Brian Sauls met Chris Mancini a decade ago, and the two quickly fell in love. Through space, distance, and time, the have traveled the world together, building businesses, building a community of family and friends, and building a life together along with their two Chinese Crested, Flora and Petunia.
When the time finally came for them to get married, they selected the city of Las Vegas, where Chris' brother lives with his family and works as a prominent food write.
"We have both been very fortunate, and we've been able to travel the world together. So have many of our guests. For the wedding, we want it to be a big party! But not like every other amazing party we've been to. We want our friends to say "Oh My God" and be really shocked by something they haven't done before," Chris told me on their first consultation call.
"Oh, and we want strippers,' they added.
So there's that.
Your wedding invitation is the first impression your guests get, and so for a wedding like this the invite really needed to make an impact. A big one! We wanted it to be personal, we wanted it to be well planned and thoughtful, and we wanted it to elicit a visceral reaction from guests. To create such a masterpiece, we met with the creatives at Paper and Home, Brooke and Michael Coxen. It took over 2 hours of meetings, 3 phone calls, more than 10 options, and - wait for it - 228 emails to create this luxe box set.
And it was all worth it! These are literally everything!
Designed to fit perfectly in the mail slots of metropolitan cities such as San Francisco and New York, guests were delighted to received hand wrapped boxes that were personalized with their names and addresses. The custom postage images which featured one of the couple's monograms along with their names immediately told people that this was for Brian and Chris.
Upon unwrapping the white address band, guests lifted open the box and revealed the invitation. We wanted something that was masculine and strong, with a bit of shimmer and weight, that spoke to the them of the night. The dark pewter paper and the pressed scroll work gave the piece a heavy, opulent feeling, as did the foiling. The date, branded along the top, was subtle, as were the two tiny dancer at the bottom of the piece. Note how they seem to be both holding up the sign and simultaneously swinging from the pole.
See that thick black ribbon at the bottom? Brian's idea. Watch what happens when you pull it up....
Wait...are those? Why yes they are! Those are naughty vintage pens featuring a beautiful blonde lady and a dashing, handsome man. When you tilt the pen, their clothing drops to reveal...well...you know what they reveal! Don't make me blush!
Once guests caught their breath, they returned their attention to the invitation. The piece opens to the left like a greeting card, revealing a bi-folded pocket. On the right, the white and black invitation was accented with classic red. The design is inspired by old-school decks of cards, and we repeated the showgirl motif. The date, set in the center, is laid out beautifully with the number prominently displayed.
On the left, a suite of cards noting the spade, the club, the diamond, and the heart. Floating about, we find the jokers.
When guests removed the cards, things got really interesting. Check out the flaming red B&C on the joker, and note the custom postage on the reply card. For those counting, this is the third custom stamp we have included.
Now turn them over....
AMAZING! That is a hand drawn, full color recreating of "Two Dogs Playing Poker" featuring their beloved babies, Flora and Petunia! Also included were an RSVP card, an Accommodation Card, and a "Schedule of Events" enclosure card, letting guests know what is in store. Note the bathtub and the dancers....What on earth do we have planned!
There is also a beautiful Thank You Note which reads, in part:
We met at a water fountain in the gym — nothing fancy or overly exciting. But what it turned into was something that neither of us would change one bit.
Since that meeting, we’ve loved each other through many life events – cross country moves, career changes, two adorably ridiculous dogs and amazing journeys around the world. We love what we have and look forward to so much more.
We love Las Vegas; especially old Las Vegas. The wedding will be held at the historic Verona Suite in the Westgate Hotel. Originally known as The International hotel, this venue really put Las Vegas on the map with performances by Peggy Lee and Barbara Streisand. Elvis Presley played 58 consecutive sold out shows, during which time he took residence in the very room we are hosting our wedding in - It’s pretty awesome!
To us, this venue encapsulates old school Las Vegas and as you will soon see, it is like taking a walk through time.
Since receiving these invitations, guests have gone simply mad! Some, like Victoria Star, have taken to photographing, Instagramming, and Facebook posting their own collages. Others have sent emails, texts, and messages - all expressing so much excitement! THIS is the reaction you want guests to have when they receive your invitations.
Paper & Home has graciously shared some of the mock ups of the invitations, allowing us a glimpse of the design process. I cannot thank them enough! Brooke and Michael Coxen, along with Liza Coruzzi, have created a once-in-a-lifetime totally bespoke piece which I don't see any guest tossing out, ever! And a big thank you to John Michael Cooper and Dalisa Cooper of Altf Photography for shooting these photos!
And so, in closing, let me send a little bit of love to Brian and Chris who are now just 30 days away from their wedding night. After 10 years together, it has been a long time in coming. And I for one cannot wait to see this invitation come to light!
Are you crazy about these invitations? Leave a comment for Paper and Home below...Or for our grooms! I will certainly send them your love!
Until then, my friends, and always....