Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Finding my own inspiration...
I love that my business has picked up and that I just finished one beautiful bride's invitation suite. Two more are in the works and will hopefully be completed by the end of this month in order for me to make room for my own. I can find lots of inspiration for others and incorporate loving little elements for them throughout their design. However, finding inspiration for myself became a challenge. I have been so focused on getting my clients' invitation designs perfected that I haven't even allowed myself to think of my own wedding invitations. I think that was partly because I didn't know if I would be able to incorporate everything I loved about an invitation, and even if I did I had no idea where I would pull my inspiration from because I pay attention to so many different types of designs that it's hard for me to settle on one style that I truly love. I was beginning to worry to myself that I wouldn't love my own invitation suite because I was creatively drawing a complete blank.
Until this past Saturday. My best friend and Matron of Honor Julie and I went to Bella Bridesmaid in Green Hills (seriously go there for your dresses!) and narrowed the bridesmaid dress selection down to two. I was leaning more toward one because in that moment I knew little details and elements were coming together to create a look I was really liking. I still wanted to think about the decision so Julie and I ventured downtown to Nashville so she could see inside Union Station Hotel, our reception venue.
We walked in, the furniture was out, rugs were pulled up, tables were being set up for a wedding. The floor was exquisite white marble and reflected the magnificent ceiling. I had forgotten how beautiful every inch of that space was. Julie looked at me after staring at the ceiling and said "definitely the off-the-shoulder ivory dress." The look in my mind was starting to complete itself. Soon after, inspiration struck and had apparently been blatantly obvious this entire time of what I wanted my invitations to reflect: that amazing ceiling. It encompassed the elegance I was going for and incorporated our historic venue perfectly.
Here are some bits from my inspiration board: