I’m really excited to tell you about a fabulous giveaway my friend Shang has started over at ShangChenPhoto! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shang’s work (she did such an amazing job on our engagement and wedding pics!), but I haven’t really had a chance to mention how much I’ve been inspired by her courage and determination to pursue her dreams. My admiration only deepened all the more when she recently told me she was planning to give away an entire wedding photography package! Her grand prize includes not only full-day wedding photography coverage, but also an engagement session, guest book, print credit, and a $400 travel credit! The grand prize will go to “an awesome couple who has an extraordinary love story.” There will also be something for the runner up!
I think it’s wonderful that Shang is so passionate about giving back in such a generous and meaningful way. And so when she invited me to partner with her in this giveaway, I was absolutely honored and excited about the opportunity to participate. Included in Shang’s grand prize package, I’m excited to announce, is a $200 credit toward custom stationery design and paper products from Lavender’s Blue!
I’ve learned from my own journey that wedding stationery is what sets the tone for the big day, with the save-the-date cards and invitations (and oftentimes, a corresponding website) being the first things that your guests see long before the wedding arrives. I’ve worked with several couples in the past to do custom wedding stationery, and the collaboration process is always a privilege for me. I appreciate people opening themselves to me, sharing their vision and dreams with me, and trusting me with their stories. My task is to find a design that will, at a glimpse, convey some of the depth and beauty in each couple’s unique journey. It’s been such a treat creating looks for the playful romantics that Esther and Ben are, Karina and Bryan’s refined elegance, and Cathy and Daniel’s bright and sweet personalities. And to the lucky couple who will win Shang’s grand prize, I’m really looking forward to getting to know you and working together to tell your story.
Do you know somebody who might be interested in this giveaway? For eligibility and complete details on how to enter, visit Shang’s blog here. And be sure to spread the word!
A couple weeks back, we attended the wedding of our good friends Aileen & CT. Their wedding was held at the gorgeous Crystal Cathedral, designed by architect Philip Johnson. Beautiful California sunshine filtered gently through the sanctuary’s 10,000 panes of glass and filled the entire space with breathtakingly beautiful light. It was the perfect setting for a wedding!
Aside from being really warm, caring people, Aileen and CT are some of smartest, most talented people I know – they dance, they sing, they play musical instruments (extremely well), they cook, and they’re super smart! So, of course it’s no surprise that they are also artistically gifted. :) I believe CT did all of the awesome graphic design work for their wedding himself! Here’s a look at their invitations and wedding stationery:
wedding invitation suite
place cards – Aileen did the calligraphy for all 300 of the name cards herself! (Didn’t I tell you she was talented!?)
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take too many pictures of the wedding details that day because I was helping out behind the scenes. But trust me, it was gorgeous! Aileen’s parents have a florist friend who did most of the flower arrangements, and she did such a beautiful job. Aileen and several of her friends and family helped out in making centerpieces and boutonnieres too! I helped out with the bridesmaid bouquets and as one of the coordinators for the day.
Here are a few pictures that I was able to get from the wedding:
When I was young, I went to so many Chinese weddings with my family (I was actually the flower girl for most of them because my dad always officiated) and we would eat so many Chinese wedding banquets, that I quickly grew quite tired of them. I think I haven’t been to a Chinese wedding banquet in over 15 years now, so I was REALLY happy to eat Chinese food again!
shark fin soup
with the newly married couple
Congrats, Aileen & CT! :)
A couple weekends back, Dean and I attended the wedding of our long-time high school friend, Jessi, at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach. Jessi actually moved to Cali from AZ as well, so we’ve been lucky enough to see her occasionally. Jessi and her sister are both really crafty and have excellent taste, so it was no surprise to me that all the details of her wedding day were planned and executed perfectly!
Since Jessi and Isaac have had a long-distance relationship for the majority of their time together, it was entirely appropriate that the wedding was travel-themed. (He even proposed to her on an airplane!)
The invitations were designed to look like boarding pass pamphlets with an airplane ticket and seating assignments inside.
modern black jacket paired with purple and silver
information + rsvp cards
love the attention to detail – our RSVP code was the seat number, “4D4E”
programs (stripey background was my dress)
probably my favorite part of the wedding – the programs contained instructions to fold a paper airplane to shower the newlyweds with as they walk back up the aisle!
seating name cards: all the tables were named after airports – we were at JFK!
beautiful centerpieces with table name cards resembling airline badges (notice how the wire is shaped like an airplane too!)
and the favors: luggage tags (genius!)
with the bride + groom
Congrats, Jessi + Issac! Thanks for letting us share your wedding day with you – we had a fabulous time! Hope to see you both more often now that we’re all in Cali. :)
*For more pictures from their wedding, click here.
Some photos from Bryan + Karina’s June wedding!
husband and wife!
the (incomplete) wedding party + getaway car
the lovely bride
dean and I
We had a great time in New Jersey celebrating the wedding of our good friends Bryan and Karina, as well as seeing lots of Dean’s old college friends! Can’t wait for the next AACF wedding. :) For more pics from our trip, click here
. You can also see professional pictures from their wedding on the Shang Chen Photo blog
As promised, here are more pictures of some of the gorgeous details from Ben + Esther’s DIY eco-chic, vintage wedding! Special thanks to Kelvin Photographer for the beautiful photos.
the beautiful bride (look at the lovely details of her dress and hand-made hairpiece and clutch!)
cute shoes with yellow flower shoe clips (I made those, along with matching yellow hair flowers for the bridesmaids’ hair! :))
the bridesmaids wore different-styled dresses in two shades of green
the backdrop of the ceremony + reception was an awesome art gallery/warehouse
husband and wife! (check out that cool pom-pom garland decorating the aisle!)
more pom-pom love: centerpieces, flower girl’s basket, and fun at the photobooth
Esther, Ben, and friends spent countless hours hand-making every single pom-pom in the wedding!
in lieu of a photo slideshow, B+E used clothespins to hang photographs on a cute ladder display
B+E also made chalkboards to use throughout the wedding for menus, table numbers, and other wedding-related signage
delicious cupcakes made by Daniel Liu
Esther and her mom designed the bridesmaids’ bouquets, and I helped out with the design of the boutonnieres. A whole crew of Esther’s friends and family helped put them all together!
guests were asked to leave fingerprint “leaves” on a tree drawn by Esther’s friend, Mary
Ben & Esther hope to hang this drawing up in their new home!
more photobooth fun!
Filled with unique touches, delightful surprises, and meaningful, heartfelt details, Ben & Esther’s wedding was truly a reflection of who they are. Thanks, B+E, for sharing your lives with us!
Remember a while back, I posted about our June ’09 wedding that was featured as a Real Wedding in the Spring/Summer issue of TheKnot:Boston? I wasn’t sure whether our article would be featured online as well, so I did some Google searches a couple months back (when the article came out), but I came up with nothing.
The other day, we received an email from a stranger who had found our wedding pictures through the knot.com. I did another search, and sure enough, there we were! I guess it took them a couple months to get all their articles online. Once again, we are so honored and excited to have our wedding featured. :) Check it out!
And I guess they’re using one of our wedding pictures on their side ads for other wedding sites as well! It’s kind of funny to be reading a blog and randomly finding your picture popping up in random places.
In addition to designing Ben & Esther’s invitations, I also helped out with most of their wedding stationery. Here’s a look at their complete stationery suite! (*Clockwise: program, guestbook page, thank you postcard, place cards, invitation)
the programs – front and back
I created a set of icons for Ben and Esther based on their invitation design. Each icon was used to represent different sections/portions of their ceremony and wedding day.
I also created a set of icons for their activity stations, which were also displayed at the booths themselves to help guide guests to the correct stations!
In lieu of a traditional guestbook, Ben and Esther requested a guestbook page that provided room for their guests to write a message and doodle a picture for them. They hope to bind these pages together into their very own handmade guestbook.
Folded cards with guests’ names on them served as both the placecards and the favors. Esther and Ben hand-wrote personal notes to each and every one of their guests! What a labor of love. :)
Thank you postcards