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 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!

 


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!


Congratulations Chandler Huntsman-Astin our July Bride of the Month!

 

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July 2013: Chandler Huntsman-Astin!

This month we are featuring Chandler Hutsman-Astin and her Classic Navy and Ivory invitation suite. Her simple but classic taste was shown throughout her wedding details along with her choice on using thermography that made her invitations look complete!

Interviewer: Now that your big day is all through, have you recuperated?
Chandler: Yes I have, but I can tell you one thing; one wedding is more than enough. I could never do that professionally!

Interviewer: I absolutely love how your invitations turned out they were so elegant and well put together with the layers and pocket to keep all the details organized. 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?
Chandler: I actually went out and got a couple of bridal magazines with my Mom after I got engaged. I went through page-by-page and have a binder full of pages I tore out in search of great ideas. I had my basic idea and showed it to my Mother and my wedding planner. Between the three of us we explained what we wanted to Ann Elizabeth. After that we came up with some rough drafts and I ran everything through my husband, in-laws and parents and with everyone’s combined effort we came up with exactly what we wanted. I couldn’t have done it without the artistic design and help from Ann Elizabeth, I knew what I wanted, but I never would have been able to get there on my own.


Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Chandler: I think that my favorite part of my invitations was the tri-fold on the outside. I think it looked clean and crisp like I wanted, but the wrap added some romance and made it seem less harsh. (That was something recommended to me when I expressed some concern that my wedding was starting to look more like a Naval Ball than a wedding!)

Interviewer: What feature of your invitations have the most people complimented you on?
Chandler: Everyone loved the overall elegance, but I think the number one compliment we got was how everything just fit together so nicely. The layered invitations on the right made everything clear and prevented things from getting lost or cluttered.

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Interviewer: Have you taken any elements from your invitation to use throughout your wedding decor?
Chandler: I actually used the lettering to inspire my seating assignments, table numbers and the monogram I had on my cake, and the chocolates I had made for my dinner guests.

Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Chandler: I think when people opened the invitations they got a sense of what to expect on the day of our wedding. From the moment people opened them they realized this would be a little different from the typical wedding we see here in Utah. While those are beautiful, I am very traditional and I always pictured having a less modern style wedding that captured the old elegance that we sometimes lose. Our friends and family still comment on how the simple, clean elegance of the invitations perfectly captured the event we had.

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Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Chandler: Have an idea of what you want, start looking through every magazine you can find, be open to new ideas and don’t be afraid to do what you want. I know my wedding was a little “old fashioned” and my invitations were “old school” but that is what we wanted and it perfectly captured our marriage.

Interviewer: Is there a lesson you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Chandler: Don’t get too caught up in one thing or another; remember the process as a whole will spit out the perfect design, one aspect will not make or break your invitation. Oh! And you can never have your invitation designed too early!

Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?
Chandler: It was great! I was worried it would be hard to get my ideas across but they were able to perfectly capture what I was hoping for and the invitation they came up with was better than anything I had dreamed of.

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Interviewer: Chandler thanks 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 Chandler's vendors:

Event Planning, Design and Coordination: Michelle Leo Events

Photography: Rebekah Westover

Floral: Mayflowers Event Floral

Venue(s) SLC Temple, Grand America Hotel

Band: Joe Muscolino Band

Catering and Cake: Grand America Hotel

Men's Fashion: Tuxedo Junction

Maids Fashion:  The Perfect Dress

Bridal Gown: The Perfect Dress

Makeup: Kristen Packard Makeup Artist

Hair: Kallie Wengreen

Photobooth and Candy Buffet: Smile Now Photobooths

 

 


Cakes inspired from invitations!

Do you love going to a good party or hosting them?

This week we’re excited to feature one of our favorite clients Hailey Kandell. Hailey is known for her excellence in hosting a great party for all occasions. She goes all out for her children's birthdays with lavish themes that will excite any child beyond their wildest dreams. Hailey's passion for entertaining started with her husband's love of cooking and out of a her desire to make special occasions personal and very reflective of her children’s personalities. For each child’s birthday they would chose the theme of their party and help in the details as well. Hailey says “Entertaining to me is a way to celebrate the people I love the most and to make life’s little milestones more grand.” Starting with the invitation she conveys the theme of the party to Ann Elizabeth. Ann then creates the uniquely designed invitations you see in the pictures below. Ann says "Hailey is great... She just gives me an idea and let's me run with it."  Hailey’s choice of talented vendors like Culinary Crafts, Layers and Echo Photography  help her to throw one fabulous party after another!

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Her daughter Ady chose an artist theme for her birthday. The invitations had a fun crafty feel to them with different colored ribbons on the main piece and an icing wrap with paint streaks on the envelope giving it an artistic look. Layers clever way of making a cake look like chocolate crayons in a pail was just amazing along with the mini cakes for each child’s inner artist to decorate. Culinary Crafts catered and did a beautiful job with making all of the food arrangements look like art.

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Her daughter Lucy picked a whimsical Wizard of Oz theme. This whole birthday party had every detail covered from the balloon rainbow entrance to the Wizard of Oz characters. The invitation was bright and colorful, two-sided with a pocket on the back and multiple layers. You knew you were going somewhere over the rainbow to a magical land when you received this invite. Layers again took the Wizard of Oz theme and made an amazing cake with rainbow colored layers on the inside. Culinary Crafts catering created an amazing spread of food that matched up with the theme too! Echo Photography by Kimberly Hadlock did the beautiful photography.

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Hailey is such a fun client to work with and we love coming up with new ideas for all of her fabulous parties! Here at Ann Elizabeth we would like to say thank you to Hailey for sharing all the amazing pictures and letting us all have a sneak peek into her life and love of hosting parties!