{Real Wedding} Lauren and Alex: A Black and Gold Soiree at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

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We were super excited to work with Lauren and Alex to create the stationery for their stunningly gorgeous black, white and gold wedding at the luxurious Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Blush by Brandee Gaar crafted a beautiful and personal affair with a fantastic team of wedding pros.

To keep with the elegant but preppy-chic vibe, we designed their stationery based on an inspiration Lauren provided, using a classic black- and white-striped pattern, framed with gold accents and featuring charming details like arrows and XO designs. The invitation was printed on ultra-heavy white stock with black on reverse printed with a gold XO motif. We used a black inner envelope with striped envelope liner and a white outer envelope addressed in black.

Guests were guided to their seats with the help of the seating chart designed by Chalk Shop Events. In collaboration for the display, we designed simple square white escort cards which Chalk Shop mounted on two large black boards. Thin white ribbon ran behind the cards, creating a striped effect.  We love participating in vendor collaborations like these!

Lauren had the idea to use adorable and super fun “cootie catchers” at the place settings.  There were four versions of questions and answers – all quirky facts about Lauren and Alex – so that a whole table of guests could join in the fun together. For dessert, Two Sweets Bake Shop created a brilliant milk and cookie display (!), with extra treats that were laid out on a buffet with a stunning 4-tiered white and black wedding cake with white floral accents created by Party Flavors Custom Cakes. In another fantastic vendor collaboration, we created the dessert buffet signage, which included a framed black and white striped sign with the couple’s names and black tent cards with striped border to label each delicious dessert.

Perhaps our favorite paper goods, though, were those created to welcome their out-of-town guests.  We assisted Lauren and Alex with their amazing welcome boxes – stuffed to the brim with goodies that were meaningful to them and/or just plain fun or delicious.  To the black gable boxes, we added a schedule of events, a “Do Not Disturb” door hanger and labels containing their custom monogram.

The Hons Photography captured every gorgeous detail, from the beautiful white floral centerpieces and accents by Lee James Floral Designs to the fun chalkboard photo backdrop and mirror table numbers provided by Chalk Shop Events.

We were honored to be a part of your amazing celebration, Lauren and Alex! Thanks for choosing to work with us to create your custom wedding stationery!

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The vendor team that brought this elegant soiree to life are:

Venue: Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Photography: The Hons Photography

Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Florist: Lee James Floral Designs

Chalk & Mirror Signs: Chalk Shop Events

Chairs & Chargers: A Chair Affair

Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Dessert: Two Sweets Bake Shop

Invitations, Paper Signage, Cootie Catcher Favors, Welcome Box Papers: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

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{Real Wedding} Mackenzie and Beau's Sophisticated Outdoor Wedding

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At our first meeting with Mackenzie we asked her to describe her wedding inspiration.  Although this is not an exact quote, the list went something like this: Alaska, Ireland, pubs, old wood, and whiskey barrels.  What a thrilling moment that was, because instantly I knew this project was going to be fun, creatively challenging, and totally different.  This couple has a long list of places traveled and experiences had – they were a blast to work with and were amazing creative collaborators.  Mackenzie and Beau had a gorgeous wedding day at Cypress Grove Estate House, photographed by The Canovas Photography with floral by Lee James Floral DesignsBlush by Brandee Gaar did a fabulous job bringing together all the details that made Mackenzie and Beau’s wedding personal, sophisticated, and an incredibly memorable good time.

The colors of the day included navy blue and red, creams and champagnes, powder blues, earthy greens, and wood-tone browns.  Taking the whiskey barrel inspiration to heart, we set the tone with printed wood save-the-dates.  Designed to mimic a whiskey label, we printed in blue, red, and gold on Cherry wood and accented the save-the-date with a thin navy satin ribbon. Their wedding invitations followed next with a slightly more refined look.  These arrived in a bronzed wood-embossed folder accented with a navy blue satin ribbon and scarlet red wax seal impressed with their custom monogram.  Inside the folder, we printed navy-on-navy to achieve a subtle but dramatic look.  This tone-on-tone look was mimicked on their envelope liners as well.

Mackenzie and Beau wanted to include personal touches in their wedding, and had many sentimental ideas. Instead of table numbers, the couple’s favorite travel destinations, such as Ireland, Alaska, and tropical hot spots, were used for the table assignments.  We created a unique motif for each table depicting the locale and also adding in memorable elements – iguanas on rocks or waterfalls loaded with frogs – and printed a conversation-starting story at the bottom of each.  To direct guests to their tables, we created a slatted wooden board and affixed lists of tables, each list adorned with leftover wax seals from the invitations.

Their custom monogram was used throughout the wedding; Blush by Brandee Gaar even arranged to have their custom monogram painted on the wooden corn hole boards that guests played for a little outdoor fun.

Even though the wedding had a sophisticated outdoor feel, the reception turned out to be quite the party! Thanks to Messina Productions, the night was punctuated by fantastic choreographed dancing, streamer cannons, and a grand finale of fireworks over the lake.

Congratulations, Mackenzie and Beau! We are so happy that we could be part of your day!

Did you love their custom wedding invitations and papers? Schedule your custom design consultation today by contacting us here.

The wedding professionals that created this wedding are:

Photography: The Canovas Photography
Event Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar
Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House
Catering: Big City Catering
Music/DJ/Fireworks Production: Messina Productions
Videography: Paul Duhon Videography
Florist: Lee James Floral Designs
Transportation: Southern Elegance Limousine
Chairs: Kirby Rental
Hair/Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team
Photo booth: Photomingle
Cupcakes: Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Molly
Desserts: Two Sweets Bake Shop
Custom Invitations and Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery
Wedding Dress: Galia LahavBoca Raton Bridal

{Real Wedding} Amy and Brandon: A Fairy Tale Wedding in Taupe, Pink, and Gold

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Amy and Brandon’s Bella Collina wedding, planned and designed by the amazing Blush by Brandee Gaar, was one where literally every single detail was thought of, and each and every one of their nearly 200 guests were treated to personal delights throughout the incredible night.  We worked very closely with the bride and her mom to develop ultra-memorable paper goods that would make each guest feel welcome.

Amy was inspired by her favorite movie, Ever After, and also wanted to invoke some of the baroque style of their venue, so we incorporated a regal theme when creating their custom wedding papers. We used caramel-colored baroque flourishes and custom monogram artwork for their unique folding wedding invitations, table numbers, chair signs and customized wedding passport. We also loved creating rose gold, stitched-side CD cases that were personalized with each guest’s name and inserted with liner notes and CDs with a compilation of important love songs for Amy and Brandon. These CD sleeves doubled as wedding favors and guests’ place cards (and secretly also had a role as a meal indicator icon so servers could serve the appropriate entree, too!). Our custom monogram was used in many aspects of this breathtaking wedding, even being printed on throw pillows and projected onto the reflection pool for cocktail hour.

Amy and Brandon’s custom wedding passport was our favorite paper for this wedding.  These passports were given to guests as they arrived to the venue, and were customized on every page for each individual guest for a truly personal keepsake that functioned as a guide to take them through the night.  On the cover, we printed the guest’s name.  Amy and Brandon wrote a personal note to every single wedding guest, which we printed on the inside cover of their passport.  On the following pages were the schedule of events, ceremony program, the guest’s table assignment and personalized menu.  How special would you feel receiving a passport like this as a guest at a wedding?!

Prior to the wedding, out-of-town guests were greeted with incredible welcome boxes filled with yummy treats and a Bloody Mary hangover kit.  We were happy to work with this couple to create packaging, welcome letters, and door hangers for those ultra-custom welcome boxes.

Concept Photography and Shutterlife Productions documented every timeless moment of this incredible event. The newlyweds sealed their vows with a kiss underneath a gorgeous pink and white floral arch, complete with a chandelier, designed by Lee James Floral Designs. As day turned into night, Amy, Brandon and their guests danced underneath floating chandeliers from Kaleidoscope Event Lighting to the musically talented live band, The Buzzcats.  The finishing touch to an enchanting evening was the gorgeous 6-tiered wedding cake with blush pink sugar flower accents created by Party Flavors Custom Cakes.

Thank you for choosing to work with us to design and create your custom wedding invitations and paper goods, Amy and Brandon! We had a blast designing and producing your custom stationery, and we wish you the happiest of happy ever afters!

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The vendors that brought this fairy tale wedding to life are:

Venue: Bella Collina

Photography: Concept Photography

Videography: Shutterlife Productions

Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies

Dress: The Collection Bridal

Hair/Makeup: LeJeune Hair & Makeup Artistry

Florist: Lee James Floral Designs

Entertainment: Beautiful Music; The Buzzcats

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Chiavari Chairs, Specialty Chairs, Tables, Flatware, Chargers and Cake Stand: A Chair Affair

Invitations, Chair Signs, CD Case Favors, Table Numbers and Passports: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

{Real Wedding} Stephanie and Mark: A Moroccan Oasis Reception at Casa Feliz

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Stephanie and Mark’s wedding reception at Casa Feliz was a gorgeous affair with rustic charm meeting Middle Eastern influence.  When we first met Stephanie to start working on save-the-dates, she said she wanted simple but elegant, with textures, and possibly either lace or a Moroccan pattern.  She wanted to use colors that reflected the venue, Casa Feliz, so we went with a medium teal color to mimic the awnings of the historic home, and considered other colors like old, washed-out brick and clay colors.  After seeing all the custom samples, Stephanie opted for a save-the-date with a Moroccan-style lattice pattern, using a traditional layout and a custom wedding date logo.

Moving to the invitations, Stephanie and Mark chose to keep the wedding date logo and Moroccan pattern, but muted the blue color to a very faded and more green color.  This made their letterpress invitation much more formal.  We incorporated wide, scalloped white lace in their invitation ensemble.  The letterpress on this invitation was stunning, and gave so much texture to their wedding logo.

For day-of papers, we mixed the colors and styling of both the save-the-date and the invitations.  For the ceremony programs, we kept the muted colors of their invitation and designed a folding program with a heavy textured cover and white interior pages, tied with white grosgrain ribbon.  For menus, we mimicked the save-the-dates almost exactly, and went with the more vibrant teal to reflect the gorgeous colors at the reception.  For signage and the seating chart, we did the same, mixing papers, textures, and colors to provide a cohesive look from start to finish.

Blush by Brandee Gaar effortlessly brought Stephanie and Mark’s vision of a Moroccan oasis together with Andi Mans Photography expertly capturing every beautiful moment. The happy couple and their loved ones dined underneath a clear tent from Kirby Rentals on gorgeous rustic-style tables and chairs provided by A Chair Affair with beautiful pink and white floral centerpieces from Lee James Floral Designs. One of our favorite design elements of the evening was the stunning and delicious 3-tiered wedding cake with lace detailing and pale pink floral accents created by Party Flavors Custom Cakes.

We were so thrilled to create personalized custom stationery menus and table numbers for you, Stephanie and Mark!  It was so much fun working with you!

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The vendor team that brought this celebration together were:

 

Venue: Casa Feliz

Photography: Andi Mans Photography

Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal

Makeup: Makeover Station

Florist: Lee James Floral Designs

Entertainment: Weddings Only DJ Entertainment

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Furniture: AFR Furniture Rental

Tent, Chairs & Linen: Kirby Rentals

Specialty Chairs, Tables, Flatware, & Chargers: A Chair Affair

Transportation: VIP Transportation Group

Menus & Table Numbers: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

{Inspiration} Winter Wonderland Styled Shoot

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With the holiday season approaching, the timing was perfect for our “Winter Wonderland” styled shoot with Andi Mans Photography and planner extraordinaire Blush by Brandee Gaar. A variety of deep and vibrant shades of red mixed with plenty of white and gold made this shoot look modern and romantic, with plenty of references to traditional holiday elements. Classic holiday elegance was combined with warm wood tones and a variety of textures to give the shoot an inviting feel. We used these rich colors and textures and mixed in warm, casual notes when creating our invitations and paper goods.

Our invitation was enclosed in a folder that was wrapped with a red satin ribbon. Inside, the invitation and response card were die-cut to create a pretty frame edge, and a band of red satin ribbon also held the response card. While the exterior of the folder was white, the interior featured a deep red with a subtle damask watermark with rosy-colored florals used throughout.  The floral motif and carried over to our deep red custom menus, which were also done in the die-cut frame shape.

We used our new printed wood technique to create customized tags for the napkin ties, chair back escort cards, and to label the ingredients for Two Sweets Bake Shop‘s hot chocolate buffet. Each set of wooden cards was cut in a different shape: rounded squares, scalloped edges, and even the frame shape that we used for the invitations and menus.

Every element of this shoot was carefully thought out. We loved the whimsical and decadent hot chocolate buffet with accompanying mirror board by Chalk Shop, the amazing variety of flowers and greenery by Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations, and the warm plaid blankets wrapped around the dazzlingly elegant bride and bridesmaids. All together, this great mix of styles should provide the perfect inspiration to get you in the holiday spirit!

We loved showcasing some of our unique techniques in this styled shoot! You can get a similar look for your wedding or special event–just contact us for your design consultation.

Thank you to all of the talented event professionals that we had the pleasure of working with on this shoot!

Photography: Andi Mans

Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Venue: Four Seasons Orlando

Bridal Boutique: Solutions Bridal

Sweet Station/Hot Chocolate: Two Sweets Bake Shop

Hair/Makeup: LeJeune Artistry

Floral: Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations

Furniture Rental: CHIC Event Furniture Rental

Chair Rental: A Chair Affair

Mirror Board: Chalk Shop

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Lighting

Chandelier: Signature Chandeliers

Invitations and paper goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Real Wedding} Mackenzie and Billy's Shabby Chic Wedding at Bella Collina


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When we first met with Mackenzie, Billy, their adorable brand-new puppy Buddy (who is now probably bigger than me!), and Mackenzie’s mom, we knew this was going to be a super fun wedding!  Mackenzie loved whimsical scripts and chalkboard-style layouts, with shabby chic florals, heart-and-arrow motifs, and soft mint, peach, blush, and coral.  We started by creating and mailing their photo save-the-date, using their gorgeous engagement photo by super-talented Best Photography, and then followed several months later with their wedding invitations.

Their wedding invitation used a custom presentation of a landscape-orientation folder in slate gray, with the invitation mounted on the front.  We used layers of mint and custom pinstripes to add whimsy and depth, and created a custom heart-and-arrow monogram as part of their wedding branding that we used across their day-of papers, signage and even on the dessert buffet tags.  Once the invitation folder was opened, a wide lace enclosure band affixed with a custom monogram plate contained their response enclosure, and an information panel was permanently attached to the inside of the folder.  Since Mackenzie and Billy had two wedding ceremonies in which different guests were invited to each, we actually created and mailed two versions of the invitation – each containing unique wording for the ceremony, reception, and travel information.

The place-setting menus and other day-of papers were designed to reflect the style and motifs we used on Mackenzie and Billy’s wedding invitations.  We enjoyed working with the RW Events styling team to create escort cards that could be strung along their vintage painted shutters.  We love collaborating with amazing other wedding pros to achieve results as stunning as this escort card display!

Mackenzie and Billy’s Bella Collina wedding was super adorable and executed flawlessly by Blush by Brandee GaarRW Events incorporated some amazing vintage vignettes – one of our favorites being the lemonade stand.  Lee James Floral Designs did a stunning job with the ceremony and reception florals – we especially love Mackenzie’s beautiful bouquet!  Two Sweets Bake Shop created an incredible and extensive dessert buffet (including amazing and unparalled Krispy Kreme Bread Puddings).

Make sure to watch the highlights on this amazing same-day edit by White in Reveryhttp://vimeo.com/98996341

We really enjoyed working with Mackenzie, Billy, and their families, and are so happy to have been part of their beautiful day.  Thank you Mackenzie and Billy, and best wishes for an incredible life together!

Mackenzie and Billy’s wedding fairytale was brought to life thanks to these talented professionals:

Photography: Best Photography

Videography: White in Revery

Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Venue: Bella Collina

Florist: Lee James Floral Designs

DJ: Soundwave Entertainment

Cake: Party Flavors

Styling and Vintage Rentals: RW Events

Photo Booth: Party Booths

Dance Floor: Letz Dance on it

Market Lights: Get Lit Orlando

Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music

Dessert Table: Two Sweets Bake Shop

Patio Furniture: Chic Event Furniture

Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Real Wedding} Lake Nona Country Club: Faye and Greg

Faye and Greg, a couple from Coventry, England, love to travel and chose Orlando, Florida, for their destination wedding. Lake Nona Golf & Country Club’s plantation-style elegance and Florida’s palm trees and sunsets provided a magical atmosphere for the couple’s big day. NuVisions Photography photographed the event, and the talented staff at Blush by Brandee Gaar coordinated the wedding.

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Covered in pastel table linens and glass vases crowned with roses and hydrangeas, the reception looked like a page from a fairy tale magazine. For dessert, the newly weds chose cupcakes with white, pink, and purple toppings, creating a colorful display.

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Because this was a destination wedding, Faye and Greg wanted a romantic, vintage “airmail” themed invitation, so we used blush pinks, caramel, and chocolate browns on speckled white paper, and created a collection of custom “airmail” stamps that each reflected their love story.  The hand-sewn booklet had a passport-style feel, loaded with travel information, accommodations, and wedding activities.  For added personalization, each invitation was individually custom-printed with the guests’ names.

The reception papers reflected the couple’s elegant theme and passion for travel. Printed on creamy, speckled white and layered onto oatmeal-colored paper, the paper goods used various landmarks from around New York, including Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., The Spice Market Restaurant, and Central Park. Every place was a destination for a vacation Faye and Greg took previously, during which Greg proposed to Faye. Obviously, she said yes! And we’re so glad she did!

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Thank you so much, Faye and Greg, for letting us be part of your day!

Faye and Greg’s wedding was a stunning affair and was brought to life by the talents of the following wonderful wedding professionals involved:

Venue: Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

Photographer: NuVisions Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Invitations & Menus: Dogwood Blossom Stationery