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Some of my favorites from earlier this week.  From left to right: Meghan’s sophisticated color palette contrasted with the whimsical illustration of her pup, Natalie’s contrast painted white peonies and Tara’s Bamboo sketch save the dates.


momental_designs308Jennifer and Tonya’s Sea Inspired Watercolor was  such a favorite that it may be inspiring a new Momental Collection (more coming soon).

Some interesting finds from the week:

Rustic DIY Inspirations –  Take note of those fabulous feather peep-toes from J-Crew!

{The Free Wedding} via Ashley Baber Weddings –   Peonies  and streamers galore – so fun!

New client Erin’s Thailand Eco-Resort featuring an Elephant Camp – Cannot wait to create her invitations inspired by this venue.

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You have heard me say it and write it, a thousand times…I love the Momental Girls!   What I am most proud of in building this business over the last few years is developing a team of women who are passionate and innovative about building their careers as artists and designers.

Today we gathered early for a fun team building meeting.  Let’s face it, we are all friends, women and work side by side so it is imperative we come together at times to educate each other, brainstorm and listen.  The morning started with a team building exercise Amy visioned, designed to help everyone see just how important teamwork is to producing a superior product.

momental_designs303Pictured left to right: Linda, Steph,  Jaime, Kelley, Jess and Joy.

I certainly don’t want to bore you with the details but am simply proud of The Girls and the growth  witnessed over the last year.  I am blessed to have such a fantastic team who really cares collectively about the brides and families whose designs they are creating.

Amy closed the meeting by reading aloud a passage from the website that truly encapsulates what we do at The Momental Studio everyday:

“The Momental Team is made up of lifelong friends who share, among other things, several degrees in art and education. Jessica, Kelley, Jaime, Steph, Joy and Linda ensure that each bride feels empowered and delighted by their Momental experience. As professionals, they possess the skill and talent to create exquisite, breathtaking designs. As friends, they understand the importance of the personal touches that transform each finished product into a breathtaking work of art; one that tells a story of life, friendship, and love.”

So thanks again ladies, now let’s get back to painting!

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While  finalizing dates and permits with Zion National Park, the hubby and I are beginning work on our Renewal Save the Date.  A booklet style seemed immediately necessary since we are of course trying to entice family and friends to travel to Utah the weekend after Mother’s Day next year, therefor a good amount of information needs to be included.

Zion is perfectly situated within short (relatively speaking) traveling distance of some other desireable locations such as Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks.  We wish to give our prospective guests all the information needed to easily plan an exciting getaway.

For any destination event the goal is to essentially woo your guests into the travel experience.  Think about it – even though your destination is fabulous and your family and friends love you…travel is exspensive, time consuming and potentially complicated.  As the host of the destination event it is your task to  offer solid, reliable and thorough information to ensure your invitee list is excited to travel for you.

So here is a simple list of items you should consider including with your destination Save the Date:

1.  A reliable travel contact. This could of course be a travel agent or a family member with time to spare who is prepared to receive calls and answer questions.  In my opinion a travel agent is the best choice.  In our save the date booklet we are even mentioning our travel agent Dee, how much we trust her from past experience and her contact info and event reference code.

2.  Recommended airlines, travel routes, destination airports and car rentals establishments. If you have the means to provide a discount coupon of some kind for a rental car, definitely include!

3. A detailed map.  This is especially important as some of your guests may want to plan a personal vacation around your event.      Most of our guests will be arriving in Las Vegas so a detail map to include surrounding areas like this will be helpful.

4.  A mission statement. Okay so I know this sounds cheesy but we are including a simple story to explaining why we chose Zion.  I wanted to give our guests a little touch of romantic inspiration…

“Zion is one of our most favorite places on earth.  First visiting on a Cross Country adventure in 2003 the gorgeous weather, awe inspiring landscapes and mellow environment instantly drew us in.  Traveling out west, specifically to Zion, has changed our lives and opened our hearts to all this nation has to offer – now we would like to share this experience with you.”

5. Suggested Lodging. This detail is fairly straightforward but keep in mind your guests’ budgets.  Suggest lodging. Also, whenever possible choose establishments you have experienced personally.

6. Surrounding Areas and Recommended activites. Most of your guests who decide to travel for you are unfamiliar with the area and will welcome your suggestions.   Try to place yourself in their minds…If you were traveling to a new place what type of info would you spend time gathering.  Okay so go ahead and do the legwork for your guests.  We are describing the top 4 attractions surrrounding Vegas and Zion including travel time, pertinent websites and personal antecdotes and experiences from each place.

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July 28, 2009

I created a new watercolor illustration featuring tulips and orchids.  I added stylized flourishes to resemble leaves but impart a pattern feel overall similar to Melanie’s.


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Danielle H.

July 28, 2009

Oh the buckles!  This color scheme is one of my favorites lately, purples and soft gray – gorgeous!


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July 28, 2009

I love the bold elegance of this pattern.  I added simple gold strokes of color throughout for a gilded look.



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While perusing the Be Inspired blog earlier this week I stumbled upon Robyn Glaser’s website at the recommendation of Jen from Green Wedding Shoes.  Inspiration abounds on this stunning site but a few images in particular caught my eye.  With my vow renewal coming next  May (read more here and here)  I am continually looking for Vintage Inspired decor ideas that I can put my own spin on…


Love the vintage quilts juxtaposed with art deco chairs,  summery, spirited gladiolus  in a moody setting,  Japanese inspired dinnerware displayed in a rustic, hand-painted cabinet, yarrow in all it’s glory against a stark black backdrop, patterned dinnerware with a watercolor feel.  What I take from these images? – a respect for juxtapositions of color and style and how impactful the effect can be.


My favorite image from the Robyn Glaser site…perhaps almost perfectly pictures what I envision for our decor…
Vintage romance colliding with modern refinement.

More to come soon on choosing our photographer, a venue and of course the stationery!

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