July 25, 2011

lori + eric

My friend Lori just got married to her longtime love Eric.  From the moment of their engagement, the fun couple knew that they wanted a refined yet laid-back feel for their wedding.  They quickly settled on a Chesapeake Bay marina for the site and decided to infuse a subtle beach theme throughout the affair.  Lori kept the look simple and lovely-- pops of color on a white backdrop.  She enlisted my help with some of the details, and I thought I'd share a few of them with you here because everything turned out so nicely.  Thanks to Betsy for the photos in this post!

The yellow and blue color scheme was evident in all of the couple's print pieces from the bridal shower on.  A cohesive design concept from the very beginning really helps set the tone for an event. 

The night before the wedding, Lori gifted each of her bridesmaids with a totally unique Beeps' Peeps beach tote made in fun fabrics chosen to suit each girl's personality.  She gave miniature versions to her flower girls.
In lieu of a traditional guestbook, guests signed this platter for the happy couple.  I personalized the platter ahead of time at a local paint-your-own pottery shop, and guests signed with special ceramic pens.  The platter will be baked in a regular oven to make the signatures permanent.  We made sure to place clear directions on the table and provide plenty of pens.  What a wonderful keepsake!

We adapted digital papers from Two Peas in a Bucket to make these placecards.  Lori purchased the beachy photo holders from The Knot.

Our adapted digital paper worked beautifully in inexpensive Ikea frames to serve as table numbers.  The florist combined single blooms, beach glass, and candlelight for stunning centerpieces.

July 7, 2011

sugar & spice

I have long wanted to do a very simple playdress for very little girls.  My friend Lily at Beatrice & the Bird designs glamorous dresses for grownups that feel like playdresses when you wear them, so I wanted the same idea of a super comfy dress that can be worn in any situation.  Something that would be easy to get on and off (for mom and dad) and durable enough for heavy duty play, something to be worn on its own or over tights and a long-sleeved onesie.  I also wanted to make it truly reversible to maximize use and also for those moments where your precious little one has just smeared jam all over her dress and you are about to walk into a nice party.  After quite a bit of experimenting, I have come up with a design that fits the bill.  With the help of a small (and I do mean small in this case) army of fit models, I'm ready to release the Reversible Everyday Jumper in sizes 6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, and 2T.  I will be bringing them to the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market this Saturday, and I am so excited to hear the customer response.