A Surprise Party, Part II
Once you have your vision nailed down , it's time to start conceptualizing each piece. Starting with the paper goods, as it's those invitations that have to be popped into the mail before the rest of ...
Once you have your vision nailed down, it's time to start conceptualizing each piece. Starting with the paper goods, as it's those invitations that have to be popped into the mail before the rest of the party comes to fruition. And the paper pieces for this wedding ended up taking center stage. When we were conceptualizing everything, we really felt inspired by watercolor and calligraphy. Handcrafted pieces that addes a sense of art to our palette. Remembering the AMAZING paper goods from this wedding, we reached out to the designer (and bride), Julie Song of Julie Song Ink, to help us. Here's what she came up with...
Crazy, right? I took one look at this invitation mock, added in the inspiration board that we had crafted and had a 100% refined vision for what the party would look like and what direction we could go with accessories & decor. We then had Julie mock up some ideas for favors, menus and such to compliment this piece and bring in the chevron print and this is what she came up with...
Although we loved every single concept, we decided to do the baguette wraps for the invitation because it went with our rustic elegant vibe. But when we got them, they didn't quite match up to the crazy huge baguettes we accidentally bought (long story), so we decided to feature the menu wraps as accordian folded decor, tucked neatly under each placesetting. For favors, we went with Julie's idea of doing dessert plates, and with our Georgetown Cupcake gifts, we tied the two together with a pretty Salted Caramel Cupcake tag. So the above sketches were...

Since we had Julie's rapt attention, we wanted her to do something that we could gift to Judy at the end of the evening. And through some creative brainstorming, we came up with the idea to do a signature cocktail recipe printed on an 11 x 16 piece of watercolor paper, then framed so that she could take it home and remember the party for years to come. Here was the concept...
We loved the idea of bringing in the chevron print, then adding a personal quote that was really meaningful. Our cocktail recipe took center stage (Pink Champagne + St. Germain) then we added the words..."Pour ingredients into a chilled, fluted glass and stir lightly. Float half a strawberry or a few raspberries. Drink a toast to the girl whose grace and loveliness inspires us. Who's sparkle is palpable. Who we love and love and love forever. To Judy, to Mom."

So the sketch + recipe + quote was...

BOOM. Yep, genius. I wanted to hide it in a closet and keep it for myself. But when I saw the look on my mother-in-law's face when she read it and I melted. All selfishish hording tendencies flew out the window and I was one seriously happy daughter-in-law.

Coming up next...sketches to reality for the two center stage moments: the bar cart & placesettings!

Designer & Planner: Sarah True of True Event / Designer: Abby Larson & Jess Blazejewski of Style Me Pretty / Florals: Yumiko of Hana Floral Design / Paper & Favors: Julie of Julie Song Ink / Photography: Justin Marantz / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited & New England Country Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcake / Beauty: Kristine Collins (Boston based hair/makeup stylist)
Additional Vendor Credits
Join Our Little Black Book
Schubert's Bakery
Georgetown Cupcakes
Ceremony Music
Synchronicity Strings
Classic Party Rentals
Elizabeth Ulrich-Fanguy
October Ink
Palmdale Estates
Paloma Blanca