Happy Post-Valentine's Day!
Here's a little Friday sampling of four different invitations and save the dates for your viewing pleasure :)
Bold colors, art deco font, and a mountain skyline with a nod to Michael Schwab. At this wedding, expect an outdoor ceremony under a big ol' setting sun, bold pops of persimmon and pumpkin in the bride's bouquet, hearty local microbrews, and dancing the night away in a stunning mountain resort.
If this sounds like your wedding, snatch this url up now!
Backyard Garden Wedding
Romantic, elegant, intimate. I made this design with a garden wedding in mind -- one with maybe 50 guests and a backyard ceremony under a homemade garden arch (lightly adorned with seasonal flowers and hanging greens, of course!). Champagne cocktails served during the reception, and first dances outside beneath cafe lights and the trees.
Sweet, simple perfection.
Straight-to-the-Heart Save The Date
Fun, whimsical, but no frills. The little touches of this simple design -- a bold red watercolor heart and some hand drawn arrows -- are all that's needed to really express the core of the message here: two people love each other, and now they're doing something about it!
You know this wedding will be fun, sweet, and a true reflection of the couple's personality.
Colorful Beach Wedding
Festive flag pennants and a bold fun font, all in fiesta ware colors. Chances that this wedding on the beach will feature colorful paddle programs at the ceremony, a mariachi band, and an epic dessert buffet are about 100%. Guests at this wedding are going to be wowed by all of the unique DIY touches, and are straight up going to have FUN.
One of these days I promise to get all of these design samples up on a proper page on the website. For now, I'm just going to keep designing and blogging!
My total love and adoration for fonts can be summed up in this Oscar de la Renta dress
Let me explain.
I am a huge, huge font nerd. I pore over new fonts the way my dad pores over the Sunday paper. I am fascinated by how a simple adjustment to the angle of a letter can conjure up a completely new mood and effect. When I'm working on a new wedding invitation or design, there's this moment that happens when I KNOW I've found the perfect font, when it just clicks, and it suddenly and completely all comes together.
I felt that same click (times a thousand) when I first laid eyes on this dress, and I realized it's the same with fonts as it is with fashion. The calculated angle of that bold black and white stripe pattern. The weight of the fabric. The perfectly complimentary accessories and updo…
I am as obsessed with this dress as I am with Bombshell Pro
I promise all of this talk of fonts and Oscar de la Renta relates back to my Design A Day project!
When I started on this laurel wreath invitation (below), I knew I wanted it to be elegant, simple, and a little bit romantic. After playing around with different combinations of cursive and serif/non-serif fonts, it finally clicked when I combined Mr. Sheffield (this one
, not this one
) with a small caps version of Copperplate.
E voilà! Everything clicked :)
More to come tomorrow!
When I was a little kid and home sick from kindergarten, my mom used to buy me a new coloring book and a fresh box of crayons. I'd sit in our big oversized chair in the living room, turn on Sesame Street, and color my little heart out. In that way, getting sick was kind of the best treat ever.
Getting the flu when you're an adult isn't quite as fun, but this week as I fought it off, I turned to my adult version of a coloring book: Adobe Illustrator. And color I did! I made up wedding invitations, tested different fonts, designed monograms, and sketched out some save the dates. And although I watched a zillion episodes of Downton Abbey instead of Sesame Street, it still felt kind of like an awesome treat to design just for fun while I recovered.
So, inspired by play (and to make up for not blogging at all last month, whoops!), I'm sharing a Design A Day this week, both old and new.
First up, one of my faves:
I love starting with an image I adore -- in this case a rich oil painting of wild and romantic flowers -- and interpreting its personality through text and placement. I started with a more formal cursive font that just didn't feel right. The flowers were like, "camaaan, we're playful too!!". So I went with a font that's both elegant and playful, pulling the font color straight from the roses.
I don't know who Malia Thompson and Mark Davis are, but I'd totally go to their wedding.
Monday morning at Pizzaiolo... can I please start every day this way??
There's a part in Eat, Pray, Love
where Elizabeth Gilbert is sitting on the floor of her apartment in Rome in pure unadulterated joy, savoring every moment of eating fresh asparagus, sitting in a sunbeam, reading an Italian newspaper. That is, until her "guilt alarm" goes off, and she hears the voice of her ex-husband in her ear, "So this is what you gave up everything for? This is why you gutted our entire life? For a few stalks of asparagus and an Italian newspaper?
This is how I feel this morning, soaking in every sound and smell and taste at Pizzaolo
.... The conversation with a sous chef boiling freshly caught crab. The crunch of my acme toast covered in blueberry jam. The crooning voice of Louis Armstrong playing overhead as I check my email.
"Is this what I gave up a stable job for, to enter the world of a thousand unknowns to start my own business? For some toast and to work from a cafe?
My answer is the same as Elizabeth Gilbert's: a big, fat, YES
Last week I had the opportunity to say thank you to some of the amazing people in my life who have supported my business over the past 12 months. Be Hitched, Event Planning & Design never would have happened (and grown so quickly!) without the support of my amazing community of friends and colleagues -- and what better way to say thank you then with a holiday fiesta??
The star of the party was definitely my jalapeño-infused Pomegranate Margaritas. In wintertime, I love taking cocktails usually associated with summer and reclaiming them for the holiday season. With some winter fruit and a bit of bite, margaritas are an unexpectedly perfect winter party drink.
To make these margaritas in a big batch, I highly recommend a Costco run (they have every ingredient). Here's what you'll need to make them:
Be Hitched Pomegranate Margaritas (serves 20)
4 Lonsam Carafes
from IKEA (only $2.49 each!)
1 Liter Cazadores Reposado Tequila
2 cups Triple Sec
2 cups fresh lime juice
4 cups pomegranate juice
4 cups simple syrup
1.5 cups fresh pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Lime slices from about 5 limes, for garnish
The morning of your party, pour the liter of tequila in one of the carafes. Slice the jalapeños in half, removing the seeds. Drop the four slices into the tequila carafe, cover with plastic wrap, and stick in the fridge.
1 hour before the party, make your margaritas in bulk. Add the following in each carafe:
1/2 cup jalapeño-infused tequila
1/4 cup triple sec
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
Cover each carafe with plastic wrap, stick in the fridge, and you're ready to go. I set up a DIY drink station for guests with pomegranate seeds and lime slices so they could serve themselves (under a gold glitter TREAT YO SELF banner I custom ordered from etsy
Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle would have been proud.Enjoy!xoxo,Rebeccap.s. If you have no idea who Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle are, click here and here.
Okay, I'll be honest. I am so excited about Gabrielle + Paul's wedding featured in Green Wedding Shoes
, but I've been struggling with this blog post because there are just SO MANY THINGS about Gabrielle and Paul's wedding that I want to share. These two were so amazing to work with, in part because they were both so genuinely excited about the planning process.
Gabrielle had an impeccable sense of style and vision which was reiterated by Paul. They were both on the same page, and I understood the tone they were going for immediately. Paul worked with me to take care of logistical details, and it was refreshing to be emailing back and forth with the groom for a change! (Plus he made his own tonic for the bar… if that's not the definition of an involved groom, than I don't know what is!)
Their style comes through so clearly via The Weaver House
lens -- romantic, rustic, with a dash of Victorian elegance. I mean, just look
at the bride's dress! Every single vendor and staff person on site that day (not to mention all of the guests) were going absolutely gaga for that dress. It was stunning beyond words.
And just to give you a sense of how beautiful and meaningful this wedding was, the minister who officiated the wedding was the midwife for BOTH the bride and the groom. Can you believe that?? And I discovered just before the start of the ceremony that she was also the midwife for my roommate and best friend -- such a small world!!
One of my personal favorite takeaways from this wedding was how it changed the way I do my "survival kits" for my weddings. At the end of the night, after seeing the 3-tiered Wedding Day Survival Kit in the bride's staging area, the groom feigned disappointment and said, "where's my survival kit??". Now I have a groom-centric kit with me at every wedding, with collar stays, a shoe brush, and even Old Spice deodorant. I lovingly refer to as "The Paul" :)
Congratulations Gabrielle + Paul!
I am so lucky to be able to say that every wedding I coordinate is unique. Sometimes it's in the details of the day (a multigenerational chuppah, tonic water handmade by a groom, or ranunculus so bright pink you can hardly believe they're real). Other times, the uniqueness of the wedding shines through most in the people themselves.
That's how I felt when I first sat down with Tupelo + Brad to kickstart their planning process. I was immediately struck by the amount of thought these two had put into their family's involvement in the ceremony and throughout the wedding. Don't get me wrong, their wedding had some of the most unique and fabulous detailed touches I'd ever seen. The groomsmen all wore hand silk-screened ties featuring an image that represented them: a meat grinder for the chef, a typewriter for the writer, and a unicorn for the groom (because, according to the bride, "he's straight myth"). And that gorgeous silk dress you see on the bride? $50 on eBay. But clearly, family was a priority for these two.
Now I understand why. The bride, who happens to be a brilliant writer and novelist (the NY Times has said she is "such a poised storyteller that her prose practically struts"), has a piece published in this month's issue of Harper's Bazaar, entitled "Ready or Knot"
. In it, she describes with grace and wit all of the different pieces that shaped her life before and after meeting her fiancé. These pieces include relationships, illness, and tattoos that defied expectations.
As a wedding planner, I am constantly finding myself in awe at my weddings, and catch myself thinking, "how on earth is it possible that two people so clearly meant to be together actually found each other at the right time, and at the right place?" For me, it's impossible to not have that genuine feeling of admiration and wonderment be present throughout every aspect of my business -- from my first meeting with clients, to squeezing a bride's hand right before I open the doors to the ceremony. With Tupelo + Brad, that sense of wonderment has extended well beyond just their wedding day. Reading about what these two experienced before their wedding makes me think, "if it took stars aligning for these two to come together, then they've got some fierce celestial bodies looking out for them." And I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to help them navigate.
It was the best day ever.
Congratulations, Tupelo + Brad!
It is a little known fact how much I love montages (really). I am so into montages that I actually burnt my caramelized onions while watching this video
, sent over from one of my (AMAZING) couples married this spring. I told the groom he needed to make a new one each year. This wedding was just too good for only one montage.
Lots of love to PB&J!!!xo,Rebeccap.s.
If you need a primer in great montages, see this clip
from the 1983 film "Valley Girl". A young Nicholas Cage, pillow talk in pink sweats, a beach make-out scene, and the perfect 80s love ballad. YES.
Okay. Seriously. How cute are these two??It's not often I get to have my picture taken with my clients on their wedding day, but fortunately their officiant's lovely, lovely wife was documenting all the behind-the-scenes details!
More photos coming soon from the fabulous Janae Shields
A gorgeous couple, a gorgeous venue (the Brazilian Room
in Tilden Park), and a gorgeous dress. Love!
So happy for Mia + Brian!!xo,Rebecca
Okay, after a month hiatus from blogging (it's wedding season!!), I have a lot of catching up to do!
To start, I have to share this gorgeous wedding I coordinated last fall that's been featured in both 7x7
and Storyboard Wedding
!! If you can't tell from the fact that there's not a single image of the bride and groom without huge smiles on their faces, this wedding was pure love and joy. I'm so lucky to get to work with couples as nice and just, well, happy
, as Sarah + Alex.
One look at these pictures and you'll know why this wedding has gotten so much press :)