Tatiana and Constantine’s Stunning Wedding in Ravello, Italy

Happy one year anniversary to Tatiana & Constantine! One of the highlights of 2016 was making the seating chart, drink signs, and card table sign for the this beautiful couple from Brooklyn, NY. The completely beautiful photos are the work of Fabio Mirulla. The gorgeous event design is from Exclusive Italy Weddings and the venue is Villa Cimbrone.

Kind Words from the Bride & Groom

“Susan is one of the best professionals we came across while organizing our wedding! She is very detail-oriented, personable and sweet, not to mention hard working. She is a true artist who works with her heart!♥ She worked on our mirror frames for seating chart, special cocktail sign, open bar sign and gifts & cards sign. We know how much work she had put into our project, and we were amazed with the final result! All our guests complemented the frames, so magical they were! They looked even better than what we imagined – very classy, antique, with the blush powder (to match bridesmaids’ dresses – Susan’s idea!), and worked perfectly with the wedding theme over all! We organized our wedding overseas, and thanks to Susan, shipping was a bliss: she stayed on top of it, sending us daily updates, and ensuring it will get there on time! I mean who else would be so devoted to her customers? Susan is amazing, and if you want to add a unique touch to your wedding design, contact her! She is super talented, she loves what she is doing, and she does it the best way possible! Thank you so much!

– From Tatiana & Constantine :)”

Bay Area Bridal Social

It was such an honor to help with this year’s Lafayette Bridal Social in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a one of kind, intimate bridal social. It’s a sampling of tons of local, hand curated vendors, free gifts, and great tips for starting your wedding planning journey. This special event was put on by the incredible sister team Linen and Lilac at the beautiful Lace and Bustle bridal boutique. The beautiful photographs are courtesy of Jessica Kay Photography. The mirror sign is framed in a stunning authentic French Antique — one of my favorite frames in our collection!
Berkeley Bridal Social -- Laser Engraved Mirror Sign
Berkeley Bridal Social -- Laser Engraved Mirror Sign

Mike & Andrea’s Magical Wedding by the Italian Sea

It was truly an honor to make a seating plan and memento sign for Andrea & Mike’s magical seaside wedding in Ravello, Italy. This beautiful couple from San Francisco, California had the most incredible foggy day that made all the photos dramatically mystical! Foggy days are quite rare in Ravello and that’s what makes this day so unique. This fun loving couple was such a pleasure to work with. Topiaries were a big part of their design scheme, so naturally we used leafy green elements throughout the sign.

Laura Frappa of Exclusive Italy Weddings planned and designed this very special day. Flowers were the fabulous Malafronte Fiori and the venue is the outstanding Villa Cimbrone off the Amalfi Coast of Italy. All photography is the work of the extremely talented Gianluca & Mary Adovasio. From the happy couple to the candles and flowers, every part of this wedding is just too beautiful for words. Congratulations Andrea & Mike!

Stunning Italian Wedding Table at Villa Cimbrone
Dreamy Ravello Italy Wedding
Luxury Mirror Seating Plan for Ravello, Italy Wedding
Italian Wedding by the Sea
Dreamy Seaside Italian Wedding, Luxury Wedding Signs
Beautiful Couple at Luxury Italian Wedding
Stunning Italian Wedding at Villa Cimbrone
Happy Couple Celebrating in Ravello, Italy

The Claremont’s Wedding of the Century in Berkeley, California

One of the best parts of last year was The Claremont’s “Wedding of the Century.” The Claremont, a beautiful historic hotel in Berkeley, California, hosted a generous contest to win a wedding valued at $75,000 to celebrate the hotel’s 100 year anniversary. Kim and Leon were the lucky winners!

Kim and Leon are a very special couple with a great story! These high school sweet hearts had a heartbreaking start to their engagement when the groom was diagnosed with cancer. After all the cancer treatments, they had nothing left over for a wedding. This one of a kind event was a great start to their beautiful life together.

We are so grateful to work alongside Alexis Garhammer of The Claremont and Linda and Leslie of Linen and Lilac. The beautiful photography is thanks to Gary Sexton.

 

We were thrilled to contribute many mirror signs. We especially loved making a beautiful “Welcome to Our Wedding” seating chart and two “Signature Cocktails” drink signs. Our antique mirror table numbers and two “Wedding of the Century” hashtag signs really brightened the room.

 

Thank You To These Amazing Individuals

Event Planning: Alexis Garhammer of The Claremont

Event Design: Linda and Leslie of Linen and Lilac

Photography: Gary Sexton

Video: Thomas Hughes Films

Florals & Décor: Ornamento

Wedding Dress: Kinsley James Couture Bridal

Chairs and Linens: Especially Yours

Printed Menus: Creative Designs By Mimi

Custom Mirror Signs and Table Numbers: Susan Dodge of Dodge Design House

Laser Engraving and Laser Cutting

Lasers are incredibly powerful tools. Their intricate designs are almost impossible to achieve by hand.

Laser Engraved Whiskey Glasses

What is laser cutting and engraving?

It can be hard to imagine a laser if you have never seen one. It’s a lot like a regular printer. But instead of ink on paper, lasers create designs by burning off the top layer of your chosen material. You strategically work with your material so that when the top layer is burned off, the layer below reveals your design. Lasers can also make extremely detailed cuts that would be nearly impossible to recreate with scissors.

The best part is that you can laser almost anything imaginable — mirror, glass, wood, leather, marble, paper, cork — even a an iPhone!(There are a few exceptions, but even if something can’t be printed on a laser, it can likely be cut / engraved on a different piece of specialty equipment. This list here provides even more examples of laser friendly materials.)

Engraving Mirror Signs

Mirrors signs look beautiful laser engraved. It’s a little tricky to engrave them the first time. This short video explains how we print them. Unlike most materials, you have to engrave the mirror’s back side with a reverse image. (If you were to accidentally engrave the front, the laser will automatically reflect back onto itself and self-destruct. Yikes!) When the sign is finally flipped over, the design will be correctly oriented and very pretty! 

Laser Cutting Mirrors

Acrylic mirror is especially wonderful for cutting, since glass mirror cannot be laser cut (only engraved). The photo below is an example of why we love acrylic mirror! It’s lightweight, comes in range of pretty colors (like the gold pictured), and can be cut to any shape or size. In this case, we cut out the State of Michigan, with a heart for Ann Arbor and Detroit. It’s worth noting that acrylic mirror will achieve a much better engraving contrast than glass mirror, which is why we instead use a technique called sandblasting for glass mirror.   

Laser Cut Heart of Michigan Sign

Laser Cut Paper

Paper is a very delicate material to laser cut, but with the right settings (so you don’t burn the paper) you can achieve very beautiful results. This sympathy card below is an example of an intricate laser cut. As you can imagine, the tiny cuts would be incredibly hard to recreate with scissors or knives. And you can select any color and texture of paper that goes underneath.

Thinking of You Card: Laser Cut Paper Sympathy Card

Engraved Chalkboard

Chalkboard is another material that lasers very well. The only tricky part is figuring out the colors to go beneath the chalk paint. This example here is actually engraved chalk foam board, where the color below is white.

Laser Engraved Chalkboard Sign: Choose a Seat Not a Side Many Thanks from the Groom and Bride

The possibilities really are endless!

If you think of something out of the box to engrave please let us know! For any questions / comments please comment below or email susan@dodgedesignhouse.com.

Thank you for visiting! — Susan Dodge