Minted Real Wedding: Anne & Chris in Healdsburg, CA

Minted’s very own creative director, Anne Donnard, envisioned a romantic, Secret Garden-like feel for her wedding to fiancé Christopher Bogart. The couple found Barndiva, a farm-to-table restaurant in Healdsburg, Calif., which proved to be the perfect setting for their alfresco celebration. Foil-pressed wedding invitations by Minted (“Floral Crown” by Lori Wemple) set an inviting tone, and the couple’s 92 guests were treated to an evening of poignant vows and toasts, delicious food and wine, lush florals, and plenty of sweets, dancing, and merriment.

Healdsburg wedding at Barndiva

Bride and groom: Anne Donnard & Christopher Bogart
Occupations: Creative director at Minted (Anne); director of supply chain management (Christopher)
Based in: Oakland, CA
Wedding date: April 15, 2017
Venue: Barndiva, Healdsburg, CA
Number of guests: 92
Minted wedding invitation: “Floral Crown” by Lori Wemple
Florist: Home Sweet Flowers
Cake designer: Moustache Baked Goods

How did you and Chris meet?
We met through a mutual friend who set us up on a blind date. Chris and I had lunch at The Grove in San Francisco and then wound up going for a long walk in the neighborhood. It was a date that lasted well beyond lunch.

Tell us about the proposal!
My parents came to visit for Labor Day weekend last year; Chris got to my apartment ahead of me and the plan was for all of us to have dinner together at my place. When I got home, Chris and I went up to the roof to watch the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge, and as we were admiring the beautiful sunset, Chris got down on one knee. It was actually the same place where we had our first kiss!

Barndiva Healdsburg CA wedding

Who made your wedding dress?
It was a style called “Kinsley” by Angel Rivera.

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
It was actually the first dress I tried on and I bought it that day! Dress shopping was an amazing experience—I went to Kingsley James, a salon in Walnut Creek. We toasted with champagne and hoped that everything would be as simple as getting the dress!

Where were  the bridesmaids’ dresses from?
Jenny Yoo

Did you incorporate any meaningful family traditions into the wedding day?
I wore the earrings that my mother wore on her wedding day; also, my sister, who was my maid of honor, and I wore pearl necklaces—the pearls were from earrings that our grandmother wore on her wedding day.  

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Behind the Design: “Happy Day” Wedding Invitation

Minted designer Angela Marzuki, who’s based in St. Charles, Ill., shares the vision and creative process behind her bold and modern brushstroke-patterned wedding invitation “Happy Day.”

What was the inspiration behind this design?
I am very inspired by abstract artwork that invites an emotional response and is open to individual interpretation. “Happy Day” was a way to blend these different ideas to create a modern, unconventional wedding invitation that still evoked the joyful nature of a wedding.

Describe your creative process—from initial idea to end result.
I always begin a new design by exploring and brainstorming multiple ideas simultaneously. This step is usually messy and far from glamorous—I sketch ideas, swatch out colors to visualize new combinations, and sometimes simply create a list of words. These steps often lead to a more concrete concept, which I pursue further by sketching a layout to include type and refining the artwork. Next comes scanning or uploading artwork, tweaking colors if needed, and refining the type even more. This is also when I start thinking about the design’s versatility and what any complementary pieces may look like.

What are some challenges you faced as you were designing?
I initially thought I would paint the background with acrylics—I usually love seeing the textural brushstrokes. But once I started, it wasn’t matching the vision in my head. I wanted something more flat, with a color palette that remained very matte. I switched over to creating the entire background digitally on my iPad Pro, and that gave me the exact look I had been envisioning.

Describe the type of bride or wedding you imagined this design would complement?
While creating, I imagined a completely white, modern venue—an art gallery or loft space with minimal decoration so that color would really pop. But I think this design would be equally at an outdoor event in, say, Palm Springs. Poolside perhaps!

Angela Marzuki | Happy Day wedding invitation by Minted

What wedding trends do you love right now?
I love the trend of not following trends (gasp!). I truly think the best weddings are ones that reflect the couple, that embrace and celebrate their individual style regardless of what is currently considered on trend.

How did you come to design for Minted?
I came across an ad for Minted on a blog back in late 2010 or so. I had studied art for most of my life before pursuing what was perceived to be a more stable and conventional career path in college. Feeling rather unfulfilled, I was looking for a way to get back to my more creative roots. I started entering challenges in 2011 and, after a few months, I realized this is truly what I should have been doing all along. Designing for Minted has really brought me full circle in many ways.


More from Angela Marzuki:
• “Happy Day” wedding invitation
• Angela’s Minted Store
• Angela’s Instagram

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• Wedding Invitations
• Save the Date Cards
• Wedding Websites

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Minted Real Wedding: Laura & Joshua in Cleveland, NC

For their rustic North Carolina nuptials, fashion blogger Laura Leigh Bain and her marketing exec beau Joshua Elliott chose a floral-patterned invitation (“Classic Floral” by Alethea and Ruth) to send to wedding guests. Following an alfresco ceremony, the celebration moved indoors for dinner, dancing, and additional merriment (complete with a s’mores station!).

Minted Real Wedding, The Arbors Events

Bride and groom: Laura Leigh Bain & Joshua Elliott
Occupations: Fashion + lifestyle blogger at Louella Reese (Laura); marketing account executive (Joshua)
Based in: Charlotte, NC
Wedding dateOctober 15, 2016
Venue: The Arbors Events, Cleveland, NC
Number of guests: 135
Minted save-the-date: “Jotted” (foil-pressed) by Ashley Hegarty
Minted wedding invitation:
 “Classic Floral” by Alethea and Ruth
Wedding planner: Paris Prusak
Florist: Lily Greenthumbs
Cake designer: Honey Butter Bakery 
Photographer: Faith Teasley

How did you and Joshua meet?
We met in our marketing classes in college. My roommate actually introduced us and we worked on a group project together.

Tell us about the proposal!
Joshua planned an incredible day from start to finish, taking me to different places where we had very monumental dates. It ended with the proposal in a sweet park near his home that we frequent often, followed by a surprise dinner with all of our family. All of the details can be found on my blog Louella Reese.

Minted Real Wedding | The Arbors Events

How did you find your wedding venue?
I spent hours searching online for rustic venues in the Charlotte area. After a lot of research, we went through my list of venues and chose four we wanted to visit. The Arbors Events was the last one on our list and we knew the search was over the second we pulled in.

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Minted Real Wedding: Christen & Timothy in Maui

Though Timothy Dayton had been a family friend for years, he and Christen Huff had never crossed paths. That is, until Christen’s brother’s wedding. The pair began dating and after two-and-a-half years, Tim surprised Christen with a bedside proposal on Christmas morning. With Christen pregnant with their daughter, the Southern California-based couple decided to host an intimate destination wedding in Maui and planned their celebration in just four months. Guests were sent letterpressed invitations (“Inline Type” by Hooray Creative) printed in navy and pink, and the couple tied the knot in front of their 67 guests during an alfresco celebration complete with bold colors, vibrant florals, and tons of tropical touches.

Maui Wedding at Sugar Beach Resort

Bride and groom: Christen Huff & Timothy Dayton
Occupations: Registered nurse (Christen); owner of a commercial fishing business (Timothy)
Based in: Ventura, CA
Wedding dateApril 23, 2016
Venue, catering, cake: Sugar Beach Events in Kihei, Maui
Number of guests: 67
Minted wedding invitation: “Inline Type” (letterpressed) by Hooray Creative
Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy
Welcome bags: Waller Designs
Wedding planner: Amy Nichols Special Events
Florist: Wild Heart Floral & Event Styling
Photographer: Kathleen Geiberger Art

How did you and Tim meet?
We met at my brother’s wedding. Tim has known my mother and brother for many years, but our paths had never crossed.

Tell us about the proposal!
We got engaged on Christmas morning. We had a house full of people who had stayed with us during the holidays and everyone knew what was about to happen but me. Tim surprised me on one knee me at 6 a.m. at my bedside. I was hardly awake.

Maui Wedding at Sugar Beach Resort

Why did you decide to marry in Maui?
Tim and I knew that if we were to get married in Ventura our guest list would be way too large. We wanted something small but not too small, and we both love tropical, warm weather. Our wedding was planned in four months so it also had to be within the United States. Maui just worked!

How did you find your wedding venue?
Amy, my wedding planner, has a friend who’s also a wedding planner based in Hawaii. We asked for suggestions and, based on capacity, we found Sugar Beach Events.

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Wedding Inspiration: Pantone Color of the Year Greenery

The color experts at Pantone recently announced their “it” color for 2017: a bright, vibrant hue called “Greenery.” They describe the color as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew.” From bridal bouquets and wedding cakes to invitations (natch!), we’re loving how “Greenery” effortlessly translates into a lush, nature-inspired celebration. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate the color into your nuptials.

Pantone Color of the Year - Wedding Ideas

1. Bridal Bouquet: Opt for a full, textured arrangement with simple white blooms and an emphasis on fresh greenery like eucalyptus leaves and trailing ferns.

2. Ceremony Backdrop: DIY your own ceremony or photo booth backdrop by attaching small bundles of fresh greenery to twine with clothespins.

3. Reception Centerpiece: A grouping of potted ferns in different containers makes for an elegant-yet-unexpected tablescape.

4. Wedding Cake: Decorate a simple fondant-covered confection with a handful of sculptural ferns.

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Take the Perfect Holiday-Card Photo (with your phone!)

How is it mid-December already? If you’ve been putting off your holiday cards (procrastinators, unite!), don’t fret—there’s still plenty of time to pull off a stylish Christmas card or holiday greeting. And if you weren’t able to book a professional family photo shoot, no worries. Just use your smartphone’s camera and follow these tips from professional photographer Edyta Szyszlo to stage a successful DIY shoot (no one will know the difference!).

Last Minute Christmas Cards: How to Get Great Family Photos with Your Phone

1. Find natural light.
Natural light allows for more even skin tones and better image quality. Avoid being “backlit,” which happens when the brightest light is behind you, and instead, seek shade (no more squinting eyes!). Also, be sure to ditch the flash (because let’s face it—no one looks good with a harsh light in their face!).

2. Phone a friend.
Ask a friend or family member to take your picture—smartphones have better image quality when using the forward-facing camera.

Last Minute Christmas Cards: How to Get Great Family Photos with Your Phone

3. Think: Selfies!
However, if you can’t recruit a friend to play photographer, then it’s perfectly fine to go the selfie route—they’re great for a fun, candid feel. Be sure the person with the longest arm is snapping the photo (or use a selfie stick!) and shoot from above for a more flattering look. Pro tip: Use the camera’s shutter shortcut for better hand positioning.

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Behind the Design: “Joyful” Wedding Invitation

Chicago-based Minted designer Carolann Belk Parran of Pink House Press shares her vision and the creative process behind her hand-lettered wedding invitation “Joyful.”

hand-lettered wedding invitation

What was the inspiration behind this design?
I was in the middle of planning my own wedding, so I thought about what words I would want my guests to associate with my wedding from the moment they opened their invitation. I knew I wanted to do something fun with typography, so I decided to give the word “joy” the most prominent and central role so that the happiness of the couple could really come through. 

Describe your creative process – from initial idea to end result.
Knowing that I wanted to do something typographic for this design, I first decided on the wording and which words to make most prominent. I sketched out the design making the words “joy” and “marriage” largest, and filled in the empty spaces with the floral filigree. To finalize the design, I scanned in the words and floral pieces that I wanted hand-lettered, and positioned complementary fonts for everything else.

What are some challenges you faced as you were designing?
I wanted my hand lettering to look clean and smooth because I was mixing it with fonts, and that’s always difficult when moving from pen and paper to digital. I used the help of my Wacom tablet to digitize this design, but just purchased an iPad Pro and am excited to play with that to make the digitization process easier in the future!

Describe the type of bride or wedding you imagined this design would complement?
I envisioned this invitation for a sweet Southern belle whose spirit exudes the title of this design, “Joyful.” And with such a long season for outdoor weddings in the South, the floral-inspired filigree would perfectly suit an outdoor celebration (like my own!).

What wedding trends do you love right now?
I love that more and more couples are breaking from tradition or are putting a new spin on an old tradition to make their day more personal. And now that guests tend to be more spread out and have to travel farther for weddings than in the past, I love adding in a little local flavor in the form of wedding favors, décor, welcome bags, or food and drinks!

hand-lettered wedding invitation

Tell us about your workspace.
I was excited to get my very own home office when I moved to the Chicago area last year! I now have lots of storage space for my printers and presses, and a large desk where I can spread out my pens, brushes, and tablets. But realistically I usually meander over to the couch to work by the TV.

How did you come to design for Minted?
I had heard about Minted through the grapevine and knew they held design challenges, so when I had a little spare time from my then-day job I decided to submit a little watercolor illustration I did on a Sunday afternoon. I always think the best worst thing to happen in my Minted experience was that this very first entry got picked, because it made me think that winning challenges would be easy (spoiler alert: it wasn’t!).


More from Pink House Press:
• “Joyful” wedding invitation
• “Evergreen Wishes” holiday card
• Carolann’s Instagram

More from Minted:
• Wedding Invitations
• Save the Date Cards
• Wedding Websites

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Minted Real Wedding: Cassie & Scott in Aubrey, TX

Cassie and Scott, after a doozy of a wedding proposal in Aruba (involving Cassie passing out!), decided to tie the knot at The Grove, a stunning alfresco venue in Aubrey, TX. The couple sent out Minted save the dates (“Sweet Embrace” by Hooray Creative) and foil-pressed wedding invitations (“Engraved Flowers” by Phrosné Ras), then exchanged teary “I dos” before their 95 guests (including many of the groom’s family members who had traveled all the way from Australia).

Minted Real Wedding at The Grove in Aubrey, Texas

Bride and groom: Cassandra Tipps & Scott Mcguinness
Occupations: Professional figure skating coach (Cassie); PGA Tour caddy (Scott)
Based in: McKinney, Texas
Wedding dateNovember 14, 2015
Venue: The Grove, Aubrey, Texas
Number of guests: About 95
Minted save-the-date card:Sweet Embrace” by Hooray Creative
Minted wedding invitation: “Engraved Flowers” by Phrosné Ras
Wedding planner: Wendy Kay from Birds of a Feather Events
Florist: The Southern Table
Cake designer: Jar Cakery
Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography

How did you and Scott meet?
Scotty and I met at Christie’s Sports Bar in uptown Dallas. A girlfriend of mine and I went to the restaurant/bar to watch one of the Dallas Stars playoff games. (My friend and I were ice girls at the time for the NHL hockey team, so we were and are pretty big hockey fans.) We sat in a booth towards the back by ourselves, ordered food, and focused our attention on the game. Scotty and his friend were sitting nearby—his friend ended up saying hi first, but it didn’t take long for Scotty (who was pretty shy at first) to come over and sit across from me after my friend got up to go to the bathroom. We continued to talk and the game ended, and as we were walking out he asked for my number so we could hang out soon. The rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal!
Okay, so I have a story for ya… The second week of December 2014, I had a weeklong break from work, so Scotty and I took off to Aruba for a nice, warm vacation. (Little did I know he had already asked my father for my hand and bought a ring.)

The day that he proposed was a doozy. We had planned to go on a four-hour excursion to the south part of the island with a tour group; our first stop was a natural pool surrounded by volcanic rock. When I got in the water, I struggled with my flotation device and I remember kicking a sharp rock. I got out and one of our guides noticed I had cut my foot and was bleeding. Now, anyone who knows me knows I don’t do well in these situations—I sat down and suddenly felt queasy. While holding on to Scotty and trying not to pay attention to the guy cleaning me up, I passed out. Fell into Scotty arms. Out cold. I came to about a minute later and was very out of it. “Where am I? Why do I hear water?” The rest of the day was a slow one. Being bandaged up and very groggy, I told Scotty I didn’t know if I was up for dinner that night and he put absolutely no pressure on me to go, which I loved. Thankfully, I decided to suck it up and go out—we were in Aruba, after all!

Little did I know that Scotty had it all planned: a table on the beach with a perfect view of the sunset (I thought we just got lucky!). After dinner, it took forever for our check to come. Scotty went to “ask” for it and our waiter came over and suggested we take more photos. This was weird to me since it was dark by this time, but we stood up and suddenly the saxophone player, who had been playing for the restaurant, walked over playing “All of Me” by John Legend. Next thing I know Scotty is saying “I love you so much,” crying, and fumbling with this little blue bag (Tiffany!). He got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” I started crying and said “YES!” I kissed him, we hugged, and the all of the guests at the restaurant clapped and cheered. What. A. Day.

Minted Real Wedding at The Grove in Aubrey, Texas

Who made your wedding dress?
Wtoo by Watters

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
Fun. I loved seeing how different dress styles looked on me—big and poofy, slim and classic. I definitely wasn’t a “first dress” girl. It took me a little while to realize what I wanted. And my mom, who is a dressmaker, was there every step of the way to help me, as well.

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Meet a Minted Artist: Denise Wong

After working in a variety of art-based professions—art-exhibition planning and design as well as practicing art law—New York City-based painter Denise Wong decided to quit in order to pursue her own art practice full time. Here, Denise shares her artistic journey, where she finds inspiration, and what Minted means to her as a working artist.

Meet a Minted Artist Denise Wong Denise Wong was photographed at the Minted Local store in San Francisco alongside her limited edition art prints “California” and “Highway One.”

Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist, ever since I was a child. I have very early memories of drawing, it was my favorite activity to do. When I was younger, I treasured my art supplies and I’m happy now to have finally integrated my childhood visions into my adult life and to have made art a full-time career. I think the things we truly enjoy should be the stuff of our everyday lives.

Tell us about your art.
My specialty is painting, particularly acrylic painting, but I also work with mixed-media works on paper. Painting is a wonderful, expressive form—it’s a very visceral form and I really love getting my hands into the paint. I started out drawing, like many artists do, and eventually transitioned into painting, starting with figurative painting. Later, I transitioned from figurative painting to more abstract works.

What did you do before pursuing art full time?
I’ve dabbled in many things over the course of my life—I’ve worked at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Columbia University Department of Art History in their Modern Art and Curatorial Studies department—but my own art practice is the thing that keeps pulling me back. Whenever I would veer off course, I would continue making art. I went to law school to study art law; prior to that, I was in graduate school for social science, focused on anthropology. I studied museum-exhibition design to make art more accessible to the public in an approachable way. While doing that I became interested in issues on cultural property and repatriation of stolen art; so I went to law school and studied art law, worked for an art-law journal, and became a lawyer. The legal work was very detail-oriented and I found that the more detail-oriented my work became, the art I was making—which initially was figurative in nature—started to come more abstract. Painting was a great outlet for me because I could balance the details of my work with the free-flowing nature of abstract painting.

How did you transition into a full-time art career?
It was slow and gradual. I took a number of art classes on the side as I pursued a variety of career opportunities. I was always making art but I just needed the right opportunity to begin selling art. While I was a student, I was interested in making art accessible to a wide variety of audiences and was always interested in innovative models of art exhibition and art sales. Companies like Minted are very forward-thinking and when I saw that Minted had expanded to the art world, it was a perfect match.

Meet a Minted Artist: Denise Wong

How did you discover Minted?
I was extremely busy with my day job and my art practice was getting pushed to the side. I was trying to think of ways to get back into making art and spending more time with my art practice. One day, I discovered through a blog post an ad for Minted and I checked out the website. Once work calmed down a bit, one day I opened up a magazine to a full-page ad for Minted. I went back to the website again and saw they were launching an art competition in a couple of weeks—I applied and the rest is history.

What makes Minted’s artist community unique?
What I love about the Minted community is that it’s extremely friendly, it’s almost like being in art school with family. It’s a very personal community and is a great way to get feedback in an honest and friendly way—I love it.

What’s inspiring you these days?
Inspiration is everywhere. I live in New York City and it’s very diverse and vibrant. I find inspiration around every corner—I love where I live and it’s a great place to get inspiration daily for the variety of pieces I’m working on.

How would your friends and family describe you?
They’d probably describe me as creative, with many interests, and very dedicated to pursuing them all.

What does your future look like?
When I think about the future, I’m very excited about the many opportunities I have in mind. One of those is Minted’s recently launched commissioned art program. It enables me to connect with art enthusiasts from all over the United States. I love working on commissioned pieces because it’s a way to connect with a customer in a personal way to create a piece that suits them.

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Behind the Design: “Boho Ikat” Wedding Invitation

Minted designer Nicole Armstrong of Penelope Poppy, who’s based in Pittsburg, Penn., shares the vision and creative process behind her brightly patterned wedding invitation “Boho Ikat.”

Boho Ikat wedding invitation from Minted

What was the inspiration behind this design?
I was very inspired by the brightly colored bohemian weddings that I had been seeing and wanted to create a design that embodied that look and feel. The super bright colors are a bit of a departure for me but it was fun to explore different palettes and capture vibrancy. A good friend of mine was getting married the same time as I was creating this invitation and she was a big inspiration, too—she even helped name the design!

Describe your creative process – from initial idea to end result.
Sometimes I get inspired by an idea and sit down and start hashing it out. Other times I am sitting at the computer, knowing that I need to create something. I just start messing around with different ideas and there is a lot of morphing and transforming that happens as it begins to shape. When it comes to designing, I am a “feeler,” everything that I create is based on instinct, no so much the rules of design. To complete a project, I need to get it to a place where it just feels right to me.

What are some challenges you faced as you were designing?
One of the biggest challenges with “Boho Ikat” was the color palette, I was concerned about getting it just right. I really wanted that vibrancy to come through and to have playful colors that complemented each other nicely without coming off like a rainbow tie-dyed shirt. That’s why I chose a palette of hot pink, teal, mustard/gold. I wanted to convey the fun spirit of a boho wedding and these colors worked perfectly.

Describe the type of bride or wedding you imagined this design would complement?
Let me paint the picture for you: The wedding takes place in the desert, with mountains in the distance, lots of bright florals, succulents, cactuses, brass accents. The bride is wearing a floral crown and a lacey, bohemian-style dress and her groom is casual, maybe wearing a fun tie. Think: feathers, dream catchers, terrarium centerpieces, and macramé.

Boho Ikat wedding invitation from Minted

What wedding trends do you love right now?
I am a huge fan of brides who can pull off a completely cohesive event without being too matchy-matchy. Different patterns and colors. I love bridesmaids in mismatched bridesmaid dresses. It just looks so much more personal and interesting and less “cookie cutter.”

How did you come to design for Minted?
I loved designing wedding stationery and was so excited to find a community with such beautiful and inspiring work and couldn’t wait to become a part of it. I submitted pieces for my first wedding invitation challenge back in 2010. Six years ago! I love the company and appreciate the community and level of detail that goes into every aspect. Minted does everything with excellence and with a genuine and sincere work ethic—something I strive for in my own work.


More from Nicole Armstrong:
• “Boho Ikat” wedding invitation
• Nicole’s Minted Store (Penelope Poppy)
Nicole’s Website
• Nicole’s Instagram

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• Wedding Invitations
• Save the Date Cards
• Wedding Websites

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