Category archives: Vendor Corner

Vendor Highlight – Basic Invite

Vendor Highlight - Basic Invite

Hi all!  I cannot believe the holidays are already here!  This month has absolutely flown by with preparations.  Gift buying, wrapping, card sending and joy wishing are just a few of the things that have kept us busy.  I am so thankful for my good friends with Basic Invite that make one part of the process much easier to handle!  From holiday cards to beautiful wedding invitations, they have got you covered!  My absolute favorites are the real wood invites!  What the perfect addition to a winter wedding.  I’ll let them share a few tidbits about their business with you, along with an awesome discount code if you read to the bottom!

Invitations For A Winter Wedding Wonderland

The holiday season is in full swing which means engagement season is here! With the celebrations and nights by the fireplace and family and friends all around… this time of year is the perfect excuse for a romantic engagement or winter wedding. There are many ways to go about planning you winter wedding wonderland and the stationery pros at Basic Invite want to share with you some of their favorite icy inspiration for your fabulous event!


Picture Perfect

The amount of ideas for wedding invitations are endless, but one of the most timeless – photo wedding invitations. Guests love seeing the happy couple in all their pre-nuptial glory so give the people what they want! Take some snow filled photos this winter and use them for your destination wedding save the date or your winter themed wedding invites.


Destination Wedding

Hitting the slopes or planning a snowy cabin getaway for your wedding is the perfect reason to try out Basic Invite’s destination wedding invitations. They have tons of themes like nautical, tropical, woodsy, and of course, wintery. So, make a thing of it! Use your destination as a platform for your decor and overall aesthetic.


Holiday Greetings

Let your wedding announcements double as unique Christmas cards this year! If you are getting married or currently tying up loose ends from your big day and have to cross things off your Christmas list – this is the best way to get two things done at once! A true holiday and planning professional! Basic Invite has over 250 holiday card designs and many of them are geared towards newlyweds. This is a unique approach to the holidays that is special in more ways than one.


Real Wood

Real wood wedding invitations are the ultimate detail for a winter wedding. They bring that deep woodsy feel to life with cherry wood veneer and bright white ink. These will impress your guests and be a great starting point for a romantic holiday wedding. Choose a deep red or green colored envelope for an extra enchanting element.


With over 180 colors and 200 wedding invitation designs their are limitless options when it comes to your wedding invitation designs. Try mix and matching ice blue hues and add some gold or silver foil for a sparkling seasonal feel.


Basic Invite is currently offering 15% off everything site wide and 30% off all holiday cards.

Happy holidays and best wishes!



Sneak Peek of something Extra Special!!

Sneak Peek of something Extra Special!!

I got to work with an AMAZING team of local wedding professionals on Monday to put together an awesome styled shoot at the Carnegie Science Center. You would not believe the view, the florals, the linens, the cake, the stationary, the hair and makeup on our models, the custom one of a kind dress made JUST FOR US! The rest is under wraps for a little bit, but I promise this is going to knock your socks off once it is released. SO excited about what we created! Just take a look at this tiny preview!


Vendor Corner – Jae Lee Paredes | Is hiring a professional makeup artist really that important for your wedding?

Vendor Corner - Jae Lee Paredes | Is hiring a professional makeup artist really that important for your wedding?


As wedding season slows down a little, I thought I would take some time to ask some local wedding professionals some important questions about their role in your wedding day! Who doesn’t want to look beautiful on their wedding day? Its a day that we dream about from the time we were little girls. Sometimes we even play dress up and get into our mom’s makeup to play the part of a bride. I’m terrible at doing my own makeup, so it was a no brainer for me to hire a professional, but even if you are REALLY, REALLY good at doing your own, you may just want to set some money aside for a professional makeup artist anyways. Here are Jae Lee’s reasons in her own words!

All weddings have a budget and some brides decide not to hire makeup and hair professionals as they see it as an added expense. But please believe me when I say that hiring a professional makeup artist for your big day is more than worth the investment. If you are already spending $$$$ on your dress, shoes, veil, flowers, etc then you have already spent a good amount on the way that you are going to look on your big day. Finish it off and go that extra distance to put the whole look together.

Makeup for everyday, and makeup for photography are two very different things. Sure it may be a bit more than hiring “the girl at your hairdresser’s or the nearest makeup counter” but here are the reasons why hiring the professionals are a cut above the rest:

* A professional makeup artist works directly in the industry in fashion, beauty, film, television, print…the list goes on.

* Our training, schooling and skill goes above any youtube or instagram artist. We spend hundreds to thousands each year learning our craft at seminars, workshops and special classes to bring you the latest and greatest products and techniques.

* We have the know how to work with any skin tone, type, features, shape and even environment including humidity, hot, cold, etc.

* Our job is also to make each bride feel stress free, relaxed and comfortable while she is being pampered.

* Professional services are on site, on location luxury service.

* You have access to your professional through email and phone to discuss any details leading up to your wedding day.

* You have the option to do previews beforehand to perfect your look and make sure it fits in with the theme of the wedding (vintage, glamour, natural, etc.) and this gives you time to ask any questions you may have in person.

* Usually the artist on site is already familiar with your on location hair stylist, so they are able to work together to smoothly ensure the timeline doesn’t get off track.

In the end, the decision to hire a professional is completely up to you. There is an artist out there for everyone’s taste..just as there is the perfect lip shade for every woman. You have every detail planned perfectly..don’t settle for anything less for your wedding day beauty. Remember..this is the most photographed day of your life..there are no do overs.

Jae Lee Paredes is a Pittsburgh Makeup Artist who provides on-location makeup services traveling throughout the tri-state area. She is an accomplished and creative airbrush makeup artist with experience in all areas of makeup including bridal, fashion, video and print. Proud to be self-taught and workshop savvy, her experience provides her clients with a dependable and detail oriented professional.

Just one of our shared clients and her beautiful professional makeup by Jae Lee.