Caitlin Cotter Makeup Artistry Joins TWL!

New year, new addition to the TWL family!

We are excited to announce that Caitlin Cotter Makeup Artistry has joined our collective. Caitlin is a new + super talented makeup artist available for weddings, engagement shoots, and any other event that requires your most gorgeous face! We are thrilled to offer this new service to our clients.

Caitlin Cotter Makeup Artistry

When Brooke, Amy + I launched The Wedding Loft, we wanted this collective to be more than just a shared space for event vendors. Our vision was to create a studio bursting at the seams with inspiration, and to collaborate closely on mutual weddings. As always, we'll continue working with tons of different vendors + offer our couples lots of talented creatives in the area (we know one size does not fit all!). But now The Loft is getting a facelift with pretty beauty products and in-house makeup consultations by appointment.

Photo Credit: Brooke Allison Photo

Photo Credit: Brooke Allison Photo

Be sure to head over to Caitlin's Facebook page + follow her beauty adventures on Instagram. And while you're at it, don't forget to show some love to the rest of the TWL team on social media...

Roseville Designs on Facebook + Instagram

Amy Champagne Events on Facebook + Instagram

Brooke Allison Photo on Facebook + Instagram

We look forward to a 2015 full of lovely couples, vendor love + gorgeous events!

Flower Girl Inspiration

Flower girls always add a dash of sweetness to your bridal party. But in our experience, finding cute flower girl dresses is no easy task! We like to go a bit non-traditional with this, and say any cute party dress is suitable for the youngest member of your bridal party. Here are some great dress and overall ensemble ideas for your viewing pleasure!

 

We love using florals in fun ways for flower girls. Consider a delicate floral head wreath or opt for a floral "magic wand" (in case you'd rather have petals already strewn down the aisle).

We love using florals in fun ways for flower girls. Consider a delicate floral head wreath or opt for a floral "magic wand" (in case you'd rather have petals already strewn down the aisle).

Only young girls can really pull off the tutu in public. This is a great way to incorporate your wedding colors; pair it with a Crew Cuts cardigan + a great pair of ballet flats!

Only young girls can really pull off the tutu in public. This is a great way to incorporate your wedding colors; pair it with a Crew Cuts cardigan + a great pair of ballet flats!

Not all weddings call for a formal frock for your flower girl. and pretty sun dresses are something that they can wear again (which Mom is sure to appreciate!). I love the cowboy boots here for a rustic affair!

Not all weddings call for a formal frock for your flower girl. and pretty sun dresses are something that they can wear again (which Mom is sure to appreciate!). I love the cowboy boots here for a rustic affair!

Simple accessories can add that little pop of personality to the classic white flower girl dress. If you're thinking more boho, a cotton ruffle dress is always a fun way to go!   Sources: Head Wreath / Floral Wand / Tutu with Sparkles / Double Tutu / Cowboy Boots / Pink + Green Dresses / Bow Tie / Ruffle Dress

Simple accessories can add that little pop of personality to the classic white flower girl dress. If you're thinking more boho, a cotton ruffle dress is always a fun way to go!

 

Sources:

Head Wreath / Floral Wand / Tutu with Sparkles / Double Tutu / Cowboy Boots / Pink + Green Dresses / Bow Tie / Ruffle Dress

Michelle + Tim's Waveny House Wedding

On this snowy day, we thought we'd take a look back at Michelle + Tim's vintage romantic September wedding!

Michelle had a beautiful color palette of pinks, white and greys with lace and metallic accents. Sandy of Roseville Designs created a custom invitation design + incorporated the lace as a belly band for the full suite. Elizabeth of Fleurescent took advantage of the gorgeous blooms this time of year with roses, dahlias and dusty miller.

Michelle had a beautiful color palette of pinks, white and greys with lace and metallic accents. Sandy of Roseville Designs created a custom invitation design + incorporated the lace as a belly band for the full suite. Elizabeth of Fleurescent took advantage of the gorgeous blooms this time of year with roses, dahlias and dusty miller.

Intimate getting-ready moments caught by  Brooke Allison Photo

Intimate getting-ready moments caught by  Brooke Allison Photo

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The bride played with the tones of her pinks in the bridal party attire, and don't you love the pop of peach on the ring bearer?

The bride played with the tones of her pinks in the bridal party attire, and don't you love the pop of peach on the ring bearer?

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Here at TWL we love a first look, and this one was no exception. Pure excitement captured!

Here at TWL we love a first look, and this one was no exception. Pure excitement captured!

Amy from Amy Champagne Events brought it all together during their planning + on the big day. She had great styling notes with the linens and overall tablescape. It always amazes us how a slew of tea lights can create such a romantic mood.

Amy from Amy Champagne Events brought it all together during their planning + on the big day. She had great styling notes with the linens and overall tablescape. It always amazes us how a slew of tea lights can create such a romantic mood.

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Custom-made drapery by Little Random Details + more paper details from Roseville Designs. Michelle had collected skeleton keys + we tied them to the escort cards with lace on antique gold trays.

Custom-made drapery by Little Random Details + more paper details from Roseville Designs. Michelle had collected skeleton keys + we tied them to the escort cards with lace on antique gold trays.

Congratulations to our beautiful couple! We had such fun planning + celebrating with you. {Full Vendor Reel} Photography: Brooke Allison Photo Planning + Design: Amy Champagne Events Invitations + Paper Goods: Roseville Designs Florals: Fleurescent Caterer: David Alan Catering Venue: Waveny House Band: Dream Team Cake: Sal's Pastry Shop Beauty: Emily Rosnick Makeup Artistry

Congratulations to our beautiful couple! We had such fun planning + celebrating with you.

{Full Vendor Reel}

Photography: Brooke Allison Photo

Planning + Design: Amy Champagne Events

Invitations + Paper Goods: Roseville Designs

Florals: Fleurescent

Caterer: David Alan Catering

Venue: Waveny House

Band: Dream Team

Cake: Sal's Pastry Shop

Beauty: Emily Rosnick Makeup Artistry

Top 5 Father/Daughter Dance Songs

Hi there!

To coincide with my post today on the Father of the Bride I thought how perfect it would be if I blogged about my Top 5 Best Father Daughter dance songs! 

And here they are:

#5.

What a Wonderful World // Louis Armstrong

Ain't No Mountain High Enough // Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

#4.

#3. 

The Way You Look Tonight // Adam Levine

In My Life // Dave Matthews cover

#2.

#1. 

Father and Daughter // Paul Simon

Share with us what you are planning to dance with your parents at your wedding! There are SO many to choose from it was tough to narrow it down to 5! 

 

Until next time!

 

AC

Black + White Wedding Color Inspiration

Lately I've been crushing on black and white weddings. I've been wearing a lot of black and white, too, which if you know my love for bright colors is a rare sight. Is this because my washing machine broke last week? Perhaps. But regardless, the color (or lack-of-color) combo is having a moment + I wanted to explore more.

When I think of black and white weddings, I think of black tie affairs in New York. I think of my Grandparents' generation where going to a Broadway show meant getting out your tails + finest baubles. And though I am the first to put on a pair of comfy broken-in jeans, there is something to be said for the art of a truly fancy occasion.

In honor of this, here's a  little collection of black and white eye candy for your Friday. Enjoy!

Invitation Wording, Etiquette + Tips

Sandy here, ready to share some wedding invitation wording, etiquette, +  fun facts! Though my designs lean towards the modern, I believe that some things in weddings are sacred, and much of that applies to your wedding paper. So here's some paper wisdom, free of charge!

Wording

These days, couples are very creative with their wording. It sets the tone for what kind of celebration is in store for guests, and I love offering up ideas for my clients. One of the best ways to do this is through your RSVP card. Though “regrets” and “declines” are the classic go-to words, there are TONS of alternatives. However, the biggest mistake people make is with the actual invite, using the line "the honor of your presence”. This should only be used if your wedding takes place at a house of worship (church, synagogue, etc.) If you’re having it anywhere else and want to keep it traditional, go with “the pleasure of your company”.

FUN FACT: Did you know “RSVP” is an abbreviation of the French "repondez s'il vous plait", meaning "please respond”?

Titles for invitations + escort cards can trip up lots of people. The fact most surprising to my clients? “Miss” is for girls under 18, and “Master” is for boys under 13. Titles are used in most weddings, even casual ones.

History

Before the postal service, all invitations were hand-delivered. A courier would bring it to the butler of the home, who would then discard the outer envelope (most likely dirty from weather or finger prints) and hand the inner envelope to the recipient. Some couples still go for the inner + outer envelope, popular for a traditional or lavish affair!

Ever wonder why some invitations come with that piece of tissue? Back in the day, ink on the invitations would take a while to dry, so they’d place a piece of tissue between each card to prevent smudges and runs.

Married Name + Monograms

It’s considered bad luck to use your monogram before the wedding. So when designing a custom wedding logo, I often just go with the bride + groom’s first initials. For some, I’ll redesign the same logo to implement the monogram into their day-of paper (e.g. menus, escort cards).

Photo: Brooke Allison Photo / Calligraphy (right): Whoa Nellie 

Photo: Brooke Allison Photo / Calligraphy (right): Whoa Nellie 

Ultimately it’s up to each couple which traditions they implement, but there is one thing everyone should know….

 

STATIONERY =  invitations + writing paper

STATIONARY = not moving

 

Wishing you all fabulous paper adventures!

XO, Sandy

The Study at Yale: Photo Shoot in Connecticut Bride

You've seen it on our various Facebook pages + Twitter feeds. You've read about our experiences with this fantastic adventure on our individual blogs. Now The Wedding Loft of Connecticut just wants to share some of the amazing pictures from our photo shoot at Yale, which made the cover of Connecticut Bride Magazine. Check out the lineup of incredible vendors that worked on this modern wedding styled-shoot, and be sure to grab your copy on newsstands now! 

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Venue: The Study at Yale | Coordination + Styling: Amy Champagne Events | Photography: Brooke Allison Photo | Candy Bar + Event Detailing: Little Random Details | Invitations + Paper Goods: Roseville Designs | Hair & Makeup: Larissa Lake Makeup Artist & Co. | Flowers: Fleurescent | Cake: Erica O'Brien Cake Design | Lighting: Shindig Lighting | Videography: Epic Filmmakers | Calligraphy: Whoa Nellie Press | Necklace: Recycled Couture by Larissa Lake | Bridal Gown: Dama Bianca Bridal | Menswear: Camillo's | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd.

What I'd Do With a Day off + A Giveaway!

Sandy here with a fun paper giveaway + a personal post!

For most of us creative business owners, an actual day off doesn't really exist. If we're not photographing/designing/planning/crafting, we're checking emails, Twitter feeds, and Facebook updates. Thankfully we absolutely love our jobs, so often times it doesn't feel like work. Still, a day free from anything work-related is necessary every now + then.

So today I'm sharing what I'd do with a day off from everything....and keep reading for more details on a special giveaway!

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HAVE A VISIT WITH MY NIECE + NEPHEW... 

My sister's kids are growing up so fast! There is really no better feeling in the world than a huge smile and hug from a child who is excited to see you. Being with them reminds me to slow down + prioritize what's truly important in life.

 

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PREPARE A HOME-COOKED MEAL...

I used to cook almost every weeknight, but when the business took off, so did my free time. My husband has been a real trooper to the change in dinner menu, and I'd love to take on a new recipe for us to enjoy. 

MAKE THIS FRAME...

I was planning on making something like this to go over our fireplace months ago, but now the print-out of the tutorial continues to collect dust on my desk. Crafting is so therapeutic, that I'd love to get this started again!

GIVEAWAY: Now we want to hear from you! What would you do with a day off from everything? One of our lucky readers will win this set of 25 thank you cards, designed by yours truly.

Photo Credit: Brooke Allison Photo

Photo Credit: Brooke Allison Photo

Here's how to enter:

1. Comment on this post here or on Facebook telling us the first thing you'd do with your day off.

2. Like Roseville Designs on Facebook, which counts as 2 entries. (Since I'm footin' the bill for this giveaway, I deserve extra love!)

3. Follow The Wedding Loft on Instagram

(FYI: the more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win!) 

The winner will be announced early next week. Good luck!

Keep it Rosy,

Sandy