Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Our Wedding Save the Dates

  I barely even know where to begin with this post. I am so head over heels in love with our save the dates that it puts all of this extra pressure on me to get the post juuuust right. It has taken me forever to come up with the words to explain the process that was the inspiration, realization of vision, and actual creation of our save the dates  (and I still don't think I'm going to do it justice!) but here it goes...

  Let's set the stage and go waaay back to the beginning, in one of my first meetings with Sarah...
At the onset of our planning she highly recommended that I "just talk" to her design partner (the "Wesson" of the fabulous True&Wesson blog - a daily must-read!) Lucinda Wesson of Chocolate Creative Designs regarding "paper" ideas for our wedding. To be fully honest, at that time I was not quite sure what "paper" meant and was not really sure how important "paper" was to our wedding design. I had known that we would have to eventually choose invitations, save the dates, escort cards, but had not given much thought into how it would correspond with our overall wedding design.  
  After 2 rescheduled attempts at meetings (what a snowy winter we had in CT!) we opted to try an introductory phone call meeting instead.  I know it's an over-used saying but quite literally this was a "you had me at hello" scenario.  Lucinda's passion for design and her ever-flowing creativity poured through the phone.  In less than 5 minutes of speaking with her any uncertainty I had regarding "paper" had melted away.  When we hung up she left me with some homework to do.  First, I had to tell her things about Dan & I (separately and as a couple) likes, dislikes, loves, hates, anything about us that gave her a peak into our personalities and life together.  Second, I had to scour the internet for paper inspiration - even just the curve of 1 letter - if I saw something I liked she wanted me to send it to her.  (I have no clue how she managed to survive and organize my endless tidal wave of emails)  
  After a few weeks of this we reconvened, between my haphazard emails and this blog Lucinda had a proposal for me.  Not only could she see my vision for the wedding, she saw a way to send it out to our guests ahead of time; to give them a glimpse of what awaited them on our big day. "It sets the stage" she said... when she first mentioned the little burlap pouch idea I think I shrieked with glee (those of you who know me well enough can certainly imagine that) and my mind immediately started racing, filled with inspiration. Our next meeting was finally in person, at her gorgeous antique home (I have aspirations that ours will be even 10% as nice as hers someday) and ever since then it has been a match made in design heaven!

The Inspiration
   Inspired by vintage french seed bags, Lucinda crafted a custom design for us - using french inspired elements (a mixture of block and curled fonts, the epic fleur de lis) and played off the setting of our reception site, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, to create what I would imagine to be a seed bag SWF would have used some years ago. 

  A custom stamp for Dan & I (perhaps my favorite part) adorns the bottom corner and is used again on the mailing label. 

  The clues inside all correspond with our design and vision for the wedding; the cork is actually from a bottle SWF vineyard wine, the lavender and hay are a peak into elements which make up our rustic/Provencal/chic design, and the paper airplane (on a vintage french book page) is in homage to the fact that Saltwater Farm Vineyard was originally a WW2 aircraft hangar. 

 The hand cut, tea-stained paper tags were another vintage-y detail and a fun way to relay the actual save the date message in a way that did not interfere with the pouch design (we wanted the pouches to be a reusable keepsake for our guests) and actually accented it quite nicely!

  Lucinda I cannot even begin to thank you enough...  your enthusiasm, creativity, passion, and love for inspiration & design has influenced our wedding (and my design philosophy ) in more ways than I could ever begin to express.  You have taught me how to step back and observe while at the same time hone in on specific details.  Your method is so personal and I truly appreciate the meaning behind every idea and detail you create. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined a more perfect save the date for our wedding!

p.s. can't wait to do the invitations! 

All of these pretty photos by Anna Sawin Photography


  1. How is it that you can always bring tears to my eyes...the words are beautiful and the experience was awe-inspiring!! Thank you Thank you!!

  2. These are adorable + amazing. I would freak out about attending a wedding like this if I got this save the date in the mail. Oh, and I would definitely save this save the date!

  3. OMG ERIN!!!!!!!!! they were AMAZING!!!!

  4. So cute! What a great collection of little treasures!