Month: January 2018

In Support of our United States Military

When I was contacted by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Air Force and Army) in Washington State with a request to provide invitations for the Sponsorship and Advertising Office’s Annual Appreciation Event, I was absolutely honored.  The event is a way for JBLM to show their appreciation to all of their sponsors, who through their partnerships in advertising, provide Service Members, Families, Retirees and Civilians, with support and leisure services.  Their mission statement:

“Today’s Family and MWR mission is to honor the Soldiers and Airmen who protect our freedom by providing them and their families with the same quality of life given to the society they are pledged to defend. The Family and MWR employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are dedicated to providing support and leisure services as outstanding as the people they serve. In striving to deliver the highest quality programs and services – from sports, recreation and entertainment to child and youth programs – Family and MWR partners with community sponsors. The generous support of our sponsors gives Soldiers, Airmen and families a much-needed balance of work and play.”
They chose my casino invitations for the event.  One month later, they contacted me again to design a special “Thank You” note for their corporate sponsors.  I look forward to serving the needs of JBLM in the future.

Georgia’s Golden Isles

 Just off the mainland of Brunswick, Georgia, lies it’s four beautiful barrier islands:  St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island.  For me, as a child, these were the magical places we got to wonder and explore during the summers, on our vacations from Atlanta.  For Jennifer, this was the magical place that she and James vowed their love and for one another and their commitment to join as husband and wife.  Springtime in Georgia is truly one of the most beautiful times of the year,  but to be gathered at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort for the weekend with family and friends, this is truly an experience.

Jennifer expressed her desire for her Wedding Invitation Suite to speak to the elements of this barrier island:  the sand, the water and the palms. Every element used was with purpose: from the blue ink, to the sand colored envelopes and enclosures, to the natural hand tied raffia with the golden palm, to the Coastal Bird stamps used for mailing.  Even the map that we used for the invitation envelope liner, with it’s beautiful color and vintage, old world detail, designed by Rich Britnell at GeographicsArt in Auburn, Alabama, answered all of her requests.

I wish Jennifer and James a beautiful, long life together, full of love and adventure.

Wedding Photography byDavel Photography (Bride and Groom, Bride with Bridesmaids and Groom with Groomsmen)

In 25 Years of Service


I was completely honored, when I was approached by Family Compass in Dallas to create the invitations for their 25th Anniversary year Legends and Lights event that also coincided with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The event was held at  Altitude | W Dallas and was emceed by local WFAA television personality Colleen Coyle.  The evening was a chance to mingle with local legends and celebrities and bring awareness to children in need and the services available to them through Family Compass.  Included in the evening: hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, silent and live auctions, followed by dancing and entertainment.

Continued success to Family Compass as they continue their mission to build healthy families across North Texas, by preventing child abuse and neglect.  Please visit Family Compass  and consider making them part of your personal mission.


These Hands

These Hands

Jenny, these are the hands of your best friend,
young and strong, vibrant with love.
Hands that are holding your hands on your wedding day,
as he promises to love you all the days of his life.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours,
as you build your life together, as you laugh and cry,
as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands that look so large and strong
yet will be so gentle as he tenderly holds your children.

Jacob, these are the hands of your best friend,
the hands that will love and cherish you through the years
and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
Most importantly, these are the hands, that even when wrinkled with age,
will still be reaching for yours, giving you the same unspoken tenderness,
with just a touch.

On a beautiful, chilly, Dallas December evening, joined by their friends and family, Jenny and Jacob said their “I do’s”

Everything about this ceremony and reception spoke to their love of family and their love of outdoors.  On this chilly evening, their guests were welcomed to their lakeside seats with hot cider and hand tied blankets (which the couple donated to Family Gateway, a Homeless Shelter for Children and Families in Dallas, after the reception).  The Bride wore a beautiful lace illusion, long sleeved wedding gown with a full veil attached to a crown of miniature white roses and baby’s breath that had been worn by her mother on her wedding day. The Bridesmaids were in pink with grey pashmina wraps.  The Groom wore a vintage slim-fit blue sharkskin suit and his Groomsmen were in grey sharkskin suits.  The Groom and Groomsmen wore green with blue stripe silk ties, complete with recycled skateboard tie clasps (which were a gift from the Groom) The evening was full of surprises, laughter, tears and dancing.  Everything at the reception spoke to their love of the outdoors.  The Wedding Cake was a three tiered Aspen tree cake with their initials J+J carved in a heart, while the Groom’s cake was a skateboard.  The Wedding Favors were a collection of their favorite songs from The Guardians of the Galaxy on a custom wooden USB card complete with their wedding logo and picture.  After all the guests had left the reception to take their places outside for a sparkler send off, the Bride and Groom stayed behind as they were turning down the lights and shared one last dance to music only they could hear, to take a moment to remember such a special day.  The lovely couple Honeymooned, where else…In Colorado!

This Wedding Invitation Suite was one of my most challenging projects to date.  The Bride chose pink peonies, complimented with natural wood and Kraft as her color theme for the invitations.  The invitation was printed in white ink, with the couples wedding logo, on real wood veneer.  The RSVP, Details and Envelope Liners were printed in pink with peonies, and their envelopes in Kraft with White ink.