SchennellyFest Photography

Wedding planning was such an interesting experience for me as a designer. Even though I tried not to get wrapped up in all the wedding planning hullabaloo, every decision felt important because it was all part of the greater design of the day. So between choosing a venue, designing the invitations, planning the schedule, picking the dress, choosing our photographer, and so much more, my mind was in overdrive for about a year.

But like most people tell you, it was all worth it. Because now we have this beautiful memory that Inna and Constantine of Peach Plum Pear Photo captured beyond my expectations. (And that, my friends, is not easy to do.) So I cannot say enough good things about them. They were so easy and fun to work with. And the photos feel natural, beautiful, but most importantly, they feel like us! They are everything I hoped for and easily one of the best decisions we made.

So below are my Top Ten photos. And they were not easy to narrow down! Enjoy and Happy Friday!


Designing Our Wedding Invitations

As soon as we started wedding planning, I knew I couldn’t imagine anyone else designing our invitations. Mainly because I would have driven them absolutely insane with my particularity!

And the thought of taking this on, on top of planning, sounded like a lot of pressure. But luckily, my fiancé and I had a very clear idea of what we wanted our wedding to be. We both envisioned a relaxed backyard wedding that was more party than wedding. A celebration of love with family and friends.

And it was important to us that our invitations clearly conveyed this idea. Because with the word “wedding” comes lots of expectations. And we wanted our guests to expect nothing but a good time!

So we named the event SchennellyFest, and held it at a beautiful old bed and breakfast called The Woolverton Inn, which is located in Stockton, New Jersey—right outside of New Hope, Pennsylvania.

We planned for non-stop music, coolers of beer, and yard games. No church, no cummerbunds, no cake.

What?! No cake, you say?! See. Expectations!

Well, we think the invitations accomplished their mission because our guests came ready to party, dance, and definitely ready to enjoy the Mister Softee truck that made a guest appearance. So thank you to them, our venue, and our vendors for making the day everything we hoped it would be.

And thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the photos below! More to come on Facebook in Instagram.


Shop by Inspiration

Peak wedding season is here! Exciting, right? And potentially overwhelming for some of you brides out there.

Well, to help you out, Minted has done something pretty awesome. They’ve created a new way to shop for invitations. By inspiration.

So, if you have a wedding coming up and you have no idea where to start, I suggest snuggling up on your couch this weekend and taking a look through all the gorgeous inspiration boards on Minted. Not only will you likely find an invitation you love, but you’re certain to find plenty of overall style ideas.

For example, I created the inspiration board below for a wedding invitation I designed called Journey Together. It conveys the playful, vintage-inspired wedding these invitations were meant for, as well as the fun, unique, tandem-bike-riding couple I had in mind while designing them. Enjoy!

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Wedding Invitations & Personal Touches

This week, I received a wedding invitation in the mail that looked quite familiar.

It was the wedding invitation suite that I’ve been working on for months with my soon-to-be-cousin-in-law, Maria.

Maria and I began discussing the project back in January. She requested “a classic, traditional look…”

I panicked.

Traditional isn’t really my thing.

But then she added, “…with some fun, personal touches”.

Thank goodness.

To me, the most important thing in wedding invitation design is to capture the personality of the couple. I never want to design something that looks like it was purchased at the card store down the street. Then what would be the point of hiring me? Am I right?

The design that Joe and Maria chose focuses on their wedding venue, Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Canisius College is also where they met many years ago, and will always be a special place to them.

Thank you to Michael Smith (www.mssgraphics.com) for granting me the rights to his ink drawing, “Christ The King Chapel at Canisius College”

Tell me, what do you think is most important when it comes to wedding invitation design?