I know that everyone says that they have the best clients but I'm pretty sure that I'm 100% correct when I say that I HAVE THE BEST CLIENTS!! I got the opportunity to create some truly unique baby shower invitations for a repeat client, Paula. They wanted something with a one-of-a-kind feel that included watercolor, calligraphy, and something a bit out of the ordinary. We settled for a gold foil invitation with blush watercolor borders and a gorgeous grey linen backer. Baby Elin is already one loved and lucky girl!
The moment I receive any email from Hollie of Elleson Events, I know that she's asking me for something amazing. When she reached out to me for a floral inspired watercolor save the date, I knew I would be in for a treat! Jackie, Hollie and I worked together to make one of the dreamiest Save the Dates I've had the pleasure of creating. Splashes of blush and lavender floral decorate the border of the Save the Date and features brush lettering and a beautiful grey linen fabric backer. Everything about the design and this stunning styled engagement session from Hunter Ryan Photo is absolutely perfect!
Anytime Lauren Field Design and Untamed Heat Photography combine their talents, you know magic is about to happen. This styled shoot, set in Austin, is full of dream-like imagery and a romantic sophistication that is so characteristic of both ladies. When they reached out to me to be a part of this, I jumped at the opportunity.
Photography - @untamedheartphoto // Design & Styling - @_lauren_field // Florals - @_lauren_field // Venue - @theallanhouse // Rentals - @premiereeventsaustin // Cake - @bluenotebakery // Invitations - @onthreedesigns // Headpiece & Veil - @hushedcommotion // Gowns - @jennifergifforddesigns @bhldn // Robe - @girlandaseriousdream // Ribbon & Table Runner- @silkandwillow // Hair - @blonderehab // Makeup - @leahtrogan // Models - @arirebchinn @elvisclark
From the moment I met Lauren, I knew immediately that I was going to love her style. Lauren, owner of L. Hudson Shop, wanted an ivory on ivory palette with pops of gold and a STUNNING silk moire backer. She created her own monogram and even embroidered custom napkins for each and every one of her guests.
Combine her creative flair and impeccable taste, and, well... see for yourself!
Well, I could not be more behind on updating my blog! I'm catching up today and starting off with this GORGEOUS sea side styled shoot from photography Kati Rosado and planner Hollie Raulerson. Head over to Magnolia Rouge to see the full feature.
Photographer KATI ROSADO / Ring TRUMPET & HORN / Veil BLAIR NADEAU / Make-up JOANNA ARAYA AT IN 2 YOUR BEAUTY / Wedding dress SAINT ISABEL / Hair JESSICA SCHULTZ AT BANGZ SALON/Styling ELLESON EVENTS / Cake PUBLIX BAKERY/Runner & napkins SILK & WILLOW/Table CRYSTAL AND CRATES / Stationery ON THREE DESIGNS / Groom's attire ASOS / Models CHRISTINA ROSADO & BLAKE ROBISON
I had the absolutely honor of being included in a bridal shower styled shoot with a group of talented individuals from all different types of industries. I was approached by my neighbor and photographer friend, Jacoby Andrick to take part in a earthy, boho-inspired bridal shower shoot in our gorgeous Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. I already knew that I wanted to work with Jacoby but after learning that Saint Louis food blogger, Amanda Wilens of Feed Me with Amanda and talented florist, Laura Wade of Ophelia Floral were part of the planning and styling team, I was sold.
The brains behind the creative team planning the styled shoot wanted to celebrate the beauty of all love by pulling together this dreamy, same-sex styled shoot. They pulled together an all-star team of vendor across the St. Louis area and beyond to contribute their time and talent. The results? Well, take a look for yourself.
List of Vendors:
Coordinators: Feed Me with Amanda, Jacoby Photo and Design, Ophelia Floral Design | Photography: Jacoby Photo and Design | Floral Design: Ophelia Floral Design | Food + Recipes: Feed Me with Amanda | Styling: Feed Me with Amanda | Calligraphy, Invitations, Paper Goods: On Three Designs | Wardrobe: Free People | Hair + Make Up: Blown Away Blow Dry Bar | Table: Anew Nature Furniture | Rugs, Pillows, + Vase: The White Rabbit | Wooden Boards: Hannah Jeanne Lehmann | Clay + Wooden Serveware: Facture Goods | Dinnerware: Crate and Barrel | Glassware: West Elm + Target | Baguettes: Pizzeoli
While save the dates aren't required, they are a great way to get your guests pumped up about your wedding AND gives guests ample time to prepare for the event. We've written out some helpful tips & tricks to keep in mind while working on your save the dates!
Your save the dates should hit the mail between 4 and 6 months before the big day. If your wedding falls on a Holiday weekend or you plan on a destination wedding, give your guest a little extra heads up by sending them 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding date.
ADD YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE:
The save the date is the perfect time to introduce your guests to your wedding website. As details become finalized, this is a great place to communicate all kinds of important information. This can be especially helpful for destination weddings or for couples who have lots of out of town guests!
THE GUEST LIST:
Now is the perfect time to let your guests know who is on the guest list. If you already know that you are going to allow your guests to bring dates, let them know! You can simply write "and guest" on your envelopes or if you know the guest's name, write it out on the envelope as well. This will give your guests plenty of time to plan accordingly. The same goes for families with children. Be sure to add "and family" or write out the children's names on the envelopes.
KEEP IT SIMPLE:
No need to include all of the details at this point! All you need is a date, location, and website if you have one. Don't worry if you don't already know the exact location. City and State will be more than enough information.
One of my suggestions to my brides is to make sure your finalized invitations are hand cancelled at the post office. Many reactions are to ask "why" or "how do I go about doing this"? Never fear, asking your local post office to hand cancel is no big deal. Here's our handy tip guide on making sure your invitations look as gorgeous as the day the left your hands.
Double Check Your Postage
This first step seems unnecessary to mention but trust me when I said that it's the most important. If your invitations do not have enough postage, you may end up with a handful of returned invitations! To avoid this disaster, take a fully packaged invitation to your local post office and have them weigh your invitation and quote postage. If you're nervous about the postage, it couldn't hurt to add an extra few cents to guarantee that you will not be short!
Organize your addresses
Check and double check that your addresses are all correct before you add them to your envelopes. I can not stress this enough! More often than not, incorrect addresses aren't caught until after they are written or once an invitation is returned. Once you are 100% sure that your addresses are correct and have been added to your envelopes, check them again to make sure that each guest has an invitation. Be sure to hold any international addresses aside as the cost to mail those will be different than domestic!
Check with your Post Office
Talk to your local post office about their policies on hand canceling. Some may charge while others may tell you the first 50 or so are free. It may sound odd, but you may get different answers from different people. My suggestion: if you don't like the answer you get first, try again at a different time/location or with a different person. You may be surprised by the varying answers.
One last tip, if your local post office tells you that they no longer offer it. Well, this is most certainly not true. Try calling another location and you may just get a different answer.
Hand them off!
Now that you are completely organized and have the proper postage all you need to do is drop them off! Don't forget to tell the postal worker that you want them hand cancelled!
Nailing down your guest list is hard work. Unfortunately, the work doesn't stop there! Now that you have your guest list narrowed down, it's time to figure out how to properly address your guests. I've already walked you through traditional etiquette and Military social etiquette but what about same sex couples? Stumped? No worries, I've got your back!
Married but use different surnames
List each name out fully and put them in alphabetical order by surname. The same format applies for unmarried same-sex couples.
Mrs. Jane Doe and Mrs. Allison Evans
1234 Green Field Lane
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Mr. John Smith and Mr. William Thompson
6352 Scenic View Circle
Saint Louis, Missouri 63109
Married and both use the same last name
List each name out fully and put them in alphabetical order by first name. The same format applies for hyphenated names.
Mrs. Allison Doe and Mrs. Jane Doe
1234 Green Field Lane
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Mr. John Smith and Mr. William Smith
6352 Scenic View Circle
Saint Louis, Missouri 63109
The only exceptions to the above format are when:
1. If you are sending an invitation to one person and including the second person as a guest, then list the person you are inviting first on the envelope.
2. If one person outranks the other (Doctor, Judge, Military, etc.), their name should be listed first. For example:
The Honorable James Smith and Mr. Henry Adams
1234 Walnut Way Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37115
On Three Word to the Wise: With both parties full names listed out, it can be difficult to fit both names on one line. In this case, the second name will be listed directly below the first in alphabetical order as shown above.
I was recently asked advice on how to properly address Military Officers. Embarrassingly enough, I didn't feel knowledgeable enough to advise my client on Military etiquette and wanted to look into it a little further. I've never met a challenge I didn't love so I did the research and came up with a short guide on addressing an Officer on invitation envelopes.
In which the man is an Officer / Retired Officer
Captain and Mrs. John Smith
Only the Woman is an Officer
Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson
Captain Julie Anderson,
U.S. Air Force
and Mr. John Anderson
Both are Officers of the same rank
Colonel and Mrs. John Smith
The Colonels Smith
Both are officers of different ranks
Captain Christina Nolan,
and Colonel John Nolan,
On Three Word to the wise: If a woman outranks her husband, she should be listed first on the envelope
Single Female Officer
Captain Allison Jones,
Ms. Mrs. Miss and More
How to properly address your invitations is at the top of every Bride & Groom's "how to" list of questions. The options are enough to make your head spin. Don't worry... we've made you a (very long) guide!Read More
When Lauren Field Design and Michelle Huesgen get together it's simply pure magic. Nothing proves this more than this stunning French-inspired Bridal Shoot that I am so lucky to have been a part of. It doesn't get more romantic than this...
From Lauren Field Design ---
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could she ask? A few flowers at her feet and above her the stars.” –Victor Hugo
The most enchanted moments of the day begin with the sunrise and we wanted to capture the alluring moments of the morning as the bride readies herself for a most remarkable day. We wanted to capture the intimacy of cherishing the awakening of one of life’s greatest covenants. In reverie of suspended thought, she wanders the estate grounds with quiet anticipation.Inspired by the delicate hues of French gardens, we developed a palette of dusty blue and pastel tones with hints of gold. The captivating display of stone, marble, and the lush allèe of trees around the estate provided a stunning backdrop both indoors and out and we were influenced by its inherent beauty.The bride was adorned with delicate texture and embroidered blue details that added a playful touch. This look was charming and romantic with soft upswept hair, a golden crown, and an airy boudoir ensemble. She held a bouquet of flowing pink and blue florals with foraged greenery that added a hint of softness.
Styling: Lauren Field Design | Photography: Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart Photography | JEWELRY: Clementine Jewelry and Noonday Collection | Love Letter Brush Lettering: Alicia Lantzy of On Three | Flowers: les bouquets | hair & makeup: emily miller makeup | model: Janelle warren | robe: plum pretty sugar | headpiece: hushed commotion | dress: free people
Every so often a client comes along that you simply click with. I've known amy for quite some time and was honored when she asked me to create her save the dates. I was thrilled to learn that she wanted calligraphy and was interested in learning about something unique for her invitations as well. from day one, amy and i agreed on just about everything and were completely in sync with taste and style. the results are evident of this fantastic relationship we built. i hope you agree! enjoy!
Well, folks, Lauren Field Design is at it again! Lauren Field, myself, and Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart Photography teamed up to bring you a fabulously styled Thanksgiving table just in time for your own Holiday soiree. Hints of copper sprinkle the table with subtle nods to the season with tabletop wheat sheaves and walnut shell & fig escort cards. Looking at this table is making me HUNGRY!
I am incredibly excited for this project to have been featured on Inspired by This. Click the badge to the left to see the full feature!
Creative Direction & Styling: Lauren Field Design | Styling & Photography: Michelle Huesgen Untamed Heart Photography | Calligraphy: Alicia Lantzy of On Three | Silk Scarf: Silk and WIllow
I had the opportunity once prior to work with talented photographer, Lisa Hessel of Lisa Hessel Photography. When I received an email from her to work with Aly Schengel of Sitting in a Tree for a styled shoot at the stunning Silver Oaks Chateau, there was no question that I was going to say yes! Aly asked me to create a banner with a love quote as well as some hand-painted place cards to be written on fresh plums... be still my heart! Brace yourself for some covet-worthy inspiration...
Hi On Three friends and potential clients! After my first year in business and learning A LOT about the needs of my customers, I decided it was time for an updated calligraphy pricing sheet! You can also find this list under the services tab on my website.
I was contacted by my friend and collaborator, Lauren Field of Lauren Field Design to create an invitation suite for a styled shoot in Marfa, Texas. Admittedly not knowing much about the town of Marfa prior to her email. After doing some research, I learned quickly that this tiny town in Texas is home to American artsit, Donald Judd. Inspiration hit me immediately and I knew that the main focus of my suite was to accomplish creating a suite on some type of plastic. My mind was set but I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Lauren and I headed to the hardware store where we purchased some thin plexiglass. Perfect... until I sat down to try to write on it. No matter what I tried, nothing was working for me. After a few hours of trying different things and getting dismal results I came to the conclusion that writing on plastic is HARD. With a strong will to succeed and a little bit of heavy sanding, I was able to get the copper ink to stick. The results? Well, see for yourself!
Photography & Styling - Clayton Austin Love Stories
Creative Direction & Styling - Lauren Field Design
Invitations, Menus, Placecards - Alicia Lantzy of On Three Designs
Models - Krystal Malloy, Mark Martich
Fiber Necklaces & Grey Bridal Shirt - Grace Kubilius
Cake - Clayton Austin & Lauren Field Design
Flowers - Clayton Austin & Lauren Field Design
A few months ago, I put together a handy wedding stationary timeline. It's back! This time with more helpful info to get you through your wedding stationary schedule!
Wedding calligraphy is one of the most beautiful things about a wedding invitation suite (I might be biased). There is simply no better way to impress your guests than with this hand-written first impression. Calligraphy has been around for centuries and, while penmanship may be a dying art form, there are a group of modern calligraphers who have brought calligraphy back into the 21st century with a fresh set of "hands".
So, you know you want to hire a calligrapher but what do you need to know first? Finding a good calligrapher isn't always easy. Here are a few tips that may make your search easier:
It's good to have a rough idea of what calligraphy costs prior to seeking out their services. Many calligraphers charge between $2.50 - $4.00 an envelope and between $1.00 - $2.00 for escort cards. If you know calligraphy is something you definitely want, be sure to set this money aside as part of your stationary budget!
WHEN TO HIRE
A good calligrapher books as quickly as the perfect venue or photographer. You should begin looking for a calligrapher at the same time that you hire the rest of your vendors. Calligraphy can be a slow process as each envelope is handled with care and precision. The sooner you hire your calligrapher, the better. For most calligraphers, you can expect a turn around time of two-three weeks.
FINDING THE RIGHT STYLE
Your calligrapher more than likely has multiple calligraphy "styles". Be sure to ask for samples or images to make sure that your potential calligrapher's writing style matches the look and feel of your invitations.
Don't be afraid to look outside of your city! Most calligraphers are more than happy to ship your items to you from anywhere in the country! If you find that perfect calligrapher on Instagram, don't be afraid to shoot them an email.
Most calligraphers will request that you supply your own envelopes. Make sure to discuss with your calligrapher the color and paper type of your envelope so you can discuss the best color options for your calligraphy. Some calligraphers may charge more for writing on certain types of paper or for envelopes that are lined. Be sure to discuss the details prior to sending your envelopes to your calligrapher.
Don't forget to order additional envelopes for your calligrapher. Many professionals will ask for a certain percentage of extra envelopes to cover any mistakes that may happen while writing.
THE GUEST LIST
Your calligrapher will ask you for a guest list. Make sure that your address list is typed nice and neat. The more organized your list is, the less likely your calligrapher is to make a mistake. Need help on how to address your invitations? We've written you a guide.
As many of you already know, On Three has officially turned 1 year old! To celebrate, I am giving away one of my brushed lettering prints to all of you, for free! This is a hand brushed, 8" x 10" art print in black & white. Download it, print it, frame it and voila!
Here's to year two! Enjoy!
Download your high resolution print file here.