Pop of raspberry makes this Des Moines, Iowa wedding glow

Ellen & Matthew  |  FFA Enrichment Center  |  Des Moines, Iowa  |  dSy invitations

We were down to crunch time with Ellen & Matt’s invitations.  She wanted gold foiling, which I love, but it takes some time for this gorgeous process to happen.  So I had my print shop ship the invites directly to Ellen.  She promised to send a few to me.  No problem. But was I disappointed when they showed up to me.  Not because they weren’t gorgeous…because they were.  It’s because Ellen was doing her own calligraphy on the envelopes and she didn’t do one for me!  I forgave her because she’s one of the sweetest brides I worked with.  From her photo, the calligraphy looked amazing 🙂

Ellen and Matt were on trend by bringing gold into their wedding day color.  But what I loved was the “pop of raspberry” that we brought to this invitation package.  There was just a bit on the printed pieces.  But the envelope liner…oh my…that pop had to impress when guests opened it for the first time. 

Their wedding day looked nothing less than perfect.  For this couple, we designed wedding invitations, ceremony programs and reception menus. I feel blessed to have designed for this Des Moines couple and created some fantastic wedding invitations.  Congrats again, Ellen & Matt!

Bridesmaid Dresses: Schaffer’s





Want Glitter? We Got Glitter for this Country Glitter Clive, Iowa Wedding

Ashley & Joe  |  Clive, Iowa  |  dSy invitations

It’s always a sad realization when I never get to meet a bride face-to-face.  Don’t get me wrong.  Not seeing a couple doesn’t affect how I design or creating nothing-less-than-perfect invitations.  And it hit me the day I sent Ashley’s ceremony programs to print that I’ve never met her!  But we worked so well together.  And I wished nothing but the best for her and Joseph’s September wedding in Clive, Iowa.

I love showing her invitations off to a couple.  Because there is a WOW factor when you open the envelope.  Glitter gold envelope liners.  Probably my favorite part.  With gold glitter belly bands.  Yes, please!

Her navy double layer invitations had to be the talk of her wedding guests.  I’ve done nothing like these before.  I love the small blush accents throughout.  Just a touch of that beautiful color!

And Save the Date postcards!  It’s easy to show off such a cute couple!

Take a moment to take in their wedding day.  It’s country….it’s gorgeous.  And I would have to think, it was an amazing day for Ashley & Joe!

Congrats to this fabulous couple!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Marie Photography.

Omaha Bridal Show | Jan. 15 | dSy invitations

One of my favorite things to do each year is to be in front of 100’s of bride and grooms-t0-be at wedding shows.  I think my ultimate favorite part is hearing about each couple’s style.  Most couples are spot-on when it comes to the latest looks and trends.  And then you have a few that want to be different, and they always intrigue me!

So Omaha, Nebraska and Lincoln, Nebraska brides…come see me at the Scripps Media Omaha Bridal Show presented by Enchanted Travel on January 15 at the CenturyLink Omaha.  And right now, register and get $2 off admission!  Make sure to tell them I sent you (if you can…or just come see me).

Relationships and Big Dreams | My time at Creative at Heart

My goal for 2016: invest in myself and go to a conference that will help me grow.  How I stumbled upon Creative at Heart, I don’t recall.  Probably an Instagram post that lead me to another post that lead me to another post and boom: I found the conference I needed to go to.  I was a bit bummed when their conference in Denver was only a few months after my son was born, but I wasn’t going to miss their last one of the year, so I signed up for the Memphis conference in November.  I mean, Memphis. Why not?

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My expectations: I didn’t have any.  I just wanted to soak everything in.  And as I sit here and reflect, one month later, I still get goosebumps.  Never have I met so many like-minded women in the same room as myself.

I’ve always had a hard time explaining what I do:

Oh, you design invitations?  Like for a baby shower?  (Yes, but it’s more than that.)

I bet it’s nice to work at home and spend time with your kids.  (Well, my three kids go to school & daycare so I can work.  Have you ever tried to work with kids around?  I have.)

I bet it’s nice to work for yourself. (Yes, it is.  Except when I didn’t get a maternity leave.  And when I’m the only one who works on every aspect of a project.  And that business development/accounting/HR/marketing/social media….that’s all me too.)

But these ladies got it.  They got it so much when I would talk about my goals, my dreams, my frustrations…heads nodded.  Words of encouragement and relation came from their mouths.  I wasn’t quite expecting such a connection.


The Peabody Hotel was a great backdrop to this amazing gathering of people.  (Yes, I saw the ducks. They were fantastic.) The speakers, top notch.  A few I have to point out:

Jen Olmstead with Tonic Site Shop – I loved listening to Jen speak and she was one of my panel leaders and I felt we coulda chatted about marketing, branding, etc all day.  She was the second speaker and after her, I knew I was at the right place to get my business to the next level. My takeaway from Jen: Build your brand and your ideal client will come.  Connect through content.


Krista & Davey Jones – Loved these two.  And they really help me put SEO perspectives into place.  I kinda knew what I was doing, but now I know more of the why behind it.  Plus more.   My takeaway: doing the little things on my website and blog that can make a big difference on the web.

Mary & Justin – My roommate in Memphis said she saw Mary Marantz in the lobby.  She was awestruck.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her I didn’t know who she was talking about.  But I get it now.  Mary is now someone I follow and want to learn more from.  Her talk was on pricing.  I have no idea the details of pricing she shared.  But I gained a lot from her talk.  I loved how she showed examples of where they started to where they are now.  I could relate and it gave me confidence to be okay with changes I’ve been considering.   My takeaway from Mary: acting like a CEO and be willing to do the work (it’s suppose to be hard….love the photo below).


Katelyn James – Her and Mary are hand-in-hand in my book as amazing business women who have set the bar high.  I coulda listened to Katelyn talk all day.  She has a great story.  So much I took away from her talk.  Highlights include: sharing more about myself; live in freedom, not fear; make small changes first.


And I gotta give big props to Kat Schmoyer on her vision of this conference and bringing so many people who can benefit from each other together.  I understand the work it takes to put something like this together.  And three of them in a year….for real.  You deserve a vacation.

I got an email from two of my friend after my conference.  They asked how it was.  My answer: Life changing.  They thought I was joking. I wasn’t.  It was. Yes, a conference.  And I can’t wait to make some big strides in myself and my business because of it.








Modern Wedding Invitation for a Omaha wedding at 1316 Jones

There aren’t many brides I get to design for that truly love a modern look.  Straight lines, san serif fonts, large lettering…you get it.  But I met Ashley & Sean and that’s exactly what they wanted.  I didn’t have much to show them that went with their style.  But I knew we could come up with something fantastic for their big day.  This down-to-earth couple was easy to work with and were so appreciative.  They weren’t afraid of anything I threw at them.  And their invite is modern yet sophisticated.  It went well with the industrial look of 1316 Jones in Omaha, Nebraska.  The venue…probably the inspiration of this design.

Their invitation suite started with Save the Dates, ended with ceremony programs.  And I couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out.  I hope they feel the same way about their wedding day.  Check out the photos from Andrea Bibeault Photography below.  That grooms cake and groomsmen socks….to die for!

Congrats to this wonderful couple married this past May!

Photo Cred: Andrea Bibeault Photography



Classic, purple draped Urbandale, Iowa wedding

There is something about working with brides from Iowa that I just love.  Maybe it’s the air a bit more East of Omaha or maybe it’s that I can venture out and discover new venues.  Whatever it is, Becca and Kyle fit into the category of a couple that I loved to work with.

Becca and I started talking via email because her friend Ellen referred me to her.  Becca trusted me with her Save the Dates before she even met me.

And when we met, I got to know even more about their wedding, their style and how this fabulous look was going to fall into place.  Which on my end for invitations, they did.  We created this elegant purple and black wedding invitation for the big day.  From there came ceremony programs, the rehearsal dinner invite and afterward, cute Thank You notes with several photos from their wedding day. (love these).

Check out some shots from their big day from Katie Evans Photography and of course a highlight video from SJ Film Productions.

Becca + Kyle  |  July 30, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa
Ceremony Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church
Reception Location: Iowa Events Center
Photographer: Katie Evans Photography
Dress: Perry Bridal
Tuxes/Suits: Halberstads
Florist: The English Rose
Cake: Hy-Vee Waukee
Videographer: SJ Film Productions
DJ/Music: Black Tie Beats
Makeup: Hannah (Serenity Aveda)
Hair: Mia Weber Bridal

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Love shines in Anna & Seth’s mixed metal Lincoln, Nebraska wedding

I love making my way down I-80 to Lincoln, Nebraska to meet with brides. A warm, summer morning brought me to meet Anna. I knew the designs we would create would be special. She had ideas. She had a passion. She was in love with her soon-to-be groom, Seth.

Anna chose one of my favorite photographers, Wyn Wiley for her wedding day, and like he does so well, their engagement photos were magnificent. Thus, beautiful Save the Dates were born.dsy_0120

For Anna and Seth’s wedding invitations, she loved the oh-so-popular gold foiling, which at the time I was just diving into creating. Each piece of her invitation suite was accompanied with gold foil, paired with a light gray envelope and gold envelope liner. We created a wedding monogram for their invitation wrap and mixed metal perfection fell into place.annasethweddinginvitations

But it wasn’t the Save the Dates, wedding invitations, place cards, menus or custom signs that will make me remember this could. It was this little gift:


You see, when Anna and Seth were to get their invites in the mail, it was the same time I was bringing in my new little one into the world. I’m sure my emails were filled with “don’t worry” and “we’ll get this done”. And Anna was on board — and everything was in their hands before my little guy was placed into mine.

Gifts are fun to receive, but they’re just things. But the thought behind this one meant more than I could have imagined. Most brides I meet with want a family some day. Most aren’t thinking about that for a while. Anna placed herself in my shoes and the thoughtfulness she showed….unforgettable.

My hope is their wedding day was the same.

Check out Anna & Seth’s wedding day photos from the talented, Wyn Wiley.  There are too many good ones to just pick a few to feature here.






Julie + Matt | Wahoo, Nebraska | dSy invitations wedding

There is a wedding like this that rolls around once a year for me.  I just didn’t see it coming when I met the GROOM at a bridal show.  Yes, the groom.  Solo.  His bride couldn’t make it but he wanted to come and get information for her.  (can we say keeper?)  I got their information and followed up with a consultation with both the bride and groom and fell in love with this down-to-earth couple who wanted something fun for their wedding day.  And since their reception was at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, an airplane theme seemed to work well for them.

And me.  It’s not often you can create a wedding invitation that looks like an airline ticket.  And for the RSVP, just rip that off the side of the ticket, much like a real airline ticket when you board the plane (or used to before online tickets, right?)  I love the navy metallic open-ended envelope we paired with this too.

But what I couldn’t wait for was an idea we discussed at their consultation.  What about a paper airplane ceremony program?  One that you could actually fold up and fly at the couple when they leave the church?  Seriously?  Can we do this?  And really that was my question…check with the church to make sure we can do this.  Because in my head, the design was already started.

Enter in airplane ceremony program.  Complete with folding instructions on the back.  This was maybe my favorite piece of the year.  Maybe even since designing for couples in the past five years.  Unique.  Personalized.  Made exactly for this couple and their wedding day.  I love it.  Check out my separate blog about that project.

Thanks to this wonderful couple for making me part of their big day.  I hope every time you see a paper airplane, it reminds you of your wedding day.

Julie + Matt
May 29, 2016

Ceremony: St. Wenceslaus, Wahoo, Nebraska
Reception:  SAC Museum
Wedding Planner: Cherry on Top Events by Jen
Catering: All Inclusive Catering
Photographer: Amanda Leise Photography
Dress: Nebraska Bridal
Florist: Found & Flora
Cake: The Omaha Bakery
Videographer: Taylored Media Productions
DJ: Phil with PM Entertainment
Rentals: United Rent-All
Transportation: JH Transportation
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations

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Kim + Dan | Pensacola Beach, Florida | dSy invitations wedding

It seems like forever ago when I met Kim to discuss her destination wedding.  It was cold and we were talking about a destination wedding in Florida.  I’m not sure if I was more excited to design these based off her amazing style or the fact that a Florida wedding sounded FANTASTIC as we talked on that cold November, Nebraska day.

Kim wanted something that showed their Florida wedding without screaming WE’RE GETTING MARRIED BY A BEACH with sand and seashells (but we did fit a little starfish in there).  I knew exactly where I wanted to take these.  We created these fantastic wedding invitations with a watercolor water look splashed throughout.  This watercolor look was brought into the ceremony program as well in the custom “guest book” map we created.  Kim and Dan love to travel.  So we designed a map for their guests to sign and they can frame afterwards.  Super cute and it turned out perfect.

Congrats to this great couple!  Thanks to Alena Bakutis Photography for the great photos of their wedding.  Here is just a sneak peak of their gorgeous wedding day.

Kim + Dan
May 14, 2016




Paper Airplane Ceremony Program

This piece sums up so much of what I do.  Want to create it?  Great.  Let’s do it.

For Julie and Matt, we created an amazing airplane ticket invitation (gonna blog about their wedding soon…).  I love how it came together and this couple, let me tell you…is nothing but awesome.  They’re down-to-earth, friendly, perfect for each other…I could go on.  Anyways, with their wedding reception at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, we had to keep the airplane look going, right?

When we met and talked about their ceremony programs, we came up with this great idea of a paper airplane program.  What this was going to look like, I had no idea.  But Matt and Julie trusted me and that’s all I needed.  And the okay from their church that their guests could throw these around after they walked out of the church.  (thank you, church)

After going back and forth on a few looks, getting ALL the info they wanted on here and a final addition of directions on the back, we got it right.  And the paper airplane programs took flight over the newlyweds on May 29, 2016.

I have some great photos of this piece as my print shop loved these pieces as well and wanted to feature them on their website.

Moral of this story…anything can be done.  I am so proud to have designed this for Matt and Julie. And I hope that in the future, when they see a paper airplane, they remember their vows and their love for each other.

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