First of all Happy New Year! It’s the 3rd, so I’m guessing you’ve given up on your resolutions already and are aimlessly wandering the internet for something to make you feel less guilty. I hope this post helps. And at least you made a resolution—I gave up promising myself things years ago, after a particularly traumatizing juice cleanse.
Wanna know a secret?
Matt and I planned to elope.
About 7 or 8 months ago, we booked plane tickets to Europe super late at night. It was a spontaneous decision and one that I will never forget. I think it was a Tuesday night. I was falling asleep and Matt was on his phone. All of the sudden, he shook me awake and said Britt, there’s a really good deal on flights to Paris-I think we should go.
I was half asleep, but sat up and said yea, let’s do it.
Oh hey y’all. (If I knew how to read my analytics report, I could probably refer to all 12 of you by name)
If you follow me on Instagram — and I’m guessing you do because how on earth would you ever find this site otherwise! I’m illiterate in SEO — you’ve probably heard that I’m trying to rebrand Design Squeeze. Or just brand, because let’s face it, I never really got around to that in the first place.
OMG you guys!
My best friend JUST got married in a beautiful bohemian wedding. Gosh it was like only yesterday. I mean, March 19th is pretty much April, which really just flew into May and then did June even happen this year? And July barely started, so I’m right on track to post about her wedding. I’m surprised it didn’t take me longer, actually.
I’m like such a good friend.
But let’s stop gushing about me. This post is all about Ali’s BOHO BASH of a wedding. It was obviously the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to. Not just because she’s my bestie. The girl has great taste.
She also has great connections. Amongst her talented group of gal pals is a graphic designer & calligrapher extraordinaire (ME! Haha I come first because this is MY blog), an insanely talented interior designer PLUS another soon-to-be-interior-designer, an aspiring wedding planner & cake boss, AND one of the bridesmaids hooked us all up with a professional stylist!
It was on point. Have a peek:
The wedding took place at the Phoenix Zoo, which was such a fun venue. The reception area overlooked the giant giraffe exhibit, so the view was incredible, we could pretend we were all on safari and it felt super VIP to be drinking at the zoo after hours.
Now whenever I return to the giraffes, I get flashbacks of drunken dancing with some of the best people I know. That’s what everyone should leave a wedding with. Forget favors. I want memories!
Just kidding. Her favors were actually really awesome. And I love presents. I don’t have a picture of them but she chose mexican tiles with beautiful patterns and we tied hand painted place cards to each.
The decor was primarily DIY-which was awesome. We went thrifting starting the year before and found all kinds of gem colored glasses & vases and vintage books with beautiful covers. There was lots of lace detail as well and baby’s breath-which is one of my all-time favorite flowers.
It really was such a beautiful, bohemian wedding. It all just came together perfectly.
Ok now I’m back in full wedding fever mode…eeeeek!
Photographer: Katie Rounds of Round Lens Photography -All photos were taken by Round Lens with the exception of the invitations.
Stylist: Risa Kostis of Ristyle Consulting – seriously the sweetest person you will ever meet. Call her.
Invitations/Paper goods/Calligraphy: Design Squeeze
Wedding Planner/Cake Boss: Brittney Robertson @brittneymarie910
Wedding Video: Katy Caringer
NEW ITEMS IN ETSY SHOP
Perfect for keeping your bridal shower cohesive and so cute, if I do say so myself!
I call this suite Watercolor Flowers. I hand painted the “Bridal Shower” then edited in Photoshop.
Happy Planning all you Maids!
Mood Board Monday
Happy Monday, Everybunny! Hope y’all had a great Easter yesterday. I spent the morning celebrating with my nephew, Rex. So yea, it was the BEST.
But then I woke up today with the WORST case of Monday Blues. Ugh. I love design and being a graphic designer is a pretty cool gig. BUT I don’t love a 30 minute commute that results in sitting in this open room, surrounded by people, staring at my computer screen for 8 hours a day with a total of ZERO privacy and very bad posture.
Ok, the posture is my fault. But having no privacy ALL DAY makes the introvert in me wanna crawl into a ball and hide. I feel like a lil kid who closes his eyes and thinks no one can see him. Maybe if I slouch enough, people will think I’m not there!
Buuuuuuuut, I am there. I’m always there. And I’ve realized over the past 2 years of doing this 9-5 life, that being a designer is not enough for me. I have to be a designer of things that make me happy. Things that I’m passionate about. At a place that makes me feel inspired.
Open for Business!
Check out my shop for lots of hand lettered goodies, including instant download printables for a fast update to your gallery walls.
We all know I LOVE a good gallery wall, y’all!
These would also make a quick and easy gift for your next baby shower! They are already set up to be cut to an 8×10, so find a fun frame and hit print! YAY!
For best results, print out on high quality paper that is best suited for your particular printer.
In addition, I’m also offering custom watercolor signs and invites.
I plan on adding to the shop regularly, so check back often!
So first of all, Happy 2015!
It’s taken me quite a bit of time to get back into the swing of things after having TWO short work weeks in a row, thanks to the holidays. Let’s be real-I’m still not back 100% but I’m trying PEOPLE!
Anyway, I can’t say that I’m a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I really don’t know anyone who has ever kept one, and I am pretty deficient in will power. So this year, I didn’t even PRETEND to make one. Especially the usual ones-like Oh now I’m gonna get all fit & go on a juice cleanse. I actually did that 2 years ago and it was a LIVING NIGHTMARE. I lasted 4 days.
My very best friend in the world got engaged recently-which is awesome! There’s nothing better than LOVE! The news has me getting into the wedding vibe pretty hard. I’m pinning all kinds of dresses, flowers, decor, etc. and there’s just SO MUCH to pin.
It can be overwhelming to actually begin to see what getting married “requires.” Aside from just the WEDDING ITSELF, there’s parties and showers galore. It’s easy to see why more and more couples are opting out of big, traditional weddings these days.
For instance, a friend of mine got engaged last year and was so stressed about planning the Big Day over the course of many months, she finally just said ENOUGH! They went to the courthouse one Saturday and met some friends out for drinks afterward. It was sweet, stress-free and she doesn’t regret a thing. Now they’re using the money that was supposed to go to their wedding on a HONEYMOON in MOROCCO!
Oh heeeeyyyyy guys:)
Hope you love coffee as much as I do. If not, you should probably keep browsing for blogs more your speed because Design Squeeze is fully caffeinated at ALL TIMES!
Or you could simply switch it up and create a nice lil tea bar for yourself. If you don’t like tea either then I SERIOUSLY CANNOT HELP YOU!
Now, on to the good stuff. Coffee is one of those things that I cherish dearly in my life. It doesn’t matter what kind or where it’s from. As long as it’s strong and hot, I will down a few cups no problem. I prefer to drink my coffee black in the morning. I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, so all of those sugary creamers can go away. Plus, I’m pretty sure they are only one molecule away from being plastic. With that said, I don’t mind a splash of almond milk once in a while but probably not til my second cup. Something about black coffee first thing in the morning…