You’re ready to get the ball rolling for your “Save the Date” but you’re not sure where to start. There are plenty of things you have to determine now that you are engaged and planning your wedding day. Below are a few helpful hints to organize yourself for sending your Save the Dates to help all the details just fall into place.Read More
Last summer when I first launched Lauren Rachel Design and decided to create custom wedding invitations, I had the pleasure of meeting Adrienne Horty, one of my first connections in the wedding industry. Before we met one day for coffee, I learned a little bit about Adrienne and her business, Refinery Events. I was especially curious about her annual wedding show Beswoon. After finding her website and investigating the cleverly named Beswoon event, I wanted to know everything I could about this unique wedding show. After meeting and speaking with Adrienne, I knew that I wanted to participate in the next Beswoon event in 2016.Read More
I’m often asked by couples for ways to make the most of their stationery budget without having to sacrifice style and beauty. When a couple works with me, they will list many options to be included in the initial price quote. It’s ultimately more bang for the buck when you mix and match to create a stationery package that best suits your needs. Let me know if you need help as I’m happy to assist with creative ways to keep your budget in check while still making all your stationery dreams come true.Read More
I’m often asked if I can do hand lettering and/or calligraphy for my custom wedding invitations. The answer is yes and I enjoy the rich history and uniqueness of the art form. I’ve always favored the stylization of calligraphy and letterforms, especially as I began to study it more in-depth at college. I was fortunate during my early college years to learn both skills in ink and utilizing the computer. That study gave me extensive practice in the form and function of the artistry. Since the 19th century, calligraphy has changed dramatically to what is most popularly known as “modern calligraphy”. The number one thing I’ve learned and what I love most about modern calligraphy is that there are no rules.Read More
Any wedding, big or small can and will be stressful. Even the coolest cucumber can have a moment of panic on their big day. Some of the strongest elements any professional will bring to your event will be the expertise and experience necessary to successfully execute your wedding tasks. From wedding planners and photographers to custom invitation designers and caterers, this is our profession. You should consider confiding in us to help you with your wedding day.
Often a lack of cash flow can contribute to the decision of not investing in a wedding professional. Perhaps your second cousin, twice removed, is available at the very inexpensive price of “free”. That doesn’t mean they are the right choice. When it comes to your big day and the elements that make it less stressful for you, “free” most often doesn’t pay off.Read More
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share some of the reasons why I love being a wedding invitation designer in Maine. While my background isn’t rooted directly in the wedding industry, I’ve always loved the things that I do that aligned with the wedding industry in one way or another. My natural abilities in art from childhood through college led me to study illustration, painting, calligraphy and paper, and all of these closely connect to my attraction to wedding invitation design. Even as a child I was picking out palettes of crayons to use in coloring books. I was always excited by all the little details of birthday and friend parties. It seems now only natural that I would be drawn to custom wedding invitation design.Read More
I am excited to once again share the talents of The Maine Wedding Vendor Network! Courtney of Courtney Elizabeth Photography shared all of her photos from the stylized shoot with the vendor participants. In addition, she shared photos of preparations leading up to the event and the evening’s festivities.Read More
Back in mid-September I was extended a lovely invitation to participate in a November Wedding Vendor Networking event by Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start. I could barely contain my excitement at the opportunity to be in a room with the many talented individuals that make up the Maine wedding industry. I immediately responded to the email and within 12 hours had signed up with anticipation of the event in November.
As a participating vendor, I was given the opportunity to contribute my paper and calligraphy skills to the materials needed for the event such as food labels, table cards, calligraphy signs, a custom stationery suite and an “I Spy” game-board. Maria continued to curate a stellar group of Maine wedding vendors from across our state to form the #MeetinghouseMeetup group. Below is a list of all the people I had the opportunity to work with for the event.Read More
The printing process you choose is as important as the design of your wedding invitations. From the color of the paper to its weight, what you choose can affect the overall vibe you want to express as the first impression of your wedding. I always say this to couples, "Your invitation sets the scene, like a director on a movie set. It will portray the emotional elements you want your guests to feel." Every couple wants to "tickle the fancy" of their guests, to impress both sides of the family and friends with a celebration that truly represents them.Read More
I had the pleasure of working with a couple from Wilmington, Delaware named Hari and Mike Grandy. They were married on September 26, 2015 here in Maine at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.
I originally met Hari and Mike in 2011 at my sister Carly's wedding. They were in perfect harmony with each other and I could tell even then that their relationship was a lasting one. It was wonderful to hear from Hari a little over a year ago when she and Mike became interested in having me help them design their wedding invitations and
Day-Of materials. The following is a composite of my conversations with Hari throughout and after the process.Read More