Romantic Blush Omaha Wedding at the Omaha Design Center

I sometimes look back at my notes I take when I meet with couples at our invitation consultation.  When I look back and Jenn & Austin’s notes and then look at their wedding photos, it reminds me that visions of a wedding day can come true exactly how you want.

Within their notes I have the words of “classic” and “romantic” and “airy”.  What does airy mean when it comes to wedding invitations?  I’m not sure but I believe we nailed it with their design.

Jenn and Austin were a fun couple to work with and you can tell their personalities not only through the design of their wedding invitations, but from the beautiful wedding photos by Green Feather Photography.  They’re not afraid to have a little fun yet know that they wanted to throw a beautiful party to celebrate their marriage.

We gold foiled their invitation and created this oh-so-cute timeline of the day’s events.  I mean, no reason not to miss anything at this wedding!  We paired everything with a blush envelope to tie in this popular color and kept everything…airy.  And romantic.

Congratulations to this amazing couple!  Thank you for choosing me to help design your wedding day and I’m excited for what the future holds for you two!

Jenn & Austin |  4.28.18
Ceremony: St. Columbkille Church, Papillion, Nebraska
Reception: Omaha Design Center
Photographer: Green Feather Photography
Videographer: Roland Massow (check out the video below!)
Florist: Bloomworks
Cake: Cake Creations
Dress: Ready Or Knot
Hair & Makeup: Chloe Heil – Victor Victoria
Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus
DJ: DJ & Lights

Sunflowers, Sunshine and Smiles: Rustic elegance at The Players Club Omaha

I met Chrissy at an All About Weddings Omaha Happy Hour.  Here, other vendors and I meet couples who are engaged, have drinks, eat cake and hopefully help plan their wedding.  This is when Chrissy confessed that she stalked me on Instagram and knows she wanted me to design her wedding invitations.

Ultimate compliment.  We became friends fast.

I met with her and her mom and got her wedding style down pat.  Sunflowers.  Bright, cheery…pretty much summed up this gorgeous bride’s personality as well.  Throw in some lilac purple and sage green and I knew what I wanted to design for this couple.

I definitely brought in a sunflower look with these invites and after looking at the photos from her wedding, I LOVED how everything coordinated perfectly.  Sunflowers: check.  Smiles: check.  But sunshine? 

wedding invitation sunflower omaha nebraska dana osborne designWell, it was a bit cloudy on wedding day.  But you can’t tell from the smiles on Chrissy & Collin’s faces.  I’m pretty sure they lit up the room everywhere they went.

Congrats to this fun couple!  Thank you for letting me design your wedding invitations and here is to a lifetime of sunshine, sunflowers and smiles!

Photographer: Kimberly Dovi Photography
Venue: Divine Sheperd Lutheran Church, Omaha
Reception Venue: The Players Club at Deer Creek
Wedding Planner: Lindsay Elizabeth Events
Videographer: Clark Young Videography
Florist: Fancy Plants
Cake: Cake Creations
Dress: Ellynne Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Ready or Knot
Guy’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup: Joe Bohac from Colour Artistry
Transportation: Ollie the Trolley
DJ: Pat Geho from Complete Weddings
Jewelry: Elisa Ilana

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New Years Eve Downtown Omaha Wedding – Love Warms the Record Cold

I’ve always thought a New Years Eve wedding is the perfect holiday for a wedding.  I mean, you want to stay up late and party anyways, right?  So invite your friends, have a wedding and count down to a new beginning of the year.

I was thrilled when my little brother proposed to his girlfriend on New Years Eve 2016.  Under the fireworks of the Gene Leahy Mall in Omaha, he got down on one knee and surprised her.  They thought that holiday worked well for them, so they set their wedding date for NYE 2017.

I gotta admit, they were my toughest customers last year.  Not because of their style or their demands (there weren’t any) or anything like that.  It’s because I wanted these to be as perfect as they could be.  I wanted to grab the style my future sister-in-law had for the big day and articulate it perfectly in their invitation.  This could be more pressure than I’ve ever put on myself to design wedding invitations. 

We created invitations that matched the day perfectly.  A soft dusty blue watercolor invitation with a fun yet elegant script font adorned their invitations.  The invites were wrapped in a beautiful hand dyed gray blue silk ribbon with a light blue envelope. 

What was most fun created for these two were their wedding day pieces.  Not only ceremony programs, but place cards, an acrylic white ink framed welcome sign, stickers for their New Years party hats and horns, champagne labels and tags for their guest bags, stickers and more.  The personalization was so much fun.

Also fun: the entire day.  The truth is, I design for weddings all the time.  But I don’t get to go to many weddings!  (watch it…I may be crashing yours soon) Paige was beautiful.  Just stunning.  I couldn’t have asked for a better sister than I got with Paige. 

My brother…What happened to that goofy 4 year old that would follow me everywhere?  What happened to that kid in the glasses that would visit me in college?  He’s grown up.  And I’m so proud of him. 

Congrats, Paige & JJ.  Thank you for letting me design for your wedding.  It was an honor and I wish nothing but the best for you guys as your life begins together.

photos by 1962 Archive

Rustic Iowa Wedding with Burgundy Charm: Caylee & Dustin’s wedding day

It seems honestly like forever when I got to work with Caylee and Dustin.  But as wedding seasons come, they go.  I feel horrible for blogging about a 2016 wedding in 2018…but this one is still on my radar because of the amazing pieces I created for this couple.

Caylee was referred to me by a good friend of mine who worked with here.  What a small world to have one of my friends give my name out and then CLICK with the couple instantly.  Caylee had a style I loved.  Rustic, yes.  But with charm. 

Her invites were fun with a polka boarder which we brought into other pieces as well.  And every. thing. coordinated.  My designer heart was full 🙂  We created signs and signs and tent signs for the reception that put everything into place.  Trust me when I say THIS MAKES ME HAPPY.  I know it’s a little thing, but the coordination of everything makes wedding day puzzle pieces fit together.

Beautiful stationery aside, look at this beautiful couple!  Caylee and Dustin beamed on their wedding day and Jamie Van Kley Photography did an amazing job capturing the amazing moments of their wedding day.

Plus, check out Blushing Bells Iowa where Caylee & Dustin’s wedding was featured!



What to expect when you hire an invitation designer

You finally got the ring from the person you know as your best friend. You’re in 100% wedding planning mode.  You have booked the venues and have already thought about the day you try on wedding dresses (what am I kidding…you’ve thought about that day your entire life!).  You check back on your Wedding Pinterest board and realize you need to separate that into distinct planning sections (dress, cake, decor, etc).  And as you browse Pinterest almost daily, you realize…I need someone to help me with some of this stuff.

Does that sound like you?  If so, you’re the perfect bride to hire a designer like myself.  You know what you want.  You know your style.  You can make decisions once you see the amazing options in front of you.  That’s you.  And if that’s you, you’re the couple I want to work with.

I get so lucky to work with so many great brides and grooms over the 10 years I’ve been working with client and couples.  And there are a few traits of these couples that make things easy.  Our expectations align.  So I wanted to jot those down to my easy list of :

What to expect when you hire an invitation designer:

1. Trust me.  Easier said then done, right?  I mean, you have your binder and timeline and shouldn’t we be staring to design my invitations for my November wedding in April?  I mean, that’s what the timeline says!

Slow down.  I got ya.  And that’s trust.  I will make sure your invitations are in your hands before you need to put them in the mail (which is usually 2 months before your wedding day, unless we talked differently).  I would lie to you if I didn’t sweat some timelines myself.  But then that’s on me and I’ll rush ship or print things to get them into your hands in time.  I promise or I’ll make it right some other way.

2. Let me show you some new things. Pinterest has given us a world of beautiful things at our fingertips.  I get many photos shown to me for inspiration, which I love!  Here’s the thing…some designs aren’t meant for you.  I had a bride once who wanted a monogram like the one she showed me.  Wonderful!  I love monograms.  But her name started with a B, and her future husband’s name started with a J…and I don’t want their wedding invitations to have a monogram on them that also refers to anything that would make your grandma blush. 

So I was able to show her a few different things that would work and she ended up loving our creation even more.  So don’t be afraid to see something different. 

3. Communicate with me.  I say this in my Wedding Invitation Guide I send out to couples when they book with me: be honest with me.  I’m designing for YOU….YOU need to like what I do.  If you don’t like something, tell me.  You are not hurting my feelings. 

I have developed some very thick skin to criticism of my work over the years.  I do not take it to heart.  My heart would hurt more if we get everything printed and done and you tell me you didn’t really love it.  UGH!  Then tell me that before we’re done!  We’ll keep working on everything!

4. We can do anything together.  I’ve gotten this line lately: “So you’re like a one stop shop?”  Uh, yes.  But that sounds bad in marketing so I don’t ever say that.  But I can design anything for your wedding day and I’ll make sure we’re staying consistent on the look and style we created.   I love new ideas so if you have something crazy or unique or just want to know if I can help you with something, let me know!  I’d say 95% of the time I will say COUNT ME IN to your idea.

So those are just a few things to keep in mind when you hire an invitation designer.  Looking back at my points, those are also good points for your upcoming marriage too.  Kinda fun connection, huh?

Sparkle in the Rain: Becky & Brent’s silver and gray Iowa City Wedding

I pay attention to the weather forecast on the weekends.  Just so I can hope for a beautiful day for the couples I design for.  The day Becky picked up all her wedding day items, it was a gorgeous fall day.  But Mother Nature had other plans and brought rain on their big day.

But if it rains, dance in the rain.

And this couple did just that.

Becky knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding invitations.  And as we sat and talked about the beautiful ideas she had, I could tell she was on a mission.  A mission for a wedding day her father promised her.  Her father passed away only a few months before this time.  She told me that he promised her that she would have an amazing wedding day.  He was going to make sure of it.

Dance in the rain.

And as we put the pocket wedding invitations together, complete with a silver glitter belly band and silver glitter envelope liners, I knew we were on the right path.  And when a bride knows the current wedding trends I’ve been drooling over on Instagram, it’s even better.  Becky allowed me to create custom hexagonal marble tile place cards, with each guests name and meal choice.  Top it off with marble tile table numbers, which were stunning on each table.

And of course the other wedding day items such as programs, seating chart, custom signs, white print acrylic guest book sign…I can’t even begin to imagine her guests’ reactions when they walked into the reception. I mean, I think Becky and Brent were blown away as well.

Her dad’s promise: kept.  The wedding was a day of their dreams and even though the rain maybe could have stayed away, they danced. And that’s the beginning of a beautiful life together.

Thanks to Lisa Lytton Photography for the wonderful photos and to Diamond Label Films for a wedding video they won’t soon forget.

Congrats you guys.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Time on the Beach – Time for Celebration

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  I mean, it was what the doctor ordered.  My husband and I were celebrating 10 years of marriage (actual anniversary is April 19) and we went back to Jamaica where we spent our honeymoon.

Enter in sunshine, cold drinks and relaxation.

This vacation did a lot for me.  For one, it was a personal accomplishment.

I paid for it.

My business, the one I work so hard on day after day, paid for the entire trip for my husband and I.  And that’s a big thing for me.  Any business owner knows that taking the jump from a promised paycheck vs. being your own boss is scary.  And knowing that the failure rate of all U.S. companies after five years was over 50 percent, and over 70 percent after 10 years, is even more of a reason for me to celebrate.

I’m not one to toot my own horn often, but I am very proud of this.

I’d love to hear from other entrepreneurs and the moment they felt they hit a big goal.  Send me a message and let’s celebrate together!

Golden dream wedding comes to life at Champions Run, Omaha

I seem to find a couple each year that will put their fingerprint into my business.  When I look back at 2017 weddings, Leslie and James’ wedding at Champions Run in Omaha will be that wedding. 

They have a style that is impeccable.  Classic.  Elegant.  Timeless.  I loved diving into what Leslie & James had in mind for their big day because they threw me so many things that I could only dream of designing. 

Custom cigar wraps?  Sure.

For reals.

She came to me with a logo that was designed by Schuler Studios.  I’ve seen their work and recognized it right away.  I love the monogram that they created for Leslie and James and she did too, because I’m pretty sure she had it printed, embroidered and laser cut into everything.  That’s where the classic elements started.

Their Save the Dates were oversized die-cut and gold foiled cards.  I knew the invites had to be spectacular if the Save the Dates started there!

And they were.  Leslie loved the idea of an oversized, tri-fold pocket invitation.  We incorporated gold foiling throughout the invitation and then my favorite part of the entire invitation: thin gold ribbon wrapped around the pocket and sealed with a gold wax seal.   Perfection.  One would have thought I would have gotten tired of doing 400+ wax seals.  But I didn’t (keep reading).

Add custom envelope liners and calligraphy by the talented Miranda Writes.  I mean, c’mon.  People should have a gotten an invitation to receive this invitation.  It was the main event!

Wedding day items were just as amazing.  Wax Seals?  Bring ’em on because their ceremony program was a tri-fold program sealed with that same gold wax.  500+ more wax seals (maybe by that time I was done doing wax seals….but I’d do it again in a heartbeat!).  We also created gold vinyl monogram signs, white ink acrylic signs plus all the details for their rehearsal dinner.  And yes, custom printed cigar wraps (with their amazing monogram of course!)

Their wedding: amazing. I still get chills watching their wedding video. And the thing is: this couple is so down-to-earth.  That’s what I think I enjoyed most working with them.  They are good people.  And when you find a couple like that, my job isn’t a job at all.  I’m just a part of the amazing day they created to kick off their lives together.

Congrats, Leslie & James.  I enjoyed every moment working together and wish you an amazing lifetime together!

Thanks to Iwen Exposures for the amazing photography of their wedding day!