Branding: Anondale Mansion

 

I love my wedding stationery clients more than anything, but sometimes my creative heart needs a little extra inspiration. Whenever I feel like I need a creativity boost, I like to create non-client projects… the creative freedom helps inject an extra dose of inspiration into my workflow. This branding concept is the perfect example of just that!

This wedding venue branding captures a romantic essence, balancing an old-world feel with a modern fine art aesthetic. I imagined a stately European mansion turned into a wedding venue rich with historic character. How lovely would it be to celebrate your love story in a manor brimming with old-world charm?

I created a modern script logo, paired with a venue illustration sketch (two of my favorite things!)—all in gorgeous tones of greige. Simple variations (an “AM” monogram, the isolated venue graphic) add versatility to the brand elements and maintain a cohesive aesthetic from head to toe. This wedding venue branding is a lovely expression of an old-world mansion’s character, elegance, and charm. Take a peek:

Wedding Venue Branding: Anondale Mansion

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Wedding Venue Branding: Anondale Mansion, by Sarah Ann Design

*Note: mood board images are used only to evoke a particular aesthetic for the brand;
they may not be used in any print or web material.

 

Interested in collaborating on your own brand identity?
It would be my pleasure to bring your aesthetic to life in visual form.

Brides of North Texas: White and Rattan

Wedding Invitation Design // Sarah Ann Design, Featured in Brides of North Texas

The Magazine

Brides of North Texas‘s new issue is here and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This season’s magazine is brimming with inspiration on every page. Brides-to-be will definitely want to pick up a copy and collect ideas from these talented wedding designers and creatives. It’s such a helpful resource! You can find the magazine at Barnes & Noble, or stop by the Brides of North Texas website to have one delivered right to your doorstep.

I hope you’re able to spot some fun invitations from Sarah Ann Design in these pretty pages… there are quite a few featured throughout the magazine (thank you, editors!). I took a bold approach this season, incorporating truly unique designs that each reflect a one-of-a-kind occasion. My submissions this season are highly personalized, true to the event concept, and unlike anything I’ve done before. I hope you have fun seeing the fresh approach, and enjoy seeing a wide range of design possibilities… whether you’re inspired by my groovy ’70s suite, or this streamlined contemporary set!

The Wedding Invitation Design: White + Rattan Inspired

This particular spread focuses on the small details that make a wedding day so special. Our inspiration was simple: a unique rattan chair from Coral Lane, with an otherwise ivory and green color palette. When the details are done well (carefully arranged blooms, flawless makeup, customized paper goods), you don’t need much to make a statement. As you can see, this spread lets the smaller details shine; the minimalistic approach focuses on well-executed elements and (of course!) impeccable taste.

I am head-over-heels in love with this suite. The set is designed to balance a modern aesthetic with classic taste. And – wait for it – it’s completely non-calligraphic. As much as I adore calligraphic scripts, I thought this theme called for something a bit more modern and clean—but of course equally elegant. It was a wonderful opportunity to focus on typographic detail, exercising a more contemporary design sense.

I let sophisticated typography take center stage (featuring a custom-designed typographic monogram); I then painted watercolor floral illustrations to soften the overall feel of the suite. Each piece is carefully crafted to echo a minimalist aesthetic with a touch of organic character—from invitation and save-the-date to patterned envelope liners and a modern details card. The details card might actually be my favorite piece of the suite. Its unique long horizontal layout gives it a modern edge, complemented by typographic initials and a sweet little love story. Don’t you think guests would love to receive this thoughtful little piece?

Overall, this suite is one of my favorites to date. Every detail is intentionally designed to evoke a sophisticated feel and a cohesive look, maintaining a stylish aesthetic from head to toe. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Brides of North Texas so you can get the full effect in print!

Take a look:

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P.S. Want to be let in on a little behind-the-scenes secret? This shoot day was so windy! And cold! We actually had to tape down the entire suite, using double-sided scotch tape to adhere each piece to the ground. Kylie did an incredible job snapping her shutter at just the right moment, so it doesn’t look like everything is about to blow away!

vendors:
Wedding Invitation Design // Sarah Ann Design
Photography // Kylie Crump Photography
Venue // The Springs: Denton
Floral Design // Flourish Floral Design
Rentals // Coral Lane
Beauty // Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup
Gown // LeAnn’s Bridal

Brides of North Texas: Colorful Ceremony at The White Sparrow

So lovely to see this ceremony inspiration featured in the new Brides of North Texas issue! It is always a pleasure to arrive at everyone’s favorite wedding venue: The White Sparrow Barn. Its whitewashed walls and stunning natural light never fail to impress, time and time again.

This pink and purple ceremony concept was designed by A Stylish Soiree as the perfect way for the classic bride to say “I do.” They also provided the bright blooms—a vibrant explosion of springtime color. Captured by Gray Door Photography, it’s a gorgeous scene!

While I did not contribute the invitations to this collaboration (those are courtesy of the talented Cleggraphy Designs!), I did provide a sweet hand-lettered detail: custom calligraphy vows. I love when couples choose to incorporate written vows into their ceremony! It is such a precious way to commemorate your lifelong promise to each other. And – after the wedding – frame them in your new home as a reminder of your commitment to each other and to marriage.

Enjoy this colorful ceremony inspiration, and don’t forget to pick up the newest issue of Brides of North Texas Magazine. It’s brimming with all kinds of wedding inspiration, including several unique custom invitation designs from yours truly… and so much more wedding goodness!

 

 

 

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vendors:
Custom Calligraphy Vows // Sarah Ann Design
Photography // Gray Door Photography
Venue // The White Sparrow
Planning // A Stylish Soiree
Floral Design // A Stylish Soiree
Stationery Design // Cleggraphy Designs
Gown // Patsy’s Bridal Boutique
Hair and Makeup // Wendy Zerrudo
Rentals // Top Tier Event Rentals

featured:
Brides of North Texas: Fall/Winter 2017 Issue

Brides of North Texas: Cigar Lounge

Today on the blog: another gallery from this season’s Brides of North Texas magazine! As I mentioned before, this season I branched out to show several bold concepts and unique invitation designs. This particular spread is no different: featuring wedding-day signage and a one-of-a-kind invitation suite, it definitely makes an impact in print.

It’s always a treat to work with Shannon of Shannon Rose Events—her creative concepts are guaranteed to inspire. Our past collaborations include an emerald-hued whiskey bar and modern Southern tablescape (both featured on several publications!). Her “Cigar Lounge” concept for this shoot certainly offered plenty of inspiration for my signage and invitation suite designs.

Signage

The Cigar Lounge chalkboard sign features a beautifully flourished calligraphic style—with a relevant quote from Mark Twain as the finishing touch: “I never smoke to excess: that is, I smoke in moderation—only one cigar at at time.”  Topped with simple greenery, it was the perfect touch for this outdoor lounge area. Small signage labels (Mints, Matches, and Cigar Bar) provide elegant details throughout the scene.

Invitation Suite

I also created a special invitation suite, custom-tailored to suit the theme. Emerald and navy envelopes paired with gray tones create a memorable color palette, and each piece of the suite is made to belong in our upscale Cigar Lounge.

A clean layout keeps the focus on uniquely flourished calligraphic elements: the couple’s name and intertwined initials. I chose to write in a monoline calligraphy script (meaning there is no variation between thick and thin lines; the lack of shading helps create a distinct look), to help balance the intricately flourished line-art graphics.

For each custom suite design, I like to come up with one-of-a-kind envelope liner patterns that really help set the suite apart. In this case, I hand-illustrated a cigar and created a custom pattern from the drawing. I used the same process to create an additional liner pattern featuring the tobacco plant flower—a cool finishing touch to a memorable invitation design.

For one final piece, I created a distinctive “love story” card to be displayed at cocktail hour… a fun way to keep guests entertained until the bride and groom arrive!

Take a peek and enjoy! Plus, be sure to look for this spread on the newsstand shelves. You can pick up your own copy at Barnes and Noble!

 


 

 

vendors
Wedding Invitations // Sarah Ann Design
Wedding Signage // Sarah Ann Design
Photography // Alba Rose Photography
Coordination // Shannon Rose Events
Venue // The Milestone: Denton
Floral Design // R Love Floral
Rentals + Décor // Propmaker Event Rentals
Hair and Makeup //
Gown //
Models // Campbell Agency

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