Cheers, Creative Enthusiasts,

The holiday season is upon us. Many of us are still rushing around gathering and creating gifts for our loved ones to share and enjoy. What a wonderful time of year to also share the beauty of the union of two souls. This past weekend, I attended a fantastic celebration of the marriage of two such lovely souls, and I had the honor of creating all of their wedding materials for the festive event. 

The ensemble of wedding materials included the invitation itself, the programs for the ceremony, menu cards displayed at the reception in beautiful frames, and earlier was the Save The Date Postcard. The inserts, program and menu cards were all hand-cut for accuracy and consistency.

The ensemble of wedding materials included the invitation itself, the programs for the ceremony, menu cards displayed at the reception in beautiful frames, and earlier was the Save The Date Postcard. The inserts, program and menu cards were all hand-cut for accuracy and consistency.

I worked directly with the wedding planner, the mother of the bride, and the bride herself to help create a one-of-a-kind grouping of pieces for the big day. They described the kind of event that they wanted the wedding day to feel like, expressed to me what colors they wanted as the theme of their wedding, and showed me pictures of the proposed bouquets. Two weeks later, I presented five different design selections for the wedding invitation. The client was extremely pleased with the selection proclaiming such things as:

“I am absolutely ‘floored!’ I never dreamed that my daughter’s invitations would be so beautiful and so unusual! I do not think I realized what a ‘custom invitation’ meant. Goodness, now we have to choose!”

“The invitations are all beautiful. You are magic. What a fantastic job you have done. I am so grateful, and thrilled to know that Cathy has designed invitations that have created such joy. Bravo!”

“My daughter is ‘over the moon,’ she is so excited!!!! Your designs make us feel that ‘yes, we are going to have a wedding!’ Many thanks to you!”

Programs displayed at back of the church for the ceremony, which were later handed out by the ushers (and myself when needed).

Programs displayed at back of the church for the ceremony, which were later handed out by the ushers (and myself when needed).

It brings me great satisfaction to help create happiness and elation using my graphic design skills to bring a momentous event to life. Building relationships with my clients, connecting with their aspirations and truly listening to their hopes and dreams with the mission is what it is all about. A wedding day is a day to be cherished, remembered and celebrated. And the invitation can truly set the tone for the wonders of the big day, and help create continuity and yes, magic. I am delighted and honored to assist in creating such a fantastic experience, along with the other wedding coordinators. It truly is a team effort. 

Menu cards displayed in beautiful frames at guest’s tables to inform them of the delights that they are about to eat. The design carries the theme of the other wedding materials through to complete the ensemble of pieces. 

Menu cards displayed in beautiful frames at guest’s tables to inform them of the delights that they are about to eat. The design carries the theme of the other wedding materials through to complete the ensemble of pieces. 

As a gift to the bride and groom, I also offered to sing a special song at a time of their choosing. I enjoy ‘the arts’ in general, and am also a musician and singer. I elected to sing the song “At Last” as performed by the incredible and stupendous Etta James. It was a joy to sing it, as it was to watch the bride and groom gaze into each other’s eyes as they danced their first dance. 

Also, as an added bonus for my clients, I can offer a 10% discount on any needed materials from one of my favorite suppliers, Envelopments, as I am an Authorized Dealer for their gorgeous products. I selected their “Magestic Brocade” paper selections for this event. 

Can I help create your custom materials for your special event? I invite you to contact me so that I can offer a free consultation and price quote for any of your design needs. Happy holidays, everyone!

To your creative endeavors!
Onward and upward.

Cathy Broadwell
Giant Leaps Creative LLC

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