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Faryn & Mike’s Engagement Party Signs

engagement party sign from bright room studio

What do you get when you combine newly engaged awesome friends, burritos and a couple drinks, wood slabs painted with chalkboard paint and chalkboard pens? Well, you get some pretty fun hand-lettered signs for a wonderful engagement party!

Faryn and Mike are great friends of ours and it has been so fun celebrating their engagement. Faryn is all about trees and a rustic vibe and Mike is hilarious (I called him giggles growing up….sorry to reveal that to the world :) ). So we had some fun with these chalkboard signs for their engagement party last month.

I can’t wait until their wedding and I know we’ll have lots of design projects together before then. So get excited for lots more rustic fabulousness!

complimentary engagement party signage

engagement party signs

Congrats again, you guys!

Photos by the bride-to-be herself, Faryn David Photography. Hand-lettered signs by Bright Room Studio


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And the winner is….

First of all, thank you to everyone who entered our Love is Love giveaway! It was so fun to read all of your stories!

I spent this last weekend at my friend’s wedding (remember her sparkly invitation suite?). Seeing these two so in love made me even happier to be able to give this custom suite to a happy and in-love couple.

So without further adieu, I’m thrilled to introduce Becky and Allison!


Alison and I met three years ago while working at a summer camp. I had been on staff there for 6 summers at that point, and joked that I was there to find the love of my life. It took a few sessions for us to really notice each other, but once we did, we knew that we had something special. In the past 3 years, we’ve weathered the loss of her father, 2 years of graduate school for me, and many months of long distance. Now we’re living together in Nashville and getting ready for a big transition! I am finishing up school as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and plan to work with children, adolescents, and young adults. Al is trained in sustainable agriculture and loves her work in youth development. Our future will be full of chickens and goats and gardens and children smiling! Total dream.

 On December 23, she proposed to me at sunrise at the top of a mountain in North Carolina, with my sister and her brother hidden away in the bushes snapping pictures. It was magical– she managed to have our whole family in town AND keep it a surprise. We’re planning our wedding up there for June 14, 2014.

How adorable are they?! I can’t wait to meet them and begin their design! Maybe an invitation suite full of chickens and goats and gardens… :)

Missed this entry? Never fear! I’m offering 10% off all design services for same-sex couples until the end of July! Just mention this giveaway when you contact me!

Thanks again for all the love!

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Red, White and Cute

I’m sure every blog you read has done a round-up like this, but sometimes you just can’t help be get in the festive spirit. I love 4th of July for the BBQs, time by the pool and, of course, the fireworks. But the red, white and blue look can go a little corny sometimes. Here are my favorite ways to keep your patriotic design classy. Now go put on your cut-offs and drink a PBR.

red white and blue

notecard / room / twine / outfit / menu / table setting / clutch / invitation

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Today is a pretty big day here in California. Prop 8 was overturned and gay marriage is now legal in California. It is a big step towards equality that I’m happy to be witness to.

One of the things I love most about my job is that all my clients are enjoying some of the happiest moments of their lives. There’s really nothing better than love. My wedding day was the happiest day of my life and I’m thrilled that so many more people will be able to experience that same joy.

In celebration of this exciting day, I’m doing a little giveaway. Actually, kind of a big giveaway. I would be honored to give one same sex couple a free custom invitation suite design.

prop 8 giveaway-01

Couples will pay for all printing and hard costs, but all design work and coordination will be totally on me. To enter, comment below or email loveislove at with a little bit about you and your fiance(e) by July 1st. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Image Source: Ken Kienow


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Inspiration to Invitation: Lavender and Mountains

One thing I really love about custom invitations is the chance to make an invitation that is as unique as the bride and groom. Instead of the invitation just representing your wedding theme, you can have small touches that reflect different parts of your relationship or you big day. Rachel is getting married in Mt. Hood, Oregon and came to me without a real idea of what she wanted in her wedding invitations. So we talked about her wedding plans and, together, developed this suite featured a custom Mt. Hood illustration, perfect soft lavender color scheme, hand lettered text and even a subtle stripe detail that mimics a  detail on her wedding dress!

lavendar and mountains inspiration


I also love a crafty bride! She stamped and embossed the belly bands and return addresses herself. How amazing is she?!



And the icing on the cake: Rachel blogs for Engaged & Inspired and was kind enough to feature the suite on the site yesterday!





Inspiration: dress / mt. hood / cakelavender / candles / kraft / bouquet

Invitation: Bright Room Studio

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Pattern Play

The wedding blog Engaged & Inspired holds a special place in my heart. I blogged for it during my own wedding planning, I’ve worked with one of their bride bloggers on her invitation (more on that VERY soon), and Allison and I even have some projects in the works! It is still a regular on my blog-checking list, and I was instantly obsessed when I saw this recent post.  One of the bride bloggers worked with a designer to create a custom pattern for her wedding, using her colors and style inspiration with fun touches personal to her and her fiance’s relationship. I’ve always been a big fan of fabulous patterns and think this idea is incredible. There’s so much you can do with it!

Of course, you can incorporate it in your invitation suite. Line the envelopes, print it on the back of your invitation or keep it a bit more subtle with a patterned belly band.

patterned invitation details

She’s planning on taking it to Spoonflower (a site I seriously need to use sometime soon) to have fabric, wallpaper and giftwrap made with the fabulous pattern. Love it. How amazing would it be to include your pattern on table linens, photobooth or ceremony backdrop or wrapping for your favors? From bold to subtle, the possibilities are pretty endless.

patterend backdrops

patterned table linens

patterned favors

Have I mentioned yet that I’m obsessed with this idea? Who wants to do it with me?!

Invitations: striped liner / blue liner / triangle belly band 

Backdrops: dessert / ceremony / photobooth

Linens: table / napkins

Favors: box / seahorse


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Inspiration to Invitation: Gold and Silver

I think I’m very behind on my inspiration to invitation series! Today I get to feature the invitation suite I created for my fabulous college roommate. She’s wanted silver and gold, formal but still fun.

silver and gold inspriation


cheers / ribbon / candlesticks / hearts / foil / reserved

We played with confetti and sparkle but ended with gold foil stars and silver-grey letterpress. Silver and gold envelopes and shimmery paper for the details added the perfect final touches.

I can’t wait to see how the whole wedding comes together…less than a month away!

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

design and photos by Bright Room Studio





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Go Girly: Bachelorette Invitations

I’ve got bachelorette parties on the mind. I just returned from a fabulous time in Vegas celebrating one friend and have another coming up next month. A printed invitation certainly isn’t a requirement for a bachelorette party, but it sure would be fun to design! There’s nothing more fun than bright color and girly details and that’s what a bachelorette party is all about!

bachelorette invitations

ombre / camp bachelorette / ring / lipstick / script / confetti


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Super Bowl for the Design Savvy

The Super Bowl is just around the corner. While I’m not typically a huge sports fan, my local team is in the game, so I’m in the spirit.

This is a design blog so I’m not about to do a round up of football gear, so I representing the 49ers as a designer: a round of pretty red and gold! Go niners!

football cheer for a designer

nails / cocktails / shoes / room / dish / outfit / bag


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Modern Mantel

Now that it is officially December, I’m ready to start decorating for the holidays! This is the first yeah I’ve ever had a mantel to decorate, so I’ve been having lots of fun brainstorming ideas to make our mantel the sparkle for the holidays.

I like to keep things wintery rather than “Christmas-y”, so I’m thinking something cozy, wintery and modern. Think non-traditional colors, cozy prints an textures, greenery and natural elements mixed with a little subtle sparkle.

How do you decorate your holiday mantel?

modern wintery mantel

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