Anne and Sven's Invitation

Anne and Sven’s Custom Wedding Invitation Set

Anne and Sven’s wedding was set to the gorgeous backdrop of Italy’s Lake Como. Anne had come to me requesting a very simple, yet elegant invitation suite that would set the stage for their nuptials.

Classic Elegance

Classic Elegance

Each invitation would feature the individual guest’s name and be digitally printed in gold ink on soft, cotton paper. During my initial consultation with Anne, a simple and clean double border around the invite was discussed. However, the more I learned about the setting and elements of Anne and Sven’s wedding, more ideas came to mind. Still, I wanted to be very mindful of  Anne and Sven’s vision of their day. (Simple, classic and beautiful)

Anne had told me that they had been thinking of adding some pearls to the table decor. This inspired me to add a stylish flourish with printed beadwork and a small hand applied pearl drop to each invitation. I assured Anne that the invitation sets would still be very elegant and not too fussy. I added a shimmery pearlescent envelope liner in a soft cream color to reflect the luster of pearl. It served as a perfect textural compliment to the invitation set. I then went ahead and sent Anne and Sven a sample for approval.

I was so so happy they loved the idea and thought it the perfect fit for their big event!

It is honestly one of my biggest pleasures to collaborate with my clients and create a unique stationery suite that truly captures their spirit and the essence of the wedding.

Anne was gracious enough to share some photos of her gorgeous wedding this past May. Thank you and congratulations to the lovely couple!!!

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Anne and Sven during their Lake Como – Italy wedding

Finding the perfect color and match to fit the wedding invitation suite. Flat backed Swarovski Pearl Elements were applied by hand to each invitation. It is often the smallest details that add the hand crafted and truly personal touch to each invitation.

The small details

The small details. Hand applied pearl accents to each invitation.

Detail of Anne and Sven's invitation.

Detail of Anne and Sven’s invitation.

From Anne —

Monika created the perfect wedding invitations for our special day. She was quick in responding to my emails and was very friendly and professional in making sure I had the perfect design. My fiancé and I are more than pleased with the service and products we received from Little Dove Design. We are so happy that we will also ask Monika to make our special Thank You cards. Thank You Monika!!!!

 

safari 2I made these Safari themed barrettes for a child’s birthday party. They are relatively easy to make and quite fun!

I started with Metal Single Prong clips. These are available at beauty supply stores.  I then found some nice velvet ribbons approximately 1/4 inch wide. I proceeded to wrap these around the clip and secured it with glue that bonds well to both fabric and metal. The reason I chose velvet ribbon is because it adds a “no slip” factor and will not tear or break hair.

The mini safari animals may be purchased at craft supply stores. After allowing time to dry, I glued the safari animals into place.

The final addition was a playful backer card. I found this very cute wrapping paper in a zoo print, which matched the theme perfectly. I glued this onto sturdier yellow card stock and then cut out using a large craft punch. And Ta Da!! This is our finished product. It is a cute and fun idea for children as party favors or just a playful hair accessory.

Elephant Safari Clips

Elephant Safari Clips

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Giraffe Safari clips

Kids Safari Party ideas and crafts.

Envelope Addressing

Envelope Addressing

Addressing Envelopes – Part 1

The correct way to address your wedding invitation envelopes is a question that pops up every once in a while. I will let you know the proper etiquette for printing both return and guest addresses on your wedding envelopes.

Customarily, the return address consists only of the street address. This is typically positioned on the back flap of the envelope. Quite different from normal post, the return address for wedding invitations is never positioned in the top left, front/face of the envelopes.

In the past, the return address was often blind embossed, without ink onto the back flap. The idea behind keeping the return address so subtle, was to give the recipient a bigger impression of the gorgeous invitation waiting inside the envelope. ( a larger “wow” factor). Today, the look can also be achieved using the letterpress technique without ink or printed digitally using tone on tone inks.

However, during these more modern times, the envelope has itself stepped into the spotlight quite a bit. Offerings include colored variations, wooden veneers, custom made monograms as well as beautiful designed liners to slip inside the envelope itself. They are fast becoming a beautiful accessory to the main event — the invitation.

The worry is no longer of taking away from the importance of the invitation, but instead, adding to it. Each item in a wedding stationery suite is thoughtfully considered. The effect is a beautifully curated and well thought out design that punctuates the beauty of the wedding day. It will set the tone for the event and add a sense of excitement and anticipation for your guests.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this article. I will cover the proper etiquette of printing guest names and addresses.

 

This is a huge event that we designers and stationers look forward to every year. It is  great opportunity to see some new work, catch up with friends and make some new ones.

As every year, there is a scavenger hunt of goodies to find. This years theme was postcards from Near & Far. You can really see some beautiful print work.

National Stationery Show 2015

National Stationery Show 2015

I also took notice of some amazing packaging on these luxury soaps from Up with Paper. I am also a package designer, so it makes prefect sense to be drawn to these amazing soaps with intricate die cuts. https://www.uwpluxe.com

UWP Luxury soaps

UWP Luxury soaps

UWP Luxury soaps

UWP Luxury soaps

These make mazing little gifts!

There was so much to see and the energy was palpable. After walking the show and greeting friends and meeting with my usual vendors, we took in a lovely dinner in NYC.

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Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown New York

Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown New York

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the Events Manager, Gordon Clarkson of the Otesaga Hotel. This grand hotel and event space is nestled in the beautiful countryside of upstate, NY. Many baseball fans will be quite familiar with the locale, as it in the heart of Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

My family often summered in Cooperstown, before my parents eventually retired to area on a permanent basis. There is much to love about the town and its laid back charm. It makes a stunning backdrop for weddings and special events.

Views at Cooperstown, NY

Views at Cooperstown, NY

The town showcases many quaint churches and one of the best known in area is the  Cornwallville Church, located on the premises of the Farmers Museum. This historic structure is available for marriage services and other religious events. Please click here for more information or call at 607.547.1450.

Cornwallville Church

Cornwallville Church

The site also boasts the beautifully carved  “Empire State Carousel”. This hand crafted merry-go-round features 23 riding animals indigenous to the state and 21 carved portrait panels of famous New Yorkers, plus 8 carved panels depicting the different regions of New York. It sets the stage for much fun for both children and adults alike. Not to mention, it makes a perfect photo op!

Empire State Carousel

Empire State Carousel

As for the reception site, I can think of no other greater space than the Otesaga. The hotel offers sweeping panoramic views of the lake, well acquainted guest rooms, excellent dining and bar areas, lakeside pool and an 18-hole championship Leatherstocking Golf Course. One of my favorite features is the romantic Lakeside Bar equipped with a huge fire pit! It is a great place for guests to unwind with drinks and conversation, all while taking in the gorgeous evening view of the lake.

The Otesaga Resort

The Otesaga Resort

This is a perfect weekend getaway for you and your guests to join in celebration. It brings the opportunity to relax and get away, yet still offers guests a vast array of activities and sites to see. There is something for everyone to enjoy! (there’s even a renowned opera house!) http://glimmerglass.org. I have had the pleasure of taking in a few performances myself. I would highly recommend.

The sitting porch at the Otesaga

The sitting porch at the Otesaga

The Otesaga Pool

The Otesaga Pool

On a professional level, I can tell you that Gordon is as sweet and charming as the town itself. I am certain he and his staff will make your event a memorable one.

For more information, please call The Otesaga, Cooperstown, NY (607) 544-2574 or visit their website at http://www.otesaga.com/weddings

Sites, events and attractions

Sites, events and attractions

Thunderstorm on the lake. It was a magnificent site!

Thunderstorm on the lake. It was a magnificent site!

One of the many beautiful sunsets at Hummingbird Hill

One of the many beautiful sunsets at Hummingbird Hill

Sunset at Hummingbird Hill with mist rising up the mountain

Sunset at Hummingbird Hill with mist rising up the mountain