Hawaii in Photos

Back from Hawaii and hitting the ground running! A quick peek of a few of my Hawaii photos (taken strictly on my iphone). Colors are so vivid there, it’s a bit odd looking out the window to the white and brown (it is actually winter someplaces) view of my Colorado yard.

(above is our wedding venue!)

Christmas Eve yule log

(found a bucket full of Simpsons antiquing)

My New Year’s resolutions include blogging more frequently and a really fun new project I’ll tell you about this week (here’s a hint, it involves more photos). Hope everyone is surviving the first work week of the New Year!

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Aloha Friday: 2011 Superlatives

Happy Aloha Friday (actually from Hawaii, woo!).

2011 was a year of highs and lows and an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. I’m ready to bid it adieu and start fresh with 2012, but first I thought I’d offer a brief look back over the past year. I saw a similar post on another blog and thought I’d do my own design spin on it.

Best iPhone App: Tie between Instagram and Hipstamatic (you can tell I think this, as around 80% of my photos have been through these)

Best iPad App: Twitter. Never thought I’d “tweet”, but the amazingly clean and functional design of this twitter app literally turned me into a tweeter. Check it out.

Best New (to my collection) Typeface: Museo. Clean lines, modern flow, a nice little, versatile font.

Best New TV Show: Homeland. Hands down. Have you seen it?? I confess I love my CW guilty pleasures, but Homeland is a legitimately great show with staying power. And if Claire Danes doesn’t win an Emmy or Golden Globe, I’ll be shocked.

Best Memory: Our wedding. This was definitely the high point of my year and I’m so fortunate to have so many amazing memories from the entire week with all our friends and family.

Best Book: Steve Jobs bio. A whole post to come on this next week, but if you have some free time, pick up this book.

Best New Website: Pinterest. This site has alleviated my need for the countless amounts of “inspiration” folders I had cluttering my desktop.

 

Hope everyone has a nice New Year’s and a fabulous start to the New Year!

 


Happy Holidays from the Simpsons

As it is Christmas Eve Eve, I thought I’d share our 2011 holiday card with you. I had a lot of fun designing them and I think they turned out great! The ribbon up top was actually red grosgrain ribbon (not this particular quick photoshop job) that Mike and I put together by hand. Even little Logan had an appearance on the back though she wasn’t at the wedding last May (I know I’m biased, but I’m pretty sure I have the cutest dog that ever was).

And because we all know I love a good custom stamp:

I know I’ve been somewhat absent on this blog, but will have LOTS of things to show you after the new year, as I’ve been busy. For now, I’m putting the computer away for the next week to enjoy Hawaii. Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday and a Happy New Year!


Our Hawaiian Wedding: The Collateral in Action

You’ve seen the some of the collateral, but there are a few surprises in here and it’s fun to see it all in action!

Table with the programs and guestbook:

We included new Polaroid cameras for guests to have their picture taken to put next to their message to us. I customized the guestbook with a personalized first page and an engagement picture in the front window.

My mom visited Asia several months before the wedding and surprised us with an entire suitcase full of these AMAZING parasols! They provided shade while waiting for the ceremony to begin and were a fun keepsake for guests!

2 DELICIOUS signature drinks. Rodney’s  (Rodney works at Hokulia, our venue) Mai Tai’s really are the best in the world.

Note the cocktail napkins have changed from “Are Tying the Knot” to “Tied the Knot”. We also ordered customized stirrers with our married initials (which happen to be my personal married initials as well!) from Horchow.

I made the flag garland around the cake. I may do a whole post on this. I’m debating because honestly it didn’t turn out exactly as I planned as the humidity pulled apart a lot of the glue in an awkward way. I think overall it turned out nice, just not exactly what I was thinking.

The tables were more than I imagined they would be. My mom worked with a wedding planner in Tulsa to make the runners. We chose a fabric that was similar to burlap, but a bit higher quality. We had two different colors and my mom figured out a way to knot  smaller pieces on top which gave it a more complex look and perfectly accented the gorgeous wood furniture (not only did we save money on rentals by using Hokulia’s furniture, we had a better quality than we could have rented). It couldn’t have been more perfect!

Had to make sure the name cards wouldn’t blow away, so I re-utilized the hemp string from the invitations to tie them around the menus.

LOVE this shot. That is how the sky photographed right after sunset. This table had our favors (small woven boxes with chocolate turtles inside) that doubled as escort cards.

And to top it off a name sign for the Simpsons! This post concludes the Mundt—Simpson wedding package!

I’m off to Tulsa tomorrow for a few days. The “lowest high” for the time I’m there is 103… Wish me luck!


Our Hawaiian Wedding: The Invites & Collateral

I was really excited/nervous to do our wedding invites. There’s a lot of pressure on designing for weddings in general, so take that pressure, add to it that it’s my own wedding and top that off with the difficulty of designing for yourself (think picky) and you have one stressed designer. I think one of the things I was most excited about in doing my own invitations and collateral was that it would be an exact reflection of my style. When you complete projects for clients, clearly a lot of their taste and input affects the final outcome, which is not the case when designing for yourself. I’ve shown the Save the Dates in this post, but I love the photos Toby Hoogs Photography took of them, so I’ve included them first.

1. The wedding invitation. The bellyband (the brown wraparound) held in the directions and RSVP trifold (number 4) and return address envelope (the blue envelope underneath number 4) and the entire packet was mailed in the yellow envelope underneath the invitation.
2. Program
3. Save the Date
4. Directions & RSVP Trifold
5. Fun Facts/Menu

My overall vision for the invitations was to have something bright (we didn’t have “colors” per say, we just pulled some bright colors and played off the flowers), bold, and fun. I incorporated some Hawaiian words (and the accompanying translations), a logo with our initials (a version with the date and one without), and several additional elements (including custom rubber stamps for the return address and return envelope for the RSVP’s, a hemp string to tie a tag around a bellyband to hold all the elements together, and a beautiful heavy two-tone paper).

Back of the Invitation (the paper was a cream on one side and a light tan on the other, which gave a nice aged effect without having to print solid color on a side):

The Directions & RSVP trifold was designed so that the third panel was perforated to be torn off and mailed back to me (with responses for three events, instead of sending individual invitations). Additionally, this way the recipient could keep their directions and schedule of events, but I was able to print it all together.

Return Address Envelope (Note: all blanks where an address would be are intentional for this post): This was done with custom rubber stamps I made for both my address and for the logo to go on the flap. I later made a Caroline & Michael Simpson return address stamp for the thank you note envelopes.

A shot of the bellyband with the hemp and tag around the invitation:

Programs:

For the menu, I had seen a couple put some fun facts on the opposite side. We decided we loved the idea, but then had a pretty difficult time coming up with the facts. In the end, I think it was worth the extra effort. The last line was: “Caroline and Mike (especially Mike) are both surly hungry people. If you are too (or you’re just hungry), turn over for the menu.”

And to wrap it up, here is a glimpse of the Welcome Party cocktail napkins. I didn’t have any additional collateral at that party and this is actually a shot of it being used as a cocktail napkin for my “getting-ready” champagne.

Tomorrow I’m going to break down the welcome bags we gave guests. Hope everyone had a great weekend!



Aloha Friday: Our Wedding Preview

They’re heeere. After five and a half weeks of waiting, some patience, some temporarily lost patience, and two Fedex packages from Hawaii, our wedding pictures have finally arrived. Next week I’m going to do several posts on all the invitations and collateral (as there is a LOT), but before I leave for a float trip this weekend near Grand Junction, CO I wanted to post a few of my favorite portraits. Thanks to Toby Hoogs for all the amazing photography!

Can’t even wait to share more… Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!