Alfie Design Creates Custom Watercolor Invitations for Ultimate Skybox Wedding

By, July 02, 2012

An invitation is an extension of the wedding decor – it sets the tone for the celebration, and gives guests a quick preview of what the day will entail. At Alfie Design, I specialize in custom watercolor wedding invitations. Every invitation suite that I create is customized to the couple, and to the overall feel of their big day! Whether the wedding theme is vintage chic, backyard barbecue, traditional, or old Hollywood glam, the opportunities are endless when using a medium like watercolor.

I recently had the opportunity to work with a beautiful couple, Kate and Matt.  Their wedding was a combination of classic and contemporary. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Rosary, followed by an urban reception at the Ultimate Skybox in the Gaslamp. 


When we first discussed the invitations, they envisioned a clean modern feel with a light and intricate design. I used a fine art, soft cotton paper for the invites to provide a sturdy and high quality look.

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The wedding color scheme consisted of shades of coral, grey and white. These cool shades worked nicely with the church’s classic appeal. The same colors also paired nicely with the reception venue’s contemporary floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking downtown San Diego. 

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We decided to keep the suite simple and modern by producing the pieces without mattes, which allowed for double sided cards. This approach is also more cost effective and eco-friendly!  In addition to the announcement, we created a customized map, and an RSVP postcard in shades of shades of coral and white. We then paired the whole suite with a slate-colored envelope!

Unique Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Alfie Design

I always like to make a my invitation suites a complete package by adding a final accent. Whether it’s twine, a band, or a pocket fold with a wax seal, I enjoy finishing with a distinctive touch. For this invite, we used a pale peach twine, which complemented the clean and understated feel of the wedding.  For each suite, I used just over a yard of twine! Once the twine was hand-wrapped around the stack of cards three times, the package was tied together with a knot.

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To further enhance the theme, we created simple escort cards with the coral tone watercolor wash. Also, we made table numbers using the floral design from the invitations. Everything at the wedding paired together beautifully!

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Other designs, such as the program and menu shown here, shared the same intricate floral pieces and watercolor wash used in the invitations.

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Kate and Matt were so great to work with!  Their personalities were bubbly, easy going and playful – just like their signature “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” cocktails!  To highlight the drink of the night, I created a sign featuring a watercolor-painted champagne glass!

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 Invitations/Paper Products: Alfie Design
Photography: True Photography


Elegant Touch Floral Designs Adds “Something Blue” To A Downtown San Diego Wedding

By, April 24, 2012

As co-owners of Elegant Touch Floral Designs, we put our extensive floral experience to work for our clients.  Our vision is to provide outstanding service and exceptional quality at an affordable price. We do not set any minimum on orders, and we will work with any budget, big or small.

For every wedding, we work closely with our clients to understand their needs and ideas, and to fulfill their visions. Whether you are looking for a garden effect, traditional, contemporary, or something completely unique, we love to make our bride and groom’s dreams come true!

For example, our clients, Kathleen and Rob, live in Washington DC and they decided to tie the knot on the gorgeous rooftop of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego. Their wedding colors included shades of royal and navy blue, with grey accents to complement the beautiful view of endless sky.
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Kathleen’s bouquet was made of orchids, white hydrangea, white roses, white calla lilies, and light blue delphinium with an ivory satin hand tied ribbon.
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We lined the ceremony aisle with bundles of white roses, white freesias, hydrangea, light blue delphinium, snapdragons and larkspur with a flowing charcoal satin ribbon.
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We created beautiful corsages with white orchids and satin charcoal ribbon to tie into the decor. This is a photo of the mother and brother of the bride just before the ceremony!San Diego wedding flowers by Elegant Touch Floral Designs

Rob’s boutonniere was made with a single white orchid with two blue delphiniums and a cream satin ribbon!
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The bridesmaids’ bouquets were made of beautiful white roses, white freesias, white calla lilies, dark blue hydrangea, light blue delphinium, seeded eucalyptus leaves & lemon leaf in a charcoal satin ribbon.
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We incorporated similar flowers into the simple centerpieces, which included white roses, white freesias, white calla lilies, white spider mums, dark blue hydrangea, light blue delphinium and greens in a clear square vase. We topped the beautiful sweet cream cake off similar flowers to add color and elegance!
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What a fun wedding for our fabulous clients!
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Kathy Wright & Co: The Gold Standard in Floral and Event Design

By, April 04, 2012

Flowers add life, warmth and personality to a wedding. They are nature’s gifts to us;  they make us smile when we are sad, and they remind us of the most precious memories life has to offer.  I’ve worked at my trade for many years, crafting the perfect wedding design for each and every bride and groom who decide I’m ‘the one’ for them! Whether they are going for ‘uber contemporary’, vintage chic, or classic traditional style, I can interpret it through flowers, and all the different tools I have, to create an event extraordinaire!

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It’s very simple for a bride and groom to choose the type of flowers to match the style of their event. The process really starts with me getting to know them as people.  They come in, sit down, and we talk.  Sometimes we talk about everything under the sun!  Sometimes they tell me about their favorite movie,  their favorite rock band, their favorite colors, or their favorite place to go on vacation. These are all hints to better understand what they both enjoy, and what they want their party to reflect to their guests!

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We look at textures and colors, and ways to apply light to the tables and the ceiling of the room.  We look at styles of furniture to put around the dance floor, or ways to incorporate a chandelier, or what shape the floral arrangements should be, or how to create a backdrop for the band. Years from now, the bride and groom remember it all!

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Without a doubt, the current trend is the vintage chic feel.  A lot of people feel comfortable with the cutesy, almost whimsical feeling.  It’s an easy look to replicate, and a tried and true favorite.  Brides and grooms are also wanting to keep the focus on their closest friends and family, with a look that creates a very ‘feel good’ vibe.

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The magazines say 10% of a wedding budget is put towards florals, but what the magazines don’t tell you is that this percentage is not realistic if you want something extra special and over the top.  If you want flowers for the wedding party, a few florals in the front of the ceremony, and simple centerpieces, 10%  is usually a reasonable percentage.  But if you want those gorgeous patterns of rose petals down the aisle, or the elaborate floral centerpieces towering over the table tops at the reception like you see in the magazines, it will most likely be above 10%. Many brides and grooms are now dedicating closer to 40% or 50% of their budget to the décor, in order to achieve the look and feel that you see in many of the gorgeous weddings in magazines and online. For example, a special table cloth, unique chairs, and furniture seating areas in key locations can enhance the overall look of the event.  When you hire a wedding visionary, or ‘event designer’ such as myself, we can help realize these ideas, and bring them to life. The right details created by a trained eye make a huge difference.

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My favorite flower for bridal bouquets is a fresh gardenia, hands down!  They are sexy,  sultry, and so fragrant!  They have gotten a bad rap as the flower that ‘browns’ if you touch them, but look at so many of the photographs of my work and you will not see a brown gardenia!  Just don’t toss that bouquet like a football and you’ll be fine!

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In addition to flowers, we love to incorporate different elements into our arrangements  Feathers, crystals, succulents, fruit, vegetables, shells…all forms of nature work with all forms of nature!  The added elements are nice to echo in a ‘theme’ or to make a statement that enhances the feeling of the event!

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I will always remember Megan and Sergio’s wedding, and Megan’s mom Katie!  They are a great family and I loved working with them!  This very traditional wedding ceremony took place in the Capella at The Grand Del Mar.  They wanted the classic space to have style, and they allowed me to create gorgeous yellow bouquets to brighten the space!  It was my favorite color to use in the Capella, other than white, which will ALWAYS be my first choice for ceremony flowers in a traditional venue such as a chapel, church or synagogue.

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Megan and Sergio met on a soccer field, so they wanted to incorporate their love of soccer into the wedding decor. We thought it would be a fun element to bring to the cocktail hour, where all the guests could enjoy the fun and whimsy. We covered round benches to resemble the look of a soccer ball in black and white, and we created floral soccer balls to enhance the turf covered seating card table. Later, ‘someone’ encouraged the bride and groom to dribble the floral soccer balls around the Grand Del Mar. The ‘game’ was caught by Aaron of True Photography, and the photos are priceless.

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The reception room came to life with over sized ‘trees’ of flowers in the centers of the tables,  and the chocolate brown dance floor gleamed in the ballroom!

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We created a large U shape table to host all the wedding party and their families, and of course the bride and groom. We literally built the table inside the ballroom on the morning of the wedding!  What a wonderful wedding to be part of!

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