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in the News | July 2011

July was a great month for the Studio!  Stationery projects, brand design clients, and freelance gigs coming in and out the door, as well as features on two of Nashville’s finest wedding blogs.  Rick + Tonia’s invitation suite made a Top 10 list on Ashley’s Bride Guide July wrap up, while a lovely feature by WedCandy takes readers into a behind-the-scenes glimpse of my design process.  Be sure to catch both posts!  Now… on to August!

Nashville | The Bridal Brunch

{Update!}  Purchase your tickets at 50% off using the promo code “bbhalfoff” at the Bridal Brunch site.

I am proud to announce that Design in August will be showing at Nashville’s Bridal Brunch: A Toast to Wedding Style this January 9th!  Bridal Brunch is a champagne social featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, a bridal fashion show and the chance to mix & mingle with some of Nashville’s most elite wedding vendors.  It’s a one-stop shop to help you plan your perfect wedding.  And Design in August will be there to showcase custom stationery design.  I’m so excited!  Yet another opportunity to meet more of Nashville’s beautiful brides and chat wedding stationery & ephemera all in the setting of a boutique bridal show.  So gather your moms, your gals, & even your man, and join us for a lovely Sunday Brunch on January 9th.  See you there!

Photography from last year’s Bridal Brunch event.

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?

Branding | Self-Promotional Mailer

With the popularity of social media these days, a tangible piece of personal mail seems all the more precious.  Wouldn’t you like to receive a pretty package like this in your mail box?  A stack of these went out this week to introduce my Studio to local event planners, including my business card, a hand-written note and a sample of a recent design project: our New Address | New Announcement mailer (to be featured on the blog later this week!).

Whether you are a popular storefront, a personally-owned business operating out of your home office, or an individual looking to promote your upcoming event, consider what an impact a thoughtful and attractive piece of direct mail might have for you.  Interested?  I would welcome the opportunity to chat with you about it.  Cheers!

Pretty packages tied up with string!  Colorful stamps in shades of browns, black and greens add a bit of whimsy.

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