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REAL WEDDING: Lisha and Robert

Real WeddingGina PaulsonComment

Another real wedding coming at you today! This ones got me dreaming of sandy beaches and sunshine. These are the types of weddings that made me really wish bringing your stationary designer to your wedding was normal wedding protocol- seriously looks like a dreamy location to catch some rays and dip your toes in the water!  

Working with Lisha on her wedding day goods was a lot of fun for me. Lisha was an incredibly easy bride to work with, she knew what she wanted but also left me with a lot of creative freedom. She knew she wanted to incorporate some of the island's natural greenery into her suite, she loved watercolor and she had a blush and green beachy theme going on. She also knew she didn't want anything too formal to reflect her wedding style. 

We started with her wedding invitations. They featured a bold and fun hand-lettered design of their names, and a few accent words. They were printed in a light blush ink onto some thick cardstock and the back featured some watercolor Jamaican greenery. Once these were printed, I went in and individually brushed a thick coating of gold paint strokes to the bottom of each invitation. These were a labor of love, but also a lot of fun to do. 

Once we got the invitations out, we moved onto Day of Goods. For Day of Goods, the earlier you can get these details ironed out, the better. 

  • Wedding Welcome Packets: Lisha opted for folded programs for little welcome cards for her guests. They featured similar lettering style to her invitations, with information for guests about the weekend schedule. 
  • Wedding Programs: Being in Jamaica, Lisha wanted these to be fun and functional. She opted for fan programs. For these we printed them on folded cardstock and glued a giant popsicle stick into each program. The front of them had information about the ceremony itself, the back was full of fun facts about their wedding which is fun for guests as they sit and wait for the ceremony to begin. 

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  • Dinner Items: We did a menu that had an ombre green watercolor along the back with white writing on top of it. These were paired with coordinating place cards that I wrote each name in masking fluid then watercolored over the name and once that dried, I erased the masking fluid to give it a really cool look. 
  • She also had some sweet little thank you notes designed that were then tucked into her napkins. This is important! Especially for destination weddings where your friends and family have invested in traveling to your wedding day, a special little note thanking them for being there goes a long way. 
  • Signage: Lisha opted for wood signage. We had a small seating chart with names listed under tables. We also had a welcome sign with some gold leafy designs to coordinate with other gold accents at her wedding. Additionally, her welcome table had a hashtag sign so guests knew how to share any photos taken. We also did a some acrylic signage which I'm a HUGE fan of. Her cake sign read "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" with white paint on clear acrylic signage. Lastly we did a small sign for their welcome table with their new last names, I love the idea of these signs because they could easily translate to be hung up in your home together after the wedding. 

WHEW! That was a lot but it all came together SO incredibly perfect. I melted a little bit when Lisha sent me the photos at how beautiful her wedding was! I can't thank Lisha enough for letting me be a part of such a beautiful wedding and being such a dream of a bride to work with! 

Beautiful Photography thanks to Brittany Morgan Photography. You can see more from their wedding over on her blog right HERE

Photography: Brittany Morgan 

Venue: Royalton White Sands Montego Bay Resort

Paper Goods & Handlettered Signage: Eleven and West

Dress: Lulu's Bridal


Real WeddingGina PaulsonComment

Today I'm sharing something so incredibly special. These two are some of the most kind-hearted and genuine humans I know. When Bri emailed me about a few acrylic signs for her wedding day, I was so excited to get to contribute to a day that was guaranteed to be one for the books. Bri and Luke had been dating since they were very young, I think I can call them lifetime sweethearts. I met Bri in college, she was one of my sorority sisters, and met Luke when he came and visited her one weekend. She is a gorgeous human with a heart that is just as beautiful and he is one of the most genuine people you'll meet- it's a perfect match. They got married in Vail, CO at the TOP of a mountain. The views were seriously unreal, the day itself was out of storybook. I got in touch with Bri recently and got to chat with her a bit more now that the wedding has passed and they've started to settle in to married life. I always love reconnecting with my girls after their weddings and just seeing how it all went from their perspective. Here are a few of my favorite things from Bri: 

What was your favorite of your wedding day? 

 I have TWO! First, Saying my vows! Every time I thought about our wedding day, I pictures saying my vows to Luke at that location. On the day, I was not nearly as nervous as I thought I would have been, but just excited and so happy to be entering into the next part of our lives.  I also died laughing when both Luke and I said, “I choose you”, which we both said in our vows. Definitely not planned. Second, Jumping onto the gondola with all of the bridesmaids! After a day of getting ready and anticipation, I was so excited the weather was holding. We all jumped onto the gondola. The moment was filled with so much joy and laughter (and some champagne)

What was the BEST part of wedding planning?

Honestly, it gave me any excuse not to study! Wedding planning is so entertaining, but a great outlet when studying for boards... (friend bragging right: Bri is such an incredibly hard working and smart human. She had just passed her boards right before her wedding, became a PA, and was getting ready to kick off her next chapter at Mayo Clinic. Amazing, I know

Describe your wedding in 3 words: Laughter, dancing, and (a whole lot of) hugs. 

Do you have any advice for someone who is planning a wedding right now?

 Not to sweat the small stuff. No matter how many times you go through a timeline or speak to your vendors, something is bound to not go as planned. Just remember everyone is there to celebrate a momentous day in your life. Take in all the happiness and excitement around you.

Her last piece of advice is one that I hope all of my brides-to-be out there seriously take to heart because there is so much truth in it! Don't sweat the small stuff, focus on whats important- which is normally the hand your holding and the people surrounding you. If you can do that, the rest will come together perfectly! Thanks again Bri + Luke for letting me be a part of your day and sharing these incredible photos with me! 

These photos are by Teresa Woodhull

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