Details Make the Difference | JS Design & idea chic

We stumbled upon the lovely Julie Sandusky because of the Reign party and have been smitten with her work ever since. Here's a little intro to one of our {newly} favorite stationery and invitation companies.  

A little bit about JS Design & idea chic:

We are a custom invitation and stationery company which started 10 years ago.  Our niche is creating the most unique custom invitations and coordinating day of products within any style.  We love to work on entire product suites to coordinate all of the various stationery pieces.  What makes us unique is we own and operate our own equipment and design process in house creating a unique style for each bride. We offer letterpress printing including on unique materials, high quality flat printing and bindery for the finishing details.     

You say that the details make all the difference, tell us some of your favorite details: We love texture details and letterpress printing which offers the most tactile experience.  Some examples of unique materials that we use often includes the rustic chic touch of wood veneer to the most soft and thick white cotton paper for a luxurious classic style.   We love mixing of mediums and styles with small details.  Wrapping an invitation with fabric or when we hand stitch an invitation card creates an ultra unique piece.  We also love unique packaging.  We've mailed invitations inside of fabric boxes and metal tins.  Our brides guests have experienced opening an invitation surrounded by a candy filler where the candy matches their colors.  

Any favorite color combinations: I love peach right now with sea foam green or brown.  Coral and old gold. Pale pink and copper. Shades of grey is a also a standard favorite mixed with just about anything. 

Any trends that you are seeing among your brides: We are seeing a lot of mixing and matching of styles and mediums.  Mixing recycled materials with a traditional style, vintage and modern within one design, the use of several muted metallics all in one - silver, copper and gold together, and letterpress and flat printing together.   

If a bride has a limited budget, how can she get the most bang for the buck: People love letterpress right now.  Brides are learning that you can bring a little bit of letterpress into the design and combining flat printing is a popular way to fit within our bride's budget.  Also, having a clear vision of what you are looking to do cuts down on design and consultation time.  

If a bride wants custom invitations when does she need to get started with the planning: Invitations should be mailed 6-8 weeks in advance of the wedding day.  We need a minimum of 12 weeks in advance of wedding to create and produce an invitation.

Anything else that you want to share with our brides: We have been doing wedding invitations the longest but we also provide invitations and products for other events business and personal.  This can be anything from a fundraiser to a baby shower.  

The invitation is the first glimpse your guests see of the wedding or event. Establishing your look and style within the invitation is very important. It sets the tone of the entire event.  Working with a custom shop that does much more than invitations allows you to create a consistent theme to coordinate with your decor and other design details.  We can create matching pieces to include by not limited to: Programs, menu cards, table cards, place cards, welcome packets, favors, signage, welcome baskets, gifts and more.  We are literally a one stop shop.     


Featured Venue: Wild Basin Lodge

We know that it can be exhausting and stressful to find the perfect venue here in Colorado as there is not shortage of gorgeous scenery. Let us introduce you to the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Constructed in the early 1900’s, The Wild Basin Lodge has a rich and storied history. Among the first luxury establishments in the mountains, the lodge has played many roles, including community center, restaurant, retreat facility and event center. After the original structure burned in 2000, the lodge was rebuilt at its current location and has undergone routine renovation since then. Honoring its tradition of innovation, The Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center continues to be an industry leader in the wedding and event industry by providing customers with understated elegance, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled customer service.

The Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center continues to garner national awards in part through its commitment to excellence and its cutting edge policies. The lodge proudly adheres to a ‘green’ policy that provides consumers with a superior experience while mitigating environmental impact.

Routinely winning acclaim for its cuisine, the lodge serves only organic meats and seafood that are never farm raised, color added, or hormone treated. Likewise, all produce is organically sourced whenever possible – providing superior ingredients at affordable prices. 

 Wild Basin Lodge Wedding Venue Exterior

Wild Basin Lodge Wedding Venue Exterior

 Wild Basin Lodge - Wedding Ceremony in the meadow

Wild Basin Lodge - Wedding Ceremony in the meadow

 Wild Basin Lodge - Wedding Ceremony by the river Colorado

Wild Basin Lodge - Wedding Ceremony by the river Colorado


anna bé photoshoot at wild basin lodge:

We were ecstatic to get to do a photoshoot of some our gowns and accessories on a gorgeous day last fall at the Wild Basin Lodge. 

VENUE: wild basin lodge | PHOTOGRAPHY: visual poetry by megan  | DRESSES & ACCESSORIES: anna bé | FLORIST: Floral Design of Europe | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Capelli 

Want to see more images of Wild Basin Lodge? Click here for a recent brides wedding photos and video.

 Wedding Photography credit Julie Harris

Wedding Photography credit Julie Harris

Todd Reed Jewelry | Raw Elegance

Hey Colorado Brides! I would love to introduce you all to a favorite of mine - local jewelry designer, Todd Reed. I was completely taken with Todd Reed's engagement rings the second I saw them. I love the raw diamonds, the textured metals, simplicity in design, and the overall playfulness. And then I discovered his commitment to source the raw diamonds and metals in a socially responsible way and I was completely smitten. Below is an excerpt from Todd Reed's bio:

In 1992, Reed launched a collection under his own name and set out to change the future of the fine jewelry industry by designing solely with raw, uncut diamonds and recycled metals.  Twenty years later, his raw diamonds are still considered to be among the most revolutionary design steps that the jewelry industry has taken.  Reed’s collection continues to grow and evolve, as does his interest in and relationship with the material. “I source ethically mined and socially responsible diamonds throughout the world. This has been a personal ethic for more than a decade before the phrase conflict free diamonds entered the public awareness.” In recent years, he has expanded upon his original raw cube designs with a collection of naturally colored diamonds fashioned into antique rose and old mine cuts.
You can find Todd Reed's collection of Engagement and Wedding Bands at his Boulder Studio or Oster Jewelers in Denver. Happy Shopping!