Planning: Rachel Austin Events
Photography: David Lynn Photography
Venue: Grand Lake Yacht Club
Planning: Rachel Austin Events
Photography: David Lynn Photography
Venue: Grand Lake Yacht Club
For those who think wedding professionals have it easy, think again! Sometimes crafting a fabulous, never seen before, never to be seen again, custom event is arduous. However, I believe the pictures from Kyle & Ashley’s big day at Dunafon Castle last July speak for themselves. The hard work by all the talented event professionals was well worth it when you take a look at the happiness in these photos. Not to mention, getting married in a legit castle is kind of epic. For the invitation and stationery, Sophie broke out her background in art and created a sketch of the castle used from a Mark Hayes original photograph. This artwork was used throughout the invitation and remainder of printed materials for the day. The bride and groom even printed it on muslin welcome bags for their guests to enjoy. We also created a custom wax seal for the soon to be Mr. and Mrs.
Enjoy the results of a labor of love, crafted for love, with love, and in the name of love.
Vendors: Dunafon Castle, Idledale, Colorado : http://www.dunafoncastle.com/ Jamee Photography : http://www.jameephotography.com/ Planning: Save the Date Events/ Sapphire Celebrations (http://www.savethedateevents.com/ & http://www.sapphirecelebrations.com/) Event Décor/Design: Design Works : http://designworksevents.com/ Sketch Inspiration: Mark Hayes Photography: http://markhayesphotography.com/ Favor Bags: Ribbons & Bows, Nancy Parker
When I met Natasha for our initial consultation, I was so sweetly surprised by how easy going she was. Natasha is a girl who has an air of confidence about her, but balances that with a carefree-ness and a love to laugh. I enjoyed working with her to find the vision she had for her wedding stationery. I didn’t get the privilege of meeting her groom Patrick, but I’d imagine he must be pretty great to captivate a girl like Natasha.
I enjoyed working with this couple on a beautiful, modern, and classic invitation suite along with some really fun signs and treat flags. Following the ceremony, we created custom stationery just for them. Their invitation was a one-color charcoal letterpressed card mounted to a luxe quartz metallic stock. The bride opted for a whimsical dip-pen style calligraphy for the outer envelope, hand lettered in charcoal. Enjoy this fun event – beautifully captured by Jason+Gina Photography.
Photography: Jason+Gina Photography
Venue: The Denver Art Museum
Planning: Bliss Elevated
Stationery: Sweet Zion Paperie
Happy Monday! Usually on Monday's we "Show Some Love" for one of our favorite local vendors. Today, we are showing some love for ourselves and announcing the start of our Mad Love Giveaway!
Here are the rules:
1. You MUST like every post from Monday, Feb 9- Friday, Feb 13. The winner will be announced on Saturday, Feb 14 and the will get a prize sent to their door!
2. You MUST complete each challenge that the post asks of you... if you don't, your name won't be entered into the drawing at the end of the week!
Are you ready to show your crazy love for Sweet Zion?! Good Luck!
We are so grateful to have the opportunities that we do! This super fun opportunity was a part of Team Galore at Wedding Wars bridal show a few weeks ago. The theme was James Bond, super fun! Take a look at what our amazing team pulled off. Thank you for being innovators in this industry: Rachel Austin Events, Urban Safari Photography, Astonishing Cakes LLC, Bella Lu Floral, Occasions Catering Denver, Vehicle Vault, The Bridal Collection, Denver Tux, Jaded Beauty, Masterful Musicians, Vintage Rentals Denver, Yonder Floral + Decor House, Snappy Face Painting, Knotty Tie Co, EventRents
The dreaded RSVP card...they may sound like a hassle, but they can be great! Let's start with the basics:
RSVP? RSVP, the abbreviation for the French phrase “respondez s’il vous plait,” means please respond.
What are they? RSVPs are usually needed when sending out invites to formal events or weddings.
Who do they go to? Make sure you send one along with each invitation.
When do they need to be returned? For weddings, make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding date -- this will allow enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating chart. If some guests still haven't responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs (still via mail) so you have all their information.
Sometimes guests tend to forget to mail back their response cards after they receive the invitation. Make it easy for them by sending reception cards that use decorative designs.
Make your RSVP fun! This library card post card was the perfect reply for a surprise birthday party we did for an avid reader.
Planned by @savethedateevents
Happy New Year, Paper Lovers! Can you believe that it's already the end of 2014? What a crazy year it has been for SZP. We have created countless invitations, save the dates, programs and name cards. We have added to our team and become a part of others. We have laughed and cried. We have learned a lot and taught others as well. We have licked envelopes, replaced ink cartridges and had hundreds of meetings. And we have LOVED every second of it!
We are so thankful for everything that 2014 has brought us and we can't wait to see what 2015 has in store.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2015,
Sophie and SZP Team!
Merry Christmas Paper Lovers!!!
This year has brought us so much! Lots of love and laughter with family and friends and we are so happy that you could be a part of it!
This year, our Christmas card used handmade papers from Sustain & Heal along with Hemp cord from Hemptique. Our card was letterpress printed with hand illustrated greeting by Sophie's husband, Tim!
Here is the poem that Tim wrote:
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Sophie was scrambling to get the Christmas cards out
Our mission: send Uli-tide greetings to loved ones dear
So we cracked open some ‘nog upon a midnight clear
With snow in November, We’re snuggled close in bed
Not Sugarplums dancing, but poetry instead.
“Write On, dear husband”, said my sweet bonnie lass
Putting pen to paper, Let’s kick this Christmas poem’s …. butt.
Soph falling to pieces like a nutcracker doll,
Surgery fixed knee and hip - now she’s decking the halls.
With crutches, and braces, apparatuses to spare
We met our deductible by January this year.
A Superbowl flop had me down in the dregs,
The She-hawks recipients of a Broncos lain egg.
A revamped defense and plenty ‘o touchdown balls
Hang Denver’s 3rd Superbowl stocking down Lombardi Hall.
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, and Venti
Our dear Saint Bernard leaves furballs a’plenty
Pulling Santa’s sleigh will be no problem this year
Rudolph, watch your back - V’s bringing up the rear!
We got sick of feeding the student loan grinch
The checkbook always feeling that nasty, green pinch
So we said Auld Lang Syne to that 5 year foe
Now we’re kissing hard-earned Benjamins ‘neath the mistletoe
My wife the creative - with all her grey matter
Crafted many invitations; brides and grooms to flatter
With a new member added to our SZP crew
A few more elves in the workshop shrinks her lists, “to-do”
I made Santa’s Nice list without milk and cookies
A new job, new desk, new numbers to bookkeep
Debits and credits plus some amortization
Someone’s gotta audit Santa’s inventory inflation.
Home improvement projects included a new roof
Perfect for the guy in the sleigh wearing the big red suit
Tearing up and laying 800 sq feet of new floor
Left Tim, Soph, Jon & Jo quite a bit sore.
It wasn’t last Christmas that I gave Soph my heart
We just celebrated 5 years - time flew from the start
We’re looking forward to approximately 65 more
And still, time stops when she walks through the door
Our annual vacation included mouse ears and coasters
My first trip to Disney - Andy and Becca as hosters
Lots fun and walking, with souvenirs to boot
You’d think Santa came early judging by the loot
As I do every year, I’d like to plant a reminder:
Of the one Christmas gift, you won’t find one kinder,
His name is Jesus, born in humble esteem
Hosanna in the highest to our risen King
So Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
from the Ulibarri three
Joy and happiness, to you
And good will to all peeps
From the SZP team to you and your loved ones: We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Small Business Saturday was yesterday, November 29th. It's always the Saturday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday and before Cyber Monday. It gets squeezed in between the busiest shopping days of the year, encouraging shoppers to shop local. Did you know that is each of us spent $100 a year more on local businesses instead of chain stores, it would put an extra $300 million per year into our economy? Not only that, it would create thousands of jobs every year!
Read that again. And again. And again until it sinks in.
All of that and small businesses get just one Saturday a year? It just doesn't make sense.
We challenge you to shop local. Find a local, small and family owned business to support. Every Monday, we "Show Some Love" to a local vendor that we love and we use the hashtag #ShopLocal. We encourage you to use the hashtag the next time you shop small and support a local business! It's important and it really does make a difference!
During this holiday season, take our challenge! Shop small and local and use the hashtag because together, we could make a difference. And it could be amazing.
Are these freezing temperatures getting you down? They are making us daydream about sand and fruity drinks! A few weeks ago, (when fall was still fairly present!) we did a stylized shoot! We are in love with how beautiful these turned out! So, take a break from the wintery blues and enjoy these beautiful blues instead!
Images: Rebecca Marie Photography
Planning & Florals: Isabelle Kline Design
Rentals: Allwell Rents
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Hello Paper Lovers!
Lots of new and exciting changes happening over here at Sweet Zion Paperie! We have hired a new social media manager! Her name is Sydny and we are calling her our social media guru! She knows the ins and outs of all things networking. From Colorado, Sydny is a broadcasting and sports journalism student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and found a passion with social media. Sydny will be writing blog posts, tweeting daily and sending out the newest information over Facebook! We are thrilled to have her on board and share all of her insight with us.
So, stay tuned! There are lots of things to look forward to! New posts, new custom invitations and maybe even a few “giveaways” along the way!
Business cannot be done without other people. People can fill various roles in business, they can be customers, vendors, or other professionals in the same field. In simple terms, I estimate there to be 2 arms of business; the customer side (who patrons your business, the ones that pay your mortgage) and the support side (the vendors who enable you to do what you do - i.e. the nurse to the doctor). Though I also appreciate and admire the zealousness that some business owners have in protecting, honoring, and ultimately delivering for their clients and customers, I am at times honestly surprised that they can still find people who are willing to fill their support side.
The question in this entry is this: when does the esteem for your customer become a bad thing?
As a small business owner myself, I understand the need to side with your client, however, when that so grossly violates those that support and enable you to conduct your business, I would venture to say that you have become a bully in business. Even further, I cannot understand how business can be successfully or ethically conducted when service to your customer greatly outweighs the respect and consideration for those who support you. In my opinion, at ground level, it's a lack of integrity.
Although this doesn't sound like a heart-warming post, I have found great insight in recently learning this lesson which, fortunately for me, was gleaned by someone else's poor example. When recently a business owner tried to swing their proverbial "weight" around and back me into a corner, I acknowledged what was happening. I immediately took a stand for myself and the integrity I choose to run my business with. The best part? Probably shocking them by turning away their business.
By consciously choosing to run my business with a code of ethics, I have set up check points to prevent myself from becoming snarky, overly competitive, or even a bully. The reward for this diligence is that I also get to choose who I work with. No amount of money or number of contracts in a year is worth me risking who I am and what I stand for. Unfortunately, for the business owner I was supporting, the scales were tipping.
Now I'm not saying I'm perfect - there are many examples, I am sure, of humility to throw on the table. However, I refuse to be a victim to insecurity, bullying in business, or small thinking. I want to embrace each challenge, surround myself with people who support me and keep me in check. I want to celebrate the successes of my competitors and colleagues and support them in ways that are unique to me. I love collaborating with other professionals because in the end, that's what business is about - recognizing you can't do it alone.
It takes people, not power.
Wax! Not only is it a cool word, its definitely a cool trend in the wedding industry at present. I've seen a true resurgence of "craftsmanship" in this day and age with young couples bringing back letterpress like it's gold as well as the aforementioned wax seal trend. Now, I'm not as old as I sound, but I do take time to appreciate nostalgia and also to give credit to the sage and true coined phrase "They just don't make them like they used to". However, in this case (and good news for you), they do!
Wax seals are perfect for event stationery for a myriad of reasons. We have used seals to close pocket invitations, to add a finishing touch, to establish a brand or theme, and even to seal an envelope or two. Check out these beautiful photos of some recent wax seal projects.
Now, you can integrate what was once a very vintage thing into a very modern and current piece of stationery giving just a shadow of scrutiny to the old adage "They just don't make them like they used to".
Thinking calligraphy will make or break your wedding invitations? Here's our two cents.
The first thing your guests see regarding your big day is your invitation or save the date. If sent through the mail, the first thing of that they will see is your envelope. Handwritten touches will not only impress your guests, but also make them feel that you took the time to think of them (or paid someone to).
Calligraphy can be costly, but it is definitely an attention grabber. For an average invitation order of 100, figure anywhere from $250-450 for guest addressing and plan for about 2 - 3 weeks time for your calligrapher to work their magic.