03 December 2012

Inspiration Board | Mint Dreams Wedding

The research stage is one of the funnest parts of the invitation design process for me.  At this point, I'm gathering the possibilities are endless as I gather up as many ideas as I can find to present to the client.  As always, I work my client to create a mood board to represent the feeling and style for the wedding and subsequently the invitation.  To summarize the style of this wedding, it has been dubbed "the wedding that Gianni never had."   Lavish and glamerous with intricate damask patterns and details, as well as baroque and rococo historical influences, this pastel hued wedding theme will have a main color palette of mint and cream, with touches of gold and dusty peach/rose accents.  Stay tuned!

13 November 2012

Outfit of the Week | Boho Beach Babe

This is the perfect weekend outfit for the great weather we're having in Dubai right now!  Bring on winter! Aqua, orange-y coral, and sand are one of my favorite color combinations and would be perfect for a destination or tropical/beach wedding theme!

Outift of the week - Boho Beach Babe

Fat Face slimming tank top / Haute Hippie chiffon maxi skirt / Clube Bossa triangle bikini / Corso Como coral flat shoes / Roxy cross body handbag / By Malene Birger bangle bracelet / Orange necklace / Jigsaw linen scarve / Eugenia Kim cowgirl hat / Vince Camuto

07 November 2012

Outfit of the Week | Retro Feminine

These retro calico prints like the one on this sweet dress are all over the place and we're seeing them a lot in wedding decor and stationery for that shabby chic style.  Loving the vintage blue, neutral browns and mustard yellow too!

Outfit of the week - Liberty Print Dress

VILA / Cardigan / Oxford shoes / Salvatore Ferragamo knitted bag / Armenta long teardrop earrings / Animal necklace / Cornelian Taurus clear sunglasses

05 November 2012

Top Tips | White Wedding | Inspiration Board

Have you been dreaming of an all-white wedding?  Many brides opt to play it safe with an all-white or mostly-white wedding.  They are classic...but they always seem to be bit boring and the photos usually lack depth.  I call it the "copy-and-paste effect," where it's as if the wedding photos were copy and pasted from one of the millions of weddings that were nearly identical.  This happens when white is chosen out of safety and not as a design or style choice. 

If you are having a white wedding, here are my top tips to make it super fabulous! 

1.)  Use varying shades of white.....white, ivory, linen, champagnes, greys, or even a pale nude or blush.  These varying colors will still give the impression of all white, but will add depth and contrast and make for much better photography.   Using all the same shade of white will make your photos look very flat.  The nude paper lanterns and the ivory invitation envelopes in the mood board below are great examples of using varying shades of white.

2.)  Create interest and contrast by using texture.  Feathers, lace, ruffles, fur, embroidered fabrics, and textured flowers like peonies and rose petals can all help turn a flat white space into a space full of interest.  Texture will keep your eye moving over the space.  The layer of ivory rose petals covering the dinner tables, the fur seat cushions on transparent chairs, and the ruffled wedding cake in the mood board below add fun textural elements.

3.) If it's suitable to your design concept, add contrast with a neutral dark color.  Both tables settings in the mood board below give the impression of an all-white wedding, but if you look closely the dinner napkins in one are black and the charger plates of the other are champagne colored.  Another idea would be to add dark colored branches to your centerpiece too.

4.)  If you're really wanting an all-white wedding, go all the way with it (keeping in mind the first two tips of course).  Make it seem as if you chose to pay a designer a lot of money to come up with the unique all-white concept and not because it was a safe option.  Don't let any other colors sneak their way in.  No greenery in the floral arrangements, no silver or gold dinner chairs or furniture, and definitely no flooding the walls of your venue with colored lighting!  Flood lighting is the first thing that will make your wedding have a copy-and-paste effect, as it will immediately overpower any other design elements or colors in your wedding decor. Opt for white or ivory lighting, or go for a softer look with millions of candles or twinkle lights.   You can even cover the floors with white or neutral fabric if your venue has a busy or colorful carpet.  Go for white-on-white letterpressed wedding invitations too!

01 November 2012

Real Wedding | Theatrical Elegance in New York

I just love it when a couple is able to carry out a fun or whimsical wedding theme, yet pull off with air of elegance and luxury!  This wedding is yet another example that you can have a classic, elegant wedding, yet step outside the box just a little bit to also make it unique and memorable!  This couple recently got married in New York.  They kept to a classic black, white and grey color palette, but you'll find a few pops of color here and there to keep it interesting!  The fun part is the subtle theatrical feel to the wedding, from the illustrated "theatre poster" invitation to the masks everyone was given to wear to the fun photo booth with props!  And yes, black lace pumps and converse shoes do go together!  :)  To view all the the photos from this wedding, view the full gallery here.

Photography by: Brookelyn Photography
Wedding Venue: The Bowery Hotel
Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.
Wedding Dress: Reem Acra
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Milly 

31 October 2012

Inspiration Board | Emerald Green, Lime, Sunflower Yellow, and Lemon Wedding

I love using fruit as inspiration for a color palette!  Lemon zest yellow, lime green, and a striking Emerald green make for a vivid yet organic color combination.   Stay tuned to see the custom stationery invitation that was designed for a Dubai bride from this very mood board!  Just looking at these colors makes me want to take a juicy bite of the nearest citrus fruit!

29 October 2012

Outfit of the Week | Summer Stripes

In honor of the recent long weekend, where I'm sure many people hit the beach or the boardwalk at Jumeirah Beach Residence to enjoy some of this gorgeous weather we're having in Dubai, this week's Outfit of the Week is my take on that perfect casual weekend style! The dark blue nautical stripes paired with mint would make for a great wedding color pallette and a delightful invitation!

Outfit of the week - Summer stripes

True Religion / Vince striped tank / Short shorts / Lacoste slip on shoes / LeSportsac sailor bag / Marc by Marc Jacobs bangle watch / Eugenia Kim cowgirl hat / Jil Sander / Nail lacquer

22 October 2012

Real Wedding | Sweet Lemonade

With fall weather upon us, even though the weather is just getting good here in Dubai, thoughts of fall weddings and harvest parties come to mind, and with that fall color palettes.  Vibrant, yet muted, tones are foremost on my mind.  Thise green and yellow wedding with is rustic tones is perfect for a Dubai warm-weather-but-it's-actually-a-fall wedding! :)

This week's real wedding comes from Alders Photography in California.  This beautiful wedding, which captured the vibe of an elegant picnic, took place at Maravilla Gardens. With the groom originally from England, the couple really wanted to embrace the ambiance of an English afternoon tea garden. From baby's breath bouquets and lemon centerpieces, to croquet during the reception and Pimm's as the signature cocktail, the bride's homemade scones with jam and the London Cab exit car made for a very well-executed wedding theme! The entire event included many significant personal touches as well. The bridesmaid dresses were designed the bride and her twin sister. The groom's sister and mother made the lemon wedding cake and the bride's mom and cousin played the guitar and sang for the couple's first dance as husband and wife.

Photography by: Alders Photography
Floral Design by: Rockrose Florals
Invitations by: Serendipity Beyond Design

21 October 2012

Outfit of the Week | Tangerine & Red

The wedding market has been flooded with so many unique wedding invitation ideas in the past few years.  Even compared to three years ago when I started this invitation designing shindig, the variety and creativeness has increased tenfold.  People often wonder where the inspiration comes from for so many creative ideas.  One such place is the fashion industry.  More often than not wedding style, and therefore invitation styles, are mirrored in the current fashion trends...from colors to patterns to materials.  From now on I'll be posting an "Outfit of the Week" to hopefully inspire your next event and invitation.

Outfit of the week - Tangerine & Red

Oasis pleated dress / White blazer / Rupert Sanderson round toe heels / Ralph Lauren ankle strap heels / Chanel red bag / Coral necklace / Principles by Ben de Lisi enamel jewelry / Lip makeup / Essie nailpolish

18 October 2012

2013 New York Bridal Fashion Week

If there is one thing I love equal to or possibly even more than wedding invitations it is bridal gowns!  The 2013 New York International Bridal Week took place in New York (duh) from 13-15 October.  Imagine an entire exhibition center full of just dresses!  It's like eye candy and diamonds for the already engaged bride-to-be.  Since I'm already married (just celebrated 1 year!) all I can do is drool at my desk as I look at the tantalizing threads via the internet.  And since most of my gal pals are already married, I don't even get to go window shopping with an engaged girlfriend and live vicariously!   Anyway, I am so in love with the 2013 bridal styles, I just had to post a few of my favorites and make a 2013 Wedding Gown Pinterest Board.  If I were to do it again, here are the 2013 trends I would watch out for: 

1.) illusion necklines and backs with transparent textiles and lace, appliques, and beading that seem to float on your skin. We can thank Princess Kate Middleton for this trend!

 2.) sleeker silhouettes (gone are the fru-fru frilly poufy skirts covered in a million ruffles, feathers and fabric flowers -- Yes they are still around and "in fashion" and there are many beautiful examples, but I'm just saying they've been around a couple years now (fashions stay on trend for a cycle of 3 years, so it's near the end of this) and are not the top designer trend for 2013.

3.) Vintage Sexy.  The dresses this year are modest and sexy at the same time.  I don't know how else to describe it.  I don't believe that your girls need to be popping out of the top of your dress for all the world to see to be sexy!  In fact, it's a big turn-off and not at all "pretty" when I see that in someone's wedding photo.  With covered up décolletage, this year the sexiness is in the silhouettes, the soft draping (not necessarily glued to your body) or transparent fabrics, and the hint of skin on the necklines, arms, and open/illusion backs.  There's a bit of mystery, which we have all heard a hundred times that's what men find attractive in a life-long partner!  

It's very Art Deco/1920s if you think about it, when the flapper girls, who cut their hair, started showing some skin, and danced to fast-paced big band music, were considered very risqué!  I recently purchased the book Vintage Weddings by Marnie Fogg at the big book store in Dubai Mall (I can never remember the full name...Kino-something Book World!), which delved into the history of bridal fashions for the last 100 years, and I learned that the reason the dresses of the 1920's and especially the 30's were sleeker was because there was a ban on how many yards of fabric a dress could have in it due to the Great Depression.  I wonder what would have happened if that had happened the past couple years with the economic recession, which technically was even worse than the Great Depression.  Although now everyone seems to live on credit and spend what they don't actually have.......hmmm...ok, I'm getting sidetracked...that's a topic for another day...and another blog, for that matter! ;)

Here is a look at my top picks if I were to do it all over again next year!  Check out my 2013 Wedding Gowns pinterest board for my full selection.

Left: Claire Pettibone 2013, Right: Monique Lhuillier 2013

Left: Mark Zunino 2013, Right: Reem Acra 2013
Left: Marchesa 2013, Right: Elie Saab 2013



10 October 2012

Business Identity | My Lovely Wedding Branding

When Joelle at My Lovely Wedding contacted me about needing a banner designed for her new wedding blog, we decided that her entire business identity needed a tiny makeover.  I was so happy Joelle agreed to hire me for the complete project!  There's nothing I like more than wedding graphics and I enjoy the occasional branding project for a change from invitation design, so this was a fun opportunity to combine both interests.

If you've met Joelle, you'll instantly realize she is sweet, friendly, girly and edgy all in one.  Soft peony pink, grey and watermelon pink were her main colors before, so I agreed that it shouldn't be changed.  Why fix something that's not broken, right?  After much deliberation on color combinations, we decided to add in a bit of lavender to give her some variety.  I wanted to keep the mood very light and fresh without any heavy or intense colors to weigh it down.  I updated her logo with a vintage typewriter font and a happy little heart with a twist.   Whimsical birds decorating the scene of a wedding with bunting will be added.

Check back here for more as I continue work on My Lovely Wedding's Branding.

My Lovely Wedding is an amazing wedding blog site for brides-to-be getting married in Dubai, UAE.  It will feature lovely real weddings, vendor information, inspiration and the occasional crafty DIY project.  For your daily dose, check out the My Lovely Wedding Blog and My Lovely Wedding Facebook page.  You can also contact Joelle by email at joelle@mylovelywedding.com with all your Dubai wedding questions.  She has got some great things in store for all you brides-to-be.

29 September 2012

Spring 2013 Pantone Colors Revealed

It's that time of year again!  Pantone has revealed their Spring 2013 fashion color report.  Monaco blue will be the season's leading color, with more of a maritime cast to it than a navy blue.  The prevalance of greens this spring is also undeniable.  With two blue hues and three shades of green, the colors will definitely mimic Mother Nature and create a perfect backdrop for spring weddings!  All of the colors for this season can be easily paired and interchanged with each other too.  Linen and Grayed Jade will also offer a neutral base for many color combinations.  With so many bright colors on the runways for Spring, we will definitely see a change in wedding trends  from the muted antique colors of the past couple years to bold pops of color full of celebration and exotic playfulness.   I think I'm going to go have to go create some new mood boards now! :)


27 September 2012

Real Wedding | Watercolor Wonder

This week's wedding theme focus was on watercolor inspired weddings.  The idea of this theme comes from one of hottest invitation trends on the market right now....hand-painted and illustrated invitations.  Brides are becoming more demanding in their quest for unique and personalized invitations.  Standard graphic design just isn't enough anymore.  I thought I'd wrap up the week by sharing with you a real wedding that showcases the most gorgeous watercolor invitations and a subtle, but colorful, wedding palette.  The hand-painted signs, table numbers, and seating cards are a beautiful touch as well.




Photography by: Jose Villa Photography
Event Design by: Amy Kaneko Special Events
Invitations by: Julie Song Ink

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