Congratulations Nicole Abate-Kenyon our August Bride of the Month!

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August 2014: Nicole Abate-Kenyon!

I’m excited to introduce our August Bride of the Month Nicole Abate-Kenyon. We loved her save the date that gave her guest the reminder of what to look forward to and how her “modern chevron” invitation really set the tone for the type of wedding she would be having. Nicole’s amazing photographer OpieFoto captured her beautiful wedding held at the prestige Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley. It just shows having talented vendors really does make all the difference for an occasion such as Nicole’s!

The Interview

Bekka: How is married life and do you feel any different?
Nicole: Married life is GREAT! Alex and I have been together for a while now, so not much changed after the nuptials. Getting to call him my husband is one of the best feelings in the world.

Bekka: Where did you get your inspiration from in designing your invitations and did you know exactly what you wanted or did you have a bunch of ideas.
Nicole: My inspiration came from an ad I saw in Utah Bride Magazine. It was a picture of a wedding party dressed in preppy navy blue and Kelly green. I knew right then that those were my wedding colors. Alex and I originally come from Connecticut, and now currently live in Denver, so we wanted to incorporate some east coast prep into our invitations for our mountain wedding.

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Nicole: Our Save the Dates were so fun to design. I loved that we were able to incorporate places from our past, present and future, as well as show the guests where they will be joining us for our special day. Ann Elizabeth was able to incorporate a modern chevron into a simple and elegant design for our invitations, which made them really unique and special. The blue and green stripes and chevron have to be my favorite! I also love the font I chose, because I feel it set a casual tone for the wedding.

Bekka: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Nicole: I got so many compliments on the originality of the invitations. From the map on the Save the Date, to the simplistic, yet modern design on the invitation, people really got a sense of what the wedding atmosphere was going to be like.

Bekka: Some brides take the theme of their invitation and tie it into their wedding decor did you use anything from your invitation?
Nicole: Yes! Our wedding colors were Navy Blue, Kelly Green and Grey so all of the décor was in line with this color scheme. The bridesmaids wore neutral grey dresses which allowed the mountains to really shine, and not be overpowered. The Groom and Groomsmen wore navy blue Vans and green striped socks to dress down their suits. We also had some chevron mixed in with paper straws and place cards. One thing I have always been picky about is matching the Save the Date to the Invitation, and then trying to incorporate that into the design of the wedding. I think it all went together very well!

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your wedding?
Nicole: Absolutely. We wanted a casual mountain feel in an elegant setting. I feel that the invitations set the casual tone for the wedding, for sure. I definitely was looking for an invitation that was not too fancy, but pretty, fun and reflected us as a couple.

Bekka: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Nicole: Look at lots of magazines, check out the Ann Elizabeth website, and of course…Pinterest! There are so many great ideas online. You just have to figure out what message you want to send to guests, and as long as you can communicate that to Ann Elizabeth, you are no doubt going to get exactly what you are envisioning.

Bekka: How would you describe your wedding day and was there anything that happened that you didn’t expect good or bad?
Nicole: Our wedding day was definitely the best day of my life. It was relaxed, fun and full of love! I started off the day with yoga on the deck with my bridesmaids at Stein Eriksen lodge and the Boys hiked Deer Valley. This set the tone for the day. After that came the routine “getting ready” and pictures before the ceremony. The ceremony was short, sweet and beautiful and the reception was a blast. We wanted all of our guests to have a great time and I really feel that they did! I would say the one thing I didn’t expect, was that I was so calm. I expected to be anxious and crying at every little thing, but it was actually one of the most serene and memorable days of my life!

Bekka: Tell us a little more about the vendors you chose and how it made your day that more special!
Nicole: Well first off, I have to give a shout out to our photographer, OpieFoto. Opie was a pleasure to work with. She takes amazing photos and is such a creative artist. I can’t stop looking at my wedding photos or my album! As for the venue, Stein Eriksen Lodge holds a special place in my heart, because we have spent a lot of time there during the winter ski season. This just felt like the perfect location for us to tie the knot. The other vendor that really made our wedding special was Couth Booth. They provided our photo booth and we have so many awesome, hilarious pictures from them!

Bekka: Nicole you were so great to work with, thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!

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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 Nicole's vendors:

Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception: Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley

Photographer: OpieFoto

Catering/Cake: Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley

PhotoBooth: Couth Booth

Flowers: Silver Cricket

Invitations: Ann Elizabeth

Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Collection, Denver CO

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Banana Republic

Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan

Rings: Jay Feder Jewelers, Denver CO

DJ: Marriott Entertainment

Hair/Makeup: Versa Artistry

Officiant: Judge Shauna Kerr

 


Congratulations to Michelle McDonald-Ross, November's Bride of the Month!

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November 2012: Michelle McDonald-Ross!

We are so pleased to be sharing Michelle's invitations with you. Michelle came to us with an awesome pinterest board flushed out with lots of inspiration. As we sat down with Michelle and talked about the items she had gathered for inspiration we were able to get a feel for Michelle's laid back attitude and easy-going style. By the end of a very productive consultation the scope of her invitations started to come into focus with a size and shape selected, a color palette nailed down and we figured out the different pieces she would need.

Michelle wanted a chevron pattern as well as an autumn branch, tree or leaf to be incorporated into the design. It was a unique combination and we knew we had our work cut our for us.

Our invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Michelle to get her take on the process. Here are the highlights from our interview!

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The Interview:

Ruth:  One of my favorite things about your invitations was that you challenged us to create an invitation set that had contemporary elements combined with nature elements, what made you decide on those two elements?

Michelle:  I was kind of nervous before meeting with Ann Elizabeth because I knew how I wanted the invitations to feel and I was thinking "how am I going to make these guys understand what I want based on a feeling?" I knew I didn’t want rustic and I didn’t want cold. I was also concerned because people can have different ideas of what natural and modern look like and I wasn’t sure how to explain what I envisioned. It was really good to sit down at the consultation and just rap it out. There really was no specific design in mind when we started; just a vague aloof description of what I wanted them to FEEL like. Letting me talk about what I wanted the invitations to feel like and looking at colors and papers led me to those two main ideas.

Ruth: What helped you know when we got the right combination you were looking for in your design?

Michelle:  When we started the proofing! It was awesome to be able see the different options that Ann came up with based on our consultation. I was able to be selective and let Ann know what I liked and didn’t like. The visualization process worked. For example, I had initially wanted a die-cut leaf for the front of the invitation, but once I saw it in proofs, I realized it wasn’t right for what I wanted. As things started to narrow down to the final decision I was like that’s it!

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Ruth: What is your favorite part of the invitations?

Michelle:  It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing because I like that it’s a whole package and everything works together. If I have to pick out a few favorites, I do really like the envelopes liner. I think it’s just a cute detail. I had also forgotten that we picked a textured paper for the wrap and when we got them I thought they were even better than what I remembered from the computer proof.  I like the string tied around the outside as well. It makes the invitation interactive and a fun experience for the guest. Guests want to feel like they’ve been invited to something special and I really feel like my guests got to experience that with the invitation that I sent them.

Ruth:  Have you had any feedback from your family and friends?

Michelle: Yes, A friend of mine in London said “this is the most beautiful thing that I have ever had the pleasure of receiving.” We also received a lot of comments about the RSVP. Everyone though it was fun and showed a little of our personality.

Ruth:  Did the invitation process help set the tone for any other parts of your wedding?

Michelle: It’s funny because we ended up changing our wedding completely during the time that we were working with Ann Elizabeth. We initially had a bigger event planned at LuLand Falls that included a caterer, florist and all of the more traditional elements. It started not being fun I realized my event wasn’t looking like me anymore and we cancelled all of the traditional stuff and reworked our wedding to be a really small, special ceremony with close friends and family outside and then a celebration dinner at snowbird. Once I made those changes I got excited about getting the wedding that wanted.
Going through the invitation process was part of the catalyst that helped me decide I needed to rework things. The invitation process was more relaxed and fun. I wanted everything to feel that way. The invitation helped me to define what I wanted the wedding to feel like.

 

Ruth: How was your experience working with the Ann Elizabeth team?

Michelle: Great! I really didn’t know what I wanted and I was amazed with the proofing process all the different ideas Ann came up. You guys really listened to my vague vocalizations and were able to manifest them into the perfect invitation. Even my parents and Bill had fun going through the process with me and it was fun to get their opinions about the process. Most of all I love the end product.

Michelle pays it forward:

Ruth: Do you have any advice for any newly engaged ladies getting ready to plan their events?

Michelle: Listen to your instincts.  If you like something and it feels right build on that even if it’s vague and hazy at first. Try to be vocal with the wedding professionals helping you so they can guide you by asking the right questions to ultimately help you have the most enjoyable experience. Start building a selection of images that appeal to you. In situations where words fail, images will speak.

 

Thanks Michelle! We had a great time working with you.

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