Friday, September 28, 2012

Must Reads

I decided to read The Art of Fielding because of a tweet Judy Blume wrote about how much she loved it. Isn't that how everyone gets their book recommendations?! Anyway, good ol' Judy was RIGHT. I wasn't so sure at first, being that it's about baseball, but I have to say it's one of the best books I've ever read and an absolute must-read.

I loved Little Bee which I read a few years ago, so decided to read Gold by the same author....and he did it again! This book was fantastic. I finished it yesterday and already miss it.

What are you reading lately? Any recommendations? I'm doing a book store run this weekend to pick up some honeymoon reads!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Greetings Project

This video made me smile this morning...It's the perfect mix of beautiful typography and sweet sentiments…I had to share.  Enjoy the video HERE!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Things That Are Awesome...

1. Apple Picking

2. That our wedding invite was featured on Love Toast! You can read their post HERE.

3. Meeting Ann M. Martin of Babysitters Club Fame

4. Friend's themed wedding parties

5. New York City

6. Our sweet niece

7. Handmade details

8. Getting married in 11 days

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Sun'll Come Out...

This weekend, amongst a friend's wedding, a Madonna concert, our wedding tasting, and more we were somehow able to fit in a quick stop at….wait for it….
Annie is my All. Time. Favorite. Movie. Ever. It reminds me of every good childhood memory rolled into one, especially anything having to do with my grandfather. I can recite it from start to finish, facial expressions and all.  I collect Annie memorabilia and can't see a red dress anywhere without thinking about it.  **I realize this makes me sound a bit loony/obessive/nuts but, well, now you know.**

Anywhooooo, what happened was a friend of mine casually mentioned that her college was right near my wedding venue and that happened to be where they filmed Annie. I nearly lost my mind with excitement.

So after a fantastic food tasting/meeting with my family, and tristan's family and the wedding venue caterers,  my in-laws-to-be drove us there so I could pose for a photo!!! 

I think the mansion being so close to the place Tristan & I are getting married is a little wink from my grandfather from above. Dontcha think? 

For anyone searching for this for their own photo op, the mansion is in West Long Branch, New Jersey on the Monmouth University campus.  The building itself is called Wilson Hall. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

An Invite Story

My name is Margot Miller, and I am a Font-a-holic.  Luckily, this trait came in handy with wedding invite design.  I wasn't sure I was going to design my own invitations, but when thinking about it I realized NOT designing it would probably be more work for me. **I'm a bit on the picky side** 
Luckily, I have a patient fiance who supports the fact that I love to create, and VOILA, our invitation was born.  Upon starting, the only thing I ABSOLUTELY HAD TO HAVE was letterpress printing.  Letterpress is a type of printing where blocks are literally pressed into your surface, making it feel like an indent wherever print appears. I am a designer and stare at printing types and surfaces allllll day.
Letterpress and I experienced love at first sight. 

I read THIS  fantastic blog post about accessing font variants over on Pugly Pixel, one of my favorite blogs. I immediately downloaded Mishka and have been prettttty much using it nonstop since. Other fonts included in our invitation are:
KG Call Me Maybe (yes, I picked this because of the name- DON'T JUDGE) 
Janda Swirly Twirly
& Comfortaa

Right before the invitation design process started, Tristan and I had a fantastic engagement photoshoot with Jimmy of Off Beat Productions and somewhere on Pinterest I had seen the idea for a photo placed in the envelope liner.  I used a few of the photos from our shoot, and created a repeat pattern to look like a photography contact sheet and had it printed and inserted. The result is my favorite detail of our invitations!

Pinterest also gave me the idea of a "Mad-Libs" RSVP card, so I design one to match our invitation aesthetic.  Reading the replies has been much more fun this way, so I'm really glad we did it!
We printed on Crane paper through Kate's Paperie. If you are in the NYC area and looking for a custom printing expert, I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Donna at Kate's Paperie. She was a pleasure to work with and very knowledgable. 

And that, my friends, is the story of our wedding invitation! I look forward to sharing more details soon soon SOON! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

one month from today...

i'm marrying my best friend! Doesn't get much more exciting than that. :-)

We're pretty much done with the planning. We have a food tasting coming up....I have a hair trial and a few crafts to finish....seating charts need to be finalized and song request lists need to be sent!
Everyone always says wedding planning is so much work...and um, now i can confirm YES IT IS. Buuuuut it's fun work, and I think I 'm going to miss it!!