01/07/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , ,

Our E-Shoot Story | Part 1

Ok so I know the last few posts have been right out of my bridal diary, but the big day is quite near and that means lots of stories, venting, and advice for future brides (or grooms)! bangastudios-532

Last week we finally had our e-shoot with the FABULOUS people from Banga Studios!
I say finally for a reason. See the first day we were scheduled for our photo shoot, it rained, and rained and rained. That plus an outdoor shoot don’t mix really well.

For whatever reason, maybe it was the universe trying to tell me this day wasn’t going to work; I woke up stressed. Although I was seeing rays of sunlight, I had this horrible feeling it wasn’t going to last. I spent 2 hours getting the perfect curls in my hair, then my MUA raced over from the west end, to make me pretty, only to tell me the storm was horrible there. Trying to be optimistic even after all the warning signs, I hopped in my car and raced over to see Mr. Fiance. I’m not sure why but again for some odd reason we both felt a little stressed and just not our usual selves which, of course, led to an argument – I have no idea what we argued about, but maybe those few rain drops were getting to us. By the time we got to our location, it was pouring.

Our fabulous photographers were already there and gave us the bad news – it wasn’t going to happen. Now Gurminder (who, by the way, is the most humble person I know in the wedding industry) did call me the morning of, but we thought we would risk it and test our luck. One thing I have to say is the minute Gurminder started talking to us, he was very honest – which is what I appreciate about him as my vendor. He instantly saw my stress and knew how important these pictures were, so he suggested a new date. At first I didn’t like this idea, are you kidding?! I just paid for makeup, spent 2 hours on my hair and had my nail done, not to mention threading my eyebrows to perfection to hear it’s not happening. But he made a point that Mr. Fiance agreed with too, you need a certain mood for your images and clearly we didn’t have that this day.

Then came day 2 of the shoot; the forecast? Rain. GRRRREAT! But the thing about this day was nothing could bring me down. I was just super excited and Mr. Fiance felt the same way. Our shoot was for later in the day so we both took a half day from work to figure out things for ourselves. I even had time to meditate beforehand. My MUA was slightly late, but she made me feel pretty as ever!
The best part? Somehow the rain missed Toronto! It was ONLY in the west and east end. So literally there was no rain exactly where we were shooting. A nice overcast and tiny rays of sunshine – it was PERFECTION.

Gurminder made me feel like I was on ANTM. Honestly, his team knows how to make you feel comfortable in front of a camera. Both shoots went flawlessly… and we all had a lot of fun! His team was organized, and he was willing to do anything to get the shot, even if the meant climbing on top of an 11 ft. basketball net (yes this happened). Simirin came up with some really romantic poses; I loved having her there while Gurminder shot because with all the raw imagery I felt she added that really pretty look into the mix. And the third shooter Sahil, although quiet, I could tell he was looking at things through a whole different angle. It was an amazing team to work with and I can’t wait to work with them again for our big day! These are the kinds of vendors that excite you and make all the craziness worth it. 

The one thing I will say is through all the craziness, back and forth, bookings, planning and what not it all was over in a blink of the eye. Just like that the e-shoot, probably one of the things I was looking forward to the most (maybe even at par with the wedding) is done. Now we wait with excitement for our images.

The moral of the story…

You have to REALLY stop and enjoy every second of your wedding because before you know it, it’s done and all you can do is wait for the pictures to come.

THANK YOU once again to our amazing photographers. None of this would be possible without you!

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18/06/15 Blog , Stationery 101 , Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , ,

Emotions Love Wedding Programs

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Even if the culture and religion are the same, program to program this little piece of paper, or fan, or booklet, or whatever you want it to be, can uniquely express the couple’s love for one another. They are just as much fun to design as invitations since you can get super creative!

The very first wedding program I designed was for my girlfriend, who now is one of my bridesmaids. I remember clearly the day I sent her the proof. She told me she had tears of joy; all of a sudden as she read the ceremony program and it was real. She was getting married to the man of her dreams. That wasn’t the last time a bride (or groom) has told me that they got a little emotional while reading their ceremony programs. I always love being the person that makes everything in all this wedding planning craziness feel so real.

Today I’m designing my own program. Let’s just say, I’m feeling more like a bride than a designer today… *wipes away tears*

T-36 more days #PujaSumit2015

PS: This picture isn’t my wedding program (did you think you’d get to see it that easily?!). This is a fun behind the scenes look at one of our process days, where we created these fabulous fan programs for a wonderful 2015 couple! 

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10/06/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , ,

Bridal Diary: Designing for my wedding

You’d think designing my own stationery would be easy. I mean the base of the design is done with the invitations and I’m all about branding the event so it should be.

Funny enough I don’t think I’ve every experienced a harder client to please. I am my worst critic. I find myself always trying to be more creative and out of the box with something different that is still within budget (Mr. Fiance favorite word these days – err!!). Maybe it’s the pressure? Everyone is expecting something fabulous so I have to deliver. As invitations roll out, I feel like expectations get higher too. Which is always a blessing of a problem to have.

Part of it has to do with my clients love. I want to love my stationery as much as my clients love theirs. I swear the best feeling in the world is when someone emails/calls or even sends you a nice text message saying how blown away they are by the designs and how they can’t Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 1.29.01 PMwait for the big day.

See that feeling right there, I did that, and there is no high comparable to that. It’s like giving someone happiness through my art. What more could a graphic designer ask for?

But when designing for myself it gets a bit difficult, no matter what I design I never know if it’s good enough. This is where my minions (aka Vibrance Designs Interns for life aka sisters) and Mr. Fiance come in. But should I trust them? What if they don’t want to hurt my feelings and it all really sucks! Haha, doubtful, they are a pretty honest bunch but the thought did cross my mind. Blame it on the bridal brain!

Oddly I also find I have similar concerns that my brides and grooms have with stationery, even when I already have the answers.

Like last night while designing my own stuff  I kept thinking  – does it all look too similar?! I literally had to walk myself through the guest experience to remember my guests are not going to see each element side by side, but rather each piece will stand out as they walk through the event; bringing it all together.

It’s strange I had to remind myself this, but I guess that is bridal brain too. I’m only human at the end of the day!

Okay I’m done my spiel. Back to designing…

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02/06/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , ,

The NEW Cotton Canvas Bags 

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The welcome canvas bag has become a hot item with destination weddings on the rise. I love these; they are fun and personal, plus a great keepsake for all your guests. However, I always find my clients compromising design because they couldn’t afford more than 1 or 2 colours in print. Compromising design always makes me sad and we all know I had to fix that fast.

I could not just sit there and let this happen so I started exploring; looking for quality without breaking the bank. Folks, I have an amazing announcement for all of you!

Drumroll please… 

Introducing our new custom canvas bag! Sufficient in size, durable quality and with a full-colour print!

Now I wasn’t going to start selling this product without doing a test run myself. I created the bags to a couple of my girlfriends and boy oh boy did they LOVE them. I mean which girl doesn’t want a nice tote, with beautiful florals and their name in calligraphy?! It’s the perfect token of appreciation. The product quality was fabulous and my favorite part – I did not have to compromise the colours!

Ready to order yours? These personal couture canvas totes are perfect for:

  • Welcome Packages
  • Bridesmaids Gifts
  • Or a special something for a special person!

What are you waiting for? Contact us today (info@vibrancedesigns.com) for a quote and we’ll get started on something fabulous just for you!

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28/05/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , ,

Custom Design Wax Seals

This week has been full of ups & downs (my phone broke…anyone who has experienced this knows the pain). BUT as always let’s focus on the Happy Vibes!  Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.58.00 PM

We’re introducing a new product to our Couture Stationery line – drumroll please…. custom designed wax seals!

This is the perfect finishing touch on your invitation! I love to keep things a bit more traditional with the dark red, it seems very authentic, but we can supply you with the colours of the rainbow. The best part is that you’re not sitting with a stamp, hot wax and trying to get these done in a clean organized way. They come fully designed on an adhesive that you just peel and stick! You even have the option to keep the seal “irregular” in shape to give it that old school look. (in my sister calls it the Harry Potter look…to each their own I guess)

I’m loving this product so much I honestly couldn’t wait to share it with you… here is a sneak peak of a seal that’s super special to me … any guesses why? 😉

Here’s a hint: #PujaSumit2015 invitations have arrived…

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22/04/15 Blog # , , , , , , ,

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day all! We love our paper goods here at Vibrance Designs. We also love making the world a beautiful place and making sure it stays that way.

How do we ensure we do our part?

  1. OfficePlantRecycled Papers. Did you know, all our card stocks are FSC Certified? Even our specialty papers – like those beautiful shimmers, are made from recycled materials. (The recycled shimmers actually have a tiny bit more sparkle to them, than non-recycled shimmers!)
  1. Shut Down. Computers and printers take up a lot of energy, so as much as it’s a pain to start it up every morning, we shut down our office computers and personal printers every night.
  1. Paperless Office. Although we produce paper products we do try to keep the office as paperless as possible. This means online calendars, quick notes and all.
  1. Food & Green Bins. Stay green while eating your greens! Our team is big on waste-free lunches. You can easily decrease the amount of garbage you throw out and increase the amount of recycling and compost.
  1. Lights out.  I LOVE sunlight! My office space has a huge window that I can’t live without. With all this natural sunlight why do we need our office lights on? I place my desk right beside the window so I can take in as much natural light as possible and only use the office lights in the winter (when it’s basically dark out at 4:00) or for those occasional late nights.

Every little action can have an effect on the environment. Comment below and tell us how you stay green!

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16/04/15 Blog

They’re here!

*Drumroll Please*

Our wedding invitations have arrived!

Getting the invitations and seeing my vision come to life was surreal.

Everyone keeps asking me if I love them – and I really do, but I feel like I’m living a dream.

Did I just design these for my own wedding?!  

I’m not sure if I can say, “I’ve been dreaming of this invitation my whole life,” but I know one thing for sure – this IS MY invitation. I poured my heart and soul into every inch of the design and like I do for all my clients spent hours sketching, illustrating, and tossing colour palettes to make this as beautiful as possible.

This design is not only for Mr. Fiancé and I, but for all of you – even those of you who don’t know me. Trust me I was thinking of my audience with every stroke. I love every inch of the design and the reaction I’m getting. The cherry on top – my print team loves them – which is huge for me because they not only know what I’m capable of, but also, what the possibilities are.

Mr. Fiancé reaction was classic. He congratulated me (hahaha!). I’m not sure why, I don’t think he knows either but he loves the invitation and it’s really hitting us now.

The most fulfilling part of my artwork is that I create something beautiful for my brides and grooms and usually it’s the first time they see their names together with the word wedding. It’s quite emotional and I’m always on a high whenever I hear back from a couple telling me how their invitation made things “real.”

Now it’s my turn. This is just too surreal.

Let the countdown begin…

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25/03/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes # , , , , , ,

Not The Only One

This past weekend, my good friend and colleague, Paras Mehta invited me to his home where he hosted a ‘Discover Your Core-Reveal Your Purpose’ workshop. In only a few hours I learned about my thoughts on money, my life, relationships and that I’m not the only one. Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 12.40.31 PM

Running a design studio I spend a lot of time by myself, but in this time I’m never focused on me. It’s always about pleasing my clients and ensuring those around me are happy. This workshop peeled away all those roles I play, and let me take a moment to just be with “me” (as one of the guests put it).

It was also a huge eye opener. I’m not the only crazy one! I’m starting to discover most creative people are very emotional just like me. I don’t mean mood swings, but overall we get so involved in our work we think that it’s a direct reflection of us. I’m not saying our work shouldn’t be part of us – but it’s should take over our life mission. I always say a client’s happiness is my happiness. If the clients not happy with something I could very well absorb that and bring it into my personal life. I’m learning to stop this and it’s really nice to know I’m not the only one. In fact, even some of my mentors feel this way.

I’m also learning to take breaks. I use to feel guilty doing this but I’m beginning to realize my life mission is to make the world beautiful and I can only do that if I have some food in me, am healthy, active and happy.

Being a girlboss I still have a lot to learn but I’m happy to be surrounded by so many strong, positive and likeminded people that help me and raise me up vs. pushing me down. This is only the beginning of my journey and there is a lot more to come. I’m growing everyday and slowly learning how to be the best me and deliver that to my work and life. If you’re going through the same then remember you’re not the only one.

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18/03/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Stationery 101 # , , , , , , , , ,

The 3 C’s

There are 3 C’s in stationery design that I often see people mix up.  As consumers you should know what’s out there and what service suits your vision.

So what do the 3 C’s really mean?

  1. Customizable – essentially this means you’re working with a template. You choose a pre-made design and the stationery designer alters the information or sometimes even the fonts/colours to create something that is perfect for you. Many will have the same design as you – it’s like you and your frienJBW2PXDOL6d buying the same jeans but in a different size. (Side note: check out the Etsy shop for our customizable items!)
  2. Custom– this is similar to customizable design but you have a bit more wiggle room. You can choose from templates,
    pre-assembled structures, pre-made artwork and mix them all together to create your perfect piece of stationery. This is often confused with couture because you’re able to choose from different areas and create something that is your own. There will still be others out there that will have the same or a similar design as you. It’s like you and your friend buying the same jeans, but in different colours and perhaps mixing it up with different accessories to get that distinctive look.
  3. Couture –With a couture service you sit down with your stationery designer and create a suite especially for you. You choose everything from the paper, structure and treatment. Many do couture differently but for us this also means a hand-drawn illustration that matches your style. It’s like creating a custom piece of art exclusively for you. The creation process is definitely something that everyone should experience once in their life. It’s like Marc Jacobs creating clothing just for you – with your body shape, trends and personality in mind! You can only imagine how beautiful that collection would look on you! 😉

For many years, Vibrance Designs only offered Couture Invitations and Stationery, it’s only recently that we ventured into the customizable market with our Etsy Shop. We do offer some custom work but that’s on a smaller scale.

If you have more questions on this topic or another – leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer all your Stationery 101 questions! 

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11/03/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , ,

Off to print we go!

I did it, hit send, the invites are officially off to print. unnamedWow, even just typing that gave me the butterflies. Not the fun kind where there are little hearts roaming around your head and all of a sudden Shah Rukh Khan comes out playing the violin. This is more like the one where your hands start to shake and you’re constantly praying even if you’re an atheist.

At Vibrance Designs we never send anything to print without final sign off from our couples. This time I’m the couple. I have been cross-checking like crazy and probably driving my minions (aka sisters) insane.
Mr. Fiancé and I are both happy with the invitation. Every piece of it makes us excited for the wedding. The in-laws and my family can’t wait to hold it in their hands!
I’m always a little excited sending stationery to print and seeing the final result. I trust my team and the tools they use; they have never let me down! In fact, they always make my designs come to life.

I’m really proud of this invitation.
I’m excited to share it.
I trust and know my print team will make it flawless.

So why am I so nervous having this baby go to print?

Maybe because it’s real?
Maybe because it sets things in stone?
Maybe because it makes a statement about our event that I can’t take back?
Or maybe it’s because I don’t want to let anyone down and meet everyone’s expectations?!

Who knows…

Whatever the case may be, they are in print-production now. Wish me luck! xo

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