Allison & Justin’s Wedding

Allison and Justin got married on beautiful summer day on Elihu Island, just off the coast of their hometown in Stonington, Connecticut. It was a dreamy day full of picture perfect details and sunshine, and the love between these two radiates in all of their photos.

Allison was involved with her stationery design from the moment we got in touch. We loved all of her ideas and had so much fun working with her to bring her vision to life!

Photography by Ali + Julie

Save the Dates

Allison & Justin’s save the dates were the first item guests received to set the tone of their wedding. We usually suggest clients use their save the dates as a place to be playful and have fun, since these pieces don’t need to be as formal or convey as much information as invitations. Allison was excited to showcase their beautiful engagement photos (taken by Krush Graphics), so we created a photo “collage” to include a few. Justin works for Amtrak, so their photos at the railroad crossing by Elihu Island were not only beautiful, but also touchingly sweet and meaningful.

Invitation Suite

Allison had a vision of the colorful peonies she was including in her floral arrangements, and was excited to feature them in her invitation suite design. Along with the florals, we incorporated a gold geometric element woven throughout each of the pieces. Paired with the same playful yet elegant typeface we used on her save the date, the invitation design came together.

As a special touch, the invitation suite incorporated an insert with the history and map of Elihu Island, along with a personal note on why the couple chose that location for their wedding. Everything was pulled together with a custom belly band for the pieces to stay together in their envelope. The florals were even carried through to custom postage stamps affixed to the outside. See, we told you the details for this wedding were on point!

Day of Details

The beautifully set tables covered in peony-filled flower arrangements brought the entire reception tent to life. We carried through the design elements from the invitation suite to create the menu, which was tied together with our hand lettered place card tags and set on each plate. Allison also DIY embossed tags with their wedding hashtag to complete the look.

There were geometric pieces throughout, including the gorgeous hanging lanterns that the bride’s grandfather (Voo) helped make. We love that aspects of the invitation design were mimicked in so many elements of the reception. The large format seating chart we designed sat within an ornate gold framed and was adorned with greenery. Can you think of a more beautiful way to help guests find their tables?

Using the map of Elihu Island we drew for the invitation suite, we created an image for Allison to have printed on tote bags. We love how the white on navy pops on these beauties screen printed by Poor Morgan.

We loved being part of this creative, love-filled celebration. Scroll on to see photos of Allison & Justin at their wedding!

Vendors

Photography – Ali + Julie
Planning & Coordination – Ruffles & Tweed
Florals – Stems Flower Design
Venue – Island Farm at Elihu Island
Beauty – Jennie Fresa Beauty and Posh Salon
Catering – Gourmet Galley Catering and Vesta Bakery
Stationery – We’re Into It

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Taylor & Mike’s Wedding

Taylor & Mike’s wedding was absolutely stunning! We’re celebrating their recent anniversary with a recap of their day and design details. From the dreamy venue, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, to the gorgeous florals and décor, everything was picture perfect. The love and happiness these two share was contagious throughout the whole celebration. And, as friends of the couple we were honored to bring their invitation suite and day of details to life!

Photography by Ali + Julie

Invitation Suite

We always love collaborating with other creatives, and we were excited about the opportunity to incorporate the floral watercolors by Taylor’s cousin, Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling, into this invitation suite. Her hand painted flowers and greenery inspired the look and feel of all the pieces, and even carried through to the bouquets and décor for the big day.

With additional watercolor details and a modern script, the fully custom design came together. We created an RSVP postcard and a lovely detailed map of the wedding area to go along with the invitation card. It’s so fun to add designs to envelopes and we love the addition of floral detail to the back of the envelope for the couple’s return address. The color scheme was drawn from the florals and carried through to a bunch of day of elements, including the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Day of Details

The ceremony and reception featured drop dead gorgeous floral arrangements, and we carried through the watercolor florals to the wedding day details we designed. Taylor’s additional touches of the wands and flags for guests to wave were such a fun component to go along with the ceremony program we designed. The escort cards were a fun circular shape and hung on a frame that the bride put together herself.

The menus continued the cohesive design and were a beautiful addition to each place setting. With the string lights and vineyard setting, the ambiance of the reception was such a dream. And seriously, how breathtaking is this tablescape?!

For the wedding party, we also designed welcome bags that featured “hello” in the different languages spoken by wedding guests. Taylor was thoughtful in her request for so many personal details throughout the day! We had a lot of fun creating this custom, hand lettered design, and then passed them off to be screen printed by Poor Morgan.

What an absolutely beautiful celebration and we loved being a part of it. Scroll on to see photos of the beautiful couple on their special day!

Vendors

Photography – Ali + Julie
Planning & Coordination – Jubilee Events
Ceremony & Reception Flowers – Hana Floral Designs
Personal Flowers – Hello Darling
Floral Watercolor – Natalie Walsh
Venue – Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Beauty – Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Stationery – We’re Into It

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Natasha & John’s Wedding

Amelia and I have enjoyed working on hand lettered details from save the dates to invitations to reception décor for many weddings, but there is something so special and exciting about getting to be your own client. John and I got married last year in our hometown of Mystic, Connecticut on a beautifully windy summer day. It was a whirlwind weekend filled with love surrounded by our wonderful family and friends. And I took every opportunity to personalize the day with special design details and hand lettered touches!

Photography by Zac Wolf Photography

Our Story

Before diving into all our wedding details, here’s a little background on John and I. We met in middle school, became friends, and started “going out” at the end of 8th grade. We filled our summer with *gasp* unsupervised movies and bike riding around neighborhoods with friends. We went our separate ways at the beginning of high school but reconnected at the end of our senior year. Thanks to some friends setting us up, we went from the friend zone to attending prom together and had yet another summer romance, enjoying the excitement and freedom of venturing off to college in the fall. John was headed to DePaul in Chicago and I was off to Northeastern in Boston, and I wasn’t so sure about having a long distance “high school boyfriend” while starting my freshmen year of college. But there was something special about John so I decided to give it a chance – and we survived! John transferred to Northeastern sophomore year and we had fun exploring Boston together. We moved in with a few friends and eventually got our own place together in 2010. We bounced around different apartments in the Fenway and South End areas over the next few years.

Flash forward to June 2016 and we went on a magical trip to Barcelona. I had always dreamed of visiting the gorgeous European city, and Radiohead (John’s favorite band) was playing there so it was perfect timing. John stealthily packed an engagement ring in his backpack and proposed during our vacation – of course we celebrated with copious amounts of cava. We fell in love with the city for many reasons (Paella! Manchego! Sangria!) and can’t wait to go back. But first, there was wedding planning!

We both love our coastal New England hometown, so it was easy to choose the location, and there was no question I wanted a summer wedding by the water. My parents quickly helped us scope out a few venues and once we saw the Mystic Yachting Center we knew we had our spot. The rest of our planning came in waves, as all brides know sometimes it’s overwhelming and sometimes you’re twiddling your thumbs, but in the end it somehow gets pulled off – with lots of help! Read on to see how our wedding weekend came together.

Save the Dates

Since our relationship started when John and I were so young, we thought sharing our story with a creative timeline highlighting the special moments in our life together would be perfect for our save the date. We enjoyed going down memory lane as we remembered the different stages of our time together. We wanted it to be fun and light hearted but still call out dates that were really important to us. And, of course being a designer I felt the pressure of creating something unique! I knew I wanted the final shape of the card to be a square, so it took some trial and error to make the folds perfect, but I was really happy with the outcome.

Zac Wolf Photography captured our love as we walked around our South End neighborhood for our engagement photoshoot. Once we choose our favorite photos, the save the date card was complete. Check out the video of the save the date to see how it unfolds!

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For envelopes, I looked to Paper Source and found the peacock color to be perfect. I used a custom stamp, also from Paper Source, for our return address. I highly recommend brides (and everyone really!) to have one of these, they are not expensive and are truly worth it with all the wedding related mail you’ll be sending. I decided to add a little something extra and embossed our return addresses in gold on the back flap. I used the Sakura Pen Touch extra-fine pen in gold to hand letter the mailing addresses. Finally, with a custom postage stamp from Zazzle our save the dates were ready to be mailed!

Invitations

After a somewhat “complicated” save the date, I thought a simpler invitation suite was the way to go. Channeling an ocean theme, I decided on a blue and teal watercolor background with a special touch of gold foil for the original hand lettering. With a gold ribbon to tie the cards like a present, the invitation suite came together.

I choose envelopes from SoHo Paper, addressed them in gold ink, and carried the watercolor background from the invitations through to the custom stamps. I wanted the stamps to really shine, so I wrote over the printed gold with the Pen Touch pen so they sparkled – I know, crazy, but these are the things I get excited about about! Once the invites were mailed, the wedding actually started to feel real. And as a snail mail lover, I must say getting the RSVP envelopes in our mailbox was so much fun!

Décor and Welcome Signage

More fun stuff! And oh boy did we have a lot of it. I decided to carry the watercolor and gold details from the invitation through to the look and feel for the wedding day décor and details. No matter how organized I tried to be, all the last minute signage definitely became overwhelming! Luckily, I could turn to Amelia to help divide and conquer my long list and all the signage was completed beautifully. Our guests were greeted with a framed glass welcome sign, lettered in white with a specialty paper background. Shout out to my dad and friend Brian for making the easel out of driftwood to hold this sign! They also made the driftwood arbor we were married under, which included a hand lettered sign of our names and wedding date, and was decorated beautifully with eucalyptus greenery by A Gala Affair.

I had opted for a eucalyptus and succulent filled bouquet, so I wanted to carry the greenery theme through to the reception. Being a huge succulent fan, I was excited to use the little plants for place cards and have as favors for our guests. I really enjoyed lettering everyone’s names for these! To tie in the plant theme further, we also gave our guests little packets of wildflower seeds in envelopes with gold lettering “let love grow”. Thanks to the girls on my Beyoncé themed bachelorette trip for helping fill these little envelopes 🙂

I used the same paper from our welcome sign backing to bind our guestbook. Again, I turned to Paper Source for having all the DIY materials I needed for this. With a few family photos, our welcome area was complete.

Menus & Programs

The same blue and green watercolor background continued to our menus and programs. We chose to have different food stations instead of a plated meal, but we still included a menu at each person’s place setting in order for them to easily know what their options were.

And of course, no wedding is complete without a specialty drink! John came up with a play on the French 75 cocktail calling it the Mystic 88 after our hometown and birth year. We definitely enjoyed these, and hope our guests did too!

Centerpieces

For our table centerpieces I had my heart set on these little sand boxes that would hold sand from different beaches that were sentimental to John and I. We were able to snag these little jewelry boxes from H&M Home and then I printed a little story about the beach on clear stickers to adhere to the box. They also served to hold the fun script table numbers from Etsy, that I of course just had to spray paint gold.

Special Treats!

We had a selection of small deserts and a s’mores bar for our guests, but we wanted to have a little celebration cake for ourselves. Our absolutely delicious strawberry-thyme champagne cake was baked by my sister’s friend Fiona. She has her own bakery company, Fiona’s Forbidden Fruit, and her vegan recipes and treats are amazing! We were too busy on the wedding day to enjoy it so we had it at our brunch the next day. Yum!

My mom’s friend Linda made delicious chocolate truffles that we included at each guests place setting. They were such a special treat. My grandparents worked together to put the boxes together and paste in the little note – wedding prep truly is a team effort!

Bridal Party Gifts

Of course I was so excited to ask the special girls in my life to be a part of our wedding day. I put together a box of goodies with a card, mini bottle of bubbly, a framed picture of the two of us, and fun nail polish. I had to add a little Beyoncé touch, so I lettered “i love you like xo” with a gold embossed xo on the inside of the lid. It was so fun to give these to my ladies!

For the wedding day I gave each girl yet another card, a getting ready robe, a pair of earrings for the day, a hand lettered print of a quote I thought they would like, and of course a Beyoncé quote on a tote bag to carry their things around. The tote bags were printed by a friend’s screen printing company, Poor Morgan, and I loved how they came out so much Amelia and I decided to start making some to sell!

Thank You!

All of this couldn’t have been possible without the love and support from our family and friends. From the gorgeous rehearsal dinner (thanks Karen & Glenn!), to the wedding day, through to the perfect Sunday brunch (thanks mom & dad!) we felt so lucky to have been surrounded by our loved ones who traveled to celebrate with us. Wedding planning can be a beast but in the end the memories and love that filled the weekend made it all worth it. And the honeymoon in Italy was a dream, especially after all that work!

Thanks to Sam and JJ for officiating, it was so special to have our friends marry us. My sister, Ana, was a most gorgeous Maid of Honor and John’s brother, Andrew, a handsome Best Man. The two gave speeches that made the whole room cry! My parents gave memorable speeches too! Thanks to Stefan of Aleo Media Productions, we have a video of the day we can relive on our anniversaries. Our wedding party was fantastic, and we absolutely loved spending the day with you all. Thank you to Leslie for hosting the girls to get ready, and Rob for the boys. The fabulous Jessica and Rebecca at Upstyle made us ladies feel and look our best with wonderful hair and make up, thank you. Thank you Acebo Jewelry for our custom designed wedding bands, we love them! Our gorgeous bouquets and reception arrangements couldn’t have been possible without A Gala Affair, thank you for bringing my eucalyptus vision to life.

To the countless others who helped us organize the weekend and make our wedding dreams come true, thank you!! We’re still feeling so lucky to have you all in our lives. And thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Scroll on to see the special moments captured from our day, thanks to Zac & Ally! 🙂

Vendors

Florals – A Gala Affair
Dress & Shoes – BHLDN
Cake – Fiona’s Forbidden Fruit
Groom’s Suit – Hive & Colony
Catering – Ocean Blue Catering
Hair & Make Up – Upstyle
Photography – Zac Wolf Photography
Stationery – We’re Into It

Thank you for working so hard to make our special day perfect!

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