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!


Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Summer/Fall Issue!

Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Summer/Fall Issue!

We are honored to be featured in the new Salt  Lake/Park City Bride and Groom Summer/Fall 2013 magazine.

Our ad on page 12 features Tommi Ellingford-Wardle's letterpress invitation. Tommi was one of our favorite brides from 2012 and we love her invitation representing us for 2013. We we also thrilled to have Tommi's matching save the date card and envelope featured by Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom in their  "Western Union" feature on page 28. There are some gorgeous invitations featured in this section that you should really check out.

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Other big news from this issue is the reveal of  Michelle Leo Events and her exquisite new look on page 41. She was also the wedding planner and designer for Devan Guilford and Rodrigo Vidal who are featured in real weddings on page 42. Her award-winning wedding design and event planning services have won her the prestigious Best of State award three years in a row. We had a hand in producing her new business cards so we're particularly excited about her glam new look. If you haven’t seen her new business cards you should definitely pick one up from her today.

As always, Culinary Crafts 2 page ad spread is a centerpiece of the magazine and if you're not already familiar with Culinary Crafts they are a centerpiece of the Wedding industry in Utah. Check out more of their amazing work in real weddings where they are featured for catering Tauri Stevens and Dylan Tucker page 38, Devan Guilford and Rodrigo Vidal page 42 and Candice Yee and Eric Bender page 46.

Another favorite vendor of ours is Julie Hill, owner of Layers Cakes. If you are looking for a beautiful cake that is handcrafted by a talented woman you've got to make a point of meeting with Julie. Julie is incredible to work with. On several occasions we have worked with a mutual client and Julie has an incredible skill of taking the look that Ann Elizabeth has developed for the client's party and translating it to the cake in a truly inspired way.  For some of her gorgeous work check out the "Romancing the Stone" feature on page 79 where she made a three-tier fondant and rock candy cake. Layers Cake also did a fondant cake with bamboo accents for Candice Yee and Eric Bender who were also featured in real weddings on page 47.

I love Mayflowers Floral & Event Design. Their touch that brings a romantic yet refined look to any arrangement of flowers is work of art. Their flowers are featured in Devan Guilford and Rodrigo Vida real weddings on page 42. We are also proud to have featured Mayflowers this month in our Bride of the Month feature for Chandler Huntsman-Astin.

I also need to give a shout out to Rebekah Westover for her amazing photography and attention to detail that was featured in real weddings for Paige Stoner and Joshua Garcia page 50. You can see more of her work as she to was featured in our Bride of the Month for her photography for Chandler Huntsman-Astin.

 

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And finally, can we talk about the cover of this issue please!? I love the stylistic choices made for this issue's cover photo. The soft, swept away from the face hair really accents the natural beauty of the model's face. I also love the very neutral makeup and basically bare lips and nails. This romantic styling of the bride's hair and makeup couldn't be a better fit with the sleeved dress and petite bouquet. Once again a huge kudo's to the talented people who brought the cover to life.

Model: Lauri Bing / Heffner Management

Dress: Monique Lhullier from Alta Moda Bridal

Photographer: Carmen Daneshmandi

Stylist: Tessa Woolf

 


Plannng a party for your favorite peep!

Summer is here and the weather is perfect for hosting a gathering with your closest friends. This week I thought I’d share some fun party invitations from our portfolio. We get to let our creativity flow as we start working on ideas that match the client's theme and really make the  party come to life through the invitation.

First we have a Mexican Fiesta themed party. The neon pink and green two color/duplexed paper we used for the pocket was a great starting point for  the bright colors of this invitation. The details card that pulls out of the pocket reads “Games, Bull Riding, Swimming, Taco Cart” ... It's a lead in to the events in store so the guests know they don’t want to miss this party!

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Our next grouping is a company party for a Summer Soiree. This invitations bold color scheme and western-esque theme grabs the attention of its holder and intrigues one’s interest. Quite a bit of details needed to be conveyed in this invitation so a pocket style to hold an rsvp set and details card was just the right fit.

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In this next grouping we have two birthday invitations. The first one is a for a surprise 30th birthday. To make this invitation really go down in history we used semi embarrassing photos of the birthday boy. We hope he received the right amount of razzing from his friends!

The next invitation is a simple piece printed on both sides. Retro graphics, colors and the printed black envelope clearly let the guests know to get their 80’s on and come party!

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I love this elaborate invitation for a theme of "Tuna Dinner" for a girls dinner party. The party theme was chosen because the date of the event fell on Chinese New Year. The detail that goes into this is well thought out from the booklet style that gives fun facts about Chinese culture and the sharing of cold sesame noodles recipe is a fun creative way to have guest over for a dinner party.

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The last one is an invitation to a Dessert Party. Who wouldn’t want to go to a dessert party? Its simplicity of information combined with beautifully designed details, layering and the printed pattern on the inside make this invitation a win in my book!

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Next time your thinking of planning a get-together with friends remember to pick a theme that best suites your ideal party and let your invitations set the tone for the events to come!


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

 


Wedding Planning Checklist!

Wedding Planning Checklist!

So you're engaged, you’ve got the man of your dreams and a beautiful sparkling ring that you can’t stop raving about! With all the excitement you may be out trying on dresses, looking at venues and thinking of all the things you need to get done and it can easily get overwhelming. We have some great tips to get you at the right starting point so you can stay organized and timely with all the details of your dream wedding!

First and foremost you and your fiancé should figure out a budget. With a realistic budget set in place you can then move forward with what type of wedding you both want. Weddings can get pricy and sticking to a budget will help avoid unnecessary headaches in the future.

When setting a date choose one that works best for both you and your fiancé as well as loved ones. Discuss with one another of how many guest you’ll have so you can choose an appropriate venue. From there you can figure out what type of setting you want for your ceremony and reception that will still leave enough in your budget for everything else. Once you have that part done you can start on all the details, from catering, flowers, decor, and music for your venue depending on what is included with the location you’ve chosen. The fabulous venue in the pictures is the Red Cliff Ranch. With meadows surrounded by red cliffs, aspen groves, and waterfalls you are sure to get an elegant mountain destination wedding!

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Finding the dress is just as important! A woman wants a dress that makes her feel and look amazing. Give yourself time to shop around so when you do find that dress to die for you’ll have time for any alterations and accessories to make your bridal gown complete. The team at Alta Moda Bridal is experts at finding the perfect dress for the bride to be. With bride Ashley (lower left) she is absolutely glowing in her A-Line beaded lace gown by Augusta Jones. (Photo by Alixann Loosle Photography.) Bride Daynia (lower right) looks gorgeous in her fashionable modest dress by Monique Lhullier. (Photography by Brooke Brakken.)

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blog quote Now that you have the date and venue locked in you should start thinking about the invitation. Your invitation is a key element for relaying needed information to your guests. With all the time you place into planning your wedding you want your guests to be able to plan accordingly so they can join you in the celebrations. Especially if you need a head count and depend on a RSVP reply. The invitation process takes time and can sometimes be overlooked as far as what goes into them. You should start the design process four to six months in advanced and send them two months prior your wedding date. Your invitation should reflect who you are and the theme of your wedding giving your guest idea of what’s to come. Depending on your budget the invitation can be as simple or elaborate as you want. With so many options to chose from, narrow down what your wants and needs are for the occasion.

Things to think about:
• Do you need a separate announcement?
• Should you send a Save the Date?
• How detailed do you want the invitation to be vs. guiding guests to a website for the details?
• Do you need a separate ceremony card?
• Do you need directions and accommodation cards?
• Will an RSVP be needed?
• What type of thank you cards do you prefer?

Here at Ann Elizabeth we take pride in having helped numerous brides create custom invitations that fit their budget and needs.

Janellen Peterkin’s chose a patterned paper, which gives her invitation a soft romantic feel. We used multiple layers on both the outer monogram and inside details giving it a rich look that accented the pinks. Then topped it off with an icing wrap for the envelope making this invitation pure elegance!

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There are so many details that go into planning a wedding that hiring an event designer/planner can really help. Consider cutting some of the budget elsewhere so that you can hire a professional to guide you through the process if at all possible.

Taking the time to do your research can really pay off in the end. Magazines and websites like Utah Bride and Groom, Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom, Utah Valley Bride are some of our local magazines and are a great sources for information.

If you are looking for a great checklist you can download the Martha Stewart checklist.  It is well put together with complete breakdowns of all the details you’ll need to stay organized.

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Utah Bride & Groom Magazine 2013 Issue

It is our honor to be featured in Utah Bride & Groom Magazine’s 2013 issue. We were thrilled to have two of our invitations featured on page 30 in the editorial segment “Personality Type - fun fonts for fashionable couples”, which features unique typesetting, font pairings and font selections. One of our contributions is this floral beauty from our bride, JanEllen Melchior. Utah Bride & Groom Magazine described the fonts we selected for JanEllen as “nostalgic yet modern”. Below is a glimpse of the rest of JanEllen’s beautiful invitations to show off how the whole set came together beautifully as a whole. 

We were also pleasantly surprised to see our plate wrap menu featured on page 50. The idea of having the menu work as a band that wraps over and around the dinner plate was born early in 2012 while collaborating with Jessica White Photography. Below is a look at the pieces we created for the gorgeous ombré styled inspiration shoot photographed by Jessica White. You can view more of the shoot at www.annelizabeth.com

Detail of the front cover And finally, a special shout out to those vendors whose inspiration and talents came together to create the 2013 cover. The cover is a visual icon for the year and it’s worth mentioning the people who brought it together. Congratulations to Marcus Gardner for the wardrobe styling, Versa Artistry for hair and makeup, Honey of a Thousand Flowers for the beautiful bouquet, Alfred Sung, via Lily & Iris for the breathtaking dress, Caterina for the location, and Heather Nan for her gorgeous photography. Kudos on your fabulous work.

Congratulations to Tommi Ellingford-Wardle, February's Bride of the Month!

February 2013: Tommi Ellingford-Wardle!

We have an extra special feature for February's bride of the month. We’re not going to try to cover up the fact that Tommi is Ann Elizabeth’s best friend. Did that fact affect our decision to feature Tommi as our bride of the month... well maybe, except for the fact that Tommi’s invitations turned out so unique and such an expression of her personal style that the invitations are truly a favorite of the Ann Elizabeth team. So much so that we selected her invitations to represent us in our 2013 ads in Utah Bride and Groom Magazine and Salt Lake/Park City Bride Magazine. Our invitation consultant, Ruth Sorenson, sat down with Tommi recently to talk about her low key Las Vegas wedding and her wedding invitations. We hope that you will love Tommi’s “ikat” invitations as much as we do.

The Interview:Ruth: When you first came to us were there any elements of the invitations that you were adamant about including?Tommi: I really wanted letterpress. Second, after letterpress, was the idea that I wanted gold incorporated in some way. I wasn’t really sure about the pattern though, so we tried a bunch of different things.

Ruth: What was the most important thing you wanted to convey to your guests who were receiving your invitation?

Tommi: I wanted it to be an expression of my personality, but also give the vibe of what type of event it was. I wanted it to read as a classy and unique because it was not a traditional Las Vegas wedding. People have preconceived notions of what a Vegas wedding is, and I wanted to communicate this is not a little white chapel where Elvis is going to marry us. Ladies, put your dresses on.

Ruth: Are there elements from your invitation that followed through into the decor of the wedding?

Tommi: I used a pink tone in some of my jewelry, accessories and bouquet. The gold ended up working nicely because our dinner reception space had a rich gold earthy tone to it. Then of course working them into the playing card favors. The invitation design also inspired my place cards because I wanted a continuous look and feel for my guests.

Detail of Tommi's Letterpress Printing PlatesRuth: What advice would you give to brides that are looking to gather their inspiration?Tommi: I spent time like you recommended on Pinterest picking out invitations that caught my eye - positive or negative. It helped me understand what I didn’t want which I feel is just as important as figuring out what you do want. Doing research and finding inspiration helped a tremendous amount.

 

Ruth: Are there any lessons you learned in the process of dreaming up your invitations that you can share with future brides?

Tommi: I learned that I’m more indecisive than I thought. I feel like I came to you guys with an abstract idea and Ann came back with so many good designs. Really, let the design process guide you. If you don’t like it - move on. If you like it - figure out why.

Ruth: When we meet with brides sometimes there will be an idea that is vocalized but none of the parties can really visualize until the proofing process starts. How did you like the back and forth proofing process?

Tommi: The proofing process with Ann is awesome! Honestly, every time I got a new proof I got so excited. I don't think I would have achieved the same results or have able to let go of some of my old ideas and focus on what I really wanted without Ann’s proofing process. She’s my friend, but it showcased how talented Ann is and how hard she works to understand each bride’s vision.

Thanks for taking time to talk with us Tommi! We are so, so thrilled with your invitations and look forward to working with you again soon on your thank you cards.

 

 

 

 


 


Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Winter/Spring 2013 Issue

One of my favorite things about January is the release of new bridal magazines. Seeing the new issues on the newsstand makes me want to do nothing but drink coffee all afternoon and swoon over the gorgeous goods and ideas that are always in abundance.

We’re extra excited to be featured in Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Winter/Spring 2013 issue. Check out the gorgeous details of the Long-Pettine Real Wedding on page 52. This is our bride and I thought I would share more details of the invitation we designed for her big day. The bride had guests traveling in for a weekend full of activities and she needed a clean, simple and elegant way to incorporate everything she needed to convey to her guests. We ultimately landed on a pocket on the back of invitation that captures and organizes all of detail cards. It was streamlined and made all of the pieces from the map, itinerary, reception, accommodations and reply card easy for the guests to prepare for the big day.

We also want to give a big shout out to Culinary Crafts for including our equestrian menu in their ad on page 2. The applied lace on the top of the menu was one of my favorite inspirations of late and I love the soft look. For more on that equestrian photo shoot visit Utah Bride Blog.

Detail of our menu featured in the Culinary Crafts Ad Lastly, this post would not be complete without mentioning the wide variety of awesome wedding professionals represented in this issue. A few of those pros came together for the gorgeous cover and deserve a special shout out from the Ann Elizabeth team. Congratulations to Britt Chudleigh, Alta Moda Bridal, Roots, and O.C. Tanner for making the cover with your inspiring work. Utah's wedding scene has never looked so good.

 


2013 Pantone Color of the Year - Emerald Green

Every year there is a lot of anticipation around Pantone's color of the year and we have to admit that this year was no exception. We are excited to show you a few of our favorite things about Pantone's 2013 pick - Number 17-5641 in Emerald Green.

This refreshing choice for 2013 follows last year’s color Tangerine Tango. It’s quality to create a boost of energy helped an economy that needed to recharge and move forward. With a new year full of dreams and goals. Emerald green creates a sense of rejuvenation, balance and harmony. The human eye sees the color green more in the color spectrum than any other color, making this years color great to incorporate into our daily lives through fashion, beauty, home decor and design.

The concept of the Emerald Isle Martini is definitely a favorite around the studio this week. With the simple ingredients and refreshing look, it’s a must have drink for any occasion. We're also loving the bold move of going emerald green for makeup. With all the options you have with eye shadows, liners, mascaras and nail colors, your sure to get noticed. And lastly, all of the gals at Ann Elizabeth are a little ga-ga over how this bride incorporated emerald green into her wedding. The brides maids dresses are elegant yet fun and the bride brings her own pop of color by wearing emerald heels.

Photo Credits, clockwise from top left:

Green Brides Maids Dresses Spindle Photography

Green Petticoat Arabia Weddings

Green Wedding Invitation Suite Design Work LIfe

Martini Yummly

Ring Alson Jewelers

Green Eye Shadow Sephora

Green Ribbon Invitations Olivia Samuel

Green Sash Sunny April

 

 


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.

Detail of invitation and Save the Date
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!