Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Ultimate Giveaway for the Vintage Bride!

I've got some pretty exciting news! I recently got together with my #ProGuideVendor family and we coordinated THE Ultimate Instagram Giveaway for the Vintage Bride! With a gorgeous color palette of blush, gold, gray, and ivory, these handmade pretties would be so perfect for your upcoming wedding, bridal shower, and/or party! The Ultimate Giveaway for the Vintage Bride!

And guess what? This entire prize package is up for grabs! Prizes package includes:

Want a chance to win it all? Entering to win is easy! To enter please see The Perfect Palette on Instagram for ALL the details!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

what to include on your wedding program?

What to include in your Wedding Programs by Blush Paper Co.

Including a wedding program for your guests is optional, but it's a thoughtful detail that helps your guests follow along with your wedding ceremony, especially if there are traditions they may not be familiar with or if you're having an interfaith wedding.  Whether they're curious and want to know the name of your wedding party members, or want to know the name of your readings,  a wedding program will help guests follow along with and feel engaged with your ceremony. 

Not sure what to include in your program? No problems!  Here are some helpful suggestions on what you may want to include:

  • Select a wedding program that coordinates with your wedding stationery.  Your program should include your names, wedding date, and the city & state you are getting married in.   
  •  List the order of events of your ceremony.  Be sure to include your Officiants name, any musical selections you've chosen along with the composers name/singer (feel free to include lyrics, if it's meaningful to you!), as well as any readings and the names of anyone who is doing the readings.
Wedding Program Cover, Booklet Program

  • A list of the members of your wedding entourage. This would include the Mothers and Fathers of the Bride and Groom, Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, ring bearers and flower girls.
  •  Thank you note to parents, guests and any special intentions or memorials for those who are not able to be present.

If you are having a religious ceremony, your priest may have a helpful booklet that outlines the preferred wording for your program.  It's possible that your Church may want to approve your program before it is printed, too!

This is your wedding day so always feel free to go a step further and personalize your wedding ceremony programs a little more by adding a photo or special quote Programs are always customized with matching fonts and your wedding colors to coordinate with your wedding stationery. 

Here are a few examples of wording:


“The Way I Am”, Ingrid Michaelson

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Officiant Elizabeth Michaels

“The Amber Spyglass”, Phillip Pullman
Read by Lisa Lach

“I Carry Your Heart With Me”, E.E. Cummings
Read by Desirae Daniels

Exchange of Vows

Exchange of Rings

Pronouncement of Marriage

Closing remarks

“All You Need is Love”, The Beatles

Processional, "Canon in D"

Entrance of the Bride, "Trumpet Voluntary"

Opening Prayer

First Reading, Genesis 2:18-24
Read By Lisa Lach

Responsorial Psalm, "I Have Loved You"

Second Reading, Corinthians 12:31-13.8a
Read By Desirae Daniels

Gospel Acclamation, "Celtic Alleluia"

Gospel Reading, John 15:9-12

Exchange of Consent

Exchange of Wedding Vows

Blessing and Exchange of the Rings

Lighting of the Unity Candle "Ave Maria"

Prayer of the Faithful

Presentation of the Gifts
Gene and Eileen Michaels

The Lords Prayer

Recessional, "Hornpipe from Water Music"

Friday, July 31, 2015

pretty little things

I've been knee deep planning Charlotte's first birthday, guys.  I can hardly believe my little peanut is going to be ONE YEAR OLD in just over a month.  Wow, wow, wow, where has the time gone?  Her whole party is inspired by a tassel garland I bought for her nursery from Glame Fete last summer.  I can't wait to show you photos! I've been planning and scheming for months.  There's going to be flamingos and pinapples galore.

  • We are SO IN LOVE with these pineapple cups and can't get enough of them! They're perfect for little hands, and I kind of want to put a margarita in one for myself.  Kind of.
  • The kids and I went swimming at my friends house last week, and she had a ton of pool floats.  The best one?  A UNICORN.  In all it's sparkling glory. 
  • I'm super obsessed with these paper flower kits from Michaels.  See the first photo above?  I bought these to craft for Charlotte's party and I'm probably going back to make more.  Super easy and they turned out gorgeous!
  • Speaking of the party, here's the tassel garland that inspired it all!  Thanks, GlamFetebyBri!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

free watercolor iphone wallpaper

I'm obsessed with all things watercolor lately.

Enjoy, and download this wallpaper for iphone.

Monday, July 20, 2015

how i schedule my work week


First things first:  There's no thing as "typical" when you have two kids and are running a full time business from your home.  

My girls are 3.75 and (almost) 11 months old.  I work full time from my home studio, and my husband works full time outside of the home as an engineer.  I hired a full time caregiver shortly after Chloe was born in 2011.  I love being able to give 100% of my attention to my clients, 100% of my attention to my kids,and 100% of my attention to my husband.  In order for me to have a work-life balance, I need help -- and that's where our caregiver comes into play!  Having this balance makes me feel refreshed (most of the time!) once the evening rolls around, and I feel less stressed knowing that I have a plan in place.  Being a working mama is no joke!  

My typical work week  

Daily:  I start each morning, before the girls are awake, by checking social media & scrolling through my emails.  I make mentally organize emails by priority, and by the end of the day I've responded to each and every one of them personally.  I have a system on place to streamline emails - I'm a huge fan of gmails extensions, Boomerand and Snippets - which saves me oodles of time when responding to vendors, manufacters, and clients.  I have an iPhone, so I pin and Instagram throughout the day to keep my social media presence relevant. 

Monday: Mondays are normally spent working on new products. Every July I begin working on my Fall collection, so by September you'll see my Halloween prints, invitations and accessories roll out.  I'll have my entire Christmas collection done by the end of this month, and will have the base of my 2016 wedding collection done by the end of this month, too.  I am usually distracted by emails, coffee, texts and messages from my designer friends.  It's great having someone to bounce ideas off of, collaborate with, and chat with throughout the day!

Tuesday: Tuesdays are for hustling.  I spend the day working on Etsy orders, manufacturing stamps, responding the more emails, proofing wedding invitations, collaborating, and have consults with brides.  This past Tuesday, I designed two very different wedding suites for my lovely fall brides, had a phone consult with a 2016 bride, schemed with a local photographer to plan an August photo shoot, worked with a planner to finish up a fall 2015 wedding, and started designing stamps for a deal I just had with an online deal site.  I run on coffee!

Wednesday: Wednesdays are a lot like Mondays, sprinkled with a little bit of Tuesdays!

Thursday: Thursdays are a repeat of Tuesdays.  It's when I get the remainder of the bulk of my work done, finish proofing orders, send the rest of my files to production, schedule more consultations, and do my book work.  Running your own company is also filled with lots of boring financial book work, too, and I have to stay on top of it!

Friday:If I'm all caught up on my work, I try to take Fridays off.  I spend them hanging out with my kids.  We have play dates with our friends, go to the zoo or pool, build forts, swing on our swings in the back yard, play in the dirt, go for walks, to the park, or visit grandma or out to lunch.  Fridays are our Fun Day, so anything goes! 

Extra, Extra!:  I completely admit that I am the worlds worst cook, and you wouldn't want me to make you dinner, ever!  This is where my husband and I play on our strengths and weaknesses!  I am really organized, and great at couponing and making a grocery list.  He's better at grocery shopping (I'm an impulse buyer, he isn't!) and cooking.  He makes dinner while I pick up the house and entertain the girls.  After dinner is our family time, then it's bath time and bed time for the kids. 

Let's Talk.

Do you work from home?  Are you running your own business?  How do you schedule your week, and juggle raising a family?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

new address stamps!

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