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Earlier this year Kathryn contacted me with an idea.  Her wedding she explained was to be inspired in part by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  How lovely.  Her ideas were clear but Kathryn reached out to me to bring the vision to life and I am SOOO glad she did!

We decided a new Vintage Lacy Tree illustration was in order so I went to work on created this magical, washy watercolor tree trunk complete with a peeking fairy wing, dragonflies, hummingbird and creepy, crawly tree roots.  I have been experimenting with new closure/embellishment details and this hanging shimmery painted leaf is the newest!

Other projects recently have centered around this Enchanted Forest Wedding concept.  Betsy’s whimsical invitations are the perfect example. Elizabeth Messina’s Enchanted Fairy Wedding comes to mind too!

So what am I up to?

Packing for the Renewal in Zion ceremony that is just 2 weeks away and we are totally pumped about the custom ring renderings we received yesterday! Marc our talented ring designer is on Facebook….give him a shout!

Preparing for an impromptu shoot with my good friend Daniel Lanton next week.  All I can say is that I plan on raiding the family barn to make this one happen.

I am staying positive, forging ahead  and am excited to announce more details soon about the grand idea that came to life last week.

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After a rainy weekend and dreary few days to follow, the sun is finally shining here in Northeast PA!  How appropriate since today I am sharing my very sunny collaboration with Good Life Events and Llanes Photography!  Recently Melissa from The Loveliest Day featured this concept shoot on her very lovely blog!

Ready for a vacation right?  I know I am!  The caspian napkins and those jade green vases let you know immediately you are in store for a color experience.  Oh and those peach carnations were the perfect choice to allow the other colors to really sing!

I love the idea of layering so I created this double layered menu tag but didn’t attach them to one another…The fresh, breezy feel seemed just right for this laid back and vibrant table.

My Vintage Swirls pattern fit right in, especially with that wow linen Aleah and Nick chose, who knew?  Hand painted strokes of white, coral and copper were applied quickly and heavily.  The finished look was textured to the touch…yes!

Years ago I created this lemon blossom watercolor and much to my dismay had never used it in a project…until NOW!  How perfect, right?  Abstract and soft, cool and fun; all words I would use to describe this concept wedding.   Thank you Aleah and Nick for having the vision in the first place and for bringing me along!

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Roxanne V.

April 27, 2010

The drama of this color palette is pretty exciting :)

We LOVE this Alice in Wonderland party invitation!  I combined vibrant yellow, green and red with crisp whites.  The invitation is oversized to accommodate a larger variety of illustrations.  A gatefold presentation with tag will make sure each guest feels as if they are receiving a gift!

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Megan B.

April 27, 2010

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3 weeks until #Renewalinzion and one month until #Renewalinpa.  Besides asking myself “what were you thinking” daily and calming the cake transport, delivery and setup fears, all plans are progressing well and things are lookin’ good!  Many have asked how the cake design is coming so read on as I dive a bit deeper into one of my favorite aspects of the planning to date.

Remember my two days in New York last month when I met with the lovely Sylvia Weinstock and had one of my artistic dreams come true?  At our meeting I received the green light from Ms. Weinstock to collaborate and combine her artistry with mine.  Dreamy.

A painting trek to Kolob Canyon while in Utah finalizing plans for the ceremony ended with a watercolor study of the red rock landscape.  Quite taken with the drippy, painted effect that water and time etched into the stone, I put brush to paper and soaked in the silent, restful surroundings.  Some time later I was left with an abstract study featuring washy stripes of color.  Only after packing up my gear and beginning my 1/2 mile descent back to the trailhead did I think about how insanely pretty this watercolor study could be for my Sylvia cake.  My apparent obsession with line quality and striated color did not stop there and fed into my peony painting technique as well.

So the designing began, based of course on a sketch.  I requested images of Ms. Weinstock’s iconic ruffled peony, the same which will adorn the top of the cake, to create a watercolor illustration to inspire the top tier painting.  How cool.

To put my own spin on the look I added peach tones, a bit more texture with brushstroke and greens.  A reproduction of my peony will be painted on the top tier of the cake.  The team of artists at Ms. Weinstock’s studio will literally use fondant icing as their canvas.  After seeing their painted magnolia’s on a sample cake in the studio I was hooked on this style.  I am curious how they will interpret the gradient quality of the watercolor with icing and such?

The finished peony.  I could never tire of flowers, looking at them, interpreting their beauty and thinking of new ways to bring them to life in my work.  Thanks Ms. Weinstock and team for collaborating and inspiring me to bring this bloom to life!

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Jen S.

April 27, 2010

We are thrilled about your custom seating card and table numbers – how pretty!

I am such a big fan of your color palette!


The pattern border compliments my signature lacy pattern perfectly!


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Anne O.

April 27, 2010

We are soooo SO thrilled to be creating these pieces for you!

SO pretty!

The boldness of the black ribbon wrap in the left photo is so striking!



The way your save the dates and this invitation coordinate is quite beautiful.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure about the feather and peonies but now seeing it complete – I am a big fan!  The textures are intriguing and the touch of black throughout maintains formality.



Honestly, this would be a difficult decision for me.  However I am especially fond of the graceful painted strokes of white in the peony design version!


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