Friday, April 30, 2010

Diagonal Lavender Love Bird Invitations

Back in January of this year, I met up with Mimi and Matt to chat about wedding invitations and to show them some samples. Before our meeting, I had sketched out a few ideas on paper, and they really fell in love with one of the diagonal designs, and wanted to incorporate that with love birds and initials. The wording that they chose for their invitation was very fun and unique:

mimi and matt
have been travel companions,
scrabble foes, kindred spirits,
study buddies, partners in crime,
and French bulldog parents.
But most of all they have been best friends.
Please join them, along with their families,
as they become husband and wife.

How sweet is that? Mimi and Matt are getting married next weekend at the beautiful Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The invitations are made of pearlescent white metallic cardstock, with gray and lavender text, and a cute pair of love birds flying into each other from the sides. A silver metallic cardstock backing was layered onto the invitation, along with matching envelopes.

If you're interested in these invitations or a custom design for your upcoming wedding or event, please email me at info@pinkorchiddesigns.com!

~Emilie

Monday, April 26, 2010

Boston Wedding Films - Mark and Rhonda's Movie Trailer

So, I always knew that Jason Falchuk of Boston Wedding Films was good, but this movie trailer for Mark and Rhonda's wedding just shows that he's amazingly good. I saw this trailer at home last night and pretty much had this "wide eyed, open mouth" look for entire 1 minute and 7 seconds. Then, of course I had to watch it another two more times just to make sure I didn't miss any of the details the first time around! Even though I was actually there for the entire wedding and know what happens, it's incredible how a trailer can really move you. Also, I think that because I was able to meet and interact with Mark and Rhonda's families and bridal party, it makes the trailer even more fun for me because I can recognize everyone by name, like I've known them for years.



Mark + Rhonda, April 17th, 2010 - A Boston Wedding Films' Trailer from Boston Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Ahh... don't you love it? And yes, I just watched it again. If you're getting married, and want to book Jason to film your wedding, you can email him at info@bostonweddingfilms.com. He's very energetic, professional, responds to emails in 5 seconds, and loves what he does. I highly recommend him if you're looking for a cinematographer for your wedding!

~Emilie

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mark and Rhonda's Boston Park Plaza Wedding

This past Saturday, Fiona and I were the coordinators for Mark and Rhonda's wedding. The day started out in a suite at the W Hotel, where the bride and her seven bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done. Three of the stylists were the bride's very talented relatives/friends, and one stylist was Michelle Arruda DeVoe of Demiche Beaute'. The bridesmaids wore BCBG dresses in two different styles, along with fun zebra patterned heels. The bride wore a beautiful Junko Yoshioka gown, with a cathedral length veil and silver Stuart Weitzman shoes.

The ceremony for 170 guests was held only a few blocks away at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church. Every other pew was decorated with white calla lilies and tulle. After the ceremony, guests were invited over to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel for cocktails, dinner, and dancing.

The cocktail hour in the Plaza Ballroom had two sushi stations, and escort cards were hung on three large arrangements of manzanita branches and white orchids. Cocktail tables were topped with white cymbidium orchid arrangements surrounded by votive candles. As guests moved through a set of french doors into the Imperial Ballroom for dinner and dancing, they were greeted with a video montage projected on the ceiling of the ballroom with childhood photos of the newlyweds.

The entire reception space was transformed into something really magical. There were a mixture of square and round tables, with bengaline shell linens and fruitwood chiavari ballroom chairs. The centerpieces were some of the most beautiful floral arrangements I've ever seen, created by John LaRoche of Blue Guava. Some were manzanita branches with stems of white orchids entwined in the branches, and the majority of the tables were these amazing cherry blossom branches that were literally six feet tall. Both arrangements had a modern white square base filled with hydrangeas. The Blue Guava team also put together glass cylinders of candles to line the stage area, and a large wishing tree, with a custom made base that had four ledges to hold wishing tree cards and pens for guests.

The lighting for the room was spectacular, and Ethan from Advanced Lighting & Production Services was there throughout the night to make sure that everything was perfect. There was pinspotting to highlight the floral centerpieces, incredible custom gobos to create trees on every single column in the ballroom, more tree patterns projected onto the sides of the ballroom, little stars on the ceiling so it looked like the ballroom was open to the sky, and uplighting on every section of the balcony that changed from an amber color during dinner, to blue during dancing.

Guests enjoyed a three course dinner, along with cakes from Sri Lanka as favors, and a delicious four-tier wedding cake from Konditor Meister, covered in rolled chocolate and little cherry blossom flowers.

MJ Audio provided the amazing sound, DJ Kristin Korpos kept the crowd dancing all night, and the entire wedding was filmed by Jason Falchuk and his assistant, Sam, from Boston Wedding Films. Professional photos from Joyelle of Joyelle West Photography will be coming later on, but for now, here are some that I took!

One thing that you may find surprising is that the creative mind behind all of the floral, lighting, sound, music, and everything else was actually the groom! Mark definitely knows what he wants, and I was thrilled that his vision came true on the wedding day.

Let me just say, this wedding was such a treat, and a perfect start to the DOC season. It was an absolute pleasure to work with all of the vendors and with the staff at The Boston Park Plaza. Mark and Rhonda, thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your incredible wedding!

~Emilie

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Modern Save the Date in Pink and Green

A great way to let guests know of your upcoming wedding is through a "save the date" card. These cards are particularly important for destination weddings, dates that fall on a holiday weekend, or for weddings with a lot of out-of-town guests. They can be sent out anywhere from six months to one year before the wedding date. After these cards are sent out, a formal invitation with more wedding details will be sent out to guests approximately six to eight weeks before the wedding.

This save the date card for Kristina and Joshua is modern and simple, with a little pink and green flower detail on the top, and rounded corners. The card is made of a pearlescent white metallic cardstock, and paired with a silver metallic envelope. The one thing that I love about this card is that it is small, and fits in a 4BAR size (5 1/8" x 3 5/8") envelope, which is the same size as most RSVP envelopes. Because there's only a small amount of information to display, I thought a smaller card would be perfect.

If you are interested in these save the date cards for your upcoming wedding or event, please email me at info@pinkorchiddesigns.com!

~Emilie

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cherry Blossom Pocketfold Wedding Invitations

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Peter and Jennifer to create invitations for their spring wedding at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The cherry blossom branch invitation was a pocketfold style, which is a great way for guests to keep all of the invitation components together. I designed the brown metallic pocketfold so that the branches from the main invitation, rsvp card, and directions card all look like they are coming out of the same area of the pocketfold. It is as if the branches are part of one tree, because the color of the branches match the color of the pocketfold.

All of the invitation cards are made of pearlescent white metallic cardstock, and the main invitation is wrapped with two pieces of double-faced brown satin ribbon. The envelopes were also made of pearlescent white metallic paper, and custom stamps with the cherry blossom design were created for both envelopes to match the rest of the invitation. For the directions and accommodations card, a custom map of Cambridge was created to show some key streets in the Harvard Square area, along with the wedding venue and closest T stop.

The other major element of this invitation are all of the hand-glittered cherry blossom flowers. There were definitely a lot of them, and here is a little statistic for this invitation project:

# of cherry blossom flowers on front cover: 6
# of cherry blossom flowers on the main invitation: 18
# of cherry blossom flowers on the directions card: 9
# of cherry blossom flowers on the RSVP card: 9
Total # of flowers per invitation: 42
Total # of invitations created: 160

do some multiplication and ...
Total # of hand-glittered cherry blossom flowers: 6,720

If you are interested in these invitations for your upcoming wedding or event, please contact me at info@pinkorchiddesigns.com!

~Emilie

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Some of our favorite wedding dresses for 2010!

Last year, Fiona and I posted some of our favorite wedding dresses. Now, with the 2010 season, there are new designs, styles, and trends, so we have a new batch of dresses to share with you! But first, if you are in the hunt for your perfect gown, here are a few tips:

1) Look online to see what styles grab your attention and save the photos, along with the designer and style name/number. The last thing you want to do is have a photo of your dream gown, but you forget where you found it! The Knot and FashionBride are two of our favorite places to search for wedding gowns.

2) When working with a bridal gown consultant, ask to try on different styles and see what your consultant would recommend for you. Many times, the dress that you would not have picked out yourself, could really surprise you and end up being your perfect dress.

3) LOVE your dress. You should feel beautiful, and feel like a bride. Try to visit at least a couple of salons before deciding that a dress is "the one". Keep in mind that almost all gowns will need alterations to fit your body, so just because one is the perfect size already, it doesn't make it the right one.

4) After you buy your wedding gown, just remember: you love it, you can't wait to wear it at your wedding, and that's it. Do not keep looking for gowns, and avoid searching for gowns online or in magazines. Otherwise, there is a good chance that you'll be a two dress bride. There will almost always be a gown where you say "oh nooo.. I looove this dress!! I think it might be better than the one I got!!" So, you can avoid this situation by ending your dress search as soon as you buy your dress.

Now that you have some tips, here are some of our favorite gowns for the 2010 wedding season!

Fiona's Favorites:

Melissa Sweet - Cosimma
The ruched bodice is always a popular choice for brides, but the asymmetrical skirt of this dress along with the petal detail makes this gown stand out.
Photo from theknot

Badgley Mischka Bride - Bebe
LOVE the back of this dress. The halter neckline is a good option for those who want more coverage in the front.
Photo from Badgley Mischka Bride

Monique Lhuillier - Fabiana
I have to include one lace dress on my list - Monique Lhuillier makes gorgeous ones and it took me a while to pick a favorite.
Photo from theknot

Dessy Destination Bridal Gown - Style #1026
This one-shoulder beauty is great for someone looking for a dress that is comfortable and stylish at the same time!
Photo from Dessy

Anjolique - Style #2122
This dress is perfect if you are planning a formal and elegant event.
Photo from Anjolique

Emilie's Favorites:

Monique Lhuillier - Schiaparelli
This v-neck dress is absolutely stunning, and made my heart beat faster when I first saw it. The hand tufted skirt and embroidered floral details make this dress perfect for a modern and elegant wedding.
Photo from Monique Lhuillier

Watters - Austin
This gown in silk organza has a delicate belt and flower detail at the waist. I love how the fabric in the skirt looks so light and airy.
Photo from Watters

Two by Rosa ClarĂ¡ - Caspe
Mmm... ruffles, ruffles, and more ruffles. This gorgeous gown shows off your figure, with a modern flair .
Photo from FashionBride

Christos by Amsale - Poeme
This silk satin-faced organza gown has little scattered flower petals hidden around the draping of the skirt, that make the dress look like a piece of art.
Photo from Christos Bridal

Rose & Ruby - Empire Rose
Gorgeous!! This silk chiffon gown would be great for a wedding on the beach.
Photo from Rose & Ruby

We hope you've enjoyed our picks for dresses! Do you have a favorite in this list?

~Emilie & Fiona