Marsala ~ Pantone 2015

This time every year the industry watches very closely with anticipation for announcements of the new pantone color of the year. And if you didn't know, Pantone IS the worldwide standard for color communication and inspiration since 1963.

This year is all about earth…that is, color of the earth, MARSALA. Now, quite a few have doubts about this earthy full bodied tone, but let's be open minded here and discover why this should be the color of the year 2015. 

Marsala is warm and inviting, it's robust and when paired up with the right color combo, WOW! what an impression that leaves. 

Marsala works well with 2014's pantone color of the year, radiant orchid. It also pairs well with subtle colors, like, cream, mauve & champagne.

Below is a visual palette with some of IJORERE invitations collection paired up nicely with MARSALA. ENJOY! 

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Eclectic Luxury bridal Campaign

My concept: Eclectic Luxury. I love an unusual mix of vintage, contemporary with a cup of European flair. I especially go for ideas one wouldn't think could work together so beautifully. I picked out an emerald green patterned African batik fabric, known as ankara as my table runner and headed to Macy's to purchase mixed match sets of dinnerware for my tablescape. I envisioned vibrant multicultural colors that would appeal to the majority, and came up with shades of emerald green, turquoise, different hues of pink and antique gold as my accent colors. 

My goal:  It was important to entice my audience, and re-introduce Ola la for its intended use; a luxurious and intimate space suitable for weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and more. I also really wanted to feature the beautiful backdrops offered in the very quaint & historic city where my venue resides, downtown Elgin. 

The date was Sunday, July 27th. I wanted it to be a sunset shoot, so we waiting till evening as the sun went down, it was so romantic.  

We had five models, two editorial stylists & make up artists, a floral head piece designer, two professional photographers, a calligrapher, a painter, a florist, bridal wear (all hand picked by moi), and Stephanie, my wonderful cake lady. Jorelle surprised us with a video trailer he had created during our bridal preps, check it out! – Behind the Scenes

Everyone was in high spirit, working diligently to showcase their talents, excited for the outcome. It took about three months of coordination, to make this all happen to my heart's delight. And what an accomplishment! The end results, was everything I envisioned and more. Pure Perfection!…see for yourself. 

I want to express my sincere gratitude to my preferred & most trusted vendors below, and the models for joyfully participating in this first luxury bridal shoot. There will be more GRAND editorials to come. Thank you so much. 

Photo credits: Tarji Michelle Photography
Photo credits: Jorelle Gates Photography

HMUA: Mitchell Christopher Salon & Courtney Mathias
Floral Hair pieces: Jennifer Cashin McDonnell

Cake: Cake, Cookies & Candy
Wedding gowns: Complete Bridal
Floral: Everything Floral LLC

Models: Alexa Hinleman, Madeline Moeller, Terrin Ashton, Laura Martinez, & Arnela Karabegovi

Stationery: IJORERE The Invitation Calligraphy: Danielle Laporta
Venue: Ola la! IJORERE Vision & Coordination:  Ola Morin-Muhammed 

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EDITORIAL COLLAGE 2May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND! www.ijorere.com

Monday a la Mode!: 1920’s Gatsby Halloween Soiree

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This Halloween, IJORERE Atelier is hosting a glamourous, 1920's inspired, Halloween Soiree. If like us, you're excited to attend this day, but have no clue what to wear, we've put together a few samples of ideas for both guys and gals!

 

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Dropped waists, smoky eyes, pencil thin eyebrows, bright red lips and cheeks and lots of pearls and feathers. The style of flapper is truly one-of-a-kind. Don't be afraid to be creative! You can find lots of styles on Etsy, ModCloth and Pinterest!

 

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Colorful sport jackets, canes and wingtips. Fewer decades offer the gamut of styles that the roaring 20's do. Our dapper IJOREREANS, can find many elegant outfits from Brooks Brothers. Their Gatsby Collection features styles as seen in the gorgeous movie "The Great Gatsby". Talk about luxury!

 

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Now that you have some ideas, don't forget to get your tickets to our fabulous celebration!!

 

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See you soon!!

Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

ButterFridays: Art of 3D Origami

Welcome to IjoBABY’s Friday column, ButterFridays! ButterFridays is a weekly column dedicated to IjoBABY topics. The idea to call our column ButterFridays was evoked by our colorful IjoBABY logo & the day of Friday.

Butterfly logo + Day of Friday = ButterFridays!

 

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When I was eight years old, my mom signed me up for a very strange class: Origami. At first, I had no idea what it was or why I needed so many little squares of colorful paper. However, as the class started and my fingers got used to all the folding, I found I really enjoyed creating tiny cranes and little boxes out of paper.

Upcoming at the IJORERE Atelier, we're bringing a fun origami workshop for kids and parents alike!  

Samantha Burt, our super talented instructor will guide you through what is origami and how to create wonderful art in just a couple hours!

Let's take a look at some of her original art and don't forget to sign up for the workshop!

 

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
 

Whimsical Wednesdays: The Little Big Company

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The Little Big Company is an Australia based online store and that specializes in party and event favors and accesories. They are amazing at styling parties, weddings and any knd of event! Imagine how beautiful their items would be at our magnificent Atelier! Let's check out some of their work and don't forget to visit their site and like thier Facebook page!

 

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
IJORERE The Invitation, Inc. 
 

 

ButterFridays!: Back to School in GRAND style

Welcome to IjoBABY’s new Friday column, ButterFridays! ButterFridays is a weekly column dedicated to IjoBABY topics. The idea to call our column ButterFridays was evoked by our colorful IjoBABY logo & the day of Friday.

Butterfly logo + Day of Friday = ButterFridays!

 

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Let's make the first day of school a true IJORERE with some unique finds! Who says we have to buy the same pencil case or backpack that we do every year? IjoKIDS need some GRAND accesories too! Let's check some of these neat ideas and get our little ones packing back to school in style!

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Notebooks

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Pencil Cases

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Backpacks

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
IJORERE The Invitation, Inc.
 

Whimsical Wednesdays: Anna Campbell’s Gossamer Collection

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Available only in Australia and made to order for every single bride, the Gossamer Collection is one of Anna Campbell's most elaborate, luxurious and whimsical bridal collections. With prices from three to seven thousand dollars per dress, this line of gowns offers couture and individuality at a medium to high price range. If you're planning a destination wedding or have any plans to visit the land down under before your wedding date, you might want to make an appointment with one of Anna's exclusive stylists and see if one of her magnificent creations is for you.

 

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

ButterFridays!: Bespoke Balloonery

 

Welcome to IjoBABY’s new Friday column, ButterFridays! ButterFridays is a weekly column dedicated to IjoBABY topics. The idea to call our column ButterFridays was evoked by our colorful IjoBABY logo & the day of Friday.

Butterfly logo + Day of Friday = ButterFridays!

 

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IJORERE Atelier is the perfect and ONLY venue created for moms and children alike! This classy venue can be the perfect setting for that classy birthday party or baby shower. One of the beautiful decorations you can bring to your IJORERE are the unique creations of Bespoke Ballonery. 

Based in Australia, this company offers online sales of giant bespoke balloons with hand cut paper tassels & decorations made of incredible materials for any occasion. Extremely long and beautiful festoons are exclusively and individually made for every order.

Check out some of their beautiful work and visit their site too!

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

TrueMen Thursday: Tunji Sangoleye

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This TrueMen Thursday is dedicated to one of our favorite photographers: Tunji Sangoleye. A talented photojournalist, Tunji is the head of "Dare2Dream Photography",  a succesfull business that offers digital photography for events, weddings, family portraits and business headshots.

Tunji specializes in natural shots and can customize a package to meet your photography needs and here at IJORERE we can tell you his shots are GRAND!

You should give him a call, and have your next event at our Atelier photographed by this faboulos photographer.

 

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

Whimsical Wednesdays: Carolina Weddings & Celebrations

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On this Whimsical Wednesday, we continue to feature some of the wonderful sponsors for the IJORERE Atelier GRAND opening.

Based in Algonquin, IL, Carolina Weddings & Celebrations specializes in planning amazing weddings & celebrations on a limited budget. Their objective is making your dream wedding or celebration come true, without anyone ever knowing that cost was a concern.

They offer several services: Wedding and event consulting and design, program design, event packages, a la cart services, day of services, etc. They also provide rentals: centerpieces, chair covers, personalized card boxes, table linens, candy displays, backdrops, and much more.

With their help, our opening night was beautifully adorned! Their expertise and superior quality really made our luxurious venue shine. Don’t think twice, and contact them to make your event at the Atelier be one of a kind!

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!