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 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 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

 

 


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

 


Wedding Planning Checklist!

Wedding Planning Checklist!

So you're engaged, you’ve got the man of your dreams and a beautiful sparkling ring that you can’t stop raving about! With all the excitement you may be out trying on dresses, looking at venues and thinking of all the things you need to get done and it can easily get overwhelming. We have some great tips to get you at the right starting point so you can stay organized and timely with all the details of your dream wedding!

First and foremost you and your fiancé should figure out a budget. With a realistic budget set in place you can then move forward with what type of wedding you both want. Weddings can get pricy and sticking to a budget will help avoid unnecessary headaches in the future.

When setting a date choose one that works best for both you and your fiancé as well as loved ones. Discuss with one another of how many guest you’ll have so you can choose an appropriate venue. From there you can figure out what type of setting you want for your ceremony and reception that will still leave enough in your budget for everything else. Once you have that part done you can start on all the details, from catering, flowers, decor, and music for your venue depending on what is included with the location you’ve chosen. The fabulous venue in the pictures is the Red Cliff Ranch. With meadows surrounded by red cliffs, aspen groves, and waterfalls you are sure to get an elegant mountain destination wedding!

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Finding the dress is just as important! A woman wants a dress that makes her feel and look amazing. Give yourself time to shop around so when you do find that dress to die for you’ll have time for any alterations and accessories to make your bridal gown complete. The team at Alta Moda Bridal is experts at finding the perfect dress for the bride to be. With bride Ashley (lower left) she is absolutely glowing in her A-Line beaded lace gown by Augusta Jones. (Photo by Alixann Loosle Photography.) Bride Daynia (lower right) looks gorgeous in her fashionable modest dress by Monique Lhullier. (Photography by Brooke Brakken.)

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blog quote Now that you have the date and venue locked in you should start thinking about the invitation. Your invitation is a key element for relaying needed information to your guests. With all the time you place into planning your wedding you want your guests to be able to plan accordingly so they can join you in the celebrations. Especially if you need a head count and depend on a RSVP reply. The invitation process takes time and can sometimes be overlooked as far as what goes into them. You should start the design process four to six months in advanced and send them two months prior your wedding date. Your invitation should reflect who you are and the theme of your wedding giving your guest idea of what’s to come. Depending on your budget the invitation can be as simple or elaborate as you want. With so many options to chose from, narrow down what your wants and needs are for the occasion.

Things to think about:
• Do you need a separate announcement?
• Should you send a Save the Date?
• How detailed do you want the invitation to be vs. guiding guests to a website for the details?
• Do you need a separate ceremony card?
• Do you need directions and accommodation cards?
• Will an RSVP be needed?
• What type of thank you cards do you prefer?

Here at Ann Elizabeth we take pride in having helped numerous brides create custom invitations that fit their budget and needs.

Janellen Peterkin’s chose a patterned paper, which gives her invitation a soft romantic feel. We used multiple layers on both the outer monogram and inside details giving it a rich look that accented the pinks. Then topped it off with an icing wrap for the envelope making this invitation pure elegance!

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There are so many details that go into planning a wedding that hiring an event designer/planner can really help. Consider cutting some of the budget elsewhere so that you can hire a professional to guide you through the process if at all possible.

Taking the time to do your research can really pay off in the end. Magazines and websites like Utah Bride and Groom, Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom, Utah Valley Bride are some of our local magazines and are a great sources for information.

If you are looking for a great checklist you can download the Martha Stewart checklist.  It is well put together with complete breakdowns of all the details you’ll need to stay organized.

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