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

Seasons Greetings!

After an exciting year filling with fabulous weddings and corporate events we are happy for a break over the holidays! Our office will be closed from December 22 - January 4. Thank you to all our clients, vendors, and friends who continue to make Pinkpolka Design a continued success. We wish you all a happy holiday and prosperous new year! 

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Edmonton Letterpress Wedding Invitations

That's right, we do letterpress! It's one of my favourite printing processes, which produces luxurious and refined wedding stationery. Guests will cherish these works of art and take notice of the rich texture as they hold them in their hands. If you want to make a statement with your wedding invitations, letterpress is certainly the perfect option. Only true paper lovers should explore this option, as the cost is not for the faint of hear. Typically, the cost can exceed digital printing three times! If you are looking for letterpress invitations book a free custom consultation to discuss the options available. 


Featured Work :: 2nd Annual SER Showcase

The team at Special Event Rentals has started an annual showcase to feature some of their newest rentals along with some our cities talented wedding vendors. I always have a blast putting together stationery for creative tablescapes and this year was no exception. Some of the other talent vendors include: FaBLOOMosityCory ChristopherTickled FloralThe Art of Cake, and Flirt Cupcakes. We have some great photos to share, provided by Shandro Photo. Thanks again to the SER team for inviting me to be a part of this exciting event! 

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Vendor Spotlight :: Love Inc. Dessert Tables

Today I am happy to share a talented Edmonton wedding vendor who creates custom dessert tables. I've had the pleasure to work with Lindsey of LOVEinc. on numerous occasions. We design the labels for the mouth-watering candies and sweet treats featured on her dessert tables. This past February she was also kind enough to create a dessert table for my first Trunk Show event. Below she shares some insight into herself, her business and some things to consider if you are having a dessert table at your wedding. 

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Explain the concept behind LOVEinc. Dessert Styling.

At LOVEinc. Dessert Styling, I create high end dessert tables that are equal parts art and edible. I gather and style desserts from many of the best bakeries in Edmonton and put them together with luxurious linens, beautiful stationery, gorgeous dessert stands & decor to create an amazing display that will WOW your guests.  Dessert tables are a fun conversation piece that allow guests to interact with one another while picking out their favourite treats.  For me, desserts are nostalgic, something everyone looks forward to and leaves room for. They bring out the kid in all of us and seeing desserts displayed in an unconventional way is truly unforgettable.  

Why did you start creating dessert tables?

I have a passion for all things pretty and have always been a creative person who loves to bake. The tables started as a way for me to combine my two passions by creating something visually stunning and delicious. I started creating the tables for friends and family and it slowly blossomed into a business. It has turned into and incredibly fun career and I feel blessed to have such a sweet job. I don't do the baking anymore as I feel like I can't excel at every type of dessert so I focus on the design elements and finding bakeries that specialize in their own brand of sweets. By collaborating with local bakers, I get to provide my clients with all of the best tasting and looking sweets in the city!

What is the typical process for hiring LOVEinc.?  Is the design process completely custom for each client?

Each table is custom designed to turn the clients vision into reality and make sure it is unique for them. I meet with clients to hear about the feel of the wedding, the colour scheme and other elements they have already established. We talk about their favourite desserts and I answer any questions they might have. After the initial consultation, I map out and sketch the table arrangement. I pull swatches, collect cake stands & candy jars, order lighting and source flowers & decor.  I also create a custom backdrops if requested. Lastly, I source desserts, candy, treat bags and dessert tags. I set up the table in my office to make sure the design is exactly what I envisioned before packing up and heading off to the big event!

What is your favourite treats to use in sweets tables?

Definitely French Macarons! They are visually stunning, come in a wide variety of colours and flavours and are absolutely delicious!!!!

What is your favourite part of your job?

Taste-testing? lol. In all honesty, the best part of my job is to be able to express my creativity in an unexpected way.

Tips to couples considering a dessert table at their wedding?  What are the pros and cons of doing it yourself or hiring a pro?

Don't underestimate the time that goes into producing a beautiful dessert table. A properly executed table has many elements you may not even think about like flavours and quantity of the sweets, and design elements such as linens, backdrops, lighting, floral and stationery. You also need to balance the various components of the table to make sure they flow together to make the table visually stunning. Tables also always take longer to set-up than you would think! I am usually at the venue 6-8 hours before the event.  Not everyone has that kind of time to commit to set up on their wedding day. Many brides try to DIY and end up so stressed that they forget what the big day is all about.  Hire and trust the vendors who can produce a memorable event while you relax and enjoy the big day!

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SWEPT Bridal Experience

This year Edmonton was graced by a new bridal show called SWEPT. Couples were able to experience an abundance of inspiration, speak with vendors and enjoy champagne, appys and even wedding cake! It was a pleasure to be included along side of some of Edmonton's premier wedding vendors. Thanks to ENV Photography for capturing some of our stationery on collaboration tables with A Modern Proposal, Atmosphere Productions, and LOVE Inc. Dessert Styling. We can't wait to see what SWEPT has in store for us in 2015! 

Metallic and black glitter art deco table number for A Modern Proposal Event Planning 

Metallic and black glitter art deco table number for A Modern Proposal Event Planning 

Metallic and black glitter art deco menu for A Modern Proposal Event Planning 

Metallic and black glitter art deco menu for A Modern Proposal Event Planning 

Treat labels for LOVE Inc. Dessert Style (and Style Cakes) 

Treat labels for LOVE Inc. Dessert Style (and Style Cakes) 

Menu and laser-cut napkin wrap place card for Atmosphere Productions

Menu and laser-cut napkin wrap place card for Atmosphere Productions

Menu and laser-cut napkin wrap place card for Atmosphere Productions

Menu and laser-cut napkin wrap place card for Atmosphere Productions