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Monthly Archives: August 2011
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be part of the Tradeshow Bootcamp Fall 2011 lineup. Along with Â Susan Kropp (Chirps & Cheers)Â andÂ Katie HuntÂ (Kelp Designs), I willÂ Â be talking about wedding invitation albums, wholesale v. retail custom stationery, and how to get a line of wedding invitations into market on October 6, 2011. If you’re new to the stationery world or are thinking about jumping in, Â Tradeshow Bootcamp is an amazing way to learn about the industry from experts. I wish it had been around before I started Delphine!
Many thanks to organizer and stationer extraordinaire Katie Hunt of Kelp Designs for asking me to participate. If you have any burning questions about how to put together a wedding invitation collection album please feel free to email meÂ directly and I’ll try to answer them all during the seminar.
Everywhere I go these days I see neon, even at the Farmer’s Market. It’s a trend that I think has been trying to poke its way in for several years now. A little goes a long way: a neutral outfit with a single pop of neon is the way to go, I think. When I was a kid fluorescent was all the rage — I remember wearing neon green socks with my black stirrup pants and black Reebok high tops and an off the shoulder sweatshirt (ripped at the collar, of course). I recently bought myself some neon pink nail polish for my toes but haven’t had 5 minutes to sit down and try it out yet. Have you incorporated any neon into your life lately?
Â Delicious watermelon and strawberry juice at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. Don’t you love those neon drinking straws? And the cups of fruit sticks — perfect finger food for hot summer days. Replace the red “go cups” with simple glass ones, and I think it would be a pretty and perfect cocktail hour nibbles for a wedding.
//photos: Erika Firm
Earlier this summer my dear friend Cyd came to visit. Technically, her visit was supposed to be purely vacation, but we managed to sneak in a quick photo shoot/picnic. You can see the Backyard Picnic photos on her blog.
A lot of styled photo shoots you see on blogs are just for show, but we wanted to actually have a little picnic party to introduce Cyd to my SoCal friends. The second Jennifer Dery was done snapping photos we all dug into the yummy food. Â When it got dark we moved the party over to the fire pit and made s’mores. The evening was truly one of the biggest highlights of my summer.
One of my favorite things to serve for summer picnics is Orange Salad. We’re super lucky to have orange trees in our backyard, so we make it a lot. It’s refreshing and delicious for summer get togethers.
RECIPE: ORANGE SALAD. Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS: 12 fresh oranges, 1/2 onion, 1 tsp. sea salt, fresh mint
DIRECTIONS: Slice oranges into small wedges (use a paring knife to remove all rind and membrane). Slice onion into very thin ribbons. Put in bowl and add salt. Toss gently. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours beforeÂ serving.
Delphine intern, MarissaÂ Cool, and her sweetie enjoy blueberry coconut cocktails between shots and lounge on cute pillows from Bixby & Ball.
Stylist Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion, the brains and inspiring force behind the scenes.
The Delphine Chevron wedding invitation design, which inspired the look of the shoot.
MANY THANKS to the team behind this shoot, especially to Cyd for making it all happen. Event design + styling: Sweet Occasions Studio + Delphine / Stationery + paper goods: Delphine (Featured design: Chevron) / Floral design: Adrianne Smith Floral Design / Photography: Jennifer Dery / Decor + tablewares: Bixby & Ball / Styling assistance: Marissa Cool (Delphine intern extraordinaire) + Bekka Palmer of Minted Condition
Â //photos in this post by Erika Firm
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I absolutely loved designing the branding for Adrianne Smith Floral Design. Adrianne is one of the sweetest people around. When she came over to pick up her new business cards she brought homemade pesto, made from basil and peppery arugula. From her own garden, no less. Mmmm.
To match the natural style of her floral designs, I went with a toned down green, brown and taupe color palette and pulled in some linen and canvas textures. Another reason we went with green and brown is that the natural palette will complement all photos of her work.
Adrianne picked out the gorgeous 18th century botanical illustration, which adds a bit of romance and drama to the design. We wanted to keep the entire look and feel on the casual side (A is a â€œno foofy stuffâ€ kind of gal), so the typographic logo has a hand stamped look, inspired by the markings on wood wine crates.
Still to come: her ad materials, updating her blog, tweaking the website, avatars, postcards, and other fun goodies.
I picked up these three rolls of 25 cent tickets (the green ones are my favorite) at the local grocery store because I knew someday Iâ€™d use them in a photoshoot. I left them in my studio for a few months, and when the sun faded them to the perfect patina I finally was inspired to use them as props for our new Candy Shop wedding invitation.Â
One of our newest wedding invitation designs, Candy Shop, is available in stores now. Itâ€™s shown here letterpressed in peacock and gray inks.
//photos Erika Firm
Friday already. Again. It was a rough week â€” full of impossible deadlines, last minute changes, sleepless nights, and illness. Many thanks to my dear friend Dr. Fhwy for getting me through these last few days.
Iâ€™m taking the afternoon off to go to a Goonieâ€™s themed birthday party (one of our sonâ€™s classmates). Then tomorrow itâ€™s back to work (yes, on a Saturday). Iâ€™m on antibiotics, so sitting poolside with an adult beverage is out of the question. Instead Iâ€™m hoping the fog in my head and the pain in my side/back/body/head will go away so I can focus on catching up on everything I let slide this week: proposals, proofs, and photoshoots.
//ABOVE our new FLUTTER wedding coaster and straw pennant flags shown in marine blue. Available in stores now. Â //Photo: Delphine
//photos: Beatrice Firm
Letâ€™s just say the apple doesnâ€™t fall far from the tree. Styling by my 7yo son.
// photo: Beatrice Firm
The rich, saturated color palette here reminds me that summerâ€™s end is around the corner. There is something overripe and sticky hot sweet about this photo. Maybe itâ€™s just that the deep forest, white and freesia yellows remind me of magnolia blossoms and sticky hot Charleston summers. My mom snapped the photo a few weeks ago at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.