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! 

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 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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Featured Work :: Corporate Events :: Cenovus 2014 Christmas Party

You can't go wrong with a Canadiana themed Christmas party! We were commissioned by Kristina of Special Event Rentals to create custom cross-stitch banners of Canadian animals for the Cenovus 2014 Christmas party. Along with these decor pieces were functional signage to direct the party guests. Photography by Shandro Photo

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Featured Work :: Corporate Events :: Aecon 2014 Christmas Party

Our second corporate event feature is the Aecon 2014 Christmas party at the Delta Edmonton South. The theme was winter boulevard with shades of cool blue and white. The planning and decor is by Site 6 Events and photography by Shandro Photo

Projection screen design. 

Projection screen design. 

Buffet sign. 

Buffet sign. 

Buffet station menu. 

Buffet station menu. 

Event Signage. 

Event Signage. 

Flair bar menu. 

Flair bar menu. 

Event signage. 

Event signage. 

Featured Work :: Destination Invitations

Over the last couple of years I've been designing more and more destination invitations. Because of this trend, I thought I'd showcase some of our most popular designs. All of these invitations are available as part our "Collection", which can be ordered in-person or through our Etsy store

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Featured Work :: Laser-Cut Booklet Invitation

The inspiration for this wedding invitation suite primarily came from the venue, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, which is an iconic mountain castle in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The bride wanted to hint at the medieval characteristics of the hotel complimented by rich floral textures, which were to be included in the wedding décor. A medieval-style display font was used for the names and titles, while the rest of the typography was a classic serif and script. To incorporate the idea of medieval armor, as suggested by the bride, I created a distressed pattern from a photograph of a solid iron gate. It was very important for the piece to have substance and weight, so the invitation was sized to fit an A9 envelope. The bride wanted the invitation to feel luxurious, so combinations of unique metallic coloured papers were used with laser-cutting. To add a level of personalization to this suite, we not only created custom postage stamps, but also a wax seal. The wax seal was a deer head, which spoke to the outdoor nature of the Banff wedding location, as well as the groom's love of hunting. 

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