{Real Wedding} Elaine & Jeff's "Journey of Love"

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Elaine and Jeff married on Valentine’s Day at Mission Inn Resort, and the day could not have been more romantic! The theme of Elaine and Jeff’s wedding was “A Journey of Love,” an idea that came from the couple’s love of travel and their adventures together. We love the way that this theme was carried through each aspect of this special day, from the decor to the food and drink.  Rhodes Studios took so many beautiful photos that we had trouble choosing which ones to feature here!

Elaine and Jeff had the most personal wedding of any we’ve ever seen!  Every single element of their paper goods – from the invitation to table numbers to signage – carried a personal and meaningful story from their “journey of love.”  They met as coworkers, and as their relationship grew, their time was dotted with trips throughout the US, most notably to Vegas, Hawaii, and finally Alaska, where Jeff proposed to Elaine atop a glacier.

We loved that Carly Ane’s Floral Studio created centerpieces that coordinated with each table’s theme: tropical floral for Hawaii, soaring vases of blue-tinted water topped with white hydrangea for Alaska, and vases of floating candles full of blingy crystals for Las Vegas. Each centerpiece even featured fun figurines like hula girls, miniature bears and moose, and poker chips and dice. To top everything off, Party Flavors Custom Cakes made five (yes, FIVE!) unique cakes for Elaine and Jeff: a volcano, a gambler’s fantasy cake, a traditional wedding cake with pretty purple details, a representation of an Alaskan cruise (including a glacier on top), and a Notre Dame cake for the groom!

Jeff and Elaine had previously designed their own luggage tag save-the-date before we met with them.  So to continue in their style of travel-themed papers, they asked us to design a passport-style invitation–somewhat realistic in appearance, but using their purple and champagne color scheme (with tiny pops of red).  On the photo page of their passport, we used a photo from one of their cruises.  On the arrivals/departures pages, we created custom stamps of locations they had visited on their trips–volcanoes, glaciers, parks, casinos, and historical places–and then included “handwritten” memories and notes next to each stamp.  The stamp pages of their passport invitation were ultra-personal; it was as if they had invited their guests on the trips along with them and were reliving the fun.

We carried the watermark-style patterns from the passport into their day-of papers, wedding programs, and signage.  Our absolute favorite piece was a two-part “Here comes the Bride” sign that was tied onto the back of a custom princess carriage created to roll Elaine’s niece (the flower girl) down the aisle.  On their way to the reception, guests picked up their escort cards, attached to a key with a purple satin ribbon, and could match their assigned table by name AND corresponding photo of the couple at that location (“Kona,” “MGM Grand,” and “Fairbanks” were just a few).  These photos matched those on table cards.  To show that they wanted their guests to have a great time, Elaine and Jeff supplied flip-flops and silly dance floor props in baskets with our “Dance like no one’s watching” sign.  And rather than a typical guestbook, they had a custom garden bench made for all guests to sign, which they have now placed in their backyard.

This wedding truly had so many ultra-personal details, it would take a book to share them all.  For certain, Elaine and Jeff’s guests had a fabulous time and will remember this wedding forever!

Elaine gave us a great, 5-star review on WeddingWire! Here are a few of her impressions from working with us:

“Denise was superb!! Our wedding guests are still raving about her creativity and attention to detail from our passport invitations to our menus and signage throughout our venue. Denise was extremely responsive as we worked with her to create these unique items for our wedding. She was the utmost professional and it was obvious to us how passionate she is about her work. Because of Denise’s vision, we were able to pull together all the travel themes in our wedding (Hawaii, Las Vegas, Alaska) seamlessly. Thank you Denise for making our wedding day so special.”

Elaine and Jeff, thank you so much for choosing to work with Dogwood Blossom Stationery to create you custom invitations and paper goods!  It was a blast to work with you and an honor to help you share your “journey of love!”

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Thank you, as always, to the talented wedding professionals who helped this fairy tale come true:

Venue: Mission Inn Resort
Photog: Rhodes Studios
Planner: Busy Bride Wedding Design
Cakes: Party Flavors Custom Cakes
Florals: Carly Ane’s Floral Studio
DJ/Lighting/Cloud: Our DJ Rocks
Photobooth: Photobooth Rocks
Dresses: L.A. Bridal Boutique
Calligraphy on sweetheart table key: Embrace Calligraphy
Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Inspiration} Rustic, Honey-Themed Styled Shoot

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Picture a golden, summer day with busy honey bees buzzing under sun-dappled, shady trees. Our custom-designed invitations and wedding papers were featured in this gorgeous photo shoot by Amalie Orrange on Wedding Chicks.

For this styled shoot, we designed and created the honey bee invitations, place-setting menus, escort cards, favor tags, and biscuit bar cards. We used a honeycomb pattern as a geometric theme throughout the escort cards, invitation suite, and menu holders.

A graceful script on the escort cards was printed in bright turquoise to match the baby’s breath-filled, vintage bottles that hang from the trees. The same font on the invitations and menus is honey gold. We used bumblebee artwork to adorn the escort cards, menus, and the lining of the invitation envelopes exclusively for this project. Our invitation suite was printed on cream and kraft stock with a honeycomb border with a custom envelope liner that repeats the honeycomb pattern.

Instead of a dessert bar, this shoot featured a biscuit bar with a variety of honeys in vintage jars and decanters, and heart-shaped, freshly-baked biscuits. The favors — mason jars filled with honey — were stored in an authentic pie safe, and featured our round, kraft brown tags, tied on with twine.  Quoting Victor Hugo, the inscription on the favor tags reads: “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”

The shabby chic furniture gathered by RW Events resonated with the rustic, vintage theme. The models were dressed in 1930s style to recreate the more relaxed atmosphere of a bygone era. The amber bands around the cake, and the gem-like quality of the honey and real honeycomb on the biscuit bar lent a richness to the rustic surroundings.

We are so pleased to have been included in this inspirational shoot, and hope that it gives you ideas for your own wedding!

We can create YOUR custom wedding invitations and papers. Each project is custom-designed and produced to be unique and special to you. Contact us here to schedule your custom design consultation.

Thank you to all of the fabulous event professionals that were a part of this styled shoot:

Photography: Amalie Orrange

Prop/Furniture Rentals: RW Events

Hair & Makeup: Cristina Severino

Cake & Biscuits: The Sugar Suite

Flowers: Weddings by Carly Ane’s

Dress Designer: Forever 21

Shoe Designer: Urban Outfitters

Invitations & Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Inspiration} Great Gatsby Styled Shoot at Church Street Ballroom

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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:

http://vimeo.com/40839193

Are you a Great Gatsby bride? See more photos and read reviews on these sites:

http://www.bellethemagazine.com/2012/09/great-gatsby-wedding-inspiration-all.html

http://bridechic.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-jazz-age-bride.html

http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/bridal-buzz/gatsby-wedding-inspiration

http://www.savvydeetsbridal.com/2013/03/styled-shoot-great-gatsby-inspiration.html

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

 

{Inspiration} Happy New Year – Radiant Orchid Wedding

We brought the 2014 New Year in style with this Radiant Orchid Wedding Inspiration photo shoot! Held at The Castle Hotel, it’s majestic yet modern style makes for the perfect location for any special occasion and especially this one! Photographed by In Style Imagery; videographed by Sugar Pop Films; and coordinated by Michele Butler Events, this shoot was produced flawlessly. Take a look:

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Weddings By Carly Ane’s provided the stunning orchids and florals, “Radiant Orchid” (2014 Pantone color of the year) being the color the shoot was designed around. The vibrant purple orchids were mixed with various white accent flowers and crystal vases that shined under Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals‘ uplighting, creating a beautiful image. The glittering, sequined table linens added to the celebratory feel and were provided by Over the Top Linens.  Golden chiavari chairs, picture frames, and silver glitter chargers, provided by A Chair Affair, added some extra sparkle.

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The color palette for our custom wedding invitations and paper goods included Radiant Orchid purple, gold, silver, and plum purple, all with glitter and metallic accents.  The folding invitation featured a pearlized gold folder with a glittery purple belly band tied with orchid satin ribbon.  Inside, the invitation was printed in radiant orchid in full bleed with white lettering.  A monogram enclosure band held enclosures in place.

Custom place-setting menus were designed to coordinate with the invitation ensemble, with an addition of a gold glitter backing.  Placed at each place-setting, they added even more color to the table, in addition to functioning as an information piece for guests.

Escort cards were also printed in orchid purple in full bleed, with glitter gold backing.  Favorite pieces included the “Mr. and Mrs.” round chairback banner, printed in plum on metallic gold and strung with a teal ribbon, adorable mini champagne bottle labels, double-sided gold glitter and monogrammed drink stirrers, and specialty signage pieces.

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This New Year’s celebration would have been impossible without all the wonderful vendors involved! We were thrilled to be a part of this STUNNING production! Happy New Year and Cheers to an amazing 2014!

Photographer: In Style Imagery

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Michele Butler Events

Reception Venue: The Castle Hotel

Flowers & Decor: Weddings By Carly Ane’s

Invitations & Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Cinematographer: Sugar Pop Films

Cake Designer: Anna Cakes

Chargers, Chairs, Cake table, and Card Box: A Chair Affair

Linens: Over the Top

Lighting: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Bella Con Stile

Bridal Salon: Calvet Couture Bridal Boutique

Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham, Esme

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