Hello all! This past weekend, my Fiance and I finally sent out all of our wedding invitations. It's been almost a year long planning event, and we're proud to say that they turned out better than we imagined.
When we first started our wedding planning process, we knew we wanted to personalize our day as much as we could. We wanted to make sure when our guests looked at our invitations and then on the big day, walk into our venue, they'll automatically think, "Wow...this is SOOOO Cindi and Chris". Our venue is at a place in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle called Pravda Studios. As you can see from the picture below, it's pretty much a blank studio/lofty space. Which is the exact look I was looking for. This leaves room for us to personalize how we want it.
This room divides into two spaces, one side of which will be where our ceremony takes place. The other side will be set up for tables and once the reception starts, the chairs just only needs to be moved to the tables. It was the perfect set up! Pravda also allows people to rent lounge furniture. Our color scheme is going to be red, white, and black so we're going to turn part of this space into a nice little lounge area with sofa couches, coffee table, rug, coffee tables, etc.
Chris and I were determined to make our wedding an intimate one. Our guest list consists of about 100 people, all of whom are family and close friends. People that we truly care about, and in turn care about us. So, it was very suiting for us to make our invitations seem like they are personal letters to our guests. We were inspired by Kathleen of Jeremy and Kathleen. While searching for wedding invite ideas, Chris came upon her blog. Kathleen is a freelance designer and when it was her own wedding time, she chose to design her invites in this correspondance theme as seen here. We fell in love with this idea and decided to design ours like Kathleens. And here's what we came up with:
We used a 29# vellum for the main invite and bought the directions cards and rsvp envelopes at Paper Source. We also found a bunch of the black envelopes online for a very good price. The hang tags we used for the rsvp's were from Etsy of all places! And finally we printed everything on our inkjet printer at home. All in all, I would say we spent about $100! Because our envelopes were black (to go with our color scheme), Chris had to painstakingly write every single address on the envelopes with a silver gel pen. But I loved how they turned out. I especially love our silhouettes and we signed every single invite by hand. Chris did most of the designing (making our silhouettes, drawing out the map, etc.) and might I say he did a great job! I'm so lucky to have such a great Fiance...soon to be Hubby.
Accordingly, because of this correspondance theme, our reception program will have a similar feel. We will be using the same envelopes, each of them addressed to our guests.
Anyhoo, back to clothes! My OOTD isn't anything special today. Comfort was my goal since I was so uncomfy and itchy yesterday. Also, I knew I was going to be in a 6 hour long meeting, I thought I'd better be prepared for it.
I got this blouse at the Anthro sale but couldn't find the name of it online. It doesn't show very well in these pics, but it's a button enclosure with ruffles next to the buttons in the chest area. The color is more of a cobalt blue and the fabric is light and silky. The straps are also cute because rather than being all sewn on, the straps in the back next to the shoulders are actually buttons. Very cute! Love this top and it's SO comfy.
Tank - Anthropologie
Blazer/Jacket - Halogen (Nordstroms)
Slacks - Banana Republic
Shoes - RSVP
Necklace - Oh, Hello Friend
P.S. can you guys see my tan line? I tried hiding them in the tank only shot. Haha...but it still looks horrible. Lets hope it clears up a little more before August. Eeeeek!