April 2013

April 17, 2013

Weddings are a significant event, and planning one on your own can be a lot of work, stress, and time.  If you find yourself working long hours and have little time to no time for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers, why not call in someone to help you? This is where the wedding planner comes in; a professional who assists with planning, design, and organization of weddings. Today we spoke with wedding planner Jennifer Rios, founder of Jen Rios DesignJen specializes in creating carefully curated tablescapes, personalized wedding, and event styling, as well as developing customized wedding details! Check out the interview below as well as some photos from her gorgeous portfolio! Enjoy.

What initially interested you into wedding planning?
I have an interior design degree and worked professionally in that field from 2007 - 2011. After my wedding in October 2011 I wasn't ready to stop planning so I quit my job at a design firm that I held for almost 4 years and followed my passion for weddings!  

How long have you been professionally designing/planning?
I've been designing professionally since 2007 only in the interiors realm. I've been exculsively in the wedding industry since December 2011. I pride myself in NOT favoring a style. I want to cater to my client's style. I don't want to be known for one type of style, I want to be unique!   

What was your favorite wedding to work on?
Rayven + Alex - November 2012! It was black, white & glam! So modern, fabulous & fun!  

Do favor a particular design style?
I pride myself in NOT favoring a style. I want to cater to my client's style. I love being creative and pushing boundaries so as long as I get to express myself I am happy. I think my design background really allows me to stand out with years of experience and knowledge in a variety of styles. I don't want to be known for one type of style, I want to be unique! 

What is your weapon of choice/anything you can't leave the house without?
Sketchbook! You never know when inspiration will hit. You must be prepared to jot down ideas and sketch out concepts at a moments notice.

Do you have a favorite wedding location?
Anything out of the box. I love outdoor, non conventional locations that provide you tons of inspiration as soon as you walk in the door (or out the door if the case maybe!) 

If you could work alongside any one wedding planner/designer who would it be?
Holy Moly! I am so inspired DAILY by so many planners/designers out there! Right now I am loving Jesi Haack, Bash, Please, and Jacin Fitzgerald of Lovely Little Details! 

Do you have any advice for brides looking for a wedding planner?
Choose someone you click with and that you TRUST. It's a long, important process and if there isn't a strong relationship between you and your planner you will be miserable. Also, do your research and know what you are looking for. Is design and the overall look of your wedding important to you or are you more worried about timelines, checklists, and logistics. Every planner has a strength and a specialty so make sure you know what you are looking for!

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posted by Laura at 11:13PM
April 10, 2013

Trying to figure out what to do with your hair? If you're like me, you can only handle so much of it before you decide to chop some inches off! Thankfully, the internet is vast and wise and full of fantastic hair tutorials to help you get the hang of taming your hair. I've put together a few fantastic tutorials that are simple and easy to follow. In this weather, they'll help you look easy-breezy in no time! 

Planning a wedding soon? Any one of these hairstyles are perfect to dress up with some lace, flowers, or net of pearls! Find your favorite hair style for a spring wedding and go get it done!



Spring Wedding Hair Ideas

This style is super perky and cute. You can dress this up with a wedding dress or dress down with a shirt and jeans. Sometimes, you'd be surprised that such a messy-feeling bun could turn out to look so beautiful! Find the full tutorial here for your reference!



Spring Wedding Hair Styles

Talk about channeling your inner mermaid. This hair style is surprisingly simple, all you need to do is divide your hair in two (not three like your typical braid!) and exchange and criss-cross half an inch from each pile. Oh! I'm making this sound way more complicated than it is. Go learn about it more here for a step by step! Thinking about this for a wedding style? Why not take a long white ribbon or some lace and incorporate it in this style? Try this tutorial if you want to braid some ribbon or string in your hair.



Spring Wedding Hair Styles

You're probably thinking... "What?? You mean that Lady Gaga thing?" then yes, it's the same thing! This style can combine fun and classy at the same time, depending on how you decide to dress it up! Besides, you don't have to sit this bun directly on top of your head (a la Lady Gaga esque). You can opt for a lower bow in this style, or even a side bow! And surprisingly, this hair style iseasy once you get it down. Visit here for the simple and sweet tutorial!


Not seeing anything you like here? Or, do you have medium/layered hair like me? I've found some nice video tutorials that feature a bunch of different updos and braided styles. Now, GO GET STYLING! 

A Collection of 10 Everyday Styles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8N3s7O8l6k

Styles for Layered, Medium hair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCIO6stuHkA

Medium to Long Hair Styles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3J6_NeUqVc

Long Hair Styles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nV2TQcVaVs

posted by Laura at 4:04PM
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April 2, 2013

We are obsessed with wedding invitations. For a bride, they're really special when it comes to spreading the news about her big day! And what better way to say it through beautiful graphic design and pretty colored paper? Dress it up in ribbon or twine, and you have yourself a gorgeous invite to send out to family and friends. So how do you choose the designer who best suits your needs? Research your favoite styles! Today we spoke with Julie Hanan about her wedding invitations! Check out the interview and her beautiful designs below. We hope you enjoy!


How did you get started on wedding invitations?

I actually fell into the invitation business on accident. I previously worked as an Interior Designer for a large company and unfortunately lost my job due to the economy. After looking for a job (without much success), a few close friends of mine were getting married and I offered to design their invitations for them since I had done graphic design work since I was young. Soon after designing their invitations, other friends saw my work and quickly asked for my pricing. I soon realized that I could turn my hobby into a business and Julie Hanan Design officially opened in 2010. I focus mainly on wedding and party invitations/stationery, however I do some side graphic design jobs for businesses as well!

What are your favorite materials?

I love any kind of embellishment that makes the invitation a little special. IE: Ribbon, Twine, Raffia.  I received my degree in Industrial Design, so having a product design background has really made me focus on the entire presentation rather than just on each individual card. 

Whats the craziest invitation youíve been asked to design?

I used to do more custom work than I do now, but every now and then I will do some custom jobs for close friends and family. A few crazy jobs in the past have been some birthday invitations. One girl wanted an invitation for a 1st birthday party and we used hand-made rice paper mixed with ribbon, metallic papers, etc.. to give it a very soft and elegant look. Each invitation was die cut in the shape of a balloon. The invitation turned out amazing but it was definitely time consuming!

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What do you love most about your work?

I love the feeling I get once I send out an invitation set and knowing that each invitation was hand made and the utmost attention to detail is put into each and every invitation. Getting the email from the bride saying how much they (and their guests) love them makes me so happy and makes the whole process worthwhile!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding invitations?

I definitely recommend checking around a lot of different sources from local shops, to online. I ask my brides how much a card at Hallmark costs, and look what you get for that cost. Research the pricing and come up with a realistic budget. Determine which style invitations you love the most and what type of feel that you want your invitation to set for your wedding since this is the first thing that your guests will see.

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posted by Laura at 11:02AM
April 1, 2013

Wedding coming up? Not sure what to pick for a venue style? What about the colors? Flower selections? Can't decide whether to match the dress with the idea, or the idea with the dress? It's tough to try to find the perfect place to match the perfect theme. Here is some information about the four most popular wedding ideas to help you in your choices!


Modern Wedding

 The word we're looking for is contemporary! Think minimalistic and chic, but fresh, and simple. This theme is for the graphic designer in you. Modern weddings feature lovely geometric patterns, or clean crisp shapes. The best way to make this work is to find a venue with a lot of mirrors or windows! Let in lots of light and sense of space. Brick or cement floors can help convey that feeling of wide open spaces that really make these patterns pop.  When selecting your colors for a modern wedding, think about crisp and clear colors. A steel gray, eggplant, fuchsia, or candy-red. Always go with an all-white base and build from there! Modern dresses with shapely sillhouettes, tea-length, or one-shouldered fit the bill for a modern wedding. To go with this look, select a sassy headpiece or big bold flowers. To keep with your modern theme, match your cake with the patterns you use at your venue!

Modern Wedding Style


Classic Wedding

The words we're looking for is traditional and timeless! Here is your chance to channel your favorite old time icons: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, or Jackie O. For your venue, try to find yourself a ballroom, a histioric institution, or a country club that conveys your preferred sense of timeless. This wedding style allows you a chance to decorate, decorate decorate! For your reception, here's the chance to create lush centerpieces; work with ivory linens, candelabras, and a wealth of flowers. For your color pallete, stick with neutral or pastel selections. Or, go for classic combinations like black and white, or white and tiffany blue and gold. A classic wedding dress choice is A-line, or ball gowns. Lace gowns are big for a classic lookm, but your veil will be your biggest accessory! Try to bring out that timeless look and opt for athedral veils or blusher veils. To top off this style, stick with roses for a flower selection; they come in plenty of colors and are always available throughout the year!

Classic Wedding Style


Vintage Wedding

The word we're looking for is nostalgia! If you're into eclectic, retro styles, or 20s, 50s designs, this would be your choice! The difference between classic and vintage, is that the former tends to be more on the modern side and the latter is dedicated to a bygone pop culture. For the venue, find yourself a historic estate, a tented garden reception, or a romantic lawn. For color choices, stick with your favorite color families; go through the hues of a single color instead of multiple colors. Try out peach, cream, yellows, soft greens and lavenders. Or, depending on the era of your choice, work with colors like golds, mint greens and bright yellow. For decoration, find soft, big-headed flowers, with delicate textures. Poppies or dahlias, if you opt for a more feminine style. This venue style is the best to bring out all of your favorite pieces of nostalgia; get a lot of candles, black and white photographs, vintage tea tins, antique vases, old bird cages, china platters, lace, and fluffy cushions. Try to find a balance inside your romantic atmosphere. To match your wedding style, search for vintage gowns at secondhand shops, or borrow from your family. Always remember to not get completely carried away and stay true to yourself! Choose what compliments you the best. To complete the vintage feeling, serve old-school cocktails (gin and tonics, or whiskey sours), and consider chocolate buttercream, ganache, mousse, or jams for the cake. Remember to top it with a vintage figure!

Vintage Wedding Style


Rustic Wedding

The word we're looking for is country!This style incorporates down-to-earth, natural, outdoorsy feelings, but also maintains a sophisticated look. For your venue, you'll want to find someplace outside to let nature add its beauty to your day. If you're worried about the weather and need to stick to venues that are indoors, search out a rustic space, a classic barnyard, old lodge, or a brewery. A rustic style is best used with colors that feature natural hues. Take inspiration from the woods; find soft, creamy browns or bronze, pinks, and ivories. If you want to go with more vibrant colors, go with oranges, reds, or purples. For decoration, incorporate lots of textures, moss, or  burlap. Get reclaimed wood tables, formal white-linen runners, tin pails, mason jars. Seek out textured flowers like sunflowers, thistle, chrysanthemums. Always think organic! For a gown choice, find one that is fuss-free! You want to work with your venue; think elegance and nature. Opt for an airy and etheral gown with an empire waist. The best part about a rustic wedding? Lots of comfort food! These weddings feature a more laid-back dinner, family style.

 Rustic Wedding Style

posted by Laura at 1:55PM

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