our wedding invitations

Hey guys! I can’t believe it is Thursday evening already in the middle of June. This week has flown by. In fact the past month has. Ryan and I have been married for just over a month now.

And I’ve barely given you any wedding details here on the blog yet! Shame on me.

That is about to change.

Get excited because you my friends are going to see every last vintage-lovin’ DIY detail throughout the summer. I am aiming to do a post a week highlighting the projects and details that antique junkies like us might find interesting when it comes to wedding planning.

Let’s start at the beginning shall we?

The invitation. It had a vintage spin for sure with none other than a blue mason jar as the solo image.  Come on did you expect anything else?

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

I conceptualized these 5-7 half folded invites in my sleep I think.  Once I had it worked out in waking hours, I pre-stamped and water colored all of those cute little flowering jars, pre-cut the cardstock and lace that would serve as the belly band holding all of the inserts.  Then I corralled some of my favorite crafty ladies to help me assemble and stuff about 90 of these dream invitations.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

Yes, we are sitting in my dining room and that’s me in the stripes bossing everyone around.  Feel free to note how much the decor of the room resembles the invitations and in fact the whole wedding scheme.  I’m consistent like that.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

So here’s what we were working with on that day back in February.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

Lots of hands went into the final blue and green product.  I love how they turned out.  I think the foreshadowed the casual vintage vibe of the wedding.

spring mason jar wedding invitation DIY blue green

Can’t wait to share another element of our vintage-style wedding next week!

guest post: a shower fit for a bridesmaid

I’ve got a little treat for you today.  Something different anyway.  Last week I posted about my bridal shower, specifically the handmade gifts and details that went into it.  Well, today my MOH is here to rehash the behind the scenes DIY details that went into the event. Take it away Leigh…

As you may know from Dana’s blogging history, she’s been to a lot of weddings. Beyond just being your standard wedding guest, Dana takes what makes Circa Dee amazing and translates those talents into the fabulous, thoughtful events for her friends and family. A 10-time bridesmaid, 3-time reader, toast-giver, bachelorette party-planner, bouquet mastermind, you name it – she’s done it. So imagine the pressure when Dana asks you to be her Maid of Honor, which means planning an event for her!I jest. (A little.)In all seriousness, helping to plan Dana’s shower meant putting some of her favorite things, ideas, and people into one room. Here are a few aspects of the shower to highlight how we did that.The Theme – As a nod to Dana’s role in so many weddings, we went loosely with a 27 Dresses theme.  We incorporated dress and bridesmaid details throughout the day.
The Invitation – Designed by the lovely Poppies and Petals, we crafted a newspaper-inspired invite. Here, we asked that ladies wear a bridesmaid dress. (While I didn’t remember discussing this much in the past, Dana admitted that she checked her closet the morning of the shower to see if her bridesmaid dresses were still there! Without borrowing any of Dana’s dresses, we still had about a dozen ladies join in the fun of dressing up.)
27 dresses themed bridal shower
27 dresses themed bridal shower
27 dresses themed bridal shower

The Centerpieces – I fully admit to stalking Pinterest for this idea, but adding our own flare. We took a page from Dana’s vintage, rustic style, and used mini galvanized buckets as our base. We then added floral foam, some moss, and a few rocks to weight down the piece. Then, we added everyday kitchen skewers (hello, re-purposing!), stuck into the floral foam. Between the skewers, we strung a piece of yarn and a few mini-bunting flags. (We even borrowed Dana’s punch for this step, under the guise of Poppies and Petals custom card order.) We chose paper in sea-glass and vintage inspired tones, with a hint of pink because, come on, this is a bridal shower! Then, my favorite part, we found a template for mini dresses and cut them out on the Big Shot. Some twine was strung around the waist of the dresses for some extra detail and attached with a too-cute-for-words mini clothespin. I really love how quickly this project came together!

27 dresses themed bridal shower

Decorations – The room at the restaurant where we hosted the event didn’t need much adorning, but we added balloons in sea-glass colors. I also stalked Dana’s Facebook, blog, and emailed ladies who had included Dana in their wedding to find pictures. I had a  blast reliving all these amazing events, and Dana’s various haircuts over the years. Some photos for framed, and others were displayed out on tables. We also asked our guests to leave a wish for Dana and Ryan. These notecards and pens were displayed in a vintage planter I found at a local vintage shop.  I’m hoping to turn these photos and notes into a little book for Dana at some point.

The Favors – Dana already showcase the Ball Jar cookies, which she’d been dreaming of having. We also gave away little tokens to the ladies that wore bridesmaid dresses, of even-more-mini galvanized buckets, filled with candy, and adorned with another little dress.

ball mason jar cookie favors

The Food – No shower is complete without a great spread. Dana’s mom selected a variety of Italian dishes that included Dana’s favorite – Caprese Salad! While Dana unwrapped her mountain of gifts, we enjoyed homemade cookies baked by family and friends. Then, at the end of the party,we enjoyed not one but two cakes – one Tiramisu flavored and one from Alice Bakery (two more things Dana loves!)

bridal shower spread

Thanks for taking time to read about how to put on a party for Dana! I think we met this immense challenge in style and made a great day happen for our beautiful bride!

Thanks Leigh!  I have to admit that it felt totally bizarre showing up to a shower empty handed.  And you should also know that it took everything in me not to bring my camera and snap pictures or instagram the whole event.  After years of bridesmaiding (yes it is a verb), it was a blast to be on the other side!  I just wanted to live in the moment without social media…shocking.  And I bet you didn’t know that my blogging originally began in the wedding world, did ya?

making progress

Everyone in the blog world is talking Thanksgiving and Christmas and here I am talking spring.  As most of you know, we are planning our dream wedding.  Ok, my dream wedding.  Ryan is a doll who seems to agree with all of my ideas for our wedding.  So at this point, we’ve made a lot of progress including securing a date, venue, photographer, officiant, band and some of the other “big things”!

No I didn’t choose a dress yet.

We’re getting into the nitty gritty details at this point so I thought I’d keep you up to date.  Details, as you know, are my thing.

About 6 weeks ago we had an engagement photo shoot.  We lucked out that crisp fall morning with a wonderful showing of bright autumn colors at Maple Acres Farms.

They were so very accommodating at the farm.  They even let us bring Wilson although he was a bit of a diva (or is that divo?) when it came time for his close up.  I thought you’d like a peek at our photos since there are rarely pictures of us posted.  But let’s start with Wilson since you see him all of the time.

Our e-session photographer, Mandy Keep, captured just how vivid the autumn day was and all of the natural beauty and charm the farm offers.  I particularly like how the photos emphasize the primary and secondary color scheme which is very opposite of how the wedding color scheme will most likely work out.

It was important to me that we look like ourselves and dress like ourselves.  Ryan and I shopped our closets for favorite clothes we already own in complementary colors.  We didn’t do anything over the top to prep for the shoot.  We were just us.  Wilson too.

Now this is where Ryan would probably point out that we don’t normally take a wagon full of vintage props out on a walk with us.  And he’s right.  That’s where I may have gotten carried away but overall I like how the props and colors worked into the farm setting.  Subtle right?

Check us out on the vintage Orrlaskan wool blanket (similar to a Hudson Bay blanket)!

We also had a pair of vintage industrial stools out in the field which is totally natural.  I love how Mandy captured the foliage in this shot.

And who doesn’t love frolicking in the cornstalks?

We’re just about 6 months out from the big day. I am starting to think about our invitations and what they might look like.  As you may have guessed, I would like to hand make them.  I had initially thought we wouldn’t send Save the Dates mostly because it would be too laborious to make them all plus how could I practically make them and add engagement photos?

However, our wedding is essentially a destination for 99% of our guests since we are getting married at the beach which is about 2 hours away for most.  We decided it would be considerate to send Save the Dates after all.  And I’m glad we did once I heard the date morphed from May to March in one line of communication in my family!  Now everyone has plenty of time to  make accommodations.

We partnered with Wedding Paper Divas to create the perfect Save the Date.  After narrowing down several hundred Save the Date choices to about a dozen, we ended up going with Chalk Frame Charm for our layout.  I like how it had the look of an erased chalkboard but also allowed us to incorporate 3 pictures from our shoot.  It definitely foreshadows the fun, casual vibe that we’re creating for our wedding.

We received the Save the Dates in less than a week and sent them right out to our guests.  We actually had the opportunity to speak with a live consultant at Wedding Paper Divas and provide feedback on our proofs so we were sure they were perfect!  I’m glad we ended up doing Save the Dates.  It wasn’t nearly as daunting of a task as I’d initially thought.  Check that off the list!

And the money shot of the day goes to Wilson.  This one is going up on the wall.

There are a few other favorite photos that have a vintage vibe to them.  I am using them on other areas of the blog and for business purposes.  My favorite one is on the ‘About‘ page.

Photos by Mandy Keep Photography

a rustic modern wedding

Hey guys!  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here!  I know, I know many of you do not want to hear about Christmas yet.  You’re thinking you have at least a week until the season begins.  Right?

I’ve spent the last couple of days decorating my shop at West End Garage and my Brick & Mortar for the holidays.  It’s go time!  This weekend we’re opening the doors to the holiday season.  I’m pretty excited.  We’ve got lots of goodies in store including vintage kitschy decor, ornaments & serving ware, new handmade stockings, tons and tons of unique gifts from vintage and handmade jewelry to paperwhite bulbs, reclaimed frames and wreaths.  Come see for yourself.  More items will be added weekly!

So you still want to talk about fall?  Ok.

Today as I was sorting through beautiful vintage jewelry for the shop, I recalled the vintage brooch bouquets that I shared earlier this fall.

There are more details from that wedding that I have yet to post about.  Before fall is behind us, let me post away!

The event was the perfect mix of what I call rustic modern…with a hint of vintage.  Other than creating the bouquets, I also designed the stationary from the invitations to menus to escort cards.

The unique escort cards were vintage style tags donning tasty and cute little bottles of real maple syrup.

The golden maple syrup bottles accented the tables perfectly amongst the large green hydrangea bouquets.

The couple had me make donation cards to include at the place setting.  I love how they turned out with a playful nod to their cats who obviously couldn’t make the event.

A little more glitzy gold on the the menu.  Oh the food was so good!  I love how the gold cardstock shimmers in the dinner lighting.

A few more memorable details that I had no part in creating but certainly enjoyed…

This divine cake couldn’t be much more modern but the juxtaposition of the vintage bouquets suits the style of this wedding.

And very possibly the most talked about part of the evening was The Party Painter!  The artist painted the scene of the reception as the night progressed.  Very original entertainment.  Rumor has it that the newlyweds will be doing an unveiling of the masterpiece soon.  I can’t wait to see the finished piece.

Ok back to holiday mode.  Lots of wreaths and ornaments to be made.  These trees aren’t going to decorate themselves…

a winter wonderland

I don’t even know where to begin regarding recapping this weekend’s wedding.  The venue.  The bride.  The food.  Oh my!  Everything was absolutely stunning.  I had so much fun preparing for the evening with 3 of my closest friends – the bride and bridesmaids.  We met in college and all these years later we always manage to pick up right where we last left off.  My stomach always hurts from laughing so much with these girls. 

Ok let’s start with the venue.  I will try to create the scene for you…the wedding from beginning to end was held at the Stirling Guest Hotel in Reading, PA.  “Guest Hotel” is apparently code for huge magnificent mansion stocked with fine antiques from floor to ceiling.  We got ready for the wedding in suites upstairs and stayed the night there as well.  In fact, we didn’t leave until after we all had breakfast together the next morning.  Imagine staying in a mansion with 30 of your friends after a huge party.  Pretty awesome! 

See this grand staircase?  That’s where the actual ceremony occurred…on the landing with the bridal party on the lower steps below the couple.

There were 3 floors.  The processional was down the staircase from the 2nd floor to where the guests were waiting in the center hall or main room of the house.  Despite my paranoia, I did not trip down the stairs.  Thank goodness.

I don’t have any ceremony pictures to share since I was a bridesmaid but I will make up for that with pictures of antiques and DIY projects, mmm kay? Oh and for those keeping track, this was my 11th run as a bridesmaid. I know. I find it hard to believe too.

Here is the bride looking glam and working the birdcage veil. 

Her dress was a fit and flare sweetheart cut with beautiful applique and lace detailing.

Every suite had amazing antique furniture which made for perfect photo opportunities.  The red velvet chaise was a favorite backdrop.  I love the old Hollywood feel of this.

So imagine going to a wedding in a grand mansion and at the end of the night just walking up stairs to your nearly 1000 square foot suite.  And imagine that your friends are staying next door and down the hall.  Sounds pretty fun, right?  I felt kind of like royalty.  Here is a not so great shot of the amazing suite we had. It was easily 1000 square feet.  In the foreground is a large table. We found time to hold a round table meeting at the table since it only seemed right.

Each suite had something unique and reminiscent of the era the mansion was built.  I dropped the ball on taking pictures of the painted ceiling in our room and the huge fireplace.

Other rooms had ornate crown molding and archways.

European antique furniture.

Fireplaces every where.

Four separate dining rooms where guests had dinner were all cleverly named – the music room, the drawing room, the parlor and the library.  It reminded me of the game of Clue. 

Do you see the painted ceiling in the music room picture below?  And the chandelier? Gorge!

The event didn’t need much of a theme considering the mansion offered so much style on its own. The couple embraced the old world feel when pulling together details such as having the centerpieces raised about 3 feet on silver candelabra.

Purple has been such a popular wedding color lately.  It works for so many seasons including a cold winter wedding.  The flowers were purple and white; mostly stock, hydrangea, lysianthus, statice and roses.

The escort cards were attached to skeleton keys and displayed in a gold frame. A perfect match for the grand old mansion.  And an easy but impactful DIY project.

I was delighted to make the invitations and coordinating stationary for my friends. We decided on an antique style medallion which played into the mansion’s look perfectly.  More invitation pictures can be seen here.

Did I mention that it was frrreezing outside?  The favor was so appropriate and clever for a January wedding.  Hot chocolate all wrapped up to look like another sweet treat – an ice cream cone!

Our bridesmaid dresses were black one shoulder chiffon dresses. I think I am going to cut mine short and wear it again. Seriously.

We danced the night away in the center of that old house celebrating this lovely couple.  Congratulations!

We didn’t seem to disturb any of the ghosts of the Stirling either.

introducing…

Hello there!  Let me keep it short and sweet today like Kim Kardashian’s marriage.  Actually that was just short. 

This is sweet…

Did you know that I have had the opportunity to design and create many of my friends’ wedding and party invitations?  I didn’t think so.  That’s why I have added a new invitation tab to the top of circadee.com.  You can check out my work should you be so inclined.

If you’ve got an event coming up and you like the look of custom designed handmade invitations, email circadee@gmail.com for a consultation.  The options are endless! 

Don’t forget to check out the growing invitation portfolio here.

 

the lovebirds

We are just days away from my brother’s wedding. That’s right! My little brother is getting married in exactly 10 days!

I figured now was as good a time as any to show you their wedding invitations which I designed and the bridal party constructed together. The couple is working a vintage lovebird theme in a black and white pallette. Yes, I know…fabulous. I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Here’s what we came up with for the invitations. They are a 6×6 square.

The kissing birds are a paper punch. We only had a few difficulties punching out over 100 of those little things. Note my sarcasm.

They’re into the lower case fonts. I think it was a good choice!

For the rehearsal dinner invitation, I kept with the same black and white lovebird theme but reversed things. They are 5.5×4.25 cards that open up to reveal the details. I punched out smaller kissing lovebirds for the front. I like how simple these are!

Stay tuned for details of the big shabang!

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