I was thrilled to see this wedding submission from William Innes Photography in our inbox. I know this is our first Real Wedding for 2012, but I’m predicting that this might be one of my favorites for the year. This beautiful country wedding is packed with amazing florals, breathtaking scenery and a plethora of details! Live music and a fully functioning fruit stand were on site for guests to enjoy. What a fun wedding, I especially love the bridesmaid dresses!

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Today’s featured invitation comes to us from Megan over at Red Pearl Designs. The beautiful photos were taken by Erich McVey Photography. Megan was so great to share some photos of Lauren (the bride) with us as well. Take it away Megan. :)

Out of all the invitation sets I’ve designed since starting my business, Lauren + Michael’s is one of my absolute favorites! I just love how everything came together and looks so elegant.

Red Pearl Designs WeddingInviteLove

The invitation set incorporates satin ribbon, a vintage jeweled broach and was mailed to their guests in a pretty white box with custom address labels, so there was a lot to love about this invitation!

Red Pearl Designs WeddingInviteLove

Red Pearl Designs WeddingInviteLove

I met with Lauren early this year and discussed ideas for her vintage “old world” wedding theme. Lauren was explaining how her gown was embellished with this beautiful jeweled band, and wanted to play off that for her invitations. Her color scheme was champagne, gold, deep purple with silver accents.

red pearl designs weddinginvitelove

Red Pearl Designs WeddingInviteLove

Red Pearl Designs WeddingInviteLove

The wedding was photographed by Erich McVey Photography who took some fabulous shots of their invitation set on their wedding day.

red pearl designs weddinginvitelove

red pearl designs weddinginvitelove

Thanks again for sharing, Megan! Check out her work on WeddingInviteLove!

If you missed the announcement from Pantone, “Tangerine Tango” was announced to be the color of the year for 2012. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,  sums it up quite well:“Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” I can’t wait to see if this color trend takes off in the wedding industry this year.

For this week’s roundup and to welcome 2012, I’ve gathered a selection of invitations from our fabulous WeddingInviteLove vendors that use tangerine hues!


StudioSloMo Designer WeddingInviteLove

Studio SloMo


Stelie Designs Designer WeddingInviteLove

Stelie Designs


Print In Cursive Designer WeddingInviteLove

Print In Cursive


The Aerialist Press Designer WeddingInviteLove

The Aerialist Press


Armato Design & Press Designer WeddingInviteLove

Armato Design & Press


Kid Icarus Designer WeddingInviteLove

Kid Icarus


Steel Petal Press Designer WeddingInviteLove

Steel Petal Press


Milkfed Press Designer WeddingInviteLove

Milkfed Press

Want to spread the hue throughout your wedding? Check out the Pinterest board I put together!

We have enjoyed the interview series so much with WeddingPhotoLove vendors that we decided to spread the love with our planners on WeddingPlannerLove! First up is Jessica from Experience Events. Thank you Jessica for being our first interview. :)


Experience Events Planner on WeddingPlannerLove

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

I am a creative person who also loves a task list! Experience Events is the culmination of those two things.  We offer styling and planning services in any combination you can think of.  You will often find us in a field or barn, on top of a mountain, or near a lake, or maybe in a very sleek loft. We love to be in unique settings and make them look even more beautiful and special for you.


Experience Events Planner on WeddingPlannerLove

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

It was something I did for friends and family and really enjoyed it, and found I was good at it.  After receiving several job offers I decided why work for someone else when I can work for myself?!

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

When I go to work I am a part of people’s best days.  I help create and get to be a part of the days they will remember forever-it is a real honor.


Experience Events Planner on WeddingPlannerLove

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

Vendor relationships are so important to a successful business-so treat everyone with respect and dignity.

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Believe it or not, I love to entertain! And of course spending time with my family at our house in the Adirondack Mountains


Experience Events Planner on WeddingPlannerLove

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Lots! Each wedding we do is so unique and memorable.  We have had some high profile clients that have been an absolute delight to work with. I have had a chef as the groom and that was an adventure-a bunch of brits and chefs make for one crazy party! Everyone says I should write a book!


Experience Events Planner on WeddingPlannerLove

You can check out Experience Events on WeddingPlannerLove or head over to her site for some serious eye-candy!

Part 2 of my favorite posts of the year! It was really fun to go through and see some amazing posts that I hadn’t seen in ages.

e.m. papers — Featured Invitation

e.m. papers — Featured Invitation

One of the first featured invitation posts that we ran, and it combined beautiful photos of Eleanor of e.m. papers’ invitations as well as a great look into the process. Love it!

How to Choose the Best Paper for Your Printable Wedding Invitations

How to Choose the Best Paper for Your Printable Wedding Invitations

One of our first super informative posts by Danielle of Six Modern Paper Goods. Great information on printing your own invitations and what paper to use!

Real Wedding: Heather and Danny

Real Wedding: Heather and Danny

My favorite real wedding post of the year, by Michelle Oeil. So classy!

Invitation Etiquette in 140 Characters or Less

Invitation Etiquette in 140 Characters or Less

Great advice by Anita of 2bsquared Designs, with invitation etiquette in a bite-sized format!

Styled Wedding Shoot – Sabrina Nicole Photography

Styled Wedding Shoot – Sabrina Nicole Photography

And finally, this gorgeous, gorgeous wedding shoot by Sabrina Nicole photography. I adore the peach details!

2012 is going to be packed with MORE amazing posts (do you think we can start posting more than once a weekday? It’s my goal!) with great advice, gorgeous photography, and beautiful eye-candy. Happy 2012 everyone!

The WeddingLovely Blog (and WeddingLovely, for that matter), haven’t been around for even a year and yet things have been simply amazing. I’m so thankful that I’m working the job I love! To wrap up the year, here are some of my most favorite posts from the year (and this is really tough, because I love them all):

Aerialist Press Studio Tour

aerialist press studio tour

I may be a bit biased since Alexandra and Craig (of Aerialist Press) printed the WeddingLovely holiday cards, but their studio/live/workspace was one of the most inspiring studios I’ve ever been in. Huge windows, soft filtered light, letterpress, and amazing art. Love it.

DO Make It Personal: Why To Choose A Custom Wedding Invitation Designer

DO Make It Personal: Why To Choose A Custom Wedding Invitation Designer | WeddingLovely Blog

Sarah’s (from Hip Ink) passionate post is so inspiring. Filled with all the reasons why you should get a custom wedding invitation (rather than a drab premade one from Michael’s, shrudder), and both well-written and hilarious, it’s absolutely perfect.

Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Ella Photography

Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Ella Photography

A relatively new series, our photographer interviews have definitely shot to the top of my favorites list, especially this great interview of Isabella of Ella Photography. Beautiful images, great stories (lip-syncing grooms!), and great advice to other photographers.

baci designer stationery + events — Featured Invitation

baci designer stationery + events — Featured Invitation

Amanda from baci designer stationery + events is so sweet, and a fantastic designer to boot. I love her invitation design featured here, especially the rustic cord ties and and delicate seeded paper.

Portland Stationery + Design Meetup Photos

Up in Portland for a conference, I got to meet with the amazing stationery ladies of Portland over wine and appetizers and had such a wonderful time. These photos are filled with wonderful nostalgia for me, thanks again to everyone for coming out!

That’s not all (told you I had a hard time picking) — stay tuned for pt.2 of my favorite posts of the year soon!

weddingvenuelove wedding ceremony and reception venue directory

Adding to the WeddingLovely network of wedding vendor directories, I’m happy to announce that WeddingVenueLove.com, a directory of ceremony and reception venues, is now live! We’re still in the infancy stage, so right now we’re looking for amazing venues to partner with us.

Do you know of any amazing wedding venues, from churches, to hotels, to your friend’s backyard? I would love to send them an invitation to join, just let me know in the comments!

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

become a wedding planner

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!