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Basic Invite, a beautiful wedding invite & website resource for the modern couple

There are so many online resources available these days when it comes to free wedding websites, wedding invites, & announcements and usually the big trademark names come to mind such as Minted, Shutterfly and The Knot for such things.

However, what I didn’t know was that all this time, there was this amazing company out there called Basic Invite that offers all these features in one place. Planning a wedding takes a lot of patient & investment of time and practicality, so how nice would it be to have all these resources in one place to help streamline your productivity and keep consistency in your design and the feel you want for your wedding day? Basic Invite is super mobile friendly allowing you to instantly upload all of your wedding details, along with images, and a convenient map with directions for your guests, again, how great is that.

Their wedding websites are completely customizable also and mobile friendly. When people visit your wedding website or receive your save the dates, this is the first impression they receive that will give them an idea of the style and feel of what your wedding day will be.

What I love the most about this site and resource is that the brand and aesthetic is classic, clean and everything is completely customizable from colour palettes, to fonts and if you want the gold foil just like Minted, don’t worry BASIC INVITE has that too! Basic Invite allows the ability to order a printed sample of their invitation so they can see the card’s paper quality and how it will print before they have to place their final order. Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set and include all the stationery you need, like save the dates, wedding invitations, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and even matching thank you cards!

Some of the examples below give you a really great idea on how everything comes together. Complete invitation suites (rsvp, menu’s, address labels and more) right down to the Thank You Cards for after the wedding day. An invitation suite with the matching stationary is absolutely one my favourite details of the day, and I genuinely mean that. In fact, a carry a lay flat kit with me specifically so I can photograph a complete invitation suite as part of the documentation that adds to the couples story of their day. I love styling the bride & grooms details such as shoes, jewellery, flowers etc on a matching mat with a beautiful wedding invitation suite and the stationary used on the wedding day – this gives you a beautiful visual of how the day and style of the couple all came together. Because Basic Invite shows you exactly how all your pieces can come together, it’s what makes it a resource I would recommend to my clients above and beyond all the other resources and invitation companies available.

They also have this new amazing resource that sets them apart which is called the Seal & Send Wedding Invitation Suites – The seal and send wedding invitations are an all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear-off RSVP postcard included! Currently, they offer them in over 30 designs including the as mentioned above, the ever-popular foil options, and, like our other products, they are customizable. What’s special about the Seal & Sends is that guest’s addresses are printed on the front of each invitation so no envelope is necessary! All you have to do is share a link, collect guest addresses, and upload them onto your design. Once you receive your order all you have to do is add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker! Simple and easy.

You can find Basic Invite at all of the below media outlets. 

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I would love to photograph some beautiful suites next season, so please feast your eyes on these beautiful examples for inspiration and head on over to their site xx

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Equal Love St. Norbert Styled Shoot

I usually try to set a goal for myself which includes being apart of or helping organize a styled shoot at least once or twice a year to keep the creativity flowing during the slower months as well to work with like-minded event planners and other talented vendors in the industry as an amazing way to network with others. Overall a styled shoot day is always a lot of fun – there’s coffee, nibbles, awesome vendors to catch up with, incredible decor, florals and bridal wear, stationary and so much more with absolutely no pressure or strict time restraints like a wedding day sometimes has. The creativity flows freely, lots of laughs and so many beautiful images to swoon over are the result of the many hours of planning-  BUT when your vision board comes to life right before your eyes, its always worth all the organization and hard work in the end, especially for the lead planner who really puts in the efforts to organize all the vendors and bring the shoot to life. Alli Mae Events did exactly that and Deanna of Deer Dutch simply nailed this shoot with her incredible floral installation and pieces for the entire shoot. What made this shoot extra special, was working with our two brides who were absolute naturals together and their cuteness and love for one another was seriously contagious. Aimee de la Lande photography is all about equal love and I’m so happy to finally have had the chance to have two beautiful ladies in front of my camera. Fingers crossed I can work with more lgbt couples in the future because if they’re even half as cute as these two were together … well you can see for yourself.

Brittny DryE, Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Love Inc. Magazine also seemed to share the same sentiment about this entire shoot, so she decided to feature our work on their site that promotes Equal love and LGBT inclusive wedding features. I was so excited to find out we were selected to be featured for this shoot and if you need more inspiration, go check out our post and others over at the Magazine here. Enjoy this beautiful shoot and thanks for visiting xx

Brought to you by this amazing team below:

PLANNING & STYLING: ALLI MAE FRESH EVENTS VENUE: ST. NORBERT ARTS CENTRE  FLORAL DESIGN: DEER DUTCH PHOTOGRAPHY: AIMEE DE LA LANDEDRESS DESIGN: BLUE WILLOW RENTALS: PLANNED PERFECTLY HAIRSTYLING:HAIR BY NADINE  MAKEUP:HELLO GORGEOUS  STATIONERY: ENCHANTED MOMENTS COUTURE CAKE DESIGN: CAKED WITH LOVE

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Amy & Justin’s Niakwa Golf & Country Club Winter Wedding

From the moment I met Amy and her mom at The Big Day Wedding Expo, I knew we’d be an absolutely amazing fit and I so desperately hoped she felt the same way too after connecting at the show. I waited patiently hoping to hear from her, and when I did I couldn’t have been more happy to meet again with Amy and her fiancé to really seal the deal. There is no greater feeling than meeting with both a bride & groom and not only connecting immediately but knowing  that you mostly importantly share the same vision and values on whats important in your photography coverage on the wedding day. Capturing the organic moments of the day are important to me and my clients, but if you are also details orientated and you love the flowers, the shoes, the invites, the decor and all the little things in between, then you’re going to want to find a photographer that shares in your detailed orientated passion. Even though I feel as though I have absolutely no style whatsoever on the best of days, I can tell you, I absolutely love and appreciate a well-planned, curated wedding day that effortlessly carries on a beautiful well-established theme pulling together the style, colours and details seamlessly to reflect my couples style. There’s not doubt that you’ll see exactly what I mean in Amy & Justin’s classic winter wedding day. From their engagement photos right to the wedding day, Amy and Justin pulled together a beautiful theme of classic sophistication from her dress, the classic bow tie worn by Justin, the groomsmen’s black fitted suits alongside emerald toned bridesmaids dresses complimented with beautiful Berry toned floral elements for that perfect pop of colour. Not only was this day aesthetically pleasing, these two are truly one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met and they were certainly one of my highlight weddings of 2018. Mature, sophisticated, yet playful and seriously just kind individuals, their intimate wedding day focused on the appreciation of each and everyone one of their guests that attended their wedding day. We had a great day shooting in the Exchange District and on the lovely snowy filled grounds at Niakwa Country Club, and just when the day couldn’t get any better, the reception had me laughing and at points in tears it was so entertaining. Their MC absolutely killed the introductions of the wedding party, bride & groom and even hosted a surprise fashion show, seeing as how Amy’s side for-fun hustle is being a fashion blogger and a personal shopping assistant.
I seriously won’t forget how amazing this wedding day was, and I am so lucky that Justin & Amy’s wedding brought Amy and I together on more than one occasions for several fashion for-fun collaboration shoots leading up to the wedding day.
Wishing this amazing couple a long road of love, friendship, and happiness together and I’m sure it won’t be the last of connecting with these two.

Enjoy Amy & Justin’s beautiful wedding day and if you can’t get enough of this crazy gorgeous wedding and these two in general, you should go check out their incredible engagement session HERE taken at the St. Norberts Art Center.

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Kelly Anne & Darcy’s Hecla Wedding Day

Kelly-Ann & Darcy’s wedding was another 2017 highlight for me. They were a bit of a late and unexpected booking, but one of those lovely little surprises you now couldn’t imagine not having had. Kelly Ann is an absolute sweetheart and her kind camera-shy husband – also a sweetheart. Their lovely Helca/Arborg wedding came together so beautifully on a warm fall day pretty late into October- I was actually shocked at how beautiful it was for temperature and certainly very appreciative. Between the perfect palettes in dresses & suits combined, the stunning floral work of Lily Stone Gardens , and the prettiest little church I think I have ever stepped foot in, the day couldn’t have been any better.  Best of all, we even managed to find what seemed like the only trees left with some fall leafs in all of Hecla – this made for some of my favorite shots and they were an absolute hit with Instagrammers and brides planning their 2018 falls weddings.

Enjoy the beautiful day of Kelly Ann & Darcy, and as always, you can find the list of talented vendors that help brought this day together xx


 

 

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