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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!


October! Already?!

1 Oct

Yes. It’s October 1.  Really?!  I remember a month ago, thinking that September was a chock-full month of cool stuff, and now it’s all over!  Well, last weekend’s wedding reception was really awesome and it was great to spend a full weekend with my family!

Apple Favors, rustic chic wedding--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comMore of those photos will be up later this week!  I also can’t wait to see all the images from my head shot session from last week.  The few I’ve seen already are gorgeous.

I’ve got lots of goals for October and am going to fill them in on my Powersheets tonight.  Once they’re all out of my head and on paper instead of swirling around furiously inside, I’ll be able to knock things out.  Blog design, budgeting, deciding how to get where I want to go, just starting something, making the best decision without knowing the outcome (yikes, for me), making The Spunky Sapphire a construction zone in the process makes me nervous, but I really really want it!

On the roadtrip this past weekend, I finally finished Richie Norton’s book The Power of Starting Something Stupid and decided, yet again, that “what am I waiting for?!”.  (By the way, highly recommend reading it.)

So, with that, the look may change around here.  It’s not something I can sit down and complete, start to finish, in one day to make it less “construction-y”, so it may look like the work-in-progress that it is, unless I can find a way to do it without.  Who knows what my research may uncover?  heheh.

But, in all that messiness of a creative endeavor, I promise to give you some inspiration each week, both for wedding planning and for motivation and pretty things.  First up, the awesome images from Saturday!  Coming soon!



life, stuff, and crazy business

24 Sep

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been here!  Between designing a fabulously awesome wedding reception for this weekend to brainstorming my brand and deciding what I want the most to researching and learning so much about blog design, I’ve been consciously neglecting writing.  Sorry to leave you hanging!  I’m so happy to have everyone who’s visited despite my slacking off!  I really appreciate you!

So, if you follow my Instagram (and I highly suggest you do–especially this weekend as I’ll be posting images from the party!), you may have seen a little of what I’ve been up to.  I love every bit of it!  Wedding design is my jam, guys.  Happy Tags for thank you favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comLove banner for dessert table--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Make sure you check the sneak peeks out this weekend to see how it all comes together.  I’m so excited to bring the image in my head to life!

In addition to wedding design, I’ve been redesigning this little blog and really honing in on what I want to be about, etc.  Seriously?  This takes time.  It’s a safe bet to assume I’m learning patience.  Weird that this is what it took!  I honestly had no idea how much actually goes into a successful, gorgeously designed webpage/blog!  I mean, I knew it was time-consuming and a labor of love, but wow!  This is intense.

With that and focusing on making a brand I’m proud of, I’m getting new photos of myself for it tomorrow!  I’m really excited to get those heels immortalized in photos!  I’m a shoe fiend and don’t get to wear fun ones very often except on weekends, so this should be good.
headshot outfit idea--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comThese sound like they are going to be a blast, but I’m a little nervous (well, nervous-excited) to be in front of the camera for something so significant as this.

Anyway, I’ll wrap up this ramble, but just wanted to throw it out there that life is amazingly crazy and I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on a lot of things that will very soon be out here for you all to see.  Until then, I really appreciate your presence here and can’t wait to bring you more amazing content to inspire as well as a new look!


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! 

latest project

20 Aug

Modern green and orange color palette--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comoh lovely day

This is the gorgeous inspiration for my latest event.  More will follow in the next little bit, but for now, I just wanted to share because I LOVE it and I’m SO excited about how everything in my head will turn out.  I’m thinking: amazing.

Also, how supercool is that chevron fabric?!  Can’t wait to get my hands on some.  I’ll be honest: I never really liked the fabric store as much as I think I might now!  Maybe I am related to my sister after all (Hey, M! Love ya!).

What do you think?  Are you as in love with it as I am?  For tomorrow’s Paper Poste, I even found an invitation suite that fits into this amazingly well!

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?

the paper poste

31 Jul

Wedding stationary images fire me up.  I love them and a good shot brings them to life almost as much as receiving one yourself in the mail!  Today, I bring you three images that inspired me immediately when I saw them.  From fun patterns and textures to gorgeous rich colors, these invitations are amazing.

Wedding invitation suite--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

Orange wedding invitations--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

green wedding invitations--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

I am head-over-heels for the rustic charm and hand-lettering of the first one and the brilliant color and stripes of the last.  Which is your favorite?