Congratulations to Amber Harper-Camomile, March's Bride of the Month!

March 2013: Amber Harper-Camomile!

We are proud and excited to be featuring Amber Harper-Camomile and her amazing destination wedding paper suite. Amber shares some great advice to what to expect when planning a destination wedding. There is so much detail and organization that goes into making a wedding like this one a complete success! We loved working with Amber from start to finish and were thrilled to hear all about her wedding once she returned from her wedding in Cozumel, Mexico.

Our invitation consultant, Ruth Sorenson, sat down with Amber recently to talk about her wedding and her paper goods. We hope that you will love Amber’s “black and white” invitations as much as we do.

Ruth: So what was your initial idea of what you wanted when you first came to Ann Elizabeth for your wedding invitations?Amber: My wedding was a destination wedding and my guests already knew that they were going to Mexico. I wanted to do a fun, non-traditional type invite that read like a poem telling guests to meet us in Mexico with flip-flops.Ruth: When we took your ideas and put them in the proofing process how did that work for you?Amber: After looking at the first proofs I realized that I did want a more formal invitation stating this is the wedding of Amber and Cory and I wanted that for my parents too. So my ideas totally changed as we progressed and I feel like the proofing process helped me to see what I really wanted.
Ultimately the mailed invitation was just a hint of what was to come. I had much more in store for my guests with a detailed black and white itinerary. I also loved the oversized black and white letter that I gave with the welcome bags to my guests.Ruth: When we selectd papers for your itinerary packets there was a lot of discussion of how the paper would hold up over several days of use in Mexico. How did the paper live up to your expectations?Amber: The itinerary helped so much to organize and communicate all the things we had planned for the week. I don’t think I realized how difficult it would be to keep track of everyone through all of the excitement of being in Mexico. So having a detailed, quality paper itinerary was so useful for my guests because they really did haul those itineraries around with them everywhere.
There were so many things going on from the guys going deep-sea fishing to the girls having a spa day on the beach. The rest of the week was packed with events too so it was awesome to know that no matter where people wandered off to that everyone was still able to keep on schedule for the wedding stuff!
Detail of Amber's Invitations


Detail of Amber's Itinerary Pieces
Ruth: What feedback did you receive on your printed goods?Amber: Everyone loved everything about the invitations and itineraries. My Dad was especially pleased with them... in fact he said he would have paid triple for them after seeing the quality workmanship that went into them.Ruth: What advice would you give other brides that are planning a destination wedding?Amber: First, I’ll tell you that a destination wedding is a lot of work - I’ll tell you that! But I realized that all of the little things I thought were so important and I stressed over like, everyone wear linen, was actually not something I needed to worry about. Just remember that this is the most important day of your life because you’re with all of your family and loved ones.
Second, keep yourself organized and be patient. A lot of the wedding planning is done over email and it can get stressful at times.

Ruth: How was the ceremony? Everything we’ve heard about it sounds magical?Amber: I was adamant about Cory not seeing me before the wedding. So the night before the wedding the photographer suggested doing a reveal. If you don’t know what that is (I didn’t either!) it’s where you reveal yourself to one another before the ceremony. Then you can take the time to get all the pictures done and not take up time during the wedding when all you want to do is join your guests. I am so glad we did it because it turned out beautifully we had two hours to spend with one another taking pictures in a really relaxing way. Plus, right before the ceremony there was a huge down pour of rain so I was grateful I listened to her advice to get the pictures done first! Luckily, the rain did clear up for the ceremony and my brother performed our ceremony so it was very special to me.Ruth: How was your experience with us from start to finish?Amber: It was great from the time I came in with my ideas to me wanting to switch everything. You guys were so amazing to work with and help my vision come to life. I’ve had so many people ask me where I got my invitations and I love telling them Ann Elizabeth!Ruth: It’s been a pleasure working with you Amber and I’ve loved helping make your experience with us a good one!

A special thank you to Amber's amazing photographer, Pepper Nix for sharing Amber's wedding photographs with us!

If you're wondering where this gorgeous event took place, check out The Occidental Grand Resort in Cozumel, Mexico.


Congratulations to Brittany Scalabrin-McNamee, January's Bride of the Month!

January 2013: Brittany Scalabrin-McNamee!

This month we are excited to share Brittany’s invitations with you! Brittany came into Ann Elizabeth with a fairly detailed idea of what type of message and feeling she wanted her invitations to convey. As we met with Brittany she conveyed to use that she was after a style that was classy and elegant with an outdoorsy feel. Brittany knew she wanted to have a copper as one of her colors for the invitation because of the history of the copper mines in Butte, Montana near the location of their wedding. We paired the copper with a navy blue and toned it down to give it both a masculine and feminine element. Our invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Brittany to get her take on the invitation process. Below are some of the highlights from Brittany’s recent interview.

The Interview:
Ruth: Is there anything about the proofing process that helped you to visualize your invitation and how it would ultimately come together?

Brittany: Definitely! All the options I was given at the beginning helped a lot... I liked being able to say I like this one, not that one and seeing the additional ideas you came up with it made it super easy to figure out what I wanted. Then we were able to go back to the design that I liked the best and make some minor tweaks. It just made it so easy.

Ruth: Are there any elements of the invitations you had positive feedback on?

Brittany: The whole thing! Everyone absolutely loved the colors and said it was different from anything they had seen before. It was unique, I wasn’t just your typical invitations and I love that the color combo was warm and inviting.

Ruth: Did you take any elements from the invitation into your wedding?

Brittany: Well actually I did the reverse and brought elements from my wedding into my invitations with the help of you guys! Mostly the colors, but also the branches and the leaves from the centerpieces I planned for the wedding - the nature elements all tied in together so well!
I’m also really glad that I had you guys do programs and wine bottle labels for me. It really tied things all together and the consistency on the wedding day wouldn’t have been the same without those details.

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Detail of Programs and Wine Bottles Ruth: What advice would you give to other brides planning their invitations?Brittany: Most importantly I would say don’t limit yourself. When you find something that you really want it, go for it! That’s what I loved about you guys - you brought together elements I never thought could work and when I would suggest something that might have sounded crazy I never felt like you weren’t willing to try it out and let me see how it might look.
My second piece of advise would be to pay Ann Elizabeth to assemble and glue together the invitations. Ha! When I made the decision to do the assembly on my own I thought it would be easier, but by about invitation number 75 I was thinking “this may have been a bad idea!”Ruth: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?Brittany: AMAZING! It was fun and you guys just have the best personalities. I was fun to come into the studio and sit and just talk - even about non invitations, but just wedding stuff in general. I always looked forward to coming in because your enthusiasm and how excited you get definitely comes through in your work. That enthusiasm alone reassured me I was getting a quality product that would impress everyone!Thanks for taking time to talk with us Brittany! You were a pleasure to work with!

 


Congratulations to Michelle McDonald-Ross, November's Bride of the Month!

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November 2012: Michelle McDonald-Ross!

We are so pleased to be sharing Michelle's invitations with you. Michelle came to us with an awesome pinterest board flushed out with lots of inspiration. As we sat down with Michelle and talked about the items she had gathered for inspiration we were able to get a feel for Michelle's laid back attitude and easy-going style. By the end of a very productive consultation the scope of her invitations started to come into focus with a size and shape selected, a color palette nailed down and we figured out the different pieces she would need.

Michelle wanted a chevron pattern as well as an autumn branch, tree or leaf to be incorporated into the design. It was a unique combination and we knew we had our work cut our for us.

Our invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Michelle to get her take on the process. Here are the highlights from our interview!

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The Interview:

Ruth:  One of my favorite things about your invitations was that you challenged us to create an invitation set that had contemporary elements combined with nature elements, what made you decide on those two elements?

Michelle:  I was kind of nervous before meeting with Ann Elizabeth because I knew how I wanted the invitations to feel and I was thinking "how am I going to make these guys understand what I want based on a feeling?" I knew I didn’t want rustic and I didn’t want cold. I was also concerned because people can have different ideas of what natural and modern look like and I wasn’t sure how to explain what I envisioned. It was really good to sit down at the consultation and just rap it out. There really was no specific design in mind when we started; just a vague aloof description of what I wanted them to FEEL like. Letting me talk about what I wanted the invitations to feel like and looking at colors and papers led me to those two main ideas.

Ruth: What helped you know when we got the right combination you were looking for in your design?

Michelle:  When we started the proofing! It was awesome to be able see the different options that Ann came up with based on our consultation. I was able to be selective and let Ann know what I liked and didn’t like. The visualization process worked. For example, I had initially wanted a die-cut leaf for the front of the invitation, but once I saw it in proofs, I realized it wasn’t right for what I wanted. As things started to narrow down to the final decision I was like that’s it!

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Ruth: What is your favorite part of the invitations?

Michelle:  It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing because I like that it’s a whole package and everything works together. If I have to pick out a few favorites, I do really like the envelopes liner. I think it’s just a cute detail. I had also forgotten that we picked a textured paper for the wrap and when we got them I thought they were even better than what I remembered from the computer proof.  I like the string tied around the outside as well. It makes the invitation interactive and a fun experience for the guest. Guests want to feel like they’ve been invited to something special and I really feel like my guests got to experience that with the invitation that I sent them.

Ruth:  Have you had any feedback from your family and friends?

Michelle: Yes, A friend of mine in London said “this is the most beautiful thing that I have ever had the pleasure of receiving.” We also received a lot of comments about the RSVP. Everyone though it was fun and showed a little of our personality.

Ruth:  Did the invitation process help set the tone for any other parts of your wedding?

Michelle: It’s funny because we ended up changing our wedding completely during the time that we were working with Ann Elizabeth. We initially had a bigger event planned at LuLand Falls that included a caterer, florist and all of the more traditional elements. It started not being fun I realized my event wasn’t looking like me anymore and we cancelled all of the traditional stuff and reworked our wedding to be a really small, special ceremony with close friends and family outside and then a celebration dinner at snowbird. Once I made those changes I got excited about getting the wedding that wanted.
Going through the invitation process was part of the catalyst that helped me decide I needed to rework things. The invitation process was more relaxed and fun. I wanted everything to feel that way. The invitation helped me to define what I wanted the wedding to feel like.

 

Ruth: How was your experience working with the Ann Elizabeth team?

Michelle: Great! I really didn’t know what I wanted and I was amazed with the proofing process all the different ideas Ann came up. You guys really listened to my vague vocalizations and were able to manifest them into the perfect invitation. Even my parents and Bill had fun going through the process with me and it was fun to get their opinions about the process. Most of all I love the end product.

Michelle pays it forward:

Ruth: Do you have any advice for any newly engaged ladies getting ready to plan their events?

Michelle: Listen to your instincts.  If you like something and it feels right build on that even if it’s vague and hazy at first. Try to be vocal with the wedding professionals helping you so they can guide you by asking the right questions to ultimately help you have the most enjoyable experience. Start building a selection of images that appeal to you. In situations where words fail, images will speak.

 

Thanks Michelle! We had a great time working with you.

For all of our pinterest fans, here's your pinnable.

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Congratulations to Nikki Julian McKeon, October's Bride of the Month!

We'd like to send a giant congratulations to Nikki McKeon, our Bride of the Month for October!

We can't say how much we enjoyed working with Nikki to make her dream invitations come to life. She was so much fun to work with, and we can't say enough good things about her.

You'll want to take a look at her feature over on our website if you haven't already! Her invitations are the perfect combination of down-home fun and classy all at once.

Congratulations, Nikki!!