Month: May 2012

presenting Laina Miller

I get asked about my logo and branding all the time, so I thought it would be fun to share the process with you. Ms. Laina Miller is the wonderfully talented graphic designer behind the Mrs. Vintage brand. She took the hand drawn “Mrs. Vintage” logo from Angelique Phillis of Angelique Ink and turned it into an entire brand! All she had to work with were a few key words I wanted the Mrs. Vintage brand to portray, and one CRAZY deadline. I approached her with my brand idea in November, and told her I’d really like to have everything launched by February, the start of the spring New Orleans’ wedding season. Despite the fact that the holidays fell right in the middle of this colossal project, Laina pulled it off. She created a full brand, business cards, creative copy, AND re-designs before the end of February. Laina is based in Los Angeles, but since she’s brilliant, she has clients all over the country. She recently ventured into the wedding world, and I think her creative range …

DIY Cotton Boutonnieres

Usually when I see the three letters D-I-Y I immediately think to myself, there is no way I can do that. Many of the ‘do it yourself’ projects I see on wedding blogs are so involved, by the time you are finished you’ve actually spent more on time and materials than you would have just purchasing the item. That is precisely why Etsy exists. It’s a online retailer dedicated to the ‘do-it-yourself’ projects that you can’t do yourself. So trust me when I say, you can do this! These boutonnieres are simple and beautiful and very inexpensive. Hooray! I knew I wanted my groom and his men to wear cotton boutonnieres, but I was having a hard time finding them. My sweet friend, and newly married gal, Leah had just finished with her copy of Handmade Weddings and passed it along to me. The book is chock full of wonderful projects on every skill level and the cotton boutonnieres seemed particularly doable. I bought the texas tallow (the little white berry looking things), lavender and …

gettin’ Krafty with wedding invitations

You know that paper & cardstock you see everywhere that looks like a brown paper bag? That’s called Kraft, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It’s nostalgic, rustic and simple, just the way I like things to be. I used Kraft pocket folds for our wedding invitations, and wrapped them up with cute peach string. Angi Phillips of Angelique Ink created the invitation and reply card using a combination of calligraphy and classic bold font. Angi also ended up creating the Mrs. Vintage logo, which I absolutely adore, but that’s another blog for another day! Here are a few of my favorite Kraft creations, including a sneak peek of my own wedding invitations! Enjoy xox This is a peek at our wedding invitation, full blog post and pics coming soon! My friend Tricia of P.S. Creative created this gorgeous invitation suite for her wedding. Look at that adorable polka dot envelope liner and floral textile inspired reply card! New Orleans brides, she’s local! Let her create a custom suite for you! These silhouette invitations and hand drawn …

the pretty plantation

Being a California girl and growing up in wine country, I’ve seen my fair share of winery weddings. They are absolutely stunning, and I’ve thought to myself on more than one occasion that California wine country is even more beautiful than Tuscany. That being said, moving to the South and seeing a plantation wedding for the very first time took my breath away. There is something so romantic about a plantation wedding, like a classic southern love story unfolding before your eyes. The grandiose homes with sparkling white columns and wrap around porches, stand at the end of a perfectly manicured lawns, southern oaks and spanish moss dripping overhead. This year, we have weddings booked for Destrehan Plantation and Southern Oaks Plantation and I can’t wait to see where our southern vintage brides take us next! the stunning entrance to Oak Alley Plantation Southern Oaks Plantation  Southern Oaks evening wedding Destrehan Plantation  Entrance to the Mule Barn at Destrehan Plantation via MQ Photography  The brightly colored and ornate San Francisco Plantation San Francisco Plantation Houmas …

vintage and handmade wedding gowns from Etsy!

I have to say, picking out my wedding gown was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. Rifling through rows and rows of gorgeous silk and intricate lace was a dream come true for this textile lover. And then getting to choose my favorites to try on, all while drinking champagne and lounging with my besties!? Oh, I was in heaven. That got me thinking about the tradition of the bride wearing her mother’s wedding gown and vintage gowns in general. I love the sentiment of a vintage gown, and it’s true that some trends never go out of style (although I think it’s safe to say, none of the ‘timeless’ gowns came out of the 80’s). Here are a few of my favorite Etsy vintage and vintage inspired gowns. I think they are gorgeous, and starting at just $150, I can totally see why one would choose vintage! $455.00 from Etsy. Could be worn for a shower or as a wedding gown. 1950’s wedding gown via Etsy duchess satin $2,636.00 vintage inspired via …