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Floral Elegance Overlooking Newport Bay

Surrounded by floral elegance and the sentimental views of Newport Bay and the Pell Bridge, Amy and Scott became husband and wife.

Spending their weekends having picnics on the lawn of Fort Adams watching the boats pass in the bay made Amy and Scott realize they wanted this sentimental backdrop for their wedding. Flowers had also been a long-time sentiment in their relationship and wanted that to be the focal point of the reception. From there, they let their event designer Diana of Jubilee Events develop the décor and the team to execute it. “Paying ode to the nautical atmosphere surrounding us, I took a classic approach to the design, rich with colors of navy, champagne, and blush, and adding in pops of gold, with our flatware and china, and the gold foil edges and script of the stationery designed by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design,” Diana explained. The tent was filled with an abundance of fresh flowers from Sayles Livingston Design under basket weave of ivory chiffon draped elegantly by Ryan Designs.

 

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Floral Elegance Overlooking Newport Bay

Surrounded by floral elegance and the sentimental views of Newport Bay and the Pell Bridge, Amy and Scott became husband and wife. Spending their weekends having picnics on the lawn of Fort Adams watching the boats pass in the bay made Amy and Scott realize they wanted this sentimental backdrop for their wedding. Flowers had […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Coral Pheasant Stationery

Vendor Spotlight is on: Coral Pheasant Stationery; exquisite designer of all things paper, Nichole Michel is truly a visionary in the world of stationery and beyond.

1. How did your business come to be?

Art has been in my blood for as long as I can remember and my parents encouraged my pursuits wholeheartedly. One of my earliest memories of creating was building my dollhouse with my Dad. Everything on that miniature house was handcrafted from laying the chimney brick by little brick, to wallpapering the walls using pages from discontinued wallpaper books, to building the furniture. I delighted in working with my hands to make sure the tiniest of details was perfect. In college, I followed my love of design by enrolling in a Fine Arts program and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It was during those four years that I became infatuated with typography and knew that I had found my calling. After graduation I worked for a large consumer products company designing packaging, brochures and promotional pieces as well as art directing photo shoots. But what really tripped my trigger was outside the realm of my real gig: designing wedding invitations for recently engaged friends. (Yes, it’s a story many of us stationers share)! Custom invitations allowed me to combine my love of beautiful materials and tactile printing methods with out-of-the-box typography. When the time came to design my own wedding invitations, I pulled out all the stops and the process confirmed my true passion. Coral Pheasant Stationery was born!

2. What are the services you offer?

From Save the Dates, to the formal announcement to all of the day-of details, Coral Pheasant is a couple’s one stop shop for all things stationery. The complete paper purveyor!

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service? 

Coral Pheasant is located on the Connecticut shoreline in New Haven, Connecticut. If there is a great distance between us and the client – that is not a deterrent. We often work with clients whom we never have the pleasure of meeting live and in person. We collaborate with our long-distance couples via phone, email, and Skype and can share samples and swatches via snail mail. Truth be told, that’s often our process even with local couples!

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?

Ideally, wedding invitations should be ordered 6-8 months before the event date. The custom design process usually takes 3 weeks and Coral Pheasant needs 3-4 weeks for printing and mailing the final product to you. However, the more time you allot for invitations, the more time we have to design and assemble your perfect invitation suite. Save the dates sometimes go out a year in advance, so contact us as soon as you’ve got all the logistics nailed down!

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?

I think it’s really important for couple’s to seek out a stationer that aligns with their personal style – and personality. The design process can take several weeks or months and you certainly want to be collaborating with someone you enjoy working with! I love working with couples who appreciate the rules and break them just a bit to create hip, on-trend, thoughtful and highly personalized celebrations. If that’s you, let’s talk!

Photography: Coral Pheasant

Photography by Carla Ten Eyck.

Photography: Danny Kash

Photography: TBM

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

 

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Coral Pheasant Stationery

Vendor Spotlight is on: Coral Pheasant Stationery; exquisite designer of all things paper, Nichole Michel is truly a visionary in the world of stationery and beyond. 1. How did your business come to be? Art has been in my blood for as long as I can remember and my parents encouraged my pursuits wholeheartedly. One […]

Feminine Details – Bridal Trend Report Spring 2018

Feminine, Fierce, and Fashion-Forward — NYBFW Trend Report

Beth Chapman author, stylist, and owner of The White Dress by the Shore, a couture bridal boutique in Connecticut gives us an exclusive runway report from this April’s Bridal Fashion Week in NYC.

The trends that were revealed during New York bridal fashion week were all about classic, feminine details. “It is on trend to be classic…and I could not be happier!” Beth exclaims. Some of the most predominant trends to grace the runways…

Lady-like feminine details

There were sweet, feminine details in almost every line.  Lace, appliqués, swiss dot, and soft tulle were constants on the runway.  It is hip to be sweet for Spring 2018!

Marchesa, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Monique Lhuiller, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Theia, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Sachin & Babi, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Bows

I am such a sucker for a bow, so I was giddy to see them on many runways.  To me, bows never went out of style!  They were present on the front of gowns, on the back of gowns, on the shoulder, and even in the hair!

Sachin & Babi, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Viktor & Rolf, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Peter Langner, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Ines Di Santo, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Pearls

Pearls, a bridal staple as far as I am concerned, are the detail of the moment.  They were encrusted on gowns and draped in dramatic strands across the models necks and shoulders.

Monique Lhuillier, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Naeem Khan, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Reem Acra, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Naeem Khan, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Black Accents

Black accents were featured in many collections, even in those of the most classic designers. Black adds a touch of drama and certainly can create amazing waist definition. I love the idea of adding a touch of black in an accessory for your evening reception!

Marchesa, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Peter Langner, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Feathers

The flirty trend also showed up by way of feathers!  They were featured as accessories, but also incorporated into several gowns.  It was a dramatic touch on the runways and I think is fabulous for an avant garde bride or for a reception look!

Hayley Paige, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Mira Zwillinger, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Hayley Paige, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Off-the shoulder 

The hot neckline of the season is off the shoulder.  We are seeing this in ready to wear and it has made its way into bridal as well.  This is a wonderful alternative to strapless, but it still allows you to show your décolletage.

Marchesa, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Sachin & Babi, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Mira Zwillinger, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Theia, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

Pants

One of the most exciting trends was pants!  These were reflected in jumpsuits and adorable pant ensembles.  This is trend provides amazing options for same sex couples as well as for all of the brides wedding related events.

Viktor & Rolf, Photographed by: Jessica Haley

 

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Feminine Details – Bridal Trend Report Spring 2018

Feminine, Fierce, and Fashion-Forward — NYBFW Trend Report Beth Chapman author, stylist, and owner of The White Dress by the Shore, a couture bridal boutique in Connecticut gives us an exclusive runway report from this April’s Bridal Fashion Week in NYC. The trends that were revealed during New York bridal fashion week were all about […]

Vendor Spotlight is On: Sharon Morgera Calligraphy & Illustration


Vendor Spotlight is on Sharon Morgera Calligraphy & Illustration; with over 25 years in the business Sharon’s custom scripts and fonts are an art form like no other.

1. How did your business come to be?

I have been interested in creating art  my whole life and dabbled in calligraphy in high school.  When I moved to Newport, I was fortunate to meet and apprentice with world-renown bravura penman, Raphael Boguslav with the goal of perfecting my hand to begin taking on freelance projects.  Wedding calligraphy soon became my focus and I’ve been happily coordinating with brides and wedding planners for the past 30 years. In addition, I have worked toward a certificate program in Natural Science illustration at RISD so often include illustrations in my work.  Custom maps have become a popular item for events so I continue to enjoy drawing to that end as well.

2. What are the services you offer?

I offer hand lettering and illustration work for any occasion from invitations, envelope addressing, escort cards, mirrors to custom maps, menus and event guides. I hand mix my inks to coordinate with any color scheme and have several styles to choose from.  I can also create custom fonts if a bride has a style she is inspired by.

3. Where are you located and how far are you willing to travel?

I am located in Middletown, RI and am happy to travel anywhere I’m needed!

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?

For a full invitation design, I ask for 3 months notice.  Custom maps generally take one month. For most other projects, 2 weeks is sufficient.  Ideally, once a bride knows she wants to commission me, I will put the work on my calendar in advance.

5. What advice do you always give to brides?

My advice to brides would be to make sure that her inspiration style is coordinated and discussed with anyone else in her family or wedding party that would have influence or an opinion so that by the time she commissions her invitation designer or calligrapher, everyone is in agreement.  That saves everyone time and expense once the project is underway.

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Vendor Spotlight is On: Sharon Morgera Calligraphy & Illustration

Vendor Spotlight is on Sharon Morgera Calligraphy & Illustration; with over 25 years in the business Sharon’s custom scripts and fonts are an art form like no other. 1. How did your business come to be? I have been interested in creating art  my whole life and dabbled in calligraphy in high school.  When I […]

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