June 25, 2019

Styled Shoot with Imoni Events

photos by Studio Nouveau

We were so thrilled to be asked by Catherine Dooley at North Corner Haven to participate in a lovely photo shoot they were partnering on with Imoni Events, Hannah Bowman, and The Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte, NC.  They gave us some beautiful inspiration boards and we were able to pull together some pieces that we think look amazing with their breathtaking designs.  Thank you for including us, and all photos are from Studio Nouveau.

Our custom printed acrylic menus with hand painted backing are a super chic new style that we are getting several requests for… Venue is the Ballantyne Hotel; florals by Lily Green Thumbs, rentals are by Party Reflections, and chairs are from Old South Vintage Rentals.

One of our other new favorite signatures are our place card coasters. Our calligrapher (Claudia Engel, Hatch Cove Designs, Elizabeth Jones, etc) handwrites names on whatever material the designer is using to dress the table, which acts not only as a place card, but also keeps the table from those big wet marks.

Location is North Corner Haven; Florals are by John Lupton Events; rentals are by Party Reflections, and chairs are from Old South Vintage Rentals.

Venue is the Ballantyne Hotel; florals by Lily Green Thumbs, rentals are by Party Reflections, and chairs are from Old South Vintage Rentals.

June 18, 2019

Smile!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We are totally into the resurgence of couples using photos (usually engagement photos) on their wedding printing. The most popular place we are seeing the pic used are on Save the Dates… But, other good spots could be the wedding welcome booklets, thank you notes, or  a surprise detail at the wedding.

photo by Christian Oth Studio

If you were more the type that wanted to downplay a photo but still use one, here we used one as the backing on a couple’s save the dates. It’s not the first thing guests see when they open the envelope, but would be great to put up on the fridge!

photo by Liz Banfield

These clients wanted to incorporate a photo of their dogs, but not so far as a full scale one, so printing custom stamps featuring their photo was a perfect fit!  This could also work for those wanting a subtle photo situation.

This is one of our favorite new ideas… this couple used an engagement photo on their engagement party thank you notes.

June 11, 2019

Wedding Welcome Gifts

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

What better way to thank guests for  traveling to coming to your wedding than by making their stay comfortable with treats, goodies, or local items maybe they didn’t think to pack? our wedding welcome gifts have earned a reputation for being a sought after take home.  For a recent wedding (all gifts featured were from Tara Guerard designed weddings) in Watercolor, Florida, many guests were staying in rental homes or AirBnB’s. Basic items like bottled waters, and snacks, and a kit including drug store items that could save guests a trip…

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a home wedding in Augusta, GA, it was all about pretty packaging. The water bottles featured custom printed labels with a watercolor illustration of the home.. pretty handmade cookies in acrylic boxes, and a lovely letterpress welcome tag.  The reusable bags were easy for guests to pack and take home for grocery or shopping trips.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a New York based couple marrying seaside in Newport, RI, sophisticated water elements set the theme for the welcome bag.  We also created a whimsical water design that we had embroidered onto cotton drawstring bags.  Guests could use them as laundry bags while traveling.

photos by Tec Petaja

This couple wanted to include their sweet French Bulldog puppy somehow, so we created an illustration to be used on the water bottle labels.  We have also been including our ER Kits in the bags… These are little pouches or containers that include individual items like advil, eye drops, tums, band aids, hangover patches, etc.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Tara and her clients are always looking for new containers… Here we used canvas baskets that we had printed with our hand illustrated map of Charleston (where the wedding weekend took place).

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

June 4, 2019

Please Take Your Seat

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We love to see how the wedding designers we work with get creative with our escort cards and their displays. Cocktail hour can often be an area that is hard to do a lot of decor, so these are ways to add something of interest. Maybe some of ours will inspire yours!  Above, for our Newport, RI wedding full of Francophilia, a French market stand display was set up- we filled printed paper cones with lavender and caligraphied guests names and table numbers on them. A sweet touch for guests to take with them to their table.  These weddings were all designed by Tara Guerard Soiree.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a garden inspired wedding, metal plant tags were handwritten with names and table numbers and planted in moss covered garden boxes.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Sometimes there is an empty space or something you’d like to cover up… For a late summer wedding in Aspen, CO bringing in some softer colors to the darker masculine space was needed. A large chandelier was covered with natural greenery, and die cut floral cards were hung at eye level creating a gorge “floral” centerpiece.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

At a nautical themed rehearsal dinner, flags were pinned to a watercolored painted board just for fun!

photo by Adrienne Page

We had a lot of fun designing details for a wedding we recently featured for a golf loving couple… their escort cards were embroidered golf towels .. guests were blown away by this detail.

photo by Liz Banfield 

Sometimes something more simple or traditional is more fitting. Thoughtful details can go far in making a lasting impression. For a Georgia wedding, the traditional escort cards were displayed using granite rocks (native to the state). Think about local resources or surroundings that you can bring into the design. A gorgeous floral arrangement and linen finishes the look.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a wedding using varying shades of blue, we found a pretty patterned fabric that we used throughout the wedding decor, and then had our calligrapher using complimentary shades of blue ink for a layered look. Oh, and we used white subway tiles instead of paper just for something fun and unexpected.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We needed to incorporate animals into the decor for a “party animal” wedding… Animal busts are having a moment so finding affordable ones to use wasn’t too hard- lay out perfectly simple cards on a moss covered shelf and you have a keen little vignette.

May 28, 2019

The Night Before

photo by Jessica Claire

While working with clients on their wedding invitations and printing, we love the chance to switch it up and design something fun and lowkey for their rehearsal dinners or party packs. Here are just a few invites that we’ve done and wanted to share. For a waterside welcome party with a navy, white, and coral palette, cabana stripes set the tone.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a different Friday nautical night, traditional red, white, and blue was just right.

photo by Melanie Mauer

For a rehearsal dinner BBQ held on the couple’s farm, a fun nod to farm life was created.

photo by Liz Banfield

The wedding printing for this Sea Island, GA weekend featured a custom flora and fauna theme we designed… So, keeping in line with the same look, a more casual floral look was featured for the rehearsal night. Palms were a perfect choice for a seaside party on the Georgia coast.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

The rehearsal dinner invitation was part of a party pack guests received for this Newport, RI wedding weekend. All of the additional parties throughout the weekend – a welcome party, nautical rehearsal dinner, and send off brunch were all coordinated and packaged together.