Save the Date + invites: Katie + Ben

Yay for Save the Date week!  I thought we’d kickstart it with a bang….I’m pretty obsessed with these amazing Save the Date and invitation from Katie!  Those custom made tubes are so beyond cool!

Ben and I met at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and dated for about 7 years before we got married. He was a design major, and I was a photographer. Ben was in charge of making a lot of the event posters while we were at school and when we would talk about getting married, we often said, wouldn’t it be cool if we did a show poster? So, fast forward a few years, Ben proposed after a Mark Kozelek show, and we began our 4 months of planning (engaged in June, married in October). When I thought about our stationery (I am a designer at Chellé Paperie) I thought about all the things that made us who we are, and I thought about pushing the envelope in print, since it is rare that I have clients who let me do such crazy things. I knew I wanted to do a mailing tube, and a book. Ben knew he wanted to do a poster – those work well together, so we set to work. In designing the suite, we made a list of important things in our lives, and we made them into silohuettes to create a graphic pattern that wrapped the guest addressed mailing tube, and lined the end pages of our invitation book (http://chellepaperie.com/custom/wedding/clear-eyes-full-hearts/) We joked about sending an invite that says we like to party – but then we decided wait, we do like to party, and we’d like to party with you. It was kind of awesome, and it still makes me smile! We did a custom map for my hometown, we wrote silly copy, and we fought over typefaces. We’re both designers and though it was a little frustrating at the time, I think we challenged each other and ultimately ended up with a perfect design that reflects our personalities, the tone of the event, and the light-hearted feel of our wedding. We did the whole wedding for under $5000 in a matter of 4 months. It was awesome, and I would do it again every year if I could. My favorite thing about the wedding (aside from marrying the man of my dreams of course) was that we got to create an experience, for ourselves and for our guests, that was different from any other wedding that any of us had been to. We wanted it to be as much of a celebration of all the guests, as it was about our marriage, and it really turned out that way. It was perfect, and full of love.

here are the details for the DIYer
Tubes, ordered from Uline
guest addressed and custom printed wrapper on newsprint – afixed with acid free double-sided tape
9×14 poster printed on some awesome German textured grey paper I had a stash of
we designed everything ourselves, and we printed them at the paperie (http://chellepaperie.com)

[images from Katie]

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Renegade Craft Fair

I thought Renegade this year was pretty damn cool!  Got to see lots of new stuff, meet up with some old friends, and chill out in the park!  Its always been my belief that these kind of events are great for getting inspiration and picking up some handmade gifts for yourself or your bridal party…last year I bought a ton of stuff for my ladies!  This year, it was all about me and the new babies my friends are all having!  Here are some of my favs from the fair…(my recap from the Brooklyn Wedding Popup Shop is coming up at 1pm so check back, and Save the Date week will kick off tomorrow!)

Not that this had anything to do with weddings, but I just LOVED this whale print from Enormous Champion…who knew I was a whale person??

It was so nice to see Anna Bond‘s invites in person finally!  She also had some darling greeting cards

I’m so pissed that I didn’t buy one of Hayley Carmo‘s ribbons!  I sort of have a thing for prize ribbons, and I’m totally obsessed with that purple one!  I hope its still available…Hayley??

These lasercut coasters by Peppersprouts would make such fun gifts for the bridal party!  They had awesome lasercut felt trivets as well!

I thought these posters from Seattle Show Posters were so cute for a newly married couple.

These handmade soaps from MeowMeowTweet are wrapped in the most adorable drawings…another great gift for your bridal party perhaps?  I could see them as favors too!

Julie from Bow & Arrow!  She just got engaged!

Last but not least, I thought these handpainted mugs from Berd & Bee were so neat…lots of different fonts to choose from.  Try filling them up with candy for the kids table!

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Engagement shoot: Joyce + Brian

I just love this engagement shoot that Kelty from Steep Street Photography shot in NYC a few weeks ago…she managed to turn a gloomy day into one special session!

ps. totally unrelated, but a little reminder that I’m still looking for awesomely cool Save the Dates for STD week! yikes, i hate how that sounds…STD week.

[images from Steep Street Photography]

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Engagement shoot: Megan + Nathan

Can’t go wrong with a Coney Island shoot!  If you want shots taken there too, better hurry, because those rides are going to be extinct soon!

Photos took place on Coney Island ~ Megan and Nathan love vintage, especially the 50s and are planning on having a 50s –esk Christmas wedding this upcoming Dec.  We took the photos to go with that look since they also wanted to incorporate their engagement photos into their wedding day, using moo cards with their photos on them as “ornaments” on the Christmas tree ~ on the other side will have all the guests names and table seats.

[images by Stacey Ilyse Photography]

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