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    From City Girl to Country Transplant!

    Last year I made the decision to leave the big city of Washington, DC and head south to Raleigh, NC. Each day I am more and more thankful for the decision I made. My family roots are here in North Carolina so in my heart this has always felt like home.  As I transition my business from DC to the Raleigh/Durham Triangle area and the Piedmont Triad area I am excited about the opportunities that will come my way.  I have already worked with wonderful brides here in both Raleigh and Durham and I am looking forward to helping many more realize their dreams of awesome stationery for their wedding or special event.

    To kick things off I participated in a Bridal Showcase at Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, NC. This location is absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for rustic elegance or designing a fairytale wedding this is the venue for you! The Castle and surrounding buildings on site are the perfect setting for intimate affairs and large weddings alike. I am looking forward to create the perfect invitations and paper accessories that will complement this great location.

    Thanks to all of the brides that stopped by my table and I look forward to working with you in the near future!

    Check out photos of this gorgeous venue on Flickr! A sampling of my favorites are below!





    Color Swatches and Event Planning

    In meeting with brides and other potential clients I often find the greatest challenge is trying to explain that flowers and paper don’t come in the same color as the swatch of fabric they have given me.  Particularly with  flowers in which the color is completely out of my control.  Because this is a challenge for both clients and vendors I decided to look for resources that can help both in the design process.  My goal in designing any event is to ensure that I am creating what my client wants.  This is their event and determining the right color palette for a wedding, shower or other special event is often the most crucial decision in the planning process.  The color determines everything, the mood, the color palette for the invitations, flowers, linens, cake and numerous other details.  In meeting with vendors it is very important that all of them are on the same page in regards to the colors you are incorporating.  That is why many vendors require you to provide a swatch of the colors to ensure they are able to get as close to the color as possible as it is not easy matching colors as they come in all shades.  

    Recently I have seen the ads by the Dessy Group who partnered with pantone to develop wedding swatches so that brides can finally have swatches to share with their vendors.  After seeing these ads in the latest wedding magazines I decided to head to the website and check it out.  I was impressed that not only do they provide the bride with 14 swatches they now offer a fan book of the colors so that makes it easier for vendors when consulting with brides.

    In selecting the color palette for any event just make sure you are selecting something that you will enjoy as it will be incorporated into several elements seen prior to the event, during the event and following the event.  It should reflect your personality and the theme you are trying to capture in the event.  You must own it from beginning to end, from the invitation to the thank you note.

    In addition to the Dessy Group there are other online resources available to assist in creating the perfect color palette.  Check out Adobe Kuler as well as Color Schemer. I also love the inspiration boards you can create on Style Me Pretty.  The board can immediately provide the vendor with an overall view of your vision for the event.  It also will help you stay focused on the elements of the day.

    I would love to know how you determined the color scheme for your wedding or special event.  My wedding colors were apple green and cream with hot pink accents.  Green is my favorite color so it was important to have it be the focal color of that special day. 

    Just remember that whatever color palette you select you provide the vendor with many samples of various items so that they have a better understanding of what you want.  In addition to a swatch of the fabric from the bridesmaid dress bring the invitation if it has already been selected, a sample of the favor and photos. No matter how small the item may seem it may be the very item that brings it all together.  Happy planning!