There are going to be weddings in your career when you pinch yourself. For me it was this seaside European Wedding in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Grand Villa Argentina. Most may recognize Dubrovnik from scenes from Game of Thrones. I recognize it as my first European adventure… that also turned out to be my first European wedding.
Normally, I don’t work the day-of weddings, but Mike and Melissa are good friends, so I tagged along to help my studio mate and the florist, Marti Heard Designs. We were set up in a little apartment right on the harbor, behind the farmer’s market. Each morning we would walk down to the bakery and grab fresh chocolate croissants.The boat in which our friends would leave for a 10 day “funnymoon” was across the street, making it easy for us to meet up with them in the evenings to hang out in the small pub up the street or go to the Old City and explore.
Dubrovnik is a town full of small businesses, owned by locals. The artisans inside the Old City were amazing and I was fortunate enough to purchase two painting of the Old City from street vendors. I hope to go back and take my family so they can experience the amazing atmosphere of the city. Walking around, exploring a city surrounded by fortress walls – some with bombshells still stuck in them – it’s really like nothing else.
I couldn’t say no when Refined Social asked me to create a menu for this black tie horse farm wedding. Brick red paired with gold foil and Claudia Engle calligraphy just screams gorgeous. But then again, when you see the entire wedding, gorgeous takes on a new meaning.
As seen on The Knot as “A Playful Black-Tie Wedding at a Private Residence in Lexington, Kentucky”
Alicia + Andrew’s burgundy and bourbon wedding kinda takes the cake for 2017. Cotton paper, gold leaf detail, and letterpress printing made it really easy to fall in love with this suite. And with a backdrop like The Monastery, Megan Noll Photography capturing every inch of gorgeous, and Cincy Weddings by Maura keeping everything on track, nothing but amazing can happen.
As seen on Style Me Pretty as “Gold, Maroon + Bourbon: A Winning Wedding Trio”
Dust blue was all the rage for romantic wedding inspiration and we’re still seeing hints of it pop up. It’s definitely one of my favorite colors to design with, as blue has so much depth to it’s palette. You really can’t go wrong. I was asked to participate in a styled shoot in California and when I saw the style sheet using these dusty blue hues, I knew I had to create something delicate and soft, but still packed some punch.
Anything that can make our lives easier and our businesses run smoother is a no-brainer. I have five services my business can’t run without that are tried, true, and used every single day – even when I’m not working – and if you took one of these away from me, I’m pretty sure I would cry ugly, ugly sobs.
(Make sure you read through them all because there’s a little something in it for you, too!)
Burgundy was the go-to color last season. So much so that my stationery group would send out frequent SOS calls for any burgundy envelopes floating around. I was asked to design for a Sonoma Winery Wedding Styled Shoot and saw a great opportunity to use burgundy in the paper goods.
This is where it gets awkward.
I’m not a big “sharer” of my life and what’s going on in it. I’ve never really felt the urge to update my Facebook status every few hours (though I do still love a good check-in or cheeky conversation with my daughter) and I’m not the best as remembering to post to my IG stories during the day. And lessbehonest, I’m still in the dating phase with Snapchat, but I have some ideas that could have us spending even more time together.
This is why I’m really really bad at showing my face on social media. I make it weird and it feels a bit like a hot mess.
If there’s one thing that remains true about Cincinnati, it’s an abundance of fantastic wedding venues. And with an abundance comes great variety of style, size, and aesthetic. Here is a quick list of some of my favorite venues that majorly inspire my creative juices. With each venue, I’ve also posted an invitation design that would compliment the vibe perfectly.
There are so many different reasons you would want to plan a destination wedding – from a place with sentimental value, to loving to travel and wanting a different scene, to just wanting to get outta dodge. With so many beautiful venues all around the world, I compiled a list of some of my favorites – most of which I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a client.
I’ve also paired up one of my invitations that would be the perfect match for each wedding venue.
So often, a Southern wedding will incorporate the community, a tradition that can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of wedding planning. You know I’m a sucker for history, tradition and supporting friends and family that surround me.