2018 Midwest Wedding Vendors

There are so many things that I would do differently if I were getting married again (to my Superman, of course).  Not only knowing more about the industry than a fresh-out-of-college graphic design student would, but knowing specific vendors who I would want to work with.

So I have decided to have list (updated annually) of my preferred vendors—who would I want to work with for my big day—people who create quality work in a style that I find relevant to today's wedding trends (just say "no" to the pom-pom style wedding bouquets), and people who I know that I can trust.



Rhiannon Bosse | Full service; Day of Coordinating; Florals
I love her sense of style and the way she runs the show.  I recently listened to a podcast style Instagram-live and I loved what I heard/learned.  She is organized and thinks ahead, which is exactly what you want in a wedding planner.
Ines & Marie | Full service; Day of Coordinating; Styling
Romantic and elegant.  They run a full show and can offer help with florals, paper goods, styling and renting furniture


Samantha James Photography
A recent discovery for me, but I was instantly hooked!  One thing I can definitely say that I regret from our wedding day was not taking the time to look for a quality photographer.  You have that with Samantha, and she's a sweetheart to boot!
Kristen Cloyd Photography
I love this girl!  Based in Chicago, I love her light and airy style as well as her personable and genuine heart.  A newer photographer to the field, she is quickly making a name for herself

Honorable Mention:
If she had not moved down south, than I would probably call Alison Chang for our photographer.  I've worked with her in the past and absolutely loved the finished results and how she was able to help everyone relax and feel comfortable.


A Day Design | Florals; Event Planning
If I chose one of the planners above, I would likely use their floral services, but I do often find myself crusting over Shelby's work.  I haven't worked with her myself, but she has a great reputation.
Curtsy and Bow | Florals; Planning
I have had the pleasure of working with Robin on a styled shoot this past year.  She is a doll, very personable and down to earth, and her bouquets were stunning.  Definitely my favorite part of the entire shoot.


The Detroit Institute of Arts | Walter B. Ford Great Hall
The hubby and I are both artists and I can't believe that I didn't think of this venue when we were married a few years ago!  I love the idea of celebrating in this beautiful environment with the white marble and the elegant pillars... I would definitely consider having our ceremony and pictures taken here!
Greenfield Village; The Henry Ford
I am a history lover, and one of my favorite places in the world is Greenfield Village.  For an outdoor ceremony, I would probably choose Pennsylvania Courtyard or the Coltswold Cottage.  The Lovett Hall Ballroom would be a beautiful reception location—and I love the idea of pictures in the Prechter Promenade.


Unlike Juliet | Wedding Magazines
Betsy is a gem and we have been instagram buddies for a few years now.  Her wedding magazines are brilliant and I am hoping to snag one of her business versions in the near future!


Wedding Invitations with a Historical Flair

Could all of my stationery have architecture drawings on it?  I am in love with the contrast between the more delicate and free watercolor next to the structured line drawing of this memorial.  It perfectly echoed the elegance for this event and even added the needed sophistication to the reception table.  The beautiful wine and peachy pink flowers with the minty sage leaves were the perfect color combination for this early fall wedding.  I especially love how the wine envelope grounds the entire suite and keeps it from looking too light and airy for the location or season.

If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Grosse Pointe War Memorial—just to tour the grounds—I highly recommend it.  Beautiful architecture, lovely gardens, nice views.  It was a pleasure.

Source: HistoricalWeddingInvitations

A Seaside Wedding Invitation

And by "seaside", I mean "lakeside".

This lighthouse and wedding took place at Marblehead Lighthouse, just off of Lake Erie.

I love how everything came together for this invitation. The bride specifically requested a sophisticated "beach" theme.  She didn't want seashells everywhere, but the venue—which was also where this sweet couple was engaged—begged for a tie in with the stationery.

It was decided: the lighthouse had to be included, and a crest surrounding the text of the invitation itself was decided upon to add a classier element.  To tie the two elements together, the shield of the crest itself is a thick rope and the water is delicately added to the corners.  Add some flowers and you have the main body of this invitation!

It was love at first sketch.

The icing on the cake (or, shall we say "the salt in the air"? Okay, I'm done... this is a freshwater LAKE, after all) was adding the gold metallic elements.  Because this was a small suite, I hand painted the gold dots on the berries.  It was a simple way to add that extra special something to really make this suite shine!

What do you think? What is your favorite element of this suite?  I would love to hear your thoughts!


Portrait — Ines & Marie


I had the opportunity to illustrate the lovely duo of "Ines & Marie" events (Formerly "Take A Seat Events") earlier this fall to celebrate the launch of their rebrand!  It was so much fun to work with them on this portrait and even have a fun little giveaway.  Even more fun, I was able to meet them in person at my local Tuesday's Together meeting!

They are so sweet in person too, I wish I had them around when I was planning my own wedding a few years ago!