26
Aug
Tucson Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Brie Dumais Designs
categories: Meet Our People, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Inspiration

When you hire the right people to help plan your wedding, you know it. You immediately sense confidence and talent- exactly what you need for your wedding team! One of the wedding professionals you’ll especially appreciate is your stationer. This is the person who helps you set the tone for your entire wedding so choosing just the right person is key.

Brie Dumais Designs, an Elite Circle stationer, is a full-service custom design studio offering Tucson’s most unique and beautiful paper products. Brie works closely with her clients to create paper products that capture their style and personality- one look at her work and you’ll know that she has the confidence and talent to create exactly what you want for your stationery suite.

How did you get started in the stationery business and what do you love most about it?

I began in the stationery business 5 years ago. As cliché as it sounds, I started with my own wedding. I couldn’t find anything that really represented my husband and me so I took matters into my own hands. Then I started designing for friends, then friends of friends, and before you know it Brie Dumais Designs was on its way!

What makes your work different from other stationers?

What makes me stand out is the custom aspect—the fact that each design is truly unique. I believe I’m an excellent listener and that allows each design to accurately reflect the couple’s style and interests. I build each invite from the ground up so each couple leaves with something that is “so them” and hasn’t been seen before.

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What do you want clients to know about their wedding and stationery style & desires before they meet with you?

It’s great when the client knows which color palette they would like to go with as well as if they want their invites to be fun and whimsical or classic and formal. With that said, some of my favorite clients are the ones that don’t have a clear vision coming into the meeting and they trust me help them develop their dream design.

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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Are there any stationery etiquette or style rules that absolutely should not be broken?

You want to be sure your invites go out 6-8 weeks before the big day. Allow more time for destination weddings. This means that you need to start meeting with your stationer shortly after your engagement to discuss “save the dates” and set the timeline for the rest of the paper products you’ll need in the coming months. Never put registry information on your wedding invitation. It can come across as impolite and “asking” for gifts. Your wedding website is a perfect place to list this information.

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

What is the most unique paper product you’ve ever created?

One of my clients wanted to incorporate their beloved pooches into their wedding. Not only did we word the invitation coming from the dogs but we incorporated sketches and graphics of each dog throughout each piece. It still managed to have an elegant and formal feel but included the most important things to the bride and groom.

My hand drawn maps are my most unique paper product because every little drawing and location is well thought out and has personal meaning. We’ve included them in the invites as well as out of town bags, used as a guest book, and even screenprinted on bags. They’re also so special to hang in your house when the wedding is over!

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Two Birds Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

What emerging stationery trends are you loving right now?

I’m loving hand drawn aspects in stationery. I create hand drawn custom maps that include drawings and hand lettering. They’re such a unique way to express the couple and your guests will go “wow!” when they open the invite. Also, I’ve recently completed a number of invites following an ivory, gold, blush, and silver palette. Pops of gold throughout the invite suite looks amazing and compliments most colors.

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

Are there any misconceptions about wedding stationery that you would like to clear up?

You don’t have to follow so called “rules” and styles that so many before you have. Think outside the box because your invites should be exactly what you want even if your Aunt Hazel might not like it. They should make you swoon.

Your wedding is unique. Your invites should be too!

What other coordinating items for weddings do you create?

Besides designing save the dates and invitations I offer all of the coordinating paper products as well. I carry over the same theme, colors, and style from the invites so your event has a cohesive look throughout. Some of these products include: monograms, signs, table numbers, programs, menus, place cards, escort cards, water bottle labels, wine labels, itineraries, maps, out of town bag tags, favor tags, etc. If you want it I can create it!

We think you’ll find Brie to be extremely versatile and open to your style ideas. She has a reputation for creating very special pieces unlike any other stationer in Tucson and we’re sure you will enjoy working with her.

Find Brie Dumais Designs online and follow Brie on Facebook!

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19
Aug
Tucson Engagement: Mitchell and Seth
categories: Engagements

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There was no question that Seth and Mitchell’s engagement session with Something Blue Photography would be posted on our blog- besides being the winners of a complimentary engagement session given away at the Lux Wedding Showcase last Fall, they showed up dressed and ready to make it fabulous! Yes, their outfits are perfect (I seriously love their blue and yellow pants!), but more importantly, they brought the LOVE- their 10 years together are evident in their sweet demeanor and ease with each other. I thoroughly enjoyed this engagement session and surely you will too…

How did you meet and how long have you been together?
Seth and I met while we were at the University of Utah working on our undergraduate degrees in vocal performance. We were in the same choir and went on a month long tour of Europe. We will be getting married on our 8th anniversary, and this August will mark us knowing each other for 10 years.

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The proposal:
Seth proposed to me the day that the Supreme Court overturned DOMA & rejected Prop. 8. When I came home from work there were candles lit everywhere. As soon as I opened the door, he took my hand and went on one knee and asked if I wanted to marry him. Of course I said yes! After a little while, his mother & her boyfriend came by with champagne & cake to celebrate.

What is your favorite thing about each other?
My favorite thing about Seth how he treats people: fairly and without judgement. As a result, he has earned the respect and admiration of everyone he meets. I have been introduced to many different people that I would not have been because of this openness, and this has broadened my horizons immensely.

My favorite thing about Mitchell is the exuberance he brings to everything he is passionate about. As a true optimist, he sees everything as being full of possibilities and embraces them all in a way that is just a beautiful way of looking at the world. I tend to take things for granted and he helps me maintain a sense of wonder and awe in my life Plus, when he talks about something he is excited about, he gets this sparkle in his eyes that is just adorable!

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What three words would you use to describe your relationship?

Passionate, supportive, and effortless

What is your ideal date night?

A nice dinner, an opera performance, followed by a nightcap at home.

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All images courtesy of Elite Circle photographer Something Blue Photography

Congratulations Mitchell and Seth- thank you for sharing your love story and engagement session with us!

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12
Aug
Wedding Trend: Bow Ties
categories: Trends, Wedding Inspiration

There’s no denying it, bow ties are making a comeback in a major way. How do we feel about that? LOVE IT!

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(Photo: She.we Studio)

Here’s why you’ll want to consider embracing this charming alternative to a neck tie at your wedding:

- A bow tie makes an impression. Think of the iconic men who wore bow ties: Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill, Fred Astaire. A slew of hot red carpet celebrities wear them: George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio to name a few. And Justin Timberlake wears one. You may not want to be just like these guys but people still remember them and that’s a good thing.

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- Bow ties are for men who value style. No guy who is planning to wear his Dockers and a semi-wrinkled button down for his wedding will consider wearing a bow tie. You’re not a wrinkled shirt and Dockers groom, are you?

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- They’re surprisingly easy to wear. Once tied (and no, it doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect), it won’t get caught in your bride’s wedding gown beading, it won’t whip in the wind, and it also won’t take a dip in your cocktail, or worse, your dinner. That’s kind of perfect, right?

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(Photos: She.we Studio)

No excuses: here’s a video for how to tie a bow tie from Brooks Brothers:

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5
Aug
Real Tucson Wedding: Charmaine and Richard
categories: Bridal Fashions, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Ceremony & Reception Location: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort :: Wedding Coordinator: M.C. Weddings & Events :: Floral: Posh Petals :: DJ: Satyr Entertainment

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Photographer: Jacob Chinn Photography :: Gown: Uptown Bridal & Boutique :: Tuxedos: Joseph A. Banks :: Cake: Sweet Creations Cupcakes and Cakes Blogthinline

Every bride and groom loves their wedding day but Charmaine and Richard LOOOOOOOVED their wedding day. There’s so much to adore about this Tucson wedding but the stand-outs for us are the couple’s love of craft beer, the monsoon inspired details, the looks of love exchanged between the couple, and Charmaine’s unique gown…

3 words to describe your weddingGlamorous, Distinct & Epic

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The Venue: As major craft beer enthusiasts, our wedding would not have been complete without our favorite craft beers so finding the perfect venue for our Craft Beer Wedding was not easy. When we visited Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch, it was almost too perfect. Not only was the Hacienda del Sol Grill a place my family and I went on many special occasions growing up, they offered us everything we could have wanted, from the small historic southwest venue to the amazing craft beer they were able to acquired upon our request!

The inspiration: Our favorite time in Tucson is Monsoon Season, so we chose that time of year and based our colors after the Tucson Monsoon Sunset: Magenta, Navy, and Yellow. 

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Favorite Moment: When the ceremony was over, we were walking back down the aisle together, Richard stopped me, turned, and said “Take this all in, everyone is here to share in this moment with us!”  It was so perfect; it was as though time had stopped for a brief moment. This also turned out to be a great photo opportunity! 

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Getting Crafty: We are major craft beer enthusiasts, so our Craft Beer Wedding would have not been complete without the craft beer that introduced us into the craft beer world, La Fin Du Monde…Richard proposed to me, while we enjoyed La Fin Du Monde on 12/21/2012, the Mayan calendar’s “End of the World” which is the translation of La Fin Du Monde.  At the, wedding we toasted to our new life together with La Fin Du Monde; besides serving La Fin Du Monde and Chambly, we also served our local favorite Dragoon IPA from Dragoon Brewing Company. Tucson Bride and Groom_Tucson wedding magazine_real Tucson wedding_Hacienda del Sol_Jacob Chinn Photography_pink ( (8) Tucson Bride and Groom_Tucson wedding magazine_real Tucson wedding_Hacienda del Sol_Jacob Chinn Photography_pink ( (9)

What, if anything, would you change about your wedding? Make the night last longer! Looking back at our wedding there is not one thing that Richard or I would change… It was exactly as we had pictured it, if not more perfect.

Vendor Love: Christina Fey, a good friend from high school and a florist at Posh Petals, fashioned a stunning story for us by incorporating our favorite beer corks and bottle caps into the boutonnieres while keeping the centerpieces and bouquets stunning and exquisite! Our cake, from Sweet Creations, fit the flavor of the venue with layers of Mexican Vanilla cake and layers of Oaxaca Hot Cocoa cake! The one person who tied our entire wedding day into one event was our wedding planner Meagan Crain!

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Congratulations Charmaine and Richard and thank you for sharing your day with us!

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