Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Atlanta Wedding: Lea and Daniel

Mixing high elegance with high FUN, Lea and Daniel were married at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in a ballroom boasting extraordinary chandeliers and hot pink spotlighting.


Daniel and Lea added many playful elements to their wedding reception that made us smile: a choreographed bride and groom's dance to N'Sync, for example. Or this clever photography booth idea: giant cut-out faces of the bride and groom! Guests could use the faces and accompanying props to create silly Lea and Daniel pictures. Confetti on the dance floor also added to the spirit of celebration.

For their Bleu de Toi guestbook, Daniel and Lea chose the Custom Label Thumbprint Wine Bottle. On this drawing, the wine label can be customized with personal details such as the couple's name, the date, and the location of the event. 

A big thank you to Lacey at Scobey Photography who provided us with these photographs of the guestbook. For more pictures of Lea and Daniel's wedding, check out Lacey's website. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Great Bridal Expo: 4/13

We are excited to announce that we'll be participating in The Great Bridal Expo on April 13th at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center near Anaheim, California. This nationally-sponsored tour is a great way for brides to meet wedding vendors face-to-face and see products in person. Bleu de Toi will be showing our selection of customizable guest books, which will be available for purchase. The Expo also features a bridal gown fashion show, free prizes, a live orchestra, and exhibits for every aspect of the wedding planning process. Each booth will be offering free giveaways just for stopping by.

At the BDT exhibit, you'll not only have a chance to see our lovely guestbooks, but you'll also have the benefit of viewing ink colors and evaluating different size options so that you can pick the perfect guestbook for your event. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rustic California Wedding: Nick and Kate

Featured this week on Green Wedding Shoes, Kate and Nick said "I do" at the beautiful McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo, California. Their simple and charming wedding was full of personal touches: the bride wore a vintage-inspired dress handmade by a friend; the groom's father cut wood rounds from Oregon for the table centerpieces, and Kate (from Texas) represented her home state by serving pecan pie at the reception!

We love Kate's subtly matching bridesmaid dresses, the couple's eclectic decor (check out those gold miniature animals adorning the centerpieces), and their spirit of fun (king and queen crowns for the reception dancing!)

For their guestbook, Kate and Nick chose the Signature Conifer Tree, which worked perfectly for their unique and rustic event. For this tree, guest signatures fill in the branches instead of thumbprints, and the result is beautiful in its simplicity.

For more on Nick and Kate's wedding, see the post at Green Wedding Shoes

Thursday, March 13, 2014

VW Kombi Bus Guestbook

A couple months ago, in Austin, TX, I came across this retro VW Kombi van in the parking lot of a famous independent bookstore. Everything about the scene made sense to me: Austin (famous for its hippie vibe), the bookstore (known for its independent spirit and extensive travel book section), and the VW van (it even had a cheery license plate from Hawaii!) I loved imagining where this "minibus" had been, and where it was going.

Over the years, the Volkswagen "Kombi" van has become a travel icon. It's the the longest-produced car in automotive history, originating in 1950 and ending its production in 2013.  Also known as the "Type 2" (the Beetle is "Type 1"), the Kombi gets its name from the German word kombinationskraftwagen. Though the name means the van can combine both passengers and cargo, I like to think it's about emphasizing togetherness: the bringing together of all types. (The name's also really fun to say out loud, in your best German accent).

In the '60s and '70s, the Kombi became mainly associated with hippies and surfers. People also used it to camp and travel the country, turning it into a mini-home-on-wheels. Today, the van exemplifies free spirit: the excitement of love, the memories of family, or the adventure of the open road.

Bleu de Toi first started drawing the Kombi out of response to the popular "Love Bug" balloon guestbook. So many interested clients contacted BDT over the years, that the Kombi was designated a standard design. Clients who order the Kombi usually have a special story to go along with their drawing--a family camping vehicle, or a "love van." Often, their Kombis have decked-out interiors and special personalities. But whatever the reason behind the guestbook, the Kombi is a great symbol for starting your life together. We wish you peace, love, and joy on your groovy adventure!