I had the opportunity to hear Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings speak at Engage09 last week. I was excited to learn that Darcy is a sought after illustrator and her book “Our Wedding Scrapbook” is filled with her original artwork! Here is a little excerpt:
“From America’s leading authority on weddings comes this beautifully illustrated scrapbook-a unique resource that makes it easy to create a personalized keepsake of the special moments, celebrations, and memories of their lives together. From first-date jitters to the engagement, from the wedding day through the honeymoon and anniversaries, the scrapbook helps a bride capture the defining moments of her wedding in personalized, creative ways.”
So I am thrilled to announce I am giving away one copy of this lovely scrapbook to a RiceInk reader!
So how do you enter?: Please leave a comment below describing how you plan to remember the special moments of your wedding planning process. Scrapbooking, a blog, photo journal?
Contest ends Tuesday July 7th at 12:00 am. The winner will be selected at random and notified via email.
I am thrilled with the presentation! It is very soft, elegant and pulled together!
I just love the restrained use of color here…the pattern is done in a soft tan with painted details in bright yellow, medium pink and olive green. Shimmering cardstocks in nuetral white and ivory lend an elegant feel overall.
I arrived in Cayman last Friday 2 days ahead of the much anticipated start to Engage09: Something Blue. Last October Engage08:The Encore was an exciting taste of all the luxury wedding industry has to offer and needless to say I was hooked! Amazingly smart individuals, big ideas and savvy networking are all reasons I just had to return for Engaging Concepts 3rd smash event.
My time in Cayman began with a day and a half to enjoy the silky white sand and crystal blue waters. The cool touch of the ocean water let me know instantly I was in for the time of my life. The staff at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman made every moment delicious. My time during the first two days was not all play however as I was prepping for the Something Blue television interview on Sunday. Poolside work however is much more palatable I must say…
After my interview on Sunday (which I had a blast with, more to come on that) I had drinks by the pool with about 12 ladies. Excitement filled the air as countless boxes of orchids, trays of food and wine passed by on the way to the beach. We could hardly wait!
The official launch of the three day event with a spectacular beachside celebration designed by Michelle Rago. A Manzanita tree dripping with white orchids was the centerpiece to a stylish evening. I just loved the lanterns scattered in the sand as well as the live Ragaae band playing from a boat bouncing in the ocean.
The mood was spirited, textured and warm. Dark wood tables and woven seats were sprinkled across the sand for effortless chats and the enjoyment of good food and drink. Linen covered cushions and scattered pattern pillows mimicked the silky white sands and crystal blue waters. I loved how the lights of the evening spilled over the sand to create a rich orchestra of shadows and textures.
I had the chance to chat with so many interesting individuals. It was exciting to finally meet Karen from Karen Tran Florals and chat about our wedding stationery collaboration last month. Danielle from Octupus Events had great insight regarding the warm Cayman climate and the beautiful events she orchestrates. Hearing insights from planners across the nation was great fun for me and the ladies pictured below were never short of inspiration.
So much more to come!
I am so thrilled to have Amy back with us for the summer. She is just what we need to rock the busy upcoming season. Her wit and savvy business sense are the perfect compliment to her painting and production skills! So let’s get to know Amy:
Position: Invitation Artist
All-time Favorite Invite: This is a tough one for me, since I am known for picking a new favorite every time I’m in the studio. This week, I admired Christine’s elegant sculpted bloom invitations. The ornate watercolor design combined with the exquiste sculpted bloom is so beautiful!
Favorite Color Combination: I adore the nature of watercolor, where one color bleeds into the next. Kristy’s watercolor illustrations that incorporate many colors are my favorite. I am especially partial to the blues and greens that capture the colors of the seaside.
Favorite Embellishment: I love the tags; such a great way to add a little extra dash of elegance to an artful design. I particularly enjoy the tags that include one of Kristy’s venue illustrations, foreshadowing the beauty of the event to come.
What has working at Momental Designs taught you? At Momental, I relish in the daily flow of ideas and creative ingenuity. We strive to always think outside the box, with fresh new ideas that challenge us to take our work to higher levels every time we pick up a brush. I cherish every moment of being able to work alongside Kristy, my best friend and a true creative genius. She has taught us to dream big, infuse those dreams with passion, and never give up until they are realized. There is nothing like a day at the studio to keep those dreams fresh in our minds.
Lots of eye candy for you this week! I just love the Baltimore sketch on the favor tag – too fun! I would love to use another border on the table number for added contrast.
I added the damask wrap to tie all elements together – The Baltimore skyline illustration works perfectly on the 4.5 x 2 tag.
My name is Kristy Rice and I work alongside six fantastic friends-artists-designers who help me bring the Momental Experience to Brides all over the world. I am thrilled to reveal the new website after many months of design.
There are quite a few people that I need to thank… in a very big way.
First, the team at Spitfiregirl Design, you rock! Heidi and Otis are a fantastic duo with sharp ideas and honest opinions. Late night calls and emails during the last few weeks were intense, but Heidi always kept the ideas flowing, often reminding me to simply B-R-E-A-T-H-E… Smart, Fresh and Fun are truly the perfect words to describe their amazing website creations.
I could not have survived the last few weeks without the ever amazing Momental Girls. Jess, Kelley, Jaime, Steph and Joy kept the studio running smoothly and seamlessly while I was involved with the construction of the new site.
A huge thanks to Amy, the best friend a girl could ask for and master at helping me find the words!
I must also thank my family. Mom, you are the best and I am 100% sure that I could not have made it through the last few weeks without you. You spent all of your free moments with me at the studio and words can’t describe how grateful I am.
Adam, my hubby, you have been a great supporter and I continually thank the stars for all your technological guidance along with all the other wonderful things that you do for me everyday.
The new site essentially has 2 blogs… Current Projects and RiceInk! Fun, right? Many of you are already familiar with RiceInk, but if not, be sure to take a few minutes and peek at a few archived posts. I love to look back at older posts to see exactly how Momental has grown and developed into the Momental Designs that you see today.
The bigger news is that the Current Projects page is now not only the coolest gallery on the site, but also has a new feature where visitors can search by name, color, artwork, etc… Existing brides, if you don’t see your sample on this page, type your name into the search bar to locate it. Here for the first time? Click here to see archived projects. This will be better organized very soon, please bear with us!
I am really excited about revealing the new site and I can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!