Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Glamour

The Holiday Season is finally here and oh what a fun, not to mention inspiring time of the year to celebrate with family and friends! And amidst the holiday stress and preparations, it's always very important for me to remind myself about what this time of the year means to me. To me, this season is about more than just a plump, juicy turkey, a Christmas tree or the candles on a menorah. It's a time to gather with my friends and family, and share with one another how grateful we are to have each other in our lives. I feel so very fortunate to be in this business with so many wonderful and talented individuals who support us, not to mention the brides and grooms who trust us with bringing their vision to reality that I just want to take a minute to express my appreciation and sincere thanks.

On another note, every year I get so very excited about the holiday decorations and all the gorgeous things that designers, artists and stylish individuals from all over the world put together that makes each year so individually unique and special. This year sure didn't disappoint and I found some amazing inspiration and tablescapes that I'm excited to share with you today. This year is all about holiday glamor! Enjoy!

Have you seen our glamorous Atelier Isabey holiday cards? I fell in love with metallics this year and decided to bring my own flair and flavor to the mix with these luxurious holiday cards!

This Winter Wonderland inspired wedding invitation captures the season with a bit of a classic feel too!

Photos Courtesy:
Tablescape via Splenderosa | Ornaments by Coppi Barbieri | Christimas Trees by Margaret Larkin for Bergdorf Goodman | Present Clutch by Judith Leiber | Ornaments by Coppi Barbieri | Evening Gown by Alberta Ferreti | Stockings by West Elm | Pinecones via Pinterest | Golden Pears via Design Decor Staging | Holiday Cards by Atelier Isabey | Christmas Carols by Martha Stewart | Tablescape via NDesign and Style | Wedding Invitation by Atelier Isabey | Living Room via Splenderosa | Snowflake Cookies by Delish | Nailpolish by Chanel | Candles via The Telegraph UK | Ornaments via Odessa May Society | Pattern via Christina Leigh Events

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Manal and Mohammad

I love Florence. It happens to be one of me and my husband's favorite cities in Europe. There's also something undeniably romantic and unique about a wedding taking place in Florence. So when Manal and Mohammad, a stylish couple from the middle east came to us with their vision for wedding invitations that would embrace the personality and rich culture of Florence, we couldn't wait to get started! I've written before about incorporating details from your destination into your wedding stationery and this gorgeous design did just that. From the sumptuous Florentine papers and iconic wax seals to the endless architectural and fine art inspiration, we had lots of fun bringing their vision to reality.

So today I would like to share a behind the scenes peek into the process of creating their design (this one involved lots of sketching and research!). Part of the experience working with Atelier Isabey is our signature process where we thoroughly research and build stories and concepts for our couples to work with. That in turn can be used throughout their wedding stationery and even their wedding details and decor!

Take a look below at our journey creating the invitations of Manal and Mohammad.

After all the inspiration and brainstorming different constructions, we decided on an accordion fold presentation. It was perfect to gain lots of real estate for the Bilingual wording they had requested as well as highlight a sprawling panorama of Florence. Can you spot the Duomo?

And finally, the printed piece! I love all the little details throughout. We had the paper specially hand marbled for the couple which was then mounted to the front and back panel of the accordion. This was also our first time doing an invitation with calligraphy written Arabic, which was made to mirror it's English counterpart. The result certainly gave the guests an inclination as to what was to come in this beautiful wedding.

Do you think we captured the heart and spirit of Florence? Click here To see more pictures of Manal and Mohammad's invitation suite.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Fantasy Twilight Wedding: Bella and Edward

Along with millions of women around the country, I have to admit that Twilight has been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. Hailed as a modern day Romeo and Juliet, there's not denying that the books as well as the recent movie adaptation have captivated fans from all over. So when the Breaking Dawn movie was released this Friday I was excited to see the wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen come to life on the big screen. And boy was it beautiful! It also got me thinking of what I would have done for the wedding styling and wedding invitations. So today, in honor of my guilty pleasure, I've put together a Twilight Fantasy wedding. From dress to flowers and invitations to centerpieces, here is our Atelier Isabey vision of Bella and Edward's wedding day.

Our Zara invitation suite (designed for our The Pressroom & Co. partnership) seemed to click perfectly with the overall look and feel of our fantasy wedding vision for Bella and Edward. The design features classic calligraphy and romantic decorative swirls, reinterpreted with a dramatic twist using silver inks to mimic moonlight on midnight black paper. Mysterious and dramatic, but oh so chic!

To see more fantasy weddings by Atelier Isabey, check out our Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Fantasty Wedding.

Images courtesy of
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn | Fairy Song Gown  by BHLDN | Hypnotic Poison by Dior | Swank Productions | Zara by Atelier Isabey (for The Pressroom & Co) | Preston Bailey | Manolo Blahnik | Gail Garceau Weddings | Michael Norwood Photography | Swank Productions | Green Wedding Shoes | Zara by Atelier Isabey (for The Pressroom & Co) | Odyssey by Temple St Clair | Ron Ben Israel | David Schwartz Photography

To get more information about our Zara design
Check out our The Pressroom & Co!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Invitation Inspiration: Chandeliers

There's something that's so undeniably glamorous about a wedding that uses chandeliers and crystals as a centerpiece to the overall look and design. Recently we had the pleasure of working on a gorgeous wedding invitation that did just that! With chandeliers and crystals as a starting point, we brought in fabulous materials, techniques and printing to take that idea to a whole new level and make a unique statement. I've decided to share our invitation and invitation moodboards today along with some of our favorite chandelier inspiration and event design. From crystal studded shoes to dazzling, chandelier filled rooms, these pictures just take my breath away.

I love how each image showcases a different spin on the exact same idea! Like using light, color, texture or just an unexpected twist to give the same theme a new freshness. On our invites, we used metallic foil printing, on mirrored paper to mimic the way crystals reflect light in a candlelit room, and laser cutting to showcase the intricate chandelier, dangling from the ceiling. The result is nothing short of show-stopping and unbelievably glam!

Photos Courtesy of
The Becker | Reasons to Breathe | Atelier Isabey | Mds Floral Design | The Cake Parlor |
Christian Louboutin | Leigh Miller Photography | Critsey Rowe Photography |
Emily Riggs Bridal | Jessica Claire Photography

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Real Wedding: Vintage Summer Wedding

This week's real wedding features a delightfully romantic wedding that took place at the beautiful Cairnwood Mansion in Pennsylvania. Dina and Leo established early on that they wanted to focus on creating an intimate event surrounded by only their closed friends and family so when we began creating their wedding invitations, we embraced that idea along with the bride's love for all things vintage. The color palette of rich marigold, honey and yellow tones complimented the summer season and brought a vibrant twist to their special day. And what a day it was! Just take a look at their gorgeous wedding photos!

Needless to say, I'm such a fan of how they were able to bring in bright colors and accents yet still maintain the beautiful vintage and timeless look they were going for. And how gorgeous are those fuchsia colored shoes?

 I always love seeing how designs we create get translated into wedding decor, details and even cakes! Take a look at how our unique invitation monogram and motif were applied to the cake!

Photography: Laura Novak Photography
Invitations: Atelier Isabey
Event Designer: Offshoots

Catering: Fastivities Catering
Venue: Cairnwood Mansion

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Wedding Invitations: Taking custom design to a whole new level!

Halloween is a fun and fabulous season for kids and grown-ups alike. Every year I’m delighted to see how friends and family reinterpret time old traditions like pumpkin carving or trick or treating while bringing in creativity and inspiration from current pop culture or trends. There are so many ways to put your own creative twist on the season so with Halloween fast approaching we’re excited to put our own signature on the spooky season!

As we speak, Atelier Isabey is busy putting the finishing touches on stationery for a fabulous wedding which will be taking place on Halloween weekend in a spooky castle in Long Island. I'm so excited to be featuring their fabulous wedding invitations on our blog today. I can wholeheartedly say that our couple, Valerie and Andy, are utterly fearless and they’ve fully embraced the theme and all aspects of celebrating their big day on this holiday weekend. What can be more exciting than that? Take a look at the fabulous wedding invitation and save the date suites we crafted for them and all the delightful seasonal details and inspiration we infused into every piece.

One of my favorite parts about designing this suite was creating the unique Halloween motif that was used throughout the design. I loved the idea of creating an optical illusion where hidden elements would come into focus if the guest looked closely enough. This motif is decorative and uniquely composed of things like ghosts, pumpkins and spiderwebs that reveal themselves upon closer inspection!

For their save the dates we designed an amazing, uber thick black card with vintage Halloween typography and ghostly black on black printing. Also look out for the adorable pumpkin "&" detailing!

And last but not least, what wedding would be complete without our fabulous custom designed wedding day stationery! At Atelier Isabey, we love designing every component and piece without anything looking too 'matchy-matchy'. So the design can take on a whole new look on every card from table cards and escort cards to menus and programs while still looking like it still belongs to the same collection. We were inspired by virtually all things festive, creepy and ghoulish and with the Halloween season being such a wealth of inspiration, it really brought everything to new life!

For more ideas and examples of our custom wedding invitations,
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Knot Industry Gala 2011

Atelier Isabey had the enormous privilege of designing this year's The Knot Industry Gala invitations and attending the amazing event itself at the iconic New York Public Library and I have to say, what a fun time I had! The event is known to be the 'Oscars of the Wedding Industry' and it was wonderful to see all my colleagues, friends and industry icons on this fabulous night. Among the familiar faces in the crowd were icons like Monique Lhuillier, Amsale (and the Amsale Girls), Randy Fenoli and Sylvia Weinstock to name a few. We even had our special moment on the red carpet with The Knot founder and editor in chief, the lovely Carley Roney. Take a look for yourselves at pictures of this glamorous night

We had a blast and were so excited to see how our designs translated into the decor and stationery at the event itself. We'll be sharing the actual invitation design with you very soon so stay tuned!

Photos courtesy of Brian Dorsey Studios

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Behind The Scenes : Jennifer & John

I've had the pleasure of designing countless bespoke invitations for couples from all over the world, from different cultures, from every walk of life and every single time, the most exciting part about the process is immersing myself in the unique personality and inspiration that they bring. Jennifer and John came to us with a unique vision of their own: with their South African destination wedding and diverse backgrounds, there was no shortage of inspiration to be found!

They were interested in incorporating South African themes (Johannesburg is Jennifer's home town), a traditional American wedding aesthetic (John is from the US) and somehow also infuse a little New York City into the mix as well (the couple currently reside in NYC)! With those ideas in mind, we agreed that the idea of a travel journal as a nod to the international destination would be a great place to start. First thing we do here at Atelier Isabey, is do our due diligence, research and put together creative inspiration boards that set the tone for what's to come with the invitations.

I loved the idea of celebrating their differences with a unique juxtaposition between New York City and South African elements. Think zebra next to a NYC yellow cab! How fun is that? After the inspiration boards, we embarked into the process of taking all of our research, ideas and imagery and bringing them to life in our first concepts. Here are some of our favorites

I just love finding new materials and papers to work with. Perhaps it's because my dad was a textile and interior designer that I naturally gravitate towards fabrics and special materials...

To finish it off, we went to work refining the invitation design as well as every single detail from the monogram and hand-calligraphed boxes all the way down to the stamps for that perfect, buttoned up look.

The result is a labor of love and an invitation that the couple were proud to call their own. We went with leather grain embossed papers in ivory and brought in varying textures from linen embossed papers to luxe cotton papers letterpressed with subtle, tone on tone motifs. The final design was produced on seven different papers sourced from around the world, wrapped in a leather strip holding an embossed leather luggage tag and delivered in grass-wood filled boxes.

How's that for a lasting first impression? Click here To see more pictures of Jennifer and John's invitation suite.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Real Wedding: Autumn in New York

I love New York in the fall. As the weather starts to change to a brand new crisp cool Autumn season, I am reminded of all the wonderful fall weddings I've seen over the past few years. Each and every couple brings their own unique twist to the occasion which continues to breathe life into the season year after year. Today, I'm excited to share with you a fabulous wedding that evokes a seasonal, Autumn feel with a unique New York twist. Taking place at the Parker Meridien with its sprawling views of Central Park, Amy and Sam brought their own unique signature look to their special day and I am so proud to have been a part of the team that helped bring their vision to life!

 The invitations followed suit and incorporated elements and icons of New York City as well as the breathtaking view of Central Park. A bold combination of aubergine violets and burnt oranges paired with crisp white cotton paper set the stage for everything to follow.

Amy and Sam's decor featured beautiful Autumn shades of oranges, reds and plums. They used red apples that they collected on an apple picking expedition to highlight their escort cards which we created and hand-calligraphied for each guest.

I love how they celebrated the 'New Yorkness' of their wedding and this was especially true about their favors. Warm "I heart New York" mugs of apple cider were given to guests at the end of the night. The mugs were then rinsed and placed by the exit so that guests could take them as they left.

Photography: Roey Yohai Photography
Planner: Daughter of Design
Invitations and Stationery: Atelier Isabey 
Event Designer: Hatch Creative Studio 
Venue: Parker Meridien

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Atelier Isabey featured in Destination I Do Blog

We had the pleasure of being featured on Destination I Do's blog last week and I was invited as a guest-writer to discuss destination wedding invitations and some tips and tricks for how to make them personal.

Whether you're getting married somewhere in the U.S. or on a beach
in a far away tropical destination, there are great ways to incorporate
local culture, art and themes. Invitations and “save the dates” are no doubt
the first elements that will set the tone for your wedding so, just like
your floral centerpieces or your dress, they speak volumes to your sense
of style and the overall look you are going with.

Want to hear more? Visit Destination I Do Blog to discover more of our destination wedding invitations and how we were able to personalize them for our couples.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Real Wedding: Vintage Beauty

I love beautifully inspired weddings with jaw-dropping decor and design eye candy. As a designer that's a given. But most important of all, I love couples who do that while celebrating their own individual personalities, their culture and are in total enjoyment of their wedding day because let's face it, if you're not enjoying your own wedding, why spend all the time and energy making it look fantastic when you're not really having a good time?

The wedding of Kaya and Walter was a perfect unison of beautiful design with lots of adorable personal details. Their affair took place in the heart of New York City at the Angel Orensanz Foundation and as you can see from their photos, they had the time of their lives on their special day. Also take a look at the gorgeous custom designed wedding suite we created just for them!

And last but not least, Atelier Isabey designed lovely vintage inspired custom wedding invitations for Kaya and Walter. Taking inspiration from the bride's Polish heritage and fusing it with a New York vintage flair, their invitations utilized unique materials, design motifs and multiple printing techniques to achieve a uniquely vintage look. One of my favorite parts of the invitation was the inner envelopes which are handmade with faux lace paper and embellished with a handmade paper crane as a delicate finishing touch. The cranes were used throughout the wedding day decor too! Take a look at the invitation suite below as well as a peek behind the scenes at the original concept sketches!

Photography: Jenny Ebert 
Invitations and Stationery: Atelier Isabey 
Event Designer: Hatch Creative Studio 
Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation 
Church: Saint Stanislaus Church

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