic, tactile experience for an invitation, our hearts are all a-flutter! So, sit back and watch the magic unfold!

As you open the mustard colored box decked in custom stamps, an adorable, custom sticker affixed to a delicate Kraft-brown tissue greets you.

Open the tissue to find a hand-sewn pouch (fabric courtesy of Santa Fe Fabrics, woop woop!).

Inside of the pouch is another bundle of goodness…

…tied with a simple jute bow.

Yup, that is a slice of wood, laser-engraved with a beautiful tree and the details for the bride and groom’s special day! My favorite line is “As best friends become husband and wife.”

A heart carved on the tree!  Pinch me, it’s so sweet!

Brightly colored RSVP and Details cards finished with another custom stamp for the reply card.  Like a cherry on top!

Can you imagine if this showed up to your door!?!  What a delightful experience to unfold!  I think it is a great way to let guests know that they are in for a very special wedding, with layers upon layers of beauty to be appreciated throughout the evening! Till soon…


Thoughts on a “First Look”

What is a “first look”?, you may ask. Well, it is becoming an increasingly popular way to do portraits of the bride and groom.  Though, instead of the photographer whisking the newly wed couple from the party right after the ceremony, the couple meets before the nuptials, for an intimate and sweet photo sesh of their “first look” at one another.  Now, this is not the best idea for the superstitious, but for the bride and groom that don’t want to miss out on the cocktail reception or the wonderful appetizers they hand picked for their guests, this is the way to go!

Some may worry that this will take away from the first time the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle, but I have heard from my couples that have opted to go for this, that the “first look” is romantic, helps with any jitters and even makes the ceremony that much more special!

The couple pictured above were married at the Gerald Peters Gallery and we planned to have their “First Look” portraits down the street at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery.  They have a lovely garden and if you call ahead of time, you’re welcome to schedule a portrait session there.  We were in luck because the Water Iris were in bloom, along with the Oriental Poppies and Garden Roses!

The couple also opted to do all family portraits prior to the ceremony as well!  This way everyone was present for the party following the beautiful ceremony.

The bride even had a few moments to relax before the “I Do’s”.

…On a different note, one of my favorite things about this wedding was the color palette!  Punchy corals, peaches, oranges and golds were a great choice for this early summer wedding. I also loved that each bridesmaids picked their own dress that suited their own personalities, but they were all in the same color family; it really looked beautiful!

First Look Venue: Nedra Matteucci Gallery, Ceremony and Reception Venue: Gerald Peters Gallery, Florist: Artichokes and Pomegranates, Photos: Stacey Adams Photography, Coordination: MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca


Planning 101: Tiny {Budget} Bubbles

In the words of Don Ho, Tiny bubbles in the wine, make me happy, make me feel fine.  I couldn’t agree more, but let’s get our inner recessionista on and talk dollars and cents.  Is serving champagne for a toast worth it?

Before I go and get all economist on you, let me preface this by saying I love Champagne!  I think there is something so festive and wonderfully sparkly about it, that I completely see why it is an integral part of a wedding celebration.  But, if you want to save some dinero, here’s my two cents.

I can’t tell you how many weddings I’ve done where we usually end up clearing away full glasses of champagne after the toast.  Straight down the drain! What a waste, can you believe it?!?  Most people are already drinking their cocktail of choice by time toasts come around.  Therefore, they usually just take a break from their margarita, sip one itty-bitty sip for the toasts but leave the rest to be cleared by the wait staff.  Most people don’t bother to drink both and avoid the headache that is sure to follow….eeesh Tequila and Champagne, that already sounds like a bad idea!  More often than not, most of your guests are just fine to be saying “Salut” with whatever they have in their hand, bubbly or not!

Another way to shave some mula is to offer Prosecco instead of Champagne.  Significantly cheaper, I bet you a dime to a dollar, not many folks will notice the swap!  But, if a snazzy bottle is up your alley, why not have a special bottle just for the bride and groom?  That way you can still have the festive sparkle of Champagne and even use the beautiful set of toasting glasses you have.  You’ll also waste fewer bubbles down the drain and save a boatload of money!