Featured | Glamour & Grace

Elopements – some people might not understand ’em. But let’s get real, elopements can be an amazingly less expensive and equally more intimate way of celebrating your marriage to the person you love. I mean, my father was practically begging me to elope. “Use the money for an amazing honeymoon, a down payment on a house, anything” He all but broke my ribs hinting at his desire for grandchildren. But in the end…I wanted the big wedding.

While elopements aren’t for everyone, they can be a totally beautiful way to celebrate your marriage to your best friend. I love how the photographers of Anna + Mateo Photography have captured that feeling with this romantic DC elopement shoot.

And just because you ran away to get married doesn’t mean you don’t want to share your great news with everyone. That is where I come in! Custom elopement postcards can be an easy way to spread the word and give everyone a glimpse of your special day.

These postcards are made out of heavy, luxurious paper and each was individually hand marbled for a unique effect. The simple elegance of the marbling and flourished calligraphy reflect the peaceful, loving day this couple experienced.

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I was so grateful to be included in such a beautiful shoot. You can view the full feature here on Glamour and Grace.

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Featured | Ruffled Blog

“Come Fly With Me”

These invitations and ceremony details were created for a styled shoot for the oh-so-talented Lizzie Moore  of Elizabeth Moore Photography. She envisioned a vintage chic elopement ceremony with a BIG send off – the bride and groom making their grand exit in a hot air balloon!

The invitations gave the guests a big hint at the send-off by including custom watercolor hot air balloons and a “Surprise!” banner at the top. The names were calligraphed in bright red ink to the give the invitations a pop and create a bold, playful feel.

The envelopes were also lined with watercolor hot air balloons in a similar pattern. Because this was an intimate elopement ceremony, only those closest to the bride and groom were invited. We kept the envelopes informal by addressing the guests by their first and last names (no Mr. & Mrs.) or simply “Grandma Miller.”

The ceremony had so many fun calligraphed details to give the day that vintage flair. Although it was an elopement, we still wanted to keep the ceremony and following dinner classy and beautiful with all the details it deserved.

 

The dinner menus were kept simple in black and white and then tied with a pale blush silk ribbon. We included place cards, table numbers, and a custom sign with a watercolor hot air ballon and the theme of their elopement, “Come Fly With Me.” Small signs directed the guests to other sweet treats to enjoy.

A large, hand painted wooden sign was used to greet the guests and get them ready to “fly away” with the bride and groom on this special day. It was used in many different ways throughout the day and added a fun, unique element to the shoot.

I loved everything about this shoot and am so grateful to have worked with such an awesome team of vendors! You can view the full feature here on Ruffled!

Dear Wedding Invitation, Why Do You Have So Many Envelopes??

 

Last month I was talking to a bride who had ordered her wedding invitations and was a little confused about why there were options for one, two, or even three envelopes! While I knew the general reasons for all the envelope options, I set out to find out more about it! Turns out, there are a few historical reasons as well as some modern day uses for multiple envelopes!

In the 1800’s inner envelopes were often used for invitations to very special occasions because mail often got dirty and scuffed en route to its destination. Once the mail reached its destination the outer envelope could be discarded and the recipients would see only the fresh, clean envelope containing the lovely invitation.

Happily, that is not much of a problem anymore. Our mail tends to make it to its destination fairly quickly and neatly…usually. However, inner envelopes still serve an important function for the modern wedding. It’s most significant function is to specify exactly who is invited to the wedding (and who is not). For example, the outer envelope may be addressed to only the parents in a household while the inner envelope would include the names of the children who are invited. If the children are not invited to the event their names would be omitted on the inner envelope.

Outer Envelope

Mr. & Mrs. David and Julianne Cole

1234 Cocoa Avenue

Hershey, Pennsylvania 17036

Inner Envelope

Mr. & Mrs. Cole

Richard and Sarah

or

Mr. & Mrs. Cole

Richard Cole

Sarah Cole

 

Inner envelopes are also a courteous way to invite a plus-one.

Outer Envelope

Ms. Olivia Brown

1234 Cocoa Avenue

Hershey, Pennsylvania 17036

Inner Envelope

Ms. Olivia Brown & Guest

 

And if two envelopes weren’t enough, many wedding invitations come with an RSVP card and a return envelope. This is a courtesy to your guests, but there are ways to get around that envelope as well. Consider making your RSVP cards work as post cards with no need of an envelope at all!

As with any wedding tradition, wedding envelopes can be adapted to your style and budget. If you are planning a very formal wedding that requires a specific RSVP list, inner envelopes may appeal to you. If you don’t want to hassle with multiple envelopes and would rather save money (and a tree) you may choose to forgo everything but the outer envelope. Remember that this is your big day and you need to decide which traditions are important to you!