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Stationery | Nashville Wedding Planners Group

I have found the wedding industry to be an uber-collaborative one.  So it was right on par when Tiffani of Creative Designs & Events first told me her big idea.  Together with Jennifer of Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events, these two planner gals are launching Nashville’s first Wedding Planners Group – a focused monthly meeting of local planners to mix and mingle as well as collaborate, share ideas, and meet hand-picked area vendors.  And their first meeting is tonight!!  While Nashville has plenty of similar type groups that gather wedding industry folk across various services, it has been lacking a focused group exclusively for planners.  What a marvelous idea!  And the cherry on top?  Tiffani and Jennifer asked Design in August to dream up their printed invitation.  Violá!  Cool gray, with a pop of yellow and peacock blue set the stage for a lively event, while rounded corners finish off this modern twist on a vintage ad.

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A vertical format for this announcement makes a “newsy” statement and reads like a mini-banner.

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Pretty, pretty peacock envelopes paired with a collection of stamps in similar color palettes.

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And next month yours truly will be attending the NWP Group meeting as the featured vendor of the night.
Looking forward to meeting more of Nashville’s finest!

Stationery | Christmas Card + Matching Gift Tag

“Bright wishes…” indeed!  I was delighted to design this Christmas card and matching gift tag for Lindsay.  We talked about using traditional colors of red or green or gold, but when she mentioned possibly going for bolder, non-traditional gem colors, we went for it!  A royal purple bellyband with their family initial dresses up this 5″x 7″ greeting.  Lindsay then slipped a 4″x 6″ family photo loosely inside the band and on top of the card.  That way friends and family could pull out the photo and frame it as they wished.  A custom return address rubber stamp (not pictured) in the same font families completed the look of the chartreuse envelopes, while this coordinating 3″x 3″ gift tag completed her holiday gift wrapping in style.  The best part is these gift tags will last her year round – birthdays, weddings, baby showers, you name it!  With chartreuse & royal purple dressing up this Christmas card and gift tag set, how could they be anything but “bright” wishes?!

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.

Stationery | New Address, New Announcement

When Mr. G and I began talking about a move to Nashville, the very first thought that crossed my mind went a little something like this: <gasp> “I get to design a moving announcement!!”  Naturally.  I knew this would be a great opportunity to announce not only our new address, but also share the recent happenings in our lives.  I also knew it had to be a show piece for Design in August.

I stumbled across this original “Chuckle Map” of Tennessee by Bill Dyer that dates back to 1949.  Those who know us well, know that Mr. G and I met each other Lindy Hopping in Asheville, NC.  So a piece that incorporated all things Tennessee with a vintage 40′s voice was just about perfect.  The map determined the horizontal shape of the piece, while I added our own text to the welcome sign on the cover flap.  Matching the feel of the “Chuckle Map” illustrations, a handsome 40s-style reporter of “The Nashville Observer” voices our latest news with hep cat lingo of his era on the inside.  A string of twine and a western star-printed belly band wrap it up oh-so pretty, while each of the 184 envelopes was addressed with a printed label to match.

Vintage style Nashville hospitality.A little army of announcements about to inundate the mail system!I adore the little scenes of the “Chuckle Map” – especially this sleepy fisherman and the lady archer.Each envelope dressed up with a printed “brown paper bag” label.I had a custom return address stamp made to match the print.  Economical solution to printed envelopes!Hep Cat Reporter from “The Nashville Observer.”  You dig, Daddy-O?Mr. G and me: Lindy Hop Love.Tennessee is officially the “Nation’s Most Interesting State” – didn’t y’all know?

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