Checkerboard Collaboration: Inspiration Boards
Cookies, Design Inspiration, Weddings

A few months ago I was asked by Michelle May, one of the lead designers at Checkerboard, if I would like to collaborate on an exciting project that she was working on for Checkerboard’s new Unveiled collection.  Of course I said yes!  Below is one of the beautiful collages that is part of this project which showcases their new line of stationary and I have to say from what I’ve seen the invitations are completely beautiful and very detailed!  It’s probably best if I let Michelle tell a bit about the new collection…

“About the collection: Unveiled is a new Checkerboard wedding invitation album releasing this week at the New York Stationery Show. The immediate look of the book is so different, as it uses inspiration boards and beautiful imagery to set the tone for each ensemble. With images courtesy of Michele M. Waite Photography, Dom Miguel Photography, Cookie Creatives, Something Sweet by Michelle, and Sprout, beautiful collage boards make each suite come to life and create visual excitement, as each step of your wedding planning should be! The colorful collages of cool locations, wedding cakes, decorative cookies, and photojournalistic images were designed and inspired to capture the excitement and inspiration for each design by the artist.  Each invitation suite may tell a story of your wedding; the planning, the gatherings, the parties, up to and through the main event of the wedding ceremony and reception. The common invitation text is taken to a new level with your excitement and personal connection to your guests in mind.”

And here’s a bit from the press release for the NY Stationary Show: 

“Unveiled elevates the act of inviting through imagery and personal expression, making it a conversation between the couple and their guests. No longer are invitees mere spectators but rather they are now a part of the event just as they have been a part of the couple’s life. From stationery that tells the personal story of a couples first date, to coordinating note cards that add a distinctive and individual touch to an invitation, Unveiled welcomes your guests into the event as active participants..they may just become as excited as the bride and groom.

 Unveiled features mindful juxtapositions of colors, from subtle tone on tone to bold pops of color such as vibrant corals partnered with aqua and bright watermelon on white. Fashion forward as always, we’ve expanded our extensive collection of envelope liners to include lively patterns such as whimsical balloons and antique maps along with luxurious imported Italian designs.

 Unveiled has thought through all the little details that make a couple’s planning easier and their event more personal and unforgettable. Checkerboard invitations are sold internationally. Although this new line is not yet available to view online, you can visit your local stationer to see it in person.”

I thought that I’d start by sharing one of the beautiful boards that Michelle created.  There are lots more but I figured that it would be best to enjoy them one at a time and also to spread the inspiration out over time…

{c} Checkerboard  {Images: Bride & Tent: Michele M. Waite Photography:  Rings: Dom Miguel Photography:  Corset Cookies: Cookie Creatives}

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Mentions, Miscellaneous

We’ve been mentioned a few times recently around the web and I thought that I’d share some of the links.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I get when I find out that someone has decided to write about us or mention us on their website or blog!  It’s so rewarding see my work being shared with different audiences who may not have come across my site on their own.  I want to say a huge “THANK YOU!!” to everyone who mentioned us recently…it definitely made my week!!

Two Friday’s ago we had the honor of being the “Fabulous Friday Find” on the So Chic Events Blog!  Shelby is the amazing Planner/Designer behind So Chic Events, a Massachusetts based Event Planning company and writes a great blog with ideas and tips to help you through the planning process.  You can also check out some of her work on the my Kate Parker Wedding site since she is a fellow member!

Recently, I found out that some of my cookies along with a few of Michelle Bohigian’s cakes (Something Sweet by Michelle) had been featured on the eInvites Blog, eInvite’s Insights.  I met Michelle May, one of the talented designers behind eInvite, at a wedding tasting party we did at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester, MA.  I was thrilled when she contacted me to ask if she could use some pictures for a very cool project that she was designing…I can’t wait to hopefully share some pictures of what she has done!  You can also check out her design blog at Festival Creative.

As I’ve mentioned before, we are a member of the new and very neat wedding website, my Kate Parker Wedding.  Earlier this week Kate posted a Vendor Tour video of our company on YouTube.  Very Cool!  Be sure to check it out along with the my Kate Parker Wedding YouTube Channel, where there are some other great vendor tours and some tips from Kate herself.

A few weeks ago on Style Me Pretty, the winners for the Deserving Couple Contest put on by the wonderful Jessica of Jessica’s Country Flowers, were announced.  Jessica is SO amazing to do this for these couples and I am thrilled to be a part of both 2011 weddings and one of the 2010 weddings.   I can’t wait to work with the fabulous group of vendors that she has put together as well as the wonderful couples involved!

It was very neat to find out that one of my cookie images had not only made it into an inspiration board put together by Kate Parker of my Kate Parker Wedding, but also that the board was featured on The Wedding Chicks!!  The board was titled Black and White with Hues of Blue: Vintage Inspiration.  Check it out for some pretty vintage inspiration and to see which cookies were part of it! 

I was excited when I received an email last Monday morning from Stephanie of Starry Night Design Studio, letting me know that she had mentioned my cookies on her blog!  Stephanie does the most amazing hand painted aisle runners and also does coordinating accessories to match. Check out some of her work and also her blog which has lots of great ideas and inspiration! 

Thanks again to everyone for the mentions and I hope that I get to return the favor soon!!

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