New Outfitting Laelia Graphic!

New Outfitting Laelia Graphic!

I’ve been thinking for a little while that the Laelia’s Outfits graphic I designed needs an update (Her hair sure has grown, and now she seems to prefer her braided headbands!), but I had been putting it off because my plate was so full.  But while I was printing the Save-the-Dates I designed for Marcella, (which printed at 1 sheet per 7 minutes, and I had hand feed the paper) I started sketching on paper, and then I was sketching in illustrator and now I want to share it here! I’m pretty happy with it. Laelia even recognizes herself! She saw it and said “That’s Lay-wia!” and then “That’s you!” (which is how she identifies herself in photos–she hasn’t quite grasped onto the “me” concept yet!). I’m still working on how I want to style it for a little button…

Anyway, I was thinking about offering custom portraiture again when I set up my new shop! Would anyone be interested? They would start at $65, and I can do a variety of styles, and add textures, etc.

Back to wedding stuff tomorrow! :)

A Laelia Outfit #35

A Laelia Outfit #35

I thought I would post this today as a little break between all the wedding stuff I’m posting. This outfit also is a compliment to #34! Same dress, and similar colors. :)

Dress: Target
Cardi: Old Navy
Shoes: Missoni for Target


My Wedding: Decor & Setting

My Wedding: Decor & Setting

Location and Ceremony Setting

We were blessed with totally gorgeous weather on our wedding day! Our wedding venue was the Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch, in Moorpark, California. It is a beautiful, serene, as perfect as can be location for a dreamy outdoor wedding. Ceremonies take place under giant walnut trees. Our ceremony was held in the round; we had the chairs radiating out in a circle around the center, where we stood. It was an amazing feeling to literally be surrounded by your friends and family as we were wed! But more on that in the ceremony post.

Flowers & Table Setting

My wedding was almost entirely DIY. We had a tiny budget in terms of the wedding industry, but I think it was a modest budget for a couple of 26 year olds who paid for it themselves; $10,000 (and we did pay for it all! We didn’t go into to debt until later–after 6 months of half-pay (which we will apparently never see), and 3 months of unemployment, and then a birth we had to pay TWICE for; anyway, we will be well on our way out of debt with in the next year or so). Naturally, we went over budget and spent $12,000, but I still think that was pretty great for a nice wedding with 150 guests! So, of course with our limited budget I enlisted the help of my family and friends. My aunt and uncle own a flower shop in Beverly Hills, called Bobbi D’Itri Flowers. They courteously ordered some roses and hydrangea for me at wholesale prices, and we met downtown at the flower mart two days before the wedding to pick them up. I also grabbed some vases, oasis and banana leaves. Then, frantically, Beth (who was with me at the time) and I decided to run by the fabric district and buy some burgundy fabric to make into table runners. I ended up buying about 40 yards of fabric for $30! Fabric that I ended up literally tearing into strips! Another last-minute decision was to cut firewood that was in Beth’s parent’s backyard as menu and table placeholders! It was a total improvisation from the genius of Beth, and the perfect thing to add the touch of rustic I wanted. (I wish we would have thought to use a trunk under the cake!).Continue Reading

My wedding: You’re invited

My wedding: You’re invited

Happy anniversary to us! My wedding invitations were the first invitations I designed, I believe. I really enjoyed the look of Beth’s invitations, so I kinda used that as a general layout inspiration. Tyler and I designed a heart with an infinity sign in it as a symbol of “us” to use however we see fit, and so we used it here in lieu of a monogram, and we also used it in other ways in the wedding. I still love this symbol and think about getting it tattooed on my wrist, and having a necklace or ring made from it.  I really wanted to do letterpress, but I could never afford it, so we came up with an idea to do a gradient/ombré effect in the scroll work–something letterpress can’t really do! Beth printed them for us on letterpress paper, so it has a nice heavy feel. We had a stamp of us made through zazzle, and used coordinating blue envelopes with our return address printed on the back. There is a subtle bird motif going on, if you can spot them (2009 – put a bird on it!).

My wedding series:

– (5/22/12) My wedding: Inspiration!
– (6/01/12) My wedding: Decor and Setting
– (6/15/12) My wedding: Ceremony
– Bridal Party
– Celebration
– Round-up

My wedding: Inspiration!

My wedding: Inspiration!

Tomorrow, if you can believe it, marks the third anniversary of our wedding! And, it also serves as a humble reminder of how I have had intentions of sharing my wedding photos on my blog for the past two anniversaries we have had! Our first anniversary I even made a little post and wrote the first bit I wanted to say about inspiration boards (pinterest has made that pretty moot though) but I was overwhelmed with parenting and work and not liking my blog theme, I didn’t end up getting it all together. Then, October 2010 my HD crashed and I didn’t have a back up of all my edited photos (but I did have the originals). Then, last year was just a haze around this time, and I had barely started to re-edit photos. So, this year, I’m not going to let it fly by me again! It’s now or never. So everything else is waiting; the full post of Laelia’s second birthday, Tyler’s 30th, home updates, everything!

I want to start off my anniversary celebration here on my blog with a solid inspiration board; what I posted in the past was a crappy photo of the bulletin board that was in my office and a digital board I made when I was still working at babystyle, 4 months before our wedding. The images in this board are ALL images I used to help create the mood I was going for when I was designing my wedding, so that means they are pre-May 2009. Also, we are talking pre-PINTEREST here people. My wedding probably would have been very different if I had pinterest, or planning would have simply been faster…

The look I was going for was elegant, colorful and whimsical, with slight touches of rustic (I would have liked to play rustic up more, but it was an element that came in later) and a somewhat subtle bird and feather motif. Sophia Copolla’s Marie Antoinette and the season of spring were the inspirations for the colors; aqua, pinks, reds and corals, with splashes of gold. If I had a late summer or fall wedding, I would have gone with a totally different pallet (think jewel-tones and mustards)!weddinginspirationboard

1/ Big trees and pink dresses. Martha Stewart Weddings
Gray suits! Love this couple! Once Wed
3/ Color inspiration. Martha Stewart Weddings
4/Aquamarine and Gold Earrings. Amirta Singh
5/ Color inspiration. Martha Stewart Weddings
6/ Hairpiece and Colors.
7/ Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette 
8/ Gold Fausta Sandals by Christin Michaels
9/ Lucida in Yellow Gold* Tiffany & Co
10/ Bouquet and Colors. Lorraine Pantic Photography via the Knot
11/ Birdcage & Color inspiration. Source unknown but here it is on Pinterest
12/ CAKE!
13/ General loveliness. Martha Stewart Weddings

I also want to give a general shout out to the type face Affair, by Alejandro Paul of Stupidos Type. Yes, a typeface can influence an event! I know it helped me focus on the sort of mood I wanted; elegant, but not stuffy.

As always, every image here has been pinned and links back to the best source I have to it, so, if you are looking for a specific image check out my pinterest board Jesyka + Tyler! There are other bits and pieces on my board that also inspired my wedding.

So,  I’m planning on breaking up my wedding into smaller posts so it’s not overwhelming for me, and for you! I want to share a lot, from my budget, to the sketches I made for my bridesmaids, to how I pretty much DIYed the whole thing. This will be the first post of my wedding series; stay tuned for:

My wedding series:
– (5/23/12) My wedding: You’re invited 
– (6/01/12) My wedding: Decor and Setting
– (6/15/12) My wedding: Ceremony
– Bridal Party
– Celebration
– Round-up

I will be sure to update this post with links,  as they come!

*No, I do not have the Lucida, my ring just looks exactly like this (very much on purpose). We actually bought a Vatché setting–apparently Vatché makes the Lucida setting, too, but the “X” just wraps the other way! And the stone is Moissanite, which is why it makes rainbows all the time… 



Welcome to Visual Vocabularie! My name is Jesyka, and I am a designer, artist, mom to Laelia and Luca, wife to software engineer and UX designer Tyler, coffee lover, and all around enthused person. This is my blog; here I share my personal projects, whether it's a furniture makeover, a new painting, a birthday party, an invitation I designed, or a favorite outfit for my little. You’ll also catch a glimpse into our family life in Los Angeles.

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