Posts filed under ‘wedding’
As a new business, it’s always nice to be recognized on a well respected site. Yesterday marked the second time I was featured on the site Ashley’s Bride Guide (ABG)! ABG is Nashville’s source for all things wedding related. Ashley started the site when she was planning her own wedding. She went to all of the common sites brides typically use, such as TheKnot. Realizing TheKnot only has a general Tennessee vendor list instead of a Nashville specific, she decided to start a site to help out local Nashville Brides.
To have my small little company mentioned on this site means a lot. The first time I was featured was for a vintage inspired bridal shoot conceptualized by Amy Thomas of Swizzle Events. This shoot was amazing and I love the invitations, menus, escort cards, and candy table signs I created for this shoot.
Other Vendors Involved:
photography: Johnathon Campbell Photography
flowers: Rhonda Patton Weddings
lighting: Nashville Event Lighting
desserts: Crumb de la Crumb Desserts
linens: BBJ Linens
rentals: Classic Party Rentals
bridal gown: Romantic Creations
jewelry: Krystal Mann, Stella & Dot
tuxedo: Street Tuxedo
It was such a fun shoot!
The second time I was featured on ABG was just yesterday for the wedding you’ve already seen in so many of my posts. Lauren & Tim’s Nashville wedding at Houston Station was such a beautiful event that the the vendors, the couple or the guests can stop talking about it! Now the word is out and about around town at what an even it truly was. Congrats to all of the wonderful vendors for making is such a memorable day for this great couple!
Yes, that is me in the last picture with the adorable flower girl wearing a dress created by Designs by Sara Marie.
When a bride and groom have a specific theme they want for their wedding, it’s important that the invitations follow that theme. When Lauren and Tim told me they wanted their wedding to have a real Nashville theme with the printed material to reflect the stylings of Hatch Show Print posters, I was so excited to have fun with these. Hatch Show Print is known for their unmistakable letterpress look; a little rough around the edges, mixed type, full-flushed word lines. They have been in business for 129 years, and their look has hardly changed. It’s completely timeless.
I knew when starting these invitations that I would have to give the bride and groom a couple options because they are a modern, trendy pair, and also very clean-cut, so I knew the distressed look of the posters wasn’t going to be for them. To me, it’s important to give a couple several options to choose from especially when they have a theme. I want to be absolutely certain that I help them follow their theme and communicate it appropriately to their guests.
Here are their “Nashville” styled invites:
If you’ve been following my blog, you may recognize this style as the look they used for the rehearsal invitation.
They loved this look, but were concerned that it may have been too much for the invitation.
The final option for their wedding strayed completely away from the Hatch Show Print style. When thumbing through my invitations options, Lauren fell in love with an invite that used flourishes as a graphic element. However, in order to bring it to be a little less formal, I changed the typefaces to be a condensed sans-serif to try to incorporate the look they were wanting.
Through this, I realized how important it is to not only give the couple look options within their theme, but to also give them something that can basically relate, but still stick with a classic wedding invitation look. Lauren and Tim chose to use the final option shown. I would have been happy to have used any of them. In fact, if you would like to see any of these options printed, I have assembled each of them!
You may have remembered a while back when I posted about Lauren and Tim’s save the dates. Well, now …..
They had a beautiful wedding about a month ago on August 21, 2010. Lauren looked absolutely perfect in her flowing white gown, feather-pinwheel broach and gorgeous feather hair piece. Tim was so handsome in his three-piece black tux. The two of them couldn’t be any more perfect for one another.
But as you know, before the wedding, there’s always a rehearsal. Here are their invitations for the rehearsal and dinner:
Here’s the vendor break-down:
Stationery, programs & posters: 4th Leaf Design Studio (of course!)
Planning: Weddings by Mary Natalie
Location: Houston Station
Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting
Catering: Bacon & Caviar
Cakes: The Bake Shop
Photography: Matt Andrews Photography
The day was perfect, despite the late afternoon thunderstorms that ruined our chances for outdoor photos. Lauren was inspired by her city of Nashville for her wedding since many of her family and guests were from out of town. The day went off without a hitch thanks to the wonderful day-of coordinating of Mary Natalie Hester. The photos of Matt Andrews really help to explain the beauty of the day.
First, here’s a quick look at the invitations…
Onto the wedding and the beauty of the day!
Here is the poster designed for the event to bring in a little bit more of the Nashville theme. It’s inspired by the Hatch Sow Print style.
Going with the same theme as the poster, Lauren wanted a different look for her programs:
On the bar, Lauren wanted to let the guests to know the beverage options while suggesting certain cocktails for them to try. She continued the Nashville theme with Yazoo beer and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. Since Lauren is Czech and from Dallas, she also offered Shiner’s Czech style beer.
Tell all your friends and family that 4th Leaf Design Studio now has wedding invitation designs available for purchase on Etsy!
This means that you will be able to purchase digital files of the artwork all designed and ready to be printed by you! It’s a cost effective way to get the 4th Leaf Design Studio invitation that you want for less! You will be doing the work of printing and producing the final work! If you don’t want the hassle of printing your final designs, no worries! We will still offer to print them for you if that is what you want!
Stay tuned to the site to look for updates, new designs, Christmas cards, thank you cards, etc! I’m so excited to be entering the world of online sales!
Here are a couple of the invitations available for purchase on the shop! Explore the other options as well!
Over the past couple weeks, several people have started to ask me about my blog and when I was going to update it next. To be honest, I’ve been so busy that it has completely slipped my mind! To give you an idea of what I’ve been doing since April 29 (wow, that’s embarrassing!), here’s a quick snap shot look:
Lauren & Tim’s wedding invitations (I’ll elaborate more on these later):
Lauren & Tim’s Wedding Poster to decorate Houston Station on their wedding day:
I’ve also created the invitations for and hosted Lauren’s bridal shower! It was a huge success and the invites were adorable… if I do say so myself! I’ll post more on this soon!
James Chesser website, business card, bumper sticker, letterhead redesign:
Innovative Media website redesign:
Becktold wedding album:
(photos by Joe Hendricks Photography)
… and last, but certainly not least, I got a new puppy! He’s absolutely precious and much more time-consuming than I could have imagined!
Meet my precious little Hilo (pronounced HEE-low) von Loxley McNeil!
Whew! That was quite a bit to cover in a short time! The scary thing… that’s not everything I’ve been working on! Still so much more going on here at 4th Leaf Design Studio. Stay tuned to see more!
As you may or may not know, I’m a dealer/designer for the fabulous paper supply line we all know as Envelopments! These papers are incredible and can make any project even more beautiful than originally designed.
After I received my MiniDeck sample papers, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to apply to be a dealer/designer…. and haven’t looked back! Just last week, they released new additions to their already incredible paper stock including new colors and patterns! My favorite new items that were released are the new favor boxes! As soon as I saw these images of the favor boxes, I had to laugh. These seriously remind me of my design packaging classes from school! The mock-ups were ALWAYS made out of plain white Bristol Board as a template before redesigning it in a more desired product (cardboard, foam, etc) and adding elements to beautify the overall package.
All of these shapes come in any Envelopments cardstock to match your event! If you’re interested in using these at your next event, please contact me. I’m so anxious to work with these amazing containers!
With passports in hand, and carry-on suitcases packed to the brim, Rich and I boarded a plane for the island of Jamaica on February 25, 2010! No, this was not an anniversary trip; we went to help celebrate the marriage union of two of our really good friends (the new) Russell and Patricia Hahn.
Russ and Patti are a great couple with such a fantastic background. Patti is one of Rich’s good friends from Eastlake, OH, and Russ is one of his fraternity brothers from the University of Cincinnati. This couple first met when Patti decided to come to Cincinnati to visit Rich at school. After she and her friends left, Russ told Rich that he was going to marry Patti. They started dating about 4 years after they first met; Patti moved to Cincinnati a few years after that, and now they have exchanged their vows at a beautiful beach wedding in Negril, Jamaica.
As soon as Russ and Patti landed in Jamaica, the finalized all of their plans for the big event. They saw several possible locations, and decided on a beautiful gazebo surrounded by trees and overlooking the combed beach at sunset. The ceremony was perfect! Russ’s sister was the best man and his nephew was the ring bearer. Patti’s sister was the matron-on-honor and adorable Savannah (Patti’s niece) was the flower girl. How cute is Savannah’s tutu??
Patti made such a beautiful bride! She was just glowing all day long. I mean, seriously a stunningly beautiful woman! A great looking couple.
After the ceremony, the coupled signed their marriage license and we all headed over to a canopy on the beach for the sunset reception. We enjoyed a wonderful spread of appetizers, a very unique cake flavor of Jamaican fruit and a champagne toast that never seemed to end. This couple had an amazing day!!
After Russ and Patti left the group for their first dinner date as a married couple, we enjoyed the view of the incredible cloud formations and the unbelievable colors the setting sun casted across the canvassed clouds. I could not resist posting some of these images.
Congratulations Russ & Patti and thank you for allowing us to be part of your day!