Mackenzie and Brian's Charming Cranbrook Wedding

Custom Wedding Invitations by Sable & Gray

From the vey beginning of working on Mackenzie and Brian’s suite, I knew it was going to be one of my all time favorites. I mean, anyone who want’s to include their pet into their custom crest (in this case it was Hank, the golden retreiver) is an A+ human being in my books.
I especially love when the aesthetic for something starts with a single color. With this suite we started with dusty blue. Gray October skies, vintage floor tiles, blueberry macarons. Mackenzie wanted her wedding to feel cozy and comfortable, while keeping the spirit and warmth of summer in tact. With all of that in mind we were able to create a suite unique to her vision. Romantic but not sappy. Sweet but not sugary.

  I will never stop being completely head over heels for this custom printed vellum jacket with custom wax seal. Photo by    K.R. Moreno

I will never stop being completely head over heels for this custom printed vellum jacket with custom wax seal. Photo by K.R. Moreno

  Another small but striking detail of this suite was printing the reception info on a small diamond -shaped card to tuck into the suite. Photo by    K.R. Moreno

Another small but striking detail of this suite was printing the reception info on a small diamond -shaped card to tuck into the suite. Photo by K.R. Moreno

Another wonderful part of working with Mackenzie and Brian was the chance to work with their wedding planner, Sarah Rhodes-Boyce. Sarah’s attention to detail and incredible ideas are what contribute to making her such a positive presence. She was able to bring Mackenzie’s vision to life with so many unique executions, like the beautifully dramatic floral arch for the wedding ceremony.

  Photo by Todd James

Photo by Todd James

  Photo by Todd James

Photo by Todd James

  Photo by K.R. Moreno

Photo by K.R. Moreno

  Photo by K.R. Moreno

Photo by K.R. Moreno

  Photo by K.R. Moreno

Photo by K.R. Moreno

Along with creating their Wedding Invitations, we also worked on Mackenzie and Brian’s day-of pieces, including menus, programs and table numbers. I love when we get to be a part of creating a cohesive vision right from the beginning with the invitation suite, all the way up to the wedding day.
We used different versions of their custom crest on the menus and programs, and incorporated custom floral watercolors on the table numbers. What brings it all to life is seeing the pieces arranged among the beautiful table settings and romantic floral arrangements. I especially love how stunning the menu looks delicately tucked into the dusty blue linen napkin.

  Photo by K.R. Moreno

Photo by K.R. Moreno

  Photo by K.R. Moreno

Photo by K.R. Moreno

  Photo by Todd James

Photo by Todd James

  Photo by K.R. Moreno

Photo by K.R. Moreno

As the summer comes to a close and we all find ourselves getting ready for the crisp and coolness of fall, I love taking the time to reflect on suites like Mackenzie’s that embrace the highlights of summer. Cool mornings of dusty blue, warm nights of pink and blush. Lush greenery and the drama of all things growing.
What better sendoff for a lifetime of love?

Emmy and Raffi's Intimate Fountain Pointe Wedding

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When working with such kind and down to earth people such as Emmy and Raffi, it makes the process of creating custom invitations an absolute dream. They had a simple and laid back vision for their early summer Michigan wedding, making it that much more fun bringing it to life.

This suite was extra special for me on a personal level, as Emmy is both a childhood friend and a fellow Traverse City native. Funny enough, her and now husband Raffi both grew up in Traverse City but didn’t know each other until they met while they were both living in DC!

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When they were in the beginning stages of planning their wedding and deciding on what it would look and feel like, the main thing Emmy and Raffi wanted was for their guests to have the best time possible while feeling comfortable and relaxed. They chose the Fountain Point Resort in Leland, MI as their wedding venue because to them it felt like the most quintessential Michigan location that they could hope for. Nestled along the lush wooded shores of Lake Leelanau, the Fountain Point Resort was the perfect weekend getaway for both of their families to come together and have fun while celebrating the love of these two amazing people.

As we started designing their custom wedding invitation suite, it was so much fun seeing that relaxed wedding philosophy come to life. We started it all with their incredibly personal save the dates, featuring the sweetest custom portraits I have done yet.
For the invitation suite, we drew completely from the beautiful aesthetic of Northern Michigan and the Fountain Point Resort. Plenty of organic watercolor greenery with a sweet illustration of the venue was all that was needed to set the tone for their easy going summer wedding.

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Another important part of Emmy and Raffi’s wedding was combining their Jewish and Christian faiths to create a uniquely traditional and personal wedding ceremony.
One of our favorite pieces that we had the pleasure of working on was their custom Ketubah (a very special and traditional jewish wedding agreement). We incorporated elements from both Raffi’s parent’s Ketubah and Emmy’s parents wedding invitations, as well as artwork from Emmy and Raffi’s invitation suite. It was an extremely special piece to work on, and definitely something I will always treasure being a small part of.

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I’m so glad that I not only had the chance to reconnect with an old friend but simultaneously was able to work on one of my favorite suites this year. Between illustrating her and Raffi for their fun and personal save-the-dates, to laying down the watercolor venue painting for their Invitation suite, every step of working with Emmy was an absolutely wonderful experience.


I just know that their infectious kindness and genuine spirits will guide through many years of happiness and love. Cheers to Emmy and Raffi!