day-of details: Elizabeth + Fabien

Happy 2nd anniversary to Elizabeth + Fabien!

photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

I've started writing about Elizabeth + Fabien's wedding several times, but I really don't know where to begin.  I could start with the thoughtfulness, care, and love they put into everything that they do... but even those words don't seem sufficient.

Elizabeth + Fabien reached out to me months before their July wedding, and we met via Skype.  They shared bits of their love story and their wedding plans - and I was blown away.   

She's a communications and branding specialist, and he's a landscape designer.  They compliment each other perfectly - and I love that she's literally an American in Paris.  

With plans to celebrate both stateside and later in Paris, one of my favorite things about working with Elizabeth + Fabien was their main approach to their wedding.  It's a beautiful celebration of love and their relationship.  Everything should be thoughtful + reflect them, otherwise it was off the table and out of the picture.  Their day was all about keeping it very simple,  with plenty of special meanings-- SO full of heart.  Their love was at the core of every single decision, and I completely admire that. 

hand-dyed welcome banner by hello, bird. // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

hand-dyed welcome banner by hello, bird. // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

Elizabeth + Fabien chose to keep everything very natural - with lots of greens + peaches.  Westtown School, where Elizabeth went to high school, served as the venue for their Quaker ceremony.  To complement the gorgeous natural setting, I created a hand-dyed and painted welcome banner. I love that we chose a fabric sign to keep things a little softer and organic feeling, and the eucalyptus by Kate from Devon + Pinkett was the perfect complement.

table numbers by hello, bird. // florals by devon + pinkett // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

table numbers by hello, bird. // florals by devon + pinkett // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

The reception was close by, at Terrain at Styer's -- where the couple had their first meal when Fabien came to visit Elizabeth stateside.. (a perfect choice- since Fabien is a landscape designer!)   Some of the details I created were made to work with details created by Elizabeth and Fabien while they were engaged -- another thoughtful approach!  Fabien fabricated the stands and loops for the table numbers (so cool!) 

banner by hello, bird. // florals by Devon + Pinkett // cake by Carley's Cakes// photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

banner by hello, bird. // florals by Devon + Pinkett // cake by Carley's Cakes// photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

Elizabeth + Fabien's wedding vendor dream team: ceremony venue:  Westtown School // reception venue: Terrain at Styer's // cake: Carley's Cakes // calligraphy + signage: hello, bird. // florals: Devon + Pinkett // hair + makeup:  True Beauty Marks // music/DJ: Marc Foster // photographer:  Siousca Photography // rentals: Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals // wedding dress: Lihi Hod via Gabriela Bridal NYC // 

All photos in this post courtesy of Siousca Photography.

Elizabeth and Fabien's wedding was featured on Snippet & Ink.

day-of details: new york baby shower

Making pieces to help celebrate life moments is one of my favorite things (and a huge honor!).. and when that life moment is a baby shower, it's all the more special!  

The love and anticipation for Baby Jaidi's arrival that got poured into her baby shower details make me want to happy dance all over the place.  

There's that saying that it takes a village to raise a child, which is why I LOVE(D) making these advice cards.  Watercolor washes in shades of pale peach and pink run behind each title, making it a little easier to separate the cards.  

I especially love that after the guests fill the cards, it's kind of like a second wave of gifts for each member of the family.  Mom gets to read her advice; Dad reads his advice, and when she gets here- sweet baby Jaidi will have welcome notes people that already love her.  More importantly, the new Mom and Dad get to be reminded that they're a team when they cozy up together to read their marriage tips.  

baby shower advice cards by hello, bird. 

baby shower advice cards by hello, bird. 

I loved updating my watercolor 'Guess the Birth Date" calendar for Baby J!  The calendar was hand-painted with a watercolor wash and loose line work.  Throughout the shower, friends + family could fill in their best guess for Baby Jaidi's birth date.  (For a little more fun, we left the due date off.)

baby shower watercolor calendar by hello, bird. 

baby shower watercolor calendar by hello, bird. 

Thanks again, Chelsey, for letting me be a part of Baby Jaidi's shower! I'm so excited to hear what day she arrives! 

day-of details: Susan + Tom

Happy first anniversary to Susan + Tom!

Susan + Tom combined elements of Chinese tradition with a bohemian feel for their summer wedding.  Pops of red for good luck were seen throughout their day - Susan's nail polish, small pom-poms and tassels crafted by the couple, and some of their signage.  

I love that they also chose to keep things very cool and boho with a really unique color palette.  The pops of red were perfectly contrasted with lots of cool blues, and a shock of chartreuse.  

(The chartreuse was a great nod to their invitations.  When I did their outer envelope calligraphy, I hand-painted each envelope with a wash of chartreuse before addressing each envelope with gray ink..  So cool to see a detail like this come full circle for escort cards on their wedding day!)

hello, bird. white brush calligraphy on hand-dyed fabric ceremony program // poms crafted by the couple  // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography
hello, bird. gray ink calligraphy on chartreuse wash moravian stars escort cards // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography
hand-dyed fabric ceremony program by hello, bird. // pom-pom tassels handcrafted by the bride + groom // photo by emily wren photography
hello, bird. gray ink calligraphy on chartreuse wash moravian stars escort cards // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography
hello, bird. red ink calligraphy on geometric glass card box // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography

  

venue: POMME // photos: Emily Wren Photography // florals: Sullivan Owen // catering: Peachtree & Ward // rentals: Maggpie Rentals // signage + calligraphy: hello, bird. // invitations + menus: Minted //  officiant: Alisa Tongg // planning: confetti & co. // cake: The Cake Studio of Ocean City

 All photos in this post courtesy of Emily Wren Photography. 

 Susan and Tom's wedding was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings