Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rainy Days and Weddings Never Get us Down

With the recent change in weather, it seems only appropriate to mention one of our favorite "rainy day" weddings. It's true that you can plan every detail for a perfect event, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans - as was the case with this San Francisco Ferry Building wedding. Not even the gloomy weather could dampen the spirits of our lovely couple.  By the end of the evening the skies had cleared and the couple took advantage of the wet streets on the Embarcadero and view of the Bay Bridge for some truly stunning photos. We were so pleased to be a part of this gorgeous event and wish Patty & Peter a life of love and happiness!

Photography by Brett Butterstein

You can check out all of the beautiful photos on our facebook page:
Patty + Peter - San Francisco Ferry Building

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's in the details - from custom invitations to creative cakes!

We are always so excited with folks come to us with a challenge! Our bride had been searching and searching online and just could not find what she was looking for...something modern, unique, playful and bold plus she wanted to include a nod to her soon-to-be husband's Asian heritage.

We think we nailed it and so did our couple. With lots of input from them, we came up with "exactly what we were looking for, even though we didn't know what it was going to look like."

The couple had chosen CornerStone Gardens in Sonoma (a unique venue with lots of sculptures and structures) for their ceremony and reception with 200 guests.

Next we used the custom illustration, artwork and color palette as a guide to develop all of the other  fun elements. Some of the pieces we worked on with the couple to help make their celebration one-of-a-kind:
  • custom invitation using Envelopments paper + pockets
  • detailed map drawn specifically for them
  • mailing address wraps with custom return address logo
  • programs, menus and escort cards in mini envelopes
  • table makers including photos of them as children
  • packaging for "kid packs" for all of the little guests
  • markers for the dessert bar and festive tables for the candy jars

We also supplied files to other vendors working with the couple:
  • mailbox for cards and small gifts
  • flip book photo booth covers
  • and the MOST AMAZING CAKE! We always love to see how our designs translate into other components and this cake was just perfect!  

Congratulations Sara & Calvin! We hope to work with you again soon....maybe on some birth announcements.

{photos courtesy of Michelle Walker Photography }

Friday, January 13, 2012

Time flies when you're having fun!

Wow, 2011 just flew by! We were so busy working in the studio designing custom invitations and planning fantastic parties we didn't have time to update the blog. I know, tsk tsk! We'll try to do better in 2012!

In the meantime we wanted to share some favorites of ours...

{Ornate Cut Holiday Cards}
This style card was new to us this year. A printer we're working with allows for you to design a card with this unique die cut. It is fun because you get a little "peek-a-boo" of the inside of the card when the card in folded. For the holidays we used this format for our own personal card as well as for the family card for our outstanding photographer Chrissy Gray of Bella Luna Studios

Since we both own our own businesses we wanted to do a little marketing on the backside. Bella Luna used the space to show off all of the unique and special photos she is able to capture during a family photo session. We used the space to let people know we've open a studio in Point Richmond.

The style of card would be great as a birth announcement or graduation announcement. The card can be turned on its side as well and there are a few other die cut styles to choose from.

{Zoo Wedding with Envelopments Pocket}
Our clients were getting married at the San Francisco Zoo and wanted a playful yet elegant invitation to set the tone for their wedding in May 2011.  We designed their invitation as well as helped them with event design and coordination. They even had a meet and greet with some zoo animals during the cocktail hour. Who knew, a wedding at the Zoo?

{Fabulous Fiesta - Palace of Fine Arts}
The first time we met this couple we just fell in love! We were so excited to work with them on designing a beautiful event. After their reception venue fell through, about 2 months before the wedding, we had to scramble to rework the event....but in the end, I think the day was better than we could have hoped for! The couple worked with a shop in the Mission District to design custom papel picados (chopped paper) flags to decorate the venue. We took the artwork and created custom invitations.

You can take a look at the entire wedding: Fabulous Fiesta

Hope your 2012 is off to a great start and we promise to keep up on sharing our great designs!

Stacey & Company