{Inspiration} “Sweet as Tea” Southern Glam Styled Shoot

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Dogwood Blossom Stationery, Bumby Photography, Ocoee Lakeshore Center, Place Cards and Florals

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Earlier in the year, we were thrilled to be a part of a Southern glam styled shoot to promote the grand opening of the new Ocoee Lakeshore Center. We worked alongside talented event professionals, including Bumby Photography and perfectionist planner, Anna Christine Events, showcasing Southern sophistication in the ‘Sweet as Tea, Meant to Be’ theme. The array of soft green, buttery yellow, vibrant peach, white and gold gave the shoot a welcoming atmosphere.

The romantic color palette flowed through our custom invitations and paper goods as we used a folding invitation with a custom, delicate vintage floral pattern on the interior, and a gold foiled monogram on the exterior.  Response enclosures were contained in a moss green satin ribbon-lined enclosure band with die cut monogram.

We carried the exquisite shape of the invitation over to the exclusively designed dinner menus that were nestled into a pocket of white satin on each gold charger from A Chair Affair. Adding a pale green border and a floral element, they matched the place cards that were attached to tea bags with complimenting ribbon. The table numbers were gold foil with a chic vine detail on white card stock.

For the drink and hors d’oeuvres menus, we layered the Southern selections on top of the floral card stock carried over from the inside of the invitations, giving a lovely framed effect to the display. The custom made Arnold Palmer take-home bar favors detailed the recipe for the Southern cocktail.

From the floral arrangements in white milk glass vases with a hand-picked feel, to the intricate detail of the five-tier wedding cake designed by Cut the Cake, to the whimsical flair of the ‘Meant to Be’ pennant-style banner, we loved the Southern elegance of this shoot!

Contact us today to schedule your custom design consultation for your wedding or special event.

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this styled shoot a success.

Venue: Ocoee Lakeshore Center

Photography: Bumby Photography

Event Design and Coordination: Anna Christine Events

Floral: Lee James Floral Design

Lighting and Drape: Standing Ovation Entertainment

Catering: Arthur’s Catering 

Dessert buffet: Hello Sugar!

Cake: Cut the Cake

Linens: Over the Top

Video: Ocean Video Photography

Make Up and Hair: Live Art by Julie

Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Suit: Absolutely Fitting

Chairs: A Chair Affair

Invitations and Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

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{Inspiration} Rustic, Honey-Themed Styled Shoot

Amalie Orrange Photography, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, honeybee stationery, Orlando weddings

Amalie Orrange Photography, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, honeybee invitation, Orlando weddings

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Amalie Orrange Photography, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, Honeycomb menu, Orlando weddings

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Amalie Orrange Photography, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, buscuits, Orlando weddings

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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} Fresh-Squeezed: A Rustic Lemonade Stand Wedding

Dogwood Blossom Stationery, Wing of Glory Photography, Lemonade stand, bride and groom

Imagine a simpler time, spending a sunny afternoon sharing crisp cool lemonade. Childhood pastimes, like a lemonade stand, can be great inspiration for a memorable wedding.

The charm of this vintage-tinged daydream was captured by the Wings of Glory photo team and brought to life by the coordination of Vows Wedding & Event Planning. We had a wonderful time squeezing gallons of romance and joy into the invitations and paper goods that we created for this lemonade stand-inspired photoshoot.

These amazing photos capture the couple’s warm love and the effortless setting of the shoot.

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The talented team at Bring out the Beauty in You enhanced the bride’s natural beauty to go along with this youthful theme. Her sun-kissed look was perfect with the glowing afternoon light!

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Our paper goods were designed in yellow, blush pink, and gray, with a combination of stripes and lattice. The invitations used a layer of yellow striped seersucker fabric, were wrapped with cotton twine strung with an adorable yellow button, and encased in a custom-sewn burlap envelope. The hang tag-shaped menu cards reflected the decor’s rustic farm style, and had an added detail of jute twine.

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The escort cards were displayed on a distressed yellow dresser with a backdrop of burlap streamers, adding to the rustic flavor. A yellow polka-dot border encircled each antique-style typeset number, and we backed the round cut-outs with burlap.

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Doogwood Blossom Stationery, Wings of Glory Photography, wedding reception table inspiration, lemonade wedding

We absolutely loved how effortless our table numbers looked amongst the white flowers, which the Flower Lady casually placed in mason jars. Sprigs of lavender and sliced lemon accents were just slivers of the amazing details.

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The lemon fresh inspiration was carried through with some delicious sweet treats. The dessert buffet included pink lemonade-colored popcorn, pink and yellow rock candy, soft pastel French macarons, and a breathtaking cake creation by Wendy Woo Cakes.

Wings Of Glory, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, 2 + Hue vintage furniture

Dogwood Blossom Stationery custom wedding chair signs

The furniture and design details by RW Events created an authentic atmosphere of a stylishly vintage farm.  The head table was set with mismatched chairs. We love the way our playful custom chair signs turned out: “He’s mine” and “She’s mine,” in case guests had any doubt! Our drink tags, below, continued the burlap motif seen on the rest of the paper goods. What a cute way to send your guests a loving message!

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In addition to these stunning photos, Lucid Productions recorded every candid kiss. Check out the full video, we think it captures the romance of the afternoon: http://vimeo.com/43376314 

Working with great designers, like our colleagues seen here, brings the best dreams and visions to life. We were honored to team up with some of central Florida’s finest wedding professionals and that Style Me Pretty wrote about our creative collaboration.

Thank you to everyone involved:

Photography: Wings of Glory

Videography: Lucid Productions

Planner and Organizer: Vows Wedding & Event Planning

Floral: The Flower Lady

Furniture and china rentals: RW Events

Pastry: Wendy Woo Cakes

Makeup artist:  Bring out the Beauty in You

Custom invitations and paper goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Inspiration} Yellow and Graphite Damask Wedding Suite

Yellow and graphite damask wedding invitation, menu, table number, and escort cards

Yellow and graphite damask wedding invitation
Yellow and graphite damask wedding reception menu, table number, and escort cards

Yellow + gray is such a versatile color combination, both in terms of formality and season.  It is equally appropriate for an informal backyard summer wedding as it is for a black-tie ballroom wedding in January.  The tricks to this color scheme in tending it one way or the other are your choice of graphic design, wording layout (as well as wording itself), and typestyle.

The above paper suite contains a simple, pocket-style wedding invitation of graphite accented with a yellow damask fixed band with Swarovski crystals.  The invitation is printed on white with a yellow damask backing.  The white mailing envelope is lined with a matching custom yellow damask envelope liner.

The escort cards above have two colors to indicate meal option at the reception – gray damask is one entrée, yellow damask is the other.  All escort cards contain crystals as well.

The wedding menu above doubles as a table number and is three-sided, self-standing, printed fully in yellow damask, with table number and menu information on all three sides.

Yellow and Stone Gray Polka Dot Boxed Wedding Invitation with hand-sewn fabric flower

Yellow, gray, and white polka dot escort cards for wedding

And here, we have another example of yellow and gray wedding papers – a wedding invitation in a suede-like gray fabric box.  The box is adorned with a wide, bright yellow grosgrain ribbon and a hand-sewn flower made with yellow striped cotton fabric.  The invitation itself has yellow polka dots.

The seating cards for this invitation are double-sided and mimic the yellow polka dots from the invitation.  Guests’ names are printed on one side, and their table number is shown on the back.

For more yellow and gray wedding inspiration, visit my Pinterest board here.

All invitations, escort cards, menus, and table numbers shown are created by Dogwood Blossom Stationery.  Contact us to schedule a design consultation for your custom yellow and gray event!

{Real Event} Blue and Yellow Polka-Dotted Fundraising Dinner Invitations

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Navy blue and banana yellow invitation with gray ribbon

Whew, it’s been quite a month!  Things are starting to fall into a more manageable pace again.  I’ve been dying to update this blog, so I’m going to start with one of my more recent projects – fundraising dinner invitations for the Gaining Life Initiative Foundation (GLI).

GLI is focused on increasing knowledge and supporting research of brain tumors, specifically glioblastoma multiforme.  In collaboration with the University of Alabama Birmingham, they’re hoping to find a cure for this aggressive brain tumor.

I was so excited when GLI contacted me about working with them on this project.  Their needs for their Dining Out for a Cure fundraising event were fun invitations in a dark blue and bright yellow color scheme that incorporated a gray Brain Cancer ribbon.  You might remember Rita and Franck’s wedding invitation?  And you might also remember the yellow and gray polka-dot inspiration post?  Well, combine those two and add a hand-sewn gray ribbon and what do you have?  The perfect invitation for GLI’s Dining Out for a Cure event!  Take look at their website and tell me if I’m wrong.

We created a layered invitation using textured sapphire blue cardstock, bright banana yellow cardstock, and bright white.  We then added a few lines of yellow polka-dots at the bottom, the GLI logo, and a hand-sewn light gray ribbon.  We added an rsvp card that allowed guests to send a check if they weren’t able to attend the event.  The goal was to create an invitation that left donors counting the days until the event, and to create excitement about and interest in the research GLI is conducting.

Thanks GLI for letting me be a part of your fundraising event!

If you’re interested in supporting this important cause, you can make contributions on their website here.

Fundraising Invitation: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

{Invitation Inspiration} Fun with Gingham

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Last year around this time, a bride called and asked me to create an invitation using bandana fabric.  To date, it’s one of my favorite projects, and I have her invitation posted in my Weddings Gallery and on lots of other online galleries!  Part of the reason why her wedding ensemble is one of my favorite projects is that when she asked me to use fabric, my first instinct was to panic.  Using fabric on invitations was new for me, and I didn’t really know where to begin.  But I told her I’d try it out and see what happened.  Well, the results were amazing!  That bride opened a whole world of opportunities for me!

Since creating her wedding invitations, I’ve created many, many more invitations using fabrics, for various events and occasions, and have actually decided to layer my business cards onto fabric.  (Yes, it’s just that great.)  (I’ll post my new business cards on this blog at a later date so you can see just how incredible they are – I dare you to throw my business card away!)

So on my last trip to the fabric store, I saw black and white gingham, and this little lightbulb went off in my head.  Wouldn’t that look awesome with some bright colors – like hot pink and bright yellow?  Maybe with a fluffy bow?  Something super fun…  Perfect!

The result is what you see above.  I created a square, gate-fold invitation using hot raspberry pink cardstock and tied it closed with a fluffy satin ribbon in lemon yellow.  Inside, the invitation is printed on bright white in a casual handwriting font paired with a formal block font.  A layer of black and white gingham sets off the invitation with unexpected flair.

To demonstrate how the look comes together at the reception, I created place-setting menus using the same materials, designed to slide into a pocket-fold napkin.

Also while I was at the fabric store, I saw some light blue and white gingham… it would look great on a birth announcement…  Hmmm.

Invitation & Menu: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Invitation Inspiration} Silk & Fabric Invitation Boxes

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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