Congratulations Shannon Simpson-Meron our December Bride of the Month!

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Tis the season to wear RED which leads me to introducing our December bride of the month; Shannon Simpson-Meron! Shannon came to us with ideas that were not your typical modern bride. She wanted her wedding and invitations to reflect the kind of person her and her new hubby are and set the tone for their big day. With help from some of the finest professionals in the industry their destination wedding to the exquisite Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada would make anyone envious!  Just by looking at her gorgeous photos you can just image what a fun couple Shannon and Thomas (TJ) are.

The Interview

Bekka: What a busy year you’ve had from getting married to having a beautiful baby girl. How would you describe your life now compared to a year ago?
Shannon: I feel as though I have suddenly gotten everything I ever wanted and was afraid that I would never have: an amazing husband and the beginnings of a beautiful family. It’s busy, and messy, and completely wonderful.

Bekka: All of us at Ann Elizabeth loved your invitations and menu. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Shannon: We knew that we wanted the invitations to reflect how we wanted our wedding to feel – unique, fun, and a little funky; nothing too stuffy or traditional. We wanted everyone to look at the design style and know that we were just throwing a great party in an exquisite location to spend some quality time with friends and family.

Bekka:  Did you have a favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature that people complimented you on most?
Shannon: Our invitations were so unique and unusual that most people complimented us on that as a whole.

Bekka: Some brides take inspiration from their invitations and will incorporate it into their wedding decor did you find yourself doing that?
Shannon: Yes; in fact, our runner was made with the same graphic of the heart with our initials inside it.

Bekka:  Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Shannon: Absolutely. It also gave our wedding planner and photographer an idea as to the creativity we were willing to entertain – we had very dramatic red and teal up lighting at the reception and our photographer surprised us the day before the wedding with the suggestion of bringing live birds to our photo shoot. I can’t guarantee that the little birds on our invitations/menus were his inspiration, but they certainly let him know that we were willing to entertain ideas well beyond the proverbial box, as you can see.

Bekka: You had what we call a “destination wedding” how would you describe your experiences with all the planning and details that go into this type of wedding?
Shannon: Our wedding planner, Stephanie Schmidt at Lynn Fletcher Weddings, was invaluable. I could have never done a destination wedding without someone local that knew the venue inside and out, recommended the best vendors, and got us probably the best band I have ever heard at a wedding reception. I would never try to plan a destination wedding all myself. It was hard enough with professional help!

Bekka: I loved how you went with a bold red gown. What made you choose red over the typical white wedding gown?
Shannon: I spend some time in India in college and loved the fact that the traditional wedding sari was red to represent passion and fertility in the upcoming marriage. I thought that was much more what I wanted to represent at the start of our lives together than the idea of Victorian virginity, especially since my husband and I announced our pregnancy to our respective families at the rehearsal dinner!

Bekka: Your pictures are absolutely breath taking and I have to admit some of my favorites are with the hawk and owls. Tell me about how they came to be apart your photos.
Shannon: We owe all of the credit for that idea to our photographer, Phil Crozier. We suggested that we were game for something unusual and his original idea was to have a photo session inside the wildlife taxidermy museum in Banff, but it was still closed for the winter season. So when he called us with the idea for real birds, we said, “Sure, let’s get a little crazy.”

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?
Shannon: Probably the only advice with respect to wedding planning I have to give is this: be flexible, trust the professionals you hire to help make vague ideas into reality, and just have fun. The pursuit of perfection is often a fruitless endeavor, and no one really cares about the minutiae – hopefully, they all just care about you and being there to share in this momentous life event.

Bekka: How would you describe your experience with Ann Elizabeth and our design and proofing process?
Shannon:  It was a great experience! Despite having many eclectic ideas and unusual requests, the design team came through with a composite that we loved and worked hard to accommodate our difficult schedules and timetable.

Bekka: Shannon again we are just thrilled to have you as our December bride and thank you for taking the time to talk with us and share the details of your fabulous 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 Shannon's vendors:

Wedding gown: Alta Moda Bridal

Brides Maids dresses: Lily and Iris

Wedding Planner: Stephanie Schmidt at Lynn Fletcher Weddings

Photographer: Phil Crozier

Venue: The Fairmont Banff Springs

Rings:  Karat Patch Jewelers

Cake: Cake Creations

 


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

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November 2013: Rachel Brooks-Cardon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


Congratulations Lea Simmons-Hedstrom our October Bride of the Month!

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2013: Lea Simmons-Hedstrom!

We’re excited to have Lea Simmons-Hedstrom as our October Bride of the Month! Lea’s down to earth personality and love for nature’s beauty really showed throughout her invitations suite and into the décor and setting of her venue. Her simple, yet elegant, design for her invitations complemented the warm colors and soft texture of the paper pairing it perfectly with Log Haven's beautiful backdrops. Lea’s amazing team of vendors like Michelle Leo Events, Jacque Lynn Photography, Sax Romney, and Layers Cake made this wedding a favorite in our book!

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Interviewer: How is married life and do you feel any different?
Lea: Married life is amazing! I feel truly blessed to have found the perfect life partner and we couldn’t be happier. We had such an amazing relationship before the wedding and nothing really feels any different…other than getting used to saying a new last name.

Interviewer: Where did you get your inspiration from when designing your invitations and did you know exactly what you wanted or did you have a bunch of ideas?
Lea: I searched many different websites including Pinterest and came across a photographers blog in California who had the most beautiful pictures of weddings in vineyards. I fell in love with one of the weddings and took a lot of ideas from that wedding. We wanted a "winery meets the mountains" style of wedding.

Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Lea: The TWIG!! I had seen a twig when I was searching for ideas almost a year before our wedding and I had my heart set on having the perfect twig on the invitations. I wanted something simple and elegant to bring a little of Utah and the outdoors to our invitations and Ann found the absolute perfect twig for me. I was so excited when she sent it; I called my mom right away to tell her!

Interviewer: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Lea: I had talked to a lot of my friends and family about them when they received them and they loved the colors and said the style seemed to fit my personality perfectly. I had a friend tell me the invitation looked exactly like me! I also had a lot of compliments on the pocket on the invitation. It seemed it was easy for everyone to keep everything together. I didn’t realize how handy that would turn out.

Interviewer: Some brides take the theme of their invitation and tie it into their wedding decor did you use anything from your invitation?
Lea: We had Ann design the invitation as well as a thank you note to tie together with ribbon on the place settings that had the same twig as the invitations. Which again I LOVED! The color and style of paper was the same. We felt the style worked perfectly at Log Haven.

Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your wedding?
Lea: Yes, it was the perfect way to tie together elegance, simplicity and nature. Our wedding was at Log Haven which has such an elegant romantic log cabin feel.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Lea: Don’t get overwhelmed by Pinterest!!! When I started looking at ideas I was so overwhelmed with all of the options. I would advise brides to maybe pick a single idea or theme and then start searching for ideas on Pinterest or in magazines that match the theme. It was also very helpful to have the initial invitation consultation with Ruth who was able to show me several examples. It’s a good place to start. Go with what fits your personality and have fun with it!

Interviewer: How would you describe your wedding day and was there anything that happened that you didn’t expect - good or bad?
Lea: I don’t even know how to express how amazing our wedding day/weekend was. We had perfect weather and all of our close family and friends were able to come from out of state to support us. The scenery at Log Haven just made it so magical. We had a waterfall, mountains, trees and beautiful flowers everywhere, what could be more romantic?! I was so stressed out that week thinking that nothing would come together as I had planned and I remember seeing the bus arrive with our guests and it hit me that everything was falling into place perfectly. I’m usually in charge of everything so letting other people take the reigns was difficult for me. We had such an amazing team that literally gave 500% and had everything set up better than I could ever have imagined. Our photographer took us in to do a look at the dining room before all of our guests came in and I broke down in tears when I saw how beautiful it was. It was my fairytale wedding for sure.

Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth and our proofing system?
Lea: It was such a pleasure to work with everyone at Ann Elizabeth. Ruth is an absolute doll! I don’t know what I would have done without out her. Every time I received a proof I was so excited because it just kept getting better and kept turning out exactly the way I had envisioned. I would hope that every bride could have the opportunity to find Ann Elizabeth.

Interviewer: Lea it was a pleasure working with you throughout the whole process and we are thrilled to have you as our October 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 Lea's vendors:

Venue: Log Haven
Photographer: Jacque Lynn Photography
Wedding Planner: Michelle Leo Events
Wedding Gown: Bought at Nordstrom Designer Carmen Marc Valvo
Flowers: Sax Romney
Cake and macaroons: Layers Cake
String quartet: Green Light Booking
DJ: Rob Ferre  with  Life of the Party
Invitations and printed reception items: Ann Elizabeth

 

 

 


Congratulations Whitney Olch Bishop our September Bride of the Month!

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This month we are featuring Whitney Olch Bishop and how she pulled off her wedding in just three short months. This is when having a wedding planner is a must! As Whitney said about her wedding planner “I got engaged in March and married in June and Meredith Parsons pulled all of the details together.” I have to agree with Whitney; Meredith Parsons did an amazing job with getting all the vendors and details to beautifully come together. Her wedding and reception were held at the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley. Whitney describes her experience with St. Regis, as “Katherine Johnson the wedding coordinator is AWESOME!” She also loved her DJ “Michael Antonia – BEST DJ EVER! He is based in LA.” Having an expert photographer like Pepper Nix gave Whitney memories to look back on for years to come!

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Interviewer: Whitney I have to admit my favorite invitation this summer is yours! I absolutely love the design and how much it complimented the thermography. Just looking at it and the feel of the raised ink when holding it in my hands was love at first sight! Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitations. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide what your invitations would look like?
Whitney: Pinterest. There are hundreds of options and ideas on Pinterest but a few that stuck out to me as inspiration piece. I also know my style and the type of wedding I was having, so I knew what my invitations needed to convey.

Interviewer: Do you feel your invitations helped you to set the tone for your wedding?
Whitney: Yes, definitely.

Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Whitney: Hard to say, I love all of the different prints. I am also very happy with the paper I selected. I also received lots of compliments on how well done the invitations were for such a short engagement period.

Interviewer: Were there any lessons you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Whitney: Proof read and use a second set of eyes. I made a couple of mistakes on my printed pieces that my groom caught; one before it was too late and the other not, but Ann Elizabeth was able to creatively solve the issue.

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Interviewer: Did you use any elements from your invitation that were incorporated into the decor at your wedding venue?
Whitney: I wanted the palette for my invitations and all of my printed items throughout the weekend to be subtle and similar to the decor at the wedding.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Whitney: Pinterest is an excellent resource and an easy way to communicate with Ann Elizabeth (or whomever designs your invitations) on what you like and don’t like. I would also tell brides not to over think details, make a decision and move on. I was engaged in March and married in June, so I didn’t have an opportunity to pick a theme or a color scheme and carry it all of the way through; I had to make decisions quickly and not in a traditional order and everything turned out perfectly.BOTM-Whitney_Olch-Bishop_group3-20

Interviewer: How was your experience coming into the studio and working with the Ann Elizabeth team?
Whitney: I was really only in the studio once and it was only for a short time, but I was able to pick my papers then and everything after that we handled via Pinterest and email.

Interviewer: Whitney it 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!

Interviewer: A fun side note about Whitney is she designed her own ring and “OC Tanner executed it!” She also had the groomsmen ties and bridesmaid dresses all uniquely different like “ the different invitations pieces.” For wedding favors they did a donation to the Park City Foundation, had a candy bar and cute cloth bags for out of town guests.

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 Whitney's vendors:

Wedding Planner: Meredith Parsons, Bluebird Event Destination Management
Photographer: Pepper Nix
Catering and Cake: St. Regis Deer Valley
Floral Artist: Amanda Hansen, Decoration Inc.
Location: St. Regis Deer Valley
DJ: Michael Antonia  The Flashdance
Bridal Gown: Ulla Maija - Saks Fifth Avenue - Bridal Boutique Beverly Hills
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Makeup Artist: Cami Talbot
Hair: Bratis Peralta
Ring: OC Tanner
Jewelry: OC Tanner, Cartier, Vintage
Groom’s Suit: Indochino, Tie: Ferragamo
Bridesmaid dresses: Shoshanna and Erin Fetherston
Groomsmen ties: Armani, Ferragamo and Canali


Fun stuff for guest to do at your reception

Fun stuff for guest to do at your reception!

With all the different things that go into planning a wedding have you ever thought of what you can do to enhance your guest experience?  We have some fun ideas to entertain your guests and have them talking about your wedding for years to come.

 

The Crossword Puzzle:
This is so witty; that’s why it’s my first pick. This is sure to have your guest talking and enjoying some fun facts about the bride and groom.

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My second pick is “The Story”. This couple used the back of their menu to tell the story of how they met; their journey from beginning to the day he pop the question and she said “Yes”! If your guest didn’t know all the cute facts of how you fell in love they will now. What a great personal way to share your life with your loved ones.

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The Cootie Catcher:
My third pick is “The Cootie Catcher”.  This reminded me of being a kid playing with my friends to see what our fortune would be. I love this one because who wouldn't want to pick it up and start playing with it immediately. It’s a great way for young and old to be entertained!

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2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

2013 Wedding Trend: Lace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 


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

 

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August 2013: Jenae Jackson-West!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

 


The Mini Deck!

The Mini Deck!

This week we want to talk about paper samples. Have you ever had an idea of what you want your invitations to look like but you're not sure what paper may be best? Have you looked online at invitation and paper samples but never really get the full experience of what they may feel like and look like in your hand? That's where the ultra-handy mini paper deck comes to the rescue. For only $20 bucks your can have your very own mini deck and all the paper options you can imagine right at your fingertips.

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The mini deck is a valuable tool to help you select your favorite papers and you get to play around with mixing and matching the variety of paper swatches. You may even find something you didn’t know you wanted and now can’t live without! What's the best part of the mini deck?  When you order your invitations through Ann Elizabeth we credit the $20. toward your invitations! So order yours today. It's completely risk free.

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Want one? Call us at 801-262-3605 and then stand by your mailbox in eager anticipation.


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