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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