Winter 2015 Proposal Contest Winner!!

Congratulations to Jennifer and David, our first contest winners of 2015!

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For our first contest of the New Year, we asked our recent brides-to-be to share their sweet, romantic and sometimes even funny proposal stories. All were a joy to read, so we left the decision to the universe (also known as the Random Number Generator) to pick the winning story. This was our winner…

“In November 2014, on a beautiful sunny So Cal day my boyfriend & I set off on a snowboarding adventure to Breckenridge, Colorado, where the weather was anything but warm! We took the same trip in November of 2013 and had so much fun we decided it would become our annual tradition. Not only was it a wonderful place to visit, but this past trip was the trip of our lives. We got to Colorado during a snowstorm and we were about to cancel our drive out to Breck as they planned to shutdown the highways. Well, lucky us we made it out of there just before the storm reached its peak. About 30 minutes after we unpacked, the storm picked up with 40-50 mph winds and became a blizzard. That storm did not clear up until the day we left, but that didn’t stop Dave’s plan one bit. After a long day of snowboarding in a whiteout, Dave got me to go on a walk to our favorite bridge over a creek you couldn’t even see since it was covered in snow & frozen over. He went out in the storm and tied signed to the trees on the way with cute sayings. He finally got me to take my gloves off my hands in negative 11 degrees as he popped the question on one knee that sank into the snow. We were knee deep in snow in the middle of a massive storm yet happy as could be. It was a perfect day in our minds and nothing was going to change that. Even today we talk about how we are so glad everything went wrong but it still felt perfect to us.” -Jennifer

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After contacting Jennifer to congratulate her, I asked her a small favor. I asked her to share with us their love story. We all ready how David popped the question, but how did it all begin? Who are Jennifer and David as a couple? Well this is what she wrote:

“Our story began two years ago. Before I even met David, in March 2013, I told my friends I had finally found my other half. In fact, after hearing about him, my sister started to refer to him as my man twin…”Loves traveling, family, kids, sports, learning new things, & DIY projects!” That last one was the icing on the cake! Since then we have built a table, a pipe shelf, & have many big plans for our future home. The past year & a half we have traveled to Switzerland, London, Alaska, & twice to our favorite place in the world Breckenridge, CO where David asked me to marry him in a -11 degree snow storm! Over the years I have traveled the world, but my real adventures are just beginning, as I have finally found my best friend & life long soul mate. When we are not traveling or building things, David & I are always looking to better our health and take on new fitness challenges, last year we ran 3 half marathons & in 2015 we plan to complete a century ride. We start & finish every race together, it’s not about the time or the medal, and it’s about the experience we get to share through the training, race day, & week of soreness after the race. Life is about finding someone who shares your passions & who wants to grow & experience new things together. This year on 7.11 I will marry my best friend & although it took longer than we planned to find each other, we wouldn’t change a thing!” – Jennifer

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Congratulation again to Jennifer and David from all of us here at Invitations by Ajalon. We are thrilled to be able to help in making your wedding day as spacial and memorable as you engagement.

If you entered our recent Winter Proposal Contest and didn’t walk away with free letterpress, don’t be deterred. Keep up with our blog and maybe you can be our next grand prize winner. In fact, if you got engaged on or around Valentines Day, you qualify for our newest contest to win 100 letterpress wedding invitations. Check it out!

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Make Pearls Pop on Your Wedding Day

Nothing says timeless elegance quite like a string of pearls. The pearl is actually the oldest known gem and has for centuries been the symbol of purity and innocence. So it was no surprise when it started popping up as an accent in bridal gowns, jewelry and as a part of the wedding decor. For those of you who are equally taken by this romantic trend, the options for including them into your big day are endless. Lets talk flowers…

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For years now brides have been adding bling to their bouquets by incorporating crystals or even broaches, so pearls were an obvious transition. There are several ways to add them to your wedding day flowers. The first of which is to add a few single pearls or clusters throughout your bouquet. You could also chose to wrap your bouquet in ribbon accented with these stunning white or cream gems.

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Integrate them into your reception space with centerpieces dripping with stings of pearls. You can also tie them into your individual place settings by using pearl napkin rings.

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 Add some romance and whimsy to your wedding ceremony by draping crystals and pearls from your wedding canopy, arch, mandap or chuppa. By mixing these elements with roses and hydrangeas, you are sure to leave your wedding guests speechless at your outdoor or garden wedding.

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You can also tie them into your individual place settings by using pearl napkin rings.

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Have your cake and eat it too! Don’t get caught in the trap of getting carried away with your theme. This stunning pearl and lace wedding cake is a great example of keeping the wedding cohesive without the appearance of overkill.

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Vibrant Paisley: New Spring 2015 Letterpress Design – Chandra

We are proud to introduce Chandra as the newest addition to our Spring 2015 invitation gallery. The organic qualities of this design create a modern Indian look that embodies the traditional paisley and floral details with the addition of vibrant, contrasting colors. By adding a second paper layer, you will add a look of extravagance that is sure to impress your guests.

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Customize your wedding invitation set by bundling it up with a monogrammed belly band. Your wedding stationery will become a work of art when shown in this beautiful presentation style. This is also a great way to keep your letterpress or digital RSPV postcard, Mehndi card, or other insert cards together. You can chose to incorporate the Chandra design, or tie it up with a solid colored band to match the second paper layer of your invitation.

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Save the date cards are a fun way to add to the anticipation of your big day. They are also a good idea if you are having a destination wedding or if you’re hosting your wedding on a holiday weekend. This allows your guests additional time to plan ahead and make necessary arrangements.

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If you have fallen in love with this design like I have, you can incorporate Chandra into your big day as well. We offer a wide selection of wedding day items that are sure to excite! Best of all, if you order your wedding invitations though us, you will receive 10% off all your wedding day picks like our table numbers, place cards, menus and more!

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Are you dying to see this breathtaking invitation in person? Ask us for a free sample! Just a reminder, from foil, to letterpress, to digital, we can customize this invitation card to fit your personal taste and the theme of your wedding. If you adore the colors and designs of this vernal invitation, visit our Chandra Pinterest board for more inspirations for your big day!

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Valentine’s Day 2015 Proposal Contest!

Congratulations to the wonderful couples who popped the question this Valentine’s Day! Hearts, chocolates, and red roses bring out the romantic side of us!! We’re all about celebrating the truly wonderful things in life, so for your new journey together, we’re putting on a raffle contest for the newly engaged!

If your favorite person proposed to you on Valentine’s Day, then you have a chance to win:

100 letterpress wedding invitations

and

110 blank envelopes

in your design of choice from our extensive invitation gallery!!

These invitations come in one ink color of your choice! The invitations come in a standard size of 5×7 for the perfect look for your wedding stationery! The raffle style contest begins immediately so get ready to play!

Here are the rules:

  1. We LOVE proposal stories so please share yours! In the comment section below, write a short account of the special moment when your partner asked the big question on Valentine’s Day!
  2. If you would like to get another chance to win in this raffle, share this contest on Facebook with your friends. Add the link to this blog and tag us at Invitations by Ajalon! Make sure to mention in the blog comments that you shared on Facebook!
  3. If you want a third chance to enter into the contest, mention this blog on Twitter and tag us at @ajalonprinting. Post in the comments below that you’ve been active on Twitter and we’ll make sure to give you another number for the raffle.
  4. Make sure that we have your email address to contact you if you are the winner! Either add in in our comment section or email us at pr@ajalon.com with your blog comment information!

The contest ends March 22, 2015 and we will announce the winners on March 27, 2015! Check back here to see who the winner is! We can’t wait to hear what wonderful stories you have for us!

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Tablescape Looks for the Wild at Heart

Get excited for these upcoming looks! Now, more than ever, weddings are completely customizable to fit the dreams and desires of each unique bride. The sky is the limit and vendors, DIY tutorials, and eager friends can make every detail perfect for your big day. If you have a little wild streak and love making your parties stand out, then these tablescapes will really grab your attention. There are styles for every bride-to-be so take a look!

Don’t worry, there is more where that come from! Stop by our Pinterest boards to see what other styles we think are right for you. See you soon!

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A Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony

Tea ceremonies are part of an ancient tradition practiced in Chinese culture to honor weddings. Originally called cha dao, or the way of tea, this incredibly beautiful ritual has brought families together for thousands of years. With costumes, props, and traditional flavors, there are many ways to celebrate this ceremony with a modern twist.

The purpose of the tea ceremony is to honor the elders in the family, formally introduce the wife to the groom’s extended family, and exchange tea for gifts. This symbolic gesture shows the beginning of a new life and the acceptance of honor and responsibility for the newly weds.

Traditionally, the bride and groom serve the groom’s family together, and the wife serves her family in private before the wedding. In modern ceremonies, the couple serves both sides of the family together. The groom’s parents are served first, then the oldest to youngest members of the group. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are soon followed by cousins, siblings, nieces and nephews.

 

Each cup of tea is filled with a lotus seed and two red dates. These symbolize fruitfulness in the new family and help the happy couple bring a child into the mix within the upcoming year. The tea is often sweet and stands for happiness in life and aids in a good relationship between the bride and her new in-laws.

As the couple serves a small cup of tea to each family member, he will in return offer the bride and groom a red envelope. These envelopes will hold money or jewelry for the wedding gifts. The tea sets are often wedding gifts themselves from the the parents and are traditionally red and gold.

These are wonderful and intimate events that anyone can use for their Chinese fusion wedding. There are many different ways to serve tea for a modern ceremony with a multicultural, multi-generational group of wedding guests. Are you serving tea for your family? Visit our Asian fusion wedding invitations to cordially invite those you love to be a part of this special event.

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Colorful Wedding Cards for a Romantic Event

Wedding cards are unique and personalized ways to express your joy and excitement for your big day. Paper suites are customizable avenues to show the theme, enegry, and color inspiration behind the celebration that rings in the wedding. While the options for invitation designs are abundant, there are even more details to show your guests the depth of your happiness as you await the coming months.

Wedding invitation paper colors are fun ways to make your stationery unique. Reds, pinks, purples, and greens are only a few of the hues available in which you may dress your cards. Whether you are radiating an air of tradition or just want to have fun, you might want to try a colored paper for these wedding details.

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If you love these looks, visit the gallery for our paper colors! There’s always a variety for your dream wedding look. We look forward to seeing you!

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A Wedding Proposal Contest!

Congratulations newly engaged couples! Winter brings out the romantic in us, doesn’t it?! So, to celebrate your new and exciting life together, we’re hosting a contest!!

If your beau proposed to you during or since the recent holiday season, this proposal contest is meant for you. We want to hear your proposal story and give you a chance to win:

100 letterpress Save the Date cards

and 110 blank envelopes

in your design of choice from our extensive invitation gallery!!

 

These save the date cards come in one ink color of your choice! If you are loving the Pantone Spring 2015 colors as much as we are, we can print in your favorite hue! The save the date cards come in a standard size of 5×7 for the perfect look for your announcement! The raffle style contest begins immediately so get ready to play!

Here are the rules:

  1. We LOVE proposal stories so please share yours! In the comment section, write a short account of the special moment when your partner popped the question during or since the resent holiday season! Click on the title of this post to access the comment section.
  2. If you would like to get another chance to win in this raffle, share this contest on Facebook with your friends. Add the link to this blog and tag us at Invitations by Ajalon! Make sure to mention in the blog comments that you shared on Facebook!
  3. If you want a third chance to enter into the contest, mention this blog on Twitter and tag us at @ajalonprinting. Post in the comments below that you’ve been active on Twitter and we’ll make sure to give you another number for the raffle.
  4. Make sure that we have your email address to contact you if you are the winner! Either add in in our comment section or email us at pr@ajalon.com with your blog comment information!

The contest ends February 15, 2015 and we will announce the winners on February 20, 2015! Check back here to see who the winner is!

To post your story, just click on the title of this post and it will provide a comment form for you. We can’t wait to hear what wonderful stories you have for us!

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Flower Girl Fashion for the Spring Season

Flower girls are a part of ancient tradition dating back to the Romans. Preceding the bride down the aisle, young girls carried chaffs of wheat and herbs to bring good luck and prosperity to the bride and groom. In Medieval times, young girls would carry garlic along with the procession to ward off evil spirits. Modern day flower girls are there to carry on the tradition. Often the girls are relatives of the bride or a close friend and serve to cheer up the wedding guests with “Awww” moments. Flower girls are fun to dress up as well to mirror the fun themes of the wedding. Here are some lovely little ladies who enjoy bearing the ceremonious blossoms:

If you are looking for more inspiration for your special little flower girl’s style, then stop by our flower girl Pinterest inspiration board. There are endless pictures of sweet kids with flawless style.

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Bridal Furs for a Wintery Wedding Day

Take back the vintage looks that coveted furs, feather, and leather. A beautiful coat can truly make the bridal style come together, so why not don a fur accessory that will keep you warm in the winter cold. Whether blending in with the white outdoors or sporting the natural grays, browns, and honey blondes of your favorite looks. And don’t forget, a faux fur coat is a perfect style too!

Are you convinced yet by these wonderful winter wedding looks? From chic and modern to classic and cultured, furs are in and you can’t deny it. Try one on today!

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