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Connecticut Pink + Navy Garden Wedding

Kelly + Tim’s Connecticut pink and navy garden wedding is one I’ve been so excited to share! They got married in Elizabeth Park in Hartford then had an elegant reception at The Pond House. Their custom wedding paper story started with The Paris wedding invitation design from The Rosy Collection, but with their own twist! The Paris is usually the invitation suite chosen by my couples with a simpler more traditional style (and is one of my most popular designs!), but by adding some pops of color and more modern fonts, it became this great mix of elegance + fun. (And proving the point I always say to my couples in consultations about the collection: two people can choose the same suite, but the end result can be starkly different. It will still feel like it was custom made just for you!) Their modern Connecticut wedding invitation suite truly reflected the style of their celebration, which is exactly what I strive to do for all my brides!

For the day-of paper, Kelly really wanted to incorporate watercolor details, so we used soft pink watercolors for the signage, including the tented menus that were displayed at each table. This has become one of my new favorite (and cost-saving) day-of paper trends, as you only have to pay for 1 menu per table, and it creates another design element at the table beyond just the florals and linens. We also had watercolor and navy table signs, escort cards, and bar signs.

Ashley Therese Photography was on hand to capture every lovely detail, so be sure to scroll down for lots of gorgeous details! The best part about sharing K + T’s wedding now is that they’ve recently added a baby girl to their family! I love hearing updates about my couples and seeing how their stories continue beyond the wedding day!

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Kelly + Tim, thank you for letting me be a part of your refreshing + fun wedding paper story. I wish you all the happiness in the world with your family of 3!

 

Venue: The Pond House
Gown: Theia
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride NYC
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions
Jewelry: BHLDN headband & earrings
Makeup Artist: Naomi Martinez
Hair stylist: Tonya Valentin
Groom’s tux: The Black Tux
Videographer: Yellow Hook Productions
DJ: Local Motion Entertainment
Floral Design: Fleurescent
Cake: Cakes by Donna
Invitations: Roseville Designs
Photography: Ashley Therese Photography

For more real weddings, head over to this section on the blog. And don’t forget to follow on Instagram for daily happenings!

xo, Sandy
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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Wedding Websites

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Today I’m excited to share the ultimate guide to wedding websites! I did a ton of research to find the best free and paid wedding website services, and put together my top 3 website services for newly engaged couples to consider!

Whenever I get to the phase of working out the details of the entire wedding invitation suite, I always come to the stage where brides ask me what to include on their the card. The answer depends on different factors (check out my essential info card blog post here), but I ALWAYS instruct my brides to have a wedding website. It doesn’t need to be the most beautiful or most expensive option, but it needs to be fluid. In other words, you need a website so that you can continue to update information.

And here are my top 3 reasons why you need a wedding website….

:: plans change ::

Hotel blocks book up, restaurants close. Your website allows you to change details so that nothing that is written on a printed info card becomes inaccurate.

:: registry info is a no-no on your invitation ::

Your guests may have perused your registry for the shower, but it’s often months later that they buy your wedding gifts. Memories are short, and since you cannot put registry info anywhere on your invitation suite (nope, not even on the details card!), the website is the perfect place for this info.

:: you don’t need guests calling you ::

You’ve got enough going on without guests contacting you or your parents to ask “where is the best hotel in the area?” or “Which airport should I fly into?” All the nitty-gritty can go on your site so people aren’t hounding you for random info. Wedding websites are a huge help to not only brides, but to their guests.

And now, here are some of my favorite wedding website options:

  1. AppyCouple

AppyCouple is great because its focus is on creating a seamless app (though you will get a website too). Since most of us are getting are information on our smartphones, this is a great choice for our digital age. The themes are also really sleek and professional.

Price: $35 – $65 one-time payment)

  1. Riley & Grey

This is a more expensive option, but the templates are gorgeous and there are special features like custom domains and RSVP support. *It is worth noting that a nice, short URL is a major plus when designing the invitation suite. A long URL can look clunky and be hard to fit on a pretty insert card.

Price: ($35/month or $240/year)

  1. Joy

I wanted to be sure I included a free option, and Joy is the best one out there in my opinion. It has nice design elements and a lot of features for a free service.

Price: Free

So there it is, folks! I hope this has been a helpful guide as you venture into wedding planning.

To check out our custom save the date designs, head over to the design section of the site! And for general wedding inspiration, visit the wedding section of the blog.

xo, Sandy
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Client Love + The Busy Wedding Season

Mint & Gold desktopIt’s pretty crazy over here these days. It’s that extraordinarily busy time of the year where I’m working on invitations for fall brides and day-of paper for summer brides. Pretty much every ounce of free time is spent working, and most evenings I’m scarfing down dinner then assembling + packing up orders while I enjoy a Netflix binge. It’s been a new challenge balancing it with two kids, and there are days where my tank hits empty.

I had one of those days this week, but then this email hit my inbox….

The beauty of doing a job that you love is that in only takes a little positive energy to fill your tank back up. It’s kind of like how your kids drive you crazy all day, but they say one sweet thing to you and it manages to erase the last 8 hours of chaos. The other wonderful part of my job (that I say over and over again) is that I get to work with such wonderful people. I am fortunate that I attract brides that are kind, easy-going, have a great sense of style, and find so much joy out of the design of their paper goods.

So though I do look forward to the days when things return to normal-busy mode, I wanted to take this moment to practice gratitude for an amazing job and the couples that allow me to tell their unique wedding paper stories.

Now, back to work!

 

xo, Sandy
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Classic Summer Inn at Longshore Wedding

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.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Meg Miller Photography / CINEMATOGRAPHERS The Light Mill Film Studios / CAKES & DESSERTS Palmer’s Bakery / FLORISTS Fleurescent / HAIR & MAKEUP Dana Bartone & Company Salon and Spa / INVITATIONS & CALLIGRAPHY Roseville Designs / PLANNERS & DESIGNERS Double G Events, Planning + Design / SOUND & LIGHTING DESIGN Vivid Events / TENTS, RENTALS & DECOR Abbey Tent and Party Rentals / TRANSPORTATION Gardella’s Elite Limousine / CELEBRANTS & OFFICIANTS PJ Schwartz / CEREMONY MUSICIANS Impromptu Entertainment / PHOTO BOOTHS Studio Z Photo Booth /

xo, Sandy
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Modern Chic Garden Wedding Inspiration at The Lux Art Institute

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!

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::Vendor Reel::

Photography: JESSICA JACCARINO PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue: LUX ART INSTITUTE | Event Planner: SWEET BLOSSOM WEDDINGS | Calligraphy: BELLES LETTRES CALLIGRAPHY | Hair: Christine Hawes Hair | Favors: CUSTOM TOBACCO | Bridal Shop: D’angelo Couture Bridal | Rentals: LEXINGTON RENTALS | Florist: NECTAR AND BLOOM | Donuts: NOMAD DONUTS | Stationery: ROSEVILLE DESIGNS | Suit: THE BLACK TUX

For more features check out this section on the blog, and be sure to follow on Instagram for daily happenings at Roseville!

xo, Sandy
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