This weekend : Bridal Brunch

There are actually two events that I’m a part of this week. The first is *tonight*, from 6-9 p.m. at Flow Art Space in Northeast Minneapolis. I have a mixed-media shadowbox in the Retro show. So come on down and see the exhibition, which is showing alongside another show, called Road Trip.

On Sunday, June 10, you will find me among the many talented wedding vendors who are gathering at Chowgirls’ Parlor for the Bridal Brunch. We’ll be there from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., ready to chat about the fab ideas you have for your wedding. I’ll be showing off my portfolio of wedding stationery, and you can also chat with Chowgirls (and sample from their kick-ass food and drink menus), The Traveling Photo Booth, Rocket Science Weddings & Events, Flora Bella, and many more. Best of all, the event is free! So bring your friends and family and start to plan an event that’s just your taste.

Wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)

Wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)


Look ma, I’m in Lavender

In February I participated in the spring wedding fair produced by the Independent Wedding Association, In(dy)spire (here’s a cool recap video of the fair, created by 651media). Near the end of the event, a woman stopped at my table and, after looking through my wedding invitation portfolio and the valentines I was selling at the show, introduced herself as the editor of Lavender magazine. She asked if I’d consider creating some same-sex invitations to possibly appear in a photo shoot for their upcoming issue. Of course I said yes!

Said wedding invitations appeared last month in Lavender‘s Wedding Issue. Click ahead to page 70, or take a peek at a real copy (page 60 in the actual magazine) if you can still find one on newsstands. I’m honored to be in the publication, and also proud to be there alongside so many of my fellow IWA members!

page 60 of Lavender magazine, featuring same-sex wedding invites by redshoes26 design

page 60 of Lavender magazine's Wedding Issue, featuring same-sex invites by redshoes26 design

The close-up.

The close-up.

Be Mine … Forever

On a crisp Saturday mid-afternoon in late January, a group of oh-so-talented creatives met in the backyard gardens of a rural home in Rosemount, Minnesota, and put together one of the coolest photo shoots ever. (Quite literally…by the end of five-hour shoot I had mild hypothermia. But it was worth it!)

Elizabeth Anne Weddings and Jeff Loves Jessica dreamed up the proposal shoot, which was inspired by winter and Valentine’s Day. They coordinated with redshoes26 design for the Valentine’s themed stationery, Ashley Fox Designs for stunning floral, Lime Canary Vintage Rentals for beautiful props and furnishings, Cocoa & Fig for sweet treats, and Julie Swenson for gorgeous hair and makeup. The backdrop was the backyard and pond of Cindyrella Wedding Garden.

valentine-themed stationery by redshoes26 design (photo by Jeff Loves Jessica)

valentine-themed stationery by redshoes26 design (photo by Jeff Loves Jessica)

Take a peek at all of the images, shot by Jeff Loves Jessica, which were featured last month on The Wedding Chicks blog.

I find the color palette chosen by Jessica (of Jeff Loves Jessica) to be so stunning. It was very lovely to work with. What’s your favorite part of the photo shoot?

Weekend roundup: Feb. 11

redshoes26 design is going to be busy this Saturday!

First, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., I’ll be talking with couples about my custom wedding suite designs at In(dy)spire: The Independent Wedding Fair at Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis. I have a pair of tickets to give away (a $15 value). The first person to contribute a comment to this post gets the tickets! If you don’t win the tickets, you can still get ’em here. But do it fast–we’re almost sold out!

At In(dy)spire, I’ll also have my new valentines for sale, plus some other lovey dovey cards and my Minnesota Icon illustrations. They make *perfect* gifts for bridal showers, wedding parties, and anniversaries, and they would also be very cute as table identifiers at a reception: “I’m sitting at the Grain Belt Sign table?” Oh yeah!

Grain Belt Sign illustration - MN Icon - by redshoes26 design

Grain Belt Sign illustration - MN Icon - by redshoes26 design

See my previous post to find out what you can expect at In(dy)spire. It’s a really, really cool event, you guys. NOT your typical, cookie-cutter wedding fair.

Then, on Saturday night from 5-10 p.m., I’ll be at the Artists’ Reception and Shopping Event for A Midwinter Night’s Dream, the new show at the AZ Gallery in St. Paul’s Lowertown. I’m showing my mixed-media shadowboxes, plus some prints, valentines, and Minnesota Icons. A little something for everyone!

If you can’t make it to the AZ Gallery on Saturday, never fear: the exhibit runs during normal gallery hours through Feb. 26.

See my previous post for the details on the event, plus read about the other inspiring female artists who will show work there. See you there!

In(dy)spire: The Independent Wedding Fair

Are you or someone you know getting married, or even thinking of getting married? If so, hit up In(dy)spire: The Independent Wedding Fair from 11am-3pm on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis. Get tickets here (they’re just two for $15)!

redshoes26 design is a proud member of the IWA, and I’m so excited to talk about guests to In(dy)spire about custom wedding suite designs.

wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)

wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)

We IWA members want our wedding fair to show you our great local wedding professionals, but we also know that our greatest asset in helping you plan your wedding is our time! That’s why we have a laid-back atmosphere to encourage conversation, and we also provide a series of wedding workshops to help you plan your wedding smarter, better, and more beautifully by sharing hands-on tools, tips, and secrets.

Clear demonstrations and laid-back Q&A make these educational sessions the secret weapon in your wedding-planning.


The Couture Wedding Dress Experience
Join Joy Teiken of Joynoëlle as she describes and demonstrates the process of having a custom dress crafted.

Wedding Venue 101
Join Gretchen of Rocket Science Weddings & Events as she explains the “how to” of finding a great wedding venue. Discussion will include what to look for in a wedding venue, common pitfalls to avoid, and favorite local venues.

Wedding Flowers Your Way
Sarah from Sassafras Floral + Garden will lead a hands-on introduction to wedding flowers.

Ask your Photographer Panel
Three local wedding photographers and renowned makeup artist Brett Dorrian join this panel to answer questions about finding and choosing a photographer, looking great in your photos, and making your photography experience flawless.

Wedding Nuts & Bolts
Our expert wedding pros join forces to give you tips and answers to all your wedding questions, from wedding planning to transportation. Bring your questions and your pen and paper!

Saturday, Feb 11, 2012
Hotel Ivy – Downtown Minneapolis
11am – 3pm

Once again, get your tickets here!

Want a hand when asking for her hand?

proposal ad

Hey dudes! Have you been thinking of popping the question? Or maybe you have a friend who is? If so, I’m thrilled to announce a collaboration I’m part of: I’m teaming up with some cool vendors to offer a completely *free*, no-strings-attached planned proposal. What does that mean? It means you will have a team of creative professionals to help you plan, execute, and document the story of how you ask your wicked-awesome girlfriend to marry you. (All you have to do is supply the ring!)

redshoes26 design is so honored to be a part of this, and to work with fab vendors Elizabeth Anne Weddings, Jeff Loves Jessica PhotographyCapture StudiosCocoa & Fig, and Ashley Fox Designs.

The deadline to enter is just one month away, so get your proposal ideas to us soon! Email info@elizabethanneweddings and tell Elizabeth Anne about you, your girlfriend, your love story, and the ideal proposal. That’s all it takes to enter. Good luck!

Who says this is my “off-season”?

The past two and a half weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. I:

  • Moved to a new apartment
  • Showed work at the Gustavus Adolphus Juried Art & Craft Show
  • Played in my alumni softball game (the alums were victorious for the fourth year in a row!)
  • Completed an order for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts store, where my greeting cards are now sold
  • Made four new mixed-media shadowboxes to show in last weekend’s Saint Paul Art Crawl at AZ Gallery
  • Participated in said Art Crawl
  • Worked on graphics for a really cool collaboration I’m taking part in with other wedding vendors, which I’ll post about soon
  • Went to the SUPER inspiring Giant Steps conference at the Guthrie Theater
  • Continued competing with other RAW: natural born artists to be named Visual Artist of the year (you have until Oct. 15 to vote for me–daily!)
  • Continued creating graphics for and prepping for the Independent Wedding Association‘s next wedding fair, Groom’s Night, which is this Thursday, Oct. 13 (tickets are still available!). I’ll be showing my custom wedding suite designs at the fair!
  • And had some really cool things happen for me on the interwebs (keep reading)
redshoes26 design profile on RAW: natural born artists website

redshoes26 design profile on RAW: natural born artists website

The Saint Paul Art Crawl was really fun, as always. I met some new people who were interested in my work, caught up with friends who stopped by, and sold lots of my Minnesota Icon illustrations. The work will be up at AZ Gallery through the end of October, so if you missed the Crawl, there’s still time to see the art. Check out the AZ’s gallery hours on its website.

The fun I discovered on the internet today was that my Je t’aime greeting card, which had been added to an Etsy Treasury by magalerie, appeared on the Front Page! This is huge, and I’m so excited to be part of this beautiful Treasury. Thanks magalerie!

Also, I’m featured in a Spotlight on the Twin Cities Design Collective website today. Check me out!