Custom silhouettes

Feb 27, 2009

Remember this post about using custom-cut silhouettes in place of family photos at your wedding? Well, I have the most wonderful resource to share with you today to accomplish just that!

Vinyl Silhouettes is a new online shop where you can e-mail your photos and have them turned into silhouettes of any size, shape and color! What are vinyl silhouettes? They say it best on their Web site: Think of them as custom decorative stickers! They are the thickness of a single coat of paint and resemble hand-painted art work.

I've loved silhouettes for such a long time and I've always thought it would be special to have two traditional bust-style silhouettes made of J&I with our wedding day photos. About two weeks ago, I ordered them through Vinyl Silhouettes (and I have to tell you guys, the one-on-one service was phenomenal!) and they arrived in the mail yesterday! I. am. smitten:

I think we look so sweet and I love that you can see J's boutonniere! :o) I can't wait to get them framed! Make sure you check out their idea gallery, too! You can get head profiles, full body silhouettes and even a silhouette of your darling pet! And there's plenty of other great inspiration, like this:

{Photo credits: 1 Martha Stewart; 2 + 3 + 4 Vinyl Silhouettes}

Custom Inspiration Board, No. 1

Feb 26, 2009

I'm so excited to share the first custom inspiration board I just created for sweet CB reader Kendyl!

Here's a little bit of what Kendyl told me about her upcoming wedding:
Our church and reception are both in downtown Charlotte. Our church is a small, old, but beautiful brick chuch right in the heart of the city. Our reception is [... in a] beautiful old building (used to be a church) with stained glass windows, and a very 'old' feel. As for colors, I have decided on a deep purple/eggplant/plum (some sort of shade of purple), champagney/gold, ivory, and some greens. When I think of what kind of feel I would like for our wedding, I think of Southern charm, but a little bit vintage, elegant and traditional, but also fun! And definately not too stuffy! I have purchased my dress ... it's a Pronovias, with a lot of lace ... But we have not decided on bridesmaid's dresses. I am having the most trouble thinking about what I want for my cake, flowers, and invitations/papers. I like very traditional things. I love the look of calligraphy and I also am having a small obsession with moss initials, but don't know how to incorporate into my venue without looking too outdoorsy ...

And here's what I came up with:

{click to enlarge}

Details (from left to right):
Row 1: Martha Stewart image; photo by Kate Headley; Grace on Brevard venue; Michelle Rago image.
Row 2: Grace on Brevard venue; DIY Magnolia wreath painted gold; vanilla and blueberry macaroons; Vintage gold locket.
Row 3: DIY moss letter from my wedding; photo by Kate Headley; Mint juleps; Magnolia swag from Pottery Barn.

The written (with some added visuals):

Flowers: I think a bundle of creamy white hydrangeas could make sweet bouquets for the bridesmaids and would pop against plum-colored dresses. A mix of lilacs and lavender could make a striking bouquet for the bride ... or some vibrant purple hydrangeas dotted with pansies could make a fun statement, too! And a single magnolia would be very adorable for a flowergirl! This centerpiece of magnolias and hydrangeas is classic and simple, too:

Decor: To really highlight the natural greens and golds in your color palette, I would use several generous swags of magnolia leaves with some turned up to show the golden brown as well as the rich green. You could use these to frame doorways and windows. Another idea is painting some magnolia wreaths a warm gold -- perfect to hang on the church doors!

Favors: Lavender and ivory-colored macaroons from Laduree would add such a whimsical (and scrumptious!) detail.

Signature cocktail: To play up the southern charm, I would suggest serving traditional Mint Juleps!

Cake: I love the idea of dotting your cake with sweet and playful pansies! Maybe use vanilla icing and make it a three tier to dress it up a bit:

{darling cake found here on The City Sage}

Bridesmaids dresses: J. Crew has a great selection of dresses in lovely plum shades -- I'm really loving this style!

Invitations/papers: I think something very simple with gilded edging would set a very traditional and southern tone. Envelopes could be addressed in calligraphy. And because your wedding will be in the fall, I think pinecones would be a perfect fit to hold escort/place cards (spraypaint them gold to incorporate your color palette and have the cards hand-calligraphied for a personal touch!):

Fun (!): Add a photobooth and have plenty of fun masks available (you could have them in purples, golds and ivories to further define your color palette) for guests to play and have fun.

Extra: For a bit of twist on tradition, you could wear this stunning pair of Manolos with a shimmering gold brocade pattern, available at Nieman's:

If you'd like me to create a personalized inspiration board for you, read up on the details here (half of the proceeds go to charity so it's all for a good cause and it's fun!) and then shoot me an e-mail telling me a little bit about your vision and I'll get to work!

Emerald envy

I never watch award shows and this year was no exception but I always enjoy catching up on the glorious gowns and jewels. Angelina was my favorite ... I can't get over those emeralds by Lorraine Schwartz and the matching cocktail ring is just too delicious for words. And Brad's not a bad accessory, either!

Change the gown to a creamy white and you have a stunningly sophisticated bridal look. And I love the idea of having a strong pop of color in your earrings. I'm so calling this to replace the bright, colorful wedding shoe trend!
{Images found here}

Order a personalized inspiration board for your wedding!

Feb 25, 2009

Custom Inspiration Boards
If you find yourself struggling with color palettes, floral choices, dress decisions, etc., let me help you! Just e-mail me a few general ideas or guidelines about the direction you'd like me to take and I'll customize a wedding board just for you! You'll also have the choice of having your board posted on Classic Bride.


Inspiration boards are only $50 each and can be paid via PayPal. Half of the proceeds will be donated to either LiveStrong or a charity of your choice.

Included in the inspiration board will be 8-10 photos, dictating a specified or suggested color palette, as well as credits for each photo. I will also include a a written segment - click here and here for examples. You can specify what you'd like included - favor ideas, venue possibilities, food selections, itinerary, etc.

Charming locket

{image by Marie Labbancz, found here}

Such a sweet and thoughtful detail and a truly lovely way of including loved ones. You could include childhood photos of you and your groom, your parents, grandparents, etc. Love that the locket is engraved with their married monogram and wedding date (same day/year we got married, too!).

Are you planning on attaching anything sentimental to your bouquet?

p.s. Check out VintageGlam's DIY contest and if you have a great idea, go ahead and enter!

Copy this!

Feb 24, 2009

{David Seaver photo via Well Wed}

Creative touches are what make a wedding stand out from the rest and this is one detail I will always adore.

It's not just that the birdcages are cute. It's the fact that they're hanging from sweet, tattered ribbons in a tree and they serve a purpose as card holders! I love it! Unique, functional and charming.

Canvas & Poster Print giveaway!

Feb 23, 2009

{from MS Weddings}

Remember this idea of having your favorite wedding shots printed on canvas? I'm still smitten with the idea and am having a group shot from our wedding printed in sepia tone on a gallery-wrapped canvas. I can hardly wait to see it!

And the *best* part is that I get to share the fun! Online Poster Printing has offered to give away 1 canvas print (16x20, gallery wrapped) and 2 Poster Prints (16x20) to 3 lucky Classic Bride readers! Wedding photos and engagement photos always look great as canvas and poster prints!

To enter:
Comment below telling me what you would do with your canvas print or poster print if you win! Make sure to include a valid e-mail address so we have a way of contacting you! The contest will run until Friday, March 6 at midnight CST and the winners will be announced the following Monday. Contestants outside of the US/CAN must pay shipping if they are chosen as a winner.

While you must comment on this post to enter the contest, you may also upload the image you intend on having printed to Classic Bride's facebook page. If you are chosen as a winner and you have done this, you will receive a free upgrade to an 18x24 canvas! Just go to CB's facebook page, become a fan (if you aren't already) and upload your photo to the 'fan photos' section! I'm really looking forward to seeing your photos and putting a 'face' on our community!

Well done!

Feb 20, 2009

Anything that involves the Brooklyn Bridge and/or balloons grabs my attention. And I just read about the cutest proposal {like ever!} that involves both elements over on The City Sage. Read the full story here.

My shop on Wedding bee!

I wanted to give a little shout-out to a recent client of mine for sharing my work on both her charming wedding blog, The Adventures of the Grosgrain Bride and on Wedding bee! I had so much fun addressing her envelopes and it was such a sweet surprise to see these posts! Make sure to follow her fab wedding planning, too - she's Miss Lemonade! :o)

ps. Have you heard Lily Pulitzer is coming out with a wedding invitation line??? Exciting!!!

DIY: Programs

I think these little scrolls would make perfect wedding programs! They'd be a super easy DIY option, too! Just find some pretty paper, print out a short 1-page program and roll them up with ribbon of your choice. You could place them on antique silver trays, in a rustic basket or ... my favorite, vintage drawers:

{from Bailiwick Designs}

Aqua Mason jars

Feb 19, 2009

Recently, I was reminded of just how much I adore vintage aqua Mason jars ... the color alone makes me happy and I have several in our home that I use for storing scissors and craft supplies ... and the occasional bouquet of flowers! ;o)

... But I absolutely love when they're used in weddings. If I hadn't collected so much pretty milk glass for our own wedding, I definitely would have mixed in some aqua Mason jars. They add a crazy amount of charm and have such a laidback, Southern vibe. They're not only great for creating centerpieces (I think a cluster of three look just right!) ... they also look magical with tealights inside! You could sprinkle sand or pieces of seaglass beneath the tealight for a beach or lakeside wedding. These sweet jars are also perfect for serving low-country lemonade or sweet tea to guests before your ceremony.

{from ead}

... And they tend to coordinate with just about everything! Bright, colorful floral arrangements (tulips, dahlias) tend to pop with the contrast while lush pastel peonies could create a soft, romantic look.
Anyone used/using blue vintage Mason jars?

And the winner ...

Michelle, who said:
We're being married at a historic mansion, so the Butterfly Lace invitation fits in perfectly with its opulent style.

My fiance and I are huge tea drinkers, so the white leaf tea sachet favors would be cute! These happen to be very elegant and would look nice all lined up on a table. I hope I win : )

Congratulations, Michelle! You'll receive an e-mail soon regarding your prize!

Cute cake stands

Feb 18, 2009

{image found here}

One of my favorite parts of wedding planning/shopping was finding the perfect cake stand and these are just too darling for a garden wedding. I love the subtle rustic vibe!

Ranging in price from $15 - $225, there's one for every budget! Go here for all the details and while you're there, stay awhile! Heaps of charming ideas are awaiting! :o)

Looking beyond the wedding world

{from andrea singarella's flickr}

I just wanted to use this post to show that you don't always have to look in wedding-specific books, magazines and blogs for inspiration. In fact, some of the best inspiration I encountered when planning our wedding came in discovering new cities, visiting antique shops and flipping through interior design mags. When I came across the above photo, I immediately associated it with weddings. The soft colors and the rich textures just exuded femininity. On top of that, I have always thought a ballet-inspired wedding would be oh-so-whimsical and romantic.

Where have you found wedding inspiration?

ps. Today is the LAST day to enter the Wedding Paper Divas / Beau-Coup contest! Make sure you enter before midnight CST! Just click here.

Sweet dresses

Feb 17, 2009

I'm not sure if I'm more taken with the dresses or the exquisite set designs but either way, Simple Silhouettes is brimming with eye candy. Perfect for your bridesmaids.
ps. Charleston Weddings is holding its second-annual Bridal Couture Show held in conjunction with Charleston magazine’s Charleston Fashion Week. Tickets for the show are $40 each and can be purchased here. But Anne over at Perfect Bound has free tickets! For a chance to win, head right here!

Velorbis bicycles

Feb 16, 2009

{images from Velorbis}

I looove the streamlined design of these bicycles and they'd be the perfect mode of transportation for a bride and groom. I can already envision a 'Just' and a 'Married' sign hanging from the front of the baskets.

{Like the sign idea, too? Want a calligraphed version to hang from your bike baskets, Vespa, vintage car, etc.? Just e-mail me for details.}

Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 14, 2009

{from cafemama's Flickr stream}

I think these conversation hearts have the possibility of making cute favors. Maybe place them in vintage aqua Mason jars with a ribbon and note attached.

Lucky Luxe

Feb 13, 2009

Remember these most amazing Save the Dates? Well, thanks to Cyd, I found myself perusing Lucky Luxe, the blog of the Mississippi designer responsible for producing those sweet SaTDs. Her work is simply gorgeous:

ps. If you're in need of a serious dose of wedding inspiration, head over to Blue Moon Events. Based in Charleston, their portfolio is oooooozing with classic Southern charm and their Look Book will have you drooling.

Wedding Paper Divas & Beau Coup Contest

I thought a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day (a day early!) would be with a contest! And this is a BIG one! Hope you enjoy! ;o)
One very lucky Classic Bride reader will be the winner of a $100 gift certificate to Wedding Paper Divas as well as a $100 gift certificate to Beau-coup Wedding Favors!

In case you're not familiar with the gorgeous wedding invitations and wedding favors offered by these companies, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites:

Sophisticated Swirls

Under the Oak

Bouquet Blooms

Wedding favor cones

1) Visit the Wedding Paper Divas and Beau-coup Web sites and find an invitation and favor that suits your wedding.

2) Comment on this post and let me know which products you chose (make sure you include the proper links and a reliable e-mail to contact you if you win)!

3) Do one of the following two things: Either save your invitation as a 'favorite' on the WPD site (just click 'save in favorites' on the invite page) or subscribe to the Beau-coup newsletter here.

Feel free to enter as many times as you would like!
Winner will be responsible for the full purchase price of any items that fall outside of contest winnings. Make sure you enter before Wednesday, February 18 at midnight CST. A random winner will be selected and announced on Thursday! Good luck!

Personalized notecards from SDC

Feb 12, 2009

{click to enlarge photos}

Personalized notecard sets make the perfect gift for bridesmaids and groomsmen alike! I happen to think they're especially sweet to give to your flower girl or any special little one in your life ... then again, they're lovely to order just for yourself or any close friend ...

And they're now available through my studio, SD Calligraphy!

The process:
You purchase the notecards {flat work best} and envelopes yourself {make sure to include 15% extra for ink splatters from the pen nib}. Mail them to me and I'll hand-letter the name, address and any other components on each notecard and envelope and then mail them back to you!

The pricing:
$30 per every 10 hand-lettered notecards and envelope flaps using a standard name and return address. For more information, drop me a note here.

The details:
The lettering style can be Chelsea, Jane or a combination of both. The combination style {my favorite} is featured above.

For the return address, you can choose to use his/her individual monogram, a married monogram, a full name, a nick-name or just have the address itself.

The card/envelope colors and styles are entirely up to you as you will be picking them out.

Custom ink colors are available for an additional fee.
Suggestions: Teal, Gold or White ink {on dark paper} always appear striking.

Miniature hearts or stars can be sprinkled around the name to add a whimsical touch for a child -- this is shown in the photos as well as here. There is no added fee for this.

If you're not sure where to find quality blank notecards and envelopes, I would recommend heading right here. Paper Source makes great products at unbelievable prices and they offer a nice selection of styles (scalloped edges, ric rac edges, fun shapes, etc.) and more than 25 colors!

How to order:
To place your order, simply send me an e-mail with details.

SD Calligraphy also specializes in envelope addressing for social events of all sorts, including weddings! Check out all the options here!

Price lists are also now available on the site.

Functional {and adorable} keepsake

Loooooooove this idea of printing your Save the Dates on vintage handkerchiefs! Want more? Go here.

Hello, beautiful

I usually only *love,love,love* the veil or the dress or the hairstyle, etc., etc. ... But this is one exception! The whole look had me at hello. Flawless.

{image by Sloan Photographers via Modern Romance}