Congratulations Madison Farrar-Ayoso our March Bride of the Month!

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March 2014: Madison Farrar-Ayoso!

With winter starting to fade away I welcome our March Bride of the Month Madison Farrar-Ayoso. Madi is such a fun bride, her bubbly personality and sweet spirit radiated throughout our interview. You can’t help but fall in love when looking at all the photos from her wedding! With soft tones of coral and a subtle damask design, her invitation tied all the details together beautifully!

The Interview:

Bekka: Madison, when you first started thinking about your invitation did you know what you wanted or did it just evolve over time?
Madison: I definitely did not know what I wanted at first. I was looking online for ideas but I never really had my mind set on any particular design. When I went into Ann Elizabeth and got to see all the different proofs, it really helped me envision what I wanted my own to look like.

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Madison: My favorite part of our invitation was the whole thing! Ha-ha I really loved how everything turned out! It was so elaborately done and customized for us! People complimented me the most about the colors and layout of the invitation and how beautiful the whole invitation was.

Bekka: Most brides want their invitation to convey to guests the tone of the event. Do you feel that your invitation did just that?
Madison: Yes definitely, the colors and the style conveyed exactly the tone of our wedding.

Bekka: Tell us about the vendors you chose to help create your fabulous wedding!
Madison:
Wedding location and dinner: St Regis Deer Valley
St. Regis Deer Valley is not only gorgeous, Catherine Johnson, the wedding coordinator made planning my wedding so easy! She did everything, we just had to let her know what we wanted and they took care of setting up and taking down for the wedding. They were so accommodating and wanted to make sure my day was perfect and they did! They also include all the food for the wedding. Their chef prepared the most delicious food and the presentation of the food was beautiful. Our guests had the option of steak, chicken, or a vegetarian option. And of course the kalua (pig) prepared by my husband’s father. Bryce is Polynesian so it’s very traditional to include kalua at weddings.

Photographer: Jessie Alexis with Jessie Alexis Photography.
My aunt found her for me! She was such a sweetheart and we were so comfortable with her! Her work is beautiful and I love love how our photos turned out. She captured all the special moments of our perfect day!

Hair: Brittney Edwards.
I have known Brittney for a very long time! We knew each other when we both lived in Georgia. When I moved to Utah I started going to Brittany for my hair and haven’t been anywhere since! She works out of Salon K in the Riverwoods. She always makes hair look so beautiful and I am so happy she was able to do my bridesmaids and my hair!

Make-up: Jessica Powell
I met Jessica through a mutual friend, Cassidy Heriford, she started her own business called Wax That in Pleasant Grove and can cater to literally any beauty need! She is the best and I loved my make-up!

Flowers: Wendy with Flower Affair
My cousin used Wendy for her wedding last year and I absolutely loved her work. The flowers for our wedding were stunning! They ‘turned out beyond what I had imagined! She also did our candy station for guests to make a “to-go” bag in as a thank you for coming to the wedding! She not only was our florist, she decorated for us too! She was able to find miniature pineapples and put them in the arrangements and guests loved them! They were so cute!

Cake: Snow Park Bakery & Layers Cake
St. Regis referred me to this bakery and they completely customized our cake and made it exactly what we wanted! We also had Layers Cake do Bryce’s grooms cake and it was amazing! Bryce played baseball for BYU so my mom and I wanted to make his groom cake include something baseball related and Layers Cake designed his cake to include a baseball and Hawaiian theme! It was perfect!

Dress: Bridal Expressions
I found my dress at Bridal Expressions. My cousin and I were getting ready to leave the store when she said “Madi! You have to try this one on!” So I did and immediately knew it was the one!

Leis: Bryce had our leis flown in from Hawaii. His was the traditional Maile lei and mine was a ginger lei. They were so beautiful. I loved how they turned out! His family made the rest of the leis for family members to wear.  Our brother -in- law, Julian Pinney, also did the Maile leis for all the groomsmen. All the leis were so pretty!

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Madison: My best advice is to be open-minded and to look online or meet with an invitation specialist to get ideas to create and personalize your wedding invitations. There are so many different designs to choose from that sometimes it can become overwhelming, but for me seeing other invitations, I was able to take what I liked from multiple invitations and create exactly what I wanted!

Bekka: How would you describe the overall experience of your wedding?
Madison: The overall experience my wedding had for my husband and I was beyond anything we could have imagined. The day went by so fast it almost seems like a blur looking back. It really was a fairytale for us. Our guests were definitely huge attributes in making our day even more special. The dancing was so fun and I loved how everyone partook in dancing. Our friends all told us they had so much fun and everything about our wedding was beautiful. The overall experience for everyone was amazing!

Bekka: Madison thanks 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 Madison's vendors:

Venu: St. Regis Deer Valley

Wedding planner: Catherine Johnson

Photographer: Jessie Alexis Photography

Bridals location: Wadley Farms

Flowers: Wendy with Flower Affair

Cake: Snow Park Bakery

Grooms Cake: Layers Cake

Hair: Brittney Edwards at Salon K

Make-up: Jessica Powell at Wax That

Dress: Bridal Expressions

 

 


Congratulations Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins our January Bride of the Month!

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January 2014: Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

Lets bring in the New Year with a whole lot of glitz and glam with this month's bride of the month Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

We are excited to feature Bree along with the fact that she planned, organized, and even made her own dress for her fabulous wedding. Bree loves fashion and talks about how she is pursuing a career in wedding planning; so taking on the task of planning her own wedding really showed just how talent she is!

 

The Interview

Bekka: Bree when you came to Ann Elizabeth did you know the style of invitation you wanted?
Bree: I knew I wanted mint green paper and gold foil. I had seen something on Pinterest with that color scheme and I thought it was perfect. I am a planner and I love weddings so I had many ideas and print outs of what I wanted. Ann Elizabeth helped me put everything together perfectly. It was such a stress-free process.

Bekka:  What is your favorite part of your invitation?
Bree: All of it! To this day I wouldn’t change a thing. I LOVE the fonts and the colors. Obviously the gold foil is absolutely stunning. I also loved the envelopes – I know that may sound weird, but the font was SO beautiful.

Bekka:  Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Bree: My invitations were classy but unique and many people said it was their favorite invitation they’d seen. I wanted to add even more of my personal flare to the invitations so I cut strands of navy chiffon (my other wedding color) and tied bows around the invitation and photo. It took a very long time and thankfully I had a lot of help, but it was well worth it in the end.

Bekka:  Did you incorporate any elements from your invitation into the decor of your wedding?
Bree: I had most of my wedding planned well before I was actually engaged. My husband and I had dated since 2005 when we were sophomores in high school, so it was a long time coming. Since wedding planning is a career path I am extremely interested in, the decorations and theme of my wedding was picked out cohesively with my invitation design. My main wedding color was gold with mint green and navy accents. I chose a metallic paper to add a little shimmer (I am a sparkle girl, if you couldn’t tell by my dress) so that, matched with the gold foil, worked magically. I used the same mint cardstock in all of the signs I made.

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Bree: They definitely did!! I feel that when people saw our invitation it not only looked like my husband and my personality but it 100% matched the tone of our wedding. They knew by our invitation that our wedding would be classy and elegant with a touch of sparkle and creativity.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Bree: It is so extremely easy now to be inspired thanks to Pinterest. I remember years ago when I would clip from bridal magazines and tape them into inspiration journals or save thousands of images on my computer… thankfully those days are gone. There are so many wonderful wedding blogs and inspiration shoots. I created a whole Pinterest account just for my wedding and would re-pin anything and everything I liked. Soon you will start to see a theme in your pins and once you do, the time has come to schedule an appointment with Ann Elizabeth. They will help you design a perfect invitation based on the aspects you most love! Plus, you don’t have to know exactly what you want right away. The font and writing is all picked out through online proofs so you can take your time (if you have it).

Bekka: We love how unique your dress is. How was it making your own wedding gown?
Bree: Designing wedding dresses and formal wear is my passion, which is why I decided to peruse an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology after I graduated high school. Ever since I can remember I had been sketching and accumulating ideas for my wedding. I took the semester off of school to design and make my wedding gown. I started on the bottom half of my gown first because that design was pretty solidified in my head. After countless hours of hand-sewing organza and chiffon flowers with hundreds of beads the skirt part was complete and I was in love! The top proved to be more difficult. I could not pick one idea to stick with. There were so many elements I wanted to incorporate and when I finally designed the final bodice I knew it was the perfect match. I sewed on every bead and rhinestone while catching up on Netflix and missing my fiancé who was interning in another state at the time. After more than 250 hours of labor and over 3,000 beads the dress was complete and it was exactly what I wanted! I am so incredibly grateful for the education I received at FIT that made it possible for me to create my dream wedding gown.

Bekka: Planning a wedding can get overwhelming how did you stay organized and on top of it all?
Bree: Many many many word documents and excel spreadsheets, and my amazing mother and fiancé who were on the receiving end of my excessive emails with thorough instructions of everyone’s to-do list and what needed to get done. I made a big wedding binder with about 15 tabs of every aspect of the wedding and kept all my files there. There were a lot of printed pins and inspiration, multiple budget planning calculations, swatches of fabric, vendor phone numbers, and about one hundred to-do lists. Thanks to my support team and my nine months of wedding planning everything got finished and my wedding day was more perfect than I imagined.

Bekka: Bree thanks for taking the time to talk with us and share the fabulous 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 Bree's vendors:

Photography: REBEKAH WESTOVER
Event Design and Planning: Bree Wilkins {the Bride}\Custom Gown and Veil: ABREE ORIGINAL
Hair and Makeup: JANELLE AT VERSA ARTISTRY
Bridesmaids & Maid of Honor Attire: ABREE ORIGINAL and J. CREW
Groom’s custom suit and shirt: DRESS CODE
Floral Design: Bella Fleur
Ceremony Location: Manti Utah LDS Temple
Wedding Invitation: ANN ELIZABETH

 

 

 

 


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!