all you need is love

I always love when my beautiful friend Leigh calls me and says, “Jenna, I have a party idea … can you help me with invites, favors, and water bottle labels?!?” I love getting calls like this! Especially from Leigh, because I know when she throws a party, she does it right to the very last detail, and she does a beautiful job. It is so fun for me to be creative and help people plan a party with the papers they need to make it happen.
From the party planner and bride’s friend, Leigh:
Rachel and I have been best friends since our sophomore year of high school, so I was truly honored to host her shower, with the help of Liz and Kisa, and be a part of her upcoming wedding day. Since Rachel’s shower was only 2 days after valentine’s day, February 16, I thought I would do an ‘all you need is love’ theme for her.
We used design and paper from Fleur de Lis for the invite, water bottle labels, candy bag labels, gift bags (I had a ‘ring scratch’ game, and the 3 people who won received a bag from Fleur de Lis filled with napkins and a candle.
Guests enjoyed strawberry punch in mason jars, a mimosa bar (I didn’t take photos of that…ugh!), and brunch. I had each guest fill out the card about Rachel and  put them all in a book and presented it to her at the end of the shower. I ordered all her engagement photos for the shower and used frames from Michael’s and placed them throughout the house. Obviously, the candy station was the most fun.
 

VENDOR LOVE
invite, water bottle labels, candy bag labels and gift bags: Fleur de Lis, a paperie
cupcakes: Mulberries

{images via Leigh, party hostess}

sweet movember

Happy Movember!

Men: grow a mustache during November and raise awareness and funds for prostate & testicular cancer. Win-Win! Win for your ladies who like facial hair, and a win for men’s health. I know November is almost over, but a couple of my favorite “movember” moments and products this month include:

mustache cards at Fleur de Lis

mustache wedding card

mustache “hemergency” grooming kits at Fleur de Lis

mustache hemergency kits

mustache birthday invites at Fleur de Lis

stache invites

mustache tattoos from The Tattoo’d Munchkin

mustache tattoo

Look up Movember and donate for prostate  & testicular cancer awareness. And buy your mustache gifts for the men in your life at Fleur de Lis, and look at supporting and shopping at other local shops near you!

{images via Fleur de Lis}

tangerine + teal {style shoot}

I was thrilled to be asked by the fabulous planner, Melissa Nemitz at Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design, to be a part of this style shoot and design and print the paperware. At Fleur de Lis we enjoyed coming up with something modern with a chevron design for the invitations, save the date, escort card flags, and ordering the cute bubble gum favors. As I always say, invitations set the tone for a wedding day (and any occasion!), so it was fun to see the whole package come together for this shoot. I love the color combination of tangerine and teal because it is modern, colorful, and different. What a FANTASTIC group of vendors, and what a beautiful shoot at this beautiful Boulder, Colorado location!
For your chevron lovers, we have this collection at our etsy store – the save the date, and the invite.
From the planner:
This wedding styled shoot was photographed in the beautiful surroundings of the flatirons of Boulder, Colorado, at Historic Chautauqua Park. The combination of the mountains, foliage, and historic cottages made for the perfect backdrop for an outdoor shoot. The shoot was inspired by tangerine, the new “it” color of 2012, with accents of teal, and a bit of whimsy with a white vintage gumball machine, striped paper straws, and rock candy. Add a gorgeous bride with an elegant Pronovias dress, and we ended up with some incredible shots!
save the date
chautauqua bride
tangerine and teal wedding invitation
orange water
wedding sweets table
style shoot bride
gumball machines
wedding tangerine bouquet
wedding favors
teal blue wedding shoes
wedding table decor
place cards
tangerine and teal bride
wedding table sweets
wedding oranges
wedding dress, wedding hair
centerpieces
table sweets
mason jar lanterns
escort cards
wedding table setting
boulder chautauqua
Vendor Love:
Event Planning and Design:  Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design
Floral Design:  The Ruffly Rose
Invitations, Paperwares, Accessories:  Fleur de Lis (a paperie)
Cake Pops, Push Pops, Cake:  Goblin’ City Bakery
Tables, Overstuffed Chair, Accessories:  A Vintage Affair Rentals
Chairs, Flatware, Glassware, China:  Allwell Rents
Dress:  Pronovias at Dora Grace Bridal
Bride:  Suzanne Kaufman
Hair and Makeup:  Marisa Dominguez

chanel baby {shower}

Thanks to my three fabulous aunts and grandma, I had the most beautiful baby shower before my son was born. We didn’t know the gender during my pregnancy {best surprise ever in life!}, so my aunts had the challenge of pulling off a gender neutral shower – but {with everything in my life} I didn’t want the cliche “gender neutral” thing of yellows and greens and “baby-looking” stuff. Similarly, I am not one for cliche shower games – I just like to socialize, eat and drink :) . Is that so wrong?!?

I believe that a baby shower is a shower for the mama-to-be. Of course the gifts received are preparing for the baby, but the shower is one last gathering for the woman before the baby comes – much in the same way that a bachelorette party or wedding shower is one last fling for the bride before the big day. So, that being said I chose a Coco Chanel baby shower. I went for black, white, grey and pink – girlie, chic and stylish. We posted the invitations and inspiration board before in this post. And yours truly, me at Fleur de Lis, got to design the invitations. It was a wonderful day full of love, style and pampering. I cannot thank my family enough!

During my pregnancy, I ate yogurt with fruit and granola every morning for breakfast – so we had cute little yogurt parfaits at every place setting. I also love wine {very much missed during my pregnancy!}, so my aunts made little wine glass charms for everyone’s mimosa glasses – each with an italian baby name ideas, boy and girl. We ate wonderful brunch foods, and chocolate covered strawberries. Everyone at the shower got to write a message to us parents-to-be and our baby on newborn diapers. Fun!

{images via Tutto Bella and Fleur de Lis}

jill + luke

I grew up with this darling couple in Wheat Ridge, Colorado – so, working with them on such a special occasion was a dream come true! I had the honor of working with Jill (and her wonderful family!) on the paperware for the couple’s wedding day. Both Jill and Luke are two of the most down-to-earth, sweet, humble, genuine, and beautiful (inside and out) people I have had the pleasure of knowing. Their sweet story reminds me that fate does indeed exist :) and I cannot wait to show you these  gorgeous photos from their perfect wedding day on Coronodo Island, San Diego.

The colors were navy and white, and the bride looked stunning in her Alice Padrul wedding dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. The design on the bottom of the custom dress was our inspiration for the wedding invitations – a chic rose design. Love love love everything about this San Diego wedding!

In the bride’s words:
Luke and I became friends in 8th grade when he was my student assistant in Spanish class. He would tutor me on my flashcards and most times give me a few more points than I probably should have earned ;) . Our friendship grew more over freshman year but was interrupted when I moved away for 2 years in high school to Washington state. When I returned to the same high school my senior year, not only did we pick up where we left off, but we became even closer. As our friendship and interest in one another continued to grow the timing never seemed to be right. We parted ways and went to separate colleges, him to Kansas and me to Indiana. Throughout our frequent visits home and to visit each others schools, we never skipped a beat. It wasn’t until I visited Lawrence, KS for his graduation that we finally decided to give it a shot. I was moving to Chicago and Luke was also interested in moving to Chicago instead of back home to Denver. By the end of summer we were both living in Chicago and what started as a friendship moved quickly into a strong foundation for where we are today. We have both lived in Chicago less than a mile away from each other for the last 4 years before we got married in April. We currently live in the Lakeview neighborhood just a few miles from downtown, where we both work. We both love to travel, as seen by our careers. I work for United Airlines and Luke for Hyatt. We spent Thanksgiving last year in Beijing and hope to travel a lot this year, and for years to come.

… and they lived happily ever after …

Church: Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church
Reception: Grand Ballroom at the Hotel del Coronado
Wedding Coordinator: Victoria Schroeder at Coronado Weddings
Photographer: Jennifer Dery
Band: Wayne Foster Band
Cake: CAKE
Dress: Alice Padrul
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Shoes: Kate Spade and Jimmy Choo
Paperware: Jenna McKinlay, owner of Fleur de Lis