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! 


IJORERE The Invitation, Inc. 

Zuhair Murad wedding gown

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RAW Nights ExtravaGRANDza

It's been a GRAND year for IJORERE. Our 'Talk of the Town' BYOB painting Socials has been a HIT! That's why we're throwing the GRANDEST RAW Nights end of the year painting party EVER! We're having plenty of giveaways, a ugly sweater contest, white elephant exchange, LIVE music band, and more festivities. Join us on 12.12.14 at 6:45pm for a BYOB painting party like no other! 
Special Note: $10 of our proceeds go to Elgin Artspace Lofts, to help support the art initiatives of the Elgin ArtSpace Loft residences & community.

Who's it going to be? Santa's Hat or Proud Peacock? 'Like' which painting you'd want to paint. The most 'Likes' on Facebook wins. 

Order your tickets here – RAW Nights HOLIDAY




























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 


EDITORIAL COLLAGE 2May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

Summer Palette: Green & Yellow

So SUMMER is here! And with this cirtus season in full swing we thought it would be a fabulous idea to showcase a very juicy summer inspiration board sure to quench your visual taste buds! This green & yellow color combo is PERFECT for summer wedding soirees! We've also included our recent feature in INSIDE Weddings 2014 Summer issue! Pick up a copy at newsstands nationwide TODAY and Check us out on page 37. Connect with us for your DREAM invitations!  Photo Credits: Pinterest Stationery design: IJORERE The Invitation, Inc. 

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May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

Holiday Cards for Black Entertainment Television

Happy New Year IJOREREans! I can't believe it's been almost 6 years since I established IJORERE The Invitation, Inc.and WOW It is truly fulfilling, certainly an honor to be recognized and highly respected for my craft. IJORERE is now known in various parts of the countries, around the world…isn't that just mind boggling! 

Not too long ago, IJORERE was summoned by none other than Black Entertainment Television to design Holiday cards. I'm still in awe! The order came in right before thanksgivings. How do one make time to design & create couture suites in less than three weeks?!! This sort of project normally takes at least 3-6 months to achieve, but when you get a remarkable request like this, one cannot refuse!

I'm so blessed to have an awesome group of team members. They literally dropped everything to make this project happen, we all understood this was BIG time for the business. We worked through the wee hours for this masterpiece. That night lamp really burned lol. I'm especially thankful to Michele, she's my right hand lady, any time I sketch out my ideas, she brings my concepts to life and makes them spectacular! 

The president of media sales for BET, Louis Carr & his wife Diane Carr, were extremely pleased with the results. These holiday cards went out to 150 of Mr. Carr's very private social circle, A list celebrities, and other famous socialites…I wish I could share names, but of course, I can't. 

And the GRAND part of it all, Mr. Carr & his lovely wife were so impressed, IJORERE The Invitation, Inc. will continue providing annual holiday cards for BET Network.

Now let's not wait a minute longer and walk our eyes down to the visual delights below!  

BET Holiday card Ijorere


Gold foil Letterpress



Ola M.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

1920’s Halloween Soiree at IJORERE Atelier

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When Ola throws a party you know it's got to be GRAND! It wasn't a surprise that when she decided on a fabulous 1920's Gatsby Halloween soiree, it was a HIT & Oh So Swanky!

Everyone came prepared; Ladies wore flappers, feathers & bobbed wigs while the fellas looked dashing in fedoras, Oxford shoes, or slicked back hair like Leonardo Dicaprio in The Great Gatsby movie. 

Ola wore a bejeweled skirt from her favorite British shop, Virgos Lounge, posing as the "Madam of the Evening".

For entertainment, her soiree consisted of a fashion show by Project Runway designer, Kahindo Mateene of Modanik. Aspiring designer, Anely Leon opened for Kahindo. Both designers showcased their unique & beautiful collection. Cigarette girls greeted guests as they entered IJORERE AtelierMartini Room provided all the signature martinis, boozed delicacies, and a fog machine all created the perfect Gatsby setting as the live band, Ann Alee & The Midnight Sons play through the night.

The evening was reminscent of everything 1920's. Check out the highlights below.  

Photo Credits: Dare2Dream Photography & Proof Digital Image

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Soiree 5

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          Jennifer C. won an overnight staycation jazucci suite at the Comfort Suites, which also included a bottle of wine & morkes chocolates for Swankiest dressed! 

Our lovely couple to the right were the runner ups!

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Soiree 2

A special thank you to our sponsors for supporting this fabulously swanky affair. This absolutely would not have been so effortless without them!


Dare 2 Dream Photography

Martini Room

Villa Verone Italian Bistro

KESH Events

Cakes, Cookies & Candy

G.E.S Events

DJ Diesel Adekunle

Morkes Chocolates

Done With Dinner

Comfort Suites Hotel

Holiday Inn Express

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

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

Halloween Soiree


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!



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!




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!



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



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!



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



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!








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!




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!





Pencil Cases

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