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Bubbly Designs Debuted at Maryland Wedding

Last week I told you about my east coast adventures, which culminated in one of my dearest friends getting married near Annapolis, MD. As her maid of honor, I dove in to help in anyway I could. When I was home for her bridal shower, I spent an afternoon tying twine and helping compile her invitations {so I know what I’m in for this weekend}. But beyond that, I wasn’t much help with DIY projects since I live across the country.

But, one thing that’s easy for me to do from afar {and one thing I clearly love} is design work. Christina asked me, and of course I jumped at the chance, to create some of the paper goods for her wedding.

First there was the sign for the drinks at the bar, which you saw last week.

Bar Sign created by JessAlayne.comphoto courtesy of Natalie Franke

I liked it by itself, but then she popped it in the white frame and surrounded it with the navy striped straws and all of a sudden, it was perfection!

Then Christina had the idea to do a puzzle as her guest book. So unique, right? Well she needed a sign to explain what people should do with the puzzle pieces. I did a bunch of research about “puzzle” quotes and sayings and ultimately settled on “love you to pieces” with puzzle shapes. Maybe a touch heavy-handed, but I loved the concept so just stuck with it.

Puzzle Piece guestbook table & sign (created by JessAlayne.com)
photo courtesy of Natalie Franke

For my final project, I helped pull together a few pieces for her hotel welcome baskets. One of the cutest welcome letters, made even more fun with fonts & colors, a schedule of events {who doesn’t love little icons}, plus “Things to do in Annapolis”. I took inspiration from Christina’s invitations {from Minted} and pulled the theme together with similar colors, fonts, and the same heart+arrow graphic.

Welcome baskets for Christina & Rob | created by JessAlayne.com
photo courtesy of Natalie Franke.com

While I don’t have a professional design background, I’ve been immersed in {and been forced to judge} creative designs and layouts for years working in advertising. But because this is not my main profession, I can’t tell you how thrilling it was to see my work printed {on cardstock nonetheless!} and displayed for 130 guests to see.

Plus, I’m a sucker for great photography so to have someone like Natalie Franke shooting my designs was pretty cool! If that doesn’t count as sunshine for this week, I don’t know what does.

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  • Reply
    Rachel Barclay
    June 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This totally increases the excitement I have for your wedding 🙂

    • Reply
      Jess Alayne
      June 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! I totally have fun with these kinds of things and only hope I can pull off the same level of quality for August!

  • Reply
    Olivia Logan
    June 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Hey Jess! For someone who doesn’t have a “professional design” background, you make some great stuff! What type of program do you use?

    • Reply
      Jess Alayne
      June 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Olivia! I primarily use Adobe Photoshop but am hoping to start learning more Illustrator, as well.

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