Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

A Southern belle and her Marine Corps fiancé met through mutual friends in the fall of 2012 but it wasn’t until a year later—after their pals convinced them to reconnect via Skype—that their relationship took off. After getting engaged in 2014, the couple exchanged vows in the chapel at the Naval Academy, followed by dinner and dancing at their waterside reception venue.

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Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

Bride and groom: Emily White and David Piekut
Occupations: Advocacy Manager for Fight Colorectal Cancer (Emily); Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps (David)
Based in: Pensacola, FL
Wedding date: May 02, 2015
Ceremony location: United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Reception location: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
Number of guests: 130
Minted wedding invitation: “Modern Classic” by Annie Clark
Wedding gown: Allure Couture
Wedding planner: Roxanne Ladd, Behind the Scenes Events
Florist: Rhonda Kaplan
Catering & cake: The Main Ingredient Catering
Photographer: Krista A. Jones Photography

Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

How did you and David meet?
We love the look on people’s faces when they ask us where we’re from and we answer separately, “New York City” and “A really small town in South Carolina.” Meeting each other and falling in love must have been destiny because so many things had to fall into place just right for it to happen. Luckily, my best friend (and maid of honor!) knew what she was doing when she introduced us. Her (then-) boyfriend attended the Naval Academy and David accompanied him to South Carolina for the USC vs. Navy football game in September 2012. They stayed at our apartment for the weekend and David and I spent hours talking in the kitchen. A year later, our friends convinced us to catch up via Sykpe and the next thing I knew, I was buying a plane ticket to visit him in Annapolis.

Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

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Elements of Style: Modern Maritime

Set sail on your newlywed adventure with a wedding celebration full of chic nautical details: knotted rope, mariner stripes, and windswept florals.

1. SEND // this wedding invitation
Set the tone with stationery featuring subtle nautical theme (“Rope Ampersand” by Jill Means for Minted).

2. WEAR // these bridesmaids outfits
Dress your attendants in a chic two-piece: strapless tops paired with white-and-navy striped skirts.

3. CUT // this cake
Asymmetrically stacked tiers decorated with edible oyster shells and pearls are a nod to the seaside setting.

4. CARRY // this bouquet
Ask your florist to incorporate various sea grasses for a textured, windswept look.

5. DISPLAY // these table-number cards
A traditional monkey’s fist doubles as table décor and a clever card holder.

6. SERVE // this wine
Yes way rosé: We love the idea of serving bottles of this pretty pink wine during cocktail hour.

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

More Wedding-Theme Ideas:
Wedding Trend: Painterly Pastels
• Wedding Trend: Citrus Punch
• Wedding Trend: Island Escape
• Wedding Trend: Dark Florals
• Wedding Trend: Delft Blues
• Wedding Trend: Bold Brushstrokes

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Meet a Minted Artist: Julia Contacessi

A monthly series where we highlight a member of our talented Minted artist community. Featured this month: contemporary abstract artist Julia Contacessi, who lives in Norwalk, Conn.

After graduating from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2000, Julia Contacessi worked in marketing and branding as a graphic designer before deciding two years ago to quit and pursue painting full-time. Here, she shares a glimpse into her studio life.

Q&A: Minted Artist Julia Contacessi

Quick! Tell us…
Digital or Film: Film
Modern or Vintage? Modern Vintage!
Marfa or Oahu? Oahu
Morning or Night? Night
Stripes or Polka Dots? Both please!

How did you first hear about Minted?
I first discovered Minted years ago (BN—that would be “Before Neo,” before my son was born!), around 2007. I used to make custom candles that people could give as party or wedding favors, and I was always searching for other industry-related ideas and products. I remembering falling in love with Minted’s concept, and, of course, the designs were amazing. Then, more recently, when I started painting full-time and began to focus on other avenues to expand my reach, I joined the community and started to enter art print challenges. The Oh! Ovals challenge last year was the first one I participated in.

What mediums do you most enjoy working with?
As a painter, I focus primarily on acrylics. And because I love exploring the contrasting nature of things, I enjoy working with polymers and texture pastes along with pencil and paper. And, just recently, I started playing with fabric but not sure if that’s going anywhere.

If you could sit down with any artist past or present, who would it be and where?
Patricia Larsen in her studio
(Ed. note: See images of Patricia Larsen’s incredible studio in Mexico on Remodelista.)

What are you inspired by?
I’m a details person and usually find beauty in the simplest of things. I can fall madly in love with the sparkle from the edge of a gold glass vase or obsess over the texture of a stone found along a walk. I guess, as a way to hold on to these bits of beauty, I started creating art—trying to recreate the beauty I find in life in my work.

What color palettes have you been into lately?
I’m currently crushing big time on all shades of blush.

What are some recent inspirations?  
I’m often drawn to the sea as a source of inspiration—I’m fascinated by how the ocean provides an escape and can transport you to a meditative, dream-like place. My most recent work explores the water in abstracted forms to capture the fluidity of time. I see this recent series as a progression of my earlier landscape work—it’s almost as if I am trying to capture the same subject matter and inspiration in another form.

How do you approach your art?
For me, my work is how I problem-solve and find balance.

And how would you describe your style?
My style is single-minded and focused on the simplicity of beauty in the moment. My goal is to drown out the noise and clutter to find a sense of calm. The end result is clean, fresh and modern.

What does Minted mean to you as a working artist?
Minted is such a valuable business partner—the company connects artists with amazing, like-minded businesses that would typically be untouchable as an independent artist. That means relationship-building in ways I could never do on my own. Minted is also a peer-to-peer resource and, in the creative world, I NEED MY PEEPS!! That means working on my own doesn’t have to feel that way.

"Sand" by Julia Contacessi | Minted  “Sand” by Julia Contacessi for Minted

Julia’s Favorite Things
We asked Julia to share her current favorite art, style, fashion, and home décor inspirations.

Who inspires you: Positive people doing good things
Favorite recent discovery: My new sneaks—Cloud. I can run all day in these babies.
Favorite place in the world: Home
Favorite charity: Everytown for Gun Safety
Favorite movie: The Birdcage
Favorite colors: A lot! Blush, gold, cream… and then navy, green, and gray. Plus, soft purple.
Fashion idol: Recently I’ve been exploring fluidity and discovered Rick Owens. Fashion as art, incredible! And I always love Eileen Fisher.
Daily website read: TheSkimm
Song in your head: Because of my six-year-old: “Lego Ninjago the Whip
Favorite Instagrammer: @interior_wish_list

Favorite pieces of art in your home: I just recently added two original abstract figures by Kim McAninch to my bathroom: this one and this one. Every day they make me smile.
Stationery: Neenah or Mohawk
Pets: Just recovering from the loss of our beta, Bubbles. He was a good fish.
Favorite flowers: Hydrangeas
Favorite gadgets: My Jawbone UP
Favorite neighborhood restaurant: LeFarm or Bartaco (because I can never get a rez at LeFarm!)
Favorite drink: By day, a fresh juice made with my Breville; by night, Smart Cookie red wine
Favorite dessert: Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars in coffee chocolate chip
Coffee-table book: Elements of Style by Erin Gates
Favorite snack: Lesser Evil Organic Popcorn in Himalayan Pink
Top 3 DVRed shows: Scandal, Girls and The Affair (oh, my)

Favorite artist: My mom
Favorite works of art: Oh my… here’s a look at my Pinterest
Favorite art supply store: Jerry’s or Blick
Favorite paints: Charvin and Turner Acryl Gouache
Favorite brushes: Liquitex Freestyle Paddle
Other art-related favorites: A good quality mat and frame!


Roundup: 10 Summer Cocktails to Help You Stay Cool

Now that the temps are rising, beat the heat with these delicious, frosty, summer-inspired cocktails. Serve them ice-cold at your next alfresco dinner party—or even at your wedding reception!—and you might not need the A/C.

Summer Cocktail Ideas: Strawberry Smash

1. Strawberry Smash // via The Coveteur

2. Grapefruit Fennel Fizz // via Jojotastic

Click through for eight more summer cocktail ideas


Children’s Birthday Party Challenge: Guest Judge’s Pick

Recently, we asked our community to submit their most fun and festive kid’s birthday party invitation designs for our “You are Invited!” Quickfire Children’s Birthday Party challenge. We received a whopping 1,356 submissions and, to help us sort through the amazing entries, we asked superchic blogger and wardrobe stylist (and mama to adorable Parker!) Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic to be our guest judge. Her winning pick? “Party Favors” by Jennifer Wick.

“I love all of the birthday invite submissions, but my favorite is “Party Favors” by Jennifer Wick. I love the simplicity of it and am always a sucker for polka dots!”
—Jen Pinkson of The Effortless Chic

Thank you so much, Jen, and congratulations, Jennifer Wick! You can also check out (and purchase!) all of the winning children’s birthday party invitations here.

Special Prize: Jen Pinkston's favorite Minted children's birthday party invitation


Currently Loving: Oversize Art

A simple way to make a huge design impact in your home? Oversize art. Large-format wall art is the latest home-decorating trend we’re loving—placing a super-size piece in just the right spot immediately injects some serious personality into your space. Ready to go big? Here are some of our favorite takes on this trend.

Home Decor Trend: Oversize Art

1. Above the Sofa
It’s one of the biggest design dilemmas: What do you hang in the space above your sofa? A single oversize piece is an easy solution. As a general rule of thumb, choose a horizontal or square piece that measures at least half the length of the sofa.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Mornings Away” by Emily Jeffords

Trend Alert: Oversized Art

2. On Its Own
This contemporary living room designed by Pamplemousse Design is anchored by an oversize painting (Phoenicia VIII by Al Held). The crisp lines of the black-and-white piece nicely juxtapose against the curved sofa.

Photo: Via Pamplemousse Design
Shop similar:Untitled B+W #1 2012” by Jaime Derringer

3. Gallery Wall
Place a large, oversize piece adjacent to a gallery wall consisting of multiple smaller works to help provide balance.

Photo: Sean Fennessy
Shop similar: “Off the Coast on the Shore” by Christina Flowers

4. Picture Ledge
If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on gallery wall, then a picture ledge is the perfect in-between. Frame your favorite pieces (Tip: Choosing the same type of frame will help unite the different pieces together), then lean them on the ledge, starting with the largest print, first.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Hexagon Cluster” by Yao Cheng (left);Desert Diptych” by Annie Clark (right)

Trend Alert: Oversize Art

5. Kid’s Bedroom
To make a small bedroom feel more spacious, choose an oversize print to help draw the eye upward, making the space seem more spacious. And opt for a bright pop of color along with matching accessories to tie everything together.

Photo: 6th Street Design School
Shop: “Hello Cocky!” by Catherine Culvenor


Roundup: Father’s Day Ideas

Haven’t bought a gift for Father’s Day yet? Give your pops something other than a new tie—preferably something you made with your own hands. Here are six thoughtful, homemade ideas your dad is guaranteed to love.

Father's Day DIY Ideas

1. Cookie-cutter shortbread cookies // Martha Stewart Living
2. “You Rock” cupcakes // Oh Happy Day
3. Bow-tie Father’s Day card  // Julep
4. Printable Father’s Day giftwrap // Almost Makes Perfect
5. Father’s Day medals // And We Play
6. DIY adjustable apron // Purl Soho

More Father’s Day Ideas:
• Printable “Spin the Wheel” Father’s Day Card
• DIY: Colorful Happy Father’s Day Sign
• Father’s Day Breakfast Printables

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Minted Real Wedding: Kelly & Andrew in San Clemente, CA

We’re hitting the beach for today’s Minted Real Wedding—specifically, sunny San Clemente, California—where attorneys Kelly Regan and David Andrew Brown tied the knot in front of their 120 guests. The couple, who first met in college and later reconnected in law school, hosted a charming seaside celebration with a classic blue-and-white color palette.

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Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding

Bride and groom: Kelly Regan and David Andrew Brown
Based in: Orange County, CA
Wedding date: December 6, 2014
Ceremony location: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, San Clemente, CA
Reception location: Casino San Clemente
Number of guests: 120
Minted save the date: “Classically Stated” by Roxy
Minted wedding invitation: “Classic Letterpress” by Lauren Chism
Wedding planner: Andrea Guzman, LVL Events
Photographer: The Grovers
Florist: Sweet Marie Designs

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding | San Clemente, CA

Tell us about the proposal!
Andrew proposed on Easter morning—we’d made Easter baskets for each other, and he hid the engagement ring in a plastic egg. I initially didn’t find the ring when I first looked in my basket, but he told me I had missed some chocolate and that I had to go back and look. And then he got down on one knee!

How did you hear about Minted, and how did you choose your wedding invitation?
I’ve used Minted for bridal shower invitations and engagement gifts for friends over the past few years, so I decided to use Minted for our save the dates (“Classically Stated” by Roxy for Minted). For our wedding invitations, I ordered samples from every printer I could find and visited several stationery stores, and we decided to go with Minted again (“Classic Letterpress” by Lauren Chism for Minted) because we really liked the quality of the invitations and the easy ordering process.

Did you add any special touches to your invitations to make them your own?
We added an extra liner and wrapped each invitation with a blue-and-white striped ribbon, which we also used throughout the entire wedding.

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding | San Clemente, CA

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Elements of Style: Painterly Pastels

Your wedding day is a blank canvas—turn it into an artful celebration by adding details with romantic, painterly brushstrokes in shades of soft pastels.

Weding Idea: Paint Strokes

1. WEAR // this wedding dress
This silk ball gown by Kathryn Conover Couture features hand-painted florals along the skirt (all done by the bride!).

2. GIVE // these sugar-cookie favors
Send guests home with a box of these pretty (and delicious!) hand-painted treats.

3. CUT // this cake
Have your cake designer paint the bottom tier, then crown the confection with a trio of sculptural sugar flowers. (Cake design by Savvy Fare)

4. SEND // this wedding invitation
Set the tone for your artful celebration with this painterly invite (“Peach Strokes” by Emily Jeffords for Minted).

5. DIY // these escort cards
Direct guests to their seats with mini hand-painted canvases displayed on wood easels.

6. CARRY // this bridal bouquet
Ask your florist to select in-season blooms in warm, soft shades of apricot and peach.

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 /

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Happy Mother’s Day from Minted!

Mother’s Day is a special time at Minted—not only do we get to celebrate the wonderful women in our own lives, but also the amazing community of women that make Minted what it is. We asked our Minted community—our designers and artists, customers, and fans—to share a photo of themselves with their mama along with a fond memory or their best piece advice, and we were so moved by everyone’s submissions! Here’s just a snippet of the heart-warming entries we received; you can see all the submissions on Instagram via #mintedmoms.

1. @goosenpumpkin: Anytime spent with my mom, my sister and all our kids (8 between the two of us) is a great time. Lots of noise, Grammy cooking up a storm and playing with the kids in between it all. She is pure joy. I have never met anyone harder working, more generous, more gracious or more self-sacrificing than my mom. She is adored by everyone blessed enough to know her and, obviously, just beautiful; inside and out.

2. @smile_peace_love_creative: My mother, my guardian angel, has inspired me to follow my dreams. Her words, and her grandson, that she never had the chance to meet, have inspired me to move forward in my life.  With her passion for life prominent in my memory, I strive to push myself and follow my dreams.

3. @HolliejngAround the time this photo was taken, I remember being bullied by some kids in the neighborhood. I came home crying and my mom gave me a cuddle, some M&Ms, and taught me one of life’s most important lessons: Chocolate makes everything better!

4. @DjFalconer: One of my favorite pictures ever. Me with my Mom, my Grandmother, & my Great-Grandmother {1979}. Everyday, but especially on Mother’s Day, I feel incredibly lucky to have had them set a shining example of what it means to be the world to your children.

5. @maraboudesign: I attribute all my success to my mother’s moral & intellectual guidance. She is the epitome of grace, style & beauty. Her mother passed away when she was only 3yrs old, and my grandfather never married again. Though she never experience the security of having a mother’s love, she never allowed her loss of that bond prevent her from being the best mom a girl could wish for.

6. @Mothershrummer: Introducing my mom to a “selfie” and her smile when she sees us together! [Especially sweet] when they have dementia…. These are the moments!!

7. @jan_vilkin_kessel: My Mom-mother of 4 outstanding individuals:), was the Mom that all the other kids wanted. “I wish my Mom was like your Mom”, they all said. Everyone was always welcome at our house. My Mom was an outstanding mother, and a wonderful human being. She was a friend to everyone.

8. @leslieannjones: Even at the beach, a mom’s work is never done. So thankful for this lady and all that she’s sacrificed for me over the years. Thirty years later, and she’s still helping me to stand.

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