Last year I was fortunate enough to attend the Creative at Heart Conference in Memphis. I came home refreshed, re-energized and feeling like I was ready to take on the next year. I mean, by the end of wedding season, the last thing I want to think about is starting another wedding season. Creatives need to rest and recharge. It was good for my heart, soul and mind.
Going to a conference such as Creative at Heart isn’t something that is in my budget every year (fingers crossed, every other year). So this year, I reached out to a few different people who do what I do in the Midwest. There isn’t a lot of us, but I was fortunate to connect with Kelly with Noted Design, Andrea with Andi’s Invites and Bri and Natalie with Flyover Design Co. yesterday in Des Moines.
We talked business and ideas and growth and lessons learned. Mainly, it’s always great to know that there are people who get what you’re going through. Who can nod their head in agreement and you talk about your frustrations and your challenges. People who can say, “yes!” when you talk about your goals and dreams.
And as I sit down at my desk today, I want to knock 200 things off my list that I want to get done before the start of 2018 weddings. Again, this was good for my heart, soul and mind.
Thanks to these amazing ladies for connecting yesterday. I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes you and am excited to talk again next year.
Abby & Tom | Holland Performing Arts Center | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations
I always get chills when I see wedding photos from my couples. Some come right away. Some…months down the road. And this one, a little over a year but so worth sharing still. Thanks to Steph Fowler Photography for sending these in my inbox today. Still so amazed with the simply beauty of Abby & Tom’s invitations and wedding.
Andra & Connor | Omaha Country Club | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations
Black on ivory.
Those three words could have been the only thing I wrote down from the consultation I had with Andra before we started designing invitations for her August 2016 wedding. She knew what she wanted. And classic was what she wanted.
And even today, when I meet with a future bride wanting a classic look, Andra & Connor’s wedding invitations are the first I grab. These beautiful ivory paper invitations are adorned with gold foiled names. Past that…it’s black on ivory. The font is classic and beautiful. And everything flows. It’s one of my favorites from this past year.
We created so many great pieces for their wedding day including ceremony programs, custom signs, menus, place cards and a welcome card for their guest hotel gift bags.
Emily & Paul | Legacy Hall | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations
I never ask, “what are your wedding colors?” I’ve learned that not all couples have distinct wedding colors. The typical response I would receive: “Well, I don’t really have A color.” Tones, hues and combinations is typically what I see.
Emily and Paul were on the opposite spectrum. Her purple was beautiful and we brought it out perfectly on their wedding invitations. Their wedding invitations have a very classic look to them, which paired perfectly for their Catholic wedding ceremony. I was in awe when she sent me her wedding photos. Those florals! Breathtaking pops of color to compliment everything they put together.
Emily and Paul were a joy to work with. We designed their wedding invitation suite, ceremony programs and thank you cards for their wedding day. Congrats you two! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!
Kelsey & Grant | Livestock Exchange Building | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations
As I dive into 2017 weddings, I’m designing my fair share of watercolor floral invitations. And with each one being so different, I’m not sure if I can get tired of creating them. And there is always one bride who will set the tone for me. Who will bring me an idea that I’ve been seeing out there, but haven’t created yet.
Kelsey wanted to bring in her neutral floral inspiration into her wedding invitations. My response? Yes, please! I’ve been wanting to create something like these, but since I only do custom design, I need a couple who wants to create these too. And did we ever. Pair a beautifully designed wedding invitation with a blush pocket, a lace belly band and navy blue envelope liners (which I pretty much begged her to do), and I can’t show off this invitation enough.
Kelsey & Grant’s invitation suite is one I feature on my website and my social media quite a bit. Their inspiration and style helped me create a design I show off so much at my invitation consultations. And has inspired other designs as well. For this couple, we created the invitation suite as well as ceremony programs.
And these photos….seriously? Can these two make a rainy wedding day look any more amazing? Congrats, Kelsey & Grant. Your day looked amazing. Thank you for trusting me to design such amazing pieces for your perfect day.
Danyelle & Jim | Omaha Design Center | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations
There are sometimes I really connect with a couple. And then there are sometimes I connect so much that I kinda wanna ask if I could come to their wedding. I mean, I do have an invitation, right?
Danyelle and Jim were such a fun couple to work with. Their Save the Dates showed their personality. Laughing. I’m thinking they probably do this a lot together. They allowed me to create one of my favorite fall inspired wedding invitation. Plus other pieces. A lot of other pieces. We created so many fun custom wedding signs, table numbers which were also booklets their guests could write in (so amazing) and then top it off with Thank You cards.
The day after their wedding, I was at the Omaha Design Center for a wedding show. Of course, I posted on Instagram I was there. Low and behold, Danyelle and Jim stopped by because they were staying at the hotel next door. They just wanted to thank me and say hi. That is the reason I do this, people. To connect with people. To make their biggest day, just a little bit sweeter.
Ellen & Matthew | FFA Enrichment Center | Des Moines, Iowa | dSy invitations
We were down to crunch time with Ellen & Matt’s invitations. She wanted gold foiling, which I love, but it takes some time for this gorgeous process to happen. So I had my print shop ship the invites directly to Ellen. She promised to send a few to me. No problem. But was I disappointed when they showed up to me. Not because they weren’t gorgeous…because they were. It’s because Ellen was doing her own calligraphy on the envelopes and she didn’t do one for me! I forgave her because she’s one of the sweetest brides I worked with. From her photo, the calligraphy looked amazing 🙂
Ellen and Matt were on trend by bringing gold into their wedding day color. But what I loved was the “pop of raspberry” that we brought to this invitation package. There was just a bit on the printed pieces. But the envelope liner…oh my…that pop had to impress when guests opened it for the first time.
Their wedding day looked nothing less than perfect. For this couple, we designed wedding invitations, ceremony programs and reception menus. I feel blessed to have designed for this Des Moines couple and created some fantastic wedding invitations. Congrats again, Ellen & Matt!
Abby & Thomas | Holland Performing Arts Center | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations
I love looking back and blogging about the couples I designed for last year. But sometimes, I don’t even have to.
Thanks Steph Fowler Photography for the amazing photos from Abby & Tom’s August Omaha wedding. Their ceremony at Saint Patricks Church…beautiful. Their reception at Omaha Performing Arts – Holland Performing Arts Center…breathtaking.
Of course the photo of their invitations…magnificent!
It’s always a sad realization when I never get to meet a bride face-to-face. Don’t get me wrong. Not seeing a couple doesn’t affect how I design or creating nothing-less-than-perfect invitations. And it hit me the day I sent Ashley’s ceremony programs to print that I’ve never met her! But we worked so well together. And I wished nothing but the best for her and Joseph’s September wedding in Clive, Iowa.
I love showing her invitations off to a couple. Because there is a WOW factor when you open the envelope. Glitter gold envelope liners. Probably my favorite part. With gold glitter belly bands. Yes, please!
Her navy double layer invitations had to be the talk of her wedding guests. I’ve done nothing like these before. I love the small blush accents throughout. Just a touch of that beautiful color!
Take a moment to take in their wedding day. It’s country….it’s gorgeous. And I would have to think, it was an amazing day for Ashley & Joe!
Congrats to this fabulous couple! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!
Andra & Connor | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations
I meet a bride who knows exactly what she wants a few times a year. I mean, don’t get me wrong. The couples I usually meet with have a good idea of what they want. But then there is Andra. I still remember the day I met with her. She had her style down pat. And when it came to designing it, she had me double and triple check font sizes. As a designer, I don’t encourage that, but I do appreciate it. What we designed for her Omaha, Nebraska wedding at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, nothing less than stellar.
It’s the first one I currently grab when I meet with a couple who wants something classic. I’ve had brides want to recreate it in their own colors or just sit in aww at it’s pure beauty.
From the photos from the talented Wyn Wiley of Andra and Connor’s wedding day, it looked as amazing as she described it to be.
Not only invitations, but we designed ceremony programs, welcome cards for her hotel guest welcome bags, menus, placecards and a large welcome sign.
I loved all these pieces!
Congrats to this wonderful couple! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.