Paper Valentines Creations!

Fun paper Valentines creations!

With Valentines just around the corner love is in the air and I’m loving all the adorable things you can do with paper! I found myself once again at Paper Source where they have an assortment of kits to make fun valentines decorations. In the photos below you have hanging decor, a wreath, cute kid valentines, and make your own cupcake kits.

I love Pinterest and honestly who doesn’t. One could spend hours scrolling through pages and pages of amazing photos so I picked some of my favorite pics. The wreath and bouquet of life like roses are truly amazing. While the hearts garland make for fun decor and the printed fortune cookies a great valentine!

To see more of my favorites check out our Valentines Pinterest board.

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Congratulations Rachel Brooks-Cardon our November Bride of the Month!

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November 2013: Rachel Brooks-Cardon!

Rachel is such a delight to work with and all of us at Ann Elizabeth couldn’t be happier to feature her wedding this month. She talk's about how much her mother really helped in the planning of details that made Rachel's wedding day truly timeless!

Bekka: Rachel so now that the wedding and honeymoon are over how is married life?
Rachel: Well-married life so far has just been hanging with my best friend all the time. I mean we spent basically all our time together before the wedding, but now there are constant sleepovers and a heck of a lot less stress to worry about! We really couldn’t be happier. We share the same sense of humor and I never get tired of laughing with him. He’s my everything any problems that arise just seem so much more bearable having him with me. My family has been the greatest support to us and he’s the best addition we could have ever asked for! I found my other half and I’m shocked I can look at him and know he’s mine forever. If married life continues to get better from here, I would definitely say it’s my best decision yet! I highly recommend it!

Bekka: We loved your invitation; the lace overlay gave such a soft romantic feel. Did you know what you were looking for when dreaming up your invitation?
Rachel: Well I didn’t have an exact image in my head walking in, but surely enough my mom did! She really helped me decide a timeless look that had a real “wow” factor to it. With the help we received at Ann Elizabeth I really got the invitation I always wanted. I loved the lace over our picture because it just seemed so elegant and unique. I had been receiving so many wedding invitations from friends and family prior to our wedding and I have to admit they all seemed so similar to one another. I felt our wedding invitation stood out and it’s something to really remember. I loved it and it turned out perfect.

Bekka:  What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitation that people complimented you on most?
Rachel: Well the whole presentation of our invitation gave us compliment after compliment. People LOVED IT. I still get compliments on it from time to time. People also loved the single picture we put in with it. I couldn’t just pick one thing that I loved most. I really felt every decision and detail we put into it made it the perfect invitation for us.

Bekka:  Some brides take inspiration from their invitation and use it in the decor of the venue. Did you incorporate anything from your invitation?
Rachel: Oh for sure. Most of my wedding had this elegant Gatsby feel to it. I used the lace on my dress to help design my invitation and then the lace became a central theme. I used the exact same lace in my invitations as the background for all signs around the house. The table clothes we’re lacy and elegant and even my bridal book was lace. My wedding was spot on with the invitation. I really don’t think it could have been better.

Bekka:  Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Rachel: The invitation set the perfect mood. Our wedding was a semi formal event and when people received our announcement they were calling me asking me if they needed to go and rent tuxes for the event! We had a good laugh about it, but some people really did show up dressed to the nines and it was a blast.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Rachel: I would tell them to find what they love and run with it. I only started out knowing that I wanted a lace dress that was unique and timeless. Once I found the dress I knew I wanted to plan a wedding that would match the feel of my dress. From there we planned the invitations and it all started to fall into place. The best advise I received from friends and family was- it is your wedding, well, and the grooms, but it’s really YOUR wedding! Make it your own, choose what you want, and love your choices!

Bekka: Is there a lesson you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Rachel: Honestly, I really have to thank my mom for the invitation blueprint. She was the one that suggested it and I fell in love with it. We worked out the details together and made it perfect. I’m not sure if I would have thought it up all on my own. I’m so glad I had a mom that not only had great ideas, but also helped me create my perfect wedding. So the lesson learned is that having someone close to you helping plan isn’t a bad thing at all. If they want the best for you, I feel that two heads (or more) is better than one! And it makes it so much more fun.

Bekka: How would you describe your wedding day; anything unexpected (good or bad) or did everything go perfectly as planned.
Rachel: We wished we would have had slightly better weather in the evening at the reception, but a little rain never hurt anybody! Everything went as planned as far as I know. I think the only thing I would have changed was the in-law drama! Oh a wedding wouldn't be a wedding without some drama, would it? All in good fun, the funniest joke I heard around the time of the wedding was “What’s the difference between In-laws and out-laws? -Out-laws are wanted!” I guess without the drama we wouldn’t have the funny stories to tell to our kids in the future! Nonetheless, it still ended up being our perfect day. It does go by fast though. It’s just such a crazy exciting day that I swear Shane and I didn’t even eat till we got to Park City that night! It might have gone by in a blur, but it sure was an unforgettable day. The friends and family that came made it such a special occasion for us and I got everything I ever wanted. I really appreciate all the help and support that we received and I loved every moment of it.

Bekka: Rachel thanks for taking the time to talk with me and share the details of your beautiful wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Rachel's vendors:

Catering: Culinary Crafts
Cake: Layers Cake
Photography: Busath Photography
Wedding Gown: Alta Moda Bridal
Rings: S.E. Needham Jewelers
Reception: Family Ranch at River View Ranch
Flowers: Friend and Family

 

 

 


2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

We’ve seen this trend all year “Lace” and it is showing up everywhere from the clothes we wear to the decor we buy for our homes. At Ann Elizabeth we are privileged to create beautiful pieces of art thru our invitations and lace has been, and continues to be, a soft yet elegant way for our clients to express themselves on paper. We also love seeing how other vendors in the wedding industry are using lace so I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

The first invitation set is Reaback-Sutton. This is a beautiful combination where textured and metallic papers meet letterpress printing and complete the look with a lace paper overlay along with a lace band to hold the reply card giving this invitation an extra touch of elegance.

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This lovely bouquet was made by Calie Rose Floral and Event Design. Their bride Mandie Maughan-Krause is featured with her bouquet in the Utah Valley Bride Magazine and was on the cover of the Spring 2013 issue. Calie Rose did an amazing job designing her bouquet taking her colors of blush, cream and light mocha then adding the soft touch of lace complementing the lace bodice of her wedding gown (purchased from Veronica Michaels). Kristina Curtis Photography really captures Mandie’s romantic vintage theme throughout her wedding and you can see more pictures from Kristina in Utah Valley Bride Magazine.

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We had the pleasure of being invited to create the invitation suite for Utah Bride Blog fall editorial shoot in 2012. So I wanted to share how Ann came up with the creation of the “Leather and Lace” invitation and how last fall her inspiration was already setting the lace trend for 2013! After a couple days of brainstorming ideas Ann woke in the middle of the night with the thought of “Leather and Lace” and quickly sketched out a horse head idea with lace behind it.  When creativity hits you write it down so you can remember it later!

Using straps of leather tied around an invitation with a lace layer and a horse head monogram applied directly to leather gave this unique invitation a “balance between hard and soft elements.” Keeping the flow of the theme she added a lace envelope liner for the RSVP. Then to remind guest of the invitation she used a touch of lace, and a horse head tag tied with leather on the menu completing this invitation suite!

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To see more of this amazing Equestrian shoot from Utah Bride Blog Click Here. We can't end without giving a big shout out to everyone that contributed to make this shoot so unique and beautiful:

Concept/Design/Planning: Utah Bride Blog & Culinary Crafts
Photography: Pepper Nix
Venue: Red Cliff Ranch
Floral artistry: Studio Stems
Culinary & Staging decor: Culinary Crafts
Groomal Fashion: Mr Mac
Jewelry: Goldsmith Jewelers
Rentals: Diamond Rental

See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of vendors we've mentioned:

Featured bouquet:Utah Valley Bride Magazine
Flowers-bouquet: Calie Rose
Mandie’s Dress Veronica Michaels
Photography: Kristina Curtis Photography

 

 

 

 


Congratulations Jenae Jackson-West our August Bride of the Month!

 

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August 2013: Jenae Jackson-West!

We’d like to congratulate Jenae on her recent marriage and are excited to feature her this month as our Bride of the Month! Jenae has such a down to earth personality and it shows from her invitations to all the details that brought her dream wedding to life.

Interviewer: Now that your big day is all through, have you recuperated?
Jenae: Jason (my husband) and I moved to Texas for the summer less than a week after we got married with our honeymoon in between. It was very exciting but I still don’t know how we did it. Now that things are slowing down and we are getting into our life together I am definitely recuperating. I do have some days when I wake up in the morning and my heart is racing because I think I forgot to call the caterers, check my email, or make some appointment, so it might be a few more weeks before I can totally get the wedding planning out of my head!

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Interviewer: We felt that the striking grey ink paired with the soft green you chose for your invitation was so complimentary and we especially liked the envelope wrapping. Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitations. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Jenae: I knew I wanted something that people would remember, something that would catch their attention right from the start, but not because it was bold or brightly colored. I have always been a girl that loves the natural beauty of the outdoors, which is what inspired my entire wedding. With that in mind I knew for the most part the colors of ink I would want to use and what kind of paper. It was working with Ann through the design process that brought all my ideas together. Once we got down to my final three proofs, it was an easy decision because we had created exactly what I wanted.

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Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Jenae: I loved my envelopes. I loved how it caught my guests’ attention right when they opened their mailbox. The envelopes definitely expressed the theme of my wedding before they even opened it by making a subtle statement. The way the invitation was held together with the graphite pocket envelope as well made it very fun to unwrap and unfold.

Interviewer: What feature of your invitations have the most people complimented you on and did anyone mention the unique look of your envelopes?
Jenae: Several people complimented me on how well the theme flowed through out the entire invitation. From the envelope, to the main invitation, to insert cards, the invitations really did express the garden feel of my wedding. Many guests told me that they were the prettiest invitations they had ever received. One of my guests told me that she had given the invitation to her daughter to hold on to as an example for when her little girls plan their weddings.

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Interviewer: Have you taken any elements from your invitation to use throughout your wedding decor?
Jenae: Yes, my mother and I made a rosemary/peppermint lip balm as wedding favors for our wedding guests. The labels, which we placed on the tins, included the same monogram, date, and leaf design that was on the monogram cards that we had attached to the graphite pocket envelopes. I have also noticed as I look back on my invitations, that the flower image that we used throughout the invitation was very similar to the flowers and greenery I had in my bouquet as well as the other arrangements my florist put together.

Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Jenae: Very much so. I feel like before people came to our wedding they had an idea as to what to except, that it would be very natural looking and have a garden feel that definitely came across in the design of my invitations.

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Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Jenae: Look at your entire wedding as a whole. You want all of the little details and pieces of your wedding to fit together and your invitations are what your guests are going to be seeing first. Make your guests anticipate what your upcoming wedding events might be like.

Interviewer: Is there a lesson you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Jenae: Create something that you love and feel expresses you as a couple. Don’t settle for something less than what you have in mind because you think it isn’t an option or possible.

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Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?
Jenae: I absolutely loved working with Ann and Ruth! I remember telling my mom as we left our first consult that I wanted to work at Ann Elizabeth’s or start a business like it because it was so much fun! I had checked a couple other invitation places before I went to Ann Elizabeth and always felt restricted. As I went through all the possibilities and production process with Ann, she had a way of creating and putting together what I had envisioned. Ann and I were able to create something that not only expressed the theme of my wedding, but me and my style as well.

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Interviewer: Jenae thank you for taking the time to talk with us and share the details of your wedding!

See something above that you've absolutely got to have for your wedding? We're making it easy for you. Below is a list of Jenae’s vendors:

Ceremony: LDS Bountiful UT Temple
Family Dinner (night before): Joseph Smith Memorial Building
Reception: The Rose House at Red Butte Gardens
Catering: Have Party Will Travel
Dress: Mary's Bridal
Veil: Bridal Image
Grooms attire: Men's Warehouse
Flowers: Stems for All Occasions -Heather Ellefsen
Cake: Granite's Bakery
Bride and Grooms rings: Fadel's Jewelry
Photography: Jordan Goodrich (formals by Ciara Richardson Ciara Richardson Facebook)
Videography: Jared Fadel Jenae and Jason's wedding video!

 


Kid Parties: Part 1

This week I’m excited to share some of the more elaborate invitations we've designed for kid's parties. We recently were challenged to create an interactive invitation in a Candyland Theme. The design got started with the idea of recreating the Candyland board as the invitation itself.  When you open the invitation the first thing you see is CANDYLAND in big bold letters and a three dimensional pop out detail map of candy land full of all the amazing things to expect at this candy extravaganza party! We figured out a unique hand fold that allowed the board game to pop out when the card was opened and then fold back up into a neat square when closed.

Metallic pinks, blues, greens and candy hues graced this fun invitation. We searched high and low for a striped baker's twine in the right shade of blue and we were really glad when we found the perfect blue at the last minute.

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Take a peek at the incredible cake that Julie at Layers Cake created to match our Candyland invitation. I’m always so excited to see what she will come up with and once again she has taken this theme and knocked it out of the park! If you are planning a party or celebration you should really consider using Layers Cake.

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Next we have our Alice in Wonderland themed invitation. Alice in Wonderland is a really fun theme to work with because you can work mystery and intrigue into the design. We printed stacked tea cups right on the envelope so that guests were give a little hint of what was going to be inside the envelope. We thought "Open Me!" on the front of the invitation was a clever way of keeping the theme going and getting guests curious to see what is inside!  When he three panel wrap is fully opened you can see how we made custom slits in the folds so that the diamond pattern bands could would be visible as part of the design of the inside of the invitation as well as the outside. The birthday party was a "tea party" and we referred to the birthday girl as the "Queen of Hearts"  to keep everything in the Alice in Wonderland theme. The "Eat Me!" tags were used to give an extra touch to the favor bags of candy that were given to the party guests.

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Last, but definitely not least, is our adorable Ladybug Paisley invitation. This invitation really has it all: a 3 panel wrap with a pocket, a details card, a belly band, envelope icing, and monogram card for this little girls party. The paisley band with it’s layered monogram card that says “Polka-dots and little black spots, that’s what ladybugs are made of” immediately conveys to guests that this is a sweet invitation for a young girl. When open the invite and details card give the guests all of the details of what's to come! The final touch of this invitation set is the matching thank you card. What a great way to follow up  with guests with your appreciation for attending the party!

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It's fun when we have the opportunity to change it up from wedding invitations and create fun, themed party invitation - especially when it’s making a little kids birthday that more exciting!


Paper Bouquets!

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This week I thought I would talk about something a little different and creative, Paper Bouquets!

When I was looking at all the different things you could do with paper and printing I stumbled across paper flowers and was blown away by the talent it must take to create such an arrangement. Over on Etsy is where I found some of my favorite paper bouquet pictures that are shown on our blog and the talented people who are making them! So if you were looking for something different than a traditional fresh flower bouquet this would be it! Plus it’s a unique way to have a bouquet that would last forever. I also discovered at Paper Source a kit you can buy to make paper flowers. I don't know about you but I'm definitely ordering this for a fun project to do with my daughter!

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Here are the links for all the pictures used in our blog starting with top going left to right.

  1. Bouquet of Paper Peonies and Roses

  2. Wedding Bouquet Paper Pink with Pearls

  3. Paper Peony Coral Bouquet

  4. The LOVE Bouquet

  5. Sunny Bouquet

  6. Green with Plaid Bouquet

  7. Vintage Music Sheets Bouquet

  8. Notes Wedding Bouquet

  9. Bridal Bouquet Vintage

       10.  Bride Bouquet Paper Roses Vintage Shabby Chic Inspired

 


Cakes inspired from invitations!

Do you love going to a good party or hosting them?

This week we’re excited to feature one of our favorite clients Hailey Kandell. Hailey is known for her excellence in hosting a great party for all occasions. She goes all out for her children's birthdays with lavish themes that will excite any child beyond their wildest dreams. Hailey's passion for entertaining started with her husband's love of cooking and out of a her desire to make special occasions personal and very reflective of her children’s personalities. For each child’s birthday they would chose the theme of their party and help in the details as well. Hailey says “Entertaining to me is a way to celebrate the people I love the most and to make life’s little milestones more grand.” Starting with the invitation she conveys the theme of the party to Ann Elizabeth. Ann then creates the uniquely designed invitations you see in the pictures below. Ann says "Hailey is great... She just gives me an idea and let's me run with it."  Hailey’s choice of talented vendors like Culinary Crafts, Layers and Echo Photography  help her to throw one fabulous party after another!

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Her daughter Ady chose an artist theme for her birthday. The invitations had a fun crafty feel to them with different colored ribbons on the main piece and an icing wrap with paint streaks on the envelope giving it an artistic look. Layers clever way of making a cake look like chocolate crayons in a pail was just amazing along with the mini cakes for each child’s inner artist to decorate. Culinary Crafts catered and did a beautiful job with making all of the food arrangements look like art.

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Her daughter Lucy picked a whimsical Wizard of Oz theme. This whole birthday party had every detail covered from the balloon rainbow entrance to the Wizard of Oz characters. The invitation was bright and colorful, two-sided with a pocket on the back and multiple layers. You knew you were going somewhere over the rainbow to a magical land when you received this invite. Layers again took the Wizard of Oz theme and made an amazing cake with rainbow colored layers on the inside. Culinary Crafts catering created an amazing spread of food that matched up with the theme too! Echo Photography by Kimberly Hadlock did the beautiful photography.

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Hailey is such a fun client to work with and we love coming up with new ideas for all of her fabulous parties! Here at Ann Elizabeth we would like to say thank you to Hailey for sharing all the amazing pictures and letting us all have a sneak peek into her life and love of hosting parties!


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!!


It's that time of year!

Believe it or not, Fall is upon us, and you know what that means...

It's time to be thinking about holiday cards!

The holidays will be here before we know it, and so we're here to help you not procrastinate sending those cards out... again.

Use these photos as inspiration for your own custom card, or you can order exactly what you see here (with your name, etc) through us. Click here to learn how to order.

 

 

 

 

These twist cards are a lot of fun; a card your friends and family can interact with.

 

 

We also have a wide selection of photo holiday cards for you to choose from. We welcome you to come to our studio to browse our gallery!

And remember, share this with your friends and family. We don't want anyone forgetting to send their holiday cards!


5 Reasons to Break Up With Photo Wedding Invitations

Today, we're breaking up with photo wedding invitations.

(GASP) No, no. Really, it's okay...

It's been a good run, but it's time to move on.

So, here's our list for why we just can't be together anymore: 

5. You're always glossy, all the time. Some variation in texture would be nice.

 

4. You're flat... one dimensional. I'm looking for more- something my guests can interact with!

 

3. You're good at showing my guests whose wedding they'll be at... but 7 different poses is overkill.

 

2. You look nice for a post card, but not for the biggest day of my life.

 

1. You can only be a 6 on the "formal" scale. I want a 10.

 

So, photo wedding invitations, we're through. Though we may see you come around every now and then, we know we've made the right move.

Thanks for all the good times.

Sincerely,

The Modern Bride

 

If you're feeling some withdrawals from the breakup, be strong! Don't turn back. Focus on the things that will be better for your invitations in the long run. Things like:

  • A clutter-free main piece. Whether your invitations are elegant or casual, it's much classier not to use a photo on your main piece. If you include a photo, do so as an enclosure. Use your lovely faces as an accessory, not the star of the show.
  • Invitations that more effectively set the tone for your wedding. We've seen it countless times; a photo wedding invitation that (by its nature) has an informal feeling to it... so the guests show up to your formal event in business casual clothing. It's embarrassing for everyone, so do your guests a favor and reflect the tone of your wedding in the invitations!
  • You can create an experience for your guests. Using an Envelopments pocket, for example, can create an incredible experience for your guests- like opening a present! There are lots of ways you can compile your invitation, enclosure cards, photo, and RSVP. If you need ideas, browse our gallery!

Have you "broken up" with photo invitations? Leave us a comment and tell us how!

 

Here's today's pinnable... Enjoy!