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Branding + Stationery | It’s All in the Details

“Clean, modern, Paris, Madrid…” These were a few of the words given to me by Sarah at Music City Events to describe the style and look for the Little Black Dress Revue.  Mmm!  I hear Paris and Madrid and immediately my mind goes to beaux arts and all things art deco.  But a modern twist, of course!  If you missed the inspiration board post on this project, you can check it out here. Pieces included cocktail bar signs, cocktail stir sticks, catering food cards, the Grand Prize certificate, and the event program given out to each guest, including a list of participating vendors.  These were all designed to showcase the kinds of custom paper goods Design in August can create for any event in a smartly branded and cohesive look.  Yellows and grays combined with a stylish European fan pattern and a nod to art deco in the font – all the details came together so nicely in this fun and lively suite, wouldn’t you agree?

Milda AKA Mom - November 13, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Absolutely Fabulous! - December 7, 2010 - 10:33 am

you did an incredible job and it was very nice meeting you. im quickly becoming one of your biggest fans! keep up the amazing work.

Little Black Dress a Smashing Success!

Ladies and Gents, the Little Black Dress Revue was a delightful evening!  Masterfully pulled together by 17 of Nashville’s finest vendors and spearheaded by the talented Sarah Willard, this was one swanky trade show.  The venue, the lights and draping, the catering, the bar tending, the live music, the flipbook photobooth (can’t wait to show you this one tomorrow!) – it all came together seamlessly and I am so pleased with Design in August’s showing.  I had the opportunity to chat with lovely brides, as well as network with fellow vendors.  And one lovely bride won a $5,000 Grand Prize!  Stellar.  I wish all trade shows would grow up to be like this one when they get older!  Detail photos of my printed designs coming later today, but for now enjoy these uber fabulous pre-event shots courtesy of sharp-shooter Gregory Byerline.

Cocktails bar sign and my cocktail stir sticks.

Stationery samples out for display.

Oh! Sneaky peek at my Larrabee Suite. Coming soon!

Isn’t the Noah Liff fabulous?!  Mr. G’s reaction: “We need to throw our
10th anniversary party there!” And 20th… and 30th…

Catering cards on the buffet table.

“Soon to be Mrs.”

His & Hers drinks.  These stir sticks were an absolute delight for party-goers (and vendors!).

Yours truly with the lovely Sarah.  Thank you again for a great evening, girl!

Sarah Willard - November 11, 2010 - 10:42 am

Lovely post Daiva! The event was spectacular and I am thrilled to have met and conspired with you on this cocktail party for brides. Your work is… sharp. Perfect. Happy-Dance worthy. :) Looking forwarding to lunch (cocktails?!) and many more parties to come!

Inspiration | Little Black Dress Revue

1.  Deep Yellow – Wouldn’t this fabric make for a sunny accent pillow?
2.  Slate – Pale gray to balance the pops of yellow.
3.  Graphite – The sheen in this photo inspired the shimmery bellyband holding the LBDR Programs shut.  Mmm, printed on a pretty Petallics pearlescent paper.  Can’t wait to show you!
4.  Pale Yellow – A sugary, soft yellow. Color palette and images 1-4 provided by Music City Events.
5.  LBDR logo – My logo design developed out of key words provided by Sarah at Music City Events: clean, modern, Paris, Madrid… What began forming in my mind was a new take on Art Deco style of the 1920s.  That, and a little playful nod to “the bubbly.”
6.  Art Deco patterns – This is a classic repetitive pattern seen across Art Deco prints.  Very graphic and bold.  photo Google Images
7.  Dress by Oscar de la Renta – don’t you just love this dress?!  I fell in love with the graphic lines and patterns.  So crisp and playful!  These inspired some of the accent patterns in my LBDR printed pieces.  photo Google Images

I’ve been seeing grays & yellows all week.  Only 1 day to go until the swankiest bridal event of the season: The Little Black Dress Revue! The last file has gone to the printer, a few more finishing details today, and then I just need to decide which little black dress to wear.  I am excited to mix and mingle with some of Nashville’s best vendors, as well as Nashville’s lovely brides!  Check back later this week to see photos of Tuesday’s event and my custom paper goods designed for LBDR.

Events | The Little Black Dress Revue

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Sarah Willard of Music City Events here in Nashville.  And the timing could not have been better!  Sarah was in the early stages of planning a very unique party experience for potential clients.  And she invited me to come on board!  The idea is that a perfectly selected group of vendors are coming together to throw a party for brides-t0-be.  Way more fun than a regular ol’ trade show!  So grab your groom or your gal pals and mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 9, 2010 to attend The Little Black Dress Revue… it’s a cocktail party you won’t want to miss!  Here’s why:

  • It’s an actual party for couples to experience what their wedding day can be like.  Instead of visiting 30-40 vendors in an 8×8 space at bridal shows, see 16 carefully selected vendors in action.
  • Enjoy a swanky night out at the Noah Liff Opera Center from 6:30–9:30 p.m.  It’s a fairly new event venue with modern & stylish sensibility. (Follow the link – isn’t it fabulous?!)
  • Design in August will be the featured custom invitations designer!  I will be on hand to show samples and chat about my design services for your custom design needs.  You will also get to see my designs in action, as I will be providing all the custom paper goods for the party.
  • Savor delicious hors d’oeuvres and scrumptious desserts while enjoying Little Black Dress cocktails (with stir sticks designed by yours truly!) and local brews with music by a live band.  Bring your dancing shoes!
  • If you register by this Wednesday, save 50% on your ticket by using the promo code “ABGRevue” offered by Ashley’s Bride Guide here in Nashville.  Register here.

Each $10 ticket includes dinner, dessert and dancing PLUS an entry into a drawing for a Grand Prize worth over $5,000 from top-shelf Nashville wedding vendors!  That’s three zeroes… and a big chunk saved from your overall wedding budget.  The Grand Prize Package includes a groom’s cake, bridal portrait session, custom thank you cards (by Design in August), rehearsal dinner planning, bar service, discount on customized draping, videography goodies, limousine transportation, and {much much} more.  See a complete list of bridal vendors at the Little Black Dress Revue vendor page.

Remember, if you register by Wednesday, November 3rd, save 50% on your ticket by using the promo code “ABGRevue” brought to you by Ashley’s Bride Guide.  Register here. That’s two for the price of one!  Talk about affordable date night.  Groom can’t make it?  Get your gal pals together for a Girls’ Night out!  See you there!

Photography via the Noah Liff Opera Center.

Laurie - November 1, 2010 - 7:24 pm

I want to see the stir sticks!

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