Working with Christa + Bayete was a dream come true for this stationer (hands over my heart!). Christa was very specific about the details of her wedding stationery and what she wanted. She was also open to my ideas, suggestions, and expertise; all of which took her invitations and day of stationery to an extraordinary level. After reading their questionnaire and speaking with both Christa and Bayete in a consultation, I was on the quest to make their dreams for their wedding day stationery a reality.
The mood was modern, chic, elegant, and with regal flair. The colors were black, white, and gold. Oh and Christa wanted foil! Black with gold foil to set the tone for this Regal Brooklyn Love Story. When designing with Christa + Bayete, it was incredibly important for me to include any aspect of their personalities, styles, and something that would be represented as a couple. I also incorporated their engagement photos, captured by Kesha Lambert, throughout all of the paper. The mood board encompassed all of the elements of their stationery, right down to Christa + Bayete's favorite quote.
Mood board by Paper Dreams + Keepsakes
The end result superseded their expectations, as well as my own. Everything turned out so incredibly beautifully, and their entire suite was branded exceptionally! From the foil accents, to the custom monogram; to the belly bands that wrapped around the dinner menus with each guest name; and to the details of every piece that purposely added in telling their love story in a unique and authentic way. As a designer, I was challenged on so many levels, and learned so much throughout this design process, from beginning to end. It meant so much to me that Christa trusted my expertise, and gave me free reign in telling their love story through bespoke stationery design. After all, their love story was the catalyst in making their dream for their stationery a reality (inserts a ton of heart emojis). Meeting them both sealed the deal for me. They shared their favorite place to eat with me, which was also sentimental in spot in their relationship! Their love is so beautiful! I truly felt like part of their family.
Images in this Collage: Kesha Lambert Photography
Images in this collage: Paper Dreams + Keepsakes, LLC.
And I will never forget personally hand delivering Christa her day of stationery items. She looked so beautiful and she had that bride-to-be glow. As I showed her each of the items for her day of stationery, she couldn't stop saying thank you, and how happy she was with everything. She was emotional, and it took everything within me not to start crying too. And in that moment, I realized that creating paper was Great, but the people (and their stories) that I created the paper for was on a whole other level kind of AMAZING!!!
Christa + Bayete's day was filled with so much love, joy, celebration, and emotion. I was honored to have been a part of their special day. From the linens, to the floral arrangements, to the eats, to the venue, each and everyone of Christa + Bayete's Dream Team of vendors did an amazing job. Everything was absolutely beautiful! To see more of their special day, I invite you to visit our FEATURED Gallery.
Akwaaba Mansion ~ Bride’s Custom Wedding Gown—Andrea Pitter of Pantora Bridal ~ Bride’s Veil—Edwina Lynch (Bayete’s Mother) ~ Deana Stewart (Hair and Makeup) of The Plum Dandy (Baltimore, MD) ~ Kesha Lambert Photography ~ Michelle Newson of Onederland Events ~ Sheryl Jones Jewelry Design (Custom engagement ring and wedding bands) ~ Mellanee Harvin of The Fork Goes on the Left Catering ~ Robyn Rogers aka DJ Reborn ~ Makini Regal Designs ~ Sharon Elezye of Elezye's Elegant Cover-ups ~ Lisa McGainey of Paper Dreams & Keepsakes Design Studio ~ Arlean Gillin of Nina’s Bowl of Sugar ~ Shelly Marshall of Island Pops ~ BCake ~ Olivino Wines
Here is a snippet of their special day. Their Videographer, Neglakay Productions did an incredible job capturing all of the details. Have a looksee. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
To see more of their special day, I invite you to visit our FEATURED Gallery.