Earlier this month we attended Engaged! Magazine’s annual flagship event, featuring the best wedding professionals in the Washington, DC Metro Area. The event was hosted at four of the most prestigious hotels, including the W, Willard, Hay-Adams, and St. Regis. Each venue was dressed head to toe for a ceremony and reception event – complete with bands, passed appetizers, desserts, champagne, and more! At this event we met Julie Savage of Strawberry Milk Events, who was the master planner at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Re-connecting with Julie a week later, we discovered why she is quickly becoming one of the most sought after event planners in the area – her charming personality, creativity and ambition, and true passion for her work. Julie invited us to take part in a table top design she is planning for Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine – and of course we couldn’t stay no! The main emblem created by Chaiti (an element of surprise, to be revealed after the shoot) was partly inspired by the glass doorway architecture of The Anderson House, and partly by opulent Victorian glamour. The menu card was created on a textured shimmer gold paper, screen printed in mint green, and again gold foil stamped with menu selections. More details from the shoot to come in May!
This coming Friday, March 30, we will be taking part in University of Maryland’s Business Entrepreneurship event, hosted by BB&T. The event showcases a range of small businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region, allowing for great exposure and networking. Having taken part in the event in the past, we are honored to be invited back and excited to share our latest work. Attendees at the event will receive a complimentary thank you note detailed with a design from our upcoming retail collection. Design Director Chaiti Mehta describes the inspiration for this motif coming from the Sheesh Mahal in Rajasthan, India – an architectural gem that boasts opulent decor of intricate mirror work. We hope the event attendees enjoy this truly luxurious giveaway!
Today we are excited to share with you an invitation created for an event being hosted in London, England! When we spoke with Chetna for her initial consultation, she told us about the formal event she and Andrew were hosting at the gorgeous Micklefield Country Home in Hertfordshire. As the invitation was to showcase the fusion of English and Asian cultures, she chose a clean layout with paisley borders and a blind embossed print, similar to the one for Vani and Alok that she had fallen in love with. The fuschia pink ink and gold foil looked lovely on the ivory damasco paper!
You may remember Jessica and Rick from their breath-taking save the date photograph by the Lincoln Memorial. Well we’re back with their wedding invitation suite! After exploring many design concepts we finally landed on one that would speak to the contemporary-chic wedding hosted at an art gallery. The invitation design was entirely focused on variation of typography and was laid in an off white silk folio. Once opened, the folio showcased the main insert secured by ribbon corners, and an upper pocket carrying the directions, accommodations, and reception inserts. The black and deep purple inks paired with an accent of gold foil lay perfectly on the smooth ivory Italian paper. Stay tuned for Part III – the coordinated ceremony programs, menu cards, escort cards, thank you notes, and more!
Just one quick conversation with Preethi, who comes to us from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and you can tell that she is passionate, spontaneous, and absolutely full of life! During our initial consultation, Preethi told us she had found exactly what she was looking for on our blog, had the details of her invitation components ready for us in minutes, and approved her proofs within a week. Her invitation suite comprised of the paisley design that our South Asian brides oh-so-love, printed in a deep fuchsia ink on opalescent papers, and accompanied by an antique gold folder. We are delighted to continue working with Preethi and Carlos on their wedding day materials, with the help of their wedding planner Hameant Raghubir of Shivpriya Events. We’ll be back with more updates from this beautiful wedding in sunny Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Do we just happen to design for the best looking couples? We certainly think so. Not only to Vijay and Kalyani make a gorgeous pair, they were both incredibly sweet and easy going – truly a pleasure to work with! Referred by a past client who’s stationery they loved – they asked us to create an invitation for their wedding reception taking place at the Taglyan Complex, preceded by a cocktail soiree at the W Hotel in glitzy Hollywood, California. Working with out of state clients (especially those requiring quick turn around) can sometimes be complex, but the pair provided us with their vision and allowed us to finalize details of the paper and print styles on their behalf. Have a look at the end result, along with a photograph from their engagement shoot courtesy of Imagique!
We could almost hear the squeal of excitement, all the way from Fort Collins, Colorado, when we sent Chetana photographs of her assembled suite. Chetana and Shoban are hosting their wedding and reception at the glamorous Ritz Carlton hotel in Denver, and decided on an invitation design and color palette to complement the formal nature of the event. Pictured below is the vertical layout of our ‘Sapphire Suite’ invitation – the front of the invitation featuring a gold foil print on shimmer gold paper, hinting at the design of flourishes framing the text of their wedding and reception inserts. We’ll be back with more updates on their wedding day stationery!
When we met Courtney for an initial consultation, we found her to be torn between a design she loved at a stationery store, and the folio layout for our past clients Melissa and Rishi. And so a collaboration project began. We worked with the Georgetown location of the Dandelion Patch to allow Courtney the best of both worlds, creating the coordinated folios and envelopes to match her chosen design. The Dandelion Patch team, led by store manager Penelope, made the process absolutely seamless. We wish Courtney and Jon the very best with their wedding this Spring!
What a way to start the week! First, we received the most thoughtful thank you note from recent bride Rachna on how much she enjoyed working with us. Rachna also shared an article from the Washington Post (DC Metro Area Newspaper), as her event was featured in the Wedding section. Next, Rachyeta Singh of the RS Bridal Group and Shaadi-Esque blog based in the U.K. did a feature on our work – paired with some very kind words! Have a look at the highlights below.
Hard to believe we are in December already! This Thanksgiving we had the opportunity to meet many of our out of state brides who were in town to spend the long weekend with family. Among them was Jessie who was visiting from Ohio. Jessie is someone you instantly fall in love with – inspired by all things creative, with a sweet bubbly personality, and a sparkle in her eye (thanks to Rick, I believe!). The drop dead gorgeous couple is getting married this coming April and treating their guests to a one of a kind experience at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Take a sneak peak at their save the date postcard. We are excited about creating a truly unique, out-of-the box invitation suite for Jessie and Rick in the coming weeks!
Monograms have become a must have on every brides’ wedding wish list. They are the common element that tie together so many different pieces of a wedding, and many times set the tone of the affair. Initially developed for save the dates or invitation suites, monograms can be later be incorporated into the cake decor, wedding slideshow, guest favor bags, dance floor gobo – and even kept as a couples’ post-wedding stationery logo.
We had the great pleasure of working with Anjelie and Tarpan to design the monogram for their wedding events occurring at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland next summer. They were looking for a simple, impactful, and versatile design that completely spelled out both of their names, rather than just initials. With a range of different events typical for a South Asian wedding and a guest list of 1,200 (yes, 1,200!) their monogram is sure to leave an impression on many!
Pictured below are two of our favorites from the design process.
The long overdue post is here! We first met Anuj and Charu in the summer of 2011 for a wedding invitations consultation, and while the couple identified more with our modern take on South Asian designs, they eventually compromised with their parents who were looking for a more traditional invitation. A few months later, Anuj was back in touch to have us design invitations for their Reception event hosted by his family in California over Christmas weekend. Still looking to keep some South Asian flair, the design featured the Paisley Pavo layout – with henna designs in a dull yellow and an abstract peacock in a deep forest green. It was a pleasure working with Anuj and Aparna, and we wish them a wonderful first year of marriage in 2012. Photographs of the happy couple courtesy of their San Fransico based photographer Erik Clausen of Poser Image.
We are elated to work with the darling couple, Rachna and Samir, on their wedding invitations and wedding day stationery. We met the two, along with their wedding planner Laura Weatherly of Engaging Affairs earlier this summer at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC – where the happy couple will be tying the knot. After pouring through a range of different designs and layouts, they decided on the Secret Garden suite customized for their needs. We carved out the center of the circular motif and replaced it with a fusion of the letter “B”, for their last names, and the Om symbol. They will now use this monogram for all of their wedding programs, menus, dance floor gobo, and more.
The invitation featured a variety of event inserts and unique RSVP cards for each event. Certainly an easy way to stay organized!
Stay tuned for updates from this couples’ wedding – with their great sense of style and charming personalities, we know that their events are bound to be a huge success and enjoyed by their guests!
We’re in a movie. Well, the invitations are. The trailer for new film ‘Arrange To Settle’ showcases our embellished faux silk folio suite – thanks to our friend and director of the film, Ishu Krishna. We’re excited about the release of the film and will keep you updated about its release slated for the spring of 2012!
And speaking of great coverage – one of our lovely past brides, Janet, recently wrote to let us know that her wedding was published on Occasions Online, as captured by her talented photographer Alison White. The very thoughtful couple also wrote us a thank you note with a picture from their wedding day!
2011 is shaping up to be the year we make our global debut. In the first half of this year, we have had invitation consultations with and samples mailed to clients hosting events in Canada, Mauritius, Australia, Istanbul, London, and more!
And speaking of international locations – we also recently made 2 more micro-finance loans to budding entrepreneurs in Senegal and Mongolia, bringing our grand total to 30. Thank you to our wonderful clients, without whom we would not be able to support this important cause! Want to learn more? Browse our portfolio on the Kiva website.
Congratulations to Melissa and Rishi, who are tying the knot this weekend at the Crescent Beach Club and hosting their reception at the breath-taking Oheka Castle! The couple was an absolute pleasure to work with and despite living in New York, traveled to Washington, DC to meet with us and finalize details of their invitations earlier this year. Their wedding planner, Sonal Shah, appropriately refers to this invitation as the “Rolls Royce of invitations”. Clean, classy, and luxurious, our late 2011 and 2012 brides have fallen in love with the suite! The invitation components sat in a faux silk gold folio accented with an off-white clinched ribbon. Diamond clasps hand-selected by Melissa adorned the front cover. All inserts and envelopes were printed on our imported Italian papers and printed using premium gold foil.
We knew from our first meeting with Vani late last year that that custom designing her invitations was going to be one of our favorite projects. A creative bride who loves stationery, she had planned specific themes to accompany each of her wedding events and wanted to express these in the form of symbols on each insert. Her wedding insert highlighted a Ganesh symbol in a deep red color, highlighting the traditional and religious nature of the event. The sangeetham, an event full of color and celebration, was symbolized with a peacock feather. Finally, the reception event which would be brightly lit to celebrate the special occasion was marked with an Indian diya. The bronze folder that held these inserts carried a blind-embossed imprint of the couple’s monogram.
Have a look at their truly one of a kind invitation suite!
It’s hard not to fall head over heals in love with a couple like Sayma and Wais! Incredibly sweet and balanced, our consultations with them were always a delight. The couple were referred to us by Sayma’s sister Farzana, whose invitation we had created just months prior. The couple selected the Pearl suite in the Secret Garden design customized in a dusty rose ink and printed on a luxury cotton paper. While we anxiously await photographs from their big day, we have borrowed the cover of their highlights video posted by the talented videographer, Moetic Wedding Films.
Lakshmi and Gursimran, college sweethearts and dear friends, were married at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center adjacent to the University of Maryland’s campus in late April. We had the pleasure to work on their monogram, invitation suite, and wedding day program – an adaptation of the Paisley Pavo suite in a Tiffany blue and caramel brown. The couple looked absolutely stunning!