Real Wedding: Jess and Kevin at PAFA

March 2, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

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Real Wedding. Posted on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photo by Shari Angelo. Wedding planning by Truly You Events.I love working with couples on their reception day paper needs because it gives me the opportunity to get involved with all of the fun, little details of their wedding day. I worked with Jess and Kevin on their escort cards and menu cards, who got married at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).

Both the menu cards and the escort cards featured this beautiful, soft purple watercolor wash I painted to match the uplighting at their reception. The escort cards were so much fun; they were inspired by the easel escort cards Truly You Events and I did at the styled shoot last year. I was so excited to see how the escort card easels came out for this gorgeous real wedding. They are the perfect compliment to an art gallery wedding!

Photos by Shari DeAngelo. Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. Wedding planning by Truly You Events.

 

Create Your Own Masterpiece – Cookie Station

December 12, 2014By AllisonHand-Painted Weddings

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PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.

PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.Saving the best for last! Check out this creative idea—have a decorate your own painted cookie station! It is the perfect touch for a gallery wedding to get the guests involved in a very unique way. The cookies can be part of the dessert or it can be the favors, with bags on the side to bring home. It is such an easy way to bring a playful, artistic element to your wedding.

I gleefully worked on this project with the very talented Zoe from Whipped Bakeshop. It was so much fun working together to create these wild pink and purple brushstrokes in each of our appropriate mediums—mine paper and hers dessert. The cake is unbelievably beautiful with its light brushstrokes on the top and the touch of gold foil around the layers.

I do hope you enjoyed Gallery Wedding week and are inspired to bring a hand-painted touch to your wedding, whether at a gallery or if you are an artist looking to incorporate your art into your wedding! If you missed it, be sure to check out the other posts this week: Truly a Painterly Touch, Two Wedding Locations—Two Outfits, Quiet Moments Together, and a Gallery Ceremony.

Note: If you like the look of this wedding, be sure to check out the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings which was inspired and created for this shoot.

Photos by Asya Photography. Cookies and Cake by Whipped Bakeshop. Signs/Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. Coordinated by Truly You Events.

Truly a Painterly Touch – Modern Gallery Wedding

December 10, 2014By AllisonHand-Painted Weddings

PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.You are in for a treat today! Today’s post starts to highlight some of the Hand-Painted Weddings stationery by yours truly! I had so much fun with designing this paper because a truly painterly touch was the perfect detail to bring together a modern art gallery wedding. I used long, loose brush strokes combined with graceful calligraphy in the paper.

As you can see in photo 3 as well as in the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation in the Hand-Painted Weddings shop, the design kept true to the idea of old and new with the unique change in venue from ceremony to reception. The invitation for the ceremony, which was held in the ornate, historical PAFA building used some of the fine geometric details from the interior of the building. While the reception card, RSVP, and reception signs and escort cards were modern, wild and fun in appearance. This is also very fitting for the more daring short dress the bride is wearing at the reception.

One of my favorite touches are the escort card easel signs (bride and groom shown in photo 1). I love how fitting they are for the gallery theme, and how they look set up in front of each dinner plate. Sprinkling paint brushes is also a nice touch to bring together the painterly theme. The flower arrangements and the bouquets by Beautiful Blooms coordinate so well with this wedding and are truly gorgeous. There were even edible flowers in the entrée.

Another fun touch that I have created for some lucky couples is a signature drink card. I’ve seen some sad Word doc signature drink card signs at wedding bars and it really is a missed opportunity. Having a signature drink at your wedding is adding a little piece of attention, fun, and personality for your guests…why not make the sign they are going to read at the bar express that personality?

I hope you are enjoying Gallery Wedding week! I know I am!

Note: If you like the look of this wedding, be sure to check out the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings which was inspired and created for this shoot.

Photo by Asya Photography.

Two Wedding Locations, Two Outfits

December 10, 2014By AllisonWedding Tips

Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events. Paper by Hand-Painted WeddingsA creative way to change up the wedding look is to have a different gown for the ceremony and the reception. Especially with so many cute short wedding dresses, I understand the desire to have two gowns!

Since both of the wedding buildings for this photoshoot had very different looks, two attire looks was a great idea to separate the two celebrations. As I wrote on Monday, the Historic Landmark Building at the Pennsylvania of Fine Arts is ornate, historic and warm with many brass details while the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building is modern with large windows and clean white sweeping walls.

While I know that two gowns might not be in your budget, it does add a really fun element to your wedding. Imagine entering your reception with this sweet short dress just in time to break out the moves on the dance floor!

Note: If you like the look of this wedding, be sure to check out the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings which was inspired and created for this shoot.

Photo by Asya Photography.

Quiet Together Moments

December 9, 2014By AllisonWedding Tips

PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.This photo of the couple sharing a quiet together moment resonated with me today. The craze of the pre-holiday rush is very similar to the wedding day rush.

One of the most heard pieces of advice I hear (and give myself) to couples on their wedding day is to really be present and enjoy every moment of the day. Time can fly if you don’t soak in every morsel of sensation, and there are a lot during your wedding day.

While your wedding day schedule might not allow, try to get away with your partner even for 2 minutes for a bear hug, or as seen above, to contemplate a painting, because it truly is a monumental day for the two of you, and you really need to set an intention of observation or the day will sweep you away.

Photos by Asya Photography.

Gallery Wedding Inspiration – All Week!

December 8, 2014By AllisonHand-Painted Weddings

PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.This past May I worked with a group of very talented wedding vendors to create a styled wedding shoot in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). PAFA has two buildings next to each other that can be rented for a ceremony and reception. The beautiful thing about these two buildings is that they are so uniquely different. The first buildings, the Historic Landmark Building, where we held the mock ceremony, is incredibly detailed, ornate, historic and warm with many brass details. The second building, the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, where we held the reception, is more modern with large windows and clean white sweeping walls. The juxtaposition of the old and the new within the buildings is very fitting for the old and new buildings that tower outside the windows of the Philadelphia skyline.

This week, I will be sharing with you photos from the shoot, beautifully taken by Asya Photography, coordinated by Truly You Events, with flowers by Beautiful Blooms and the wedding gown by Lovely Bride…along with many other vendors I will mention throughout the week. This first set of photos were taken in the Historic Landmark Building, pre-ceremony, where the first glimpse takes place.

I really hope you enjoy all of the beautiful, unique gallery wedding inspiration!

Note: If you like the look of this wedding, be sure to check out the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings which was inspired and created for this shoot.

Photos by Asya Photography.