Real Wedding: Jen and Andy, V
April 30, 2009

A HUGE thank you to Jen and Andy for sharing their big day with us. I love the style and the total "chic" (yep, I am now using it as a noun) that you infused into your wedding, with approachable design and an all together gorgeous look. And can I just say that adding those fabric panels to the all white walls was GENIUS!

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Wedding Shots by Ben Vigil and Stationery Shots by Dan Schultz

Last words from Jen...

We hung the escort cards from ribbons on a wood beam in the space. Behind it, a backlit panel of lime green fabric I bought (also on sale at Ikea). I used the same bolt of fabric to make elegant runners for our tables. And by elegant, I mean I ironed the hems with Witchery Stitchery. Simple, and done in an evening in front of the TV.

To fill our art gallery’s bare white walls, we created our own art pieces for the main space where our guests would eat and boogey. My best friend and I put our husbands’ handy charms to good use and they created five large, 3 x 8 ft panels from Styrofoam and wooden slats that we covered in (once again) the lime green fabric. We then spray mounted different sized paper doilies in a pretty little pattern and hung them in the main gallery. This ambitious project that our husbands joked was completely gratuitous and the epitome of why women shouldn’t be allowed to plan their own weddings was completely and eternally validated when one of my dearest and most artistic friends screamed into my ear over the horns of Love and Happiness, “Did you make those panels? I knew you did! They’ve got your name all over them!”

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Stationery Shots by Dan Schultz

Looking back, it’s amazing to realize that my wedding would also guide my career. I was intent on making my own stationery, so my buddy and brilliant designer Chad Phillips helped me with the initial designs for my invitations and save the dates. We combined my new obsession, sparrows, with my color palette, slate gray and lime green. From there, my entire suite of escort cards, programs, rehearsal dinner invitations, and thank you cards were born. Not to mention my new business venture, Farewell Paperie, which I started with my business partner, Lisa Geubtner, just weeks after the wedding.

I was looking for what any bride wants, something different and something that felt like us and our event. Our designs not only set the tone for our modern wedding, but also left our friends and family saying, that’s perfect for you guys. We letterpressed our invitations and customized our envelopments with our unique pattern. My husband’s comedic touch? The reply cards offered guests the options: accept with pleasure, decline with regret, accept with regret, and decline with pleasure. The other pieces included new interpretations of our colors, custom designed patterns, and material likened to our venue for a cohesive suite that made each piece a new surprise for our guests.

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LOVE!! The fun doesn't end here though, we have a pretty awesome giveaway coming up next!