Real Wedding: Kirby & Jesse

My first encounter with Kirby, the bride, was over a year before she said, “I do.”  Lisa Konecny of E-Events, her planner, introduced us as we met on the sun porch of their picturesque lakefront home to start their search for the perfect save the date to announce their winter wedding.

It was clear from the start that Kirby knew what she liked (crystals, glitter and clean lines) and what she didn’t like (busy patterns and floral elements) but she had her mother, Penny, there to support her and provide second opinions every step of the way and even her sister, the maid of honor, on occasion as well.  Don’t worry, the groom, while not there physically, was considered with every decision, otherwise I think we would have glittered the entire card.  But we saved that for the bridal shower instead (see below).

SQ06.jpgI have to say that Kirby has been my most organized bride to date.  It must be the lesson-planning teacher in her coming through.  I’d like to think I’m pretty on top of things, but Kirby was contacting me before I was able to get to her almost every time throughout the process.

Once we chose the save the date elements of a clean monogram and printed ribbon paired with layered silver and quartz metallic papers with charcoal grey and pink inks, the other pieces easily fell into place.

Watzka 2.jpgFor the invite, we replaced the printed ribbon with two real ones and added a layered tag with a diamond Swarovski crystal in a pocket design to house her response card and envelope. The layered look from the save the date was used again inside the pocket giving the same clean and classic feel.

SQ34.jpgThe ceremony program incorporated all the same elements, but we played up the pink a little more than the other pieces.  For the reception items (table numbers, seating cards and menu cards) we utilized the monogram with their shared last name and printed ribbon look from the save the date to tie all the pieces together.

Watka Program 2.jpgSQ32.jpgIn addition to these pieces, we also incorporated the monogram into the rehearsal dinner invitation and thank you cards.  For the rehearsal dinner, we wanted to keep elements from the invite, but make a spin off of it since this is the groom’s family event.  So, we took the squiggle design around their initials and enlarged it to frame the entire card and used the same 2 fonts to create the invitation contents within the frame.  The thank you card was a small white folded card with the same monogram, but we made the tone a little more casual with matte stock rather than metallic and paired it with a pale pink envelope to pull off the cutest thank you card that I would be excited to receive in the mail.

Watzka Menu.jpgWatzka Seating Card 1.jpgWatzka Seating Cards 3.jpgAs you can see from the beautiful photographs of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes by John Unrue Photography of an E-Events production with Flowers of Winter Park, it was a breathtaking fairytale wedding with every detail attended to including the use of the monogram mimicked on the cake as well as a gobo projecting it onto the dance floor.

Watzka 3 Monograms.jpgWatzka Dance Floor.jpgKirby and Jesse’s wedding was the perfect example of how knowing the look of your wedding and incorporating the colors and details from the save the date to the table numbers and thank you cards creates a cohesive through line from start to finish.  A perfect wedding for a wonderful couple and family!

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Enjoy a teaser of their fabulous wedding video by Jeffrey Stoner Video!  Love it!



  1. Lisa Konecny says:

    I adored this concept and the family even more…
    Additionally, I admire and rely on your willingness to carry out an invitation detail so that we can weave it throughout some additional design elements such as the dance flor motif and wedding cake.
    These, I find, are subtle details that create the big impact every bride & groom yearn for!
    Thanks, Darcy!!!

  2. Penny says:

    I just want to thank you again! It was such a pleasure working with you. We loved every single piece from the save-the-dates to the dinner menu and everything in between! You were so helpful in guiding us through the entire process. You were organized, dependable and a delight to work with. And the finished products were beautiful!!!

  3. Kirby Filar says:

    Thank you again for everything!! You were amazing to work with. From our very first meeting, I knew it would be a wonderful experience. You were so helpful and patient when I was clueless. You made sure every little detail was perfect. You were flexible with meeting times and always willing to work with my schedule. You were quick to answer my questions, whether through an e-mail or a phone call. I can’t thank you enough for making the experience so positive. I received countless compliments on the invitations and other products. Everything turned out to be absolutely gorgeous! I will never hesitate to recommend you to a friend and I look forward to the chance to work together again in the future! Thank you again!!

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