I really think that the absolute most difficult part of the wedding planning process for me was designing my invitations. As a calligrapher, I see the most beautiful custom invitations all the time, and it was really tough for me to narrow down what exactly I wanted. I am also still working on learning to digitize all of my art and calligraphy to create the documents and make them print ready so this was quite a learning process for me. I wanted to incorporate a hand drawn element because I love the look of imperfect lines when they are letterpressed. I also wanted a botanical element and slightly curved calligraphy. I decided to order a custom wax seal using the wreath design from our accommodations card. I topped the invitation suite with transparent vellum to act as an “inner envelope” and wrapped it up with silk ribbon and gold string before sealing it all together. I went with a black botanical for the envelope liner and decided to have two pieces of the suite including the reply card and main invitation letterpressed in black because I liked the contrast between them. The accommodations cards were printed in a light dusty lavender color that blended nicely with the silk ribbon. I had a very special team of assistants who were pivotal in my getting through the decision making and production part of creating these alive. Colleen and Chris were by my side every step of the way with photoshopping and cutting envelope liners, perfecting wax seals (which can be a little tricky), licking vintage stamps, wrapping ribbon. Colleen’s husband, Corey, and my mom were also super helpful along the way. I also want to say a special thank you to my friend Elisabeth, from Elisabeth Rose, who helped me get these printed on the most beautifully thick and creamy paper with deliciously textured letterpress. If you guys are looking for a custom stationer, she is incredible at what she does. Thanks Elisabeth!!! Once again, beautiful photos by Allison Kuhn.
There were a few decor items that I pretty much had my heart set on from the beginning and they included handmade paper, silk ribbon, and wispy greens. We used soft pinks, dusty rose, purples, and gray tones, and a touch of black to keep things from getting overly sweet. Obviously there were a few calligraphy elements which seemed inevitable and were happily free cause I know a guy (me). But I think we can all agree after seeing the photos that the real star of the show was the florals. I had a meeting with Melanie from New Creations Flower Co. way back last summer and shared my Pinterest board and talked about some flowers I liked, but good grief, did she nail it. The bouquets, centerpieces and touches of greenery she placed were so exquisite and completely exceeded my expectations. Our cakes were made by Wow Factor Cakes and they were as delicious as they were beautiful. I liked the look of multiple cakes and we almost didn’t do a big cake, but Chris, who knows of my great love affair with cake and is the best husband ever, felt it necessary that we really did it up so I didn’t have any regrets. We had a heck of a time nailing down the design because I was all over the place but ended up going with something traditional and a bit Frenchy looking. Amy from Wow Factor suggested that we incorporate the shape from the mirror that was the backdrop for the cake table in with the monogram to bring cohesion and I thought it was perfect. All signs, table numbers, and escort cards were made by Colleen and I using a touch of gray watercolor and bits of gold leaf. The deliciously thick and textured handmade paper with deckled edges was purchased from Fabulous Fancy Pants and it is really hard to tell how yummy it is in pictures but for those of you who are paper lovers, it is a dream. One special touch that I did which inevitably ended up being more time consuming than I anticipated was calligraphing everyone’s name on a ribbon to tie around their napkins for the placecards. My delightful mother sewed all of the gray chiffon table runners which added a bit of an airy texture to the tables. She also arranged the escort card tree for me the morning of the wedding while I was getting beautified. Thanks Mom! I also wanted to mention that our day of coordinator from Separk, Holly, worked so hard to put all the decor out as I specified on my crazy person bride document that I made and I really appreciated her so much. She did all that on top of making sure things ran super smoothly on the wedding day which I can only imagine was quite a feat. As usual I completely overdid it on pictures this post, which were by our amazing photographer Allison Kuhn, so here is hoping that this post doesn’t make your computer or iPhone freeze up.
We wanted our ceremony to be sweet and succinct (folks got cocktails to drink after all) but we also wanted it to feel thoughtful and personal and to be about us. Our officiant did a wonderful job of making it just that. We said the traditional vows but also decided to write our own as well and I am so glad we did. That is one of the things that I have heard from many people that they enjoyed so much. It was also really nice to be intentional about thinking about the promises we need to keep to each other over the years and the things that we feel will help us have a successful marriage. We kept things pretty simple in the ceremony space. I kept seeing ideas of ceremony space decor that I liked on different wedding blogs but with the way that costs add up, I felt like this was one place I could let all the ideas go and not make a bunch of fuss about. The landscaping in the side yard where we had the ceremony was so pretty all by itself. Chris actually draped the white fabric over the pergola the morning of the wedding and I asked our florist Melanie from New Creations Flower Co. to add some greens to it to spruce it a bit. The fabric was free because I had it leftover from Halloween a few years ago. Instead of printing a bunch of programs, I used a mirror that I bought at Goodwill years ago and wrote the names of the people who were included in the ceremony on that to display near the guest table for our “program.” One of my best friends, Andrew, was nice enough to play our processional music for us on the guitar. He also did it for Colleen and Corey’s wedding so it has apparently become a family tradition. He is an amazing musician and friend and I was so thankful that he was willing to do it again. Once again, beautiful images by the lovely and talented Allison Kuhn.
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Venue- Separk Mansion