Last fall I was overjoyed when Selycia Yang allowed me to join her creative team for a styled shoot in Savannah, Georgia at the Wormsloe Historic Site. It’s such a stunning location and I had fun experimenting with different techniques to create an illustration of the famous Spanish moss covered gate and entrance.
I love the elements Selycia used in her flatlays, like that vintage silver wax seal stamper!
Selycia then asked me to create an alternate invitation suite to give variety for the photographers that were attending the shoot. I had been wanting to work on a watercolor crest for awhile so I took my chance to create one for the shoot. While the first suite included pointed pen calligraphy, it was a fun challenge to use the same color scheme but with watercolor. The result were two very different suites!
A few more items were created for the shoot and for fun like this bouquet recipe shot!
I loved making these items for Selycia to style and photograph! So many details! View more of Selycia’s work on her website and Instagram!
I’m so excited to be sharing these photos by Stephanie Weber Photography, showcasing my wedding day watercolor stationery product line. My goal was to create an immersive set of paper goods where a bride’s reception table would be complete with table numbers, menus, and placecards all done in matching watercolor!
Before I show you the galleries, please take note of these amazing ladies who made this possible:
From our photographer and stylist: Putting together this tablescape session was a dream! It was all about the details, and who doesn’t love that. It is not often that I get to photograph these intricate details that go into table settings. In fact, I feel that this is often overlooked in weddings. Some of my advice to my brides is to not skimp on these details, they make all the difference. It is what your guest will remember. Where they sit for most of their time on your day. This is a space to introduce to your guest to what you love, a space to let them know a little bit more about you. My brand is soft, romantic and timeless, so it was with no question that Sam Allen Creates, Bloom Theory Florals and Rustic Peony Co. were the perfect combination. We created several tablescapes based on seasons, and colors, some bold and some classic. We chose to accent different colors with each set to give a vintage, modern or bold look. We repurposed and combined styles to show our brides that you can completely repurpose a look with only minor changes. Like simply changing the accent color, or adding a floral plate to a solid modern color, to give it a vintage and classic look vs a modern feel.
It was so fun to style these, it allowed all of us to get creative and dive into our craft. Plus, there is nothing better than working with an amazing group of talented women.
Classic Black and White
My favorite aspects of my watercolor line is how the brush calligraphy can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the style of the wedding… on the menus, the watercolor is paired with a font and that font can really set the tone and the personality for the wedding making each collection unique.
Gold and Bold
From our tabletop rental company, Sandrina of Rustic Peony Co: When creating what I consider a perfect tablescape, I love to add height and dimension which can be done with candles, candleholders, florals, linens and tableware. I also like to keep in mind a couple of things while creating a tablescape, are views unobstructed to the people sitting across from you, giving you a chance to easily have a conversation without cranking your head around decor or moving florals and can a person eat and drink comfortably.
More from Sandrina: Clients often ask what china, I think they should use for their day. I first start by asking what is their theme/style, color palette and ambiance they want to achieve. Seems overkill to ask for those things, right, after all were talking about glassware and dinner plates. On the contrary, most times I have people who will say I want a shabby chic rustic look and when they send in their Pinterest board (thank the Lord for Pinterest) it’s boho romantic. I of course would suggest different options for each of those styles.
A Fan Favorite: Navy and Rose
From our florist, Charm of Bloom Theory Design: Making a table setting unique doesn’t take too much. Create conversation pieces with centerpieces and details! A bit of garnish on a menu to elevate the experience is always a nice touch.
Modern Neutrals with a Pop
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with classic white florals. They match everything! And so does the sage green watercolor stationery! Add a pop of color, like pink shown here, adds so much character to the table making this a great tablescape for the spring.
I love how Stephanie styled this tablescape. Using a rich neutral, like gray, as an accent color makes the main color pop. My customers often use gray as the color of the text on my menus and the outcome is always so beautiful!
Peaches & Cream
More from our florist, Charm: Fruits being placed throughout the reception table is also another way to make it unique and casual. The fruits should edible, so that you get to share this experience with others as you wait for the courses to arrive. Totally beats looking at the phone, and encourages conversation!
Old World Charm
For this tablescape, we just swapped out the dusty rose watercolor stationery, from the last set up, for the walnut brown menus, table numbers and delicate banner placecard tags. Such a small change but it changes the tone of the table to an old world feel. This is my favorite tablescape for a fall wedding!
Thanks for taking a peek! What table would best suit your unique personality? I’d love to know in the comments below.
Coming in to the New Year I was excited to get back to work after Christmas break and this was the first suite up! Here we are 8 months later and it’s still one of my favorites!
Take a scroll and reminisce with me over this glorious purple lavender shoot that was mixed with silver galvanized metals at Brick 828 at Liberty Station in San Diego. The venue is so named as you are surrounded by the rich red bricks, giving the event such a warm light!
I received so many glorious galleries from the many photographeres at the shoot, but I narrowed it down to two ladies’ images to share with you today! Take a look!
I loved this welcome table set up with the seating chart displayed on galvanized metal sheets! They were stunning in person but challenging to photograph!
As always, Kristin Smith of KS Floral Concepts brought the most amazing florals! I’m in love with her bouquets and installations!
When Stephanie Weber and Melissa Fe Chapman reached out to me about working on an Alice in Wonderland styled shoot, I enthusiastically responded, “YES!!”
I love all things Disney so when I get to combine that passion with my love of paper and design, I just get giddy!
The mood board for the shoot was primarily a garden wedding, so I while I designed the invite, I thought about ways to make the invitation classy like a garden wedding but whimsical for Alice’s topsy turvy world.
I wrapped the invite in a sheet of vellum printed with vines, but with a unique cut for that touch of whimsy, but my favorite part was the wax seal, impressed with a key! These elements combined to give that “through the looking glass” feel as you enter into Wonderland.
Once the guest opened up their invitation, they were greeted with a simple invite with draping vines. A pop of color was added through the blush pink envelope and large handpainted flowers!
My next project was creating matching vow books and a quote from Alice: Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.
Alright! Enough about the paper details, let’s get to the gorgeous bride… the most perfect Alice!
From Stephanie: We recreated a lot of the elements in the film, from the tea cups, clocks and whimsical florals to the “eat me” cookies, and we even had Lewis, Carol and Alice join our mad tea party as our very important guests. The designs chosen for the ceremony and reception site included a mismatched combination of shabby chic rentals, bringing to life the mad tea party. We showcased vintage books, keys, and even The White Rabbit made an appearance throughout the shoot.
The best part of working on a styled shoot is seeing all the vendors coming together, each with their own talents, to create something fresh and unique. Since I got to attend this shoot in person, I loved watching the florist work, as Alison arrived with buckets of beautiful stems and then transformed them into these amazingly intricate installations!
As the photographers moved on from shooting the ceremony to portraits, the vendor team assembled to redress the area for the reception. No one had worked together prior to this day, and yet we all worked seamlessly with the final vision in mind. It was so fun to watch the photographers and organizers of the shoot to come back later and see it all done and put together, that’s a sign of a good team for sure!
More from Stephanie: We ended our shoot as the sun set and our couple enjoyed reading a book, much like when the story began with Alice and she entered wonderland as her sister read her a book.
Last fall, Gabrielle reached out to me about a painting of Avett Brothers lyrics for signage at her spring wedding… and then a floral painting of an H for her new last name… and then addressing her wedding invitation envelopes… and then…. and then…
When a favorite customer returns time and time and again, it sure makes me happy. It means that they love working with me and appreciate my work and that truly means the world to me!
Gabrielle’s amazing photographer, Dana Cubbage, was kind enough to send me the gallery from their May wedding in South Carolina. She took so many details shots which made me feel like I was right there in the front row during this gorgeous wedding!
If you would like to work together on wedding placecards or signage as shown here, please reach out via the Contact form linked at the top of the page!
This was an unusual start to the year for me! My shop usually gets busy in January but this year it was rather slow which left me plenty of time to focus on some 2019 goals… take a look!
Going in to the new year, I had one major goal: to create and list more PRINTS! And this included printed versions of my godparent and bridesmaid cards! Since my shop was unusually slow, I got this goal for the year off my list right away!
Midway through the month, the amazing Stephanie Weber planned and photographed an amazing shoot that featured my watercolor wedding line, florals by Bloom Theory Design and tabletop rentals by Rustic Peony Co! When I first approached her last October about doing this product shoot, I never could have imagined such beauty… it truly was a dream come true and I can’t wait to share more in a later blog post.
While I may work directly with brides more often than not, I love getting to work directly with photographers for their brides! These vow books were commissioned and photographed by Janita Mestre for her client welcome gifts! I love all her ribbon, textures and dishes. Such a pretty setting for my handmade books.
Much of the month was spent working on styled shoots that both took place in Southern California at the end of the month….
Next month I’ll be sharing a full post on this, but I have to share a sneak peek with you now! This Alice in Wonderland themed wedding was absolute perfection! Essentially it was a whimsical garden wedding but with the perfect touch of Alice scattered throughout the details: rabbits, clocks, and keys graced the grounds at Chateau Adare in Murrieta! Melissa Fe Chapman and Stephanie Weber dreamed up the perfect shoot for Alice!
The month of February started with a trip to Europe for me and the hubby! We ate our way through Rome, experienced so much history, and then Andy consulted on a BBQ restaurant that has now opened in Barcelona, Spain!
While we were gone, Cassy Velazquez photographed some of my stationery at a styled shoot at the Ebell Club!
Also while we were gone, my feature in the SD Voyager was published! Go take a read!
Once we got back from our trip, I made up the time quick making those last 10 days of the month SUPER productive…
First up, more vow books! Both sets for photographer welcome gifts for their new clients.
And lots and lots of painting… from bridesmaid cards to placecard tags! I’m so thankful for these customers who were patiently awaiting my return from Europe!
Plus these cute little banners for a Cancun wedding! Photos by Sarani Photography.
And just before the month was over, I created a free printable monthly calendar for my email subscribers! I had been thinking awhile on what type of freebie I could give to my followers and grow my email list. I really love how it came out and enjoy releasing a new one each month with my Floral Letters. Want to get your own? Get your download here.
After taking off so much of February, the month of March felt super productive as I started gearing up for my Mother’s Day sale in April!
But first, I want to share this dusty rose invitation suite from a styled shoot that took place in Washington under the spring cherry blossoms! Photographed by Stormy Baldwin.
And then here’s a sneak peek from another shoot I worked on in the month of March… This my own image but will definitely be sharing more of the gallery from the amazing Selycia Yang!
Before I get into the gifts for Mother’s Day, I have to share this painting I created for my mama friend Hedder and her sweet baby boy, Drew Bear. For the baby shower gift, I had asked for some general ideas of the nursery decor: woodsy, bears, rustic browns and grays… and then she gave me this verse from the book of Matthew. Between all of that, it was easy to come up with a custom painting for his room by placing his very name within the verse itself! I love how this piece came out so much and by the look on sweet her face when she opened it, she loved it too!
And as a belated Christmas gift, my own mama commissioned these canvases for some of her best friends. I don’t often work with acrylic paint so this was a fun challenge for me! But of course I love how they came out featuring the lyrics to the song “Beautiful Savior!”
Now on to Mother’s Day (and anniversary) gifts! Creating watercolor portraits truly is one of my favorite projects that cross my desk. Turning those favorite photos into watercolor paintings is a joy for me! Adding a wedding portrait to the mix was a fun new challenge too, but that bouquet was SO fun to paint!
Handlettering truly is my passion… many years ago I fell in love with typography, the design and the flow of letters. So when Sandrina from Rustic Peony Co commissioned some bible verses to be painted for her house, I was so excited!! These 16×20 paintings were painted with so much love!
In case you haven’t heard me talk about Stephanie Weber enough in this post, she was gracious enough to photograph these flatlays for me of my watercolor cards and tags! She has such an eye for detail and I’m thankful she shares her talents with me!
And of course, the month included all the Etsy orders that came in… like these menus for Sheila’s 40th birthday dinner!
And although this wedding JUST happened last weekend, it was in March that I painted this keepsake for Candice’s husband to be! With subtle touches of pink, peach, and gold the paper alone is a work of art but the sweet words to her groom are my favorite.
And more and more and more watercolor cards! You’d think I’d be sick of painting these but I really truly am not. I’m so thankful to get to spend my days with my paint brush in hand…. although I’m running out of Netflix shows to binge watch listen to while I work.
Last, but not least, Julia had me paint up some signage for her wedding…
I always like to take photos before I ship everything…
But then I got these photos straight from Julia’s photographer, Michelle Preau Photography… whoo hoo!! I’m always so excited to get REAL wedding photos back!!
Thank you so much for reading! I love my work so much and I am happy to share it with you!! If you ever have any questions, please reach out! My inbox is waiting for you!
While this shoot was well over a year ago, it was the first shoot I attended with multiple photographers. Whenever I can attend a shoot in person, I leap at the chance. The connections made while at a shoot are unforgettable and for this homebody who would rather stay in her pajamas working behind a desk, I really need these opportunities to force myself outside because I never regret it!
There were so many talented photographers there, but I decided to just use one gallery here for a cohesive post. Take a look at my Instagram for some more imagery from other photographers who attended.
As always, I like to start any wedding post off with the invitation!
As I worked with the organizer, Katie Hammond, she requested a wood welcome sign. After some emailing, we decided to do this quote instead and then on the day of the shoot, the florist and designer loved it so much that they used it as a focal point for the reception area. Needless to say, I was overjoyed to see them use it in this way!
The Lot 8 venue is so open while having such great bones to work with… the succulents used for the placecards were plucked (with permission since we only needed 4, ha!) straight from the venue itself.
One of my favorite cakes ever… I love how each layer has its own distinct look! By Oh So Lovely Desserts
It was such a fun day, thanks for taking a look at the beauty!
Last spring, the talented wedding planner and stylist Loukia Arapian reached out to me to create a suite for an elopement she was planning at Lake Geneva in the Swiss Alps. Even though the couple was eloping, they had the most stunning details and I loved being a part of it!
I love creating suites with watercolor washed handmade paper. A lot of love goes into every single page. As the elopement would be outdoors in nature, we sealed the invitation with a rooted tree and tied with thin gold thread.
I strive to create unique gifts for Mother’s Day, and luckily for you, not just for my mom! I love creating gifts for YOU to give the mothers in your life too! I collected a few of my favorite items—that you can purchase today—that I guarantee will make your mom, your wife, your grandmother smile straight from the heart!
1. Watercolor Family Portrait
A watercolor painting turns your photos into works of art! Whether you want to use a professional photo or snapshot from your phone, using a photo that you love puts more emphasis on the sentimental bond of love between the mother and child, or grandmother and grandchild (hint, hint!!). These watercolor portraits are always a hit!
I’ve been selling these little cuties since 2014! I love how the stylized look of their profiles make you focus in on their unique features: their buttons noses, the shape of their lips, and the curl of their hair.
I don’t think I could describe why I love these signs so much, not any more than the Avett Brothers say in their song: “Always remember, there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.” There’s so much love and history in a last name, so many memories behind each family. These last name signs immortalize that love in a beautiful way!
If you just can’t pick between the last two products, here’s a combo option of my Floral Letters with the papercut silhouettes. The 8×10 size is perfect for family’s with 2 kids, but larger sizes and other variations are available.
Last June, I traveled down to the Milagro Winery in Ramona, California for a wedding styled shoot. I love when I get the chance to actually attend a photo shoot in person. The creativity is just so contagious. I love watching talented people come together to use their skills collectively as a team to build something magical!
This particular shoot had such a romantic feel to it! The color scheme centered around dusty blues, cream and peaches. I had so much for designing the stationery and other lettered goods!
When the shoots are photographed by multiple people, I try to select just one to highlight so my blog post is cohesive, but this time I just couldn’t pick just one. Hope you enjoy seeing this wedding through these many skilled eyes…
Invitation Photos taken by yours truly…
I loved getting to work on this acrylic sign! I incorporated the leafy design from the stationery paired with whimsical script and a classy serif font.
The table setting was so ethereal and full of a variety of textures. That table cloth alone was so feminine and just made you want to run your hands across it! The handmade paper menu and vellum placecards added even more texture to an already perfect tablescape!