Elegant & Industrial Winter Wedding Inspiration

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Elegant & Industrial Winter Wedding Inspiration

This past fall I collaborated with local photographer Gabriella Riggieri, and a dream team of vendors, on a styled shoot meant to inspire future brides. It was pure magic.

We were over-the-moon when we found out the shoot was going to be featured on 100 Layer Cake! You can view that full post hereBelow are some of my favorite shots. A massive thank you to all involved. 

 

 

Planning & Design: August & Osceola and G. Riggieri Photography 

Photographer: G. Riggieri Photography

Venue: The White Room at Crompton Worcester, MA USA 

Florist: Moonstone & Moss

Stationery: August & Osceola 

Dress & Accessories: BHLDN 

Model: Devin Petry of Maggie Inc

Hair & Makeup: Alicia Dane

Cake: Sofi Llanso 

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Baby Gathering Dip Dye

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Baby Gathering Dip Dye

A little pomegranate and beet juice makes for a whole 'lotta love. 

The task at hand was to design custom invites for a baby gathering that were equal parts feminine and unexpected. By dip dyeing every invitation by hand I was able to ensure that each piece was one-of-a-kind; a work of art. I knew I wanted soft hues of purple and pink and achieved those colors by juicing pomegranates and beets. Never before had I made my own dye and I wasn't exactly sure how it would look on paper. The color changed drastically after each piece was given the right amount of time to fully dry. The result was an ethereal color palette that was so raw and full of subtle variations. The small bits of fruit and veggie left within the dye added just the right amount of texture. A gold paint stroke gave each invitation the appropriate amount of glamour. They were finished off with a feather tied into a leather bellyband and were mailed in dip dyed envelopes.

Event Planners: Jessie, House of James Parker & Heather, Rise To The Occasions

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Lady of the Lake

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Lady of the Lake

"If love was water, I'd give you the sea."

One of my favorite shoots to date was featured on Rock N' Roll Bride, as well as in the current issue of Today's Bride San Fransisco!

 

Lauren, of Ryder Sloan Events, was the force behind pulling together all of these talents vendors and the creative mind behind putting a dinner table on a canoe. She described the tone of the shoot perfectly: "This shoot evokes a much moodier vibe than most of the wedding shoots we've seen lately. We tried to bring a focus to the idea of a true and beautiful love and less about the fanfare of a big wedding. We hope it inspires brides to jump in the water (ha ha!) and encourage them to make the most of every special moment of their wedding day." 

 

Enjoy!

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Dinner with Thieves

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Dinner with Thieves

I love when a client has a vision that really challenges me creatively.

 

Jessie (House of James Parker) and Heather (RTTO Events) were looking for custom paper goods to accompany their design of a "Dinner with Thieves". Picture an evening with an abundance of delectable meat platters, burlesque dancers and a mysterious vibe. The paper elements had to be the perfect complement: masculine yet intricate; refined yet worn-in. 

I had posted a picture on Instagram a while back of my business cards that had taken a trip through the washing machine — a happy accident.

We used this as inspiration for a menu design that was heavy on texture and full of character. Each menu was foil stamped in gold and then very carefully washed and distressed by hand. The process left the paper feeling like leather and looking like it had been around for years. In addition to the menu we designed questionnaire cards for guests to fill out and contact cards that were edge painted in gold. These were a labor of love.

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Laura's Moon Gathering

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Laura's Moon Gathering

Custom stationery for a Moroccan inspired baby shower under the moon & stars. 

Heather (RTTO Events) & Jessie (House of James Parker) really know how to throw a party. This past weekend they put together a baby shower in Malibu centered around the concept of a "moon party". Each outdoor tablescape was filled with lots of indigo hues and gold accents. I worked with them on designing the place cards and menus. The paper pieces were printed on textured paper with a subtle shine and finished off with gold calligraphy. 

Flowers: RTTO Events
Design: House of James Parker
Planning: RTTO Events
Photography: Archi Perducio Photography
Rentals: Otis & Pearl
Catering: Duo Dishes
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Elizabeth & Teaghan

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Elizabeth & Teaghan

I was lucky enough to work with such a fun and easy-going bride on her custom wedding invitations.

Just three days until they tie the knot! Lizzy put so much thought and meaning into her big day. Her vision was centered around the theme of memories, while her personal style had a sense of playful elegance. The front of the invitation included a photo from the couple's engagement along with a quote that perfectly reflects the love that they have for one another: 

The beautiful truth is that there is no repetition in "I love you." The heart of a man, in the face of the woman he loves, is too poor to translate the infinity of his affection into a different word. So the heart takes one expression, "I love you", and in saying it over and over again, it never repeats. - Venerable Fulton Sheen

The invitation and reply card were printed on linen-embossed paper and finished with a fine lamination. An intricate whimsical pattern in shades of pale blue and green helped to give the design a little something special -- and were a nod to the colors in the bridesmaid's dresses. The typography was done in a classic style to give the suite just the right amount of sophistication. 

Metallic Ribbon: Angela Liguori http://www.shopangelaliguori.com

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Brimfield 2015

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Brimfield 2015

If you haven't had the pleasure of attending the Brimfield Antique Show, I highly recommend that you do. 

For years I have wanted to check out the show and this year I finally made the drive out to the small town of Brimfield, MA. I had high expectations and they were certainly met. On the hunt for props for upcoming photo shoots, I made sure not to bring my larger car, fearing that I would want to head home with more than I needed. The show is so overwhelming. A town that is home to roughly 3,000 residents balloons to over 250,000 visitors and over 5,000 dealers during the 6 days that the show is open. There is something there for everyone, from large furniture pieces to small and inexpensive postcards. And if you do attend, don't forget to hit up Faddy's Donuts for the most scrumptious things you ever did eat. 

There are still two more chances to check out the show this summer: July 12 - 17 & September 6 - 11. 

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Sampson Turns 1

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Sampson Turns 1

Last week the best little studio helper on the planet turned one. 

Yes, I'm the crazy dog mom who spoiled him with peanut butter ice cream. He spends more time with me than anyone (four-legged or two-legged), so he deserved it. I can't believe how fast this last year flew. He definitely makes our lives the complete opposite of boring. There's nothing quite like coming in the front door and being greeted by this guy and his epic butt-wiggle. 

A few weeks back we got together with Sampson's sister, one of his brothers, his mom and a few other Aussies. It was probably one of the best days of his life thus far. The pictures are too cute not to share. 

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Mother's Day Herb Garden

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Mother's Day Herb Garden

This year I decided to spice up the traditional plant-themed gift for my mother-in-law with a windowsill herb garden. 

I went on a hunt for three matching pots and found the perfect ones at T.J. Maxx (my go-to for pretty much ... everything). For the herbs, I went with basil, parsley and rosemary. Not only are they useful for cooking and look cute sitting by the window, but they smell delicious too. I printed the labels on watercolor paper, gave them a deckle edge and mounted them on wooden skewers. Voilà!

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PRINTING METHOD: LETTERPRESS

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PRINTING METHOD: LETTERPRESS

HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF HAVING YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS LETTERPRESS PRINTED? IT'S TIME TO MAKE THAT COME TRUE. AND, BOY, DO THEY FEEL GOOD IN YOUR HANDS.  

Ever since printing my first piece on the Vandercook press back in college, a machine with such age and history, letterpress has remained my favorite printing method. Letterpress is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets of paper.

There really isn't anything like the feeling of a freshly printed letterpress invitation. The texture that the impression creates paired with the cotton paper that is uniquely soft to the touch ... it just can't be beat.

Get your hands on some of these goodies so you can experience it for yourself. Trust me, you will appreciate this art form as much as I do.  

 

The Lady invitation is shown below in navy blue ink on our house cotton paper in pearl.

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2015 TRENDS EVENT

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2015 TRENDS EVENT

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT I WAS HONORED TO BE INVITED AS A FEATURED GUEST AT THE 2015 TRENDS EVENT HOSTED BY RUSSELL MORIN FINE CATERING AT RHODES ON THE PAWTUXET

I designed the menus that were on all of the tables, highlighting the delicious food that guests were lucky enough to taste at each station. The venue, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, certainly did not disappoint. Located on the northern bank of the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, RI, it remains the largest and most historic event venue in the entire state. 

Brides were encouraged to peruse the ballroom and gather inspiration for their big day. Every table was a piece of art in itself. Each vignette had a unique flair that set it apart from it's neighbor. And, my gosh, THE FOOD. I cannot stress enough how good these people are at what they do. With varieties ranging from petit lobster rolls to a baby baked potato bar, I was both satisfied and inspired. 

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KING OF THE SNOW MOUNTAIN

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KING OF THE SNOW MOUNTAIN

WORCESTER COUNTY HAS BEEN GIVEN ABOUT 93" OF SNOW SO FAR THIS WINTER, MAKING US THE SNOWIEST AREA IN THE COUNTRY.

Most people are not so happy about this. There is one little guy that the Snow Gods have made the happiest pup on Earth. It's Sampson's first winter and boy has he been spoiled. I'm assuming he thinks this is how all winters are. We thought swimming was his favorite thing to do, but we were wrong. There is nothing he loves more than frolicking around on the mountains (and yes, they are mountains) of snow outside. We are a strange pair when we go for a walk: there is me walking down the sidewalk, and then him, walking next to me, but about 4 feet high on the top of the nearest snowbank. He refuses to walk anyplace else. 

 

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GOOSE BUMPS

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GOOSE BUMPS

EVERYONE TELLS YOU THAT YOUR WEDDING DAY WILL FLY BY. I COULDN'T DISAGREE MORE. 

I soaked in and enjoyed every second of it. Every girl dreams of a bright and sunny, rain free wedding day. Well it didn't rain on August 2; it poured. What I'll never forget is how we didn't let it ruin any of our fun. As a designer, the one thing that I wanted to be able to gush over in later days was my pictures. And let me tell you, we had an angel with us that day. The second we came out of the church, the rain halted. We all rushed to the venue to try and get a few pictures in before the skies opened up again. We were able to take every single picture that I had envisioned, and once we were done, it started pouring again. It literally stopped raining for 1 hour that day; the 1 hour that started from the time they opened the doors to the church to the beginning of happy hour at the reception. 

If that doesn't give you goose bumps, I don't know what will. 

 

The video below sums up our day in the best 6 minutes and 30 seconds ever. 

Below are a few of my favorites ... but honestly, how can you really choose?

All photos were taken by Gabriella Riggieri. She is phenomenal and I highly recommend her. 
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WE'RE LIVE!

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WE'RE LIVE!

AFTER YEARS OF DAYDREAMING AND SEVERAL MONTHS OF DEDICATION, I AM BEYOND THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF AUGUST & OSCEOLA. 

I have always had a passion for stationery and paper goods. This past August I married my best friend and dove headfirst into a year's worth of wedding planning. It was such an exciting and overwhelming time. The one part that I always looked forward to was designing my invitations. For years, I had kept an idea in my mind (and on Pinterest) of what I wanted them to look like, but there is something about designing for yourself that is so much harder than for a client. I wanted to make sure that they were a perfect reflection of our personalities and really conveyed the essence of our day. 

With the digital age always growing, being able to hold a printed piece in your hands has become more intimate than ever. I am launching August & Osceola with the hope of helping other brides on the hunt for impeccable stationery to elevate their big day.  

I am so excited to see the fun and creative endeavors that come out of this. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of wedding stationery, let's chat!

Here's to hoping that word of mouth is still as powerful as ever.  

There is infinite joy in loving what you do. 

 

Below are a few of my favorite images from the new collections. 

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