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Southern Weddings Inspiration

5 Feb

**Paper Poste is on hold this week because I’m stuck with what direction I want to take it.  I’m bored with it, to be honest, and need to find it’s mojo again.**

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I received a few issues of Southern Weddings for Christmas.  Needless to say, I was smitten with the magazines (as I knew I would be), and, while all the weddings featured in the pages were beautiful, this one stood out the most and spoke to my style.

Kraft Paper invitation featured in Southern Weddings--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

As I’m working through this slight rebranding process, I’m forced to consider who my ideal client is and have to delve into all the hard questions. (blegh).  BUT, that’s where the magic happens; so I’m doing it.

I’ll share more on that in the next few weeks as I really get a feel for it.  Since this particular wedding fired me up and made my heart explode immediately, this is where it’s at: LOTS of pattern and bold color and fun things!

Creative Wedding Escort Card board featured in Southern Weddings--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

Admittedly, this look is not for everyone and I’m all for a classic wedding–with a twist, of course–but I am so head-over-heels for this fete that I had to share.

Table bouquet featured in Southern Weddings--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

I am telling you: that bouquet and table cloth?!  Speaking right to my heart.

This couple quoted: “If your wedding doesn’t feel inspired, it runs the risk of being less memorable.”  And, there you have it, friends.  That’s what it’s all about. (and love, of course!)

All the images can be found in Part 1 and Part 2.

inspiration: mint

24 Jan

While we’re experiencing this deep freeze in Ontario, I’ve been craving spring and some bright color!  No surprise there!  This backdrop has been a huge inspiration for me since the minute I saw it a few weeks ago.  Let’s just say there are some beautiful things in the works and I hope you all love it as much as I do!  More will be unveiled in the next few weeks.  Perhaps just in time for Valentine’s Day!

In the meantime, drink in these gorgeous colors and feel the springtime just shining out!

Mint and Pink wedding inspiration--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.combackdrop//invite//table//balloon//bouquet//shoes

By the way, those invitations are DIY.  I encourage you to check out the link for yourself.  This project may definitely be in my future!  The balloon tassels can also be created easily enough and add so much punch to already awesome oversized balloons!

A little mint, the perfect raspberry shade of pink, a smattering of gold, a fluffy bouquet, design-it-yourself invitations, and some gorgeous shoes equal a bash that’s worthy of your love story!  Because you can never go wrong with fluffy flowers and some amazing shoes.

the paper poste

15 Jan

I think I have adequately discussed my bordering-on-obsessive love with paper–the feel, the color, the design.  You name it.  After attending the Hamilton/Halton wedding show last weekend and meeting a few more amazing artists, I want to steer this series toward local Canadian stationers.  There are so many beautiful pieces and, since I was lucky enough to actually meet a few of these great people, I’d love for you to see their work!

I was introduced to Blush & Gray about a month ago through Wedding Obsession.  They are based out of Toronto and work very closely with a group of artisans and suppliers to be able to provide other items that coordinate with their invitation suites.  This allows you to be able to get the ribbon to perfectly match your invitation suite’s colors to match your groom’s bowtie.  How great is that?

Since I have been smitten with gold lately….

Blush & Gray save-the-date; Toronto--the Paper Poste by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comviaBlush & Gray gold striped wedding invitations--the Paper Poste by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comviaGold polka-dot bowtie from Blush & Gray--the Paper Poste by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

Gorgeous, right?  That save-the-date has got to be this sparkle-loving girl’s favorite thing ever right now.  Who can resist a little glitter?!

rustic chic reception

7 Oct

Part of the reason I think September flew by was because I was planning this significant event for my brother and sister-in-law.  They got married on September 21 in Alberta, and as courtesy to all of the Grand Rapids, Michigan guests, we hosted an open-house-style reception for them the following Saturday there.  My mom, who has always had serious amounts of faith in my creativity and has been my biggest cheerleader in starting this business (hey, mom!), asked me to design it all!  Needless to say, I was excited because, as I’ve said before, event planning is my jam, and it was for my brother and his wife!  Actually, I’m still excited because now I get to show all of you!

Wedding Reception table design--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The bride was game to be surprised with the look and was not interested in carrying over the design from the weekend before (although, I did ask!).  As I told you earlier, when I found this inspiration board, I knew it was the look we were going for.  I knew she liked a little rustic chic, and the groom loves his orange; he’s painted everything from his room to his Mustang in the vibrant hue.  But, I guess you could say it all started with the fabric.

Orange and teal table design and flowers--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Isn’t it fantastic?!  Obviously, I ordered it right away and began pulling things from my home that would match.  Every throw pillow I own fit their scheme as well as multiple vases/containers I have.  I literally filled up the trunk of our car with just decor items.

As you may remember from Girl Bash, I created a dessert bar backdrop and wanted to use that in this event as well.  Having that backdrop can really pull a room together when you’re working with a blank slate and everything else is table height.  It brings the ceiling down and makes the room more cohesive.

DIY Wedding Backdrop-- created by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

That banner was simply perfect!  It is a custom piece and was SO much fun to design.  Hanging it definitely was a smashing final touch!

Everything about this day was a family affair.  My sister spray-painted dozens of sticks gold for me and created the chicken-wire photo frame that featured images from their wedding day.  Together we rolled bunches of silverware and tied with fabric pieces and stabbed pecks of apple favors with the awesome little thank you tags!

spray-painted sticks--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

teal wedding photo frame--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Green striped paper straws--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comOrange paper straws--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.compaper straws and mason jars--TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

rustic place settings--TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

rustic chic apple favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The favor table was beautiful.  Placed at the entrance, it gave guests a glimpse of what was to come with it’s zesty fabric runner and tipped over crate spilling the apple favors.  It featured a sign with a plane motif since the bride and groom did plenty of flying to see each other during their long-distance relationship.

Wedding Favor Table--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

wedding thank you sign--TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comApple Favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Something I’ve seen and really loved at weddings (or any party, really), is a seating area.  It’s simply cozy!  This area allows for people to sit and chat in a more comfortable environment than the dining table and is a change of pace.  I used rustic crates and all my throw pillows to create a small seating area, and it was full the entire event (as you can see here)!

wedding flower centerpieces--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comWedding Seating Area--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The ladies of the catering the school PTA catering that I used to work with did a fantastic job with the simple buffet menu and the dessert bar.

individual cheesecake, dessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.commini Cheesecake, dessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comDessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com


Congratulations, again, to my brother and his beautiful wife!  It was an absolute joy to design and execute this and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

the paper poste

28 Aug

Rice.  Birdseed.  Confetti.  All have been known to be the visual celebration of a couple’s vows.  The congratulations flow after the “I do’s”, and the toss commences.  Rice has been called a detriment to birds’ health, birdseed is kind of a pain to be covered in, but confetti is fun and can be colored any way you want it!

Confetti Wedding Invitations by 3EggsDesign--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com3EggsDesign

Confetti bags--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comMy Luscious Life

If you’re interested in a little DIY, check these out–by the woman herself, Martha Stewart!  Simple, but confetti-ed out!

Martha Stewart Confetti--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comMartha Stewart

Can’t get enough of confetti (I sure can’t!)?  Go all out and host an entirely confetti-ed party!  Bright, vivid, gorgeous colors and shapes emerge to form a perfect fete!

Confetti Wedding--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comEnchanted EmpireConfetti Wedding--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comA Kiss of Colour

Oooh!  I’m just so in love with the little bags of confetti for your guests to dust you in!  What do you think?  A little or a lot, you have to admit the tiny bits inspire smiles and add to the celebration of a new marriage!

the Paper Poste

21 Aug

I’m so in love with my next event that I had to find paper suites to go with the aesthetic!  (I love when new opportunities present themselves!).  I keep thinking maybe someday I will be so sick of chevron, but, truth is, I’m not so sure!  I am a pattern lover; no way around that!

Without further chit-chat, I’ll let the pretty speak for itself!

wedding invitation by Oh So Beautiful Paper--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comOh So Beautiful Paperteal chevron wedding invitations by Lily Kiss--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comLily KissOrange and teal chevron wedding invitations by Janine Rae Design--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comJanine Rae DesignTeal wedding invitations by Janine Rae Design--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comJanine Rae Design

Stripes, chevron, and confetti–oh, my!  Smitten!

On a sidenote: this is my ONE HUNDREDTH post here!  YAY!!  Thanks to everyone for reading, and I’m so excited about what comes next! 
 

the paper poste

14 Aug

As much as I truly enjoy vibrant colors in invitation suites, there is just something about the classic black and white. Monochromatic doesn’t have to be boring!  Just look at these gorgeous patterns and fonts.  Anything goes!  Stick with bold type or mix it up with stunning hand lettering.  Ah! I’m in love with it all!

Black and White Invitations--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comdesign by The Goodness

Black and white invitation--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comdesign by CheerUpCherup

Layer Cake Invitations---theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comLayer Cake Invites

Design8days invitations--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comdesign by design8days

Who could resist a little gold confetti and bakers twine?!  I’m smitten.  What do you think? Are you committed to color or could you do monochromatic?