Save The Dates | Breanna + Michael

A few weeks back, our Save the Dates finally went out in the mail. After many phases of design + little tweaks here and there ( like finding the right yellow in print ), it felt SO good to be finished. My mom came over, we had a little bit of wine, and knocked these out ( addressing ) in just a few hours. Not bad. I know I haven’t spoken too much about the wedding process here, but that’s because it’s … stressful. I knew going into this that I wasn’t a typical “bride to be” and a lot of the details make me want to crawl up and hide under the covers. I won’t lie, there have been several times where Michael and I have wondered why we didn’t just keep things simple. The thing is, though, that family is important to us. There are so many people that we couldn’t imagine getting married without their presence, so instead of freaking out over the guest count – we’ve tried to change our perspective. This day isn’t just about us. It’s about our families being together. We want that day to feel comfortable not only for ourselves, but our family as well.

More on everything wedding related soon, I promise. For now, I have some excited ( unrelated ) news to share! This week, FIDM posted an article / interview about me that I’m so happy to have been a part of. They asked some great questions and ONE of them kinda-maybe-most-definitely has to do with the Freelance Workshop I’ve been working super hard on for the past several months. And guess what? I’m not doing it alone. You can read the interview to learn more. Sorry to be such a tease. ;)

  1. Frances says:

    Hey, those look great! I love that shade of yellow and the design is beautiful. Congrats too on the article! I’ll have to go check it out.

  2. Annie says:

    The save the dates are beautiful! Definitely not the typical look for a save the date but I love them! My favorite I have seen! And that interview was a great read! I am so excited for you! You are such an inspiration to not only designers but any creative person. I always love coming to catch up reading on your blog–it always makes me feel refreshed.

    • breanna says:

      Thank you so much – you’re sweet. :) And yup, decided not to go very traditional, although our invites ( I’ll share later ) are MORE traditional with a white background and all that jazz.

  3. Emma says:

    I like your perspective on inviting people to your wedding. So many times I’ve heard “the day is about you as a couple, don’t worry about everyone else”! But if it wasn’t a celebration meant for others to enjoy, wouldn’t everyone forego the details and go to some private resort and elope? I love your color choice on the save-the-dates. I knew you would go muted!

    • breanna says:

      Thank you! We just keep telling ourselves that it MATTERS that everyone is there. I’m trying not to think about the number, but rather how happy I will be to see them all, ya know??

  4. Rashi says:

    Lovely :) And that’s so exciting to hear you and Jen are collaborating on the freelance workshop! Looking forward to seeing the things you both come up with.

    • breanna says:

      Thanks, Rashi! We’re very excited about the workshop and it feel GOOD to be collaborating and not going in it alone. That’s for sure.

  5. JEN says:

    Love the way they came out! And so excited for what’s to come :)

  6. Kat Curling says:

    I’m very torn on the simple wedding/ wedding with family. It is important to share it with family, I just hate having attention in any way put on me haha.

    I love the envelopes and the design itself. I’m assuming you addressed them with the white pencil? I think the white looks so beautiful on the “kraft” paper. I use that in my shop actually. Can’t wait for you to share more!

    • breanna says:

      For sure! We were torn, too. Like you, we both HATE being the center of attention. I keep joking that I’m going to walk down the aisle wrapped up in a blanket so I don’t have to see the sheer amount of people there, ha. But I won’t do that – promise. We’ll be fine. :) xx.

  7. Haha, all of that suspens. You definitely master the skill of keeping people interested, haha ;)

    I heard that wedding organization is definitely the worst thing you want to put yourself through. The kind of extremely stressful process that you should leave to your bridesmaids (poor them …) . But as of now, you really seem to have everything under control ! Like, seriously, who designs her own wedding invites as fast as you did ! So efficient !
    I’m impressed !

    • breanna says:

      Suspense is all just a part of a good story. ;) Ha. Sorry for all the teases! I promise I’ll continue sharing more when I have it ready. But yeah – wedding planning really isn’t for me. My maid of honor / cousin is hoping to be a wedding planner someday so she’s been a HUGE HELP. And if I’m ever stressed, I just tell her why and she’ll answer my questions / concerns!

  8. jensen says:

    Those turned out so fantastic!
    Super excited for everything you’ve got up your sleeve :)

  9. Kristin says:

    Such great design on your invitations! I like the pop of yellow. Congrats on the interview with FIDM.

  10. Helen says:

    they look great! and I feel ya on the printing yellow. I work for a University and we use yellow a lot and it is tricky. We go cross eyed staring at and mulling over pantone swatches.

  11. Guinnevere says:

    Great choice of stamps! I was JUST looking at stamps online and coming up with ideas that would go well with some of them – the seed packets, the ferns, etc. Way prettier than the standard “wedding” stamps.

  12. Great Save the Date cards, also – Congratulations to you!

  13. Caitlin says:

    Awesome interview!!!! Super exciting! And I definitely want in on that Freelance Workshop!

    And oh man I hear you about the wedding stuff. I wonder all too often if it wouldn’t have been better to just elope…but I hear a big celebration with the fam-bam is worth it :)

  14. Jaclyn says:

    Breanna, you are seriously such an inspiration– you have so much courage! I can’t wait to hear more about this Freelance Workshop! Definitely interested! xoxo

  15. Makenzie says:

    So cute! Love the yellow. It’s simple but not overly simplified. And I love the font, I get sick of seeing the entire save the date/invite in an illegible script font… haha it’s hard being a graphic designer and looking at wedding invites anymore! Well done.

  16. Tilly says:

    Hi there. First of all congratulations on some seriously sweet designs! And secondly, a question from a design nerd — is your layout a template from somewhere or is it your own mockup? Have been looking for some templates that I can throw some of my pieces into; really loving what you’ve got going on there.

  17. bling ring says:

    Your Save the date card looks absolutely amazing! I designed and made my own wedding invitation too :)

  18. Yasmin says:

    I am also an engaged to be wed this year, and i totally understand what you mean about the stress of the wedding. My fiance and i even decided to skip out on Save the Dates, mostly since we just decided to keep our guest count to a minimum anyways, which still stressed me out.

    I’ve thought about posting about the process, but like you, I am hesitant. I’ve actually thought about writing posts about it, and not making them public until after the wedding. That way I am not stressing out or worrying about people’s feedback or comments, when I already have a lot to deal with!

    Anyhow, congrats on being engaged! Look forward to any wedding posts you do decide to share :)

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