Congratulations Lianne Albert-Seumanu our February Bride of the Month!

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February 2014: Lianne Albert-Seumanu!

With the ground hog seeing his shadow they’re saying six more weeks of winter. So I decided we need a bride who’s wedding takes us to warmer days; Lianne’s wedding was just that! Surrounded by family and friends this Polynesian themed wedding had everything, from groomsmen wearing traditional ie faitaga and a wide variety of food including the best-shaved ice you can get in Utah.

Interview:

Bekka: Lianne did you know what style of invitation you wanted and how did it all come about?
Lianne: I had a really good idea of the style of invitation I wanted before I went in. I knew I wanted something classic and more traditional. I knew exactly what I wanted my fonts to be, and colors. I just didn't know what I wanted the rest to be like. Ruth was great though in helping me and really listening to the overall feel that I wanted. My invitations turned out perfectly. 

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Lianne: My favorite part of the invitation was the quality and how clean and classic it looked. I loved the magnolia flowers that were carried throughout the set on the invitation and the envelope. I really feel like the high quality of the paper and the letterpress made it perfect though. When people opened their invitation, I know they were saying "Wow! That's really nice!" And that set the tone for the rest of the wedding festivities. 

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Lianne: Yes, they set the tone for the entire event! I am a firm believer that the invitations should do just that!  

Bekka: Tell us about the vendors you chose to help create your amazing wedding!
Lianne: My gown is a custom Anne Barge purchased from Alta Moda Bridal.  The staff at Alta Moda especially Rachel was incredible! My dress was perfect! My bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses from eshakti.com (custom). I had such a wide-range of girls in my line I wanted them to be comfortable. I found this awesome website that made dresses based on measurements (regular and plus sizes) even added sleeves and length. It was PERFECT.

My photographer Amee Sorensen Photography is originally from New Orleans and works in Utah and Louisiana. To say we had an instantaneous connection would be the understatement of the year. She completely understood the "Louisiana" influence on the wedding.

My florist was Every Blooming Thing. They really brought all the details they created together for the big day especially the centerpieces for the reception. They executed my vision perfectly. It wouldn't have been as beautiful if it weren’t for them.

I used One Sweet Slice to make a 9-tiers...all cake. Simple and elegant and could not be happier with the outcome! They incorporated a southern charm pull for my bridesmaids too!

The food was Catering by Bryce. He did the majority of the food and was so easy to work with. We ended up adding 150 servings of food with him the week of the wedding because we realized we were expecting more people than originally anticipated. The food tasted AMAZING!!! I never really wanted a buffet-style reception eating, but cost wise it was the only way to go. Every Blooming Thing did great big centerpieces for the buffet tables. It was as nice as it could be, and we fed 800 plus people. FAST!
To add as a supplement to the shrimp scampi and grilled chicken Bryce did, my husband's family did three traditional Samoan dishes for the wedding; taro, palusami, and povi masima. Taro is a starchy root sort of like potatoes. Palusami is coconut milk wrapped in banana or taro leaves and usually steamed. Povi Masima is a salted beef brisket. Some friends of our family did a kids table for us to feed the younger ones. They did fresh chopped fruit with li hing mui powder (red sweet, sour, salty tasting powder), BBQ Teriyaki Chicken, and steamed rice. My uncle brought in fresh ahi tuna from Hawaii and we had an authentic Hawaiian ahi tuna pok?. It's kind of like sashimi. We served those in small cups for everyone. WHAT'S A POLYNESIAN WEDDING WITHOUT FOOD…FOOD...and MORE FOOD! Funny thing is, that's how they do it in Louisiana too.

Hokulia Shave Ice is the best authentic shave ice you can get outside of Hawaii. THE BEST!

I came across Chrisstine's Linens and Things on the Internet and rented the majority of my linens from them. They were super inexpensive and VERY accommodating! I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! They are a small company run out of their home (mother and daughter), but they ordered in the material and sewed my linens in time for the big day. It was perfect!!!

Amy at Diamond Rentals SLC location was the best! She had a solution for every "problem" that came up. The day of it started to rain and because using the outside of the venue was a must because of how many people would be there, we HAD to rent a tent. I was not a fan, but my brother and uncle went and met with Amy. Rented a tent and a chandelier for the tent. It was as perfect as it could have been.

All Star Party Rentals were the only ones with the patio umbrellas that I wanted available. “Wooden poles, tan canvas umbrella 9 ft.”

Bekka: I heard there were some problems with the men’s attire; tell me a little bit more about what happened.
Lianne: They wore grey traditional ie faitaga. We originally ordered it from Samoa, and the color was all wrong. Luckily, I knew someone that knew someone that was coming from Samoa to Utah and would make 'light grey' ones for us. What are the chances? They wore it with white on white Polynesian print shirts and sandals.

Bekka: Lianne we loved having you as our client and thank you 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 Lianne's vendors:

Venue: The Garden Place at Heritage Park (This Is the Place)
Dress:  Custom Anne Barge Purchased from Alta Moda Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo flats
Hair and Makeup: Alanna Clawson of Precis Professional Beauty
Photographer: Amee Sorensen Photography
Florist: Every Blooming Thing
Cake: One Sweet Slice
Catering: Catering by Bryce
Shave Ice: Hokulia Shave Ice
Photo Booth: Utahs Wedding Photobooth
Linens and Rentals: Chrisstine's Linens and Things, Diamond Rentals, All Star Party Rentals
Maid of Honor: Ann Taylor
Bridesmaids: eshakti.com
Groom Suit: Kenneth Cole  Tailored: D'antii

 

 

 


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


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.