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 :

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?


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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!

Mint and Modern Rustic: Nick & Anna’s wedding at Noah’s Event Venue

Modern rustic.  Two crazy words together. But being in the wedding industry, I can have a couple say something like that and I know exactly where they’re headed.  Mainly, rustic but no burlap.  Bring in some classic elements and don’t be afraid to make it stylish, but fun.

Enter in Nick and Anna who came to me with that style with a fun mint green wedding color to play with. And what I loved about their wedding invitations, is that we weren’t afraid to use the mint at all.  Mint colored envelopes had to catch the eyes of their guests when they opened the mailboxes.  These were fun, classic and original for their wedding day.

The thing that I loved most about this couple was their wedding day items.  Of course, I always point out ceremony programs as something to have wedding day.  But for them, the list continued on and on and on.  I was blown away but super excited at the same time. 

I’m trying to think if I can even list these things off the top of my head.  Here it goes:

Ceremony programs
Table Numbers (with their baby photos!)
Custom Signs
Seating Charts
Engraved wood frames (for parent gifts)
Gift Bag Tags (the only one I did have to look up to remember)

These pieces made their wedding day even more personalized for the couple. And that’s the element of surprise that I love.

Noah’s Event Venue in Omaha was the perfect location for these two and the amazing Brett Brooner did an amazing job (as usual) capturing their wedding day.

Congrats, Anna & Nick.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

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!


Five Reasons to Choose Custom Designed Wedding Invitations

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Omaha has a great wedding vendor community and I love working and meeting so many vendors in the city (and state!).  I met Ashley Nicole Photography a few years ago at a Tuesdays Together meeting.  I checked out her work and immediately knew I found the perfect photographer to capture images of my invitations.

My website is adorned with her work.  She has a gift of not only photography, but styling, which I can attest is way harder than it looks.

So when she asked to write a guest blog on her website, I was all in.  So check out Five Reasons to Choose Custom Designed Wedding Invitations and drool with me over the amazing photos of some of my favorite invites from 2017.