Wedding Inspiration Wednesday - Navy

Hello hello! I want to start a regular feature around here called "Wedding Inspiration Wednesday." Every week or so, I plan to share wedding tips, color palattes and inspiration for all you engaged (or soon to be engaged) humans out there. Let's kick this navy party off with an Ohio wedding featuring blush pink accents and vintage details.  

Lucky In Love - Irish inspired wedding favors

Hey lads and lassies, happy St. Patty's Day! Being one half Irish (with the freckles to prove it) I have always loved this holiday. In years past you would have found me a few beers in, stumbling down a city street parade, but alas.. not while pregnant. I'm headed to my 20 week ultrasound soon to check on the wee lass! But in honor of this great holiday, I thought I would round up 7 lucky Irish themed wedding favors. 

To kick things off, we have a new item from my Shop, these "Lucky In Love" custom tote bags. Perfect for a destination wedding to pack full of snacks as a welcome bag for wedding guests all staying at the same hotel. I love this bag as the couple's names aren't plastered all over the thing, meaning guests wouldn't be sporting your love all over town. Not that that is a bad thing, but you know. I also have a horeshoe tote bag version available here, which does feature the couple's names coming soon!

Next on my list are a few items specifically for your bridal party. I love the idea of making infused whiskey for Groomsmen gifts. Check out the how to on Wedding Paper Divas here.  I also fell in love with these Mint colored drop earrings from this gorgeous Etsy Shop. This simple splash of color would be such a great accent with neutral dresses. Another jewelry item for bridesmaids would be this delicate celtic knot bracelet. And such a steal at $14 smackeroos?

Another great wedding souvenir would be custom wood ornaments shaped like shamrocks. I love the simplicity and hand drawn lettering from this Etsy Shop. Another natural texture item that would be cute to display at each place setting are these individual burlap bags with green shamrocks on them. Pop in your favorite candy and you have an easy DIY favor!

And finally, what would a wedding favor round up from me be if it didn't have wedding koozies in it? These drunk in love koozies have become so popular and I love the idea of doing shades of green to create an ombre effect at your bar. 

Hope these inspire your Irish wedding spirit. Enjoy the weekend! 

When logos you love get rejected. Hospital hand washing logo....

Happy 2017 my friends! I really intend to start blogging more this year, even if they are short and snappy posts. So far this year I have been working with a new client and am excited to share some of the completed work in a few weeks. One of my old-faithful clients is Baylor Scott & White Hospital. We have had a great relationship for many years and they never seem to run out of things to design! The nursing staff at one of the Dallas hospitals wanted to start a hand washing campaign to encourage visitors and staff to consistently wash hands before dealing with a patient. They asked me to come up with a logo and some advertising to highlight this campaign. Below are the 2 concepts I presented. 

I really loved the logo on the left, a more modern icon approach. But the team chose the design on the right and I had to oblige. Enter sad designer face. Part of a designer's job is not to fall in love with any one idea. Ultimately the client has the final say and now the logo on the left will live in my design archives, just waiting for a chance to get recycled. I also designed some posters and flyers to accompany the campaign. 

In an effort to cheer myself up, here is a round up of things I have been loving lately:

1. Outdoor Image inspiration for a summer backyard overhaul. 
2. These tan colored sneaker boots! Yeah, you read that right. I think I could live in them.
3. While we are on the subject of shoes, I think these booties are totes adorbs. 
4. With the Superbowl coming up, I will be eating a lot of queso (obviously). And these oh so easy crockpot french dip sandwiches. 
5. Finally, I am so excited to have a weekend getaway at this Crested Butte hotel.

Featured on The Southern Thing

Howdy friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We kept ours simple and sweet, visiting friends and having dinner at home with my Mom's amazing stuffing. I'm delighted to share some photos from the adorable Dara of The Southern Thing blog.  She contacted me about ordering some koozies for her New Orleans wedding and I was happy to oblige. Dara put together a beautiful guide of personalized wedding items, everything from a gorgeous blush and gold guestbook to monogrammed robes for your bridal party. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Dara, and check out her blog for all things Southern and Chic!

Lately....

Howdy! It has been quite awhile since I blogged. I'm chocking it up to a variety of clients coming through the door lately. Everyone from food bloggers to the American Cancer Society. So I thought what better time than now to post a round-up of recent design work. Let's start with a cute photo of a baby... my baby.

It's hard to believe, but this little man is almost one! A whole year, we've survived. I originally did not want to do a first birthday party. C'mon. It's not like he would remember. But then it really started to feel like a milestone. Aaaaand truth be told, I started looking at Pinterest. Which means I got overwhelmingly inspired and found this cute lumberjack inspiration. Coupled with a recent trip back to my college for a football game, and all I could think about was red and black. 

I've also been admiring some "mountain/vintage" design lately. I really wanted to put my own spin on the buffalo plaid craze. Cue plaid shirt photos... This was a recent trip to our friend's mountain house in Como, CO. That view....

But back to the inspiration. I wanted his birthday invitation to feel outdoorsy, Colorado-y, masculine and still playful since it is a first birthday after all. One Saturday afternoon I sat down to design a little logo (because that is what Graphic Designers do in their spare time... design). And I came up with this little emblem. Note the Joann fabric haul in the background. 

From there, it was pretty easy to build out a design for the invitation. I used ALDI font as the primary typeface. Which was a free download from a very talented designer. Once I had a good image (hello baby butt) we were off to the races. I love how the pant-less photo plays in to the "party animal" line. We decided to keep the party simple, coffee and donuts with an open house setting. Which equals no cooking for moi. 

I'm planning to do a few more decor items for his party this weekend. I'll post about that next week (or month, given my recent history). Next up on the design queue was some pro-bono work for the American Cancer Society. I think it is really important for Designers to commit time to passion projects. I had been wanting to volunteer in my community for ages and I reached out ACS Denver about helping with any upcoming events. Lo and behold, they had an annual Gala event they needed help marketing. The theme was Moulin Rouge, and I came up with this vintage carnival type mood board to get the committee on board with the design before I proceeded. 

First up in the design punch list was a magazine add for one of the corporate sponsors, Liv Sotheby's magazine. Then I designed a save the date, and invitation. I kept the vintage parchment paper theme and red and black "carnival" type going throughout the pieces. For the invitation, I wanted it to be a bit more elegant, as it is a black tie event. 

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The 2016 Champions of Hope Gala will also feature an After Party, geared towards young professionals. The tickets are $75, and include drinks, desserts and a DJ. The proceeds go to cancer research right here in Denver. Here's a look at this more 'youthful' spin on the Moulin Rouge theme:

Last but not least, I have of course been designing some new koozies for the Etsy Shop. This time of year really slows down around the shop and allows me to concentrate on enhancing SEO and coming up with new products. I designed a fun wedding koozie for some recent Baylor University graduates, it all started with a 'bear.'

Another Texas gal reached out to me about designing a koozie with a lyric to one of my favorite Texas Country artists, Josh Abbott Band. The song, "She's Like Texas" has a great fiddle and so many Texas landmarks it makes me homesick in the best way. I also designed an adorable "So happy I found you here" koozie for a couple straddling the Kansas City border. 

This last koozie design was a really unique commission. The customer wanted to throw a rock concert/fall bash for her husband's birthday. The "Rocktober" theme is set in a guitar pic. Love it! And finally... for all the upcoming Christmas parties, a "Eat Drink and be Merry" koozie design. 

And lastly (this is easily the longest blog post I have ever written. I commend you if you are still reading this, lol). I worked on a vintage travel theme/vintage national park baby shower invitation. The customer ended up not using this design, but it was too good not to share. This can easily be converted to a wedding shower or save the date invite!

California Courthouse Wedding featuring Let's Party koozies

This fabulous couple ordered the Let's Party koozies for a BBQ dinner the night before their wedding. The koozies were such a hit, they brought them to the reception. Feast your eyes on this Classic California wedding. A chic couple paired with a historic courthouse venue equals Cali cool. Check out more images on The Budget Savvy Bride!

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Photography by Casey Brodley. Let's Party koozies available in my Etsy Shop!

Blush Pink Charleston Hotel Wedding

Its almost the weekend and we will be busy finishing up our big summer project... the fence! Living in Cap Hill Denver, our yard isn't very big to begin with, but tackling a 2-person job with an 8 month old can be tricky. #naptimework. 

I have some gorgeous photos to share from a Charleston bride who selected the Best Day Ever - State Outline koozies. I love the pale pink and white flower arrangements and the ivory bridesmaid dresses! One special detail is the hotel marquee sign featuring their names, I just love that! More of this beautiful wedding can be found on My Hotel Wedding.

Fuchsia Watercolor Wedding Invitation - sneak peek

I am so excited to share a sneak peek of this wedding suite that I have been working on. The bride wanted a contemporary invite with hints of charcoal and fuchsia. Boy did I change her mind! My original drafts included an all charcoal version, as well as this watercolor hot pink option. I was so glad when she choose this bright, fuchsia background.

To offset all the hot pink, I suggested charcoal envelopes and a crisp, white RSVP. This made the groom happy too! The RSVP includes a meal choice for each guest. I love using the icons to indicate dinner options, so cute. Here are a few more sneak peek photos. Can't wait to share more of this suite after the big day in July!

 

 

Harper Made Jewelry collaboration

Happy Friday! It is awfully dreary here in Denver. Wet snowish rain is coming down and I still need to log a 10 mile run this afternoon in preparation for the Colfax Half Marathon in 2 weeks. Eeks! Luckily I trained for a full marathon while getting my Masters in London. So I spent many a rainy day running and sometimes you just gotta suck it up and RUN!

Enough about rainy running... I recently collaborated on a small design project with local jewelry designer, Amanda Harper of HarperMade. Her jewelry has great bohemian style and is such great every day wear. Amanda wanted to launch a new product line called 'Good Vibe Tribe', harnessing the power of crystals and their ability to center your mood. You wear the necklace until it gives you what you need, and then pass it along to a friend. So I designed these simple necklace card holders for each of the 3 crystals.

I love all of Amanda's designs, and HarperMade's Instagram is beautifully curated. Her items are sold locally in Denver boutiques, as well as her Etsy Shop. Feast your eyes on these beauties!

And finally, my favorite of the Good Vibe Tribe Jewelry line, the Rose Quartz. Such a pretty pale pink stone, carrying "compassion and tenderness". Here's to a wonderful weekend!

Kate Spade inspired baby shower invites

Hola readers! I have an adorable new Kate Spade inspired baby shower invitation added to my shop. The momma to be is as sassy as she is classy. So when we chatted about her ideal baby shower invitation, this festive gold confetti, black and white stripe felt so right. Paired with a hot pink accent for her darling little girl, Finley. Stay tuned for more coordinating signage for this kate spade inspired shower!

Along with a little black and white - hot pink - gold confetti mood board to kick off your Monday!

Southern Monogram Wedding Koozies and new designs!

Happy Monday all! Time has been flying so far this year. I've been busy adding a few new wedding koozie designs to the Etsy shop, and I wanted to highlight a popular new design which was featured on the great wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. The bride Jamie wanted a unique southern design to match her elegant garden theme wedding. The navy koozies with gold ink really pop and are such a popular wedding theme right now! Enjoy these photos from the talented Robyn Van Dyke Photography in Chapel Hill, NC. And get this wreath wedding koozie with monogram design here:

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In addition to the monogram design, check out these new koozies in the shop here, here and here. My favorite is probably the "We came for the I Do's and stayed for the Free Booze" koozie design seen here:




Real Wedding - Erin & Ryan

Erin and Ryan were some fabulous clients (and friends!) The two met at my alma mater Texas Tech, and hosted a fabulous wedding at the Space Gallery here in Denver. As the wedding was being held at a gallery, I wanted a modern artsy vibe to the invitations. To set off the geometric pattern, I convinced Erin to splurge on neon green foil. It was totally worth it! I carried the geometric pattern through the program and guest book.

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Such a fun venue and couple. Did I mention this wedding was catered by a food truck? Delicious! Add in some custom koozies to tie the whole event together!

 

 

Brooklyn Art Deco Wedding - Inspired Shoot

It was such a privilege and honor to participate in this beautiful styled shoot featured on the amazing wedding blog, 100 Layer Cake! The shoot took place at Fort Greene Bar in Denver. This classic cocktail bar was the perfect venue for a styled shoot of a bygone era. From the jewel toned walls and floral necklace... yeah you read that right, floral NECKLACE... this shoot was dripping with beauty!

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My task was to create a modern spin on an art deco style invitation. I utilized the clean lines and geometry found so often in Art Deco design with modern typography. I kept the jewel tone color palatte of forest green an ochre yellow. Because the theme of this shoot was an elopement, I designed an elopement announcement and an RSVP card for the hell of it!

Did you see the size of that diamond!?! The images are all so beautiful. I'll just stop writing and let you enjoy!

I loved the little detail of adding figs to the place cards I designed.

Check out the entire gallery on 100 Layer Cake. Below are the amazing vendors, be sure to check them out for your upcoming event!  Photography:  Tara Bielecki. Floral: MJM Designs. | Planning & Styling: Hourglass Denver | Gown: A&Be Bridal Shop | Ring: Abby Sparks Design | Hair & Makeup: Alchemy Artistry | Cake: Langilicious Pastries | Invitations & Paper Goods: Rook Design Co!

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2015 holiday photo cards & Birth ANNOUNCEMENT

This is a little late to post, but I wanted to share our 2015 holiday cards with the beautiful photos from Tara Bielecki photography! As we just welcomed our baby boy to the family, these holiday cards pulled double duty as a birth announcement. I thought a fun play on words would be to use "Silent Night, yeah right." As that is truly how we feel these days!

I packaged the forest green cards in a kraft paper envelope, ordered from here. Our return address is made from the floral vine stamp, available in my Etsy Shop!

Art Deco Styled Shoot - 100 Layer Cake sneak peek!

Apologies for the radio silence lately. We have been adjusting to life with our beautiful baby boy! We had the fabulous and talented Tara Bielecki snap some family photos. I will share more on here next week along with our Christmas cards. But here is a link to a few of the gorgeous photos

I also had the privilege of collaborating with Tara and a slue of other talented Denver vendors on a beautiful Art Deco inspired styled shoot. The photos will be featured on 100 Layer Cake in a few weeks, so I can only share a sneak peek for now. How gorgeous are these images by Tara?

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Devin & Teresa's rustic Texas wedding

My handsome cousin and his gorgeous bride were married this summer just outside of San Antonio at Rustic Gardens. The venue is a former nursery, so there are beautiful pockets of gardens all throughout. Teresa wanted a rustic,  slightly country vibe. Her bridesmaids wore neutral dresses with cowboy boots carrying beautiful baby's breath bouquets, and her lace dress was so simple and elegant! She wanted to incorporate fun typography and the slightly country vibe to her invitations. Here is a look at how everything came together. 

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Details for her wedding can be found on SA weddings. Day of photos by JMStrawn Photography.

Baby Shower Under the Stars recap

A few weeks ago, I mentioned working on a charcoal baby shower invite for a dear friend. The invitation featured string lights and our theme was "under the stars." The hosts and I wanted to keep the decor fairly neutral to match the mom-to-be's house. So we used candles, mason jars, and wooden stands to keep with our natural garden party theme. We had a menu of meatballs, pasta salad, asparagus and spring salad. Followed by the most amazing cupcakes you have ever seen by Lizzy of Sugar Plus Butter.

At the front entrance was a little welcome table. Filled with drinks, a chalkboard nametags for each guest, and an advice note card for everyone to fill out. We then slipped the note cards in to a scrapbook for soon to be Baby Sawyer.

The favors for each guest was a little chalkboard milk carton with a perfume sample, some chocolates and a succulent. I designed the favor tags to match the invitations and tied them up with a jute twine.

Here is the gorgeous mom to be Alyce and I with our baby bumps. Her daughter Sawyer, and our soon to be son, Grant, are 2 months apart. And will naturally fall in love and get married one day.

I forgot to ask our wonderful photographer and host, Anne, to snap a few detail shots of the signage I designed. So here is a sneak peek of the food labels, favor tags, advice notecard and front door welcome sign I created. Get this string light baby shower design for your next party here!