BEAUTIFUL BEACH WEDDING!

I think I spent a solid hour clicking back and forth over these amazing shots of my client’s wedding. How beautiful are these pictures? It really warms my heart when a client thinks enough of me to send pictures of their wedding day. Laura and her husband Lindsey, could not have looked happier! Photographer, Caroline Robert, of Sweet Caroline Photo, did an amazing job capturing their beautiful smiles and the amazing scenery. How beautiful do they look? She is simply gorgeous! Wow! She also sent along shots of all the custom creations I made.

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I really worked to create a theme that could be carried throughout the wedding celebration. A custom color palette, monogram, and font can transform and bring order to any wedding. I look the wedding as an event that should have a true story and continuity throughout, capturing the importance of the occasion and the personality of the couple. Laura and Lindsay, nailed this wedding and their guests had an amazing time celebrating with them. Check out the wonderful vendor below that helped them pull together such an amazing wedding.

Laura met up for lunch a few weeks back in Dallas while she was in town and she couldn’t have been sweeter. She’s a successful salesperson for Roadtrippers.com, an awesome resource for planning your next trip. Check out her bio HERE. She was so complimentary and really encouraged me to utilize my talents as a designer on an additional pathway I’ve been working on. I am so thankful for her, and others like her, that have taken their time to support me. I look forward to staying in touch and supporting one another. Thank you.


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Grace Flowers:

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Swept Away Events:

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Photo: Caroline Roberts:

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http://carolinescollective.com/

Venue: Mauna Kea Hotel:

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https://maunakeabeachhotel.com/

Hair and Makeup: Mara McMichael

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Coming of Age!

This Malibu B'nah Mitzvah invitation was one of the most fun and unique that I have created. I was so honored to be entrusted with such an important tradition in the Jewish faith. A B’nah Mitzvah is the plural of Bar Mitzvah, the tradition when children turn 13 and take on the responsibilities in the community and attend are obliged to attend religious services. This was a celebration of twins (a boy and girl). I worked to bring a balance for formality while attending to elements that pre-teens (or now teens) could appreciate.

The kids had a full weekend packed with activities and fun at the Gindling Hiltop Camp. I’m sure they had a blast! Unfortunately, the site was destroyed only a few weeks later in the California wildfires. I am glad we created a map to remember what the camp once looked like and I hope that they rebuild and make the camp even better than it looked.

Wedding Maps! What to do!

A custom wedding map can be used to share all your information for your guests, keeping them on time, engaged, and ready to celebrate. You get to enjoy your day and focus on what’s important.

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A Guys Trip to Montana

Guys trips are great, but the details and memories start to fade over the years. Some memories you will never forget… A while back, we were contacted by a very supportive wife to create a poster that she could frame and give to her husband and friends to capture the highlights of their guys trip. Every 5 years these guys meet up to hit their favorite fishing spots and swap stories in Montana. It’s a really cool tradition. Carol worked very hard to make sure this map was masculine and whimsical at the same time. Check out the map and think about how you could use a map to remember your next family vacation or special trip.

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Erin & Cameron — Palm Springs, CA


I wanted to share with everyone some amazing photo’s I received from a wonderful client of mine! Erin and Camerons Palm Springs wedding looked beautiful! We worked together for many months to create some amazing mid-century modern meets desert stationery — map, programs, menu’s, seating chart, napkins — that completed the entire look of the day. I love getting the opportunity to see my work in the setting it was intended. She was so amazing to work with and such a sweet person, and really enjoyed the time we had together on this project. They are a BEAUTIFUL couple and she is absolutely GORGEOUS! I am so happy that CW Designs could play a role in such an amazing day in their lives. Thanks to her Erin for sending me the shots and to the obviously talented Daniel Neal at Daniel Neal Photography for his keen eye! Erin was nice enough to send me a list of all her vendors, so check them out as well.

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Grab Their Attention!!

The real estate market is still humming along, but agents are facing more and more competition from new agents, sell by owner, and internet-based real estate brokerage firms. Traditional agents must do more for their clients and stand out to potential buyers and sellers to justify their traditional higher fees in the age of internet. Agents must be proactive, creative, and have the right experience to attract the right clients. This is where CW Designs can help.

Over the past few years we have created more and more material for real-estate agents and property developers looking to get a competitive edge. One of the most in demand pieces are our custom maps. A custom map can highlight an agents recent sales, a hot new location with properties available, or surrounding attractions. These maps can be incorporated into all sorts of promotional material including; mailers, door-hangers, magnets, handouts for home showings, and even websites.

In addition to custom maps we also create business cards, stationery, signage, and logos. Our designs stand out and grab the readers attention. An agent that stands out is one that will stand out to potential buyers! We want agents to think outside the box because when you can sell yourself clients know you can sell their home. Check out some of the latest designs we have created for locally and around the country.

New Office!

A few months ago I moved into a wonderful new space in downtown McKinney. While I loved my old spot and friends at Bay Willow, I needed a more traditional office, so when my friend Wendy Kidd of Each and Every Detail had an open office at her place I jumped at the chance. Wendy and the women of Each and Every Detail are so great to be around and I really appreciate how hard they work for their clients — something I really take pride in. I have been lucky to work with a lot of amazing ladies over the years. Located just northeast of The Square at 230 E. Hunt St. her cute space was perfect for my needs. I am so excited to have 2 available conference rooms and a spacious office for one on one meetings and displaying my work. Thanks to my friend Marcie for helping me decorate and organize my office. It’s always helpful to have a friend with a great eye. Also, thanks to my husband for making sure all my frames are level and for installing my awesome magnet wall that Marcie suggested.  Once again I got some great shots of the office from my friend Emily at EM Corporate Photography. She seriously rocks! Let me know what you think of the space and if you are downtown make sure to stop in and see me and the ladies.

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RSVP yeah you know me!

Your wedding can be as traditional or unconventional as you want, but there are a few rules to follow so the weeks leading up to the big day are less stressful. Invitations and RSVP cards convey what your wedding day will be all about, but it is crucial to capture the information needed to finalize the menu, seating chart, place cards, and many other details. 

Invitations should be sent out to six to eight weeks before your wedding in order to provide your guests with enough time to make the necessary travel arrangements. Destination weddings require a little more planning, so make sure to give your guests at least 3 months notice.

The RSVP cards included with your invitations should have a deadline of 2-4 weeks before the wedding date. It is important to leave enough time to track down that lazy cousin that hasn't responded. It is important to have accurate numbers to finalize the head count for catering, seating, floral, programs, and many other aspects of décor. Before setting an RSVP timeline, first check with the caterer about the final headcount deadline and adjust accordingly.

Wedding RSVP Wording

Your wedding RSVP card wording can be as formal or as unique as you would like. Don't be afraid to let your personalities shine. Keep it clean though! No matter what direction you take there is some basic information you need to include.

1. Response Date

Here are a few examples:

  • RSVP by the Twentieth of July
  • The favor of a reply is requested by the 20th of July
  • Please respond by the 20th of July
  • Kindly reply by the 20th of July
  • Your reply is requested by June 20

2.  Guests names

Traditionally done by writing "M___________"

“Name” or “Name(s)” followed by a line is also acceptable.

3. “Accept” or “Decline.” 

The “accept” and “decline” area should have a checkbox. Instead of the standard "accept" or "decline" you can get creative, but remember to be tasteful. Below are a few fun examples:

4. Entrée preference. 

If serving a buffet, there is no reason to include this section. Plated meals with MORE THAN ONE option should have an area for your guests to select their entrée.

Formal RSVP Basic Not Plated

Formal RSVP

Formal RSVP

Formal RSVP Traditional Plated

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Formal RSVP Fun Plated

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Destination Wedding

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Destination Wedding and Online RSVP

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Postcard RSVP

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Funny RSVP

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Funny RSVP

Fun & Relaxed RSVP

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Emily & Alex's South Beach Wedding!

Getting engaged, and the subsequent journey to the big day is a very exciting time — a journey filled with parties, planning and the occasional headache. Many times, I am contacted soon after engagement by enthusiastic brides ready to hit the ground running planning their dream wedding. I love it when I am able to work with a client throughout their engagement because I know that when we’re done the wedding day will be the easy part. A little planning up front really goes a long way, and while I am not a wedding planner, the items I design are meant to bring cohesiveness, order and beauty to the wedding day. The perfect color palette, typeface, theme, and timing are all important aspects when it comes to having a smooth running wedding and reception. Check out what I was able to do for Alex and Emily!