You guys, this has been a big week! We’ve been busy organizing some great guest posts which will start flowing in next week. WeddingLovely has such wonderful vendors who are eager to give you tips and advice. We’re so excited to share these with our planning brides. Stay tuned.

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On the blog this week:

  • On Monday, we interviewed Gavin Farrington. He shared a lot with us, including some amazing photos!
  • We gave you a double dose on Tuesday with an interview by Glacier Park Weddings.
  • We rounded up some awesome Valentines for you on Wednesday, complete with links on where to purchase them.
  • Thursday we took you to the beach for a wedding. Okay, so not really…but we showed you some pretty photos!
  • We interviewed Pickett’s Press–Kate shared great info and lovely work with us.

In other news:

  • On Monday, my wedding was featured on The Knotty Bride. How cool is that? While you are there, read her recaps of “The Bachelor.” You will laugh until you cry.
  • Tracy left for NYC on Tuesday for a week. She’s been working her butt of to make WeddingLovely even more awesome. Wish her luck on her personal twitter @limedaring
  • On Wednesday, we welcomed our 100th Planner on WeddingPlannerLove. Welcome Beyond Events Atlanta!

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  • As you know by now, our team has grown to consist of Marit (that’s me!) and Tracy. We’re going to make an effort to tag our tweets with “/t” or “/m” so you know who to address if you’d like to make a personal reply. :)

Hey WeddingLovely Vendors!

Do you want to guest post with tips/advice? We’d love to have you. Email [email protected] with your post idea.

Image by lunchtimemama via Flickr

Today’s wedding is giving me summer fever. Seriously, I feel the need to go to the beach now for some sun and sand between my toes. Alas, it’s only February…sigh. Back to the post, Jamie and Chris got married on Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina. Blue skies, bright colors and an intimate celebration make up this gorgeous beach wedding by Chi Photography of Charleston. Jamie (the bride, who has AMAZING red hair!) shared some of her wedding memories and advice with us too – double score. Enjoy!

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Unforgettable wedding moment:

All of the nervous energy that was built up just before walking down the aisle and then seeing Chris – it all just went away and we were in that moment, and I didn’t even realize anyone else was at the wedding, it seemed like it was just the two of us.

Most valuable piece of advice:

A friend told me a story about her wedding and she used lemons and obsessed over making sure all the lemons looked exactly the same and when she was doing it realized that it didn’t really matter and when she asked people after the wedding they didn’t even remember the lemons were there at all, so don’t worry about the little things.

Quirkiest detail:

Everyone kept asking us what to wear for the wedding and our only request was no ties or suit jackets!

Thriftiest trick:

We went to a farmers market the morning of the wedding and bought all the flowers for the bouquets for $25 and then made our own, I used my grandmothers broach to add a special touch to mine.

Thank you for sharing with us Jamie! Your wedding was beautiful. :)

Caterer:  Royal Grand Events
Invitation Designer:  Wedding Paper Divas
Dress Store:  David’s Bridal
Cake Designer:  The Cake Stand
Event Venue:  Robinini By The Sea

Today I was able to catch up with Kate over at Pickett’s Press. I just adore her work and I think you will too. Thank you so much Kate for answering all our questions and sharing your lovely papers. :)

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I drew and printed a custom map of Southampton, Long Island for my wedding in 2003… the next year a guest at our wedding asked me to do one for her wedding, and it all just kept going from there!

2. What is your favorite color combination?

Gosh, if I had to pick just one, then black and white – can’t beat classic– although I am a huge fan of experimenting with color as well.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

We did a turquoise and orange invitation with an envelofold and loud abstract pattern for a groovy Bahamas wedding which was lots of fun!

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

It changes all the time, but right now De Soto is one of my favorites- I’m all about any classic font that will pair well with a flourish or names in script.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I do a ton of custom artwork for people for invitations and save the dates- I once had to draw a roll of toilet paper for a party invitation…  for real.

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

& all the way!

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7. Any advice for brides?

Try to enjoy the process! The wedding is over so quickly that most of my memories are of the year along the way- picking out dresses with my friends, tasting cake with my mom, planning my honeymoon.  It can all be so stressful but if you can make the journey part of the wedding, you’ll have so much more to look back on and enjoy!

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

YES!  We have a companion website where we offer a whole line of personalized gift items- many of our brides have used these products for the wedding weekend (such as our shatterproof monogrammed cups with your logo or date, or our colored cocktail napkins).  Many brides have ordered customized pads or vanity trays as bridesmaids gifts.  We’ve even done our printed luggage tags as Weekend Itineraries which were looped around the out of town guest bags in each room to keep everyone organized.

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Thank you Kate! Check out Pickett’s Press on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see even more.

This week, we’ve rounded up a little something different for you! We have so many talented stationers on WeddingInviteLove who have somehow managed to find the time to design some fabulous Valentines. We’ve gathered them up for you just in time to place your order for V-day!

 

Designs des Troy WeddingInviteLoveDesign de Troy (You can purchase this card and many others on Etsy!)

 

Baci Designer Stationery WeddingInviteLoveBaci Designer Stationery and Events (You can purchase here)

 

Lassod Moon WeddingInviteLoveLasso’d Moon (Purchase/print your own)

 

Faye and Co WeddingInviteLoveFaye & Co (You can purchase here)

 

Tabibi Design WeddingInviteLoveTabibi Design (Purchase at Le Village Marché in Shirlington starting February 1 while they last or email her to buy a set of 10)

 

Bella Stationery WeddingInviteLoveBella Stationery (You can purchase here)

 

Puddle Jumpin Cards WeddingInviteLovePuddle Jumpin Cards (You can purchase here)

 

Thank you to all the WeddingInviteLove vendors who participated in this roundup! And Happy Valentines Day. :)

Today’s post kind of marries a planner interview and a venue walkthrough. Glacier Park Weddings is listed in both our WeddingPlannerLove and WeddingVenueLove directories. So, because of that you are going to get a double dose of planning and venue info  – how cool is that?

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1. Tell us a bit about Glacier Park Weddings & Events.

We are an outdoor wedding venue in the mountains of Montana. In addition to our ceremony and reception locations, we offer event design and coordination services, lodging, activities, rentals– basically everything you’d need for a totally fabulous outdoor affair!


2. Do you target any particular niche?

Yes: couples who want to get married in a natural setting, but don’t want the logistical headaches that often go along with outdoor events. The philosophy behind Glacier Park Weddings actually began to take shape while I was planning my own wedding four years ago. Living in the midst of Montana’s stunning country, I thought it would be easy to find a place to have an outdoor wedding with beautiful scenery. I also wanted a venue that felt like I could make it my own, where I wouldn’t have to work with (or against) a predetermined style. Instead I discovered the opposite: the few outdoor venues I found were notably inflexible, had strict limitations on vendors, could not accommodate our 175 guests, and were often drenched in a kind of cliche ranch style that didn’t fit with my vision. When we finally did find a venue, we ended up having to truck in water, electricity, restrooms and more, in order to throw our party! It was a little insane. So now we are thrilled to be offering couples the kind of venue I had searched for: grassy clearings, trees and wildflowers, mountain views, charming paths through the woods, and in general a natural space that feels good— but that also has access to basic amenities and services to make the bride’s life a little easier. And we can accommodate 200 guests!


3. What makes your business unique?

We believe in the rock star combination of a full-service atmosphere that is also supremely flexible. Our on-site chalet lodging becomes a kind of base-camp for guests, where they can gather, play volleyball or croquet, sit by the fire pit, or barbecue. Our in-house activities like whitewater rafting are perfect for big groups (imagine all of your guests, grandma included, floating down a gorgeous river in the sunshine the day before your wedding!). Between our lodging, activities and coordination services, couples can have a totally fun and stress-free wedding weekend, enjoying the company of their guests and leaving the details to us. And the best part is that everyone feels like they’re on vacation!

4. What’s your favorite part of the job?

I love working with brides and grooms, of course, assembling all the details and executing their fabulous plans (my mother is an artist and my father an accountant, so I am a rather Type-A creative person). I love meeting new people and collaborating with great vendors, but I must admit: there is often a moment during the reception, maybe after the toasts when things have settled down, when I can look over and see the bride and groom and their families totally at ease, enjoying their food and drinks, not worrying about the band or the seating chart or whether there’s enough ice behind the bar, just completely loving their party. That sight is definitely the best part of my job. (I also have a soft spot for beaming fathers-of-the-brides, especially when they find me at some point in the night and say, ‘good work,’ which always makes me smile.)

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5. How do you help couples customize their weddings?

Because couples are welcome to work with the vendors of their choice at our venue, the possibility for customization is almost infinite. I always start with photos and a good long conversation to get a sense of what the couple is envisioning. Then, based on their budget, I recommend the vendors that I think will work best with their style. I create a file or Pinterest board for each of my brides to keep track of unique ideas. I also love a challenge: we’ve had custom burlap linens made for a bride that loved that look, and a birch arbor made from scratch when a couple decided they wanted one for their ceremony but couldn’t find an existing one of the right size.  One couple wanted their Saint Bernard as their ring-bearer, which involved crafting a beautiful leash and arranging for a shady spot with a water dish in the ceremony meadow.  I like to find resourceful, unique ways to get couples what they’re looking for.

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6. Do you have any funny stories about a past wedding or event?

Toward the end of one reception last summer, the bride, whom I had worked with quite closely, invited me out on the dance floor to celebrate with her. Because I can’t resist a good 80’s song, I got right out there, and then suddenly the entire wedding party started cheering and gathering around… which of course didn’t keep me from belting out the lyrics to “Freedom 90.” A few weeks later, I ran into one of the wedding guests at the gym, who said she had never been to a more fun wedding– and she couldn’t believe that even the wedding planner was having such a good time!

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7. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

I believe that people don’t necessarily want to get married in a ‘wedding venue’ per se, but in a special place, a place that reflects their personalities and priorities. So I’ve learned to remind myself that, although we are in the ‘wedding business,’ which comes with its own sets of trends and rules and concerns, our couples are not exactly in the business of putting on a wedding so much as simply looking for the right setting and atmosphere in which to celebrate their most important day.

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We were able to catch up with Gavin Farrington, a photographer based out of LA and one of WeddingPhotoLove’s talented vendors. For brides who are tired of the over-posed wedding scene, Gavin is your guy!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I was born in Ferndale, a small rural Northern California town, and relocated with my family to the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of thirteen.  I studied design and multimedia in college, but ended up in IT.  When IT had sucked my soul dry, I moved to Japan to teach English for four years before returning to California to start my photography business.

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2. How did you get into wedding photography?

I discovered photography in high school, but it was to be many years before I broke out of hobbyist-mode.  While living in Japan, a friend who is a pro photographer was traveling through the country working on a personal project.  He invited me to join him at a couple of stops, and for the first time it occurred to me, “hey!  People make a living doing this!”  It changed my life.  To be brutally honest, there was a time many years ago when I turned my nose up at wedding photography.  I never could have guessed how much I would love it.  It’s the ultimate job for people-watchers.

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

This would have to be a toss-up between getting-ready and reception dancing.  There are some wild and awesome things that happen when the lights go down and the drinks come out.  Moments during the getting-ready time are so genuine and intimate.

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

Hmm… probably the time a vendor at the wedding tried to make everyone laugh by letting it slip that he’d seen one of the teenage bridesmaids having a little sip of alcohol with the bride before the wedding.  Instead of the winks and chuckles he was expecting, everyone within earshot got really quiet.  Incredibly awkward crickets.

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

Parmesan cheese-puff hors d’oeuvres.

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6. What is your favorite venue and why?

My favorite venue is the one I haven’t seen yet.  Nothing gets my creativity moving like tackling a new space.  That said, I shot inside a barn once at Chileno Valley Ranch, and the light was absolutely stunning.  I look forward to shooting there again.

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7. Nikon or Canon?

If you must know I’m on Canon.  I firmly believe there are things to love in both camps, though.

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

Having worked in India, Hawaii, New York, and Japan, I think next up would be Mediterranean Europe or South America.  Tropical beaches are always welcome.  India is absolutely incredible – I’d go back in a heartbeat.

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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

Hmm I don’t have an answer ready for this one… Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz. Can you imagine the stories??

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

Advertise.  How else will people find out about you?

Thanks, Gavin! We enjoyed learning more about you and seeing your work. Check Gavin out on WeddingPhotoLove or head over to his site for even more photos.

I’m going to be in NYC next week and I’d love to meet you! I’m holding another small, informal meetup at Brookvin in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Thursday the 2nd at 7:30pm. Come hang out with other wedding folk, enjoy some wine on WeddingLovely’s tab, and make some new friends!

RSVP on Facebook — or respond to this so I know how many are coming!

For the California folk, I know it’s been forever since the last meetup… that’s because I’m planning something big! Details coming soon. ;)

Whew, we made it through the week! Today was a busy week around here – it was our first full week as a two person team. We are so excited about what’s to come and can’t wait to spread the love with you.

WeddingLovely Team

This week on the blog:

  • On Monday, we interviewed UK photographer Robert Leons.
  • We had our first venue tour on Tuesday in Denver at Villa Parker.
  • Wednesday, we gathered invitations that were designed with 1 color. Sometimes less is more!
  • The Real Wedding Featured on Thursday had two pretty awesome things: bunnies and a Mariachi Band. Don’t believe us? Click here.
  • That same day, we interviewed “RSVP to me” on our blog.

In other news:

    • WeddingInviteLove Vendors: Send your Valentine designs to [email protected] for a feature next week. Submission are due BEFORE February 1.
    • Do you want to win a $150 Blush Paperie Gift card? Who doesn’t?! Click here to find out how you can win.
    • Did you see WeddingLovely in Forbes?
    • In a few weeks, we’ll be at Women 2.0.
    • Hey brides! Have you signed up for the WeddingLovely planning newsletter? It’ll save you a LOT of stress.
    • Need a laugh? Have you read the Knotty Bride’s recaps of the Bachelor? Because they are pretty friggin funny.
    • Seriously you guys…why didn’t I get a wedding video? Please remind me again, because watching all of our amazing vendor videos KILLS me. Check out this one from Remedy WeddingFilms:

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Today’s stationer interview is with Kelly from RSVP to me. We love all the custom designs on her site, so it was not easy to select the ones to feature today. Thank you so much Kelly for sharing your time!

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

‘RSVP to me’ was created around the time of my own wedding, in august of 2006. I began a search for invitations that would absolutely “wow” my guests. I was looking for something non-traditional, yet elegant; unusual, but not “over-the-top.” After a long, unsuccessful search, I decided to experiment with various papers, prints and embellishments – trying to fashion what i would have liked to have found, but couldn’t. After many days of hard work and trial and error, I created not only my own invitations, but also my save-the-dates, programs, escort and favor cards, and even thank you cards!

At my wedding, I received so many unbelievable compliments on my invitations and stationery. It was great to hear that my friends and family loved my work. Then it occurred to me – wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could create great invitations and stationery for my family and friends? As I took on a few small orders, my budding venture expanded. by word of mouth the orders grew and my venture rapidly evolved into ‘RSVP to me’, a small but thriving business.

 

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

It’s a TIE! I LOVE the elegance of gray & purple but also love the vibrant combination of red & teal.

 

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

They’re ALL unique in their own way! Being that everything is so custom, and nothing is out of books, no one ever picks someone else’s invitation!

 

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Oooh, that’s a TOUGH one! My husband calls me “font girl” because I can name most fonts on sight! I get WAY too excited when I order new fonts! But I guess one of my REAL favorites right now is the one on my website….”Burgues Script.”  It’s SO pretty and versatile with all the glyphs, & even looks great in all lowercase.

 

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Hmmm, I don’t think it’s necessarily “bizarre,” but I’ve had several clients ask for the invitation to be printed in another language. Other than that, no real crazy requests…..sorry!

 

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand ALL the way!

 

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7. Any advice for brides?

Do NOT order invitations “online” without seeing, touching, feeling what you are getting!!  I can’t tell you how many times brides have come to me saying they need my help after they’ve either ordered ALL the invitations online, or just a sample, and have been very disappointed with the quality AND the customer service!  I pride myself & my business on QUALITY papers & product, as well as impeccable customer service!

 

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

We do!!  We actually have a “sister” business doing candy buffet & dessert tables!!  SO, besides invitations & stationery for ALL occasions, we LOVE providing that “sweet” display!!!  Check out our website.

 

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Check out RSVP to me on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see more custom goodness.

I absolutely love this wedding. Not only because it includes BUNNIES, but because they do such a fantastic job mixing the bride’s Jewish upbringing with the groom’s Mexican heritage. Because really, now many wedding have you been to that have a mariachi band play Hava Negila? Thank you to Sonrisa Weddings for sharing it with us! Here’s how the photographer described the wedding to us:

Bunnies and butterflies set the tone for Debbie and Sergio’s day, a blend of pink and chocolate and of cultures and religions. Debbie, an artist, made bunny table cards from her os-so-cute drawings of exotic rabbit breeds — Debbie loves bunnies, she has several and participates in a bay area rabbit rescue. Her Jewish upbringing was juxtaposed with Sergio’s Mexican heritage in the ceremony and in the Mariachi’s rousing rendition of Hava Negila. On a budget, this was an all hands on deck production. Debbie and her brides maids were busy for months folding paper to make the kusudamas (made out of multiple identical origami shapes glued together) that adorned aisle and tables. Both are graduates of UC Berkeley, Sergio just finished his doctorate in Biology and Debbie her BA in Art with a minor in Spanish.

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Event Venue: Wilson Harding Golf Course