Thursday, October 15, 2009

Silk Screen, I do!

As you know, my heart is loyal to letterpress...but lately a new love has been growing for silk screen printing too! Maybe it's because I've been learning to silkscreen shirts , but these invitations prove how amazingly versatile silk screen printing can be!

Silk screening is typically used for apparel and tote graphics and in the music poster industry. In the poster industry silk screening often has a raw, edgy look...but you can see that crisp lines are now in! And one thing that silk screening still excels at: bright, bold colors!

I love how Satoko (the bride who created the suite of red animal stationery) uses the design on paper and cloth. It tied her whole system together regardless of her medium. As for me, I'm going to start experimenting more with silk screened invitations....I'll keep you all posted on the outcome!

Silk screen suite (top) originally posted on Martha Stewart, Designs by the bride as were the Yellow Scripty Invites. Crisp Yellow invites by Two Trick Pony.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Art of Love

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This is my newest collection of illustrations, drawings and art that brides and grooms have created to showcase their personality through the arts. It brings such a whimsical, fun element to the wedding and makes the wedding so personal.

The drawing can be an abstraction of personalities (see cupcake and beaker), tasteful profiles, or a literal portrait. Some of theses were created DIY by a talented bride or groom, some were created by a friend and others were commissioned through an artist. Regardless of who creates the art, it brings something special to the wedding!

Images collected from 100 Layer Cake Blog, Davina + Daniel, Harmony Nixon, and Melissa Bumstead.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In Lieu of Favors

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What a beautiful tribute to a loved one. This is the best way I've seen thus far to remember a family member who has passed away during a wedding. It's tasteful, meaningful and the best yet- it does something to help others by donating to a related charity.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Real Weddings: Agata and Bill

Agata and her husband Osgood William Lorimer (who goes by Bill) were married at Royal Palms State Beach in San Pedro. To continue the nautical theme, they created a fabulous photo wall, complete with nautical wall paper, props, hats and fake mustaches.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Sneak Preview: Agata's Photo Booth

And there's more of this nautical goodness and goofiness to come!

Meet B Poetic

I absolutely loved these vintage fabric flowers by b. poetic the second I saw them! In fact, I wondered how I could have survived so long in tumultuous ignorance without them! Kaitlin hand makes each of these and they're extremely feminine for anytime or weddings. That's exactly how I like my accessories- a hint of romance that's not obnoxious or overdone. I'd recommend these for the bride and they'd make great accessories/gifts for your maids too. And you won't have to worry about them wilting on a hot day like today (at least it's miserable out here in So. Cal...yuck!)

Then I found this adorable wedding banner (below) on the b. poetic blog and that's when I was sure of it...I am an official fan of Kaitlin and b. poetic. And because I'm gushing so much, I just wanted to note that no, there's no sponsorship or advertising going on here. Really. I just really like her stuff.

Vendors in the Parade may or may not sponsors of Melissa's Smitten Blog, but are strictly selected for the Vendor Parade for their sterling reputation and outstanding work.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Real Weddings: Bethany and Mikey: Reception

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Here are the last photos from Bethany and Mikey's wedding...sigh...I wish I could have been there under the warm summer sky, with the moon peaking out through the clouds. But from all the accounts from my relatives, it couldn't have been a nicer wedding.

I love the intimate spaces they set up. The soft lighting on the patio with a few simple Japanese lanterns to bring a summer's ambiance. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

The good news is that rumor has it that another one of my husband's cousins is getting married in Wisconsin next year, so hopefully we'll be able to make that one! It's been one cousin getting married a year in Wisconsin...we'll have to see how long that trend lasts!

Photos courtesy of Brown Street Studios.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Real Weddings: Bethany and Mikey's Reception Details

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Remember how I mentioned that Bethany's family are the nicest, funniest people I know? Point in case: the favors. I love the BBQ sauce with their pictures on it, up to their elbows in finger-licken' goodness.

I really like how well the casual aspects and the formal go together in their wedding, you can see it's a blend of their personalities. A gorgeous cake with orchids...and personalized BBQ sauce. Bethany's amazing dress...and Mikey's awesome shoes. Formal place settings...and handwritten place cards. These casual elements keep the party lively and personal but the overall fee is still elegant.

Photos courtesy of Brown Street Studios.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Real Weddings: Bethany and Mikey's Ceremony

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Mikey and Bethany had a beautiful, open-air wedding with open fields and pines trees among the honored guests. A few notes from these photos that I love- I love Mikey's expression when he first sees Bethany. I tear up every time I look at it. And I really like that the whole bridal party got together for a rally and prayer during the service. It's private moments like that Bethany and Mikey are sure to treasure for years to come with their closest friends.

As I share more pictures too, look for all the oranges! I love that Bethany was willing to use orange, I adore orange in weddings! But it's tastefully done, like the bridesmaid's bouquets and the flowers down the aisle. The fans/programs are a perfect touch to this outdoor wedding as is the acoustic guitarist. It's simple yet elegant touches like these that feel authentic and personal.

Photos courtesy of Brown Street Studios

Monday, August 17, 2009

Real Weddings: Bethany and Mikey

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Bethany and Mikey were married under an endless Wisconsin sky. Bethany is my husband's second cousin, and she and her family are the nicest and funniest people I know. I couldn't be happier for them, not to mention their wedding was stunning. I'll be sharing more pictures in the next days to come, but here's an overview to whet your pallet.

Bethany and Mikey's love story is very sweet and I promise to get more details, but the general story is that Bethany's brother Bradley and Mikey worked at a camp together every summer. Bradley (being a very sweet brother) always bragged about how pretty and nice his sister was until Mikey was more than a little anxious to meet her. When she started working at the camp it seemed like a match made in heaven...except to Bethany. It took a bit of wooing from Mikey before she would agree to their first date.

They soon discovered they were meant for each other and fell deeply, hopelessly in love. Sigh.

More photos from the very talented Rebecca Carpenter, from Brown Street Studios to come this week. And yes, Rebecca does travel, but book her soon, as she's already filling up for 2010. With her amazing work, Brown Street Studios is quickly on their way to being on of US's top wedding photographers.