We spotted Kelly and Drew’s classic monogrammed wedding invitations on Martha Stewart Weddings and we’re excited to share a peek into their day. The couple worked with our friend Heidi at Engraved Images who made their vision of a traditional yet personalized suite come to fruition. From the engagement ring to the envelope liner Kelly imagined and designer Chelsea Culmann brought to life – the couple effortlessly tied their families together in more ways than one. The envelope liner highlighted each state they have roots in, a symbol of the Pentagon where the couple first met, and a Celtic knot to feature their Irish backgrounds. Both the invitation suite and their wedding reflected what it means to bring families together in paper and in person. Be sure to check out even more on Martha Stewart Weddings!
Vendors: Stationer: Engraved Images | Photographer: Rachel Havel | Location, Catering, Cake: Natirar | Event Planning: We Tie The Knots | Flowers: Jardiniere Fine Flowers | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Gown: Anne Barge | Hair: Behavior Salon | Make-up: Contoured By Chrissy | Suit: Suitsupply
Start spreading the news, we recently spotted Alexandra and Matthew’s timeless wedding invitations on Carats & Cake and we’re thrilled to share a glimpse into their big day. The couple worked with our friends at Cardture who helped us to design and bring their vision to life. With a harmonious color palette of Olive letterpress and Copper Shine foil as the accent color, the couple’s vision of a simple yet luxurious invitation shined through. To enhance the level of sophistication, Copper Shine foil edging was added to their lavishly thick 3-ply invitation. The suite truly reflected the elegance and refinement of the inside of the New York Public Library with its warm tones and metallic accents. It’s easy to say that this classic invitation was the perfect fit for Alexandra and Matthew’s New York wedding. Carats & Cake has even more photos from their big day, but here are a few of our favorites – take a look!
Vendors: Photographer: The Day | Venue: New York Public Library | Catering: Creative Edge Parties | Makeup: Nam Vo Makeup | Hair: Sahag Workshop | Event planning: In Any Event
We had the pleasure of working with Alyssa and Andy to create their elegant wedding invitations featuring romantic floral accents and a subtle color palette. The couple chose our Tristan design which set the tone for a luxurious summer affair at The Plaza in New York City. Find out more about their big day below:
Can you share with us a bit about your wedding and the inspiration for the event?
I was really inspired by our venue. The Plaza felt so iconic, so I wanted all of the details to be really beautiful and classic without being stuffy. Because our wedding was in the spring, I was looking for a lot of flowers to give the room a lush and springtime feel. Our florist did an amazing job creating the look for the day with centerpieces that had a really loose, garden-like quality.
What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
It’s so easy to get stressed out by all of the details because planning a wedding is obviously a ton of work. So I would say the most important thing during planning is to enjoy the process and try not to take yourself too seriously. At the end of the day, everyone is going to have an incredible time and it really won’t matter if you went with the chocolate vs. caramel buttercream in your cake.
How did you choose your invitation design and ink colors?
Our wedding colors were blush and gray so we wanted our invitation to match that color scheme. We absolutely loved the faint pearl foil in the floral design because it looked so beautiful but understated and complemented the gray font perfectly. We also loved the silver belly band with our monogram to add a touch more color to the overall design.
What surprised you most about your wedding?
Everyone said that it would fly by, but for some reason I didn’t quite wrap my mind around just how quick the entire wedding would feel. It makes me even happier that we have amazing pictures and videos to help us relive that day.
What was your favorite moment?
My favorite moment was definitely the ceremony. There was something so special and unforgettable about marrying my best friend in front of a room full of our friends and family.
Favorite design element of your big day?
That’s a hard question because I love so many details of that day. I think I’d have to say that my favorite design element was my dress. It was custom made by Mark Badgley and James Mischka and they worked with me every step of the way to design my dream wedding gown down the delicate lace and teardrop shape of the train.
What’s next for the newlyweds?
After our wedding, we went on an amazing honeymoon in Italy going to the Amalfi Coast and Lake Como. We currently live and work in NYC and recently added a little puppy named Bailey to our family.
Vendors: Photographer: Fred Marcus | Flowers: Renny & Reed | Band: Karen Lloyd with Hank Lane | Dress: Badgley Mischka custom | Tux: Zenga | Stationery: Bella Figura | Customization: 31147
This real wedding was a 5-day event, combining the casual with the formal. The bride’s mother worked with the team at Bella Figura NYC to customize our popular Sierra design to create a rustic yet elegant invitation suite perfect for their black tie affair in the mountains of Colorado. It was a week filled with everything from a bridesmaids’ hike, to a 4th of July BBQ complete with fireworks, and a stylish celebration at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Be sure to check out Style Me Pretty to see more photos from this beautiful wedding.
Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: Gemini Event Planning | Floral Design: Vail Vintage Magnolia | Invitations: Bella Figura | Calligraphy: The Blooming Quill | Venue: Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch | Decor & Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions | Makeup: Makeup Therapy | Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Band: Elan Artists | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
We were overjoyed to have the chance to make Jordyn and Manny’s stationery vision come to life and even more thrilled to see how beautifully the couple’s special day came together. The Amadore Antique design reflected their wedding perfectly with a Spanish flair, dressed up in navy letterpress and gold matte foil, colors that were accented throughout the day. The wedding was held at one of the oldest hotels in the United States, La Fonda on the Plaza. Jordyn and Manny’s guests were surrounded by Santa Fe traditions like a live mariachi band promenade through the plaza and personal touches like a surprise recording of Jordyn singing “The Nearness of You” as a gift to Manny.
We’ll let Jordyn take it from here to share even more about her elegant destination wedding in Santa Fe:
What was the inspiration for the wedding? What sort of look/feel were you going for?
We discussed weddings, what they mean, and what we want them to communicate to the world. I thought weddings should focus on the joy and solemnity of the commitment, while Manny envisioned a grand celebration to be shared. Everything began to take shape from these conversations. My vision for the wedding took on a polished and glowing aesthetic with old-world Spanish charm. The first time Manny and I spoke was because of the t-shirt he was wearing that he bought from Spain and it just so happened that I lived there while I was in college. Two nights later, he took me on our first date to a Spanish restaurant. His family is Mexican-American, so we also wanted to include their heritage as well. We had just moved from El Paso, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a storied place born of the intertwining beauty of these cultures. It was the perfect location and an exciting destination for our guests.
What were some of your favorite parts of the day?
Every part of the day was special, brimming with anticipation and meaning, but without question, the happiest moment was our vows. I was filled with the most profound, total joy and sense of peace. That’s fitting I suppose, since those are the adjectives I wrote down to describe our relationship, back in Belize during the first days I wore our ring.
Advice to future bride’s planning their own wedding?
First, DIY doesn’t have to mean make-it-yourself. I think of my wedding as hand-curated, not hand-made. Craft projects take time and skill and I didn’t have either. Consider your talents. I’m a singer, so I recorded a song that is special to us. I didn’t go to a studio instead I bought a quality mic off Amazon and recorded it in my closet. I think that definitely counts as DIY! Always keep the guests’ perspective in mind as well. We hated to make everyone travel to our wedding but given the far-flung nature of our clans, it was necessary. In thanks, we took their comfort, happiness, and convenience into account in every detail. Lastly, evoke what seemed magical about weddings when you were little, even if you’re the only one who will notice. Cascade bouquets were all the rage during my childhood in the 90’s, and I was captivated by them. I wanted a Pinterest-worthy wedding, though, so I ordered a hand-tied bouquet instead. At the last minute, I changed to a cascade. I really felt like a bride when I held it for the first time, and I still feel that magic every time I see a photo.
Anything else you want to share?
Many personal details precious to us enriched the night. My late grandfather gave his wife a gold locket on their wedding day in 1949. She cried when she saw that little something borrowed pinned to my bouquet. At 87 years, her presence with us that day was absolutely priceless. My brother is a competitive pistol shooter, so I gave him 9mm bullet cufflinks at the rehearsal dinner that he wore the day of the wedding. The groom gave me a gold necklace with my new monogram and I gave him a collection of boudoir photos. A conch shell from Belize held flowers with a photo of Manny and I from the proposal on the favor table. Even the last moment of the night held a special surprise with a recording of me singing “The Nearness of You” playing for our last dance.
Photography: Elizabeth Wells Photography | Venue: La Fonda on the Plaza | Coordination: Maria Socha, Sealed with a Kiss | Officiant: Marilee Harrison | Florals: Margaret Bost | Videography: Luminance Wedding Films | Stationery: Bella Figura | Linens: BBJ Linens | Makeup: Monica Stark | Hair: Jessica Jung | Cake: Simply Sweet by Darci | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Bride’s dress: Morilee | Bridesmaid dresses: Sangria | Calligraphy: eDanae