Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Navy, Blush and Gold | Paisley Inspired

Flared paisleys and tuliped wagon wheels made of blue jewel tones on a gold palette is my latest obsession! Subtle hints of blush pull this entire wedding invitation suite together. Simply adore!

Matching pocket folder band in navy and pyrite paisley paper stock.

Stacking cards that include a reply, details on reception, accommodations and a rehearsal invite for family and friends!
Custom machined Calligraphy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Green and Purple Damask Inspired Invitation Suite

Love every square inch of this custom invitation suite. Clean, crisp and modern with a touch of vintage using a damask print.

Pocketfolder invitation with matching sash and coordinating programs.








Contact Couture Invitations for your custom stationery needs!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Floral and Geometric Inpsired Birth Announcement

I finally got around to designing Miss Rowyn's birth announcements. As many of you may know, Rowyn Cerys arrived on July 24th and Rhys and I haven't stopped smiling since! 


I photographed Rowyn at 1 week old in this sweet little vintage headband from Etsy and wanted to create a design that played off the little rossette. I love mixing vintage with a bold geometric print .... below is the finished piece!

Machined Calligraphy - Guests address on the front with a matching wrap around return address label.




Sunday, June 3, 2012

Couture Studio | Photography

As many of you may know, I have grown up around photography ever since I was little. My grandpa was a great photographer back in the film days and he captured so many great memories of me growing up. Not to mention the countless pictures of me in some of my favorite outfits and even the not so hip hairstyles. I have my mum to thank for that. :)

As the photography world started to evolve into digital, he made the decision to retire. Someone best fill his shoes, right? Well ... I'm ready for a new challenge! My husband would tell me I have enough going on already ... but I can't sit still! I work 24/7 and if I'm not busy, I literally make up my own projects to tackle. Perhaps once Baby B arrives I'll find other ways to spend my time ... but until then, I'm the prowl for more!

I have always wanted to be the one behind the lens capturing life's greatest moments. All through high school I photographed any and every opportunity for the yearbook. That meant standing on the sidelines of every varsity football game in the freezing cold, countless basketball games and even traveling to state with the drill team! Throughout college I traveled Europe and continue to frequent there often to visit my husband's family. Each trip lends itself to beautiful scenic views that must be captured. I've also become very accustom to photographing each and every one of my completed invitation suites for Couture. It's safe to say I have dabbled but certainly not perfected this art. There are so many talented photogs in the Des Moines area (many my dear friends) and I can only hope I would be as good as they are someday.

I absolutely LOVE designing custom invitations for my clients and have no intentions of letting this go to the wayside. I love the wedding industry far to much to walk away from that. Besides, starting Couture Invitations has been most rewarding. However, I am in constant need to learn something new and this year I have made it my mission to start perfecting the art of photography. With Baby Beynon on the way, I am determined to capture her moments in life just as others have done for me.

That being said - my main photography focus will be on newborns, children and family. As much as I would love to photograph weddings, I need to be mindful of my full time career at Lessing-Flynn and the business I have built from the ground up, Couture Invitations.

I was at a friends wedding last night and snapped a few pics that I have shared below but I by no means want the pressure to photograph an entire wedding! That's a whole lotta pressure that this momma-to-be can't handle and quite honestly, I really like having my weekends free. :) However, as a guest at their wedding, I simply couldn't resist. The lighting, the barn, the bride and her Scottish groom ... it was all to fabulous not to take a few pictures myself.

Please contact me for session rates. As I work to build my portfolio - you will receive a fabulous discount! I might even just ask to borrow your child for a an hour or two for practice!



Gray and Yellow Flourish Invitation Suite

I really can never get enough of the gray and yellow color palette for a wedding. This invitation set was based on a similar style I have done previously (click here to view) with a few color tweaks and a change in size/orientation.

Shari had a lot of information she wanted to provide her guests with so we created multiple stacking cards (reply, accommodations/information, details, and for those attending the rehearsal ... a rehearsal card) all tucked into a pretty little package for her guests!

Reply stacking card.

Accommodations and Information stacking card.

Gray and yellow flourish invitation suite using a gray metallic pocket folder and white metallic paper stock.

White metallic paper sash to keep everything in a pretty little package!

Welcome cards used for the gift bags guests received when they arrived at their hotel.
Matching menu card for wedding reception.
Matching table numbers for wedding reception.
The bride and groom decided that in lieu of favors, they were going to donate to their favorite charities. Love this idea!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Calligraphy Inspired - Sangria and Black Wedding Invitation

Sangria was a definite favorite this year! This is my third invitation suite that used this rich redish/purple color. When I met with Shauna and her fiance Shane about their custom wedding invitations ... they described their vision as elegant, classic and sparkly.

We panned through countless patterns of brocade, damask, flourishes and even pinstripes. Nothing seemed to be just right so we started to explore fonts and remove all other elements and landed on an all time favorite font that will forever have a piece of my heart - Burgues Script.

For added bling we used a metallic black pocket folder, printed our own sangria color backing layer because we couldn't find the perfect color elsewhere and used an ivory/white metallic sheet for the remainder. To top off the set we wrapped the metallic black folder in a sangria sash that was embellished with 3 rhinestones. For some reason, I photographed the suite before the rhinestones were added ... sorry!


Shauna's set included: reply card, details card, accommodations card and a rehearsal card for those invited.

Reply postcard.

Machined calligraphy on front and back of envelope. When sending out 355 invitations, this is definitely worth every penny!


Details card that housed a custom map, registry information, ceremony and reception locations and accommodation information.

Pocket folder sash to keep everything in a perfect little package inside an envelope with machined calligraphy.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Baby Shower Invites a la Couture

Designing invitations for your own party may seem like a daunting task as a designer since you are exposed to so many pretty and wonderful things regarding paper, illustrations, prints and the never ending list of pantone colors. I however embraced this task the other day because I was given the option by my Aunt to design my own or let her pick up a box of pre-made invites from Halmark with someone's less than fancy handwriting scribbled in all the blank fields.

If you know me, then you know I like to be in the drivers seat at all times. Step aside Aunt Millie and Ruthie! Jordan is designing her shower invites and you best follow suit in terms of decor for the shower. Pressure is on!

The color inspiration came from Miss Beynon's nursery I am currently decorating. View my Pinterest board for a glimpse into what her nursery will soon resemble. I absolutely love the coral, peach, gray sorbet color palette. Perfect for a mum who doesn't experiment with much color EVER yet girly enough for a pretty little lady come August.

Below is the baby shower invite Couture Invitations designed for Miss Beynon.

Vintage gray chevron with pops of coral and peach adorn this baby shower invite printed on 120# Laid Cover



Machined calligraphy on envelopes to match the stationery inside. We also accented with a fun wrap around return address label!



Thursday, May 3, 2012

Put a Bird On It!

I just have to share this DIY paper bird crib mobile I made for my little Miss Beynon who is set to arrive on August 3rd! Inspiration came from Pottery Barn Kids - however, the pastel pink and white birdies just wasn't going to work in the nursery that I have so carefully planned out! See my Pinterest board for her nursery inspiration!

As I work on her nursery, the color palette reminds me the tastiest sorbets! Corals, peaches and tones of gray. Sigh... her room is going to be precious. Here is the first peek inside!



Crib made with special care by my Grandpa De Wild

Coral and Creme knit throw from Garnet Hill

DIY Crib Mobile - Couture Invitations and Designs

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Custom Wedding Photo Album

Not only did I have the privilege of working on Aaron and Jenn's wedding invitations (click here to see suite) but I was also able to design their wedding album! Their wedding photos were taken by the lovely and talented Amy Allen at Amy Allen Photography here in Des Moines, Iowa.

If you own the rights to your photos, contact Couture Invitations! We would love to create a custom photo album for you. Leather bound or photo wrap covers available, up to 45 spreads and custom layout and design services specific to your needs! Photos are printed on thick, archival pages that lay flat.

Order 2 extra copies! They make a great gift for your parents to tell them thank you and let them know how much you appreciate their support through it all!








Friday, April 6, 2012

European Inspired Invitations with a Bold Chevron Print

I have been bursting at the seams to share this suite with you!! In LOVE with the bold chevron print and a vintage print overlay of the peony that gives it an eclectic vibe. Lexi wanted an invitation that was European inspired with a flair and I must say ... we nailed it!

Pink, Apricot, Black, White, Cream  - Such a fun palette to work with!

We used a laid texture for the cardstock and printed on a creamy off white to give it an added vintage feel. The main invite features a small inset square to house the event information which is a nice change from the typical 5 x 7 size so many of us are used to seeing. Also included is a postcard reply and a details card that shares information with your guests regarding start time of the reception, address locations and a little map to boot!

I couldn't adore this set more!

Entire Suite included: Invite, Machined Calligraphy, Reply Card and a Details Card.
Machined Calligraphy on the envelope. Perfect way to tie the entire suite together.

Reply Postcard.

Invitation.

Details Card. Always fun to include a little map for your guests!