The ‘dapper’ was definitely in the details for this masculine dinner party. Recently featured on Utterly Engaged, our Dapper Dandy Dinner Party was chock full of darling printed details that always make such a difference.

Starting with a rich white and black foiled invitation featuring haberdashery style pinstripes all the way down to the custom illustrated menus and cookies to go labels, not a single detail was left unturned.

We even created a Tie Rack Seating chart to invite their guests to take their seats. Read more about the Tie Rack Seating Chart here!

Custom signs were hung in each cabana reminding the guests of gentleman they were there to celebrate. We took the ‘Hat’s Off’ theme to a whole new level by assigning each table a hat name and even rented authentic vintage hats from movie studio prop houses. For the menus we hand illustrated ‘Hat’s Off To Arlen’ in the shape of a top had and created the menu inside of a gentlemans face.

We of course had to make sure the ‘king of the castle’ was well known by his royal throne.

You MUST check out these cookies!!! 410 Degrees was able to concoct the most delicious and interesting cookie flavors and even deliver them fresh to the party. Sending the guests on their way with a warm batch of cookies and a fresh cup of coffee was a huge hit and definitely a must do for more of our events.

Photography by Jen Lauren Grant

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and Halloween just creeped by… You know what that means, the holidays are right around the corner already, yikes! Mistletoe, eggnog and fruitcake, oh my! Why not turn that drab to fab with some gorgeous and luxurious customized Holiday Cards! After getting so tired of seeing the same cliche designs, I decided I wanted to bring the same level of design and glamour that I pour into my weddings and events into my holidays.

Each of these designs can be offered in a variety of ways: Horizontal, Vertical, Letterpress or Digital, and can be customized to your personal wishes and messages. Download a pricing chart here.

Whether we like it or not, the holidays are coming at us fast! Why not get a gorgeous and glamorous jump start on your winter wares.

A while back I was asked to design a baby shower invitation for a shower being held at the super cool Royal T pop art gallery/venue in Los Angeles. With little inspiration to go on aside from the venue and that the mommy-to-be was in the fashion industry, I started looking into what the guests experience would be like for that special day. Since Royal T’s is famous for their Japanese anime inspired pop art I turned to one of my favorite modern artists, Murakami. I wanted to combine  the ‘Royal’ experience of the venue name with the art style inside of it, giving it a over the top sunshine meets gilded gold feeling.

Although I love to post ‘Inspiration’ before the ‘Invitation’, the timing of this inspiration came a bit late in my design process, a whole year later. When I heard about the Japanese artist’s exhibit in the Château de Versaille I knew this had to be good…. And, WOW, it is. Murakami wasn’t shy when he met Louis Vuitton, and he certainly wasn’t bashful about meeting Louis XIV.

Without apology, Murakami seemingly took over the palace with his gleaming smiling daisies, dreamlike sculptures and massive gold sculptures. The contrast of excessive glam with excessive expression work so surprisingly well together you can’t help but smile.

To invite their guests to their special destination wedding in St. Barths, the bride wanted to create a simple yet romantic wedding invitation. We worked with her to create a design that incorporated the softness of the sea, pastels and the romance of Les Amouroux, the lovebirds that inspired the theme for the wedding. After hearing of their romantic tale and the song they were going to walk down the aisle to, we designed the lovebirds holding a ribbon laced with Peter Cetera’s lyrics.

When guests arrived in their rooms they were welcomed with gift baskets full of goodies and a welcome booklet informing them of the fun details they had in store. Vintage French travel posters served as inspiration for the custom illustrated cover. The booklet was printed on linen textured paper and hole punched down the left side and sewed together with twine.

To tempt guests with tasty snacks, we created fun goodie bag tags which played off of the 5 tastes.  Sweet - ‘ Love is Sweet’  Salty - ‘ Life should be taken with a Grain of Salt’  Sour - ‘ Pucker up for a Kiss’

Spicy - ‘Everyone needs a little Spice in their lives’  Umami - ‘That certain je ne sais quoi’

Leaving no detail unattended, we created luggage tags inserted in plastic sleeves that were mailed to the guests after they RSVP’d that they could attend. Instead of a sign-in book at the ceremony, we created St. Barths travel postcards that were in the welcome baskets for the couple’s friends and family to write the couple a note during their trip together.

In lieu of traditional wedding programs, we designed fan tags tied with ombre ribbon that were adorned with teardrop crystals. The back of the tags sang a line of the lyrics they walked down the aisle to.

To help guests find their tables un, deux and trois birds flew in white baroque framed signs to help the few French challenged guests find their seats.

Recently we were asked by Catherine Bachelier Smith, wedding planner extraordinaire and someone I’m proud to call a friend, to create an invitation and complete wedding suite for two of her special clients. When I met with the couple and started asking for inspiration about what they love, who they are as a couple and how I can translate ‘them’ into my designs,  I received quite a whirlwind of thoughts. Contemporary, modern, vintage florals, classic, incorporate the grooms Moorish heritage. Combining a multitude of contrasting inspirations is always a challenge, a challenge I love!!! View the invitation and a few gorgeous photos of their wedding here but also make sure to catch it in the latest issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine.

From the inspiration of the Moorish tiles and some contemporary fabrics I illustrated two custom pattern that were incorporated throughout the invitation and wedding stationery. The die cut invitation was wrapped in a laser cut wood grained paper and adorned with a separate green and gold foiled disc designed in the same ornament as the pattern. Wendy Ware Calligraphy addresses each envelope in her chocolate brown elegant script for the final touch.

Collaborating with other planners is always such a delight and gives us a chance to meet other talented individuals in the wedding industry. Whether we contribute the invitations, total event decor or even candy and dessert bar styling, we always love being able to work  along side others we inspire or that we’re inspired by.

Invitation: Invitation & Wedding Stationery by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations, Calligraphy by Wendy Ware

Coordination & Collaboration: Catherine Bachelier Smith, CBS Weddings

Photographic Interpretation: Wedding photos by Paul Barnett, Invitation photos by Christine Chang

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