Wednesday, October 28, 2009

GE Wedding: We're Engaged!

It's a little late, but I am announcing my official engagement to Mr. GE Designs. We've been together for 8 years, and we've lived together for 6. So the engagement and marriage, isn't much of a change, but I'm excited about it being official. And I apologize to any friends that we didn't tell until today, but any one who's close to us knows that we've been a "married" couple for years anyway. BUT the ring makes certain family members feel more at ease. =)

So, I've decided to start documenting some of my preprations and thoughts for our wedding. I'll be searching for local vendors, photographers, flowers, etc. Sort of a daunting task. Thank goodness I've established some relationships with event planners through GE Designs. Also, I have my dear girlfriends to hand over their vendor finds for their weddings. I'll also be creating some new items for myself and my shop, with my own wedding in mind.
To start, I should share the engagement story:

JP (Mr. GE Designs) and I went on a little getaway vacation in Scottsdale, AZ early this month for 5 days at the Intercontinental Montelucia. JP went to ASU out there, so luckily he knew the area and was able to take me to some awesome restaurants around Scottsdale. The town was gorgeous -- the only thing it's missing, is a beach. I will have to say, that with Fashion Square Mall, I can easily move out there. And the weather! Gorgeous in October! Once there, i was so glad we went, as opposed to the hurricane occupied areas of Mexico and the Caribbean. One quick side note for the hotel we stayed at -- gorgeous place, friendly staff, and total luxury, but the in room dining was sooo overpriced.
The second day there, JP wanted to take me hiking to Camelback Mountain. If anyone out there is unfamiliar with Phoenix, Camelback Mountain is a local red rock "mountain" that the locals hike and climb daily. From far away, it looked like it wasn't much. Plus, if you see all the people climbing up and down the entrance, you'd be like, "I can do that." Unfortunately, when we started going up the mountain, at 4:30pm, I wasn't prepared for all the rocks and fancy footwork needed to get to just the first quarter of it. Yikes. We made a few stops to help me catch my breath, but JP kept telling me, "keep going, the view will make it all worth it." I tried a few more minutes up some steep part, but I had to stop and turn around because the area closed at sunset, and the sun was setting quick.
I seem to digress with this Camelback story, but I found out later that JP planned to propose at the top of the mountain as the sun set with the "spectacular view." He told me later that he had the ring in his pocket on that hike attempt. That would have been totally romantic (yet I would've been totally out of breath). Poor guy carried the ring with him throughout the rest of the trip, waiting for another "perfect" moment to pop the question. I'm glad he didn't do the restaurant proposal at any of the fabulous places he took me to. I'm a pretty private person, and I hate drawing attention to myself in public.

So fast forward to our last night there on October 12, 2009. Around 9pm, we decided to hang out at the jacuzzi, since the resort seemed so empty. We had the jacuzzi and the pool all to ourselves. After we dried off, we put our robes on, took some drinks to a pool-side cabana facing Camelback, laid on the modular sofas, and just relaxed as we enjoyed the view of the mountain and the resort. We were cuddling and JP started talking about how wonderful the trip was and that he loved me, and after a few more sweet words, that I can barely remember, he got down on his knees and whipped out the ring. Things are fuzzy after that, but I can say I did cry, we hugged, kissed, and oh yeah... I said YES.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sarah + Tim

Sarah is the last bride of mine getting married this month! In her package, she ordered custom round labels and table numbers. She is a graphic designer herself, so this was probably one of the easiest last minute orders ever! She knew exactly what she wanted and I simply had to make a replica on my end and bring it to life. Here are her stickers...And her table numbers are extra large, measured at 6" x 9".

Friday, October 23, 2009

Karen + Thomas

Here are a couple digital files created for Karen & Tom's "Hallo-wedding" with an autumn feel. Great couple, and I loved working with them! Congrats!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sheryl's Seating Chart

Another Autumn-themed version of the WHIMSICAL Seating Chart! Congrats, Sheryl + Bill!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Table Number Design: Mardis Gras

Here's a sample that was put together for Angel, an event planner based out in the NY area. For Lexi's Sweet 16, we put together something with a Mardis Gras theme. I liked it so much, I've added it to my shop for purchase. All you need to complete your Mardis Gras table decor are a few cool masks from Oriental Trading Company and some Mardis Gras beads....
This card comes wtih a few extras: extra accent layer, embossed stamping in gold, metallic cardstock on all 4 layers, and matching rhinestones. Angel may be adding her own touch to the card when she receives it -- tiny masquerade masks!

This theme is pretty cute, so I think I'll be adding an invitation design to match!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lesley + Kevin

Lesley is getting married tomorrow! Here is her little wedding package in teal and silver. The monogram she chose became a theme with her stickers and table cards.

Here are her 2x2 inch square labels...
And her theme for her table names are names of locations that have a special meaning to her and her new hubbie.Last, but not least, a screenshot of her Seating Chart design (Swirly available at

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lisbel's Table Numbers

Here are my flat table numbers, but now with the self-standing option added to it. Lisbel's colors are chocolate, champagne, and ivory.
This set's materials include smooth heavy chocolate cardstock as the base, a textured metallic champagne second layer/trim, and a linen heavy ivory cardstock printed in chocolate ink.

Without the "kickstand" option to have these stand on their own, you have the option to display the Flat Table Numbers on an easel (for frames & plates), table number stands/holders, or 5x7 frames (minues the ribbon, of course).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nicole + Cody

Nicole's new MIL took the liberty of working with me to create the following seating chart in the WHIMSICAL design available in my shop for purchase with unlimited revisions and customization.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A special project... never again

As a favor to my sister, I helped her create the following birthday card for a friend of hers. Hopefully her friend doesn't see my blog to ruin the surprise, but I told my little sister that after all the time it took to design and cut this piece, that I HAD to post photos of it. This is a one-of-a-kind item, so Soju, I hope you absolutely LOVE this card. Happy 26th!
Here's a couple of closeups of the pain-in-the-behind intricate letters. The thin lines kept causing the cardstock to tear on two attempts ... grrrr.
My sister actually ended up sprucing it up with a few more touches, so I'll post a photo of the finished product too!

Friday, October 9, 2009

GE-Luxe Crystal Clustered Invitation: New color sample

Although I'm technically shut down for the next few days, I set up some photos to share while I'm away from GE Designs to automatically post.

I just sent a couple samples of the GE-Luxe Crystal Clustered Invitations in both the peacock theme and now by request of the client, a pink/purple theme.

She asked for a sample of a menu, table number and guestbook sign in the crystal clustered collection.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Closed October 8th - October 13th

It's that time of year! GE Designs will be closed TEMPORARILY from October 8th through October 13th, 2009. As a promise to myself and Mr. GE Designs, no new orders will begin or ship, no convos or emails will be answered. All communication and orders will resume October 14th.

I'm looking forward to this time off from everything and regenerate with spa treatments and some shopping, but don't worry, I will be back in full swing October 14th for any pending orders, and to answer any questions. I have set up a few new blog entries to automatically post while I take this much needed break. Feel free to ask any questions or post any comments in the comments sections!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cara's Seating Chart

You can never go wrong with the simple Seating Chart, when you use beautiful fonts...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

GE-Luxe Rhinestone Buckle Invitation II

Here's a new invitation design now available for purchase at my etsy shop! The GE-Luxe Rhinestone Buckle Invitation II, is just the more upscale version of the first style. The only differences are the buckle and the card inserts (RSVP & Insert are dual cardstock panels). Prices start at $10.50 and is also available in a boxed version. These invitations are perfect for weddings, showers, dinner rehearsals or any event that has an elegant flair. Color theme may be customized. Metallic cardstock panels come in Black, Chocolate/Bronze, Aqua (Tiffany Blue), Navy, Chartreuse Green (lime green), Ruby (dark purple), Lavendar, Gold, Silver, Pearl, and Crystal (White). Coordinating Satin Ribbon is used.
Printed on 110lb Metallic cardstock for a shimmery finish.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Heather and Michael

Heather is getting married today! Here is her wedding suite of reception stationery.

Below is her set of Petite Program Booklets. Personalized Table Cards with the theme surrounding significant years in the couple's lives.
Each table will have one tented menu for the guests to see what culinary goodies await them.
Thanks, Heather, for being so great throughout the process, and congratulations to you and Michael!!!