Congratulations Katie Crosland-Harris our November Bride of the Month!

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November 2014: Katie Crosland-Harris!

Our November Bride of the Month is Katie Crosland-Harris. Katie is such a cute girl and was amazing to work with. Her bright rose letterpress invitation suite was elegant and really reflected her personality!

The Interview

Bekka: How did Talon propose?
Katie: Talon proposed to me by blindfolding me, driving me around the Holladay area, and taking me out snowshoeing in a blizzard...still blindfolded may I add. I remember how freezing it was when he had me get out of the car, while he put my snowshoe gear on for me.  It was quite the climb at first and then very steep.  After a couple of minutes he allowed the blindfold to come off.  After my eyes adjusted to the brightness of the sun off the snow, I recognized that we were at the Waterford school, where we first met. We hiked around the campus until he sat me down with view of the soccer field, where I played all of my high school games.  After overcoming his nerves, sharing a few reasons why he loves me, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him with ring in hand.  He tried to help me up, but that wasn’t so easy with snowshoes on. So we had a great laugh and enjoyed this special moment in our journey together.

Bekka: After the initial excitement where did you start when it came to planning your wedding?
Katie: My mom and I headed to Scenemakers to meet with our wedding coordinator Allie Kesler.  We made a few rough plans with her and I shared the vision I had for the big day!

Bekka: How did you decide on what your invitation would look like and what inspired it?
Katie: This decision was a difficult one. My inspirations were the time of year and the flowers that would me in my bouquet, and my favorite color. With the help of Ann Elizabeth, I was able to create the perfect invitation.

Bekka: Did you have a favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitation that people complimented you on most?
Katie: I love the design with the rose letterpress on multiple parts of the invitation.

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitation with vibrant rose letterpress set the tone for your event?
Katie: The invitation fit perfectly for the tone of my wedding.  It was bright, fun, and very classic.

Bekka:  From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitation and were there any lessons you learned through your creative process?
Katie: I would make a list of “must haves” before meeting with Ann Elizabeth.  This will help the narrowing process a lot! It is overwhelming to see all of the choices she has because she is so talented!

Bekka:  You were married and sealed in the historical Salt Lake City Temple with the reception held at the beautiful home of your parents. Tell us more about why you chose the locations and what they mean to you?
Katie: We chose to be married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for many reasons. Both of our families live in Salt Lake, the grounds are beautiful, and I grew up going to this temple with the desire to one day be married there someday. We chose to have the reception in my parents backyard not only because it is breath-taking, but because we wanted the party to feel like home for everyone!

Bekka: No one can choose a favorite part of their wedding day so I wont make you, however was there anything that stood out more?
Katie: Standing on the Salt Lake temple steps with my closest friends and family, with my new husband by my side was a very special moment for me.  That was a rare occasion I’ll cherish forever!

Bekka: After all the hard work of planning your dream wedding did everything go off without a hitch or were there any hang-ups?
Katie: Everything, even the weather, was perfect on the day of our wedding!

Bekka: Katie again we are just thrilled to have you as our November bride and thank you for taking the time to share the details of your gorgeous 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 Katie’s vendors:

Wedding Planner: Scenemakers

Catering: Culinary Crafts

Bride’s Dress: Avenia Bridal

Photographer: Mikki Platt Photography

Venue: Crosland Home

Cake: Layers Cake

Invitations:  Ann Elizabeth

Rental: Diamond Rental

Videographer: Ryan Hinman Films

 


Congratulations Leigh Gutting-Lucas our October Bride of the Month!

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October 2014: Leigh Gutting-Lucas!

We’re excited to have Leigh for our October Bride of the Month. Leigh is such a fun spirited gal and we loved working with her. Her unique invitation was one that we had never really done before. Being able to bring her ideas to life and see the final product of her invitations is always a thrill.

The Interview:

Bekka: Leigh I have to admit we love how your invitations turned out. I felt the invitation told a story of how your big day would play out. Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitation. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Leigh: My friend Cami had suggested to make it a book. I love to read and felt it would be a great way of expressing who I am. Hamilton is my biggest supporter when it comes to books and reading, we have a bunch of books!

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Leigh: The tree was my favorite, how it branched out and wrapped around the entire invitation really tied it all together.

Bekka: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Leigh: The overall idea of it was appealing. I felt it really represented the both of us and how we’re kind of unusual. Guest also loved the map, because our venue was in such a remote place.

Bekka: Brides usually take the theme or a look from their invitation and incorporate it into the decor of the wedding venue. Did any part of your invitation help to create the look and feel at your venue?
Leigh: Having Michelle was so handy because that isn’t my strength and she was really able to pull all of it together. Our rings were custom made and I showed Michelle and she came up with the woodland theme, then built on that to the last detail.

Bekka: When setting the tone for your event do you feel your invitations achieve that?
Leigh: Absolutely, I had some family members think it was a western theme, and with my invitation I think it helped to represent the more enchanted fairytale. “Not disneyland princes or western rustic.”

Bekka: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Leigh: Get out and look more. I wish I would have used the pinterest board that Ruth suggested, I think it would have saved me some time and revisions.

Bekka: You had Michelle Leo Events help you in all the event planning and design. It’s no secret that we absolutely love Michelle, so tell us about your experience working with such a talented Event Planner!
Leigh: It was fantastic I don’t know what I would have done without her. My sister got one when she was married out of state and it was so helpful. So for Michelle to come a long and encapsulate it and help me find great vendors was priceless. Especially Heather Nan, when she showed me her photography I was blown away and knew that is who I wanted to capture all my moments. I’ve had friends that I recommended getting a wedding planner because they are so worth it. They didn’t and when it came closer to their wedding day they were wishing they had someone to relieve some of the stress and worry.

Bekka: Looking back on your wedding day and all the beautiful memories that came from it, was there one moment that stood out more and if so what?
Leigh: The bad thing that happened, not too bad but, our wedding was at Red Cliffs Ranch so it is quite a drive. Hours before our wedding there was a semi truck on fire causing major delays for our guest to get to the wedding on time. We ended up starting our ceremony late because we were trying to wait on guests to arrive. Some of the guest didn’t even make it. You plan for back up plans like rain, wardrobe mishaps, or hair/makeup but not semi truck fires! So the funny thing that happened was one of the groomsmen got the music going to “Hava Nagila” and the next thing we knew everyone was lifting our chairs. We’re not really religious, but it was very spontaneous and fun!

Bekka: Leigh is was a pleasure working with you and I’d like to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and share the details of your 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 Leigh's vendors:

Wedding Planner: Michelle Leo Events

Photographer: Heather Nan

Venue: Red Cliff Ranch

Catering: Brown Brothers

Cake: Cake-A-Licious

Flowers: May Flowers

Invitations:  Ann Elizabeth

Bride’s Dress: Alta Moda Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lily and Iris

Rings: Freshmans

 

 


Congratulations Brittany Kahn-Shifrin our September Bride of the Month!

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September 2014: Brittany Kahn-Shifrin!

Our September Bride of the Month is Brittany Kahn-Shifrin. We’re so excited to share her elegant destination wedding at the beautiful St. Regis Deer Valley. This month is extra special because Brittany and Adam are celebrating their one-year anniversary! We are so honored to feature them and all the talented vendors like Meredith Parsons and Pepper Nix that played such a big part in creating their perfect wedding.

 

The Interview

Bekka: Brittany, you're getting ready to celebrate your one-year anniversary. What has your first year of marriage been like?
Brittany:  It’s been great!!  Adam and I dated for almost 7 years before getting married and we already lived together, so it didn’t feel like too much changed after we got married.

Bekka: You were married at The St. Regis Deer Valley. Does this place have a special meaning to you or did you just love how gorgeous it is?
Brittany: Park City in general is a special place to me.  My family has been coming to Park City since I was little, and I have so many amazing memories there!  Adam and I loved being able to share this place with all of our wedding guests especially since most had never been to Utah before.  The St. Regis Deer Valley is so beautiful and has amazing views that I knew would be wonderful for all of our wedding photos!

Bekka: Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Brittany: I knew I wanted something a little more fun for our save the date.  Adam actually found something online and we shared it with Ann Elizabeth and Ruth as our inspiration, and they took it from there.
For our formal invitations I wanted something classic and simple, but I wasn’t exactly sure what that would be.  After meeting and talking with Ruth several times, she helped me come up with some amazing ideas for our invitations. We ended up going with a grey thermography print on a white and grey duplex invitation.  Ann Elizabeth and Ruth suggested adding the grey duplex backer to our invitation, which I loved!!  It added a nice touch while giving the invitations a sturdier feel.  The additional pieces all worked together so nicely, and I was so happy how they turned out. Ann Elizabeth and Ruth were great to work with!  They were so patient and provided so many great ideas to choose from.

Bekka: After your invitations were designed and mailed out did you feel they expressed to your guests the tone for your big day!
Brittany: Yes, I did.  They were simple, classic, and elegant.

Bekka:  From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations and were there any lesson you learned through your creative process?
Brittany: It really helps to look at sample invitations online and in the studio.  I didn’t know specifically what I wanted at first and going on Pinterest for inspiration was very helpful in communicating what I liked with Ann Elizabeth & Ruth.

Bekka: You hired the fabulous Meredith Parsons as your wedding planner, which we feel if you have the budget for… do it! How was your experience having someone to take care of all the details!
Brittany: It was great!! Having someone help out with all the small details, recommend vendors and help your vision come to life is amazing!!  She had me create a Pinterest board to pin things I liked and she added to it as well.  It resulted in more than we could have asked for!!

Bekka: Your photography really tells a story and beautifully captures every precious moment. Tell us about your amazing photographer Pepper Nix and why you chose her.
Brittany: I came across Pepper’s photos when I was first at the St. Regis touring the venue.  I immediately fell in love with her sunset photos and couldn’t wait to work with her. She has such a fun and laid-back attitude and working with her on our wedding day was amazing! She kept Adam and I relaxed and made the whole process so easy.

Bekka: How would you describe your wedding day from start to finish?
Brittany: Perfection!!  It was a wonderful day and a day that we will never forget!!  It snowed the day before our wedding, which was nerve racking since our ceremony was supposed to be outside. Luckily the day of our wedding, it warmed up and it was a beautiful bluebird day so we kept the ceremony outside!!

Bekka: Looking back was there anything you would have changed?
Brittany: I think there are small things that I would consider changing, because I am a perfectionist. However, those are things that I don’t think anyone else would have noticed.  So the best advice I could give someone else is to not sweat the small stuff, because you are probably the only one who even realized it.

Bekka: Brittany, we are just thrilled to have you as our September bride and thank you for share the details of your wedding. Congratulations on celebrating your one-year anniversary!

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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 Brittany's vendors:

Wedding Planner: Bluebird Event Destination Management Meredith Parsons

Photographer: Pepper Nix

Venue: St. Regis Deer Valley

Catering/Cake: St. Regis

Flowers: Amanda Hansen at Decoration, Inc

Invitations:  Ann Elizabeth

Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang Chicago

Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Giorgio Armani

Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August

Ceremony Music: Maywood String Quartet

Band: Party Crashers Green Light Booking

Videographer: Jared Wortley

Officiant: Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman

 


Congratulations Nicole Abate-Kenyon our August Bride of the Month!

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August 2014: Nicole Abate-Kenyon!

I’m excited to introduce our August Bride of the Month Nicole Abate-Kenyon. We loved her save the date that gave her guest the reminder of what to look forward to and how her “modern chevron” invitation really set the tone for the type of wedding she would be having. Nicole’s amazing photographer OpieFoto captured her beautiful wedding held at the prestige Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley. It just shows having talented vendors really does make all the difference for an occasion such as Nicole’s!

The Interview

Bekka: How is married life and do you feel any different?
Nicole: Married life is GREAT! Alex and I have been together for a while now, so not much changed after the nuptials. Getting to call him my husband is one of the best feelings in the world.

Bekka: Where did you get your inspiration from in designing your invitations and did you know exactly what you wanted or did you have a bunch of ideas.
Nicole: My inspiration came from an ad I saw in Utah Bride Magazine. It was a picture of a wedding party dressed in preppy navy blue and Kelly green. I knew right then that those were my wedding colors. Alex and I originally come from Connecticut, and now currently live in Denver, so we wanted to incorporate some east coast prep into our invitations for our mountain wedding.

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Nicole: Our Save the Dates were so fun to design. I loved that we were able to incorporate places from our past, present and future, as well as show the guests where they will be joining us for our special day. Ann Elizabeth was able to incorporate a modern chevron into a simple and elegant design for our invitations, which made them really unique and special. The blue and green stripes and chevron have to be my favorite! I also love the font I chose, because I feel it set a casual tone for the wedding.

Bekka: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Nicole: I got so many compliments on the originality of the invitations. From the map on the Save the Date, to the simplistic, yet modern design on the invitation, people really got a sense of what the wedding atmosphere was going to be like.

Bekka: Some brides take the theme of their invitation and tie it into their wedding decor did you use anything from your invitation?
Nicole: Yes! Our wedding colors were Navy Blue, Kelly Green and Grey so all of the décor was in line with this color scheme. The bridesmaids wore neutral grey dresses which allowed the mountains to really shine, and not be overpowered. The Groom and Groomsmen wore navy blue Vans and green striped socks to dress down their suits. We also had some chevron mixed in with paper straws and place cards. One thing I have always been picky about is matching the Save the Date to the Invitation, and then trying to incorporate that into the design of the wedding. I think it all went together very well!

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your wedding?
Nicole: Absolutely. We wanted a casual mountain feel in an elegant setting. I feel that the invitations set the casual tone for the wedding, for sure. I definitely was looking for an invitation that was not too fancy, but pretty, fun and reflected us as a couple.

Bekka: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Nicole: Look at lots of magazines, check out the Ann Elizabeth website, and of course…Pinterest! There are so many great ideas online. You just have to figure out what message you want to send to guests, and as long as you can communicate that to Ann Elizabeth, you are no doubt going to get exactly what you are envisioning.

Bekka: How would you describe your wedding day and was there anything that happened that you didn’t expect good or bad?
Nicole: Our wedding day was definitely the best day of my life. It was relaxed, fun and full of love! I started off the day with yoga on the deck with my bridesmaids at Stein Eriksen lodge and the Boys hiked Deer Valley. This set the tone for the day. After that came the routine “getting ready” and pictures before the ceremony. The ceremony was short, sweet and beautiful and the reception was a blast. We wanted all of our guests to have a great time and I really feel that they did! I would say the one thing I didn’t expect, was that I was so calm. I expected to be anxious and crying at every little thing, but it was actually one of the most serene and memorable days of my life!

Bekka: Tell us a little more about the vendors you chose and how it made your day that more special!
Nicole: Well first off, I have to give a shout out to our photographer, OpieFoto. Opie was a pleasure to work with. She takes amazing photos and is such a creative artist. I can’t stop looking at my wedding photos or my album! As for the venue, Stein Eriksen Lodge holds a special place in my heart, because we have spent a lot of time there during the winter ski season. This just felt like the perfect location for us to tie the knot. The other vendor that really made our wedding special was Couth Booth. They provided our photo booth and we have so many awesome, hilarious pictures from them!

Bekka: Nicole you were so great to work with, thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!

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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 Nicole's vendors:

Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception: Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley

Photographer: OpieFoto

Catering/Cake: Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley

PhotoBooth: Couth Booth

Flowers: Silver Cricket

Invitations: Ann Elizabeth

Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Collection, Denver CO

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Banana Republic

Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan

Rings: Jay Feder Jewelers, Denver CO

DJ: Marriott Entertainment

Hair/Makeup: Versa Artistry

Officiant: Judge Shauna Kerr

 


Congratulations Charlotte Haws-Frey our April Bride of the Month!

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April 2014: Charlotte Haws-Frey!

This month we wanted to take a look back at one of our winter brides so cozy up for this Rustic Winter wedding. Charlotte is such sweet gal and full of charisma so naturally she was the perfect pick. Her personality shines through during our interview while her pictures capture who Charlotte truly is!

The Interview:

Bekka: Charlotte, what was the inspiration for the design of your invitation and was there one thing you had to have to make it all come to life?
Charlotte: We were married at Log Haven Restaurant on December thirtieth, and I wanted our invitations to reflect both the rustic locale as well as the winter season. The natural colors with the bright red ink and backer, as well as the pinecone details on the invitations and envelope liners, really helped me accomplish that goal. I love those little pinecones. They were my favorite part of the invitations.

Bekka: Do you feel your invitation set the tone for your wedding and how?
Charlotte: Absolutely. We wanted to throw a great party for our friends and family, and I think the scripts on the invitations are fun and inviting. We also incorporated the simple, rustic theme of our invitations into our decorations. We used pine boughs, ivory candles, and red ribbons for the table and aisle decorations, as well as pinecones, of course.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Charlotte: Don’t be afraid to edit. There are a million ways to make great invitations. You can’t pick them all. Less is more.

Bekka: Your venue was Log Haven, what made you choose that location?
Charlotte: For a rustic winter wedding, I can’t imagine a better location! It was cold and snowy outside in the woods, but we were tucked in our cozy little cabin with our favorite people. It was incredibly warm and intimate. The candles, twinkle lights, and big central fireplace lit up the all the beautiful, natural wood in the restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing, of course, and I can’t imagine a more helpful staff. My husband and I live in Portland, Oregon and the wedding planner on-site, Faith Sweeten, was a lifesaver. She kept us organized and ensured that everything went smoothly. She thought of important things that never would have crossed my mind.

Bekka: When it comes to planning a wedding it takes so many great vendors. Tell us a bit about some of the vendors you used in creating your rustic chic wedding?
Charlotte: I feel really lucky to have picked the right people! Kelly Sansom, at Gallery Photography, was our photographer. He came very highly recommended and still exceeding our expectations. The pictures speak for themselves. Debbie Achter, at Abandoned Fields, is a long-time family friend and did our flowers and decorations. She has an amazing eye for color and aesthetics. The flower girls’ crowns and the berry boutonnières were my favorite details. Valerie Muhlstein and Nichole Forsey did hair and make-up for me and my bridesmaids. They made everyone look unbelievably beautiful and added tremendously to the fun of the day. Spending the morning with my favorite people AND these talented ladies was one of the highlights of the wedding. Michael Lucarelli played the classical guitar for our processional and recessional and made time prior to the wedding to learn the accompaniment and to rehearse the song that was sung during the wedding. He is so talented. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were by the music. Mario Bush was our DJ. That man knows how to keep a party going.  I was planning on throwing my bouquet and having a big, dramatic exit, but Joe and I could not stop dancing. We had to stay to the end of the night. We were just having too much fun to leave.

Bekka: Looking back was there anything you wished you’d done different?
Charlotte: I wish I had trusted my instincts more and worried less about what people would think about my style choices. I was frequently overwhelmed by the number of choices I had to make, but it is only for one day. It’s important to remember that and have fun.

Bekka: How would you sum up your overall experience your wedding had for you and your new hubby?
Charlotte: It was a wonderful way to start our lives together! We were both so grateful for all of the kindness and love directed our way and all the effort that was made on our behalf.  So many people contributed time, money, and talent to celebrate our union. So many people traveled from across the country to be there. At the end of the day, I really was overwhelmed with gratitude for, not only my handsome new husband, but also for all the amazing people in my life.

Bekka: Charlotte thanks for taking the time to talk with me and share all the fun details of your 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 Charlotte’s vendors:

Venue: Log Haven

Photographer: Kelly Sansom at Gallery Photography

Flowers: Abandoned Fields / Debbie Achter

Hair and Makeup: Valerie Muhlstein and Nichole Forsey

Classical Guitar: Michael Lucarelli

DJ: Mario Bush

 


Utah Bride and Groom White Party 2014

We were excited to work with Utah Bride and Groom Magazine as a sponsor of the 2014 White Party. It's an event that anyone in the wedding industry in Utah shouldn't miss! This isn't our first time at designing an invitation for a white party, but we wanted to make sure this was extra special for the event. We ultimately decided that metallic silver foil on paper with swirls reminiscent of moire fabric was just the right fit. The white ink on metallic silver envelopes was the perfect finishing touch of the set.

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The picture below says a thousand words about the gorgeous sunsets we experience in Utah and The Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium was the perfect choice to show off Utah's gorgeous skyline and sunset. Not to mention that the weather here is warming up for spring and the grass is greening up, the bulbs that have laid dormant all winter are all showing their green heads, it's a great time of year to be in Utah.

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The decor by Soiree Productions was beautiful. Take a look at those chairs... gorgeous! Kudos to Soiree Productions for pulling together a gorgeous white inspired color palette.

And finally those lovely ladies are some of the Ann Elizabeth crew who attended the party and enjoyed bubbly and the company of all who attended. Thank you Ruth and Bekka for representing Ann Elizabeth!

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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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Valentines favor boxes!

How fab are these custom Valentines boxes! We had so much fun helping our client and her daughter create her own custom Valentines for school. We chose favor boxes because they are great for any occasion. So, with a blank canvas to start from we were able to apply favorite colors and patterns to create the perfect Valentine. She wanted the wrap to have two prints: hearts for the girls and stripes for the boys. Then adding a ribbon and layered heart tag gave this Valentine its’ wow factor!

I love how adorable the Valentines turned out and how excited this little girl is to share them with her classmates. This is one of those projects that make our job here at Ann Elizabeth so rewarding!

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Congratulations Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins our January Bride of the Month!

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January 2014: Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

Lets bring in the New Year with a whole lot of glitz and glam with this month's bride of the month Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

We are excited to feature Bree along with the fact that she planned, organized, and even made her own dress for her fabulous wedding. Bree loves fashion and talks about how she is pursuing a career in wedding planning; so taking on the task of planning her own wedding really showed just how talent she is!

 

The Interview

Bekka: Bree when you came to Ann Elizabeth did you know the style of invitation you wanted?
Bree: I knew I wanted mint green paper and gold foil. I had seen something on Pinterest with that color scheme and I thought it was perfect. I am a planner and I love weddings so I had many ideas and print outs of what I wanted. Ann Elizabeth helped me put everything together perfectly. It was such a stress-free process.

Bekka:  What is your favorite part of your invitation?
Bree: All of it! To this day I wouldn’t change a thing. I LOVE the fonts and the colors. Obviously the gold foil is absolutely stunning. I also loved the envelopes – I know that may sound weird, but the font was SO beautiful.

Bekka:  Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Bree: My invitations were classy but unique and many people said it was their favorite invitation they’d seen. I wanted to add even more of my personal flare to the invitations so I cut strands of navy chiffon (my other wedding color) and tied bows around the invitation and photo. It took a very long time and thankfully I had a lot of help, but it was well worth it in the end.

Bekka:  Did you incorporate any elements from your invitation into the decor of your wedding?
Bree: I had most of my wedding planned well before I was actually engaged. My husband and I had dated since 2005 when we were sophomores in high school, so it was a long time coming. Since wedding planning is a career path I am extremely interested in, the decorations and theme of my wedding was picked out cohesively with my invitation design. My main wedding color was gold with mint green and navy accents. I chose a metallic paper to add a little shimmer (I am a sparkle girl, if you couldn’t tell by my dress) so that, matched with the gold foil, worked magically. I used the same mint cardstock in all of the signs I made.

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Bree: They definitely did!! I feel that when people saw our invitation it not only looked like my husband and my personality but it 100% matched the tone of our wedding. They knew by our invitation that our wedding would be classy and elegant with a touch of sparkle and creativity.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Bree: It is so extremely easy now to be inspired thanks to Pinterest. I remember years ago when I would clip from bridal magazines and tape them into inspiration journals or save thousands of images on my computer… thankfully those days are gone. There are so many wonderful wedding blogs and inspiration shoots. I created a whole Pinterest account just for my wedding and would re-pin anything and everything I liked. Soon you will start to see a theme in your pins and once you do, the time has come to schedule an appointment with Ann Elizabeth. They will help you design a perfect invitation based on the aspects you most love! Plus, you don’t have to know exactly what you want right away. The font and writing is all picked out through online proofs so you can take your time (if you have it).

Bekka: We love how unique your dress is. How was it making your own wedding gown?
Bree: Designing wedding dresses and formal wear is my passion, which is why I decided to peruse an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology after I graduated high school. Ever since I can remember I had been sketching and accumulating ideas for my wedding. I took the semester off of school to design and make my wedding gown. I started on the bottom half of my gown first because that design was pretty solidified in my head. After countless hours of hand-sewing organza and chiffon flowers with hundreds of beads the skirt part was complete and I was in love! The top proved to be more difficult. I could not pick one idea to stick with. There were so many elements I wanted to incorporate and when I finally designed the final bodice I knew it was the perfect match. I sewed on every bead and rhinestone while catching up on Netflix and missing my fiancé who was interning in another state at the time. After more than 250 hours of labor and over 3,000 beads the dress was complete and it was exactly what I wanted! I am so incredibly grateful for the education I received at FIT that made it possible for me to create my dream wedding gown.

Bekka: Planning a wedding can get overwhelming how did you stay organized and on top of it all?
Bree: Many many many word documents and excel spreadsheets, and my amazing mother and fiancé who were on the receiving end of my excessive emails with thorough instructions of everyone’s to-do list and what needed to get done. I made a big wedding binder with about 15 tabs of every aspect of the wedding and kept all my files there. There were a lot of printed pins and inspiration, multiple budget planning calculations, swatches of fabric, vendor phone numbers, and about one hundred to-do lists. Thanks to my support team and my nine months of wedding planning everything got finished and my wedding day was more perfect than I imagined.

Bekka: Bree thanks for taking the time to talk with us and share the fabulous details of your 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 Bree's vendors:

Photography: REBEKAH WESTOVER
Event Design and Planning: Bree Wilkins {the Bride}\Custom Gown and Veil: ABREE ORIGINAL
Hair and Makeup: JANELLE AT VERSA ARTISTRY
Bridesmaids & Maid of Honor Attire: ABREE ORIGINAL and J. CREW
Groom’s custom suit and shirt: DRESS CODE
Floral Design: Bella Fleur
Ceremony Location: Manti Utah LDS Temple
Wedding Invitation: ANN ELIZABETH

 

 

 

 


2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid!

Good-bye 2013’s Emerald Green and hello 2014 color of the year Radiant Orchid! I’m in love with this color choice and all the gorgeous ways to incorporate it into wedding glam. While browsing pinterest I found hundreds of great ways others used tones of purple in their wedding so I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Our amazing ladies at Lily and Iris shared a photo with us, which shows off the gorgeous selection of bridesmaid dresses in radiant orchid. So if you're looking for the perfect dress look no further because they've got it. The beautiful bouquet was skillfully put together by the talented Calie Rose and photographed by Heather Bliss Photography. To see more of my favorite pics check out the 2014 Radiant Orchid pinterest board.

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