Inspiration Board: Yellow, Charcoal, and Off-white

When I first heard the idea of doing a charcoal grey, yellow and white wedding I immediately thought this wedding is going to be “different.” You know, different as in a challenging one, different as in well, weird. But after looking around for inspiration I am convinced! I could really only think: this is going to be unique! I love the fresh color palette, bold choice and modern twist this will add, especially with this wedding taking place in very traditional church setting. I searched my absolute favorite blog, Style Me Pretty for inspiration, afterall I may be helping to coordinate this one again. So here’s the inspiration:

I love that the bride wants to dress her lovely ladies in a charcoal, steely gray tone, and with accents of white and yellow it will be a beautiful backdrop for her gorgeous Maggie Sotero gown. Because it’s going to be a very formal, traditional ceremony it’s important to have fun at the reception. I would love to see bright yellow cupcakes for the guests, beautiful framed family photos on the guest sign in table, and of course some cute yellow party shoes for dancing! Oh and I just love the yellow pom poms instead of flowers (a.k.a “chair charms”) because it’s very cost-effective and fun. This would be a cute addition to the reception hall or definitely just the cocktail hour seating. Layering in the green and white florals will be beautiful in the bouquets, especially with a full, yellow and white bouquet for the bride. Staying away from the yellow roses on this bouquet was a GREAT choice – yellow roses can be an obvious choice but we’re not about obvious are we? And  this invitation from Carlson Craft with light yellow letterpress floral design and thermography printing certainly conveys that it’s a summer wedding with a touch of formality.

 I am excited to work on this one, and can’t wait to see this wedding come to life! Just proves, unexpected color combos work beautifully!

(The above images are from Style Me Pretty and the invitation is from Carlson Craft)

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Happy New Year!

So, I think that I may be among the worst bloggers. I apologize for the lack of postings… but I resolve to get better in 2010! I promise!

So I pray that you and your family had a most wonderful holiday and New Year’s. I wanted to share some of my favorite holiday cards from this season. My best friend Ashlee over at The Heavenly Housewife took an adorable picture with her husband and we designed the text on this great textured Carlson Craft Card. I loved the photo that Lollipops and Slingshots took of them! My newlywed bestie Lesley chose an adorable Inviting Company card and I simply laid out the bottom text for her. I also designed a sweet little return address. It was definitely a cost-effective option to order the stock and print on it.

Of course, these beautiful pictures inspired my hubs and I to go ahead and do a card that had a nice picture too. Afterall we haven’t taken professional pictures since our engagement shoot and wedding! Special thanks to my good friend Joel of Joel Austell Photography for his time and talents. We had so much fun shooting and joking with him one day in December. His work is incredible and he does beautiful weddings! I especially appreciate how artistic and out-of-the-box Joel is!

So now onto 2010! Here’s a sneak peek of the adorable stuff we now have from Inviting Company. The cutest desktop calendar available for sale now! Also check, out the cuuute new Thank You cards. Perfect for thanking family and friends for the thoughtful Christmas gifts. I especially love the color combinations, so modern, clean, and yet whimy all at once!

 Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an adorable  Thank You Card idea and an inspiration board I am working on for another cousin’s wedding. She chose charcoal and yellow…. very different and very modern. Can’t wait!

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Last Minute Post: A Leukemia Benefit

I know this post is very last minute, but tomorrow Saturday, November 21st Lorri and I will be taking part in a Leukemia Benefit for her close friend and neighbor. Lindsay, who is only 15, has battled this for years, only to find that it is returned in full force.

To show her support, the community has rallied together to raise awareness and funds! Tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. the Fender Museum of Music & Art in Corona, CA has offered to host a huge benefit showing and boutique show. Proceeds will go straight to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time. If you can make it I would love to show Lindsay God’s extending love throughout the community! For more info. e-mail me or visit the site.

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Merry Open House Re-cap

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for our Merry Open House! I was thrilled beyond words to have such an outpouring of support and love from our guests! We wined and dined, ate too many sweets and definitely stayed longer than anticipated. The afternoon was a huge success, special thanks to Natalie Merrick’s Southern Home Living and last minute featured guest Andrea Field! Natalie as always was a fantastic addition, bringing her awesome spirit and amazingly friendly personality on top of the beautiful home decor items. And Andrea crafts the most beautiful jewelry, all handmade with love! Not to mention the unique items she makes are reasonably priced. I just loved her gorgeous style, laid-back and loving personality. Note to my brides, she can even create custom jewelry for your wedding party! Anything from earrings to bracelets, Andrea has amazing wire wrapping talents and an eye for rare, precious stones.

Lastly, thanks to my mom, Nikki, who without such support we couldn’t have done it all. She exemplifies love and selfless service. Stay tuned for more holiday posts and a wedding. Meanwhile, here are some of the beauties that Andrea created:

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A Merry Open House!

 Spending time with family and friends is our favorite thing to do at this time of year and always! My gracious mother is hosting a Merry Open House party this Saturday for all of our female friends to enjoy some sweet treats, hot cocoa, and early Christmas shopping! Come and receive 15% off your entire order of holiday cards, invitations, and more!

Additionally, my lovely sister, Patricia Burns, sells Arbonne International skin care and make-up. She’s offering free skin care consultations during the party! While Natalie Merrick will be offering home decor items from Southern Living at Home and Leslie Stratton shows off her amazing gift baskets from OMG Baskets!

Wanna join us? Contact me for more information via e-mail or telelphone! (For security I have covered the address.) See below for the adorable invitation I designed on Mindy Weiss stationery for Inviting Company.

Merry Open House


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Rags to Stitches Boutique Feature!

I have been meaning to post on this forever so forgive my lateness! Recently, my dear friend Alissa Circle started a handmade, custom baby boutique for the stylish mom on the go! Not only is this suburban superwoman a loving friend, but very talented seamstress and designer! Rags to Stitches offers everything from car seat covers, wipes cases, burp cloths and more!

We kind of did a swap here, I made Alissa’s baby shower invitations (what a cute choice she made!) and I just loved everything so much I bought a gift for my friend Rachael. We had fun spending more time together and definitely swapping goodies. I really can’t wait to see what comes of her great store!

So now you readers know just where to get adorable shower invites and unique presents! Stop by Alissa’s blog and leave her a comment or two!

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Visit me this Sunday!

This Sunday, October 25 The Divine Invitation will have a booth at Hephatha Lutheran Church & School’s Annual Fall Festival! We will be displaying our newest holiday products, including invitations from Inviting Company and unique photocards from Carlson Craft. Mention that you checked out our blog and get 15% off your order!

We hope you can stop by to see an array of boutiques featuring everything from home decor, crafts, clothing, and more. My sister will also be there offering all-natural skin care products from Arbonne International.

Oh and not to mention the amazing walk-thru adventure, where live actors will engage the audience with a funny moral tale. Our very own Lorri Keevern, my partner and owner of Style and Grace generously donated her time and talents to help the church spread the word! Hope you can visit all of us!

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Proof, Proof, and Proof again!

Today’s quickie lesson: proofread.

My dear friends, placing an order for anything, whether it’s invitations, announcements, programs, or even just a business card – it’s always best to take a few moments to proofread. Glance over your text and give it a critical eye. It’s simple and easy and boy can it save you a lot of money and time in the long run.

 For example, say an unnamed invitationer spent a bit of time specially designing an invitation for a dear friend… only to realize that oops! The date written reads, Saturday, November 1… November 1 is a Sunday! Or even in the event that an invitationer designed an elegant Rehearsal Dinner Invitation, submitted it to the printer, only to find that on the requested proof half of the given information simply didn’t appear. Mistakes happen people and they happen often. Save yourself time, money and worries of costly reprints by simply verifying your choices. So I thought I would develop a little helpful post for all of us. Some tips and tricks for you as gathered by a certain invitationer:

1. Always request a proof. Yes, sometimes proofs cost money from reputable invitation lines. Having an electronic proof provides specific visual representation of your piece and yes its important that you can see the EXACT layout. If a proof is not offered, ask for a copy to be taken of the information provided or confirmation of the text. Bonus: I always do this for my clients before submitting an order!

2. Share the proof with more eyes! Make sure that your fiance, husband, mother, brother, or whoever see what you are ordering! It is very important to have more than just your eyes look at it, they may catch something you didn’t.

3. Take careful notes. Double and triple check all spellings, dates, times, and addresses. Even though you may be so confident in another’s abilities, it goes a long way just to confirm your text.

Once you ‘sign off’ or provide a proof most often you are responsible for the costs of any mistakes. Sad sorry truth here, but it happens time and time again where a minor mistake could have been prevented by proof reading carefully. No one is more aware of the details of an event or announcement than you are!

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Jeff and Maria’s Wedding Set

Recently my cousin Jeff and his fiancee Maria asked me to help with their wedding invitations! Jeff has always been a special guy, a warm and welcoming personality in our family. It’s about time a lovely lady snatched him up! Though they are marrying in the Greek church in a very traditional ceremony, this couple wanted a little something different. They chose a very clean and simple stationery set that included a 7×7″ sqaure white invitation with a flourish border. To really convey to their guests their warmth and Christ-centered desires,  I encouraged them to use a little different wording. We also wanted to honor Maria’s father who passed away by including his name on the invitation and a cross next to it. The result was a very affordable, classic set that shows this ceremony is about the joining of not just two lives but two entire families!

I am excited for more projects to come on this “Big Fat Greek Wedding;” a program describing the traditional ceremony, “koufeta” favors, the amazing food…. And of course it’s always an honor to work with the ones you love!

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A Welcome and a Toast!

Well hello readers, my name is Madeline Markos. I am the owner and designer behind The Divine Invitation. I am so proud to announce we have officially launched our brand new Web site and blog! So I officially say, WELCOME! I started The Divine Invitation with the dream to do what I love: design and create beautiful pieces conveying a lasting impression. God has blessed it all so richly; allowing us to expand to have an online presence and to include my dearest friend and partner, Lorri Keevern. So before the blog begins I want to kick this off properly with a TOAST. Thank you to Stephanie at Alterna.tif, the wonderfully talented and ever-so-patient Web designer who brought my visions to life! Second, of course to Lorri whose ever-present friendship, support, and talent will help the business continue growing. (That includes her beautiful soon-to-be daughter-in-law Rachel whose eye brought many of the pictures for the site.) My wonderful best friends, my sisters, and my Mom who are my poor “test market” for all new products and designs, and my steady support systems, I love you girls. My husband, Mr. Divine, you are my rock and soul mate. Thanks for your encouragement and ALWAYS being whatever I need and more. God bless us all as we kick off this part of the journey!

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