{Real Event} AFR's "The Blueprint:" Behind-the-scenes Production

We were so thrilled to sponsor the VIP invitations for AFR Event Furnishing‘s annual networking event this year!  AFR has a long tradition of super creative and mind-blowing events that start with innovative and out-of-the-box invitations.  We were totally up for the challenge!

Because this project was so much fun, we wanted to invite you for a behind-the-scenes look at production.  Here are some fun action shots and the work that resulted!

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, top view

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, blue paint

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, measuring

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, painted tables

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, tables and tubes

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, box and set up
Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, lid and inside

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, interior
Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, designer signature

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, boxes
Dogwood Blossom Stationery, AFR The Blueprint, custom invitations, ready to go

The theme for this year’s networker was “The Blueprint: Furniture Exposed.”  When we sat down with AFR to discuss what they wanted to do for this year’s invitation, they had loads of ideas and inspiration.  Some of the stand-out ideas that really seemed to fit the bill for the theme were kraft-colored mailing tubes with the invitation rolled inside, miniature tables that somewhat resembled AFR’s Mon accent tables, and “blueprint”-style drawings of furniture.  Rather than choose just one idea, we opted to create a boxed invitation that combined all these super cute ideas for a knock-your-socks off presentation!

To start, we watercolor-washed a standard mailing box to give it a streaky blue color.  Custom labels were applied to the box top containing the event logo (created by AFR’s in-house marketing team and used throughout the invitation) and the invited guests’ names.

Next, we assembled and painted mini “tables” in three of the six colors in which the Mon tables can be rented – teal, rose, and lime.  Our “in-house engineer” and CAD expert (my husband Daniel) then created CAD drawings of those tables for use as a wallpaper that we applied to the inside of the box.  We added some appropriate creative flourishes to the wallpaper and developed a custom-printed lift pad for the base, with cutouts for each of the items included in the box: the mini painted table, a mini kraft-colored mailing tube with invitation rolled inside, and a “You are invited” tent card to stand on the table.  The lift pads were inserted and attached inside each of the assembled boxes.

We created the mini kraft-colored mailing tubes by covering clear plastic tubes with kraft paper.  The invitation, printed on Bright White, was rolled inside and a printed arrow encouraged the invitation’s removal.  Each invitation was personalized with the invited guests’ names, and the mailing tube contained a teeny-tiny label, also printed with the guests’ name or company name.  The mailing tube was then tied onto the lift pad using a thin white satin ribbon bow so it stayed in place during transit.

To ensure the invitations were interactive and to encourage guests to “play” with the tables and perhaps even display them in their workspace, we designed a small tent card with “You are invited” and AFR’s logo to be removed from the box and set up on the table.  The table colors were randomly assigned to guests so everyone received a fun surprise.

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to show off our studio’s in-house capabilities with this project and to be involved in such an amazingly outstanding event!  Thank you AFR for allowing us to create these invitations for you!  Hope we can do it again soon!


{Inspiration} Great Gatsby Styled Shoot at Church Street Ballroom

Brides with Chauffeur, Dogwood Blossom Stationery

The roaring twenties was a time of wealth, reform and an ongoing party. This Great Gatsby theme put together by Misty Miotto‘s team encompasses all there is to love about this age, with a modern swing to keep it relevant. Follow the marvelous photographer on a journey to the past.

Bride with bouquet, Dogwood Blossom Stationery

One groom, so many brides! Dogwood Blossom Stationery

The 20s introduced a “new woman” and ladies everywhere were breaking traditions in everything–especially in fashion. Here, the model brides are no exception with bobbed hair styles, bejeweled hair pieces, lavish jewelry and dresses from The Collection Bridal which did an incredible job capturing the essence of the era.

Church Street Ballroom, Gatsby-themed wedding, Dogwood Blossom Stationery

The bride’s look is a delicate balance between something new and something borrowed. Her hairpiece, gloves, jewelry and veil are all borrowed from the twenties while her dress has a modern bodice with simple details–making it the perfect canvas for her more expressive pieces. The attention to detail makes this look work without being costume-like.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery Gatsby-themed wedding

Ballroom at Church Street, Dogwood Blossom Stationery

The name “Golden Era” is extremely prominent in the color selection for the decor. The golden, ruffled table covers from Over the Top use texture to add variation and the feathered centerpieces add the free flowing breeze of the period. The Church Street Ballroom is the ideal place to hold such an event because architecturally it enhances the theme with its symmetrical design, high ceilings and large columns. All of these factors give guests a chance to Charleston the night away in style.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery custom escort cards

Custom wedding menus by Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Dogwood Blossom Stationery custom wedding invitation and invitation box

Our escort cards, table numbers, menus, and invitations are no exception to the glitz and glamour of the signature tune. Staying golden, the creamy background with simple line design stands out when put against the gilded surfaces. We used an Art Deco-inspired font that looks like they were created almost a century ago. The invitations were nestled in gold mesh pouches embellished with sequins and glass beads and placed in gold invitation boxes lined with white faux fur. Talk about decadence!

Dogwood Blossom Stationery custom chair back signs

Custom wedding chair back signs by Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Our Mr. and Mrs. chair back signs were used to hold the place of the new couple. Simple, elegant and most importantly–easy to tell who are the guests of honor!

Custom wedding paper goods by Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, Misty Miotto Photography

This cake by Party Flavors focuses on the elegance of the era by adorning the layers with a simple collection of pearl necklaces cascading from a flower.

Ceremony at Church Street Ballroom, Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Wedding reception menus by Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Great Gatsby wedding, Dogwood Blossom Stationery

From the ceremony to the reception and to the moment the last guest exits, this Great Gatsby-themed wedding will be sure to leave an everlasting impression.

The collective effort of all the vendors involved made this extravaganza come together beautifully. Watch the video that Key Moment Films put together to see some awesome behind-the-scenes shots:


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Thank you to all of the event professionals involved for all of their hard work!

Venue:  The Ballroom at Church Street

Photographer:  Misty Miotto

Videographer:  Key Moment Films

Floral: Weddings By Carly Ane’s

Rentals:  A Chair Affair

Cake:  Party Flavors

Dresses:  The Collection Bridal

Makeup Artist:  Beaute Speciale

Linens:  Over the Top

Lighting:  Simply Lighting

Transportation:  VIP Transportation Group of Orlando

Chocolate Fountain:  Hello Sugar!

Tux:  Tuxedos to You

Aisle Runner:  Artistic Aisle Runners

Stylist:  Loftis Production Services

Harpist: Christine McPhail

Invitations and Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery


{Real Wedding…and News!} Misty & Nelio's Blush Pink + Gold Shabby Chic Vow Renewal

Last May, we were excited to be a part of Misty and Nelio Miotto’s vow renewal, which was featured in Orlando Wedding Magazine this month! If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, check it out online here. The feature highlights the romantic opulence of the event, showing that a vow renewal can be just as exciting and celebratory as the first wedding.

Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, Ceremony

Royal Crest Room Outdoor Wedding papers by Dogwood Blossom Stationery

The couple expressed their ten-year marriage with a butterfly theme, which as Orlando Wedding stated, “represented the couple’s love and personal growth.”

Dogwood Blossom Stationery Custom Wedding Sign

Even the smallest member of the family got a chance to join the festivities, and celebrate the happy couple, by wearing our custom-made sign!

Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, escort cards

Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, place cards

For the impressive escort card display, we used clusters of butterflies in different sizes. Delicate hand-cut butterflies also dotted our reception paper goods.

Dogwood Blossom Stationery at Royal Crest Room
Pink wedding details by Dogwood Blossom Stationery
Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, Dance in Fog

The muted pinks, ivory and gold along with pearls, lace, and an abundance of flowers transformed the Royal Crest Room into a fairy-tale setting.

Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, invitations

Mon Cheri Studios took so many breathtaking photos of our invitations and paper goods! The elegant invitations, above, were displayed with their brilliant gold invitation boxes. We included a vintage brass key as an added sentimental touch.

Wedding Tea Time Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Our sign invited guests to enjoy an assortment of teas during the very Victorian-inspired celebration.

Wedding Menus Dogwood Blossom Stationery
Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, menus

For the menu cards, we used a classic combination of ivory paper with gold trim and embellished with ivory lace, a blush pink satin ribbon and a sparkling jewel.

Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, table names
Wedding Table Number Signs Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Reception tables were named after romantic cities of the world. We layered textures and added hand-cut landmarks.

Wedding Signs by Dogwood Blossom Stationery
Wedding Guestbook Stationery Dogwood Blossom Stationery
Mon Cheri, Royal Crest Room, Dogwood Blossom, Seed favors

After signing the guest book, our sign invited guests to take seed packets home to start their own butterfly garden. How sweet!

Vow Renewal Reception Paper Goods by Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Congratulations to Misty and Nelio! We were grateful to be a part of such heartfelt event.

There were so many elements at this gorgeous celebration, all provided by these event professionals:

Venue and catering: The Royal Crest Room

Photography: Mon Cheri Studios

Floral: Atmospheres Floral and Decor

Hair and Makeup: Beauté Spécialé

Videographer: Riant Films

DJ, Lighting, Effects, Photobooth: Our DJ Rocks

Chiavari Chairs and Chargers: A Chair Affair

Cake: Anna Cakes

Chocolate Fountain: Hello Sugar!

Harpist: Christine McPhail

Character Artist: Rafael Diez

Belly Dancer: Carrara Nour

Dress: Minerva’s Bridal

Tux: Tuxedos To You

Transportation: Apollo’s Chariots

Signs: Signs by Sindy

Officiant: Jim Davis Hicks

Confetti: Flutterfetti

Invitations and Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Showcase Event} “Modern Preppy” Lime and Navy Invitations

Lime green and navy blue wedding invitation in silk box

Lime green and navy blue wedding menu and seating card

Bright green and dark blue wedding menu and escort card

Green and blue Modern Preppy tablescape

Lime and blue wedding invitation with embroidered monogram on ribbon

Modern Preppy wedding tablescape; lucite chairs

Green and blue wedding cake

Several months ago, I had the great pleasure of being asked by Karry Castillo of Uniquely Yours to create invitations and paper goods for her “Modern Preppy” tablescape (one of 3 unique themes) that she would be showcasing at the Bridal Ball held on March 2, at the Lake Mary Events Center.

As is typical for a wedding stationer, though, I didn’t have a chance to attend the actual event, and therefore wasn’t able to see how my pieces “fit” into the bigger picture.  Well, yay for photographers!  Karry kindly connected me to Chad Pilster of Pilster Photography, who sent me photos of the event.  And…  Oh.my.goodness!

I just love the vision Karry had for this tablescape!  She is so unbelievably talented and I am just so impressed by her.   So here’s the super-talented team she assembled for this particular tablescape:

Concept and design:  Uniquely Yours

Photography:  Pilster Photography

Floral design:  Lee Forrest Design

Table and chair furnishings:  AFR Room Service

Linens and tabletop decor: Kirby Rentals Orlando

Cake:  Something Sweet Cake Studio

And invitations and paper goods, you guessed it:  Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

For this table, two wedding invitations were created.  The first is a square, layered invitation with two lines of white grosgrain ribbons, packaged neatly in a 100% silk box in bright lime green.  This invitation features a lime green lattice pattern, which is reflected on the inside of the coordinating wedding programs, and on some of the seating cards.

The second invitation uses a lime green and navy blue plaid pattern and features a wide, white grosgrain ribbon custom embroidered with a monogram in navy blue thread.  The plaid pattern on this invitation was also carried through to the program and escort cards.

Thanks Karry, for letting me be part of this event!

{Invitation Inspiration} Silk & Fabric Invitation Boxes

Yellow and gray polka-dotted wedding invitation in invitation boxYellow and gray polka-dotted wedding invitation in invitation boxYellow and gray polka-dotted wedding invitation in invitation box

The two most common things I hear from my clients is that they want their invitation to make a big first impression and they want an invitation that guests will want to save as a keepsake.  There are many ways to achieve those goals, and here’s one way of sending invitations that guarantees to impress and has only the tiniest chance of ever being disposed of: the invitation box.

There are many types of invitation boxes, but today’s post is about those made with silk and fabric.  Sturdy boxes enveloped in 100% silk are the ultimate way to send luxe invitations, not only because of the natural luxury of pure silk, but also because gorgeous dimensional elements can easily be added to your wedding ensemble, such as brooches, feathers, heavy trims, lace overlays, and large crystals.  Silk invitation boxes are perfect for black tie weddings and the most luxurious of events.

But boxes aren’t just for the most poshly planned events.  Invitation boxes are made using a variety of other fabrics, like the microsuede shown in the photos above, glitter fabrics, satins, and even cottons.  So whether you’re planning an intimate garden wedding, a blingy Sweet 16, or a young man’s Bar Mitzvah, there are fabric box options for you.

And if your budget doesn’t quite permit the expense of fabric boxes, there are alternative – but just as impressive – options, such as folios, silk-covered invitation boards, and fabric invitation pouches.  I’ll be posting more about these other options over the next several weeks, so keep checking back!

The gray and yellow wedding invitation in the photos above is layered with textured whites and pearlized whites, and printed with polka dots in bright sunshine yellow.  It is placed in a square microsuede invitation box in stone gray.  This wedding invitation is mailed using a white outer mailer and custom mailing labels to coordinate with the invitation design that can be addressed by your hand or a professional calligrapher’s.

Invitations: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio, LLC