Bonnie + Zach’s classic summer Inn at Longshore wedding was one for the books! I immediately fell in love with their design when they told me their color palette: grayed jade, dusty teal, navy and gold. It didn’t hurt that the bride + mother of the bride were so sweet and fun to work with on everything! It was such a refreshing mix of colors with the classic navy + gold, and it worked beautifully for their summer nuptials. We created a classic yet whimsical monogram that we used on the invitation suite and throughout the day-of paper: programs, menus, signage and the unplugged ceremony sign (my personal favorite!). The team at Double G Events put together a beautiful celebration, all captured by Meg Miller Photography. The bonus? This wedding was featured on Borrow & Blue Blog! Scroll down for all the beautiful shots plus the entire vendor reel.
Our modern chic garden wedding inspiration shoot is featured on Cake and Lace Blog! This geometric-inspired shoot was so fun to work on with an incredible team of San Diego, California wedding vendors. The Lux Art Institute is a seriously cool space for a wedding (inside or out!), and is a perfect choice for that artsy, modern couple. The color palette included dusty rose and pale pinks with slate and shale grays, accented with warm metals and cooled with sage and jade greenery. To celebrate this I paired the soft colors with a bright metallic rose gold string to tie the invitation suite together. I wanted to celebrate the shapes of the Lux Art Institute venue throughout the suite, so I designed a custom die-cut shaped menu. I also incorporated marble (very on trend right now!) in the RSVP card and the place cards. Even though I am partial to stationery, the donut wall may be my favorite detail of this shoot! Not only is it delicious, but it makes such a cool statement in a clean, modern space. Be sure to scroll down for all the gorgeous details (photos courtesy of Jessica Jaccarino Photo), plus a vendor reel at the bottom!
Today I’m talking about some lessons I’ve learned for success as a work-at-home mom. When I had my first child, balancing motherhood and my business was chaotic. I had first-time-mom overwhelm and inconsistent childcare. So when Layla came I vowed to have a set plan.
So here are my tips for my fellow creative entrepreneurs who are also raising littles!
1. Be clear with clients about your work hours
My new client packet says 10-4 Monday through Thursday. Of course I often work beyond that (love my Netflix + assembly nights!), but it manages everyone’s expectations right from the start. As a work-at-home mom, I really try not to do any real work on Fridays beyond email so I can focus fully on my kids that day. (Boomerang for Gmail has been so helpful with this. It allows you to schedule when to send emails so clients don’t know you’re on email at 9pm on a Sunday night!)
2. Put your phone in another room
A stationer friend gave me this tip and it’s been amazing. When the phone is nearby it’s so easy to do a quick Instagram sesh or check the inbox. But removing the temptation is the easiest way to stay present.
3. Get really good at working in spurts
Plan, plan plan! Unless I go to a coffee shop, there is still at least one kid usually in my house. Even with a babysitter here, I may need to stop working to nurse or do some other home or mom task. Consecutive hours of uninterrupted work are rare, so that’s why I start every day with a plan. In Evernote I plan my week every Sunday evening, noting 3 things I need to get done each day. (Read more about my 3-things daily planning here). Things shift as the week goes on, so I usually reassess each night before bed. This has been invaluable in feeling accomplished + organized at the end of the day! You’d be amazed at how productive you can be with just 30 minutes when you don’t waste time figuring out what needs to be done next.
4. Get help
No matter how good you are at multi-tasking, it’s really valuable to know when you’ll have a block of time to work uninterrupted. (And we all know multi-tasking doesn’t always yield the best results for quality work!) If your kids sleep well, nighttime is great, but some days you’re just so gassed from watching them that you just want to sleep or unwind with some TV + wine. I am fortunate to have Finley in school and a nanny that comes a few mornings a week to watch the baby. This way I am able to schedule meetings or anything that requires 100% of my focus. If that’s not an option for you, have an afternoon where a friend watches her kids and yours, and another afternoon where you do the same.
5. Give yourself a break
Each day is different, which is part of the fun of being an entrepreneur, but it also has its challenges. Some days I give my 3-year-old a half-hour extra of TV so I can get a time-sensitive task done, and often I’m checking email while I’m nursing. I used to beat myself up for not being present all the time, but now I know that’s an impossible standard. I get to be with my kids a ton which I love, and they get to see first-hand their mom working hard. Though mom guilt never goes away, don’t let it cripple your creativity!
This week I am sharing copper wedding inspiration, one of the hottest metallics right now! Copper weddings have been popping up quite a bit, and have been such a fresh of breath air in the color world. Brides are still crazy for metallic, but some are looking to do something a little more modern than the traditional gold or silver. Ever since I finished up the invitations for my last wedding of 2016 (which also happens to be with a bride who is a dear friend!), I’ve been feeling the urge to design with copper even more. Copper has a special way of translating to so many different types of weddings: rustic, modern, glamorous….it works on so many levels! My favorite is seeing it paired with greenery, whether that means adorned on a metallic cake or in vases for centerpieces. It’s a bold + exciting trend for 2017 + 2018 weddings!
Scroll below for some shots of our bride’s copper paper story + some delicious metal inspiration.
Today I am sharing Catherine + Michael’s watercolor crest wedding at Hill-Stead Museum in Connecticut, and this one is a stunner!
We worked with the talented Lemontree Calligraphy to create their custom watercolor wedding crest, featuring two tigers representing their high school mascot. (One is sleeping because the bride loves to sleep in while the groom is an early riser; I just love learning these fun details about my couples!)
Their palette featured fresh blues + greens, perfect for an outdoor summer tented garden wedding. We kept their paper story classic + elegant since the team at Sixpence For Your Shoe Events created a gorgeous look, including beautiful linens, greenery chandeliers and floral table runners inside the reception tent.
My favorite paper detail was the escort card boards. These custom watercolor cards created a beautiful reception entrance moment for guests to enjoy.
Justin & Mary Photography was on hand to capture all their custom wedding stationery, including their crest menus, programs, table numbers, and guest hotel boxes! Scroll down for all the swoon-worthy shots.
Catherine + Michael, thank you for including me in your beautiful wedding and sharing your love story. Your floral wedding invitations + crest was one of our favorites from the season!