Blush and Gold Wedding in Lake Geneva, a Swiss Elopement

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.

Gabriela Oswald Photography created such magic that day, I love her eye and her light and airy feel in the photos.

I’m truly honored to have been a part of this day, I just wish I could have been there in person! So gorgeous!

Vendor Love
Photography:
Gabriela Oswald Photography
Planning & Styling:
Loukia Arapian
Stationery:
Sam Allen Creates
Rings:
@aquadeoro.ch
Ring box:
@esselesf
Vintage stamps:
Ink on Paper
Flowers:
Louloudia Art Floral
Chairs:
Options France

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Guide, Personalized Artwork and Unique Presents from the Heart

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!

Links to purchase: Watercolor Family Portraits


2. Hand Drawn Papercut Silhouette

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.

Links to purchase: Single Person or Siblings Silhouettes


3. Floral Last Name Sign

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!

Links to purchase: Floral Last Name Sign or Evergreen Last Name Sign or message me to discuss a custom design like the Maine coast one pictured above.


4. Floral Letters and Papercut Silhouettes

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.

To purchase: Floral Letters with Papercut Silhouettes


5. Custom Painting of Favorite Verse or Saying

The final route is going totally custom and having her favorite verse or saying written in watercolor calligraphy, all painted within a watercolor floral wreath!

To purchase: Custom Watercolor Painting


Bonus! With any purchase from this Gift Guide, I will include this year’s Mother’s Day card for FREE!

To receive your free card, please make a note in your order notes during checkout and mention this blog post!

Bonus Number TWO: All of the watercolor paintings are on sale in my shop until April 28!! Click through the links above to view pricing. Spaces are limited for Mother’s Day delivery so order soon.

Milagro Winery Wedding, Styled Shoot in Ramona, California

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.

Katy Annalee Photography
Jessica Schmuckle

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!

Sam Allen Creates
Morgan Dove Photography
Staci Stack
Dock Photos of Bride and Groom by Janita Mestre Photography

Thanks to all these lovely vendors:
Venue:
Milagro Winery
Rentals:
Rustic Urban Events
Linens:
Nuage Designs Inc
Silk ribbons:
Paperie And Silk
Decor items/table decor:
Antiqueology
Stylist:
Tilly Mestre
Designer/Coordinator:
Janita Mestre Photography
Florist:
Paloma_Blanca_Flowers
Makeup:
Tiffany Sharman
Hair:
Karissa Breann Photography
Dress:
Lulus
Tux:
Stitch And Tie
Cake + goodies:
Sweet Maple Creations
Models:
Chase Lytle + Ally Saunders
Stationery + Calligraphy:
Sam Allen Creates
Videographer:
Isaiah Adona
Shoes:
Bella Belle Shoes

Rapunzel Inspired Wedding, Styled Shoot – Photography by Jess Palatucci

As featured on Wedding Chicks!

You may not know this, but Rapunzel is my favorite Disney princess! I love her spirit and her heart. And her love of the arts!

I jumped at the chance to design an invitation for a Tangled themed wedding! I bought books about the art of the movie to dive deep into its conception and learn more about the background of its artwork.

My concept of the invitation artwork was inspired by Rapunzel’s hair when her and Flynn go into town. The top left florals wrap around behind the main part of the invite, and end at the bottom right. I threw in a bird and butterfly for good measure and then lined the edge of the circle with gold metallic dots to represent the lanterns that the town lights each year.

And then on the details page, I painted a yellow lily-like flower to represent the flower that gives Rapunzel’s hair its healing powers.

While these details are subtle and may be missed by the average viewer, I loved creating them and wanted to give the suite an added depth that only the strongest Rapunzel fans may notice and appreciate.

But one of my favorite details in the stationery was the addition of a golden sun wax seal! It’s so very subtle but adds that royal look of the sun logo from the movie.

Please keep scrolling to see all the magic that Jess Palatucci documented on that gorgeous day in Pennsylvania last spring!

A big thanks to all the vendors who made this day happen:
Photography | Jess Palatucci
Assisting | Kia Marie Stone
Videographer | KGD Films
Planning | La Rue Events 
Concept | Nicole Newgaskt
Makeup | Kiss and Makeup
Hair | @Reelstyle_beauty 
Wardrobe Styling | Elizabeth Jones Styling
Venue Management & Rentals | Open Aire Affairs 
Venue | Historic Strawberry Mansion
Vintage Rentals | Lilac and Lace Co
Balloon Installation | @peonies.events
Stationery | Sam Allen Creates
Styling Boards | Curio & Oak
Ribbon | A Ribbon’s Nest
Calligraphy Mirrors | @barelyblushink
Florals | @miss.bergamot
Cake & Desserts | Lysa’s Caketique
Dress Designer | Calla Blanche Dress
Dress Shop | Vesa Brides
Jewelry | @marnielewisjewelry
Rings | Harry Merrill
Suit | Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes | Colehaan 
Models | @littleashleylynn & @rusty_shackleford90

Sam Allen Creates: October thru December 2018

I really love the end of the year! October and November are such crazy busy months but I just love my job so much! And then by the second week of December, everything just slows down and I can enjoy that special time of the year with my family! This year was just the best yet, hope you enjoy this glimpse into all the fun projects that crossed my desk this fall and holiday season!

View Part 1 of my 2018 Review here.
Part 2, April–June 2018 Review
and Part 3, July–September 2018 Review


October

The month started with an order of handpainted wedding placecards and table numbers. I adore these photos supplied by Kaitlyn’s wedding photographer, Lyndsie Smith.

Dusty blue envelopes for the win! This shade of blue has just been so popular. I was pretty excited when the inquiry came in! Plus, I LOVE addressing envelopes!

When Kayla Denae told me she was going to do a giveaway for a styled engagement session, I jumped on board to create a special calligraphy piece for the couple. But then when she shared her ideas for the shoot, I couldn’t decide which quote to go with so I just made them both! Please go take a look at Kayla’s blog post, it’s so full of woodsy inspiration and a gorgeous couple!

The letter C made of a sweet little miss’s favorite shades of purple with a neutral green background all ready to be hung in her bedroom! Custom painted letters, created in the color scheme of your choice available here.

A lot of the latter half of October was spent creating an extensive watercolor line… I’ll be sure to post more about this soon, but the basic idea and goal was to create a full package extending from my popular watercolor tags! So those looking for placecards can find matching table numbers and menus too! Oh and bridesmaid proposal and thank you cards! Whew!

As I was working on my product line to be sent to the amazing Stephanie Weber to photograph, I also created her family a watercolor portrait as a thank you! Aren’t they precious?!

Part of my watercolor line includes these table number cards and I love that this bride also ordered matching handpainted signs for her cards and gifts table along with her dessert table! Thanks Eva Lin Photography for the images!

As the month closes, let’s start to turn toward Christmas! Eek! I absolutely adored getting to work on these custom stamps for omslag.se! These photos they’ve shared are just GORGEOUS! Take a look at their Instagram for even more beauty!


November

If the year wasn’t crazy enough, in the month of November, it really picked up (as it usually does).

First up, a styled shoot in Joshua Tree! If you love this peek, take a look at the full blog post here. Photos by Lisette Gatliff Photography.

Just in the nick of time, I created some “fill in the blank” menus for Thanksgiving… a gift for those who signed up for my newsletter! (and I started a newsletter this month too, because I just needed to add more to my plate!).

Another one of the “big” items that I launched this year were these little “thankful for” tags! They were an unexpected smash hit!

In addition to creating tag placecards, I also painted names on these gorgeous marble tiles for a Friendsgiving!

Earlier in the month, I painted a new logo for Harper and Grace Photography! Rachel had it up on her site the very day I sent the final files! Interested in having me write out your business name, take a look at my shop here!

I loved this spin on my usual Floral Lettered last name signs. This customer wanted me to paint more tropical flowers as a gift for a friend who was married in Hawaii last year! I really loved mixing it up!

November is really my busiest month for creating Christmas gifts! This painting was made as a gift from one sister to the other, created from a wedding picture! Watercolor portraits available here.

Creating custom Christmas cards usually starts in November, and sometimes even October! I loved creating this year’s set of cards and am already dreaming of 2019 designs. (this first card is my very own with my guys! at Disneyland!)

In September, one of my forever friends had her first baby, a gorgeous baby girl named Lennon! I loved getting to design little Lennon’s birth announcement as a gift to the new sleep deprived parents, with photos taken by the happy-as-can-be daddy! (See a behind the scenes video of my painting in progress on my Instagram!)

And of course, we must circle back to the happenings in the wedding world…

The first of many vow book sets were made for my friend and fellow creative, Stephanie Weber. I love her welcome packages for her clients. You can see the passion and care she gives her brides right away in these packages! See more on her blog here.

These placecard tags were painted during an Instagram LIVE, during which I answered questions about my process and viewers got to watch me paint in real time! After the LIVE was done, I painted some more for a video which I posted on Instagram here…. But best of all, I got this gorgeous real wedding photo back from their photographer, Darla Winn Photography! I just LOVE getting real wedding photos back from my customers!

A succulent and greenery watercolor painted wreath for an April wedding! Painting in green is my favorite since it’s my favorite color! Custom paintings available in my Etsy shop here.

A watercolor painted Floral Letter H, painted with a touch of gold for a May wedding along with a large poster of song lyrics. I can’t wait to see these wedding photos!

Adorable boutonnieres made for the men at this wedding photographed by Montana Crumlish! I love it when my tags get used with gorgeous florals (San Diego florist, Janna Hatch)!


December

Here we go, rounding the final corner into the end zone of 2018 (I think I may be mixing sports metaphors here, but you know what I mean!).

The month started with not only designing these Christmas cards but also in taking the family photos myself!

And I also got to design this Christmas card for my bestie, there was definitely a theme in all of these cards! They’re still hanging in my house and I feel like you can really tell they were all designed by the same person!

For this year’s annual ornament gift for our family and friend’s, I created these clay ornaments using air dry clay and cookie cutters! Each person or family received a letter to represent their name painted in either pine tree branches or floral leafy vines!

One of the last projects I tackled before Christmas was creating these Friends themed baby shower invites! As a diehard fan of the show, I definitely felt the pressure in designing them but truly love how they came out!

And of course, we can’t let the month go by without some wedding details!

A beautiful boho inspired styled shoot, full of rich detail and even handmade macrame! Photos by Melissa Fe Chapman.

December wouldn’t be complete without sharing some Christmas gifts that I got to work on!

Hand drawn Papercut Silhouettes…

Watercolor portraits…

And of course a personalized ornament for one sweet little girl’s first Christmas!

And finally, just days before Christmas, I got this Kraft paper roll sign finished for my new friend Caitlin who I met while working on this styled shoot. I’ll be updating this soon with photos of it hung in her home, so excited to share with you!


And with that, the year 2018 ended. Looking back on all the marvelous work I got to do, I feel so blessed and so thankful for each and every customer, friend, and collaboration! Thank you for taking a look, I appreciate your love and support!!

Desert Boho Wedding in Joshua Tree, California

I remember when Jessica first asked me to join her on this shoot… and then listed off all the things she wanted done. Yes, yes, and yes; I replied! I love getting to letter outside of paper so when she brought over the tambourines, agate slices and mirrors for me to write on, I was so ecstatic!

This shoot was so full of the best boho details, layered full of textures and materials. Hope you enjoy gazing at all the beauty with me!


Photographer: Lisette Gatliff

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.


If you’re interested in having me address your wedding invitation envelopes, take a look at my Etsy shop! And email me for a custom quote on your invitations, agate placecards or mirror signage!

Watercolor menus available for purchase here.

I just adored Jessica’s idea to use a tambourine as the bride’s bouquet! Such a fun twist on the traditional!


Vendors, who made all this possible!
*Venue: Tumbleweed Sanctuary
*Planner/Stylist/Creative Director: Jessica Schmuckle Photography
*Host: Styled Shoots Across America 
Photographer: Lisette Gatliff
Day of Assistant: Katherine Elaine Photography
Professional Models (Kristina & Areg): @kristina.fx 
Professional Bridal gown (Krisitna): BHLDN
Bridal Jewelry: @nordstrom @anthropologie
Real Life Couple Models (Melissa & Andrew): @mel_belle13 @american_augie
Real Life Couple Bridal Gown (Melissa): @lulus 
Mala Prayer Beads: @mala_wanderer
Sage Bundles: @taylor.spurrier
Candles: @joshuatreecandleco
Cake: @mirandas_sweet_treats
Stationery/Calligrapher: Sam Allen Creates
Bridal Jacket: Revelle Bridal & The Mrs. Jacket
Bridal Hat: Tiny Trucker Co
Bridal shoes: Converse, Bella Belle Shoes, Badgley Mischa Bride
Ring Box: The Mrs Box
Tux: Friar Tux
Silks: A Ribbon’s Nest & Honey Silks
Catering: The Natural Sisters Cafe
Florist: KS Floral Concepts
HMUA: @bowsandarrowhair & Krystyl Hernandez
Agates/Place cards/Cake topper: Suspend.it
Bridal Details: Kai Fragrance
Styling/Rentals: Touched By Time Vintage Rentals
Large succulents: @thecactusmart
Macrame: Macramama

Floral Kissed Romantic Washington Shoot, Photographed by Caitlin Houser

I always think back to this shoot from last summer with a smile… Caitlin Houser just worked magic with my stationery and handlettered fabric. It must have been divine intervention that connected us as I am ever so thankful for the images captured this day!

Hope you enjoy taking a look at this beauty, all thanks to this lovely vendor team:

Photographer: Caitlin Houser Photography
Florist:
Colfax Flowers, Decor & More
Rental Items:
Artifact Rentals
Jewelry:
Sam Dial Jewelers
Hair/Makeup:
Taylor Osborne of Halo Salon
Dress: Saved by the Dress
Invitation Suite and Calligraphy:
Sam Allen Creates

Published on Apple Brides.

Cinderella Inspired Fairytale Wedding Invitation Suite, Photographed and Styled by Michelle Santiago

Last February when I first shared this sketch of Cinderella’s castle, I made the connection with Michelle Santiago of Neva Michelle Photography. I was so blessed that she wanted to photograph a whole suite built around this sketch! Needless to say, I was thrilled with the result, and a year later, this is still my favorite photoshoot!

A bit more about the process: I wanted a vintage look for the invite. No fonts, but all handwritten! Each piece of handmade paper was painted with a blue and gray watercolor wash to age the paper and the cherry on top was a pink and silver wax seal of a crown. Even the postage stamps were on theme and I am still so in love!

I love crafting wedding invitations, layering in textures and colors and small nods of personality!

Sleeping Beauty Inspired, Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation Suite, Photographed by Michelle Santiago

Last spring, I created this Disney inspired Sleeping Beauty invitation suite. I wanted to design a suite that perhaps Aurora would have chosen from her princess wedding, a wedding dripping in garden florals with hints of gold! And of course I went with pink, but threw in accents of blue so all the fairies would be happy!

The suite and handpainted song lyrics were lovingly styled and photographed by Neva Michelle Photography.

Sam Allen Creates: July thru September 2018

I really adore making these review posts… to be able to see all the work I created each month all in one place amazes me… God has blessed me so abundantly with so many awesome projects and clients. I’m so thankful for Him who gave me these talents that I can share with the world. I hope you love reviewing these summer months as much as I did making everything!

View Part 1 of my 2018 Review here.
And
Part 2 here.


July

Earlier in 2018, I designed a suite for a July elopement in Switzerland! Planned and styled by Loukia Arapian, photographed by Gabriela Oswald.

The month also started with an email from Tiffany Greenleaf, an incredibly talented florist in Newport Beach, who contracted me for placecards and a ton of a acrylic goodness! Side note: this was the first full wedding that I got to make the watercolor tags for! Photos by Jack Randall Photography.

I was also blessed this year by the talents of Carmen Soares of Beyond the Gates Photography. She had reached out wanting to shoot some flatlays and I sent her a TON of items to play with including these fabric menus and I just ADORE all the work she did for me! If you’re in Oregon, look her up!

In the middle of the month, I made a divine connection with Caitlin Houser just in time for her styled shoot in Washington! She was able to use some items I had made earlier in the year for a shoot that I never received photos from. I’m still so over the moon from this shoot!

The month also included the “official” launch of my watercolor portraits! I celebrated with a giveaway on my Instagram and a sale in my shop! Such sweet families! Find more information about my portraits here.

The month also included getting to make these placecards for Memorial table! What a sweet sentiment to the parents and gradparents! Photo by Vitae Weddings.

Toward the end of the month, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland animated film celebrated its anniversary! The year prior, I painted a similar piece which launched my Floral Letters line. After a year of painting practice, I recreated this piece and am so in love with the added depth.

Another set of placecards made for a wedding with a custom mix of blue green paint. I’m still so amazed at how successful these little tags have been!

Along with some matching signage for the guestbook table! Photos by Meghan Mehan.

And more watercolor tags for these baby shower gifts! I was just salivating when Erica showed me these photos! See more of her sweet treats on her site: http://winkbyerica.com

I just adored getting to work on these welcome stickers for this September bride! The watercolor florals were painted to match the lace of her wedding dress!! How cool is that?! I loved when Marina presented the idea to me

This invitation was created for my besties stepmother! Such a fun celebration was in the works and I was honored to get to create not only the Save the Dates but also the invitation.

For another September bride, watercolor spot calligraphy for her invitation designer: Happily Ever After Invitations. See the final stationery pieces below, photographed by Katelyn Turner.

The month ended with celebrating at one of my forever friend’s baby shower!! I was honored to design the invitation for the shower and I also handpainted a globe for the nursery!


August

As July concluded and August began, I was working with a bride on her Tahoe wedding! I absolutely adored the work we created together and even better, I received all of these amazing photos from her photographer, Torrey Fox Photography!

Around here, school starts mid-August and in honor of this big day, I created an alphabet print of my Floral Letters! This is currently hanging in my office but I do hope to make a print of it to make it available for all of you!

Did you notice those table numbers above in the Tahoe wedding?? After I finished those acrylic table numbers in July, I created a watercolor version and listed them in my shop and started selling them right away! Along with the table numbers, I also listed bridesmaid proposal cards! I have been selling those for years but as embossed cards! Adding these to my shop was a BIG update and they have been highly favored by brides. It was super exciting to see them going out into the world! Available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

Another twist on one of my current listing of banner tags was the creation of these watercolor dipped tags for an Aruba wedding!

And another set of tags for Aruba… by Crooze Photography

And so many more watercolor tags were made… I am so happy with how much people are loving this new addition to my shop! The below photo is from Allison Williams Photography in Chicago.

Back in the beginning of the month, this lovely mama-to-be contacted me to create some signage and keepsakes for her baby shower. After which she left me such a sweet review!

Sam created two beautiful watercolor calligraphy pieces for my baby shower which became artwork after the shower and will, no doubt, become a treasured family heirlooms… I really enjoyed working with Sam, appreciate her prompt communication and speedy turn around. I look forward to working with her again!

Ashley G.

After doing logos for years in the corporate world, it still amazes me that I now get to handdraw logos using my pens and paint brushes! This logo was for Plant Powered LulaRoe.

It wouldn’t be the month of August without working on a birthday invitation for one of my little “nieces.” Turning 5 is a BIG deal and I love the mermaid invitation we created! Along with turning 5, Miss Molly also started TK so I painted her up a sign to hold on her first day of school!

After working on Lindsey’s globe, I finally felt comfortable painting in acrylic so next up was painting this piggy bank for another one of my sweet “nieces,” Emma!!

I took the last week of August off as I joined my hubby on a road trip for his BBQ competition team… but before I left I got a start on the Watercolor Summit courses!! Will update with photos soon!


September

The month started with celebrating my mama’s birthday! So of course I had to paint her up a watercolor portrait!

Another painting was made for a September birthday… I love how this aunt chose special lyrics for her niece and even had me add the birthday girl’s name right into the lyrics. Such a special present!

Always love when I get wedding photos of displays such as this showing off my escort card display! Antique keys, oh my!! Photo by Dawn Derbyshire Photography

Mid September, Andy and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary! Wedding vow artwork created by me, photographed by Beyond the Gates.

And finished the other winner of my watercolor portrait giveaway from the month prior. First maternity portrait and I love it!

Oh and speaking of maternity photos… love this shot by Melissa Fe Chapman of one of my fabric banners!

First comes maternity kids, then comes tattoos of your kids names! How’s that for a transition… loved making this tattoo design for Chelsea. We left the last name a little short rather than extending that last letter to allow room for a third name, Lord willing! Loved that idea!

More watercolor tags… these were used for a rehearsal dinner to be tied to bottles of hot sauce! It was a crab boil in North Carolina! I love spicy food and wish I could have gone!

Remember that Mermaid invite above for Miss Molly’s birthday? Well when I forgot to get her a card, I painted her up a gift bag. So in love.

And speaking of gift bags, close to the end of the month, I wrote out these welcome gift tags for partparcelgifts.com. Photo by Molly Hagan Photography.

And of course the month also included more watercolor calligraphy goodness! And the addition of personalized watercolor cards!

And finally, the month ended with a styled shoot planned by Jessica Schmuckle for Styled Sheets Across America! Love how they used my handlettered fabric hanging as a table runner! Photo by Trudy Moylan.


If you got this far, I want to say thank you for reading and sharing in my work! Have any questions, drop me an email or leave a comment below! Thanks for your support! Will be posting Part 4 soon, it’s a big one!