A while ago I had seen an engagement session that was done in a studio. When I first started telling people my idea, I got a lot of weird looks and a few “…like JC Penny portraits?” questions. Ed and I wanted to do something unique and creative, and I think these photos turned out exactly as I had in mind. The fabulous Ian Christmann was our photographer, and we had a great afternoon spinning, jumping, dancing, and making wonderful memories.








Normally I am not a big fan of Save the Dates- I feel like this is one of the many things the wedding industry made up to make more money. However, I had seen a save the date that was used to tell the couple’s story, which I thought was incredibly creative. Since our story is long (and involves long distance dating, break-ups, and getting engaged while not dating) I thought it would be a great way to fill everyone in on all the details before the invitations went out. Elizabeth Benjamin also designed these, and my copy-writing fiance helped to make the wording even better than what I originally wrote (that happens a lot). We used our main colors of navy, teal and pink, and our logo (minus the tagline). I think they turned out great, but I’m slightly bias.


After I had created the mood board and once we had our logos and colors, I made a style board. I used to think this was the same thing as a mood board, but I was wrong. While a mood board consists of images and colors that grab your attention, a style board is a much more refined idea of fonts, colors, and inspiration that you want brought into your event. Once this was created, every design decision always started with the question- does this fit with our style board? It was a great resource to give our graphic designer, photographer, and wedding coordinator as we worked out the many details.style board

I love design, and my fiance happens to work in marketing. Between the two of us, I knew it wouldn’t be difficult to come up with a ‘wedding brand.’ We knew we wanted something classic yet fun (think JCrew meets Kate Spade). Our main color is navy, which keeps the overall look classy while still being able to add in pinks and teals for a little fun. Elizabeth Benjamin did a fabulous job of creating these 3 different logos which will be used throughout the wedding. I especially love the subtle use of pinstripes and polka dots in the second and third.

Logo: This was also designed using a teal accent, which makes it a little less feminine (although this one is my favorite). We came up with the wedding tagline after a long brainstorm, but thought this best fit our relationship and the overall mood of the wedding. We have a very long love story that neither of us saw coming, and we wanted to celebrate the ways that God worked through both of us and eventually brought us back together. E&H_Logo_Amp_w_Tag_Wordmark-Pink

Embellished Logo: We are using the logo to carry the theme and colors throughout the wedding. I love how the subtle pinstripes and polka dots are used to create an elegant yet fun visual.


Monogram: Finally, a simple monogram. Of course the pink is my favorite, but we also did this in navy and gray. 


The beginning planning stages of any wedding (or party) can be incredibly overwhelming. I find that it can be helpful to begin by creating a mood board. Different from a style board (we’ll be discussing this later) a mood board simply consists of images that catch your attention, details that you want to include, and ideas you want to look more into. I started by creating a board on Pinterest and searching for ‘colorful wedding’ and ‘unique wedding.’ I spent a few days pinning anything and everything that caught my attention. I quickly started to notice a theme, which helped to brand the wedding later on. Below is the final mood board that we used to get an initial idea of where we were headed. mood board

The beginning planning stages of any party can be overwhelming. I think it’s natural to immediately want to jump into the details, choosing invitations and decorations before you even have a theme, or a budget. This is the order that I plan all of my parties and events in, and one that came in very handy for wedding planning as well.

1. Set a Budget: No matter what your event, you can’t start planning until you know how much you can spend in each area.

2. Allocate your Budget: Once you know your budget, you need to know how much you can spend in each area. There are some great charts and graphs that suggest what percentage of your budget you should spend where. I often move things around, but it gives you a good starting points. I used one like this when allocating a wedding budget.


3. Guests: Once you know your budget, you know how much you have to spend on food, drinks, and a venue. This will help give you an idea of how many people you can invite.

4. Date: Until you have found a venue you don’t need an exact date, but knowing a general idea of month/time of year is extremely helpful when getting started. Depending on your budget, having an off-season wedding can be great for saving money. Many vendors will offer discounts for weddings that are

5. Venue: Now that you have a general idea of timeline, you can start looking at venues within your budget. If you are on a budget, think outside the box as to venues that you could rent that might not be considered ‘wedding venues.’ I’ve been to some great weddings at a family barn, parents backyard, and museum that don’t always come to mind when first looking for venues. Just keep in mind that if you hold the ceremony or reception somewhere that isn’t used to having weddings, you will need to rent a lot more (think wait staff, seating, tables, linens, dishes, etc).

First, I need to apologize for being MIA in the party planning world lately. I got engaged this past summer and most of my life is currently revolving around thousands of tiny details. If you have ever planned a wedding, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Secondly, I apologize that for the next 4 months, this blog will most likely be dedicated to wedding planning. I have found that planning a birthday party and planning a wedding are very similar, just on a smaller scale. So I hope that some of the ideas and projects  that I am working on will be inspirational in all of your party planning, big or small. And because I am sure you are curious, here is a photo of my fiance and I the day we got engaged.


I wanted to be careful not to over-do the ‘fishing’ theme of this wedding, so I tried to stick to vintage photos and fun rustic accents. Below are the invitations I designed using the same photograph that I had taken earlier of our lake. The invitations and rsvp cards are still available on etsy here.


I designed a simple logo using aspects of nature and elegant fonts. We used this logo on many pieces of the invitation, as well as around the reception.


A Rustic Wedding

My brother got married last summer and I had the pleasure of helping with a few wedding things. He and his wife love fishing and being outdoors, so we went with a rustic elegance wedding theme, bringing in the lakes of Minnesota and their love of fishing. Below are the Save the Dates I created using a photo of one of their favorite Minnesota lakes. Stay tuned this week to see more!

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