Remember the good old days…when you would open your mailbox and there would be actual mail inside (as opposed to flyers for fast food and ads from lawn care companies)? Party invitations, birth announcements, thank you notes – opening them was like getting a gift personally addressed to you. Today invitations come streaming into your digital email inbox (thanks evite!). While it’s environmentally friendly, there are still some occasions that are worthy of an beautiful invitation printed on finger-pleasing card stock. And when that opportunity arises, your first call should be to Sandy Shannon of Roseville Designs - she designs custom and semi-custom announcements, invitations and paper-goods for all of life’s most important events.
Shannon’s boutique design service embraces a collaborative approach with the client – she recognizes that most people have a vision for their event and they want creative ideas to see their vision translated into reality. In fact, her own experience with the one-size-fits-all approach was the catalyst to launching Roseville Designs – unable to find the perfect invitation for her own wedding, she decided to create her own. “Planning my wedding re-ignited own creativity – it was an amazing opportunity to plan something and I really enjoyed working with people and managing the process,” Shannon explained.
So impressed were her family and friends with her ingenuity, they asked her to design paper-goods for their events, and from there, Roseville Designs was born. A year later, her wedding invitation business has grown to include birth announcements, party invitations, holiday cards, kids party items, and all matter of paper-goods, “If you can print on it, I’ve done it, or can do it,” Shannon says confidently.
Her creativity is boundless. For a recent library themed wedding, she was inspired by the cards in an old fashioned card catalog, for another wedding she created canvas tote bags with a custom logo design. Bright color and playful design are thematic, but with an eye toward traditional elegance in the symmetry.
Just recently, Shannon, along with three colleagues, Amy Champagne of Amy Champagne Events, Brooke Alison Photo (who shot most of the photos for this article), and Donna Ramos of Little Random Details, merged their talents to create The Wedding Loft of Connecticut - a self-described, “chic and fun wedding collective”, located in downtown Milford, Connecticut. The Wedding Loft provides full service wedding planning for busy brides – from invitations to photography – just hire a band and bring the groom. Done! And they do gorgeous work! In fact, a recent photo shoot styled by the quartet will be featured on the cover of the fall/winter issue of Connecticut Bride and in a six-page spread inside! I predict that The Wedding Loft is going to be the go-to destination for area brides-to-be.
Next time you’re planning an event, and want to grab someone’s attention, look to Roseville Designs for inspiration – you might actually get RSVP’s without having to send a follow-up email!
Roseville Design – Darien, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wedding Loft – by appointment, 18 Daniel Street, Downtown Milford, Hello@TheWeddingLoftCT.com