Tuesday, March 26, 2013

For the Love of Scrabble

Seriously, who doesn't love Scrabble?? Or... for you youngsters... once upon a time, before smartphones, Words With Friends was a board game with wooden tiles... {Okay now I feel old.}
ANYWAY, I love this wedding so very, very much. The jewel tone colors, the Scrabble tiles, the swirly script, I can't get enough. Becky and Chris were incredible to work with, not to mention Becky's amazing mom, who I had the pleasure of meeting a few times!

Here are some terrible photos of the printed materials we made for them! {Don't give up on me, there are some AMAZING pro photos at the end of this post, hang in there!!}

I love when we get to carry a design theme from the invitations throughout the rest of the ceremony and reception. We were lucky enough to also do their program, place cards, menus, and various signage for around the reception hall. Check them out here, I photographed them with my iPhone on a table in my living room {I am the worst} :

"Love is Sweet and So Are You." I love that, below you can see the sign for their candy bar, as well as the "Card" sign they hung on a birdcage for guests to leave their cards in. SO cute!

 Oh right, did I mention Becky and Chris are both lawyers?? They included some of that personality and humor into parts of their reception, like this request below to sign the guest book: please note that "This contract is non-negotiable."

And their signature drink? The "Ad Infinitum" - which is a legal term for forever, without limit, to infinity. 

OKAY, now that that pain is over, please enjoy the REAL photos, from the extremely talented Melissa Parrish of Lovely Day Photo.

The invitations, and the rest of the cards, were a gorgeous sparkling navy stock for the pocket, with a metallic gold layer, under a wine-colored layer, with navy printing on ivory card stock. Then the whole thing was tied up with a wine-colored ribbon. #swoon!

photo by Lovely Day Photo

photo by Lovely Day Photo
So, the Scrabble tiles? Becky and Chris made each table a different letter, and then each person got a place card with that letter's actual Scrabble tile attached to it. I didn't see it myself, but I think Becky said she actually got LARGE letter tiles to put on the tables instead of the table numbers! LOVE that!!

photo by Lovely Day Photo

photo by Lovely Day Photo
The programs were booklet style, similar to the design of the invitation.

photo by Lovely Day Photo

photo by Lovely Day Photo

photo by Lovely Day Photo

Becky and Chris, it was seriously SO much fun helping you design the day of your dreams. May you always have as much fun with each other as you do now, and never stop playing board games. :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Purple Lanterns

One of my very favorite sayings about Buffalo is it is a giant living room. More often than not I am fortunate enough to remain in contact with my brides after their wedding, usually through the magic of social media and the interwebs. Rebecca is one such bride.

We loved designing this invitation, most of all not because friends of Rebecca have seen her sample in my display and said, "oh yeah, that's SO her." Which is absolutely our favorite part of what we do, the total customization and embodiment of a bride and groom's style.

Rebecca and Matt were having lanterns and hydrangea as their centerpieces, so they sent me a photo of the lanterns and I drew them for the invitations.

They also wanted to stay as green as possible and went with RSVP postcards, our favorite! And to top it all off they put a funny little twist on their responses. (Our other favorite thing for couples to do!)

Thank you so much, Rebecca and Matt, for letting us be a part of your beautiful day and for sharing such wonderful words about us. Looking forward to seeing you around the "living room" - since everyone knows you are most easily spotted by Matt's beautiful hair, haha!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Buffalo. Boutique. Bridal. Party.

We are SO EXCITED to be a part of this bridal show, coming up the 28th of February, at the gorgeous Hotel Lafayette. If you haven't seen us talking about it all over Facebook, here it is:

Check them out for yourself at their website or their Facebook page, and make sure you RSVP to their event on Facebook! Buy your tickets online or at the door, tickets to the event are only $8, include appetizers, raffle items, fashion shows, live performances & more. The first 75 brides will receive a free "Party On, Brides" tote bag and 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to the Compass House to benefit WNY homeless youth. 

And now here is OUR special offer!! Forward us the confirmation email that you've bought your tickets, and we will have a special little treat waiting for you at our booth at the show!!  {rustbeltlove (at) gmail (dot) com} I hope to see you there!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sinatra Style

When I first met with Mark and Mary, they described the feel they wanted their wedding to have with words like "Old vineyard class" and "Sinatra Style." They were possibly our most organized couple of 2012! They knew exactly what they wanted, and we were thrilled to be able to put what they had in their brains onto paper. These were the invitations that we all agreed expressed those words best!

The invitation was decorated with a simple grape and vine line drawing at the top and border. The pocketfold was closed with a hand drawn B monogram.

 We also designed place cards and menus for their reception at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.
They also had the vineyard graphic and wine color paper and fonts.

Carrying the winery theme, Mary made wine charms as favors for all of the guests. She and her guests enjoyed it so much, she opened up an Etsy shop of her own! Check it out!!

 Congratulations, Mark and Mary, and thank you for letting us be a part of your beautiful, Sinatra-esque day.