Italian inspired Vow Renewal

We are so excited to have our custom tuscan stationery published on the “Italian inspired Vow Renewal” blog post at 100 Layer Cake Wedding blog today! A few months back Kristin Garcia of Kristin La Voie Photography and Kristina Fossbakk Ferris of Vision of Elegance Events set out to design a gorgeous shoot around an even more gorgeous couple and their very perfect vow renewal.

The feel of Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum transports you to a grand hillside estate in Italy, but the team didn’t have to go that far …they just traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The day was perfect and the photos turned out even better! Read the blog post for yourself at

Our custom aged wooden signage to say “Your seat is special, please sit here!” for the Bride and Groom.

…the details….that is all that needs to be said here!         

Custom background papers were wrapped around and designed for this soft, romantic tuscan feel “paper pretty”. Using the inspiration of grape foliage and lemon for the pop of excitement gave this suite the overall look and feel we were all going for.

The watercolor of the venue was added to the inside of the back pocket and adorned on the “amore” gift tags as well.

Truly an Italian inspired Vow Renewal! Limoncello shooters for everyone.

A festive Italian meal generally begins with a variety of appetizers, which are known as antipasti — a word that literally translates as before the pasto, or meal. These antipasti vary considerably from place to place in Italy, but they will often include a selection of cold cuts,       which are known as affettati misti.

Cheers to L + R! And kudos to Kristin + the team below for pulling off their dream day!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography / Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum / Floral Design: Vision Of Elegance / Hair & Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry / Paper Goods: Eight21 Studios/ Tableware: Nimble Well / Linens: Nuage Designs / Dress: Anna Campbell / Accessories: Percy Handmade

TRENDing Cardinals Beauties

Cardinal artwork has made the 2013-2014 TRENDing for the Holidays.

Add unexpected whimsy to your home this holiday season with cardinal decor accessories.

As seen in the Style at Home Magazine.

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TRENDing CARDINAL beauties, these Christmas cards have made a big hit with many that have seen them for the Holidays. Here in Illinois, the CARDINAL is the state bird. There is nothing like seeing that BRIGHT RED bird in the trees that have been dusted with the morning snow. Sometimes you take these “beauties” for granted, as just another bird. My sister moved here from Northern California this year and she is awestruck at the sight of these RED beauties every time they fly by. It makes me think that it is true what they say about seeing things through the “eyes” of others…. Enjoy the COLOR this winter in the mix of the whiteness, it will surely put a SMILE on your face!

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CURRENT thoughts: Pondering a bit of what was said at the #TossTheBouquet workshop on Monday about branding and staying true to it. My BRAND is COLOR, my days don’t pass without using COLOR. Watercolors, acrylics, papers, inks… COLOR. I dug up this old post and am sticking to it! While a lot of tweaks have been done on my blog and website, my PASSION of how I design and why, has not changed. I LLLLLOVVVVE color and creating! When you choose Carol Woldhuis Designs, we don’t start the “painting” until you start the “talking”…With a BLANK “canvas”, we listen carefully and feel your emotions all the while “reading” YOUR visions. We want your invitations to be YOU- Not Beth, not Susan, not even Carol…YOU!  So the “THUMBPRINT” I use on my business cards is the very “STORY” behind who we are and the blending of our clients visions mixed and stirred up with our creative comprehension. Side NOTE: The mixing of three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) can get you ANY COLOR on the color wheel.  As humans, our vision is derived from three cone cells (called trichromats) The combination of those three cone cells, let’s us see in FULL color. So can we take that rose and make it peach, or yellow..or David’s Bridal Sangria… YES! We can customize our artwork for your color theme and vision. FUN FACT: The answer to the question – “Are black and white colors?”  – is one of the most debated issues about color. Ask a scientist and you’ll get a reply based on physics: “Black is not a color, white is a color.” Ask an ARTIST or a child with crayons and you’ll get another: “Black is a color, white is not a color.” (Maybe!) . I like to use both…so to me they are in my “paint-box”. custom artwork carol woldhuis designs REPOST: Recently I have taken sometime to tweak our “brand”.  I am so excited about our new business cards! Using the thumbprint swirl on the front has always been my logo of choice. To me the swirl is  “the STORY” …where ART meets Stationery. When a client comes to us, we start with a blank canvas, mix all their ideas and visions together to get just the right color palette and end result. Our designers then collaborate to create the perfect invitation suite possible. The back of the business card shows 8 different sketched images, (that part might have been for me)…so I don’t get bored with the artwork (haha). Branding our business has been a great challenge at times, my most important point I always try to feature is we are truly “CUSTOM”. The sky is the limit when it comes to your dream invitation. Our PASSION for our art and designs in embedded into YOUR stationery, you are getting more than just an invitation when you choose Carol Woldhuis Designs. Lets chat soon, we would be proud to work with you on your event! –Carol