Natalie + Brad

What a beautiful couple these two are.  Natalie and Brad were married at the beautiful Bakersfield Museum of Art.  Such a romantic and elegant setting.  Many friends and family completed this gorgeous couples wonderful day.  I wish them all the best in life!  More from the bride in the images below.

Bride's dress with Mom's dress
Bride’s dress with Mom’s dress
Natalie's wedding dress
Natalie’s wedding dress
wedding dress
Beautiful wedding dress
Natalie and Walter
Natalie and Walter
Natalie and Walter
Walter Kisses

From the Bride:

“I first met Maria at a bridal show when I saw her beautiful display of sample invitations. I spoke with her for a few minutes about my colors and style and right away she had great suggestions. I knew of the colors and a little bit of the style that I wanted but never would I have imagined that someone could take those small ideas and turn them into the most beautiful and perfect invitations the way Maria did.” 
monogram wedding invitation
Natalie and Brad wedding invitation

“There is so much detail that goes into making the perfect invitation and to have someone like Maria, who met with me multiple times to figure exact colors, styles, fonts, design and wording was such a blessing. I remember the evening I picked up the final invitations from Maria and brought them home. I went to bed shortly after, but had to get out of bed twice to go into the kitchen and turn on the light and stare at the invitation again and again, because I loved them so much! I felt like a five-year old with a new Christmas toy.”

Elegant monogram wedding invitation
Elegant monogram wedding invitation

 

Burlap and Lace Pocket Card Wedding Invitation
Burlap and Lace Pocket Card Wedding Invitation

“My invitations were one of my favorite things about my wedding and one of my favorite keepsakes from the wedding. My family and friends were texting me as soon as they got them in the mail to tell me how beautifully they matched ME and my style. The funny thing is, even as well as I think I know my own style, I would not have been able to come up with something this gorgeous without Maria’s help. I would highly recommend Maria and All in the Invite for your wedding invitations.”

burlap bouquet
Burlap Wedding Bouquet
Elegant table setting with burlap table runner
Elegant table setting with burlap table runner
Natalie with her Bridesmaids
Natalie with her Bridesmaids
Brad and Groomsmen
Brad and his Groomsmen

 

 

A Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Invitation

Champagne and Cream Colored Gatsby Inspired Wedding Invitation

The “Great Gatsby” movie has encouraged many brides to throw their own  ‘Roaring Twenties’ theme wedding.  The type of party that Daisy Fay Buchanan herself would sure to be seen attending!

Set the mood for your snazzy soiree with this elegant Bird of Happiness invitation. The art deco font and the pale pink color suggests that the event will be a fun affair!

Bird of Happiness

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Chalkboard Signs

This custom painted wedding chalkboard sign would be a perfect addition to your wedding or reception, or rehearsal dinner decor. It would also make an excellent wedding gift for newlyweds.

All of our signs are fully customizable!Two Families Come Together Chalkboard Gifts Sign Chalkboard Dinner Menu

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Nicole + Daniel’s Shabby Chic Lace Wedding Invitations

I absolutely love working with my brides and love the relationship I build with my couples and their families.  Nicole is an absolute doll!  I love it when we’re given a bit of direction (pink and shabby chic vintage) and then we’re allowed to go with it.  We created the wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and custom wedding postage to match the invitation.  We used a little bit of calligraphy to address the envelopes for mailing.
Irma Green of Simply Shabby Chic Event Planning coordinated their wedding.  It was so much fun!
A couple of weeks back we showed you the video by R&C Films.  You can check our past post about it here.
The lovely Melissa Gilden of Melisa-Gilden-Photography captured the wedding day.
What a beautiful wedding and I’m so THANKFUL to be a small part of it!
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Tactfully Asking Your Parents For Money

 

 

Forget that old rule that weddings are paid for by the parents of the bride.  That time has passed.  As the marrying age has gone up, so has the amount that the couple contributes to their own nuptials.  And while parents on both sides still often contribute, don’t automatically assume that they will give you carte blanche for your wedding.

Then comes the “fun” part of asking the parents if they are interested in contributing.  Don’t make one person do all of the asking.  Each one of you gets to ask your own parents.

 

How to Ask Parents for Money

First of all, you should ask to have a conversation with your parents. Don’t spring it on them!  Ask, “When would be a good time to talk to you both about whether or not you’d like to help cover the cost for the wedding?” Ask first if they would like to contribute, not how much they want to contribute.

Show your parents ideas of the type of wedding that you are looking to create, how much it will cost, and how much you and your fiancé(e) can contribute.  Then ask if they would consider contributing a set amount to fund a specific part of the wedding in lieu of giving you a gift. And don’t expect them to have the money right on the spot. Tell your parents to take some time to think about it because weddings can be expensive.

Regardless of their answer, make them feel comfortable with whatever they decide.  Remember, this is your event, not theirs.  They shouldn’t have to go into debt for your wedding day, no matter how important you feel it is to have a designer gown or a full five-course dinner with open bar for everyone you know.

The best attitude is to appreciate when anyone contributes in any way at all–whether it’s helping you plan and prepare or giving you money to help with costs–Be grateful.

 

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A Fabulously Grand Wedding – Ofelia and Jose

Ofelia and Jose were married this past July at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the reception was held at the beautiful Hotel Rosedale.  Ofelia was such a fantastic bride to work with and her wedding invitations reflected her personality perfectly!  She was two months away from her wedding when she contacted me and she was just getting around to ordering the invitations.  It’s not like she was sitting around daydreaming.  If you recall from my past post on her bridal shower invitations, which you can check out here, she was preparing to graduate from Cal State, purchasing a house, starting a new job and planning a wedding! Talk about staying busy.

I got to know her very well during our initial meeting and was very impressed by all that she was juggling.  Ofelia didn’t really have a theme but she knew she wanted her wedding invitations to be simple but beautiful.  She liked bright bold color and after listening to her tell the story of their journey together and the planning she was able to check off her list  I was able to pull together from those elements.  We began to focus on the important detail that kept popping up in her wedding planning, Gerbera Daisies!  Some say *Gerber* some say *Gerbera* but both names refer to the same South African beauties. Ofelia thought she didn’t have a theme but it was right there reflected in her bouquet, the wedding cake, her centerpieces all had Gerbera Daisies incorporated into them.  The beautiful pictures that follow are courtesy of Rick Juarez Photography.

 

Catering by Rangel Catering

Couple’s Seating provided by Time of My Life Entertainment

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50’s Inspired Wedding Dresses

Are Shorter Hemlines Making A Comeback?

So, you want to wear something new on your wedding day but you still want to have that vintage vibe, then your best bet is to go for a vintage inspired wedding dress.

There a some top designers that offer 50’s style wedding dresses. Stephanie Allin  is definitely one of those designers.

 These 3/4 length dresses are absolutely gorgeous. It speaks of an era that was all about understated elegance.  All the while accentuating a woman’s curves in a very classy way.

Dresses via Stephanie Allin

 

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sneak peek :: Adrianna and John’s Wedding Invitation

I’m excited to be sharing with you a little sneak peek of a wedding invitation set I had the pleasure to design recently. This is for the wedding of Adrianna and John.

Now while I can’t share the finished set with you just yet (but soon!) here is one of the designed pieces.  Their chosen colors are absolutely stunning and work really well together; Sapphire Blue, Orange Flame and Silver.  All metallic colors and a paisley print.  I’m in love with their idea for wedding favors! Too bad I can’t show you just yet!

The picture below is from their engagement session captured by Daniel Boone photography and judging by his other work the wedding pictures are going to turn out fabulous!  We can’t wait to see it!  See even more of their adorable session right here.

 

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