Featured Work :: Manulife Real Estate Tacos & Tequila

I'm so happy to finally share this project with professional photos from the talented Jillian Schecher. This project was a major highlight for me this year. From conceptualization to the final production details, this project challenged me creatively and pushed me to explore new vendors and processes. On top of it, I got to work with my fabulous roommate and friend, Olivia, of Boutique Events. Olivia was the creative genius behind the clever and hilarious copy writing. 

The event is designed as a show of appreciation to the brokers who work closely with Manulife Real Estate. In this case, the brokers partake in a cooking competition while enjoying an evening of delicious food and drinks at Get Cooking (which I can attest, from experience, is awesome)! 

I designed this invitation for impact, by creating something three-dimensional. In this case, I drew on the event title and decided to package a hot sauce and tequila bottle in a custom-built wooden crate. The wooden crate was engraved with the event branding and personalized with each recipients name. As the guest pulled back the lid, a printed two-sided invitation is revealed, with all the pertinent event information. Underneath the invitation is a custom branded bottle of hot sauce and tequila with witty copy about being a high caliber broker. As a final touch, the event branding was carried through into aprons and bag tags. This one is certainly going to be hard to top for next years event! 

Real Wedding :: Courtney & Paul

Any wedding that uses black and white has my heart! I loved working on this modern "Kate Spade" inspired suite. My real wedding posts usually only include pictures of stationery, but I had to post some photos of this gorgeous bride and groom and their wedding party. From the mountain backdrop to that stylish leather jacket on the bride, these photos made me smile! Ceremony and reception at Silvertip Resort. Planning and decor by the talented Joyfoley Weddings. Photography by Blake Loates Photography

Real Wedding :: Mariah & Nathan

For Mariah & Nathan, it was a classic and traditional wedding at The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. This invitation suite was digitally printed on a cotton stock with accents of off-white metallic paper in the envelope and cigar band. To complete the look, the bride requested lots of "bling", which we brought into the top and botton of the invitation along with two solid lines of rhinestones on the cigar band. Planning and design by the talented Jennifer Bergman Wedding and photography by Shandro Photo

Featured Work :: Corporate Design :: BRA Day Edmonton 2015

BRA Day Edmonton took place on October 20, 2015 at the Royal Alberta Museum. This was a free evening event dedicated to help inform women on their options surrounding breast reconstruction after mastectomy. There was also elements geared towards support and education for partners and families of the women considering the procedure. The event was presented by The Caritas Foundation and produced by Boutique Events

Pinkpolka helped the organization with our design services by uniquely branding the Edmonton BRA Day, which is also held in many other cities. The list of stationery included posters; invitations; social media imagery, programs, and signage. 

For more information on BRA-DAY please visit: www.bra-day.com

Featured Work :: Corporate Events :: Heritage Valley Mercedes

Nothing speaks to luxury more than the iconic motor company Mercedes-Benz! In September 2015, Weber Motors became Heritage Valley Mercedes-Benz and moved into a state of the art building off of Calgary Trail in south Edmonton. Pinkpolka created all the event stationery for the exclusive launch event, coordinated and executed by Boutique Events and Buksa

The invitations set the tone for the event, playing on the pristine and high-end nature of the brand. Two sets of invitations were designed – a general paper invitation and another for VIP guests. The paper invitation was completely foiled in silver on the front and back using matte black paper and a matching envelope. The shape was die-cut in a circle to mimic the Mercedes logo. The VIP invite was presented in a black box, which revealed a metal-like plastic engraved black. 

Event stationery included directional, information and "did you know" signs. The overall look and design tied into the "look" of both the invitations. 

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Top 10 :: 2015 Wedding Invitations (Part 2)

Earlier we shared the first five of our top 10 invitations of 2015. Below are the top five of the list. 

No. 5 :: Lena & Jamie 

It was a requirement for Lena & Jamie to have an invitation that was opulent and luxurious. I really enjoying designing this suite, especially since I got to incorporate gold foil on both the insert and the invitation. There wasn't a lot of pieces to this set, so it was imperative that we incorporate the envelope liner and use gold foil on the insert so all the pieces felt connected. To further enhance the cohesiveness we used the same metallic ivory paper for the insert and the liner as well as the same metallic navy for the envelope and the invitation.  The detailed, Moroccan-style pattern reiterates the over-the-top feel of this suite.  

No. 4 :: Dylan & James 

Dylan & James were my first same sex couple and I loved working with both their personalities. We brainstormed together to come up with the direction of their wedding invitations, blending both Dylan's creativity and James' sense of refinement. The wedding was at the Alberta Art Gallery so we decided to keep the design clean and modern to reflect the venue. The fonts used have a masculine tone and the wood grain pattern was used within the rest of the wedding. It's hard to see the detail in the photo, but a clear foil was used on the dark navy cover stock for the invitation – trust me, it's so cool! This wedding was featured on the knot, where you can see a full gallery, including the awesome cheese board with the engraved monogram I designed! 

No. 3 :: Brittany & Nick

This invitation suite was one I checked off my invitation "wish list" and is why it is in my top 10. This is the first invitation I had printed on wood! A dark walnut wood was screen printed with ivory ink to coordinate with the ivory paper used throughout. The rustic nature of the design was further enhanced with the kraft outer envelope. To incorporate twine and save paper, we used an rsvp tag. 

No 2 :: Charlotte & Franz 

This was not only one of my favourite suites of 2015, but of all time! All the stops were pulled out for this one – no detail was left undone! This suite had everything from custom postage, a monogram wax seal, and an envelope liner. All the pieces were letterpress printed and the invitation was printed on an ultra-thick cotton paper (which feels like cardboard because it's so thick)! The subtle mix of papers gives this set an uniqueness. This design coincides with my personal tastes so it has a special place in my heart. I loved creating the design and adore the final product. Charlotte was a dream to work with, trusting me every step of the way. This beauty will go down in history for me! 

No. 1 :: Anita & Ben 

I started the design process for this invitation with very little direction, which gave me a liberating amount of creative freedom! I had so much fun designing this modern and graphic invite, which happens to be my favourite style (as per number 9 on this list)! The format of this invitation is simple, but the finishing details truly set this invitation apart. This folded invitation is oversized to fit in an A9 envelope to give it a grand presence. The shape is a custom die-cut, I designed to mimic the "triangle theme" throughout. A super high-end metallic paper was used to give the invitation weight in your hand. It was offset printed because of the texture and heavy weight. An iridescent violet paper was used for the delicately laser-cut cigar band. I love how every piece, including the envelope, is a different colour and they blend together seamlessly. Everything about this invitation contributes to the overwhelming "wow" factor! 

Top 10 :: 2015 Wedding Invitations (Part 1)

As 2016 approached, I began to reflect on the amazing clients I worked with in 2015. I'm truly humbled to create stationery for a couple's wedding day. I'm also extremely grateful that my clients appreciate and trust me enough to give me creative freedom to discover and explore throughout our process working together. 

Thinking back throughout the year, I had the opportunity to create some pretty spectacular invitations! I certainly checked a lot off my "wish list", including my first wood invitation! I've decided it was necessary to share these beautiful invitations (especially since I can be a tad slow updating my portfolio)! While each of my client's invitations are special, there is something about these 10 that stood out to me. 

DISCLAIMER: The photos don't do justice to most of the invitations. In most cases, the invitation needs to be held to experience the texture of the paper or the finishing details such as embossing and laser-cutting. I'll do my best to describe all the effects. 

No. 10 :: Mariah & Nathan

This was one of the first suites I created that was all "light". Another first on this suite was the amount of BLING applied! I really like the subtle shifts in the paper choices from the off-white metallic envelope and cigar band to the warm white cotton cover. A third, light grey paper was incorporated in the envelope liner. The luxurious nature of the suite was exemplified by the addition of embossing to the decorative elements on the invitation. 

No. 9 :: Katrina & Richard

I found a great sense of joy creating this suite for Katrina & Richard. Katrina had a very specific vision of what she wanted and it took some perseverance to get it PERFECT! The floral garland on this invitation was thoughtfully created and customized to the brides colour palette. We decided to make the invitation 5.5"x8.5" (A9 envelope), which is a bit larger than the standard 5"x7" (A7 envelope). The presence from the size and the combination of the florals and envelope colour made me fall in love with this suite! 

No. 8 :: Kaila & Peter

Both Kaila and Peter are teachers so they decided to go all in for school-themed stationery. This invitation made my top 10 for it's uniqueness and because I had so much fun designing it. The inspiration for this invitation came from old-school scribblers. Doodles and hand-written fonts are used throughout. 

No. 7 :: Elayne & Jesse

Designing this suite was a unique process for me as Elayne was open to collaborating on some aspects of the production of the finished product. Gold was a key colour in the wedding palette, but a foil printing was not in the budget. I decided to create a rubber stamp for both the cigar band and the return address, which Elayne and Jesse stamped themselves and assembled. I also am quite fond of the rich colour palette used, especially since it's a departure from the typical wedding palettes of the last few years. 

No. 6 :: Joanne & Michael 

This invitation was a labour of love and that is why it is on this list! Joanne wanted an invitation that was clean and modern yet unique. The design itself is quite simple, but the packaging and finishing details are super cool. To create the initial presentation of invitation I punched a circle in the cigar band to reveal the monogram on the reverse of the rsvp insert. I really wanted to match the aqua paper from the liner to the solid colour on the reverse of the rsvp insert (rather than printing an ink colour), which meant I had to manually adhere the paper to make a duplex. I just love the mix metallic and matte papers colours used for this suite!

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Merry Christmas!

Thank you to all our wonderful clients and vendors who made 2015 such a success! It was an exciting year for us, working with some new corporate clients and creating a handful of show-stopping wedding invitations and stationery (yes, we still have tons of recent work to share)! Every year I'm humbled at the opportunity to create personalized pieces of stationery for such significant events. 

We are excited to take some time to celebrate the holidays with our family and friends. As such, our office will be closed from Thursday, December 17 to Tuesday, January 5. 

Clients who want to get a jump on their 2016 stationery can book a consultation online: http://www.pinkpolkadesign.com/book-appointment

Real Wedding :: Brittany & Nick

Brittany and Nick were my first couple who decided to print their invitations on wood. I was beyond excited, as this had been on my invitation wish list for years. We chose a dark walnut wood with a light ivory screen print. The wedding was in Canmore, Alberta at Silvertip Resort so for the design direction we used natural elements such as trees and the three sisters mountainscape. The package was bundled with jute twine and the rsvp was enclosed on a two-sided tag with their names and wedding date on the front. Below are some gorgeous stationery photos by Corrina Walker Photography. Not only did Corrina capture this suite perfectly, but added to it's beauty with the elegant arrangements of the pieces. Thank you Corrina! 

Real Wedding :: Kaila & Peter

Kaila & Peter, who are both teachers, came to me with a fun, light-hearted design idea to create school-themed stationery. The final photos by Shandro Photo show off how it integrated with their wedding day decor, which was executed by Jennifer of Fresh Look Events. I think this wedding is a great example of how to let your personality and style shine through on your wedding day no matter how unconventional it may be! 

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