The 2015 Wedding season is winding down and I am taking a breather to look back over the summer and the months of hard work that led up to it. I booked most of this year's incredible couples in early November of 2014 and what followed were months of excitement and creativity as their wedding days took shape and every last lovely detail fell into place.
I welcome varying levels of collaboration with my couples while their suite is being built and refined. Each couple is different, just like their love stories. I have found that some of my clients truly enjoy the back and forth of ideas and proofs-- they like the fact that they play an integral role in shaping their suite to reflect their style. Others however, hire me to take their ideas and run with them, eager to be surprised by how I interpret their love story into a physical articulation. They breathe a sigh of relief to have one more wedding to-do checked off the list. In either case, if my couples could take one thing away from working with me I hope it would be that they felt fully heard and fully taken care of.
One of my favorite suites of this season was actually created through a true design collaboration with one of my brides. Chrissy is a graphic designer and I was fortunate enough to work alongside her and help bring her ideas to life. She and her sweet fiancé (now husband!) chose to host their wedding weekend “Up North,” Michigan, a place near and dear to both of their families. Their ceremony was held at a beautiful Roman Catholic Church and the reception at the incredible Bay Harbor Yacht Club, right on the waters of Lake Michigan.
The simply incredible Rachel Moger of Sincerely Ginger Weddings worked with the couple to develop a distinct and rich design concept for their July wedding. They set out with a vision of elegance, refinement, and tons of fun for everyone present. They approached me with a color palette that was absolutely spot on: navy, black, charcoal, whites, and metallics. I am a sucker for neutrals and intentional, typography-focused design and they had me within the first moments of the initial meeting.
Our months of hard work paid off and I couldn’t be happier with the result. We decided on extra thick, luxurious, 100% cotton paper which takes a beautifully deep letterpress impression. I created a custom monogram for Chrissy and Eric with a dainty wreath of baby's breath circling their initials which was later hot foil stamped into the center of the black belly band and adorns the top of the invitation. We collaborated on a custom map of the area with points of interest and the important locations of the weekend’s events. The RSVP envelopes also got a touch of sparkle with the gold foiled return address. The final presentation was classic with the perfect touches of whimsy and glamor.
I wish I could have been a fly on the wall in the homes of the guests as they opened the hand-lettered envelopes and were presented with this impressively posh suite. I hope they felt the love and attention that went into every tiny detail.
I am currently booking 2016 weddings and spots are filling up fast! Contact me here if you would like to chat about working together.