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?

Glacier Park Weddings WeddingVenueLove

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.)

Glacier Park WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Glacier Park WeddingPlannerLove

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!

Glacier Park WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Glacier Park WeddingPlannerLove

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!

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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.

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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.

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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.

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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.

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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

Parmesan cheese-puff hors d’oeuvres.

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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.

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

7. Nikon or Canon?

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

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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??

Gavin Farrington WeddingPhotoLove

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.

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

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.

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

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!

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

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.

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

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!

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand ALL the way!

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

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!

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

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.

 

RSVP to me WeddingInviteLove

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

 

Sometimes, less can be more! This week I browsed WeddingInviteLove and found some bee-you-tee-full invitations that were printed in ONE color. When you are printing with one color, it can expand your budget  to allow for more things – like letterpress and engraving! Or, save it for your honeymoon. :)

Wrapsody WeddingInviteLoveWrapsody

 

Marit Hanson Weddings WeddingInviteLoveMarit Hanson Weddings

 

Anticipate Invitations WeddingInviteLoveAnticipate Invitations

 

YellowBrick Graphics WeddingInviteLoveYellowBrick Graphics

 

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Plum Blossom Press WeddingInviteLovePlum Blossom Press

 

Studio SloMo WeddingInviteLoveStudio SloMo

 

Inviting Affairs WeddingInviteLoveInviting Affairs

 

Sweet Peony Press WeddingInviteLoveSweet Peony Press

 

Welcome to our first venue walkthrough! We are so excited to feature tours of venues from WeddingVenueLove. We hope that these posts will be helpful to our wedding planning brides shopping for the perfect location for their big day. First up is Villa Parker in Denver Colorado. Let’s check it out!

Villa Parker WeddingVenueLove

It is often said that “Good is in the Details”. This is taken to heart in every facet of your event, which is why Villa Parker has been designed to elegantly embrace your day from start till finish.  From the moment you enter the estate, the Mediterranean architecture transforms your event and makes every moment a Tuscan dream.

VIlla Parker WeddingVenueLove

The estate is truly yours for twelve hours of wedding day celebration; starting from the moment you walk in the door and head for the Bride’s spacious suite, where a relaxing hair and makeup session complete with Mimosa’s and girl talk awaits.

Villa Garden WeddingVenueLove

Throughout the day there are magical moments captured by pictures in the lush and welcoming gardens that preserve the essence of your enduring romance.

Villa Parker WeddingVenueLove

After the sun-touched ceremony, the party transitions perfectly to cocktail hour on the Villa’s beautifully shaded patio, where your closets friends and family enjoy the relaxed atmosphere complete with beautiful panoramic mountain views. From there, a spectacular reception follows under the Villa’s iron chandeliers filled with delicious food, dancing and many memories made to last in a lifetime of love.

Villa Parker WeddingVenueLove

Thank you Villa Parker for being our first venue walkthrough! You can learn more on WeddingVenueLove or head to their site for more info.

We had a chance to sit down with WeddingPhotoLove’s very own Robert Leons Photography for an interview, and of course a nice dose of eye candy! Based in the UK (Cheltenham), Robert has a modern photojournalistic style that we absolutely love. Now, onto the good stuff. :)

Robert Leons Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

I grew up in Durham City, joined the Army, went travelling and that’s when I discovered my love for photography. Once returned from my travels I got serious about photography and never wanted to do anything else. What started as a hobby soon became my full-time job, and my company is growing rapidly and I look forward to a very busy 2012!

Robert Leons Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

2. How did you get into wedding photography?

Whilst traveling I bought a camera (as you do). Once I started to take pictures I soon became obsessive and never put it down.

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

Easily my favourite part of the day is working with the couple during the romantic images.

Robert Leons Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

I once announced that it was the request of the “guide and broom” that we all move over yonder for a group photo… it worked though!

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

Beef Wellington at Ellenborough Park near Cheltenham.

Robert Leons Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

My favourite venue is Westonbirt House/School in Gloucestershire. There are so many opportunities for beautiful romantic images, whatever the weather or light situation. I also got married there!

7. Nikon or Canon?

Nikon at the moment.

Robert Leons Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

I would love to shoot a wedding in London and Paris.

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

Kate and Wills, at Buckingham Palace with a modern twist.

Robert Leons Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

Get tuition from somebody whose style you admire.

Thank you, Robert! You can see more of Robert Leons Photography on his site.