Branding: The Nesterie

Take a peek at this cozy little brand concept, featuring a design that feels modern yet welcoming. It’s all in the typography—a careful combination of serif and sans-serif type. A minimalist icon echoes the shape of a nest, but was also designed to be versatile… it might also call to mind a clay vessel or piece of furniture, abstractly befitting of The Nesterie’s home goods collection. A rich color palette anchors this design with earthy hues, maintaining that cozy and organic feel.

Wouldn’t you love to shop here? It looks like the perfect place to collect little pieces of hospitality for your home—a cozy blanket, a handmade mug. I hope you enjoy this brand concept as much as I do!

 

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Delicate Details at The Grove

Fine Art Wedding Invitation Suite:
Delicate Details at The Grove

This shoot was the loveliest passion project for me and my sweet friend Steph (Gray Door Photography). Usually, as a stationer I play one small role in an event planner’s overall vision… but this time, Steph and I had our hearts set on executing a shoot of our own. We dreamed up a small, intimate shoot focused on delicate details. It was so much fun to act as the “planner” and stylist for this project; we were able to tailor every detail to our own aesthetic, from designing the tabletop to selecting the gown. It was my first opportunity to style a full shoot, and, along with Steph, bring our own vision to life.

Inspired by the delicate details of an intimate gathering, this shoot captures a romantic atmosphere and feminine aesthetic. A neutral color palette with burgundy accents keeps the gallery simple and organic—letting heirloom details take center stageOur hearts were captivated with the tiniest and most delicate details: the small things that, for a bride, become heirlooms of her love story… the fine lace trim of an antique sleeve, her dainty floral hairpin, a heartfelt love note from her husband-to-be.

Against The Grove’s natural landscape, the tabletop set an inviting outdoor scene. It spills over with fruit, cheese, bread and wine: the staples of an intimate gathering, one that brings people together over delectable food and authentic company. Styling this tabletop was a dream come true for me! To cap the celebration: a slice of wedding cake, topped with delicately-crafted sugar flowers.

Loose florals add texture and depth… the organic, oversized arrangements are bursting with big summer blooms and lush greenery. Delicate dahlias and blush roses pop against merlot-hued leaves and carefully layered botanical texture.

Our bride exudes feminine elegance in a diaphanous gown with a simple silhouette. An upswept hairstyle and natural makeup maintain a soft look, highlighting a graceful femininity. Her bridal accessories – a floral hairpin, dainty lace bolero, and ethereal veil – are guaranteed to become cherished heirlooms of this heartfelt celebration.

The paper goods are custom-designed to reflect an organic aesthetic. A loose script in natural walnut ink evokes an ethereal feel, complemented by a traditional serif typeface throughout the suite. Hand-illustrated botanical drawings and a custom venue sketch maintain a handcrafted quality and ensure that the design is unique to this love story alone. The suite also includes thoughtful paper details the bride will treasure for a lifetime: hand-lettered vows, and a romantic love note from her husband-to-be.

This collaboration evokes a delicate feel at every turn. The details-focused approach highlights simple beauty, delicate femininity, and carefully curated character—true elements of an heirloom love story. Thank you, Steph, for collaborating with me on this beautiful project; it was everything I had hoped for, and then some.

 

The Fine Art Wedding Invitation Suite

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Tabletop Styling & Details

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Bridal Portraits

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Vendors

Fine Art Wedding Invitation Suite // Sarah Ann Design
Photography // Gray Door Photography
Planning & Styling // Gray Door Photography & Sarah Ann Design
Venue // The Grove
Floral Design // Vella Nest
Gown // Lovely Bride, Dallas
Hair and Makeup // Beauty by Yari
Rentals // Beautiful Event Rentals
Cake // Sugar Bee Sweets
Model // Kelsi

Featured

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October Freebie

 

Welcome, October.

And welcome, sweet readers, to another month here at Sarah Ann Design. If you’re anything like me, you’re still wondering just where September went… how did it debut and then somehow slip away so quickly? But October is always a welcome change: in my mind, it marks the beginning of the holiday season. And, if we’re lucky, it may even hold a change in the weather—which, in turn, offers reasonable justification for cozy blankets, a warmly flickering candle, and soups simmering on the stove for hours on end.

October also marks seven months of full-time at Sarah Ann Design. Can you believe it’s been over a half a year? At times I feel like an awkward teenager with knobby elbows and knees, growing way too fast for me to catch up to myself. But it has all been such a dream, worth every minute of hard work and hustle. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to make intentional investments for my brand’s future, and to refine the overarching goals of this creative endeavor. I couldn’t be more thankful; a creative life is a happy one.

 

Last month, we reminded ourselves to be present over perfect. The sentiment of this month’s freebie isn’t too far off, but I think a reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment will be relevant throughout the inherently busy autumn season.This month, I’m reminding myself of a favorite quote from Jim Elliot:

Wherever you are, be all there.

I used to be so anxious for the next season—in life and in the calendar year. I spent each month anxiously anticipating the next, to the extent that I was unable to wholly enjoy my present circumstances (which, of course, I had at one time so anxiously anticipated). Over the past few months, I’ve challenged myself to grow in this particular area of self-improvement. I’m certainly not perfect, but I’ve definitely made progress. I am better able to let myself rest, to be present over perfect, to “be all there.” 

I think this phrase is especially important for my engaged couples. Engagement is precious, wonderful, intense, and fleeting… filled with so much anticipation for the next season. But yet, engagement is a worthy season all on its own, one that deserves to be cherished and celebrated and savored. So, my brides-to-be, remind yourself to slow down and enjoy what this season holds. Engagement contains a special kind of excitement that cannot be replicated, a joy unique to this season alone. Let yourself enjoy the anticipation, savor the excitement, and use it to lay an intentional foundation for your marriage.

It’s an important phrase for all of us, no matter where we are in life.

This season is beautiful, exactly as it is. Be wholly present to experience it in exquisite detail. Wherever you are, be all there. 

Enjoy these freebies, and please feel free to share. I hope you’ll come back soon to see several publications that I can finally share with you, along with a few brand designs that you’re going to love. Plus, a refresh of the semi-custom shop—including new design collections on the horizon! Things are busy here, but I am learning to find balance and to be fully present for each moment.

So, this October, I hope you’ll take this reminder to heart: “Wherever you are, be all there.” Whether you are busily hustling at work, joyously celebrating a recent engagement, picking pumpkins with your family, or simply cozying up on the couch watching football… let yourself enjoy the full presence of each moment, as is.

 

 

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