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It has been so insanely difficult to keep this secret since last fall!  Yes, indeed, the team at Momental Designs, designed, painted and produced Jessica Simpson’s Wedding Invitations! Jessica Simpson wed Eric Johnson on July 5th at San Ysidro Ranch in Southern California.  People Magazine recently covered the story with a lovely 9+ page spread of the entire event, orchestrated by celebrity event planner, Mindy Weiss!

Soon I’ll be able to bring you a bit more detail on all the patterned loveliness we created throughout for menus, table numbers, place cards and then some!

For now you’ll have to enjoy the scans from People Magazine!

Jessica Simpson Wedding Invitations
If you read the People Magazine story, you likely noticed the inspiration for Jessica Simpson’s Wedding….We began with the invitations….Jessica Simpson’s Wedding Invitations featured various exclusive watercolor patterns, gold foil printing and lovely calligraphy by Kelle McCarter of Designs Girl.    Each of Simpson’s wedding invitation was individually hand painted and all edges were torn to resemble the famous wallpaper scene in the modern adaptation of Great Expectations, starring Ethan Hawke and Gwenyth Paltrow.

Torn Wallpaper Scene from Great Expectations
A closer look at Simpson’s Wedding Invitations…Notice the main invitation on the right features hand watercolored washes…no two were alike!

Jessica Simpson's Wedding Invitations

A peek at the table design with our menu, place cards and table numbers!Jessica Simpson's Wedding
And a few screen shots from Jessica Simpson’s Wedding Video on People.com

The seating card envelopes with alternating hand painted patterns…

Jessica Simpson Wedding Details
Such an honor to be part of this incredible team!!


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I’m back today with a little more love from my time at Engage!12 at The Breakers in Palm Beach… I can usually be seen sketching the incredible decor and details and love to share the results!

I had a little fun sketching some of the Engage!12 speakers…just a little.  These each take about 2 minutes are meant to be pretty rough and whimsical… Here we have The Party Goddess, Cindy Novotny, Shira Savada and Mindy Weiss!

I’ve started a new tradition at each conference where I begin sketching an original pattern to see what evolves as the event does….This pattern evokes the immense vibrancy and spirit of the speakers, attendees and of course decor that greeted me at every turn!

Next was Harriette Rose Katz, Darcy Miller and Keija Minor

And lastly, the iconic Sylvia Weinstock!

One simple statement is ringing in my ears from this particular experience.  I furiously scribbled Cindy Novotny’s words into my sketchbook.  “Faster, Higher, Stronger”  After Friday’s events my interpretation of these words are a bit changed…I’m inspired to Forgive Faster, Rise Higher, and Love Stronger.  Amen.

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I’m back today with more from Engage!11 in Grand Cayman!  With all the fabulous inspiration it is difficult to choose what to share.  We created a suite of custom stationery pieces using the gorgeous papers of Envelopments in addition to some uncommon materials too!  The event itinerary was printed on canvas, imparting a luxe texture that was heaven to the touch.  A watercolor coral pattern set the stage for our SKETCHED logo featuring a sassy starfish illustration.  Thick ivory and gold inks were  hand painted into each creature with a swooshy wash of tan watercolor across the words Grand Cayman!

Photos by the incredible Donna Von Breuning

Okay, now onto the sketches of the super smart and of course incredibly dressed speakers.  First up are the brilliant Bryan Rafanelli and Todd Fiscus.  Bryan gave us some key words, I like to call them POWER words to think about:  Spunk, valor, intuition, heart, bravery, moxie and spirit!

Marcy Blum is always looking incredible but this time around especially in her wow dress full of color and texture!  Carley Roney from The Knot was possibly my favorite sketch of the week, she looked so graceful…

Barabara Corcoran from The Shark Tank took the stage by storm in a whirlwind of yellow.  She spoke of the The Power of Fun in our businesses.  The Party Goddess is gorgeous  in turquoise teal!

Ceci New York in her Diane Von Furstenberg and Tejani bling and Mindy Weiss looking lovely as always!

Spirited waves, roses, orchids and textures spun themselves into a new patten I am dying to see on a painted invitation.  Tucked between the sketched line-work are key words  that for me exemplify the speakers’ messages.  Experience, joy, conviction, trust, artistry, gratitude…

Stick around for a bit longer as tomorrow I am sharing gorgeous shots of the stationery pieces we created.  If you love tropical, beachy wedding inspiration you will adore what is coming next!

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The incomparable Mindy Weiss has redesigned her blog and it is…well, a work of art.  I first met Mindy at an industry conference where my sketches were featured.  You can imagine my shock when Mindy approached me with nothing but the kindest words about my artwork.  I think I am still blushing.  I’ve always admired Mindy’s quirky, personality-packed, whimsical style so when she asked if I would sketch for her new blog, I could barely contain my excitement.  Mindy was very trusting and gave only a few design perimeters to include using her signature shade of blue… Leila from Be Inspired PR worked alongside Mindy, myself and Flosites to ensure everything progressed smoothly.  After several design rounds, we had her favorites.  Next Flosites had the task of implementing each sketch.  So today I thought I would share a bit of the artwork!

First up was a new sketch of Mindy!  Then each blog category features unique sketches.  The watercolor peony pattern I created is perfect for wedding related posts!

Fashion and Trend posts called for sleek heels in fun pattern and textures.  I could sketch shoes all day long!

Party planning posts feature this melange of items from vases of flowers, brushes and pencils to cake stands and invitations.

Sketched ticket stubs seemed just right for Mindy’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah category!

Probably one of my favorites is this flower market sketch!

We all know Mindy loves her flea market trips so I created this eclectic mix of imagery from antique frames and lanterns to mason jars and chandeliers!

So thank you again to Mindy for bringing me on board and letting me sketch away! XOXO

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If you missed my first Engage recap earlier this week, take a look here but now, onto the sketches!  This was my 6th Engage experience and if you have followed along over the years you know, that I take notes in sketches.  Armed with sketchbook, my trusted Sharpie pen and watercolor pencils, I embrace each session with my eyes and ears.  As the sessions evolve I am intently moving from sketch to written notes, back and forth to create a crazy collection of information that I refer to again and again long after Engage has passed.  I must thank the lovely speakers for not only sharing their stellar smarts but for also being so darn fashionable, aka, awesome to sketch!

Grand Floral crafted the sweetest arrangements for the main session tables.  This burgundy peony was resting right in front of me for the entire day, I couldn’t resist!

Rebecca Grinnals always looks lovely and this time around was no exception.  Emerging topics, the infusion of which our couples will appreciate, were storytelling, multi-generational thinking and flawless execution.  Your art is not just in the flowers design you create or the timelines you perfect, it is in the way you listen, interpret and foretell for a couple.  I tell our brides that “your story is art, painted beautifully” and every day is dedicated to making that art come to life with them as narrator.

Todd Fiscus say’s “I’m not scared of anything” and every ounce of his presence speaks to that fact.  A reminder to not let anything get in the way of a good party resonates with me even as a stationer and has implications in our process long before the party even occurs.  Thanks for keeping me thinking Todd!

When Marcy Blum approached the stage, I couldn’t get my pen in hand fast enough.  Not only is Marcy so fun to sketch but always has something fabulous to say.  This time around being Inspiration BORED was her plight and looking to life and far beyond weddings for creative fuel was her passion.

Cindy Novotny always gets the room on their feet with her soaring message and quick wit.  “Go crazy, everyday”, were her words that morning; bold, brazen and simply beautiful.  She encouraged us to create a love mark for our clients, stamping their experience with meaning, emotion and an incomparable sincerity.

We all love Mindy Weiss.  Down to earth advice and kindness are what she is all about, period.  Reverly Event Design created massive Sculpted Paper roses to flank the stage and Mindy looked lovely standing near.

More of me indulging in flower loveliness!

Sylvia Weinstock making art with a cake, what else can I say? 

Karen Tran’s sculpture of blooms drew me right it.  Sneaking away during registration to savor a moment with my pen and her creation was unavoidable :)

Millie Bratten interviewed wedding fashion icon Monique Lhuillier and I am pretty sure time stopped if just for only a moment.  To hear Monique speak of her brand’s growth in such an unassuming tone was endearing to say the least.

Thanks so much everyone for following along!  Until next time! XOXO

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It has been nearly a week since my return to the studio from yet another life changing Engage.  Earlier this week I shared some of my favorite speaker sketches that were featured during Day 1 session on the big screen, so to speak.  I must admit seeing my art more than 4 feet tall is a bit intimidating! There have been some amazing Engage recap posts and read here and here if you want a serious play by play….I highly recommend because the decor and detail is quite mesmerizing.

Today I am sharing some of the live sketches I created during various sessions.  Engage re-energized two words in my vocabulary this time around.  Connect and transform. These are the two words that seem to surround my thoughts as I download and digest from my time spent at The Breakers.  Each sketch that unfolded was surrounded with iconic text scribbled furiously as to not be forgotten.  My notes became color and my ideas became compositions that are just now unfolding into the daily life lived at our studio.

Love this shot from my good friend Donna at DVB Photography

Onto some wisdom from the speakers…

From Cindy Novotny: “Bring back the sparkle.”  “You are not the star.”  “You are the story, work on it!”

From Mindy Weiss:  We are “making dreams for people to remember.”  On my last day at The Breakers I sat in the courtyard surounded by lush landscaping and just sketched…the ideas came pouring out and this black and white sketch was the result.

From Donna Newman:  “Do good business, be true, be honest.”  From Amy Atlas: “Know what you do and do it well.”

Sylvia Weinstock honored the group with a real time look at cake decorating.  Her words “Life teaches you many things…”  say it all.

I have to say, the Engage decor is thrilling, the parties; exciting…no doubt, but the real magic of the event begins now.  It begins as I take a simple thought, a new idea, a fresh way of thinking and turn it into action; action that transforms my art and connects that art in a more meaningful way to couples who entrust us to tell their story everyday.

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