Monday, December 31, 2007

good [wifey] things: file folder tote

Remember the Seinfeld episode with George and his exploding wallet? I was about five seconds away from recreating that scene with my wedding binder. I maxed out its loose paper capacity with t-minus nine months to go.

My folks-in-law-to-be thoughtfully picked me up the tre-cool Audrey File Folder Tote from
russel+hazel. It's a nice solution for brides with a ream of contracts in tow. I just love all their products and who can't resist the desire to get organized when it looks this good? I will let you take a guess as to which color I have.

Friday, December 28, 2007

*style me pretty* mention

We heart Style Me Pretty! Abby Larson posted our engagement invite today on her hugely popular and addictive wedding blog. Its a true resource "for the style obsessed bride." A very special thanks to Kathleen for the heads up on the DIY Contest call for submissions. Kathleen and Joe's coat check tags made it too. Aren't they great? Designers just love an excuse to use a perforator!

i had to post it...

h+n: four years in four minutes

Thursday, December 13, 2007

new post

Here is a small post to tide you over. I have bride's blogger block. Lots of news to share. So much news, I dont' know how to organize it in my pretty little head. Goodwifey loves you (two) though!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

save the date yo

Warning: Lame designer content ahead...

We are getting closer every weekend with save the date ‘identity and campaign.’ The content is finally done and we look forward to a fun exercise in information hierarchy very soon! Our hotel, airline, and car special discounts all seem to have a unique set of information and directions. We are trying to streamline as much as possible from a typographic perspective. Hopefully, in the end, people will access the website too.

The design is going swimmingly! I have it about 85% in place and Nick is going in as the finisher. He pushed my design a bit more (as he does so well when we collaborate) and it is getting pretty tight. I pushed back too of course. We have one more panel to figure out then off to the printers. I am hoping to keep the last panel down to one color so we are more cost efficient.

I have been planning for letterpress as our final form factor this whole time. It’s a
two color deal, so regardless of how we end up printing, it will look great. If it ends up being letterpress, some of the elements could be tricky to calibrate. Offset would save us some money, but this design is so destined to be pressed into some Crane’s Lettra in bright white, yummy.

We also bought Envelopments pocket folds to make a mini packet for the whole mailing. I love you dainty, mini packet mailers! I am currently investigating interesting ways to bind it closed. I keep leaning towards a two sided satin 5/8” ribbon despite swearing never to include tying of bows/knots again for a design project. Its just way too hard. Seattle isn’t my favorite place to find ribbon and floral supplies either. In fact, it is a wasteland. Thankfully my mom and I can go on a mission this weekend in LA.

Friday, November 16, 2007

flutes, cake knives, unity candles, oh my!

Search any of these keywords combined with “wedding” and you will shutter with the ugliness that ensues before your eyes. It’s really horrid. You best set aside some time to do research and get creative if you want something different. I can see our stuff going down something like my "reception/ceremony must buy” mood board pictured here. Alessi cake knife, Crate & Barrel flutes, and some random candle sticks I found. I bet we get forced into using some unity candle holder at the church. I am really sold on these flutes I think. All accomplished without hearts, 3d flourishes, and doves.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

it’s my wedding but it’s your dress

I just kicked off the hunt for bridesmaid dresses with my b-maids. Yes, it is early, but the color black is rampant in fashion since we are in the fall/winter season. Would Halli chose any other color for her most special day? Of course not! In fact, I may freak out because I am not in black that day. Beyond it being the only color that I wear and love, it is the only color in the scheme of weddings that can be reused for other events IMHO. The goal: Pick a dress they like; pick a dress they will wear again (hopefully). Normally design by committee is not a good policy, but this time it makes sense.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

moons over my honey

Alas! The wedding show paid off. I picked up a brochure from a travel agent who specializes in honeymoons and lo and behold—she turned around some amazing rates. I began my own research a few weeks ago and started to sweat amidst the massive wedding expenses going on. Don’t get me wrong, we are probably shelling out way more than your average newlywed couple on this honeymoon (I come from a long line of hotel snobbery) but man, rates get overly ‘spense in Hawaii fast. Before I go any further…

About Hawaii—Okay yes, call us sellouts, whatev. I still wince a little when asked where we are going. But the deal is: September wedding + Caribbean = hurricane risk. I put my eggs in the Caribbean’s basket any day, except for the month we are getting married. We will leave the USVIs for our first anniversary and dive trips for years to come.

We also considered Fiji, but those jerks decided to have a political coup. BoraBora...2k a night. F
ugetaboudit. Halli annoying Nick throughout Europe is not a romantic time either. Okay, back to aloha. Here are the winners:

Week 1: Grand Hyatt Kauai
This is our prime recovery and relaxation phase. We originally were shooting for Four Seasons Maui
Wailea or Ritz Carlton Kapalua, all wonderfully luxurious, but they suffered from dull pools and not ideal beach access. Call us dorks but, how about a water slide and a lazy river with that mai tai? We saw the Grand Wailea featured as a top pool on the Travel Channel over the weekend, but it had fair reviews on Trip Advisor due to poor service complaints. This was also confirmed by our travel agent. Kauai kept creeping back as a leader. They have so many pools we will be lucky if we get to a beach. I stopped in at the Grand Hyatt Kauai once too, and I remember wishing I had stayed there.

Week 2: JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina
Here is the part of the trip where we do very Nick + Halli things: run around on battleships, go to war memorials, dive WWII wrecks, visit Dog the Bounty Hunter, eat, drink and be married. Jim and Paula, beyond funding impending wedding, have also treated us to a week on Oahu at a swanky JW property. Thanks! I will make Nick wear a Hawaiian shirt the whole time as we shove fists full of macadamia nuts in our face. Expect lots of crap from from Hilo Hattie’s.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

a saturday

Move over water boarding… wedding shows are the new preferred form of torture. We went to the Seattle Bridal Show last Saturday. Nicholas was an excellent sport and it wasn’t too painful thankfully. We also dragged Gabby and Jym, so may as well bring down the whole crew with us right? I have been to these shows in the past and they haven’t been that great for style inspiration, but still fun nonetheless. Good to see some real world floral and get my hands on some bouquets, but really most of the stuff was pretty tacky. The swag and cake samples were light too. Booo. We will keep on keeping on with our favorite blogs and magazines.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

our event guru

We hired an event planning firm, Kristin Banta Weddings & Special Events, to help manage and consult with us this next year. Really, the investment was about keeping us all sane in the months ahead as we plan from 1000 miles away. We interviewed a few planners and clicked with Kristin’s philosophy and felt great about her level of experience. Considering we don’t need someone to recommend cream cardstock for invites but need someone to make sure our Visio table diagrams and napkin folds are executed properly, this team should do great. I just love her portfolio.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

LA: the venue short list

Finding a modern design/architecture-inspired venue in LA for a wedding reception shouldn’t be that hard right? Wrong! For bride-elects who dream of a wedding at the beach, amongst California-Spanish style architecture, or at a hotel/country club, LA provides many wonderful options. However, to obtain a modern-ish venue you have to do some serious research. Here is our shortlist. The baseline requirements included: modern, stylish, indoors, and minimum capacity of 150 guests.

Seven Degrees

If Laguna Beach was less of a drive, hands down we would be celebrating here. Initial thoughts were to make it an “at-home destination wedding,” but after considering the drive
for in-state guests, it was seeming less feasible. Moving on to the true beauty of Seven Degrees, these guys offer a full service experience- event curation, design, floral, food, lighting—you name it, they do it. Working with them would have been a dream, esp since we are planning from 1k miles away. There would have been no gawking staff at our mood boards and table layout diagrams there.

The Social Hollywood

How rad to say that your wedding was at a Chodorow establishment? We loved everything about this place, except the large event space. The styling is exquisite except for that one room! We were also bugged by the fact that they Photoshop’ed elements into their brochure that didn’t exist in the space (fabric panels, staircase). It was a huge let down, but at least the staff was very friendly and accommodating. It’s a good option for a rehearsal dinner or a professional event.

The Luxe Sunset

This would get the mom and senior vote. The Luxe is a quaint boutique hotel nestled in the hills off Sunset. We like it, but the modern feel was a bit soft for our tastes + the color palette blah. The hotel as a whole is beautiful, however we have been hell bent against plunking our wedding into a hotel ballroom. The outdoor/cocktail reception area was perfect, but the indoor space would need a lot of dressing up. Also for a boutique hotel, there were some sloppy details- dirty outdoor furniture, chipped paint, etc. The true positive for this place in the end would have been the ability for guests to crash there and stay the night.

We heart Republic in all aspects, except that it was a total buyout for a Saturday event. Also, there wasn’t an elevator for accessibility needs. We lament the fact that we will not be dining on their signature lobster corn dog hors‘devours.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

oh and did we mention...

We set a date.

not too shabby

engagement spectacular

On September 15th we celebrated the n+h engagement spectacular with our families and 80 of our closest friends, co-workers, and industry colleagues. People came from near and far for the party and we still, to this day, are blown away with having had so many of our loved ones present for this momentous event. A truly unforgettable night it was for us both!

We are infinitely thankful to Jim and Paula for making this experience possible and throwing us an amazing party. Yet again, we thank Mr. Jym Snedeker for going above and beyond the call of duty as alpha friend—party planning guru—crazy woman whisperer—bearer of cupcakes for the masses—right hand man. A fine time it was.

One million thank you’s to all who were able to join us. Check out the full photo collection on Flickr.

Monday, October 15, 2007

bad bride blogger

now hear this: good wifey is not missing in action! time to put a stop to this radio silence, especially since there are so many updates to share. posting(s) coming soon, very soon. promise, k?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

government glue

thank you Martha for popularizing the use of vintage postage stamps on wedding envelope systems. beyond adding a special level of detail and thematic tie-in, it is also a small gesture towards sustainable usage. stamps are currency never to be discarded! do remember to run a postage test mailing first. with vintage stamps, comes the appreciation for their modern successor self-adhesive stamps…

its probably been 10 years since I have had the pleasure of getting sloppy with a sheet of postage. now i understand why they switched. first off, the glue is the most brutal sticky stuff ever. it gets all over your hands, so washing often will keep your envelopes goop-free. also lovely, our engagement party stamps were from the 1950s and 60s so they tasted like licking an antique store floor. minty flavor is a modern convenience here people. worse, my research shows that the average stamp has 5 calories per lick. 5 cal x 250 stamps = shit! needless to say i didn’t list that in my personal training food journal that day. using a wet sponge for the job was no good, offering little control and glue goop on black envelopes was a threat.

Monday, August 20, 2007

a taste of things to come

good [wifey] things: the organizer

i am confident i could have met my wedding organizational needs with just a binder and Excel speadsheets, however i am a huge sucker for planners and other design items stemming from the "fill in the blank" craze. when i found Target's Club Wed Organizer, i couldn't resist. it is straight up brilliant-- a breath of fresh air among the vast array of mediocre planners on the market.

the worksheet-esque format allows users to record global details and manage information within beautifully designed modern, cheery pages. it is void of unnecessary content and truly focuses on user-personalization, making it a very effective tool in a bride-elect's planning arsenal. when content does appear, it is smart, to the point and well illustrated (do check out the registry section).

yet another fine example of Target's pro-design values making the world a better place.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

mail merges are for sissies

one million thank you’s to Jym for his beautiful penmanship + help with addressing engagement party invitations. 80 addresses = pure friend devotion. if I didn’t have the handwriting of a 7 year old boy, I could have been of more help. we owe you one and don’t worry… we are hiring a calligrapher for the wedding invites.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

we heart gutenberg

with impending wedding now a year away, we have started to further ramp up our letterpress skills. no more playing with the proofing press; time to make some real things here. thankfully we now have access to the press at HADW.

yesterday we sent off our first crack at designing for a custom plate. the design and setup process was freakishly simple and similar to what one would do for an offset press--think vector, set the bleeds, set the crop marks. the only special consideration was making sure nothing was under .25 pt lineweight. thankfully our BFAs cover the above skill requirements.

we did wuss out on printing this one ourselves. my ink and small type skills aren't quite there yet. we do however love and trust starparticle press (as featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, 2004).

we are shooting to print our 'save the dates' on the HADW press. don't hold your breath for chirstmas cards.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

logical wedding investments

1. wedding dress
2. personal trainer

today was day 2/first real workout with personal trainer (aka wedding drill sergeant). when i am putting on my dress on the big day...someone please remind me that the almost puke + faint embarrassment today on the gym floor was all worth it.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

06.18.07 / never forget

in case you didn't hear the story or better, get a hysterical call at 10:15pm. it went down something like this...

"After long last, Halli and I have upgraded our status to "engaged" this past Monday evening. Following an impromptu dinner of Italian food, laughter, and a random Russian accordionist, we returned home to what Halli thought would be just another evening of to-do list items and emails. But there was another game afoot...

In short, Halli was led to believe that I was going to show her some new video game (Halo3 beta, of course) footage, but the footage I actually showed her was a photo/video montage I made of our past four years together. The shock set in when, after the extraordinary display of motion graphics, I took a knee and asked her to marry me. Halli said "yes," (phew) but everything else seems like a blur because of her general hysteria (of happiness and joy).

A few days later, we're a little calmer but still really excited about what's to come. Halli is quite satisfied with the new piece of hardware for her hand. Doobie McScratches and Bizmark von Whiskers (our cats) seem only mildly interested by this latest development, but we're sure they're just internalizing the good news.

We want to thank all you, our family and friends, for your love and support throughout our lives. Stay tuned for more info — rest assured there will be plenty of celebrating over the next several months. Love, laugh, use good type, and do good work."

Our best, Halli + Nick

Friday, August 3, 2007

a blog is born

instead of boring family and friends with constant wedding chatter and planning conundrums over the next year, we have decided to document our experience via the magical interweb. we can now bore the entire world with our details. simultaneously, it serves to validate our inner design snob and masochistic 'event planning-as-hobby' skills.

in all honesty, we are looking to plan a smart, amazing, memorable weekend for our friends and family. its the least we can do for those we love the most. see you in fall of 08.