Style Watch – Navy & Gold

What’s hot in weddings for 2016? I’m starting to see a trend through the couples I’m meeting with and booking for the upcoming year.  I want to highlight one of my favorite color combos and style trends for 2016.

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What are your thoughts on this classic look?  Leave your comment below!

Shawna + Russ | Omaha, NE | dSy invitations wedding

I recently blogged about an Omaha couple (Megan & Ross) who had a beautiful church/city style wedding.  It was elegant and beautiful.  The same time I was blogging on Megan I got an email from Shawna, a bride who got married this past Fall.  And I couldn’t help but just laugh to myself and was reassured why I love doing what I do.

Shawna and Russ’s fall wedding at Platte River State park was everything opposite of the church/city style wedding I was blogging about.  And the thing is, they were both for the same purpose but their styles were both so unique.  It’s awesome how two different couples can have completely different looks but the end result is always the same (marriage).  And from my perspective, there is nothing better than having such a broad spectrum to design for.

And Shawna and Russ gave me no limitations.  In fact, they challenged my creativity and made me go to limits I don’t usually get with wedding invitations.  I mean, who uses the word “booze” on their wedding invitations?  These guys do!  Which is brilliant because it goes with who this couple is.  From the first time I met them, I knew this was going to be fun.  Shawna and Russ were laid back, chill and just wanting something sweet to send out to guests.

And we did that with some Save the Date magnets that boldly said their names and location.  That’s about it.  And their invites…definitely a talking piece at wedding shows I’m currently doing.  We printed their skinny invites on craft paper and backed it with a dark brown, wood grain textured paper.  Their RSVP was simple (if you were replying yes to coming) and their guest information card made sure to tell their guests there was no skinny dipping in the pond nearby.   We also did Thank You cards which showcased their great photos from the day.

I’m not sure if I’ll find another couple quite like this.  If I do, I’m going back to these invites to remind myself that for today’s weddings, anything goes.

Congrats, Shawna & Russ.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

Shawna + Russ
September 20, 2014

Ceremony & Reception: Platte River State Park
Photographer: Royce Studio
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations

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New Office Digs

It’s now been officially 5 months since me, my family and my business moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  It’s been quite the little transition, but we are getting settled.  We have gone from our home in Omaha, Nebraska, to a rental house in Hiawatha, Iowa and now into our home we purchased in Hiawatha (which is just north of Cedar Rapids…really same thing).  Moving my business wasn’t really what I envisioned for dSy designs and dSy invitations, but I’m making the most of it.  I’m lucky to have amazing clients who never see me nor care where I physically work from (thanks, amazing clients).  And I’m working my way into a new wedding market and getting my name out to engaged couples in this area, as well as Omaha AND Des Moines (why not, it’s half way in between).

The one thing I was promised in this move (note: ONE THING….there were more) is that I get an legit office area.  And that was the main focus when we moved into our house.  I needed a space to make my own and when we were looking at houses, that was a big thing to have.

So here it is. My legit office for dSy designs and dSy invitations!  I’m missing some artwork above the couch in my consultation area (as an artist/graphics person…this is a challenge to find something I like and want there), but other than that, I’m feeling pretty good about things.  I’m wanting to stencil the back of my bookshelves too, but that may be awhile.

The bookshelves are refurbished.  We found both of them on Craigslist for $75 and had them painted white by Fresh Furniture Upcycling in North Liberty, Iowa.  She did a great job.  The desk  is made by my awesome hubby who decided to use this fancy tool I bought him two years ago for Father’s Day.  It worked well.  The lampshade was a steal I got from Target for $7.  Whoo hoo!  On the shelves, I have pieces I bought for storage purposes as well as a gift from a bride who imports special pieces in from India (the plate).  Love that unique item.  The “O est. 2008” was a gift from our neighbors in Omaha.  Custom piece.  I’m sure he’ll take orders! We are still wanting to redo the coffee table to match my desk and again, artwork on the wall.  The couch we found at a local furniture store that is closing, the rug from Garden Ridge and the light and yellow chair/seat are from Joss & Main online.

So there you have it…the new office of dSy designs and dSy invitations.  I’m looking forward to having guests, clients, couples…whoever come and visit!

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Kristin + Adam | Omaha, NE | dSy invitations

Fourth of July wedding!  Awesome!  Red, white and blue and fireworks and all the good old fashion America.

Well, they had fireworks.  And after you see the photos below, you’ll agree with me, their style was spot on regardless of the day of the year Kristin and Adam had their wedding on.

This couple was so down-to-earth, which is always refreshing (though, many of my couples are this way).   As I look back from the notes I took when I met them, my page is only half full.  Maybe because from the few words they told me, I knew exactly the direction they wanted to go.  Classic.  Romantic. Soft. Blush pink. Lace.

And beautiful.  The invitations we came up with were simple as we incorporated a lace border around the entire invitation.  Coming up with that blush pink was a challenge but by the time wedding season 2014 was over, I had it mastered.  What I absolutely loved about their invitation package was their RSVP.  This couple had a lot of great ideas.  A lot of fun ideas.  And they wanted to incorporate them all.  No problem.  We incorporated a “Where are you coming from?” map, a “How much will you eat and drink” chart for guests to fill in as well as a mad libs section so people can give their best adjectives and verbs to let Kristin & Adam know if they are coming or not.  As Kristin told me, she wanted her guests to open up this beautiful invitation but then see this fun RSVP and know exactly what kind of fun they were going to have.


Thank you to this wonderful couple for allowing me to design for your wedding day.  From the photos below, it was a beautiful time!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Kristin + Adam
July 4, 2014

Ceremony: UNO Thompson Center
Reception: DC Centre
Bridal Gown: Suburban Bridal
Men’s Formalware: Men’s Warehouse
Hair & Makeup: Reveal Salon
Photographer: Tin Box Weddings
Videographer: Matt Kelly, family friend
Florist: Flowers for Special Occasions
Cake: HyVee, 180th & Q
Music: DJ Dave Stutsman
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Megan + Ross | Omaha, NE | dSy invitations wedding

When I see photos of Megan and Ross’s wedding, I can’t help but think this is the type of wedding Megan had been dreaming about since she was 7 years old, or whenever little girls start dreaming about their wedding.  Beautiful bride, handsome groom, large beautiful church and every last detail was elegant perfection.

And that’s how I envisioned it too when I first met Megan, her mom and mother-in-law early 2014.  Megan wanted nothing but classic in every element.  Her invitations were designed with exactly that in mind…and trust me, classic elegance may look easy, but is definitely not that.  We wanted to show that classic look Megan was searching for, but make it their own too.  Their invitations were black on ivory with a second layer of a navy blue linen paper adhered to the back.  This gave the invite substance and that little bit of color Megan had throughout her wedding day.  The RSVP postcard and guest information card were both beautiful. We printed all guest names and addresses on the envelopes to round out the entire package.

For wedding day, we created a folded, classic wedding ceremony program as well as a long skinny menu that gave the table a pop of shine with the cream metallic paper it was printed on.

Such a great couple and I loved working with them.  Congrats…wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

Check out Megan & Ross’s wedding video here (by JF+M)

Megan + Ross
June 6, 2014

Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church, Omaha, NE
Reception: Scoular Ballroom
Wedding Planner: Kimera Weddings and Events
Photographer: Dana Damewood Photography
Videographer: JF+M
Florist: Flowers by Design
Cake: Cake Gallery
Band: Rough Cut
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations

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Andrea + Dan | Omaha Wedding | dSy wedding

There are great couples and there are nice couples.  And then there is Dan and Andrea who take that to a whole other level.  From the moment I met them, I was excited about their wedding.  As if I were invited or was standing up for them…I was just looking forward to being a part of their big day.  They just beamed excitement.  Or maybe that was love.  Whatever it was, I knew this couple was one-of-a-kind.

This couple (and I will use the word couple in this blog post, because I worked with both bride and groom on this one which is my favorite) knew what they wanted from the beginning.  They wanted to visually show exactly who they were….fun, romantic…and wanting to just have a great time with their friends and family on their wedding day.  We accomplished that.

Andrea and Dan’s style was floral romantic and we used a watercolor image of a floral wreath on their invite, as well as their monogram in the center.  This, along with a pink, coral and green color base, was our staple and was brought out throughout each piece. The belly band wrapped invitations showed off their monogram as well and Andrea and Dan loved the icon based timeline I created for their guest information card.  In fact, I’ve reused this timeline a lot for other couples.  We also created ceremony programs (which included fun facts about the couple) and thank you cards as well.

Such a great couple and I loved working with them.  There is no doubt in my mind that “forever” is a definite with these two.  Congrats…wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

Check out Dan and Andrea’s wedding video here.  You won’t regret it.

Andrea + Dan
May 24, 2014

Ceremony: Holland Performing Arts Center
Reception: Tip Top Ballroom
Photographer: Christine McGuigan Photography (view blog here…more great photos!)
Florist: Flowers for Special Occasions
Dress: Bridal Traditions
Cake: Lorraine Aurther
DJ: Jamie Stinson
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations


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The Knot Best of Weddings


I’m happy to announce that dSy invitations was chosen as The Knot’s Best of Weddings for 2014!

I’m so excited to announce this!  I got the phone call about a month and a half ago and wanted to tell the world.  But had to wait until 2014!  What makes this even better is that it’s based off what my past brides and couples have said about me.  I truly enjoy designing for brides all across the US and to have YOU say such nice things about what I do, it means a lot!

Thanks for the support in 2013 and I’m looking forward to an even better 2014!