How to Address Wedding Invitations

Hey Ya’ll! I hope everyone had a Fantastic Veterans Day Holiday! I know I sure did enjoy laying low and having the day off. It was the a Perfect Monday complete with a new episode of NBC’s The Blacklist. Did you see last night’s episode? OMG! OMG!!

Ok, Back to the reason we’re here…

Being in the wedding industry and having planned over 20 weddings this past year I have been asked numerous times, “How do you properly address wedding invitations?”. Some Brides budgets don’t allow for them to hire a calligrapher but still want to make sure addressing her invites is done properly. My friends over a Kim Box Photography host a feature post each week on their blog titled, “Wedding Wednesday”. A couple weeks back it was all about the process of addressing invitations. Since the post, I have sent it to 2 brides who have asked that infamous question. Kara of Kara Anne Paper created these awesome graphics to give Brides a prettier visual of how it should be done.

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“Remember it’s important to include the children’s names on the inner envelope. If you do not, guest will assume that only adults are invited. If you invitations do not include inner envelopes it is acceptable to include their names on the outer envelope. Children under 18 can be included on their parents invitation. If they are over the age of 18 and still living at home it is best to send he or she their on invitation.”, Kara Says!

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Addressing invitations to Couples or Families is actually the easy part. Addressing Invitations to a Doctor, can be a little tricky. Kara created another graphic to make sure everyone is on the same page and gets those invites addressed just right.

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I hope this quick post was a helpful  “how to” to all you Brides to be. Be sure to keep an eye out on Wedding Wednesday from Kim Box Photography– Exciting post from local Planners, Calligraphers, Designers and there’s always pretty pictures too! Happy Tuesday!

Vendor Spotlight: Nick Drollette Photography

I’m almost positive that you guys are well aware that everyone is a photographer these days. Ok! Not everyone, but it seems like it, right? Let me introduce you to the real deal, Nick Drollette. He’s a photographer from Montgomery Alabama that is taking the wedding industry by storm.

I met Mr. Drollette about 4 years via Facebook. I know, it’s kind of creepy, but it was all him, I PROMISE! Nick thought I was an old bearded photographer who could help him further his career. Long story short, through that silly Facebook friend request We’ve become the best of  friends (He even asked me to be a groomsmen in his wedding). Nick is honestly one of the most talented guys I know. When he puts his mind to something, he does it and KILLS IT. He’s passionate about what he does and it comes across in every photo. I’m beyond honored to get to work with NDP on a regular basis with Weddings, Events and editorials but even more import I am honored to call him and his wife friends.

With that being said, I bring you another installment of  (insert drum roll sound effect) evangcooper.com’s  Vendor Spotlight. Below I had Nick send over some of his favorite images and answer a few questions to give the blogging world a chance to get to know him a little better..

EGC: What Inspires you as a photographer?

Everything. I’m inspired by what is around me. I think there is so much that we take for granted everyday. When you shoot it is about capturing that one moment in time because it will never be the same. Seeing so many photographers out there challenge me to get better. If I am not looking at other peoples work or looking for things to learn  or ways to better my skill I end up sitting in a slump. Photographers have to be inspired and learn from each other to become better. It’s  a never ending process.  There’s always something to learn, it’s impossible to know it all. I think that’s what I like the most.

 

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EGC: How does someone become a Photographer?

Hmm…Take photos of EVERYTHING! It doesn’t matter what camera you use just take pictures. You will grow if you start to dig deeper into learning the technical side of photography. Anyone can teach the technical side. It’s learning the creative side that is the hardest.

EGC: One of today’s main discussion points amongst photographers is the use of digital vs film photography; what do you prefer? 

I love the convenience of digital, You can instantly see what you have taken. I think learning on digital was a wiser choice than  film.  Shooting film makes you slow down and makes you a better photographer. It makes you think about every shot. Most of my favorite pictures I come across on the web are film. Why would I work so hard to edit a digital photo and try to make it look like film when I can just shoot film. To me film has a romantic look . Now there are some downsides to film. Obviously you can’t see it right away and most importantly you have to be willing to trust your lab and leave it in their hands. For me, I shoot anything I can. If you like to shoot disposable cameras. Then shoot disposable cameras. It’s not the gear that makes you a great photographer it is the technique and eye.  2013-11-09_0004 2013-11-09_0001

 

EGC: Where would you see yourself with your company in 5 years? 

I’m honestly not sure. I enjoy going with the flow. Like every other entrepreneur I want my business to grow. I want to be able to travel and see many different things.

EGC: What are your favorite type of projects to work on? 

I really enjoy documentary and travel photography. I have been on several trips with my church and would love to be able to travel and shoot around the world full time

EGC: Is there any special techniques or gear that you like using?

I enjoy working on my Mac. They’re a musty have for photographers 🙂 For Digital I shoot with a 5D MK II and a Hasselblad H1 for my film work. I only shoot Kodak film.

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Hopefully you know a little more about Nick Drollette and his company, Nick Drollette Photography. Hey! And how you have someone for all your photo needs.Remember, NDP doesn’t shoot just weddings– His lifestyle and commercial photography is pretty incredible. Thanks for reading! Until next time…

 

Small Business Friends

As a small business owner I always LOVE meeting and connecting with other small business owners and talking shop—It’s even 10x better when you have a personal friend that is a small business owner too.

Meet my Friend Carley. We’ve known each other for as long as I can remember. We’ve traveled around the world together, ran around in clown costumes together… the list goes on and on.

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We’ve even made late night trips to waffle house and Krispy Kreme.

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Our most recent adventure together was to Vienna Austria just a few weeks back. By the way, I’ll be blogging about our trip tomorrow. Vienna is was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to!

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Carley and her Mom own Gumption Gals.  Carley told us, “Owning my own boutique has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. My mother and I decided to open Gumption Gals together in May of 2012. We went back a forth with several different names for days but when I called my mom and asked about the name “Gumption Gals” we just knew it was the one. My Grandmother – Who is my mom’s mother passed away in April of 2012 and she always used the word Gumption. Gumption means having initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness; courage; spunk and or guts. We knew we had to have a lot of Gumption in order to start our own business.”

With that being said I asked Carley a few questions about her business and what inspires her.

EGC: So, tell me some basics about you and your company.  Where are you from, where you went to college, what you studied, how you got started.

Gumption Gals: I graduated from AUM and double majored in Finance and Economics. We opened in May of 2012. We are an online affordable boutique that operates through Facebook. We are a great place to find stylish looks without having to break the bank.

EGC: Who would be an ideal customer? What age demographic does GG target? 

Gumption Gals: We honesty try not to cater to one main age group. We try and offer a variety of styles for all fashionistas out there no matter their age. Our youngest customer that bought a dress from us was 8 years old. Our oldest customer has been an 80 year old woman who purchased some of our flat boots last season.

EGC: What is the gumption gals price point? 

Gumption Gals: We aim to keep everything under $40.00! We post online sales every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:31PM CST. We just launched our jewelry line this week. We will hold jewelry sales on Monday and Wednesday nights.

EGC: is there a Gumption Gals retail location in the near future?

Gumption Gals: YES, YES, YES!!! I want nothing more than to open a store front one day…. when will that time come… I have no idea. It is a long term goal that is always in the front of my mind. I spend a lot of time responding to FB messages and emails of ladies asking questions re: how things fit and items that would work best for them. I love helping people. It is so much fun to be able to suggest an item to a lady and weeks later she email us and tell us how happy she is with something she purchased from us. Being able to actually do that in person would bring me even more happiness. 

Carley also said, “There is nothing is more fun than playing dress up with your friends! I feel like every time I post a sale on Facebook I am getting to play dress up with 5000 of my closest friends.”

It’s been a joy watching Carley’s small business explode into something that was beyond her comprehension. You guys know I LOVE seeing dreams become a reality. All this Gumption Gals talk we couldn’t not showcase a couple of pieces from their most recent inventory. AND even better for you ladies, We’re giving it away!!

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Here’s the deal– Leave a comment here on the blog telling us why YOU should win. Once you’ve done that head over to Gumptions Gals Facebook page, “Like” their page and leave a post on their wall telling them Evan G. Cooper sent ya. It’s that easy!

I bet you’re thinking if you win you’ll get to take home the blouse and the necklace. Nope! We decided one lucky lady will take home the awesome Red Graphic Print Blouse and another lucky winner will take home that beautiful turquoise necklace. We’ll be drawing a winner on Tuesday of Next Week.

Happy Commenting!

The Super Market Bunch

It’s Wednesday, they day some of you have been waiting for… it’s that middle of the week slump– You can do it! Hang in there. Friday is a comin’.  In honor of  the middle of the week slump we wanted something that would brighten your day—Flowers! Yup! You heard me! Not just any flowers though, Super Market Flowers.

If you follow me on Social Media sites, you probably saw the Instagram photo I posted that was captioned, “No, I haven’t lost my mind just working on a blog post with flowers from the supermarket– a place everyone has access to.” The caption says it perfectly, and that’s exactly what we are doing. I get so many emails and messages from people saying, “I don’t have access to a wholesale house” or “Our City doesn’t have a flower market”. So we wanted to show you guys that it’s not about where the flowers come from, it’s about what you do with them.  We’re calling this post “The Super Market Bunch” Enjoy!

This is the bunch we picked up from the Super Market . Most folks do exactly what we did here, Unwrap the bunch of flowers and stick them in a vase. But if you want to really take your Super Market Bunch to the next level, follow each of the steps below. You won’t be disappointed. *Photos by my friend Nick at Nick Drollette Photography

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First, there a few basics you want to keep in mind when purchasing your bunch. Make sure you pick a bunch that has several types of flowers, some greenery,  and possibly a filler.

In prepping for  your arrangement you want to make sure that you cut your stems at an angle and remember to remove all of the lower leaves on the stems so that they do not rot under wanted.

The key to a full arrangement – make a grid on top of the vase. I used oasis water proof tape, but regular scotch tape will work perfectly (make sure the edges of your vase are dry if you are using scotch tape).

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Once you’ve taped off your vase you can now start the fun part—I always begin with greening my arrangements first.

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After you’ve greened your vase you will then want to add you “focal flowers”. A focal flower is your larger flower and typically a more dominate one. In our case the tiger lilies are the largest.

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Once the focal flower(s) has been added to your arrangement you can then start adding your secondary flowers. Mums, alstroemeria, carnations, and cushion mums are a few that came in our bunch.

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Now that you’ve added all of your secondary flowers, go back through your arrangement and fill in any holes you may see with either some sort of filler or extra greenery that you may have had left over.  Feel free to clip a few stems from your yard for extra filler  if  needed.

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And that my friends is it. It’s that easy! Anyone can do it!

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Give us your thoughts! Is this something you think you’ll try? We sure hope so! We’d love to see pictures! Keep us posted on your progess!

Happy Wednesday!

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