Woo hoo, it’s Friday! Are you ready for the holiday weekend? I can’t wait to visit with family, eat some great food and lounge in my comfy clothes. I’m also looking forward to wrapping my gifts, I just love gift wrapping with pretty paper and bows. However, there’s something nice about cramming a gift in to a bag with tissue and calling it done. Am I right?

Image via Flickr by Torbakhopper

Here’s what went on this week:

These photographers joined us this week on WeddingPhotoLove:

Hello to our new planners over at WeddingPlannerLove:

We hope you all have a great holiday! Safe travels should you be traveling (wear your seatbelts and all that good stuff). We’ll be taking a little time away from blogging over the holiday, so we’ll see you in 2012!

Image by torbakhopper via Flickr

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I recently discovered Planner’s Lounge, a great resource for wedding planners and coordinators. If you’re already a wedding planner or you want to become a wedding planner, Planner’s Lounge is seriously full of great advice — recent topics include, “7 Strategies to Recover from Burn Out“, “Tips for Creating Your Event Planning Portfolio“, and other great tips and tricks.

The creator, Debbie Orwat, is also a wedding planner and her company, Save the Date Events, is listed on WeddingPlannerLove. Why did she start Planner’s Lounge? In her own words:

When I started my planning business just over six years ago, I knew that I would love planning weddings and events. I had already worked in corporate planning and did some business consulting in the tech field. I couldn’t wait to work on weddings, design events and have my own clients. Little did I know that I would love running a business as much as I love planning weddings.

When I started, I was desperate to find any and all information on how to be a wedding planner. This was before social media really happened and there was not much information online about how to get started. After planning more than 100+ weddings and having met so many of my business goals, I was still craving a community and resource to learn more and to share my hard-earned knowledge. There are so many people interested in breaking into the wedding industry and looking to grow their business. At the Planner’s Lounge, I will be sharing practical information and business tips written by me and other professionals in the industry. Planner’s Lounge will also feature news about upcoming wedding industry events, business resources, conferences and speakers.

I’d recommend that every wedding planner and coordinator should check out her intro posts, and join the Planner’s Lounge email list. It’s really great information, and I’m personally looking forward to working with Debbie!


This week’s featured invitation has really inspired me! I absolutely L-O-V-E backyard weddings. From the intimacy, to the charm to the feeling they evoke – I can’t get enough of them. So this week, I pulled a bunch of WeddingInviteLove designs that would be great for a backyard/garden wedding. Enjoy!


em papers designer WeddingInviteLoveem Papers


Hip Ink Designer WeddingInviteLoveHip Ink


Anticipate Invitations Designer WeddingInviteLoveAnticipate Invitations


Girl Metro Designer WeddingInviteLoveGirl Metro, Inc.


Whimsical Prints Designer WeddingInviteLoveWhimsical Prints


Akimbo designer WeddingInviteLoveAkimbo


The Occasional Hello Designer WeddingInviteLoveThe Occasional Hello


Greet Designer WeddingInviteLoveGreet


Darling & Dear Designer WeddingInviteLoveDarling & Dear


ALH Designs Designer WeddingInviteLoveALH Designs

Backyard weddings are a great way to go NUTS with details. Because you generally save on the cost of a venue, you have more money to use on the extra stuff. I put together a Pinterest board that’s full of great ideas for you!

2011 has definitely been the year of the mason jar! They’ve been all over the wedding scene, and to be honest…I can’t get enough of them. Today’s featured invitation comes from Tina from WeddingInviteLove’s Tabibi Press. Love, love, love!

Tabibi Design WeddingInviteLove

I was super thrilled when Lauren contacted me to design her wedding invitation and paper goods. She’s a small business creative and nontraditional…like me. I knew we’d hit it off after our initial consultation. Lauren and John married at Stevenson Ridge in Fredericksburg, VA at a gorgeous bed and breakfast with an amazing view overlooking a pond.

Tabibi Design WeddingInviteLove

Lauren came to me with a concept in mind. She wanted her reception to be adorned with fresh flowers, mason jars and candles. She loved the idea of having an outdoor ceremony in early Fall. Sunset. Fireflies. Colorful foliage. Can you picture it?

I immediately tossed around a few ideas and sketches. I illustrated the firefly but it was missing something…it was missing a glow. I used the feather and outer glow effect in Photoshop to create the “glow.”

Tabibi Design WeddingInviteLove

I incorporate the dotted line to create movement and give it a whimsical tone. The design really set off the theme “We are glowing about our big day.”

Tabibi Design WeddingInviteLove

The final invitation design was incorporated into other paper goods and stationery including the ceremony program, thank you cards, gift tags, escort cards, a signature drink card for the bar and a poster design.

Thank you, Tina for sharing Lauren and John’s stationery! I love how you carried the theme flawlessly throughout all the paper goods. You did a wonderful job, the couple had to be thrilled with your work.

Visit Tabibi Press on WeddingInviteLove or check out more on Tina’s website!


Today’s interview comes from WeddingPhotoLove’s very own, Ella Photography. An International photographer based out of Montreal, Canada. Isabella, thank you so much for spending some time to answer all of our questions. Most of all, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Bella Photography WeddingPhotoLove

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

>Ella Photography was founded in 2010 [ yup only 1.5 years ago]. Prior to working as a lifestyle photographer, I worked in fashion. I soon came to realize that fashion wasn’t a field that I enjoyed. The way that the media preserves beauty hurts me deeply, especially with 3 nieces that tell me that they want to be beautiful like those models. To have millions of people believe that what they see in magazine is real is a world I didn’t want to live in. That’s when I decided to work as a lifestyle photographer. I made it my mission to show my clients that their life is beautiful just the way is it. No need for photoshop or illusions. 

2. How did you get into wedding photography?

I started working as a wedding photographer especially because to share such a day with my clients is just wonderful. Bride and grooms are so in love and to capture such emotion is indescribable.

Bella Photography WeddingPhotoLove

3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

The morning of – having the bride getting ready and be nervous. It’s the moment of the day where you really see how everyone really feels: the father seeing his daughter for the first time and the mom helping out with the dress, the girls getting all giggy because she’s getting married–it’s all really fun.  I looooooooove taking detail shots too.

4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

All my weddings have been pretty normal. I am lucky, I guess! However, I’m not sure if I would call it awkward but I was helping out a friend at a wedding once, and the uncle of the bride was a wedding singer in his day so he dedicated a song to the bride and groom. When he started singing, we realized he was lip singing! Plus, he didn’t even know the words! We weren’t sure what to do really. 

Bella Photography WeddingPhotoLove

5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

Oh my gosh. Food. The perk of being a wedding photographer. Great meals every weekend. However …the one thing that stands out is one wedding day last year where they gave sugar cookies as a favour. I know I know. You asked me the best thing I ate and I mention sugar cookies rather than the actual meal? Yes, they were AMAZING. I almost took my tables favours while they were dancing.

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

My favourite venue to date is the W in Montreal. The ceremony area was a large white room with Chandeliers all down the aisle. The bride and groom were at the top at steps for everyone to see. Then, when the ceremony was over, the venue opens all the doors on the right and left and it opens to the reception hall. Gorgeous

Bella Photography WeddingPhotoLove

7. Nikon or Canon?

Nikon. Nikon. Nikon. And I’ll never change.  Most of my photos are SOOC because the colour that Nikon delivers is amazing.

8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

In BC at the bottom of a mountain at sunset. Precise no? But the views there are amazing. Also, destination weddings are awesome too. Beaches, white sand and sunset (love those sunsets)–I would travel there every week if I could. 

Bella Photography WeddingPhotoLove

9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

I wish I was the one shooting Kate Moss’ wedding. All those flower girls and the venue was awesome.

10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

There’s time. When you first start , everyone is always telling you that you have to be perfect all the time and make sure you catch all the moments in a flash. It’s not true. Don’t just shoot to shoot. The kiss lasts 5 good seconds, the first dance is an entire song, the first time to groom sees his bride is a good 45 seconds (as she’s walking down the aisles) there’s time. It’s not about quantity but about quality. Take the time to relax, readjust and breathe in order to get the right shot. 
Also, back up your files! There’s nothing more scary then losing the wedding photos of a bride and groom. When it happens, it’s the WORST but you’ll move on. Until then, be safe! Always bring an assistant in case something fails and back up those files!

Bella Photography WeddingPhotoLove

Thank you for chatting with us, Isabella! You can find Bella Photography on WeddingPhotoLove or head to her site for more beautiful photos!

This week was a whirlwind, as they always seem to be! I think the highlight of the week was a lobster dinner on Tuesday night. I think the cute bibs added to the enjoyment. Because really, what else can you eat that requires a goofy plastic bib (unless you are under the age of two)? Now, onto the weekly review…

Photo from Hankzby via Flickr

Links and news from the week:

New to join us on WeddingInviteLove this week were:

WeddingPhotoLove would like to announce a new photographer:

WeddingPlannerLove is getting bigger and bigger…and we’re thrilled about that!

Have a great weekend everyone! I plan on spending mine with a little rest + relaxation. And maybe a little bit of work.

Image by Henry Zbyszynski via Flickr

Last week I got to head up to see The Aerialist Press‘s gorgeous studio (and to check up on a secret project bwahaha that we’ve been working on!) I am absolutely in awe of their amazing work/live loft, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

aerialist press letterpress studio tour

aerialist press studio

They have an amazing two story loft. From left: Craig and Alexandra, the owners of The Aerialist Press, and then yours truly. 

aerialist press letterpress studio tour

the aerialist press studio tour

the aerialist press studio tour

The loft had such amazing light.the aerialist press studio tour

the aerialist press studio tour

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This week, I decided to peruse WeddingInviteLove for vintage designs – stationery that looks classic. I think I was inspired by the illustrations from Monday’s featured invitation design. Here’s what I found:

The Pink Orange Designer WeddingInviteLove

The Pink Orange


Merrymint Designs Designer WeddingInviteLove

Merrymint Designs


Lisa Samartino Atelier Designer WeddingInviteLove

Lisa Samartino Atelier


Plum Blossom Press WeddingInviteLove

Plum Blossom Press


The White Aisle WeddingInviteLove

The White Aisle


Chauhie Invitation Designer WeddingInviteLove



Little Bit Heart Designer WeddingInviteLove

Little Bit Heart


Wrapsody Designer WeddingInviteLove



Calligraphy is a wonderful way to class up an invitation and give it vintage appeal. If I could go back and splurge on one thing for my wedding, this might have been it!

Margaret Li Calligraphy WeddingInviteLoveMargaret Li Calligraphy


Head over to Pinterest to see the board I created with vintage wedding goodness!

The wonderful Utterly Engaged has posted a very lovely interview about WeddingInviteLove and the Lookbook today — and even more exciting, five lucky commentators can win a WeddingInviteLove Lookbook! Many thanks for Henny and Utterly Engaged for featuring me!

Read the interview on Utterly Engaged and enter to win a WeddingInviteLove Lookbook!

I absolutely love the color combination of this invitation from WeddingInviteLove designer Odd Duck Press! The vintage style illustrations and the selection of typefaces work so well together. I’ll let Jessica, from Odd Duck Press, take it from here!

Odd Duck Designer WeddingInviteLove

I was recently contacted by a bride-to-be who had already decided to handle the printing and assembly of  her invitations, but wanted help with the design.  Of course, I said yes!  This was a departure for Odd Duck Press, as all of our previous wedding invitation projects were for custom letterpress work.

Odd Duck Press Designer WeddingInviteLove

As much as I love letterpress, I realize that it is often cost prohibitive, so the idea of offering custom design to couples on a more modest budget was very appealing. DIY meets Haute Couture, if you will.

Odd Duck Press Designer WeddingInviteLove

The couple was planning a rustic, yet whimsical wedding.  I created a floral motif based on the paper that would be used as a band around the invitation.

Odd Duck Press Designer WeddingInviteLove

Rendering the flowers in pointillism was a fun way to give the images depth.  A variation of the motif appears on each piece.  I especially love the cascading effect on the enclosure cards. This was such a fun collaboration!

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful invitation suite with us!