Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Behind the Scenes / Logo Development with Studio 9 Co

Hello! If you've been following along on my Instagram, you've probably have seen #INSTA180 and #TheInstagramPlan and wondering what the what? I signed up for a 7-day Instagram Challenge created by Jasmine Star to get better about posting (because when I'm busy, social media is not a priority, which it should be). Today's INSTA180 homework is all about "behind the scenes," which is a perfect opener for this blog post I've been wanting to do forever.

After unveiling Antrim + Spruce's logo during some "down time" that was actually kinda hectic earlier this year, I made a promise to talk about the development of the logo. Then life happened. So here we are today a few weeks months later… I had the pleasure of working with Jordan at Studio 9 Co in Charleston, South Carolina, after searching high and low for someone who could take my ideas from my Lightroom-addled brain and from my Pinterest board.

In Jordan's own words: "We are a boutique design studio rooted in Charleston, with a knack for clean & simplistic design. We help passionate creatives + entrepreneurs (local and worldwide) build their dream brand through Logo Development, Websites, Collateral and Print. No project is too big or too small."

After seeing her Instagram and basically being all, "YEP." Jordan and I tossed around a few mood boards and landed on this one below along with some complementary colors. Blush-y pink because I am still five years old when it comes to girly things and a rich emerald green.

The mood board guided the type development of the logo: Brush-y / texture-y script with a classy font -- serif or sans serif -- and a lil' design element. (Clearly you can tell art school was a million years ago for me by my description.)

Then we landed on the primary design above AND Jordan gave me a few options on top of that -- because who doesn't love options?

And there is also this killer notepad, which is most awesome. So contact her with your logo, web, notepad, inspiration ideas to make magical things happen!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Kelly + Alan Wedding @ Talula's Garden + Washington Square / Philadelphia

"Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude… It does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." 1 Corinthians 13

These words traveled beyond the wedding ceremony in Talula's Garden and into the skies above Washington Square Park on a sunny day in June. After dancing with the sunshine, the sweetness of these words landed on a promise. A promise between two people to be partners in life and love.

As Kelly and Alan began their love story in Philadelphia as grad students, they knew it would be but one chapter of a book they would write together. This chapter, their wedding day, is one Charles and I were so very honored to help capture.

The June wedding day began in Society Hill where Kelly wore her beautiful lace Tadashi Shoji dress with a family heirloom cape and necklace. Understated, chic, and beautiful... Surrounded by close friends and loved ones, Kelly and Alan read letters from each other before heading out to their first look at the Old Merchants Bank with a few pics at the 18th Century Garden, and the Original Bookbinders. Next stop: Talula's Garden -- a true urban oasis if there ever was one! -- for their wedding.

The day featured Alan's Scottish heritage with a bagpipe intro (that should be the next wedding trend maybe?), Kelly and Alan's lovely cutie-pie dog, Lucy, as the ring-bearer, a guest wearing a Kilt (Scotland was in the house!), and plates and plates of yummy food and desserts. Toasts were made, glasses were clinked, pics were snapped, and memories were created…

Kelly + Alan, thank you so much for everything and we're so happy for you both!

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