Spring is 5 days away and I think everyone is craving a fresh new season of color. I love winter but when the Spring Equinox rolls around each year, it’s such a nice breath to lighten up everything with soft colors from nature. It’s no secret that I love florals and I firmly believe that they are amazing to incorporate into your invitation any time of year. Ironically, I can’t keep a plant alive for very long, so the drawn flowers are best for me! When couples are deciding an overall aesthetic for their wedding and want to have a natural feel, lavender is a great color to add softness and elegance.
The first month of the year is usually full of energy to start off on the right foot, set goals and really be excited about the fresh new year. If you are planning a wedding and 2019 is the year you get married, you already know there are so many details that go into your big day and it truly does take a team of dedicated friends and family around you.
An important (often overlooked until the last minute) detail is a gift for the special people who are standing next to you on your big day. Over six years ago when I got married, I gave my bridesmaids pearl earrings and fur wraps to wear on our wedding day; our groomsmen got tie bars to wear as well. While I think it is great to give them pieces to wear on the big day rather than expecting them to buy more than their dress and tux, I do wish I had added a little detail for everyone that was personalized. Having something you can cherish beyond one day is a sweet memento to your wedding party to remember your friendship, not so much your wedding day.
I was sent a beautiful personalized display box that I currently have a stack of special bracelets in from the ladies’ version of this site, Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique. There are so many beautiful options on their site that I would love to receive and love to give. I’m a southern girl, so I do love a good monogram but their personal cartoon cups are so cute!
For a good, lasting gift, I really love the rose gold edging on this glass box I was sent. The etched flowers are so pretty and remind me of designs I draw for floral invitations. I love having my name personalized on there as well, it just adds a little extra pizzazz. The box is amazing too because my special jewelry that I keep on my bedside table can be contained and organized while looking good. I don’t have to worry about a clutter of bracelets and rings, I can just put them in the box and it looks like special treasures!
Groovy Guy Gifts, their brother site, has a plethora of amazing options for men (though the copper mule mugs and whiskey stones are good for the ladies too!) from cuff links, to barware and cool bags.
Hopefully you can check off another wedding to-do task by going to either of these sites and finding something really special for those that are special to you.
Sponsored Post by Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique.
Happy New Year, everyone! I don’t like resolutions because they are meant to be broken. However, I do like the word “intention” and not in the sense of “…well, I intended to do that” but intention being consciously putting in an effort regularly. So, with that being said, I have made an intention for 2019 to create more content on this blog portion of my site. I love that this website is home to all my creations in rotation but I do have another love, which is writing. I think it may be time to come back to that. It will of course be wedding and event related, but in an intentional way. Promise.
Whew. What a year 2018 was! It was actually my first full year truly as Fanciful Ink being my full time job. There were many things I learned, and many many things that I loved. You see, in the fall of 2017 my position with the company I worked for was dissolved. I was fortunate at that time to work from home which also allowed me less commute time and filled in spaces of time with design work so I was able to prove to myself that my dream was actually able to sustain me. I knew the loss of my full time job was the push I needed to take the leap of faith to really move Fanciful Ink into a serious full time opportunity. I want to say a special thank you to all of the wonderful couples, businesses and individuals for making my first full year in business a beautiful one. Most of the pieces are on display in the Bridal Gallery and there are many more to come that I will be finishing up this year. It is so hard to choose favorites because I put so much into my designs and enjoy working with every couple, truly. Here are a few highlights…
I was part of some amazing styled shoots, which you can find scrolling below and on the Published Style Sessions section. I love that they were all so different in style. I got to create a moody elegant all black toned invitation, a hand painted boho invitation on hand-made paper in tones of mustard, ash blue and rose, a celestial look on acrylic and a posh royal inspired invitation in navy and blush. I love working with other vendors in this industry.
On a personal note, my husband I were fortunate to travel to four countries last year on two trips as well as adventures to Maine, which we thought was beautiful. Our year started out literally in Paris, France where we spent a few days over New Years’ to explore the gorgeous city. We ventured on a day trip to Versailles, ate far too many carbs and breathed in all of the glamour that the city evokes. I loved that I also created this amazing invitation for a destination wedding in France after going on our trip.
Then we went to Disney World, where everything is always fun, no matter how old you are. I am a huge Disney fan, so I’m always down for anything Disney related, like this invitation that has hidden gems throughout the scroll work with a different theme on each piece.
In the spring, we went on a two week vacation to England and Scotland, which was amazing. We started out in London then rented a van and drove to stops along the way : Bath, Cotswolds and York in England. We made the trip with my in-laws who wanted to see some sites in Scotland that related to their heritage. We stayed in the lowlands of Scotland and finished the trip in Edinburgh. Since learning my father’s side of the family is Scottish, I really felt at home there. So, you know what that means. I need to create British inspired invitation complete with tartan. Any takers?
I cannot wait to start a new year fresh with a new life to designs and a fresh breath for me personally. The past year was a challenging one health-wise for me so I am reminding myself to breathe in every moment of living this dream job of Fanciful Ink.
Cheers to 2019, let’s make it incredibly fanciful.
The gorgeous sunwashed rustic venue of Meadow Hill Farm feels like you stepped into the Tuscan countryside. Their gorgeous cocktail garden and lush landscape is such a beautiful setting any time of year. It was the perfect place to have an intimate Italian garden feel in colors of oranges, golds and greens.
For the invitation, I wanted to keep a soft washed look with fresh herbs and a rustic feel. I first drew washes in hues of yellow and oranges and added a bit on the top and bottom and then a full wash on the back. Each piece had a different herb on it that I drew. I used an asymmetric alignment for the pieces for a fresh and casual look. The edges were deckled to complete the rustic look.
Copper menus at each place setting also carried the herb illustrations through the tablescape. For the place cards, we wrapped a piece of brown paper around a baguette with calligraphy at each place.
The seating chart was very fun to create. Tiles that were reminiscent of sun-washed colors were placed in a small trellis folded out. Each tile had calligraphy on it with a table number tile in the center. The tiles was surrounded by moss and bits of florals. The cake design from Copper Whisk Cakes was a reflection of the tile design which pulled in those colors and elements.
Every aspect of this was airy and dreamy, simply beautiful! This was a styled shoot where Nashville creatives in the event industry came together with a vision to create something in our own styles.
This will be published on Grey Likes Weddings blog in April of 2019, so keep your eyes peeled!
VENDORS FROM THIS STYLED SHOOT:
Planning, Design & Styling: The Gifford Collective | Photography: Cassidy Carson Photo | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Venue: Meadow Hill Farms | Floral Design: Gradient and Hue | | Cake: Copper Whisk Cakes | Hair/Makeup: Hannah Farmer Creative | Bridal Boutique: The Bride Room | Bridal Gown Designer: Watters | Veil: Ines Di Santo | Suit: The Black Tux | Rentals: Southern Events Online | Models: Kimberly Novosel and Ian Revereza
When I was asked to do the Nashville Big Fake Wedding, I was thrilled that I could be a part of such a unique show. Bridal shows are fun, but they are hectic and busy. The Big Fake Wedding was a cohesive showcase of how a wedding could be. Some of the greatest Nashville vendors put forth their best to come together and create this "farm to table" look. I loved the inspiration board and was so excited to create a green earthy invitation.
Photos are finally available and it was so hard to pick and choose from the amazing images that the three photographers shot. All the vendors have now been featured on Ruffled Blog! I'm so excited for this great exposure. It makes my small business heart soar! Check out the beautiful spread on Ruffled as well as the
I love the beautiful shots of my invitations and that each photographer captured it differently!
A full list of all vendors are on The Big Fake Wedding blog as well as Ruffled Blog! Check it out!
I am so excited to be a part of Nashville's The Big Fake Wedding! I have designed a "farm to table" inspired invitation. As a vendor, I was sent an inspiration board with colors and images that would be used throughout Nashville's event by all the selected vendors. I am so honored to be selected to be a part of such a great group of event specialists in this city's industry!
What is The Big Fake Wedding, you ask? It's really cool! This is from their site :
"Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow-renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, The Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The NotWedding) has become a killer alternative to a bridal show.
The Big Fake Wedding was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2008, creating an experiential opportunity for wedding vendors to showcase their products and services to shopping brides and grooms just as they would at a real wedding. Eight years later in 2016, The Big Fake Wedding is still the most uniquely curated and most far-reaching bridal show alternative in the nation, attracting over 6,000 attendees and 1,000 vendors annually across 30+ events in 25 cities.
The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-and-grooms-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”
For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level."
Here is the inspiration board I was sent for the Farm to Table theme :
Join me this Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 at The Cordelle for a wonderful party and bridal show alternative!
It is now what is known as “engagement season” in the wedding industry. Couples typically get engaged around this time of year - from Thanksgiving to New Years. This is really a wonderful time of year because at some point, you will get to celebrate and show off the new jewel around friends and family. It is inevitable that you will get question upon question about your upcoming nuptials. Where will it be? Is your second cousin twice removed invited? Are there kids invited? What color will your bridesmaids wear? For you as the bride, it may get a little daunting. There will be a ton to do, but you may not know what to do first. Follow these 10 steps, relax and enjoy this special time in your life!
Design by Fanciful Ink | Photography by Abigail Volkmann Photography
Ashlyn was inspired by her gorgeous wedding gown for her invitations. We matched the subtle shade of gold from her dress to a light gold invitation, then gave it a very fall feel with a darker gold and navy ink and mat for an elegant French-inspired look.
How did you and your husband meet?
We met on a blind date and went to the movies. We did a favor for friends who didn't want to go on a date alone, it's funny how things work out!
What was your vision for your wedding day?
French Country - golds and fall colors. I'll also admit there may have been an underlying Beauty and the Beast theme going. Very subtle - "gold" dress, gold candle sticks, roses on the invitations. I didn't plan it, but I got several comments/compliments about it.
How did Fanciful Ink create invitations expressing that vision for you?
I wanted a more elegant invitation that had a French feel. We were getting married on a farm, but I didn't want to do the typical country chic theme.
Was there anything special you incorporated in your wedding?
What was your best planning tool?
My notebook with pockets. I glued and stuffed everything in that and took a ton of notes.
What advice would you give other brides?
Don't get too caught up in the details. Something will go wrong, if you don't plan every second the small things will not bother you the day of. I was not stressed or worried about anything. Everyone working for you will make sure it's the best day.
VENUE : Mint Springs Farm
WEDDING GOWN : Marie Antoinette by Ian Stuart
BRIDESMAID DRESSES : Annabelle by Jenny Yoo
GROOM / GROOMSMEN : Black by Vera Wang from Men's Warehouse
PHOTOGRAPHER : Ace Photography
DJ/MUSICIAN : Snyder Entertainment
Fanciful Ink information for Ashlyn & Nic's invitation :
Antique Gold Devotion Pocket Fold with Sparkling Sapphire Mat and ink. Gold Leaf Invitation, Directions and RSVP card with Antique Gold envelope and RSVP envelope. Gold Leaf Menu with Sparkling Sapphire ink.
To use this design, refer to reference "Ashlyn" and email email@example.com
Price of design for this invitation, inserts and menu : $190 | Price of production for whole invitation : $3.11
As of late, I have been creating elegantly earthy designs for several brides.
I have found that botanical prints, especially in a sketched leaf wreath form, have taken my clients by storm. I really love getting to draw out wispy wreaths or beautiful flowers to adorn the details of an invitation. These are just a few of the many botanical inspired invitation suites that I have created lately.
Hello there! Welcome to the brand-new blog portion of my site! This is a personal space where you will see Fanciful Ink brides! These ladies have made Fanciful Ink what it is today, as well as what it is becoming, and I am so excited to feature them. I love creating unique wedding invitations to fit a couple's big day and it's so nice to see the finished product carried through to their wedding. I hope you enjoy what is to come!
On another very exciting note, Fanciful Ink now has a brick and mortar meeting space! I am now a part of Nashville Event Collective in East Nashville and would be delighted to have you over for a cup of coffee. More on that later...