Designing Save the Dates with Photos

Creating Save the Dates with engagement photos is one of my favorite things to design.

I love seeing a couple’s style and personality come through in a photo.  If that’s a professionally shot engagement photo or even a candid one, couples pick photos because they like how they look in it and it shows who they are as a couple.

I recorded myself designing a Save the Date a few months ago to see it all come together.  Even though I didn’t have the groom’s name at the time (it’s Irby…I got it in there for the final print), I was excited when Taylor & Michael picked this Save the Date design out of the three I designed for them. 

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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Emily + Matt | Omaha, Nebraska | dSy invitations wedding

Oh how I’m so excited to begin my blogs of 2016 weddings.  Yes, it’s been a long time coming.  But I’ve been a little busy…with 2016 weddings.  Ironic.  But as things start to go into winter wedding design season, I have a bit of breathing room to share some amazing weddings from this past year.

And first up, one of the most bubbly and fun couples I worked with.  It happens sometimes when I click with a couple.  Okay, with a bride.  I’m not going to lie.  I felt like Emily and I coulda grabbed a glass of wine and chatted about her wedding all day long.  I loved her personality, her style and her down-to-earth personality.  And to no surprise, her personality shows through in the photos from their wedding. As well as their amazing style.

Emily and Matt were right on trend with the hot hot hot color of navy for 2016 weddings.  Their accent of mint green was fabulous and we incorporated a modern, fun look with their wedding invitations and ceremony programs.

Thank you to this fun couple for letting dSy invitations design for your wedding day.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Emily + Matt
April 23, 2016

Ceremony: Salem United Methodist Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Photographer: Foto Eleven
Dress: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Tip Top Tux
Caterer:  Hy-Vee
Florist: Hy-Vee
Cake: Hy-Vee
DJ: Complete (DJ: James)
Makeup: Model Perfect Airbrush, Savannah Williams
Hair: The Gallery Salon
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations


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Tiffany + Cody | Omaha, NE | dSy invitations wedding

Simple.  It’s a word that couples use sometimes when we first meet to discuss wedding style.  And sometimes, these couples use that word with other words such as “plain” or even “boring”.  Not in my world.  Simple is beautiful. And that’s where we started with Tiffany and Cody.

I met Tiffany through a networking group in Omaha.  Not engaged at the time (but dating Cody), I kept a close eyeball on her ring finger.  Like a good networker should (I got a business to promote!).  And not very long later, a diamond ring showed up and she told me we needed to talk wedding invites.  She used the word simple which was right up my alley for her.  Tiffany is down to earth and what we created for her wedding was simple.  And beautiful. And went with the style of their wedding day perfectly.  Looking at the photos, it’s easy to see this couple was here to get married…for the marriage…to be together from this point forward.  And happy to have their friends and family celebrate with them.

For Tiffany and Cody, we created a chevron style wedding invitation in their colors of silver/gray and navy blue.  Accompanying the invite was a guest information card and RSVP postcard.  We printed their return address right on each envelope (which saves SO much time for couples).  We also created ceremony programs and a small rehearsal dinner invite that they stuck in a few of the wedding invites.  Shown below is also a photo of a gobo light, which is their names and wedding date shown in light against a wall behind the head table.  We created the monogram and Tiffany had this light created at  Super cool idea.

Congratulations to this simple, yet beautiful couple.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

View Tiffany & Cody’s wedding video here (by Janine McClintock Studios)

Tiffany + Cody
August 15, 2014

Ceremony: Sacred Heart Church, Omaha
Reception: 1316 Jones Street
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Photographer: Janine with JM Studios
Florist: Flowers for Special Occasions
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Music: Time of Your Life DJ Service
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations

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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
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitationsKristinAdam

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It’s busy season!


Most wedding vendors hit busy season for weddings…well, when there are actually weddings going on.  But for me, it’s now.  Currently, I’m finishing up designing for May couples and couples getting married the beginning of June are starting to see the first initial designs.  Up next, the handful remaining for the rest of June.

What have I seen so far?  Great stuff!  We have a invitation at the Print Shop right now that is a six piece pocket invitation.  Gorgeous silver and purple printed on metallic paper.  I can’t wait to show off Steffany’s May 24th wedding invitation.  And a last minute couple (and I love those) just signed on for an invitation wrapped in lace.  I can’t wait!  Most of these couples are local, Omaha or Lincoln couples, but I’ve been hearing from couples all over Nebraska.

What’s next?  I have Liz’s peacock inspired metallic skinny invitation up next as well as Pilar’s tangerine punch, which fits her perfectly.  I will be sharing my April 26th couple’s invites soon!  Check back for a sneak preview.


Ally + Aaron | Omaha June Wedding | dSy wedding

I had the privilege of meeting Ally and her mom, Lynette last summer.  This mom/daughter duo had an image in mind for Ally’s June wedding and little did I know at the time, that they knew EXACTLY what they wanted.  When I got an idea from Lynette, I knew that’s exactly what she wanted and I stuck to the plan.  Coming from a creative mindset, one would think this would be difficult.  But it definitely wasn’t.  The ideas they had were great and I love making things come to life, period.

I was spoiled to see Ally and Aaron’s wedding photos which included a shot of the invitation.  Not going to lie, I got a little gitty.  I’ve never had my invitations shot professionally before and this may have convinced me to get this done for each bride and invitation I create.  The details of this wedding were fabulous.  Ally’s black and hot pink stood out in every instance and we created some very custom pieces, such as the favor sticker (thumbprints), water bottle labels and menu that helped make this happen.

Thank you Ally, Aaron and of course, Lynette (the wedding planner!) for allowing me to design for this amazing day.  A lifetime of happiness to both of you!

Ally + Aaron
June 1, 2013

Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska
Reception: Omaha Marriott Regency
Photographer: Gulizia Designs
Florist: Wedding Creations by Marcia
DJ: Master DJ’s
Dress: by Maggie Sotero (Bridal Traditions, Omaha)
Chair Covers & Sashes: Chair Cover Elegance
Invitations & Stationary: dSy invitations

Ally + Aaron Wedding Invitation
Ally + Aaron Wedding Invitation
Ally + Aaron  The Happy Couple
Ally + Aaron The Happy Couple


Ally + Aaron Wedding Programs
Ally + Aaron Wedding Programs


Ally + Aaron Reception Menus
Ally + Aaron Reception Menus
Ally + Aaron Favor Boxes
Ally + Aaron Favor Boxes
Ally + Aaron Favor Box Close Up
Ally + Aaron Favor Box Close Up


Ally + Aaron Reception Set Up
Ally + Aaron Reception Set Up
Ally + Aaron Table Place Cards
Ally + Aaron Table Place Cards
Ally + Aaron Wedding Party @ Reception
Ally + Aaron Wedding Party @ Reception
Ally + Aaron Table Set Up & Decor
Ally + Aaron Table Set Up & Decor
Ally + Aaron Father Daughter Dance
Ally + Aaron Father Daughter Dance
Ally + Aaron Guest Gift Bag & Custom Water Bottle Labels
Ally + Aaron Guest Gift Bag & Custom Water Bottle Labels