New and Noteworthy – VG Luxe Invites

We are loving our brand new line of wedding invitations so much that we had to give them their own shop. Introduction VG Luxe Invites. A line of designer and luxury wedding invitations created for 2015. Featured are some of the most popular trends in color and design in the wedding industry. Here is a peek at our top wedding invitation designs for you to swoon over.

Strawberry Ice Wedding Invitation Suite

Strawberry Ice Wedding Invitation Suite

Strawberry Ice Wedding Invitation Suite: We absolutely love the pink hue in this gorgeous wedding invitation suite. It features a beautifully designed bracket shape invitation in pure strawberry ice with a neutral toned response card displaying matching colors. The set comes complete with a creme colored envelope and botanical floral envelope liner. A very hot trend in 2015.

Your printed wedding invitations come in a luxuriously satin texture enhanced with a shimmer finish from a quality stock imported from Italy. 110 lb, 14.3 thickness. Do you love these invitations as much as we do? Then check them out at www.VGLuxeInvites.etsy.com

Botanical Sunflower Wedding Invitation Suite

Botanical Sunflower Wedding Invitation Suite

Botanical Sunflower Wedding Invitation Suite: We can’t get enough of this fabulous design. Inspired by vintage botanical drawings, this invitation is as bold and beautiful as the flower itself. Your printed designer wedding invitations come in a slightly rustic artisan texture with a warm and creamy ecru hue. Like the canvas of a fine watercolor painting, the velvety texture is a perfect backdrop for your special invite. Your events will be well-served with this textured card stock. 110lb, 16.6 point thickness. Made in the USA using 100$ wind powered electricity. Do you want to learn more? Visit www.VGLuxeInvites.etsy.com for full details.

Sapphire Blue Wedding Invitation Suite

Sapphire Blue Wedding Invitation Suite

Sapphire Blue Wedding Invitation Suite: Jewel tones are set to be 2015 biggest trend in wedding invitations. Sapphires are the inspiration behind the deep beautiful blue hue in this wedding invitation set. Designed exclusively by VG Invites, how will you let the colors in this invitation inspire you? The colors can only be enhanced by a a luxuriously satin texture with a shimmery finish. Order a sample and see for yourself. Visit www.VGLuxeInvites.etsy.com

Marsala Wedding Invitation

Marsala Wedding Invitation

Marsala Wedding Invitation: Marsala is Pantone’s number one pick for 2015 and this years hottest wedding color. This bold hue is the inspiration behind this wedding invitation design. The sensual tone of marsala is a perfect pair with VG Luxe Invites Floral Botanicals envelope liners. According to Pantone, “Marsala, the impactful and robust earthly wine red, has been elected as the color of year 2015.” This invitation is perfect for fall and winter weddings.

Luxe Neutral Wedding Invitation Suite

Luxe Neutral Wedding Invitation Suite

Luxe Neutral Wedding Invitation Suite: The beauty of this wedding invitation set is that it can be paired wonderfully with many of the designer envelopes and envelope liners in the VG Luxe Invites line. How will you tailor this set to your wedding day theme? Choose from a complete line and mix and match yours at www.VGLuxeInvites.etsy.com

Black and White Euro Wedding Invitation Suite

Black and White Euro Wedding Invitation Suite

Black and White Euro Wedding Invitation Suite: Contemporary on it’s own and elegant paired with a splash of floral watercolor envelope liners. We love the simplicity of the design, the richness of the black, and the pop of color in this sophisticated invitation suite. Your printed designer wedding invitation suite comes in a rich white artisan texture. Like the canvas of a fine watercolor painting, the velvety texture is a perfect backdrop for your special invite. See more of our exclusive collection at www.VGLuxeInvites.etsy.com

See what bride’s-to-be have written about VG Invites’ designs:

“I loved this unique design from the first time that I saw it. Victoria was amazing to work with and my wedding invitations are beautiful!” Ashley S.

“Excellent experience. The invitations were quality and Victoria did all of the customization that I asked for. Very quick response every time I had a question. Thanks Victoria!” –Deborah B.

“Working with Victoria was a pleasure. The design options are all absolutely gorgeous. That’s not all, Victoria is a patient, considerate and professional. I am very impressed and will order from Victoria again.” — Ansuya B.

Victoria - Wedding Invitation Designer

Victoria – Wedding Invitation Designer

Victoria is set to be one of the top wedding invitation designers in 2015.
Her sophisticated style and attention to detail make her designs a favorite of bride’s to be.

Do you love these designs? Leave a comment below. We would be delighted to hear your thoughts.

3 Trending Wedding Colors for 2015 – And Their Pairings

Strawberry Ice Wedding Invitation and RSVP Response Card

Strawberry Ice Wedding Invitation by VG Invites

STRAWBERRY ICE: Strawberry Ice is one of Pantone’s top ten wedding colors trending in 2015 and one of VG Invites top 3 picks. This charming pink hue is the inspiration behind this delightful wedding invitation design. The color palette is perfect for spring/summer weddings. Invitations designed exclusively by Victoria let the warmth and charm of this color palette inspire you.

Victoria's perfect pairings for Pantone's Strawberry Ice

Victoria’s perfect pairings for Pantone’s Strawberry Ice

Victoria’s perfect pairings for Strawberry Ice: We are love struck with these designer color pairings. The warm bright hues of tangerine and the cool tones of teal are VG Invites perfect match with Pantone’s pink Strawberry Ice. Designers far and wide are choosing these color combinations for spring and summer weddings.

Titanium Wedding Invitation with Strawberry Ice RSVP Card

Titanium Wedding Invitation with Strawberry Ice RSVP Card

TITANIUM GREY: This pantone color is strong, masculine, and solid. VG Invites has paired this top color pic with the feminine touch of Strawberry Ice. It is the inspiration behind this wedding invitation suite design. The color combination creates a classic timelessness with an implied quality. Are you inspired by romance? Designed exclusively by Victoria of VG Invites, this classic style relishes in romance.

Victoria's perfect parings for Pantone's Titanium

Victoria’s perfect parings for Pantone’s Titanium

Victoria’s perfect parings for Pantone’s Titanium: Titanium, pink and lavender are forever faithful. We love the strength and masculinity of this color. Imagine titanium grey brides maid gowns with a bouquet of pink or lavender flowers.

Marsala Wedding Invitation and Response Card

Marsala Wedding Invitation and Response Card

MARSALA: Pantone’s top wedding color for 2015. According to Bridal Musings, “It’s redder than chocolate, browner than burgundy, and not quite maroon. And it’s set to be the biggest hue of 2015.” A bold and moody palette is this years wedding trend and perfect for fall and winter weddings. This invitation suite was designed exclusively by VG Invites. How will you let this bold style inspire you?

Pantone's color of the year 2015 Marsala's perfect pairing.

Pantone’s color of the year 2015 Marsala’s perfect pairing.

Victoria’s top pics to pair with Marsala: Wondering what to pair with Marsala? Here are some great accent colors to go with Pantone’s color of the year 2015.

ABOUT VG INVITES 2015 DESIGNER WEDDING INVITATION LINE: Your invitation set comes in a high quality digital file or beautifully printed on luxury designer stock. • Dimensions Invitation: 5×7 inch Flat Card • Dimensions Response Card: 5×3.5 inch Flat Card • Shape: Bracket • Order Digital File to Email/Print Yourself or • Deposit For Classic Printed Invitation and RSVP ($13.30 each set min. 50) • Printed Invitations Come In Luxurious Perl Shimmer – Victoria will customize your wedding invitations with your special wording. Your printed wedding invitation suites come in a luxe satin texture enhanced with a shimmer finish. The stock is imported from Italy and makes a beautiful statement. If you prefer a digital file to print yourself or email, you can choose from a high resolution PDF or JPEG file. Visit www.VGInvitesCouture.com to learn more. We would love to hear what you think of our designs and color palettes for 2015 weddings. It will help us continue to write amazing articles for you in the future. Leave your comments below. We promise to read them.

A Wedding that’s Everything Country, and so Much More

HOW WE MET. Chris and I met at the Rhode Island Nature Center the summer before our senior year in high school. I gave tours and Chris took care of the animals in the Center’s education building. We both helped with the children’s birdhouse-building workshops. Chris builds the most gorgeous birdhouses! It’s one of his many hobbies.

Chris and Ashley. Their lavender wedding invitations

Chris and Ashley color palette and lavender wedding invitations

I fell in love with Chris the moment I met him. Our friends and family nicknamed us, The Perfect Couple. I think it’s partly because we get along so well and have so much in common. Chris and I especially enjoy the outdoors, no matter the season. If we’re not skiing or snowboarding, we’re biking or kayaking.

The Old Nipmuc Lodge Scituate, RI Barn Weddings

The Old Nipmuc Lodge Scituate, RI

Chris’ Cupid-Shuffle proposal. We were juniors in college when Chris proposed. It was a Friday night and we were at The Red Barn with our friends celebrating – what I thought was my birthday. We were dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle” when suddenly the music stopped and everybody circled around us. I figured everyone was going to start singing happy birthday. To my total surprise, Chris got down on his one knee and asked me to marry him. Everyone burst into loud applause and then gave us a big thumbs-up. Our silly friends had penned a smiley face on their thumbs. Everyone was in on the surprise, including our families who were secretly hiding in all four corners of the room until the big moment.

Rustic Guestbook by Red Heart Creations, Table Setting by Pranzi, Rustic Birdhouses by Hippie Housewife Shop

Rustic Guestbook by Red Heart Creations, Table Setting by Pranzi, Rustic Birdhouses by Hippie Housewife Shop

Wedding Cake Topper by A Life So Simple

Wedding Cake Topper by A Life So Simple

Our Rustic Barn Wedding. Chris and I were married on July 25, after our graduation. It was everything I dreamed of, and so much more. We were married in a vintage white barn at The Old Nipmuc Lodge in Rhode Island. It was a picture-perfect summer day – more beautiful than what Chris and I imagined. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and a soft gentle breeze whisked all the amazing sweet smells from the flowering trees and nearby lavender garden in the air. I felt like a princess. I wore my mother’s lace wedding dress, and a crown of lavender flowers, and carried a bouquet of lavender and green flowers. Chris took my breath away. He looked so handsome. He wore a black tux and the bowtie his father had worn on his wedding day. My beautiful sister, Courtney, was my maid of honor, and Chris’ awesome brother, Ryan, was the best man. Our dear friend, Pastor Evan, married us. Our colors were lavender and moss green, like the colors in the fields around the barn. We used birdhouses Chris built as centerpieces for each of the tables. Our wedding song was “All of Me”. Our last song of the night was the “Cupid Shuffle”. At the end of the song, Chris and I gave everyone a surprise thumbs-up. Before the last song, we decorated our thumbs with a bride and groom smiley face.

Ashley and Chris' smiley face thumbs.

Ashley and Chris’ smiley face thumbs.

Ashley & Chris' Vintage Thank You Postcard by VG Invites

Ashley & Chris’ Vintage Thank You Postcard by VG Invites

Our Love Story Continues. After our honeymoon out west, Chris and I moved to Massachusetts where we started our new jobs. Shortly after, we became the proud parents of two rescue dogs – Argo and Toby, who love to join us on our outdoor adventures.

Love Story by: Elizabeth Bianco Murphy, LLC

PREFERRED VENDORS: Wedding Invitations by: VG Invites www.vginvites.com Wedding Venue: The Old Nipmuc Lodge www.OldNipmucLodge.com Catering by: Pranzi www.Pranzi.com Wedding Cake Topper by: A Life So Simple www.ALifeSoSimple.etsy.com Rustic Wedding Guest Book by:  Red Heart Creations www.RedHeartCreations.etsy.com Bird Houses by: Hippie Housewife Shop www.HippieHousewifeShop.etsy.com If you would like your wedding featured in our next article, leave a comment below. I will contact you with details. We are only featuring 24 weddings this year and space is filling up.

Get A Little Nautical On Your Wedding Day

“In high tide or
In low tide
I will always be by your side”
-Bob Marley

Getting a little nautical on your wedding day? Then you have come to the right place. Sail the open seas with VG Invites as we embark upon a journey of nautical whimsy. We are offering up a host of brilliant nuptial ideas from wedding invitations to the perfect color palette …and everything in between. Need some inspiration for your nautical wedding? Then come aboard and see why so many brides-to-be love what we feature in our inspirational articles.

Nautical Wedding Ideas

Nautical Wedding Ideas

Navy blue and bright yellow is the no fail theme for this nautical wedding. VG Invites found 7 sea worthy ideas that you will want to make a part of your wedding day. Love nautical? Then you might want to see how we worked it into our idea for the perfect nautical wedding. …read on my dear friend.

Nautical Wedding Cake

Nautical Wedding Cake

VG Invites loves the embellishments of starfish and pearls on this lovely white wedding cake. Bands of navy around the base tie in nicely with our blue and yellow wedding theme. We found this simple and yet elegant cake on polyvore.com.

Anchor Wedding Cake Topper by Nautical Weddings

Anchor Wedding Cake Topper by Nautical Weddings

…and don’t forget the wedding cake topper! We are just swooning over this design by Nautical Weddings. It is the perfect cake topper for our featured wedding cake with its white anchor situated on top of a navy blue Mr. and Mrs. adirondack chairs. Now that is just perfect.

Nautical Boat Ring Holder by Morgan The Creator

Nautical Boat Ring Holder by Morgan The Creator

Now this is what we call a nautical wedding ring pillow. Or boat rather. Who cares! We love it. This piece was meticulously hand crafted by Morgan The Creator. Think about it. How cute will your ring bearer look when walking down your wedding aisle carrying this unique ring holder.

Nautical Hydrangea Bouquet Found on BrookRobertsPhotography-Typepad.com

Nautical Hydrangea Bouquet Found on BrookRobertsPhotography-Typepad.com

If you have ever been to Nantucket, then you are aware of their famous blue hydrangeas. It is there where VG Invites got the inspiration to feature this lovely wedding bouquet for our nautical themed wedding. Who can pass up the beauty of these abundant blue flowers? And since we are on the subject of flowers…

Wooden Sailboat Flower Arrangements Found on colincowieweddings.com

Wooden Sailboat Flower Arrangements Found on colincowieweddings.com

…we just had to include this nautical idea for flower arrangements. These lovely flower arrangements by Colin Cowie Weddings feature hydrangeas beautifully arranged in wooden sailboats. They are perfect for your boat themed wedding center piece.

Nautical Wedding Menu and Wine Label by VG Invites

Nautical Wedding Menu and Wine Label by VG Invites

Get ready to be blown away by these nautical wedding papers! They feature an anchor and are embellished with splashes of the navy and yellow that you love so much. Designed by VG Invites, you will also be happy to know that she offers invitations and other printable wedding papers in this very same design! We double dare you to go check them out.

Are you a bride-to-be and would like to be featured in our next blog? Then leave me a reply below in the comments and I will let you know how. Hurry, because we will only be publishing 24 articles featuring weddings this year. I wouldn’t want you to miss the boat! xoxo

Spend This Holiday Season In New England at The Old Nipmuc Lodge

Visit the Old Nipmuc Lodge for Elegant Thanksgiving, Christmas,
and New Year’s Eve Parties and Accommodations

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve got no place to go…” Why not take the family to The Old Nipmuc Lodge. An all inclusive, private Southern New England destination located in scenic Scituate Rhode Island.

Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Old Nipmuc Lodge

Imagine having your holiday party fully catered at the historic Old Nipmuc Lodge.

Are you looking for a catered celebration with charm and merriment? A place where the entire family can gather under one roof for the holiday season? A place away from the crowds and hustle and bustle? Then the Old Nipmuc Lodge is the place for you. Spend less time traveling and more time with your loved ones relaxing in front of a cozy fireplace sipping on warm cider and creating lasting memories.

The Old Nipmuc Lodge in NE

The Old Nipmuc Lodge is the perfect destination to host your holiday party.

We offer elegant accommodations in an intimate setting to host your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years parties. Five gorgeous fireplaces and an outdoor fire pitt. Overnight accommodations for up to 14 on the premises. An elegant Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for up to 28 guests. Imagine spending the Thanksgiving holiday; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with your family and closest friends.

Holiday Guest Suites

Charming guest suites for out of town friends and family members.

The lodge’s history: In the days of the revolutionary war, this was the Nipmuc Lodge. Built in 1780, the old farmhouse offers 4,400 square feet of American history, archtecture and romance. Twenty acres offers plenty of privacy for an intimate rendezous. If you want a quiet intimate, warm and loving experience for your loved ones, something they will remember with the fondest of memeories for the rest of their lives, this is the destination for you.

The Nipmuc Lodge was one of the earliest homes in Scituate just adjacent to the now abandoned Nipmuc Quarry, which provided most of the building foundation and structural stone for many historic homes in Rhode Island. It is located off of Old Plainfield Pike, a short walk from the old stage coach route from Providence to Plainfield Connecticut. Hence the name OLd Plainfield Pike.

Easy to get to with T.F. Green airport within a thirty minutes’ drive. Boston is only a one hour and fifteen minutes drive. Come visit us for the holidays.

The Old Nipmuc Lodge is your New England Destination to host Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve parties. Contact Joseph and Victoria at (774) 314-0996. We will be happy to accommodate you.

Invite your guests with formal invitations. To learn more visit http://www.VGInvites.com or contact Victoria at the number above.

Romantic Rhode Island Weddings and Events At The Old Nipmuc Lodge

A New England Destination to host holiday parties, wedding functions,
corporate retreats, seminars, company picnics, team building and outings

Pick a season. It doesnt really matter which one, because if its your wedding day. It will be special, celebratory and spectacular. Each season has its appeal, but the real star is you and your special day.

A tropical destination? Nice but incovienient for lots of people. Europe? Are you kidding? I dont speak Italian, German, or Greek …so naah. The beach? It is great in the summer, but the weather is unpredictable…

Hmmm lets see. Farm House? Barn wedding? Fall, Spring Summer and even Winter. A snow wedding. What could be more white, pure and pretty?

Barn Wedding

Imagine having your wedding on this beautiful 20 acre property overlooking Johnson Pond in Rhode Island.

Gorgeous fireplaces. Over night accommodations for up to 15 on the premises. Imagine: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with 15 of your closest friends or wedding party. Dinner and celebrations for up to 200 guests. Reception dinner for large parties in adjacent tent or for up to 28 in the main house.

Old Nipmuc Lodge Functions

The Old Nipmuc Lodge is the perfect destination to host lovely garden weddings, rustic barn weddings, bridal tea parties, showers, corporate retreats, and holiday parties.

In the days of the revolutionary war, this was the Nipmuc Lodge. Built in 1780, the old farmhouse offers 4,400 square feet of American history, archtecture and romance. Twenty acres offers plenty of privacy for an intimate rendezous. If you want a quiet intimate, warm and loving experience for your loved ones, something they will remember with the fondest of memeories for the rest of their lives, this is the destination for you.

Interior of the farmhouse

Rich in character, the farmhouse interior is large enough to accommodate formal dining for sixty guests.

The Nipmuc Lodge was one of the earliest homes in Scituate just adjacent to the now abandoned Nipmuc Quarry, which provided most of the building foundation and structural stone for many historic homes in Rhode Island. It is located off of Old Plainfield Pike, a short walk from the old stage route from Providence to Plainfield Connecticut. Hence the name OLd Plainfield Pike.

Wedding Guest Suites

Charming guest suites for the bride and groom, and their overnight guests.

Easy to get to with T.F. Green airport within a half hours drive. Boston is only a one hour and fifteen minutes drive. Come visit us: You wont be disappointed.

The Old Nipmuc Lodge is your New England Destination to host holiday parties, wedding functions, and corporate retreats. Contact Joseph and Victoria at (774) 314-0996. We will be happy to accommodate you.

Invite your guests with beautiful formal invitations. Visit VG Invites at www.VGInvites.com or contact Victoria at the number above.

Great Photo Tips For Etsy Shop Sellers

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My Etsy shop lay dormant for years. A few months ago I decided to revive it. The goal was to  put all that I had into learning what was needed to build sales and make my invitation shop a huge success. In the past few months my sales have jumped from 6 to 78. I attribute that to all that I have learned and applied. Now, I’m sharing my success secrets with you in a series of several blog posts throughout the months to come. I hope that you will find success in your business so that you may continue doing what you love.

Today’s focus is going to be on your shops photos. Great images really do make a difference in so many ways. As a former advertising art director for the Robb Report and working in advertising for more than 15 years, the one caveat of advice that I would give is, “great photos are one of the most important promotional tools you have in building your business.” In order for others to perceive you as a success, you must project success. Others will do business with you if you have great photos. Why, because you seem trustworthy. You invested in your business, and you are going to be here for the long haul. If you have a budget to hire a professional photographer, it truly is a great investment. However, if you don’t, that doesn’t mean that you have to have icky photos. There is a lot that you can do to pump up your shops image. And I’m going to show you how.

I am going to show you how to take drab images like this…

Handmade Kraft Paper Envelopes

Untouched image of handmade kraft paper envelopes from VG Invites

…and brighten them up to look like this.

Kraft Paper Envelopes from VG Invites

Retouched image of handmade kraft paper envelopes from VG Invites

In this tutorial, you will be using PhotoShop. If you don’t have PhotoShop, you can download a 30 day trial from the Adobe website. If you find that the learning curve is too great, (and I hope you won’t) or there just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything, I will be happy to edit your photos (at a ridiculously reduced fee per photo for fellow Etsians). Why? Because I love what I do and I love promoting success in others who love doing what they do. Visit my other (New) Etsy shop and convo me for details. www.VGLogoDesigns.etsy.com

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL

Open PhotoShop

Then open the photo that you would like to lighten and brighten. Click on FILE > OPEN and then search for the image and click on it to open.

PhotoShop Tutorial

Once you have your image open check to see that it is in RGB mode. Got to IMAGE > MODE > RGB.

Photoshop Tutorial

To lighten and brighten your image, click on the Adjustment Layer tool in the lower left corner of your window. Select Levels.

PhotoShop Tutorial

This will open up your Levels dialog box. Click on the White Eyedropper tool.

Etsy Tips

Then click on the whitest and lightest spot in your photo. For my image, it was the upper right hand corner. It may be different for you.

If your photo seems too bright, you can adjust the opacity of the layer by click and dragging the slider as shown below.

Etsy Tips

It is as simple as that. 🙂

Having a shop with great looking photos helps contribute to your success in so many ways. It increases traffic to your site, your shop gets faved, Tweeted, and Pinned more often. More shops with a higher stature want to form strategic alliances with you…(I know this for a fact). And one final caveat. Zig Ziglar once said, “People don’t by for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” We may think that we need something…and part of that is true. We buy a car because we need it. Logical. We buy a hot red sporty car because it makes our heart sing. Emotional. It made our heart sing when we first saw how sexy it looked in a magazine ad and television commercials. Why not give your shop some sex appeal and watch how differently people respond to you.

I have lots of great tips and tricks for producing awesome looking photos. Too many for today’s tutorial. If you bookmark my blog, you can come back often to see what’s new. Have a wonderful day.

This tutorial was brought to you by VG Invites and VG Logo Designs.