Kate & Stew: 04.02.11

August 3, 2011  |  Southern Fete News  |  1 Comment

I’m so excited to share with y’all Kate and Stew’s wedding!

Kate was an ideal client. Looking for something unique, open to ideas and even crafty herself! Although I put together a vision for her based on her inspiration, Kate got crafty and DIYed a lot of the details! The wedding took place at her mom’s home: ceremony in the front, party in the back. ; )

Elizabeth Ray, from New Orleans did a fantastic job capturing every single detail and moment of the wedding! Brides, her enthusiasm for your wedding WILL make it amazing. I mentioned it in this post, but when a vendor is excited for your wedding, it gives a sense of peace. It means they want things to go as well as you do and that they feel it’s as important just as much as the couple!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. ; )

White-washed clay pots and moss and vintage books were the centerpieces! 

The weather was perfect! We set up a clear tent with cafe lights strung. It was so dreamy!

And then…fireworks!! To everyone’s surprise (including me!) the neighbors wanted to add a fun element to the wedding! 

Lavender for the favors…

See more images here!

Kate & Stew’s Inspiration

I can’t wait to share some photos with you from Kate and Stew’s April garden wedding. But first, I wanted to share her vision board that I came up with based on what they were looking for. I called it Unlocking the Secret Garden. Enjoy!!

Pining For

July 12, 2011  |  Inspiration  |  No Comments

Here’s some of my favorite Pinterest pins this week. Are you pining for anything cool this week?? Leave a comment with your Pinterest name!

Engagement Sessions

July 11, 2011  |  Wedding Tips  |  1 Comment

I saw this enchanting engagement session by Studio Castillero on Carter and Cook Event Co.’s blog. Sometimes we get sidetracked by cute props and tons of details to make the session come alive. This raw shoot reminded me that all that’s really needed is a couple in love and a photographer gifted at conveying that is photos. Enjoy!!

See more photos here!

Vendors Mixed with Alcohol

July 7, 2011  |  Wedding Tips  |  No Comments

Vendors, do you drink while working a wedding??

I’ve seen bartenders, DJs, bands, photogs, videogs, even wedding planners drink during weddings. It’s hard to imagine that there is even debate over whether this is appropriate but there seems to be. I can think of very few professions, if any (besides on Mad Men), that allow someone to drink while they are working. We’re not brain surgeons but this is someone’s wedding day and we need to take that seriously.

Even if you plan to just have one drink, flirty and obnoxiously loud DJs, or bartenders that forget their bartending is not the only concern (I’ve worked with both, only once though ; ). I think lines can be blurred sometimes. Just because we are at a wedding/party doesn’t make us guests. Taking that drink sometimes sets a tone that we’re hear for the fun or that we can relax a bit.

We are employed by the couple. And if you have been recommended by a friend or say a wedding planner ; ), you are representing them too.

I’ve had plenty of brides tell me to have a drink, but I don’t. I want to show them that their day is just important to me as it is to them and that I don’t take that responsibility lightly. They’ve paid for my services with me at my best and I want to deliver until the venue is locked up for night.

Vendors, to show the utmost respect to those paying you to do a job I’m sure you love, don’t drink while working their wedding even if it seems harmless and even if you can argue that one drink doesn’t make a difference. Setting ourselves to a higher standard is something your clients will greatly appreciate.

The Collection Features

July 5, 2011  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Now that the new collection is in full swing, I wanted to write a post to share about all the new features we have incorporated in the designs. I have always wanted my designs to have a lot of variety and versatility. I’ve gone with plenty brides to look for wedding invitations, before starting SF Creative, and we were always met with so many limitations. They’d love one invite but want different colors or to add different text. Buzzkill! Here are a few ways we’re hoping to offer brides a custom fit for their needs.

INFO CARDS

I worked to create a basic design with plenty of room for ANY text on the info cards. Throughout the collection, we featured tons of different alternatives for text to include, from reception info, hotel information, directions, dress code tips, etc but you aren’t bound to the type featured on your specific design. YOU CAN HAVE WHATEVER TEXT YOU LIKE! You can even have it in Spanish or French if you want. This also goes for our invitations. I sometimes get asked if their wording needs to be the same as that of the sample. It doesn’t. I’ve had clients use an wedding invitation design for showers or rehearsal dinners.

PROGRAMS

We’ve got several fun options for our programs, from accordian-style, to fun shaped tri-folds and oversized front and back programs. ANY INVITATION CAN INCORPORATE ANY PROGRAM STYLE. I have designed based on one I think works best with the collection but know all brides needs are different. Maybe your having a small wedding party or simple ceremony or would like to incorporate extra info. Design covers are simply modified to fit the design scheme and your chosen program style.

COLORS

Although we have a color chart with over 30 options, we can put our designs in any color to match your color palette. If you have a RGB, CMYK or Pantone number to match, colors you are already incorporating, we can use those to match perfectly.

PAPER TYPES

While we’ve figured out the best quality paper to fit the price range we want to stay in (AKA affordable), we know some brides may want a more luxe product. For an additional fee, our invitation designs can be printed on a thicker 130 lb. cover stock instead of our standard thick 100 lb. cover stock.

PRINTABLES

We’ve been offering these for a while but they have recently become really popular. If you like our designs but want to cut cost by printing at home, we offer PDFs of your invitation (and all products) as well as tips for printing and paper.

I hope these features help you brides find exactly what you are looking for!!