Last weekend I had the great privilege to partner with two of my favorite Seattle wedding professionals as part of the Blaze with Tonie Christine business intensive. Tonie, an incredibly talented photographer and equally gifted business woman, hosted the event and invited Kaleb Norman James and myself to set the scene for the styled shoot portion of her workshop. By mixing graceful elements like crystal cut goblets, glass vases, loose organic greenery with bold, classic wood and leather invitation elements, we sought to embrace a design that blended delicate touches with strong undertones. Kaleb termed it a "gentleman's" approach to design and I loved it!
My calligraphy contributions consisted of an invitation suite, ceremony backdrop, menus, and place cards. In general, I love the opportunity to incorporate texture wherever possible in my work so I chose to use canvas in lieu of paper for the menu cards and invitations. Menu cards were backed with wood and held in place by a simple leather strap. A heraldic family crest was pressed into the wax seals on the menu cards for added elegance.
Perhaps one of my favorite elements of the design was the opportunity to create a vow backdrop for the ceremony space. Aiming for an old world patina, I texturized the canvas before scribing the vows in light grey. As Kaleb worked to set up the ceremony space, I was busy taking copious notes from Tonie's wonderful teaching. At one point I looked over my shoulder to see the ceremony space coming together. Upon seeing the added greenery, vase, and candles, my heart swooned! Our venue for the day was the beautiful, rustic Dairyland barn which is part Woodland Meadow Farms in Snohomish, Washington. It was the perfect setting for the dreamy workshop!
During our initial design meeting, Kaleb asked if there was anything I've been wanting to incorporate into my work. Upon answering I quickly discovered I was in great company as "leather and velvet" were embraced with such enthusiasm by both Kaleb and Tonie. I knew I was going to like working with such a wonderful team!
The invitation suites were made with handcrafted leather envelopes addressed in gold calligraphy. The invitation and rsvp cards were again printed on canvas and the entire suite was wrapped in a velvet sleeve with the heraldic seal embossed into them.
As for the workshop itself, I was so impressed with all that Tonie had to share. She and I have connections that go way back, but it really hasn't been until somewhat recently that we became reconnected. I have been so impressed on numerous occasions by Tonie's business smarts and efficiencies. While I was the only non-photographer attending this workshop, I would recommend the intensive to ANY creative professional who is looking for a structured approach to running a legitimate business. So many creatives rock the creative side of their business but lack good marketing, strong business practices, and legitimate credentials. I left inspired by Tonie's workshop and look forward to implementing several new action items from the day!
Of course a huge highlight of the day was getting to work alongside so many gifted people. I want to share special thanks to the photographers who so generously shared their photos of the day with me: Jeff and Rebecca Photography, Sarah Harris Photography, Lessie Blue Photography, Aga Kownacka Photography, and of course Tonie Christine Photography .