Saturday, June 26, 2010

Real Wedding Weekend: Dianne & Peter

This is my last post about this fabulous wedding I had the privilege to be a part of.  Dianne and Pete's photographer, Mike Steelman, so generously shared these gorgeous photos with me, how can I NOT share them all with you ... well there were actually more, but I chose some of my favorites ~ love the one above of the happy bride! Mike really is one of the kindest photographers I have ever worked with. He even took the invitation suite I designed and shot it in various locations for me. I loved them all, as you can see, since I included them in my last three posts!  I especially like these with the misson in the background.
Thank you, Mike!!!

Dianne and Pete chose to have a destination wedding in beautiful Monterey, California. They wanted a small intimate wedding of only 65 of their closest friends and family members and thought this would be the perfect location. Their ceremony was held at this historic Carmel Mission in Carmel. Dianne's cousin was married in the Basilica the year before and Dianne has visited the mission during family trips since she was a little girl.

Dianne’s wedding gown was designed by Lazaro. She met him the day she picked up her gown. After taking pictures with the designer, Lazaro drew a sketch of her gown as a special wedding keepsake.


 ~so sweet! 

The Knudsens wedding reception was held at Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Pebble Beach. Dianne and Pete knew the picturesque surroundings would create a fairytale setting for their friends and family to enjoy and remember.

The couple took eight family members and friends with them on a portion of their honeymoon in Napa Valley. After a few days touring through wine country they took off by themselves to San Fransisco, Big Sur, and back to Carmel.

I have no doubt these two love birds walked off into the sunset...

...and will live happily ever after.
invitations and programs ~ a fine line
photography ~ mike steelman

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Invitation Suites ~ Derby

Dianne, the bride I created this suite for, is one of the most appreciative clients I have ever had the pleasure of working with ~ a beautiful person inside and out.  Working with clients like her makes me realize why I love, love, love what I do and do what I love!!!

I want to share with you accolades from Dianne :)

“From the moment I first saw Dana Cochran’s work I knew I had to have her design my wedding invitation. Dana answered endless e-mails into the late evening hours and constantly consulted me through her design process. Her attentiveness, professionalism, and impeccable taste helped to create the invitation suite of my dreams. When I finally saw my invitation and the lettering on my envelopes I was in tears. It was exquisite. It made such an elegant statement to my family and friends before their arrival in Carmel, California for my wedding. I still receive compliments about it and no one can believe it is actually her handwriting. My matron of honor had my invitation custom framed for me since she knows how much I love it. Now everyone who visits my home will get to see Dana’s fine work.

Dana is the perfect pick for a bride with elegant taste and an appreciation for beautiful writing. I am so pleased she was part of my special day.”

Dianne Derby Knudsen 

I will share photos from this wedding this weekend~~

invitations ~ a fine line
photography ~ mike steelman

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sneak Peek: Dianne and Pete

Stop by next weekend to see more of this gorgeous couple in a Real Wedding Weekend I have to show you.  Can't you just see the passion between these two?!!  
Love their engagement photos.
One of my all time favorites!!

It was such a surprise when this bride contacted me to create her wedding stationery. Just a month or so prior, I had seen her on a news broadcast, from another state (as we pick up this particular television station) and had commented to my husband how cute I thought her haircut was.  Later that week I told my hair stylist I wanted her to see this news anchor's haircut and see what she thought about it. Imagine the surprise I felt when a few months later this bride contacts me!!!!  What a small world we live in.
invitations ~ a fine line
photography ~ mike steelman

Monday, June 7, 2010

~Basking in the Spotlight~

I am basking in the spotlight today ~ and blushing a little, too.  Dearest Sweet Janet, over at French Blue wrote an entire post all about me!!!  Janet really does make everything so much more exquisite, as does her amazing daughter Noel.
If you don't already know them, you really must drop by to meet this dynamic mother/daughter duo!!
Janet and Noel are two sweet drops in my puddle of inspiration.
Please skip on over French Blue to see this dear post! :)
Thank you, Janet!!!
image 1 ~ Tim Walker
image 2 ~ French Blue

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Invitation Suites ~ Stewart

This is an invitation suite and monogram I created for the sweetest bride.  It is my version of "Spencerplate" ~ combining Spencerian script with Copperplate.

I have photos of this wedding that I will post soon in a Featured Wedding.