From the sophisticated patterns and fonts to the shimmery paper, this featured invitation  from Blush Paperie is oozing with elegance. Blush Paperie is an online wedding invitation boutique specializing in modern and unique designs. Here’s what Michele, of Blush Paper, told us about this particular design:

When speaking with Roxane about her wedding invitations, I was drawn to the idea of using several graphic imags throughout the suite, but repeating certain elements to tie everything together. Many of the pieces have the bride and groom’s initials and the polka dotted line above a solid line. The romantic script font and modern block font are a perfect combination for this sophisticated and elegant suite.


Blush Paperie Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

We used a beautiful ivory metallic card stock, which provided the perfect amount of shimmer.

Blush Paperie Stationery Designer Wedding Invite Love

The response card was printed double sided as a post card, with the bold pattern on one side and an opaque background design on the other.

Blush Paperie Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

For the menus, we had several versions printed using the varios background motifs. This design technique was also used with the table numbers.

Blush Paperie Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Thanks for sharing your design with us! Visit Blush Paperie on WeddingInviteLove to see more of their beautiful stationery.

 

With all the talent we see on the pages of WeddingPhotoLove, you only see the OTHER side of the lens. You know the one–the side that shows all the pretty pictures. But photographers are people too, and we’d like to start getting to know our vendors. We’ve written a list of questions and are so excited to get this blog series started.

Without further ado, we introduce to you Altared Visions, a wedding photography duo with a passion for candid moments and stylish portraits. Thank you Pam and James for being our first interview!

Altared Images Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company?

James and I met on The Hideout Photography forum (re-opening soon!) back in 2008 or so. James was living in Arizona and noticed that I lived in the same city as his parents and sent me a message. We kept in touch through the forum while both of our marriages fell apart simultaneously. When James found himself divorcing and needing change, he decided to move here and give life of the East Coast a shot. We agreed to get together and shoot for fun when he got here, and shoot we did! We started with “photo safaris” around the South Coast of MA, followed by planning “model parties” with other photographers and make up artists. I asked James to second shoot a wedding with me as I’d been doing them on my own for about a year and was happy to have the help. It only took one wedding to bring us together permanently! Suddenly work became fun and we began to discuss what we wanted to bring to wedding photography. The answer was then, and remains today: FUN. Altared Visions is now approaching its third year and we couldn’t be happier doing what we do.

Altared Visions Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

2. How did you get into wedding photography?

Both of us came to wedding photography with a degree of “meh” about it. We both picked up cameras in high school and college and shot friends for years, James with his skateboarding buddies and me with local bands and my kids. James did some commercial work, I dabbled in portraiture and even a little commercial myself. We both knew we wanted to work in photography, but we were sort of aimlessly wandering for a few years. James shot a few weddings before moving here and I had one season under my belt, working for a few hundred dollars per wedding while I was flunking out of art school. After our first wedding together we decided we were looking at wedding photography all wrong. We were going through the motions of what we thought our clients expected when we should have been approaching wedding photography for what it is: ART. What other genre of photography gives you equal parts of portraiture, fashion, candid photojournalism, commercial (detail shots!) and above all, story-telling! Just like that, standard poses and cliche ideas got banned from our shot list and our clients became subjects to tell the world about!

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

I think we both agree that we love shooting “The First Look” best, that’s when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for the first time in a usually private location. There’s so much emotion and joy in those few moments, before the chaos of the day kicks in and it’s just that perfect little moment of love. After they’ve seen each other and soaked it all in, we take them for the “fashion shoot” portion of the day in which is always fun and full of laughs. I have an epic catalog of rather hilarious behind-the-scenes shots of James showing Brides how to Vogue-pose…and if he ever gives me flack… ;)

Altared Visions Wedding Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

We’ve been pretty fortunate to have some incredible couples and very little in the way of “horror stories” but we have had our share of backing up with an eyeball in the camera and stepping on Granny feet, mixing up names of family members and things like that. I almost lit myself on fire with church candles once and James got a bit of lapdance from an intoxicated guest while snapping a photo from the dance floor. Near self-immolation aside, none of that is so bad!

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

Ooooh man, that’s a tough one. I’m a vegetarian so half of the time whatever I eat is pretty terrible, the worst being white rice stuffed in a green pepper with three pieces of cauliflower...but some venues really take care of their veggies! The best we’ve had recently was definitely Bittersweet Farm in Westport, who knocked my socks off with their pumpkin ravioli and James’ with their prime rib. So delicious! The food is definitely a perk of our job!

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

We don’t really have any one favorite venue but I can tell you some of our favorites from this year! We shot Kat and Rick’s wedding on the deck of The Odyssey in Boston. The boat itself isn’t the best part, but the surrounding area and view from the deck was amazing. They also rented out The Times bar nearby for a karaoke after party and that place had GREAT atmosphere! Hartman’s Herb Farm in Barre, MA is absolutely beautiful, as was Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA. The Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA is also fantastic to shoot in and around and recently we shot Lauren and Ben’s wedding at The Squantum Association in Barrington, RI and that place is so gorgeous. The best venues have great light and pay attention to things like ceilings (no water-stained drop tile!! ew!) and helpful, friendly staff.

7. Nikon or Canon?

Both! But eventually James is jumping ship to Canon so we can share lenses.

Altared Visions Wedding Photographer WeddingPhotoLove8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

We would both be JUST FINE with doing some destination weddings on tropical islands. Just putting that out there, future clients. Ahem.

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

James’ answer to this and most celebrity queries is simply “Christopher Walken.” Not even sure he’s married, but there you go. For me, I recently swooned over the fairy tale themed wedding of Jamie Hince and Kate Moss…she was stunning. Gwen Stefani’s wedding gown alone puts her and Gavin’s on the list, and because I’ll always be a teenaged goth kid at heart, the ill-fated wedding of Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese would have been another…she wore a purple gown at an Irish castle! Lastly, True Blood’s Kristin Bauer and Abri van Straten’s (The Lemmings) because they were such a romantic looking couple in a perfect setting.

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

Back up your back up and then back them up again! Double check everything and have two of every crucial piece of equipment. I had the photographer’s worst nightmare happen to me when my card reader failed during a transfer and I didn’t realize it until the files were long since formatted and gone. Up until that point, I did all of the formal photography and of course…it was the one card with the formals so even though there were two of us, they were lost. The whole thing was awful. I wanted to quit weddings forever just to avoid that feeling in my gut that I had blown it all forever. Since then we don’t just transfer and back up our photos…we check them to make sure they’re all accounted for and then I back them up to two hard drives at home and use Backblaze to auto-backup online in case something happens to my home and hard drives. Our motto for back ups is “three places or it doesn’t exist”. I also had my camera ERROR 99 just as a bride was walking down the aisle, which if I worked alone would have been a complete disaster. This season’s casualties have included one flash and several smaller pieces of gear. We can’t recommend having a second shooter or partner enough…the worst WILL happen, you WILL make mistakes, so be prepared!

And above all? If you don’t love wedding photography…don’t do it. There’s far too many bitter, miserable weekenders in this field and plenty of newbies eager to take their place and shake up the industry. Wedding photography is not easy money and it should never be something you do just to pay the bills. You’re responsible for documenting one of the most important days a couple will experience and if you approach it moaning you will not only give them mediocre photography, you will taint their special day with your attitude. And that, to us, is unacceptable. If you DO love wedding photography, jump in, be confident, network and support your peers and don’t let anyone tell you what you’re doing is a lesser art.

Altared Visions Wedding Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

Thank you again, Pam and James! We had a lot of fun doing this interview. Check out Altared Images on WeddingPhotoLove or hop on over to their website for more eye candy.

If you ate too much yesterday and plan on spending today doing a little online shopping for pretty paper goods, you are in luck! We are thrilled to share great deals from some of our vendors!

 

Wiley Valentine Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

First up is Wiley Valentine! Visit their Etsy Shop from 11/25 (midnight EST) through 11/28, enter the coupon code “HOLIDAYPROMO40” while checking out to receive 40% off your ENTIRE order from the Wiley Valentine Shop.*

*offer valid in the etsy shop only

 

Cartoules Press Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

The next deal is from Cartoules Press. Visit their Etsy Shop on Friday, November 25th to Monday, November 28th, enter the coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY25” while checking out to receive 25% off all ready-made items.*

*offer valid in the etsy shop only

 

Inky Livie Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Inky Livie has a deal for you! Visit their Etsy Shop between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, enter the coupon code “THANKS2011” while checking out to get 15% off from Inky Livie.*  Their SF Collection will be having a sale on Cyber Monday: get 20% off with the coupon code “CYBER.”

*offer valid in the etsy shop only

 

One Bella Design Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

One Bella Designs even has a deal! Shop online between Thursday, November 24th and Saturday, November 26th and get 20% off ALL Holiday Photo Cards from One Bella Designs.

 

Laura Macchia Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Laura Macchia is offering savings! Visit her Etsy Shop from 11/24 through 11/28, enter the coupon code “GIVETHANKS” while checking out to receive 25% off from Laura Macchia.*

*offer valid in the etsy shop only

 

Invitations by Ajalon Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Here’s a deal from Invitations by Ajalon. Until December 31, Invitations by Ajalon will be offering 15% off all wedding day stationery (table markers, programs, menus, escort cards etc.). Click here for the offer.

 

Lasso'd Moon Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Lasso’d Moon has a great offer! Through Monday, November 28th, there will be a coupon up on Facebook for free thank you cards with any custom invitation order placed by 3/1! Mention code “Gobble Gobble” when ordering.

 

Puddle Jumpin' Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Puddle Jumpin Cards wants to prepare you for 2012. Letterpress and block printed calendars will be 15% off, along with free shipping. Dog Calendar coupon code is “BLACKFRIDAY” and the Botanical Calendar coupon code is “BLACKFRIDAYB.”

 

Figlio Press Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Foglio Press has quite the deals! Go to their Etsy shop for these offers:

  1. Complimentary personalization inside all folded holiday notes.
  2. Complimentary gift wrapping on stationery and personalized notecards (great gifts for teachers, hostesses, great stocking stuffers, etc!).
  3. Facebook fans will receive a coupon for 10% off any custom order in 2012 (includes wedding orders!) with the purchase of any holiday card order in their shop.

 

Marit Hanson Weddings Stationery Design WeddingInviteLove

Marit Hanson Weddings is ready to roll into 2012! Purchase a desk calendar thru Cyber Monday and get FREE SHIPPING. Enter the code “2012CAL” at checkout. You can order the full calendar or a refill pack for cards only.

 
 

Sophisticated Floral

Sophisticated Floral Designs & Accessories has an offer, too. Visit her Etsy Shop and enter the coupon code “SHIP4FREE” at checkout to receive FREE Domestic Shipping on everything from Sophisticated Floral Designs & Accessories’ Etsy Shop.

 

Thank you for sharing all these great deals with the WeddingLovely crowd! And if you’re back at your desk on Monday morning, just now reading this, have no fear – some of these offers are a Cyber Monday deal as well. Score!

 

Chevron stripes are everywhere! From home, to fashion to stationery – the pattern is all the rage. This week, we rounded up a selection of WeddingInviteLove designers that feature this fun pattern.

Palm Papers Wedding Invitation Designer on WeddingInviteLovePalm Papers

 

Up Up Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLoveUp Up Creative

 Claremont Collection Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLoveClaremont Collection

 Stelie Designs Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLoveStelie Designs

 Inspira Designs Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLoveinspiraDESIGNS (This isn’t technically a Chevron pattern, but we loved the angled stripes)

Check out our Pinterest board for Chevron for more of this popular pattern!

The oh-so-talented Anita from 2bsquared designs is guest posting today about invitation etiquette. This is a very important subject, and she did a wonderful job explaining it all with great detail. Thank you so much, Anita!

So you are engaged…literally you think “what could possibly be more exciting than that”? And then it’s time to pick your dress… you look like a fairytale princess and it’s these best moment of your life. Then before you know it, you’ve picked a date, chosen the most perfect venue…EVER, decided on your flowers (original, affordable and exotic all at the same time and how you did it nobody will ever guess), booked a DJ who rocks, and a photographer who promises to make your entire wedding party look like supermodels. What could possibly be left now that all your wedding dreams are all coming true? Yes! Yes! your wedding invitations… screams the stationer. Oops, was that my outside voice? Sorry about that. Anyhoo… Shouldn’t your guests open their mailbox to find your invitation screaming…”Oh, you so wanna come to this shindig!” After all it’s not a party until their invited, right?

Jen Simpson Design Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Getting them to the Party

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…wedding invitations came in two colors- white and off-white– and the hardest decision you had to make was whether they were engraved or not. We’ve come a long way and it’s now big world of choice. Don’t get overwhelmed by your options. Consider a few keys things when choosing what works for you:

Be You – keep your invitation style as close to your personality as possible. Don’t rock the bling and bedazzle your invitation unless that’s your style. Guests should not open your invitation, see your full name in bold zebra print and say who the heck is this from because they don’t recognize you in your invitation.

Be Creative – your invitation should match the style of your event. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t think outside the box a little. A formal sit dinner for 200? Turn it up a notch and instead of the classic black and white engraved invitation, engrave white ink on dark colored stock, or add a brightly colored or patterned envelope liner. A wee bit o’the Irish…work some plaid. Boating enthusiasts…anchors away!

Faue amd Co. Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Be Careful – there are many extremely talented and reputable vendors to be found on line and in your neighborhood. Do your research. Before purchasing invitations from anyone, really understand what you will be getting for money. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or order samples of their work. Peek at your favorite blogs including this one for preferred vendors, ask your married friends who they used and recommend. Then pick a few designers who match your style and start an honest conversation with them.

Be Calm – it takes a village to put on a wedding and that means there will be a lot of voices and opinions clamoring to be heard as visions of sugar plum fairies dance in your head. Remember everyone is entitled to an opinion but not always a vote unless they are holding the checkbook. If so then listen close! Otherwise, refrain from the overwhelming desire to shout “because I am the bride that’s why” and consider that most of those people have your best interest at heart. So it may be a good thing when its suggested you take a break from obsessively combing blogs looking for invitations. Listen to the voices of reason and the squeals of your piggy bank. Take breaks so you keep perspective. You’ll make better choices.

It’s all in the Details

A wedding invitations sole purpose is to invite your guests and to tell them when where they should show up if they are even remotely interested seeing you marry the love of your life and perhaps partake in a bit of feasting and merriment while they’re at it. So once you find one you like, here is a quick primer in 140 characters or less on getting them written right:

  • He /She who pays invites. Invitations are issued by the holder of the checkbook or checkbook(s).
  • All invitation phrasing is in the third person. Use “their” not “our”
  • Spell out all words. Yep, all of them.
  • Do not abbreviate. Only exceptions are Mr., Dr., Mrs., Jr., Sr. and Ms.
  • Going to the chapel or not. You “request the honor” of a guests presence as it’s naughty to “request the pleasure” in a house of worship.
  • What’s in a name? If her parents invite, first and middle for her and full name for him. Both parents invite – first and middle only for him and her.
  • Days and dates are always spelled out. Always.
  • The time. The hour is “at” and followed by o’clock except at noon. Married on the half hour is “half after” or “half past”. No caps please.
  • The year. The word “and” is either in or out but the first word in the year line is always capitalized.
  • Location. Location. Use the complete name of the facility. The street address of your location is only needed if you’re not using a map or direction card.
  • Only punctuation used on invitations are commas. Period.
  • Do not print zip code on invitation. If they really need it they can find it on the envelope.

White Aisle Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Traditional invitations consist of eleven lines and they are the:

  1. Invitational Line – this line tells your guest who is extending the invitation. While, traditionally invitations are sent by the bride’s parents, they may also be issued by the bride and groom or a combination of the bride and groom and their parents.
  2. Request Line – the request line invites your guests to your wedding. The wording varies according to the type of service and where your wedding is held. “Request the honour ( honor) of your presence” is always used when the wedding is in a house of worship as you cannot request the pleasure of one’s company in God’s house. Weddings held at a club, reception hall or residence use “Request the pleasure of your company.”
  3. Bride’s Name – the brides first and middle name should appear when the invitation is issued by her parents. If invitation is issued by bride and groom her full name is written.
  4. Joining word – the word “to” is used to join the names of the bride and groom on invitations issued by the parents. The word “and” is used on invitations issued by the bride and groom.
  5. Groom’s Name – the grooms full given name should always appear unless the invitation is issued by both the bride and grooms parents, then only his first and middle name is required.
  6. Date Line – the day of the week and the date of the month should be both spelled out i.e. Saturday, the twenty -ninth of July The day of the week can be proceed by “on” but is not necessary.
  7. Year Line – you can choose to write the year with as “Two thousand and thirteen” or “Two thousand thirteen” either is fine. Just remember the first word in the year line is always capitalized.
  8. Time Line – the time always appears on one line and is preceded by “at.” No uppercase letters are used. The word o’clock should always follow the hour except when married at noon. For weddings held on the half hour, they are written as “half after” or “half past” followed by the hour. Ex. half after four o’clock in the afternoon.
  9. Location – the name of the facility where your wedding will take place appears on this line. The complete name of the facility is used.
  10. Address – the street address is only necessary when there is more than one of the facility with the same name in the same town. The street address is not used when maps or direction cards are included.
  11. City and State – the last line of your invitation shows the names of the city and star where you wedding is being held. Both city and state are included but not the zip code.

Lisa Samartino Atelier Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Thank you Anita! Check out 2BSquared on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to the 2BSquared’s Etsy shop to order a custom invitation directly from Anita!

woodland papercuts featured invitation vendor on weddinginvitelove

I’ve loved Naomi’s work with Woodland Papercuts for so long. Not only does she hand-make amazing papercuts (for invitations, calendars, and more), she was also one of the donators to our first WeddingInviteLove giveaway (sending not one, but two handmade papercuts because the first package got lost in the mail).

For these reasons and more, Woodland Papercuts is our featured vendor on WeddingInviteLove this week — congratulations!

It seems like it was just Halloween last weekend, how is Thanksgiving already next week? Here at WeddingLovely, we have a lot to be thankful for; I am beyond grateful to see our vendor guides growing every day. A big thank you to all of you, vendors and brides who visit WeddingLovely for photographers, planners and stationers!

Thanksgiving 2008

Here’s what went on at WeddingLovely this week:

  • Monday: Preppy Paperie was our vendor of the week, specializing in budget-conscious custom invitations.
  • We also announced WeddingPhotoLove on Monday! Now you can find photographers that suit your style and budget.
  • On Tuesday, we featured some cheerful stationery from Paper & Silk Press
  • Polka dots took the stage of Wednesday’s Invitation Design Roundup
  • Yesterday’s Real Wedding was a styled shoot with simply elegant details from Sabrina Nicole Photography

And, some of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving:

The amazing vendors just keep on coming! Here are the newest designers on WeddingInviteLove:

WeddingPhotographerLove captured these vendors:

And the newest members of WeddingPlannerLove’s directory:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Image by Matthew Ingram via Flickr

This styled shoot from Sabrina Nicole Photography showcases what happens when simple marries elegant. From the classic typewriter font in the paper goods, to the beautiful lace appearing throughout the details – this shoot is one you are sure to come back to!

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Event Planner: Modern Whimsy
Floral Designer: Photosynthesis
Invitation Designer: KR Creations and Events
Cake Designer: The Cupcake Bar
Equipment Rentals: Marquee Event Group
Makeup Artist:Cassie Lynn Artistry
Bakery:Serena’s Kitchen

Polka dots exude fun! And what bride doesn’t want her wedding to be fun? Not only do they add a touch of whimsy, but circles are a great way to represent love – it has no beginning and it has no end. Wow, that was deep…now onto the roundup! This week, I’ve selected up some of my favorite polka dot themed invitations from our WeddingInviteLove vendors, check em’ out:

stelie designs invitation designer on weddinginviteloveStelie Designs

design des troy invitation designer on weddinginviteloveDesign des Troy

em papers invitation designer on weddinginvitelovee.m. papers

yellowbrick graphics invitation designer on weddinginviteloveYellowBrick Graphics

marit hanson weddings invitation designer on weddinginviteloveMarit Hanson Weddings

flywheel press invitation designer on weddinginviteloveFlywheel Press

greet invitation designer on weddinginviteloveGreet

This featured invitation has me ready for summer! Paper & Silk Press, consists of the design-craft duo: Grace and Crystal. Together they create wedding paper goods like these oh-so-lovely custom invitations created just for an Etsy bride. Here’s what Grace had to say about this custom suite:

I came to work with Elise through a request she posted on Etsy for a custom wedding invitation suite. Her wedding was to be a fun and lighthearted summer wedding, and pinwheels were to be her cupcake toppers at the wedding.

paper and silk press wedding invitation designer on weddinginvitelove

I chose to integrate the different paper patterns she would be using for the actual pinwheels within my pinwheel drawings. I definitely wanted to capture the feeling of a joyous and whimsical day through the colors I chose, the textured paper I picked out, and the typeface I used.

paper and silk press wedding invitation designer on weddinginvitelove

I thought the butterfly would be a fun motif to echo throughout the suite, so I chose a few strategic spots to repeat it, including the envelope. The result was a completely custom and unique invitation suite that Elise could proudly send to all her family and friends!

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Thank you for sharing this cheery invitation set with us, Grace! Visit Paper & Silk Press on Wedding Invite Love and see more of their great work.