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September 30

Tip of the Week: Retro Remix!

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

When I started designing my new invitation collection, I knew one suite in the collection would reflect my love for retro pop art. In my interior work, nostalgic textile patterns and wallpapers with an updated modern flair from designers such as Osborne and Little and Flavor Paper have found a place in many of my environmental interpretations. I was compelled to extrapolate renditions of these motifs into a wedding stationery ensemble. The Lingering Love suite started with inspiration from the curvaceous lines of delicate antique perfume bottles and the geometric lines in a Chopard watch with a hidden abstract heart embedded in the design as a symbol of my love.  As I studied the elements, bold colors screamed for recognition.


Vision Board for Lingering Love Suite

As an artist, I took this opportunity to design from my soul without a client or a project in mind. I took a chance and simply did something that moved me.  You see, artists are always in a tug of war between what people believe will sell and what we know in our hearts will satisfy our need to create.  For this one, I threw caution to the wind and I’m thrilled to see in this month’s Elle Décor—a headline that proves I was a little ahead of the trend.

Elle Decor, September 2010

As the collection made its debut, Lingering Love was born. After months or percolating, it is building steam and growing in popularity (which is an amazing validation). This suite supports my belief that (1) women in love are ready to embrace color and (2) they truly want a fresh perspective on their weddings, but the options are far too limited! Like never before, I will represent the women who are ready, willing and able to embrace color in their life celebrations!


Lingering Love Design Suite

So who out there is giving their own retro remix to the most important celebration of their life?

Keep spreading the love,

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September 19

Chic Cakes Inspired by Wedding Paper Divas

A Wedding Paper Divas fan recently tweeted to us about a cake she had made inspired by one of our designs. Isn’t it charming?

Erica O’Brien, a professional cake designer, created this cake after seeing our Delicate Doilies party invitation. She also created this gorgeous cake design based on our Rich Floral wedding invitation.

Aren’t they beautiful? We’re so glad she could bring our stationery designs to life. For more of Erica’s designs, visit ericaobrien.com.

Do you have photos of a gorgeous cake design based on one of our products? Email us at blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll be happy to share them!

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May 13

Tip of the Week: Flowers Are Fashion!

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Flowers inspire the design world with immense intensity. This grower is simply nurturing a crop that will be disbursed into the world for a plethora of interpretation. As this add depicts, “the keukenhof flower park is like a long-stemmed version of Fashion Week.” However, there are so many more designers that used buds of glory to define entire collections.

I envision planters of beautiful clusters of thousands of tulips lining the center aisle of a church, the walls of the perimeter as well as the altar, creating a subtle yet opulent environment for love to be expressed.

Valentino always makes me salivate. As much as I want to be objective and unbiased, the collection of his Rosette handbags are romantic and feminine pieces that make me want to own one in every color and fabrication. Although some are from last season, these fabulous floral inspired works of art will never go out of style!


Tell me—how will you use florals to inspire your next design?

Keep spreading the love,

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November 17

Top Wedding Cake Trends (and Invitations to Match!)

The Knot recently released a slideshow of seven top wedding cake trends to look for in the coming wedding season, and we were happy to see that many of the trends perfectly matched up with our favorite wedding stationery trends as well. Here’s a glimpse at the the luxurious looks you’re sure to see throughout 2010:

Trend: Sophisticated Monograms

Refined-Monograms

Edged Monogram Wedding InvitationsTrend: Global Patterns

Global-Prints

Color Burst Wedding Invitations

Trend: Dramatic Color

Dramatic-Color

Filigree Pattern Wedding Invitations

What’s your favorite 2010 wedding trend?

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August 14

A Bit of Black

I was happily surprised when I ran into one of Diva Dialogue’s readers the other day. Planning her own wedding, she was having some trouble deciding a color theme. With a preference for black, she asked me how to incorporate this palette into her wedding. Here’s my take on this dramatic, chic and formal hue.

Photos top row: Black escort cards from The Knot, Color favor boxes from Beau-coup, Ethel silk halter dress from Ann Taylor, Black tie bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, Black and white cake from Pink Cake Box, Simple Elegance Wedding Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas, Black satin sandals from Brides, and White Gold Black and White Diamond Earrings from Macy’s.

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August 7

Royal Purple

Shades of violet, lilac and lavender make their royal comeback this season! In everything from designer dresses to fashionable decor, this hue adds a hint of drama to everything it touches. Take a look at my idea of a truly royal wedding inspired by the color purple.

Photos from top to bottom: Signature cocktails from Brides.com, Pronuptia ‘Flash’ purple bridal gown from Bridalwave, Chrysanthemum earrings from Etsy, Chinese Laundry Satin Bow Tie Clutch from ThisNext, Wild Bundle bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, Graphic flower cake from TheKnot, and Ornamental Scroll wedding invitation in deep purple from Wedding Paper Divas.

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