Our wedding: paper goodness & signage

July 20, 2017

Paper goods are very important to me.  As a graphic designer, there are few things I can’t do digitally, but the art of letterpress and calligraphy and everything in between is craftsmanship I have not mastered.  That’s why you need a Tim.  Over the last two years I’ve been working with Tim from Quality Letterpress, and I can’t say enough amazing things about him.  We just get each other.  He has helped me with so many swoon-worth creations, I couldn’t wait to have him help me with my own wedding stationery.  So I bought a pack of handmade deckle edge cotton paper and started designing.

Save The Date

I did a trial-run with our Save The Dates, and I loved them.  I wanted to play on blush tones, and the subtle pink in Gmund’s Powder Pink paper was just right; just enough girly.  I went with a severe script in an all-over gold-foil press that apparently no one could read.  I said I was ok with that because we were trying to get our guest count down (haha) but in the end, I simplified our invitations for reader ease.


All photos via the talented Andria Lindquist

Our invitation suite involved a few artists, multiple textures, delicate details, and a lot of cursive.  I wanted to go for a super Old-Hollywood vintage, sophisticated and dainty look to set the tone for the wedding.  I had admired artists like Brown Linen Design forever, so I knew I wanted to incorporate their style, and workmanship, into our suite.  I enlisted them to draw our GORGEOUS map, and I worked around their talent.  I used the same powder pink paper for the details card, outlining the events we had lined up for the weekend.  I also decided to do an online RSVP because our Wedding Website came with a simple template, and we had more than one event to RSVP for, so it was extra easy.  Ultimately, we had a formal invitation wrapped in a hand-drawn map and sealed with a feather and wax seal, bundled with our details card.  I ordered complimenting handmade cotton envelopes too delicate to mail on their own, so they became our inner envelopes that my very talented girlfriend addressed.  Finally, we sealed the parcel in a thicker cardboard envelope, and I loved how it felt like a gift.  Naturally, I took to eBay and Etsy to curate a set of vintage stamps, paired with forever stamps, tying the whole suite together.

Ceremony Programs

When we decided not to do paper menus at each setting, I wanted to add a Ceremony Card to the mix.  I love when couple’s introduce their wedding parties and pay tribute to the officiant and special speakers, and I wanted to highlight our ceremony songs, too.  The wedding party walked down to Gospel by The National, I walked down to Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones, and our recessional was Let’s Dance by Bowie.  I will never listen to those songs the same (or without crying).  Together Erik and I wrote a little note at the bottom of the programs – we wanted a personal touch – and had them on the seats as to surprise my mom (she couldn’t know every last detail I was planning!)  Tim helped press our signature E+C crest at the top, and I will forever cherish them (all 200 because no one took them!!!) ♥

Escort Signage

The talented Frankie of Quite Frankly Creative killed it with our wedding signage.  Her signature cursive became a delicate statement throughout our wedding.  I loved the idea of big vintage mirrors; they introduced a Beauty & The Beast element that I had never seen done the way we did it.  We found a monster gold mirror that was perfect for all 150 names for escort signage.  We leaned it against the opening of the courtyard to keep guests contained during cocktail hour.  That way, we were able to keep the reception area a surprise reveal as we transitioned into dinner in the backyard.

Our welcome mirror was a gift from my mother-in-law that was originally intended for the seating signage.  When we realized we needed something larger, I knew it’d be the perfect statement piece to create a grand welcome.


Place Cards

For place cards I wanted to incorporate more black, so Frankie worked her magic with a rose-gold pen.  It was the perfect touch to the tables.


The paper goodness and signage throughout our wedding was so special; I would go the extra mile again to recreate it all.  The last piece of my curated wedding paper goods are our thank you cards, that I’m still eagerly working to finish & send.  More details to come on those bad boys.


Our wedding: boudoir

July 12, 2017

If you have the opportunity to do a boudoir shoot, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.  I had always wanted to do boudoir photos, but sometimes they felt a little cheesy.  Still, the thought of planning a day with a girlfriend or two, getting dolled up, having fun pics to surprise Erik with on his 30th bday, etc, it all sounded so fun.  But it never worked out or it felt a little forced or it simply didn’t happen.  And then I met Andria, our wedding photographer, and she offered it as a wedding add-on and I knew it was the perfect time.  I planned my bridesmaid brunch the Thursday before the wedding so I could shoot with Andria on Friday.  Little did Erik know while he was enjoying his Golf with the Groom outing his little wifey-to-be was gettin’ sexy.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  We played music and popped some bubbly and I had Courtney and Kelly there for moral support.  Added bonus: it gave me an opportunity to have girl time with Andria and basically become besties, which made for even better wedding photos.  I highly recommend doing engagement photos with your wedding photographer.  I am so happy we took ours with Jordan Lutes, as Andria’s in Seattle so it would have been impossible or v expensive anyway, but now I know why its such a good idea.  If nothing else, its important to meet for coffee or wine or have some good phone convos – it just makes the whole process so much more comfortable when you’ve established that bond beforehand.

But back to boudoir.  I probably wouldn’t have felt as inclined to do a boudoir sesh the day before my wedding if Andria wasn’t Andria.  I felt comfortable with her, and it gave me an excuse to get extra pampered and then head over to our Rehearsal Dinner feelin’ sexy.  That night I wrote Erik a card and teased him with a few Polaroids Andria snapped during our shoot.  He loved them ♥

Once I got the hi-res pics back, I had so much fun creating a gorgeous Layflat Album (above) with Artifact Uprising.  I plan to use them for our wedding and honeymoon albums, too.  Eventually.

If your wedding photographer doesn’t offer boudoir or it’s too hectic to do the day before your wedding, I still suggest doing them at some point during your engagement (even better to surprise him with day-of?!) or maybe for your one-year anniversary.  Nowadays there are so many creatives that offer sessions like Andria’s Oh Sh!t, We’re Sexy workshops.  Start doing some digging in your city, or reach out and I’ll help you find some!

But there you have it.  The most fun/interactive gift you can do for your hubby.  In Andria’s words, boudoir photos are a “little gift to him for your wedding? sure.  more like little gift to you to remind you….damn girl, you fine.”

She wore an

July 7, 2017

A few itsy bitsy polka dot bikinis I’m feelin’.  Happy Friday.

Flynn Skye Black Sands (Bandeau $120 / Skimpy $89) | Zulu & Zephyr Sun Spot Bikini ($160) | Lisa Marie Fernandez Mira Flounce Set ($395) | Honey + Luna Chloe Polka Dot Bikini ($158)

Our wedding: decor

June 30, 2017

All photos via the talented Andria Lindquist

It was really hard for me to decide on a theme for our wedding; it’s simply all been done before.  You don’t realize how much work it is to pull off such an event, especially one that looks good, because the blogs and magazines all make it look so easy, so typical.  Some brides, grooms, families, know exactly what they want.  I would have been happy with five different weddings, all different styles, 15 different dresses, etc.  But when it came down to it, I approached our wedding like I approached my dress: timeless.  I wanted to conjure an overwhelming sense of romance, elegance, charm, but also the unexpected and interesting.  Normally Palm Springs weddings are met with a retro kitsch, or a desert chic minimalism.  I wanted to bring Old Hollywood back to the Movie Colony, so the boys were wearing tuxes in the desert.

Throughout the year, I picked up a lot of vintage trinkets like vanity mirrors, decanters, glass boxes and cloches.  My mom collected a bunch of gorgeous lanterns and we created a metallic theme.  We grew the vision and started introducing vintage mirrors.  I wanted to incorporate the mirrors as signage and signature props – all ~30 of which now have a home in our condo.  As my vision came to life there were a few more elements I knew our Old Hollywood wedding needed: a black & white checkered dance floor, colorful goblets, pampass grass.  We were getting somewhere.

I needed to remind myself to stay consistent with my vision because too many times I found myself drawn to ombre placecards or anything geometric – incorporating them all would have been too busy.  I also had to pare down colors because I loved the idea of all things jewel tones.  I was able to identify and deep berry and soft blush contrast as my starting point, and everything else kinda fell into place around them.  The rest just happened.  Our wedding had every element of whimsical and interesting that I had always dreamed of.  Palm Springs isn’t a hideous backdrop to paint, either.  The Spanish bones of our venue, the cactus and palm fronds, the moody mountains, the bou gain villea.  It wasn’t easy.  But it was perfect.   Our florists.  OMG.  Bloom Babes absolutely blew my socks off, from the beyond gorgeous pampass grass ceremony arch to the pool installations and unreal tablescapes.  They were the ones who really brought our tables to life.  I still can’t get over the centerpieces.  We decided to do a combination of larger arrangements spilling over brass vessels and stretching across the tables, and then softer, dainty glasses with single buds paired with hundreds of taper candles to break it up.  We somehow pulled off my vision of long tables with such a funky backyard layout, and so the rotating centerpiece styles really opened up the feel.  We went with black on black chiavari chairs which added such a beautiful contrast to the greenery of the landscape and the boldness of the florals.  Then we had clear glass dinner plates, rose gold silverware and a variety of pink, purple, grey and crystal goblets to top the tables.  I loved all of our vendors and was so impressed with their inventories.  Signature Party Rentals provided us with all the equipment (kitchen, lighting) and basics (glassware, serving-ware), but they also had a great selection of specialty items like our black chiavari chairs, rose gold flatware and fabulous dance floor.  Adore Folklore was amazing when it came to so many options to match the vibe we wanted: the lounge, gold bookshelves behind the bars, farm tables, the yellow dessert tablecloth.  I’m so thankful it all came together so wonderfully. The lounge.  I could live in that lounge.  There’s a gorgeous Pepper tree in the backyard of La Chureya that made for the perfect focal point for the lounge.  We hung a bunch of mirrors of different shapes and sizes from the branches.  The rest of the lounge was a combination of my personal stash and Adore Folklore’s.  Rental companies offer the convenience of delivery and set up, but there were some things I knew I could buy cheaper, and just liked the hunt.  I found our gorgeous velvet couch from a thrift store for $150, and now it’s the perfect addition to our guest bedroom.  I bought one of the spun fiberglass chairs on Chairish and sprayed it copper.  I now own the same brass drum coffee table because I loved it so much, and it’s perfect on my patio.  The rest of the gorgeous throw pillows and rugs were from Adore; they have such an amazing collection. At the last minute I saw these table numbers and had to make them happen.  I spent too much on these frames but figured I’d have plenty of pictures to put in them after the wedding.  Then I collected and pressed all kinds of wild flowers and assembled the frames with a little army of helpers. My girlfriend Kaitlynn is the head designer at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. and I was fortunate enough to have her craft my cakes.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she is SO incredibly talented and I love her.  I basically gave her a color scheme and said I wanted berry tones with varying textures, and she started sketching.  The two side cakes are actually fake!  One being simple fondant and the other fondant wrapped with an ombre wafer paper.  The middle cake was colored Italian buttercream with a large hobnail design, and she added sprinkles to the batter to give it a funfetti effect.  In addition to the middle cake being cut and served, we had a ‘His & Her’ passed dessert: a key lime pie for the bride and assorted cheesecakes for the groom.

Venue >> La Chureya | Coordinating >> Beijos Events | Design >> Bride (Flower Crowns & Candy) // Beijos Events | Photography >> Andria Lindquist | Videographer >> Gold & Gumption | Photobooth >> Classic Photo Booths | Florals >> Bloom Babes | Rentals >> Signature Party Rentals // Adore Folklore | Catering >> F10 Creative | Bartending >> Shake Bartenders | Stationery >> Bride (Flower Crowns & Candy) // Brown Linen Design (Map) | DJ >> Gabe Messer | Dress >> The Dress Theory San Diego | Bridesmaid Dresses >> Reformation | Hair >> Katie L’Heureux | Makeup >> Blair Berndes // Bernadette Durkee  | Neon Sign >> Neon Mfg | Guest Book >> Bo + Luca