Monday, July 27, 2015

Real Weddings: Show Some Love for Your Wedding Locale

Though it wasn’t a destination wedding for them, couple Elizabeth and Ryan wanted their Colorado wedding to feel like one for their guests. They also wanted to pay homage to their home state, and that is how a golden bear motif ended up perched atop their invitations. Elizabeth and her mother worked with Deb at CJ Kard in Colorado Springs to create their elegant invitations. Here, bride and stationer talk about “branding” a wedding and why, when it comes to wedding invitations at least, brides still favor good ole fashioned in-person shopping.

The Bride: Elizabeth

How did you and your fiance meet, and how did he propose? 
Ryan and I met while working together at When he called to ask me on our first date, I thought he was calling about a work-related issue. I was so caught off guard that instead of saying yes, I panicked and said, “maybe.” He jokes that he had heard no before, but a maybe really threw him off! Of course, I called back and said yes.

Our proposal was an incredible comedy of errors that culminated with a perfect moment at the top of a mountain. I grew up in Colorado and treasure every moment I get to spend there, so Ryan knew that was where he wanted to propose. He planned a weekend trip for us and had everything scheduled perfectly. But the morning of our flight, a fire at a radar tower outside Chicago effectively grounded all air traffic in the Midwest.

There were thousands of passengers stranded that day but he was dead set on getting to Colorado. So, two canceled flights, about 10 phone calls with the airline and one rental car later, we ended up driving five hours to Louisville, Kentucky, and flying out on the red eye the next morning. We were exhausted and cranky when we finally arrived and I thought he was crazy when he insisted we go on a hike “to stay awake.” When we got to the overlook at the top of the mountain, he told me to turn around so he could get a picture of me with the view in the background. When I did, he was down on one knee. It definitely made the painful travel experience worthwhile!

Tell me about the process of choosing your wedding invitations and did you have something in mind going into your first appointment? Did that change?
I had a pretty clear picture in mind of what I wanted the invitations to look like, but they evolved into something even better than my initial idea.

I wanted to honor the Western spirit of our Colorado venue with something that was both elegant and personal. The simple Zuni bear symbol fit the bill perfectly: Ryan’s nickname is ‘Bear’ and the bear itself is a nod to Colorado and the brown bears that regularly amble through my mom’s front yard.

I had initially wanted the invitations to be all black and white, but Deb—who was wonderful to work with—suggested ordering a second proof in gold. The metallic gave an added hint of elegance that I just love and really “made” the whole look.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Real Weddings: Drawing Inspiration from a Seaside Wedding

One of our favorite wedding invitation trends of the moment is the custom illustration. Couple Kristen and Stephen became so enamored with the quaint church at the venue where they’ll say their I Do’s that they engraved it in gold on their invitations. With the help of Allie and Carolyn of Two Hands Paperie, they created a truly personal look that allows their guests to picture the memorable scene to come and gave them a keepsake they’ll be able to treasure forever. Here, Kristen talks about sticking to your design aesthetics with so many choices and Allie and Carolyn share why it’s never too early to start the invitation ordering process.

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