Wednesday, May 25

Engaging |Jess + Ryan

We are excited to get the wedding season started with this opener of Jess and Ryan at Target Field. Their lovely session was captured by Collin Hughes. Ryan proposed in the Riviera Maya Mexico. One of the locals snapped their picture in the Caribbean Sea- while Jess was focused on the shot, from left field Ryan pulled out the ring. Needless to say, Jess was quite surprised and beaming with joy! You can't help but smile when you're around these two. Jess and Ryan are the life of the party and can fill the entire room with laughter! 
           Favorite Time of the Year: Summer          Couple's Hobbies: City exploration & World Travel

What a great catch! Referring to Jess of course :) 

We are prepping for a day filled with Vintage charm, buttons, and birds.  
Congrats again Jess & Ryan, we can't wait to be a part of your day this Memorial Day weekend! 

Monday, May 23

Boudoir Marathon |Cadence Cornelius Photographs

Cadence Cornelius Photographs is hosting a Boudoir Marathon on Saturday June 25th! With the collaboration of LoveLee Looks & Stephanie Morrison Gandy, spots are sure to fill up fast for this terrific trio of Minneapolis talent. The photographs from this sultry session makes for an unforgettable groom's gift. Contact Cadence for more information and to reserve your session!

Monday, May 16

Sweet Trend |S'mores Bar

A S'mores Bar is such a creative dessert table; prefect for camping, or nature-inspired rehearsal dinners and weddings. This dessert table is a unique treat and allows guests to experience a childhood favorite. This styled bar by Amy Atlas Events for the Knot includes s'mores mousse shots, mushroom chocolate truffles, homemade mallomars, granola, s'mores cupcakes, chocolate bark, and fluffernut chocolate chip sandwiches. Visit Amy Atlas' blog for more behind-the-scenes details of this styled shoot!

Amy Atlas Events Styled | Antonis Achilleos Photographed 

Tuesday, May 10

Wedding Stationery |How Suite It Is Part I

I heart great stationery. Depending on how formal or causal your day may be your wedding stationery sets the tone for your wedding. An invitation makes a statement and introduces your guests into your planning process. There are many parts to a wedding suite, and I wanted to discuss the general pieces:

Save the Date
Save the Date is a notice that states the wedding date for guests to mark on their calendars. It allows out of town guests to plan ahead for flight arrangements and time-off during peak vacation seasons. Ideal time to send a Save the Date is five months to a year in advance of your wedding date. Save the Dates can be a card, magnet, video, or any other creative outlet that you choose.

Wedding Invitation
This is the feature piece of the wedding stationery. It is the largest piece that contains details of the wedding ceremony. For an informal wedding or when the reception is held in the same venue the statement “Reception to follow” is placed on the invitation rather than placed on a separate card.

Reception Card
The Reception card informs the guests the time and place of the reception. A Reception card is typically included if the reception location is a different venue than the ceremony; for a formal wedding this is generally a must. Some couples may choose to have a private ceremony and large reception or vice versa, a reception card is then needed.

Response (RSVP) card & Envelope
The Response card is mailed along with the Wedding Invitation to receive the most accurate account of guests for the reception. Invitees are to send the card back whether or not they are able to attend your wedding day. Response cards can be classic fold, panel cards, or double side postcards. The Response card is accompanied with an addressed, pre-stamped envelope. Response deadline dates: I personally believe the deadline should be no later than two to three weeks from the date your caterer requires the final count. This leaves ample amount of time to connect with guests who have yet to respond, so you aware of your exact guest count.

Photog: Melissa Jill Photography Stationery: MJ Paperie

Accommodation Card
The Accommodation card is geared towards your out of town guest and is especially helpful for Destination Weddings. The Accommodation card includes detailed travel information such as hotel options, near by airports, rental car agencies, and area attractions. The Accommodation card can also include the wedding website.

Map/Direction Card
The Map/Direction card ensures no one gets lost, or arrives late on your wedding day. This card is printed in the same style as the invites. Have a clear map with clearly written street names printed on the card. Make sure to provide simple directions for guests coming from various directions. Optional: Add parking information if free parking is not easily accessible.

Inner Envelope
Inner envelope holds the Wedding Invitation & cards; at times the pocket fold is inserted into the inner envelope. A colored liner inside the Inner envelope is a great way to bring your wedding color into your Wedding Invitations.

Outer Envelope
The Outer envelope is formally addressed to the guest and holds the inner envelope and it’s enclosures. Outer envelopes can be ordered with returned addressed printed on the flap of the envelope. To add a personal touch, consider hiring a calligrapher to address your envelopes. 

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