California is for lovers

IN THE STUDIO

Check out this fun twist on Virginia’s famous bumper sticker. All in celebration of The Hamel Family Winery (The Hamels hail from Virginia, of course) event in Sonoma, California.

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A budding photographer, Graham Ornstein

Check out these wonderful photographs from Lesley’s very talented godson, Graham Ornstein. We are so proud! He’s a true artist in the making.

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Dave Eggers – artist & author

Eve’s friend Dave Eggers is best known for his writing but what many people do not know is that he received a degree in art and is also a graphic designer. He currently has a show at http://julesmaeghtgallery.com and 100% of the proceeds from his show go to Scholar Match.

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Marshmallow Madness

INSPIRATION

We love this holiday gift from one of our clients, the terrific AR design. Check out these sling shot marshmallow launchers intended to go direct into a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Love it.

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Creating watercolor note cards with the kidos!

HOMELIFE

I loved this “gratitude” post on Meri Cherry.

http://www.mericherry.com/2014/11/24/gratitude-boxes-handmade-gifts-kids/

If you’ve never been to this site, take a moment to poke around a bit. It’s full of absolutely terrific crafts to do with your kids. For this craft, it was almost impossible not to create something lovely. We ended up with such a gorgeous collection of little cards – our big dilemma now is whether to frame them or pair them with pretty envelopes and give them as gifts!

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Color, color, color

INSPIRATION

Is it just us, or have coloring books gotten much cooler lately? Check this one out, THE MINDFULNESS COLORING BOOK. It’s designed to reduce stress for busy adults. Who knew?

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Classic San Francisco

IN THE STUDIO

Gretchen and Spencer were planning a beautifully classic wedding day in San Francisco, complete with a trolley ride for their guests and a ceremony in the iconic and stunning Grace Cathedral. We designed a graceful and whimsical monogram for the centerpiece of their invitation and added in an iconic trolley illustration for their transportation card. The color combination of a bold purple and a rich, dark gray helped strike just the right balance between the traditional, the iconic, and the fun.

Event Planner: Stacy McCain
Photography: Gertrude and Mabel
Ceremony: Grace Cathedral
Invitation Suite: A Day in May

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Lobster Dinner

IN THE STUDIO

We had a blast designing for this rehearsal dinner. The wedding was all about seaside elegance but the Friday night event embraced a more casual tone, complete with summer classic lobster rolls, corn on the cob and clam chowder. We loved playing with the red lobster iconography and an informal and friendly font for their invitation, menu, and drink coasters.

Event Planner & Designer: Bellafare
Photographer: Ira Lippke Studios
Invitations: A Day in May

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A Cape Cod Wedding

IN THE STUDIO

Heather and Mike were planning a wedding on Cape Cod complete with sailboats, lobster rolls and sweeping sea views. To emphasize the seaside nature of the weekend, we used a classic sailor blue for the invitation and day of details. The seaside theme really shown through elegantly on the wedding day thanks to the event designers at Bellafare with the navy striped tent, gorgeous bridesmaid dresses, and hydrangeas lining the aisle.

Event Planner & Designer: Bellafare
Photographer: Ira Lippke Studios
Invitations: A Day in May

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Gorgeous in Gold

INSPIRATION

One of the many fun things in design is to see how old trends come back around in new ways. “Foil” falls into that category. Until a few years ago, foil was reserved for overly flashy pieces and perhaps the occasional New Years Eve invitation. That’s all changed and we’ve been using foil like crazy over here. Done right, it’s a gorgeous way to bring a touch glamour and fun to any design. It’s easy to incorporate the flash into the party day as well – with dessert, fashion, jewelry, and even utensils.

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Tiffany Shlain

HOMELIFE

Tiffany Shlain is one of the the most inspiring, engaging individuals I’ve ever met. She’s an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and all-around creative powerhouse. She uses film to raise questions and engage people in discussions on everything from friendship to the pursuit of happiness. On Friday, I was lucky enough to see the premier of her new short film, The Adaptable Mind. Not only did I love the issues it presented, but it was such visually creative way to convey her ideas.

http://www.letitripple.org/adaptable_mind

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A Rustic Wedding Dinner

IN THE STUDIO

This is the final post in a series of three that tells the story of Gary and Tim’s amazing wedding weekend. If you haven’t seen the previous posts yet from their welcome dinner HERE and their wedding ceremony HERE, we highly recommend checking out the amazing creativity that went into each of these unique events.

Below we have the inside scoop on their wedding reception – a beautifully rustic seven course dinner party catered by the always fabulous Paula DeLuc. To amp up the barn setting, we designed a bronze metallic brown menu cover printed with an oak tree in darker brown while Fleurs de France used a lush combination of moss covered tree bark, ferns, and flowers for the farm tables. It was a dinner party fitting for two very fun, creative and classy grooms.

Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events
Venue: Durham Ranch
Caterer: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Photographer: Anna Kuperberg Photographer
Paper Goods: A Day in May
Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy
Flowers: Fleurs de France

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Under a Giant Oak Tree

IN THE STUDIO

We loved designing the invitation for Gary and Tim’s wedding weekend. The two grooms-to-be were planning a very special weekend of events so we wanted the invitation to not only celebrate their amazing 20 year relationship, but to also reflect the importance of the occasion. Each event had its own card printed with a tone on tone illustration of its venue. We bundled the cards, wrapped them together in a plaid vellum and nestled them inside a handmade paper box. The box was tied up with twine and sealed with a G&T monogrammed tag. I can only imagine how fun it must have been to receive this invitation in the mail!

Below are some pics from their ceremony which took place in the hills of St. Helena. Upon arrival, every guest received their very own boutonniere or bouquet and watched as Gary and Tim exchanged vows under a giant oak tree. We’re obsessed with the color combinations of their patterned bowties, striped shirts and plaid jackets along with the ornate design of the Persian rugs that paved the aisle.

More details to come on G&T’s wedding dinner celebration. You can also see pics from their welcome party HERE.

Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events
Venue: Durham Ranch
Caterer: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Photographer: Anna Kuperberg Photographer
Invitation: A Day in May
Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy
Flowers: Fleurs de France

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A Grand Welcome Dinner

IN THE STUDIO

Gary & Tim’s wedding welcome party was out of a fairy tale. Held at Castello di Amorosa – a 13th century Tuscan-inspired castle and winery in Calistoga – guests were greeted by trumpeters and falconers for cocktail hour which was followed by cellar and tunnel tours. Dinner was then served in the Great Hall at long banquet tables surrounded by hand-painted Italian frescoes and medieval chandeliers. The room was cavernous yet warm, and the juxtaposition of the orange in the Renaissance murals and floral bouquets, paired with the modern aqua dinner menus gave the old-world room a very fresh vibe.

Stay tuned for more posts and details on G&T’s entire wedding weekend and invitation suite.

Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events
Venue: Castello di Amorosa
Photographer: Anna Kuperberg Photographer
Paper Goods: A Day in May
Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy
Caterer: Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen
Flowers: Fleurs de France
Falconer: West Coast Falconry

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