Congratulations To Rachel Littlefield, June's Bride of the Month!

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June 2013: Rachel Francis-Littlefield!

Rachel is our June Bride of the Month and we are so excited to share her unique Art Deco invitation suite along with some beautiful pictures of her big day held at St. Regis Deer Valley! She is stunning in her dress designed by Enzoani and purchased along with her accessories from Alta Moda Bridal. Calie Rose made her gorgeous bouquet and Chantel Marie captured it all with her amazing photography.

Our Invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Rachel recently to talk about her wedding and the process that we walked Rachel through as we designed her invitations.

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Ruth: Initially when we met you talked a lot about France and Europe and how you wanted an Art Deco look. Tell me about that inspiration and what led you to want that in your invitations?

Rachel: I wanted to incorporate France because we actually go engaged in Paris. The Art Deco part of the equation came in because is an aesthetic that I'm drawn to and I thought it would pair well with France.  As we progressed through the design process the Art Deco part softened a little and the overall look turned more into my style and my personality coming through as a big mash up of everything. I think it turned out beautifully. I felt like I had all these ideas and you all understood them and made it so easy to put together.

Ruth: What is your favorite thing about your invitations?

Rachel: I love how personal the design process was and how my one idea was able to be turned into the brand of the entire wedding. I also loved that it was more than just the one piece of paper. The thickness and the tactile feel of the invitations set the tone for what people could expect of the whole wedding and all because of the Paper!

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Ruth: How did your guest react to your invitations and paper goods you used?

Rachel: Everyone loved the feel of the paper from the invites to the welcome notes and the ceremony card it was really amazing how much people reacted to it all. My mom loved how well they turned out and she carried it in her purse showing people all the way up to the wedding day. A guest asked me if they really needed to send the RSVP card back. I firmly told them “Yes you need to mail it to me because I need to know who is coming so that you'll be on my seating chart and we'll plan a place card for you an a meal.” That guest was really surprised that so many details were going into my wedding. In fact, I think some of my family members haven’t been to a wedding like mine where I had everything organized down to the last detail.

Another part of my paper goods that everyone loved was the itinerary. It was a fun way for me to give the girls and the guys all of the information that they needed to know for activities and we had planned for the weekend - and I didn't have to keep retelling those guys and girls where to meet and when. They had their itineraries and they just knew! It was also fun to see that even the groomsmen loved the welcome bag tags you made for all the gifts that said touch, smell, feel, taste. Those small details really made a difference and my guest noticed!

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Ruth: What would be your advise to other brides when planning their own invitations?

Rachel: I would say, “don’t be scared to be different”. I think a lot of girls want to love everything they select for their wedding even thirty years from now and so they end up going a little more bland than they would have otherwise.  The truth is that regardless of what you select it's going to look out dated at some point. So stay true to who you are now and reflect that in your wedding and your selection is my advise. I’m sure that years from now I’ll look back at my invitations and laugh at my choices but at least I’ll know it was 100% who I was at that time in my life. 

Ruth: Wasn’t there a funny joke that related to the welcome pocket saying: “Lost? Hungry? Forgot your Pants? Please call anyone but the bride!”

Rachel: Yes! My mom came up on Saturday and brought the welcome bags for all the wedding party and when it came time for the rehearsal dinner my mom realized she had forgotten her clothes! So we had a good laugh about the fact she actually forgot her pants and had to drive back to Salt Lake.

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Ruth: Tell me a little bit about the big day?

Rachel: I can’t describe it as one day because it truly was a whole weekend and every day was filled with so much fun! I did feel some stress because with any wedding I think emotions are always running high. We had a small group of sixty close family members and I was worried a bit that without a lot of guests that maybe some family members wouldn’t mesh well. Luckily I was wrong and everyone was awesome and had a great time. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate with our families. Spa day with the girls was amazing and it was such a great way to unwind from all the wedding planning. It was a great feeling to sit back and relax knowing that all I had left to do was just enjoy the events to come. Everything went so well and on Saturday morning it was blue skies and 74 degrees in Park City, which was amazing for April and perfect for a wedding!

Ruth: Rachel it was so much fun working with you in creating you invitation suite and I’m so excited you’re our Bride of the Month!

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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:

Dress Designer: Enzoani

Accessories and veil: Alta Moda Bridal

Venue: St. Regis Deer Valley

Florist: Calie Rose

Photographer: Chantel Marie

 


Congratulations to Melodie Perry, May's Bride of the Month!

 

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May 2013: Melodie Perry!

It was so fun to have Melodie as one of our brides this past fall. We actually met Melodie  through Alta Moda Bridal, where Melodie works part time, before she came to meet with us for her invitations. Melodie is a sweet bride who dreamed of her invitations resembling a Tiffany's jewelry box. You know... the iconic blue box tied with a white satin ribbon. We were excited about the prospect of developing a Tiffany's inspired invitation for Melodie's dream wedding in Chicago. Keep reading to find out more about her invitations and her romantic wedding.

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Ruth: When you came to us you had an idea for your invitations to resemble a Tiffany's box. How did you come up with the idea?
Melodie: I’ve always loved anything that came in a Tiffany’s box. Alex would always get me presents from there and it was kind of our thing that if it is something really special it was in a Tiffany's box. That is how I picked the colors for my wedding by using Tiffany blue and pops of pink. I had to add the pink because it's my favorite color.

Ruth: What’s your favorite part of the invitations?
Melodie: I loved how everything fit into it’s own little pocket. When you gave me samples I remember thinking how well put together and organized it looked with a pocket.

Ruth: Was there an element like the pocket that made you think "yes, that’s it!"?
Melodie: I love that you were able to make the pocket that I wanted out of the blue shimmer paper that I wanted. That is what really sold me on it! I just love the blue color and how the pocket folded everything together like a present!

Ruth: What was your favorite part about the invitation process?
Melodie: I liked how visual the proofing method was with everything shown very clearly. I’m not the type of person who can visualize things but you made it very easy through proofs and pictures. It was also great to have physical samples of invitations and papers.

Ruth: Have you received any feedback from your guests about your invitations?
Melodie: Well, 6 months after the wedding everyone I know still has the invitation on their fridge! Even people that couldn’t make the wedding said how much they loved the invitations. Also, I’m so glad you reminded me to stamp the RSVP, I would have never thought to do that and people thought that was great.

Ruth: Did Alex participate in the proofing and decision making process with you?
Melodie: I thought he would say “whatever you want” and wouldn't be that interested in the invitations. But then when we received the Pinterest board that you created for our inspiration he had a lot of interesting feedback of what type of graphics he preferred. It was surprising to me that he wanted to be involved but it was really fun to do together.

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Ruth: How was your experience working with Ann Elizabeth from start to finish?
Melodie: 
The experience definitely lived up to my expectations. I knew that I wanted to use Ann Elizabeth for my invitations because I’ve seen so many great things in magazines and in person that have come from your studio. I have friends who are getting married now and are using Ann Elizabeth for invitations and they’ve been really happy they chose you guys too! I felt really good about my decision from the start and everything was very easy.  I also really liked that you sent my proofs through email because I live 30 minutes away and I didn’t want to always been driving to the studio.

Ruth: What advice you would give brides who are going through the invitation design
Melodie: Listen to your instincts and if you’re drawn to a certain thing you don’t have to try and explain it. Just say, “I like this and it's great”. Go with your instincts and you’ll always be happy in the end! I think mainly don’t be afraid to ask questions and any ideas you have just throw them out there. Also give yourself plenty of time and make sure you proofread, even have others proofread it as well so everything is correct.

Ruth: Were there elements of the invitation that were carried throughout the wedding?
Melodie: The Tiffany blue color went all through the wedding. Also, my menu designer in Chicago was able to match the colors of the menu up to the colors of the invitations. The colors were also used for the flowers and we used ribbon to tie around the centerpieces keeping the Tiffany's box theme.

Ruth: Was there a special reason you chose to be married at the Trump Towers in Chicago?
Melodie: We loved how Trump Towers had both a view of the cityscape and how it overlooked the Chicago River. Plus the people at Trump Towers are super nice to work with! Also, Alex’s family is from Chicago so we thought it would be fun to have our wedding there. With me working in the wedding industry in Utah I felt like having my wedding in Chicago was like having a destination wedding.

Ruth: Do you have any advice for brides planning a destination wedding?
Melodie: Hire a wedding planner that is local to the area you're getting married in because they have a lot more experience with the vendors. I think anyone can make things look great on a website so I was really grateful for our planner who gave me honest feedback and we loved ever vendors she recommended so it was a great relationship!

 

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Ruth: Tell me a little about your actual wedding day.
Melodie: Well,  honestly I was very tired of planning by the time my wedding came. I hear brides say “I had so much fun planning my wedding” but that wasn’t necessarily me. I was a little overwhelmed at time. I'm sure that there were so many little details that I could have just said "whatever" and it would be fine but I didn’t want to do that. Instead I kept working at getting all the little things done. I got the “must have” shot list to the photographer and sent the DJ my preferred song list. I felt really glad I put in the extra effort to do all those little things because I think they did really did make a difference. When the actual day came I woke up that morning and knew everything was going to be great! The only thing that went wrong on my wedding day was that I tried to steam my wedding dress myself and burned my arm. So I guess that would be another suggestion to new brides “don’t steam your wedding dress yourself! ”

Ruth: Thank you so much for coming in to talk to us about your wedding and the invitation process. We we're also honored that you trusted us to create your Tiffany's inspired invitations. You’re such a pleasure to work with and we wish you the best!


Dress designer: Monique Lhullier
Veil and accessories:  Alta Moda Bridal
Wedding Planner:  Beth Bernstein, SQN Events
Venue, catering, etc:  Trump International Hotel and Tower
Photographer: Amanda Hein Photography
Flowers: Fleur
Hair: Livia Caporale
Make up: Brie Arin Make up


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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