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

Chauhie

 

Little Bit Heart Designer WeddingInviteLove

Little Bit Heart

 

Wrapsody Designer WeddingInviteLove

Wrapsody

 

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!

Have we mentioned how much we are enjoying these WeddingPhotoLove photographer interviews? Because they are SO MUCH fun. We were able to get some time for an interview from Dee with Shutterdee (such a cute business name, don’t you think?). Thank you so much for answering all of our questions, Dee.

Shutterdee Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

Oh the dreaded question…I don’t like to talk about myself, but if you insist! :D I’m a lover.  I’m truly interested in people…and what makes their world go round. I’m shy yet outgoing. I love food, culture, and chocolate is my weakness. I’m indecisive because there’s so much I want to experience. My company, well, it changes from time to time, BUT what doesn’t change is what I love to capture and how I shoot…it’s the raw, organic, photojournalistic, natural light, sort of way. I love to see people laugh and to see what makes a couple and family tick. The moments that go unnoticed…well that’s what tells the story. The NOW.

 

Shutterdee Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

2. . How did you get into wedding photography?

I was encouraging a very artistic friend of mine years ago to pursue something artsy. Photography came up. As I went over all the wonderful possibilities, it stirred things up and a light went off (I was that teenager whose walls were covered from top to bottom of photo prints). “Wait…I want to do this!” So I started looking into what I needed to do, made some phone calls, and a wedding photographer took me under his wing. He literally threw me in there. (kind of like our grandparents, grandparents, taught their children how to swim…know what I’m talking about?!! I was scared but learned A LOT. Fast forward a couple of years and here I am!

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

My FAVORITE is the first look. (that’s if a couple chooses to do so) The first look is where the bride and groom opt to see each other before the wedding. I love this so much because it’s the most private and intimate moment of the day. I get to capture the moment he lays eyes on her and when he holds her and tells her how beautiful she looks. You just don’t get all that at the altar. It’s wonderful for me too, because it relieves so much stress and nervousness for the bride and groom. I get to connect  with them, while taking the time to capture, to me, the most important part of the day, the two of them. By time the ceremony starts, we are so comfortable and everything just falls into place.

 

Shutterdee Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

I’m totally embarrassed to admit this, BUT I’m gonna keep it real. While I was shooting a wedding once, my camera stopped working. MID PHOTOS. Right in front of the groom and his family. The shutter button was stuck. The LCD screen went black and would not let me view my photos. The groom nervously looked at me like..is everything ok? After a few moments of “changing the camera settings” while I talked about…who knows what..I figured out that I literally had to keep turning on and off the camera after about 5 snaps to get it to work. I had to try my best to guess exposure settings. I was then shooting with my Canon 20D, and I had just worn that thing out. Back up camera? What’s that? Oh, and my assistant was a friend helping me out with a very amateur camera; and she was off taking guest photos. Talk about praying for the ground to open up and swallow me up.

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

My brides take good care of me. I’ll start with deesert. I was shooting at a country club and they literally had the BEST tiramisu I have ever tasted in the world. My assistant and I almost fell out of our chairs. I don’t even LIKE tiramisu. It’s true. Meal…probably this vegetarian orzo pasta with feta, I was served. It’s hard, I’m a vegetarian that eats fish on occasion and my brides make sure I have vegetarian options…so most of the time it’s marvelous. Did I say my brides take care of me…some even have place cards for my assistant and I! A-mazing. I’m happy with bread (I eat lots of bread) and a fabulous Caesar salad.

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

Honestly I’m a sucker for backyard weddings. Or garden weddings. Because they’re usually so intimate, and, so detailed oriented. I love the natural light too. Makes for best of pics.

 

Shutterdee Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

7. Nikon or Canon?

Nikon who? Canon all the way!

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

I have too many but definitely someplace in Europe. Probably Venice or Capri. Wait no Morocco! Actually…I would be so happy to shoot in Greece. I also really want to shoot a wedding in the snow. Did I mention I’m indecisive?

 

Shutterdee Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

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

This is a fabulous question (my husband and friends are shaking their head at me right now)! There are many. I want to make a list starting with, my gals like: Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Zoe Saldana, and Drew Barrymore. But I’ll spare you and will narrow it down to two. I really would have loved to shoot Reese Witherspoon’s recent wedding. Sigh. She’s just so classy. But over all I think Russell Brand and Katy Perry’s Wedding in India would have been an amazing experience.

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

1. Be realistic. Things aren’t going to be perfect, “regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made,” Adele says. Lol. It’s true. Learn from the mistakes you’ve done. Don’t let that make you feel like you’re not good at what you love to do. Just keep ‘swimming’. 2. Always..ALWAYS, check your camera while you’re shooting. Sometimes your lighting changes so fast..your settings need to also. Glance at your screen every few shots just to make sure you’re doing great. 3. Stop doubting yourself and don’t give up. I’m still kind of, from time to time, doing that, but getting further away from feeling inadequate. It’ll only ruin your ‘vision’ and you won’t be your best on a shoot. 4. Put yourself out there, the worse people can say is no. 5. I’m a big rooter for others, be a peer and a support to your fellow photographers…competing is harsh. 6. Try not to let your work swallow you neck deep…you’ll lose your joy.

 

Shutterdee Photographer WeddingPhotoLove

Thank you again, Dee! Check out Shutterdee on WeddingPhotoLove or visit her website for more beautiful photos.

Another week gone by…and another week that I failed to do holiday shopping. Whoops. Perhaps I will get that moving this weekend. Or maybe I’ll stay in and bake some cookies. Decisions, decisions!

Seabamirum on Flickr

Lots went on this week – if you missed out, have no fear because I’m about to recap it all for you!

Links and news from the week:

Newest vendors on WeddingInviteLove

WeddingPlannerLove added these great vendors this week:

In other news:

Join Wiley Valentine for a Pop Up Shop in their studio on Saturday, December 10 from 9am -1pm. There, you can Snag some of limited edition paper delights, exclusive discounts and other special offers. And while you’re there, enjoy some tasty libations and treats! Their shop is located at: 17891 Sky Park Circle, Suite B, Irvine, California 92614

Have a great weekend everyone!

Image by Seabamirum via Flickr

Today’s bird themed wedding from 39 East Photography is so romantic and is filled with details– wait until you see the couple’s card holder! The couple held their ceremony under ancient oak trees at the The Beltane Ranch, a beautiful working ranch in Glen Allen California, and danced away the evening on an outdoor dance floor. What’s not to love about this wedding?

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Photographer:  39 East Photography

Here at WeddingInviteLove, we get really excited when we see invitations that are not the typical card + envelope combo. Don’t get us wrong, we love all the creativity that our vendors (we have over 300 to choose from! yay!)  share with brides – but it’s so fun to see stationery that dares to be different. This week, we’ve gathered a selection of these invitations for you…let’s call em’ rebels!  Enjoy, I know we did.

 

Akimbo Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLoveAkimbo

 

Invitation Creations Designer WeddingInviteLoveInvitation Creations, LLC

 

Royal Steamline Designer WeddingInviteLoveRoyal Steamline

 

Uniquely Inviting Designer WeddingInviteLoveUniquely Inviting

 

Invitation Twist Designer WeddingInviteLoveInvitation Twist

 

Hoot Invitations Designer WeddingInviteLoveHoot Invitations

 

Oslo Press Designer WeddingInviteLoveOslo Press

 

Rotated Designs Designer WeddingInviteLoveRotated Designs

 

Ice Cream Social Designer WeddingInviteLoveIce Cream Social

 

ChicLeVogue Luxury Couture Invitations WeddingInviteLoveChicLeVogue Luxury Couture Invitations

 

These invitations are just one way of being different. You don’t have to stop there, weddings give you many opportunities to break the mold.  As a matter of fact, we gathered up some really unique guestbook ideas on Pinterest for you. Go look, you’re sure to be inspired!

We are stoked to bring you this giveaway from My Love Wedding Ring.  The grand prize is a pair of matching platinum diamond rings (valued at a whopping $5,600!) for bride and groom, how awesome is that? I mean really, what better of a way to ring in the New Year? Okay…I’ll stop. So here’s the details:

My Love Wedding Ring

Submission Period (Between now and 12/8/2011)

Submit what Secret Love Messages you will engrave on the inside of you and your loved one’s wedding rings. You need to submit 2 messages for 2 rings. The message for each ring cannot over 30 characters, including spaces. You can find some ideas below:

  • My Ring: Love Your Forever | Her Ring: Until the End of Time
  • My Ring: Your World | Her Ring: Rule by Me
  • My Ring: You are My Sun | Her Ring: You are My Stars
  • My Ring: We Rock Together | His Ring: Mike and Emma
  • My Ring: My Hero | His Ring: My Glorious Wife
  • My Ring: Two Souls, One Heart | Her Ring: Now and Forever
  • My Ring: Dreams Come True | Her Ring: Diamonds Talk

Voting Period (12/9 to 12/18/2011)

All submissions are open for public voting. Perfect time to invite your friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors to vote for your entry!

Three Finalists (12/19 to 12/21/2011)

3 finalists, who get the most votes, will automatically enter the final winner review. One winner will be selected among these 3 finalists for the Grand Prize!

Winner Announced (12/22/2011)

One lucky winner will take home this perfect pair Diamond Wedding Rings in Platinum for himself/herself and the loved one for Free. Stunning Holiday Gift!

Run, don’t walk to My Love Wedding Ring and enter their contest. The giveaway ends this Thursday, December 8th.

Today’s guest post is from Nan, author of EatBreatheBlog, a healthy lifestyle and parenting blog. She is sharing some great advice with us on planning your wedding online. Thanks so much, Nan!

Planning Your Wedding Online

Remembering how we functioned before doing everything before the Internet is like remembering what your living room looked like two remodels ago: impossible.

That being said, using the web as a resource for daily life is second nature for us. But, even the most internet savvy people still can’t believe that planning a wedding online is totally possible. Maybe it’s the age-old tradition or the sacredness of the big day, but some people are hesitant to take to the web for all things wedding.

Exquisite Affairs on WeddingPlannerLoveExquisite Affairs Productions

If you’re planning an upcoming wedding, but you’re resistant to turn to the internet, don’t be. There are many great resources waiting to make your wedding planning faster, easier and more efficient. WeddingPlannerLove is a great place to start your search!

Shopping for the Ring

Buying a ring online may not be everyone’s first choice. But, think of it this way: instead of browsing a jewelry store with and being hounded by a commission driven sales person to buy more diamond than you can afford, hop online and take a look at your own leisure.

Promise Tangeman via Flickr

Whether you’re shopping for engagement rings or wedding bands, buying online means you do so at your own pace and with a wider selection. You also don’t run the risk of walking into a store where you can’t afford even the tiniest of diamonds.

Venues and Vendors

From venues for the wedding to cakes, florists and photographers, online is the easiest way to peruse a huge selection of possibilities without making any commitments just yet. Even if you’re using local vendors, you can still access their information and services online, possibly without ever having to step foot in an actual store. With the stress surrounding wedding planning, having this information at your fingertips is priceless.

Cynthia Ross Affairs WeddingPlannerLoveCynthia Ross Affairs

Our wedding venue directory, WeddingVenueLove, will be launching soon and will be a wonderful resource to help you find the perfect venue for your location and budget.

Guest List and Invitations

Internet resources like Google Docs allow you to create spreadsheets for budgets, guests, and of menu options that you can access from anywhere and share with anyone. Google Docs is free, easy to use and incredibly efficient.

Bloom Art Design Designer WeddingInviteLoveBloom Art & Design

You can find hundreds of invitation designers on WeddingInviteLove to help you set the stage for your big day. Many of the vendors work nationwide (or even worldwide!), so make sure to contact any designer that interests you!

Honeymooning

And, the best part of online wedding planning: the honeymoon. Sites like Kayak offer a comparison tool, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal. Once you’ve gotten the logistics out of the way, you can kick back with your laptop and a glass of bubbly to plan your dream vacation.

Image by Christina Spicuzza via flickr

Happy planning! We hope that you find WeddingLovely’s vendor directories to be a resource as you plan your big day. We’re very excited, to say the least, about what is in the works for next year. We think you’re going to love it almost as much as we do!

Ring image by Promise Tangeman via flickr

Tropical beach image by Christina Spicuzza via flickr