Coming Up This Valentine’s Day

At Ola la! IJORERE, we’re celebrating love all month long. If you’re out of creative and new ways to show your loved one how much they mean to you, we have a few sweet ideas up our sleeves to make this year’s Valentine’s Day a GRAND one!

3 things you can do to make this February all about LOVE:

1. Attend one of our Creative Events ~ Painting Socials at Ola la!
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We’ve created the perfect ambience for you and your loved one. An entertaining and relaxing evening full of laughter, creativity, and a masterpiece painted by YOU, with a little help from our fabulous instructors of course! All painting materials are provided when you sign up. Just bring a bottle or two of your favorite wine or beverage.

Links to our upcoming LOVE socials below:
Heart Doodles – Thursday, February 11 – 6:30PM
Array of Love – Sunday, February 14 – 3:00PM
Cup O’Love – Thursday, February 25 – 6:30PM

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2. Plan a special Valentine’s Day proposal
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There isn’t a more romantic day to ask for the love of your life’s hand in marriage.
Go the old school route by getting a truckload of rose petals, a bottle of champagne, and (LOTS) of candles to set the mood. Who could resist such a timeless romantic gesture?
Count down the days to Valentine’s Day with a variety of special treats; flowers, a trip to the spa, better yet, attend an afternoon Valentine’s day painting event at Ola la!, with complimentary gourmet chocolates and end it all with a home cooked meal and her/his favorite wine before you pop! the question.
Take a last minute getaway trip with just you and your love. Escape the cold of Chicago by spending a weekend somewhere warm, a romantic stroll by the beach side or check in at a luxury hotel. Spontaneous vacations is sure to delight her/him and give you a chance for a private, intimate proposal.

After making it official, be sure to contact us for a tour to reserve our space for your wedding and create your dream wedding invitations!

3. Write a handwritten LOVE letter
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A text just doesn’t cut it on Valentine’s Day! Sit down, and surprise your love with a hand written letter OR send us an email with a message for your sweetheart to convert YOUR message into a beautiful, handwritten letter that we then place in our signature wooden LOVE boxes. This makes for a perfect gift treasured for generations to come.

We hope you have a February full of love and romance this year.

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

Emma Duvernay | IJORERE Team

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Banana and Bean Launch Party

Last month, Ola la! IJORERE hosted a classy, entertaining evening for Banana and Bean Events as they kicked off their event planning business. Our space at Ola la! is versatile and can be molded to fit any style of event. Take a look at these beautiful photos by Kelly Vanderploeg Photography!

Invitation designed & provided by IJORERE The Invitation, Inc.

Floral arrangements by Avant Gardenia.

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

Emma Duvernay | IJORERE Team

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Architecture

Here's the thing, I LOVE architecture. I can't believe almost 2 years ago, I left a 19 year career in design & construction, to become an invitation expert & owner of an event venue in downtown Elgin. Though I have no regrets of following my new creative passions, I really miss my 1st love, architecture. I've come up with the perfect solution of how I can combine my 1st love with my new ones; blog about them.

This new year, look forward to more reads on what truly inspires and tantalizes my creative senses, view fantastic visuals on architecture, interior designs and of course IJORERE The Invitation. Welcome to 2015! 

Images by: Arch Daily

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Uwayemen & Reagan’s IJORERE

I'm so excited to share Uwa & Reagan's destination wedding, which took place in the tropics of Puerto Rico! Uwayemen, or Precious, as I liked to call her, contacted me directly regarding her invitations. She wanted an intricate laser cut look without the intricate laser cut price tag. I went to work right away to creatively cut corners for her dream wedding suites.

I did a quick search on etsy and discovered another stationery vendor that sells pre-made lasercut foil dollies…it was the prefect match for what my IjoBride desired. I love it when we invitationers come together to collaborate and not compete, anyway back to my story: once I showed Precious images of the dollies, she absolutely feel in-love. I wasn't surprised when her beau came back again to order more suites, but I must say I was in total awe when I saw photos of her wedding dinner reception, which showcased gold place mats in lieu of chargers. Clearly this must have been inspired from the look of our gold dollies on The Invitation, we designed for Precious. 

A special shout-out to Dure Events on their keen sense in details & successfully incorporating our wedding invitation designs created for Precious & Reagan's IJORERE. 

Without further ado, feast your eyes on gorgeousness! 

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IJORERE The Invitation, Inc. 

Photo credits: Claudette Montero . Invitations: IJORERE . Event planners: Dure Events & Akua Events . Table & Menu cards: Isabella Invitations. Venue: La Concha Resort, Puerto Rico. 

 

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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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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

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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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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!
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Whimsical Wednesdays: Cake, Cookies and Candy

 

We're back!

After a short hiatus, IJORERE Memoirs is back featuring you favorite products, vendors and tips for your GRAND day! Today, we're celebrating one of the vendors present at the GRAND OPENING of our magnificent Atelier. Cake, Cookies and Candy provided the fabulous cake for our opening gala. Not only was it delicious, but it displayed our name and brand beautifully. Check out this Crystal Lake based company's facebook page and give them a call.

Cake, Cookies and Candy, they can make anything! 

 

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

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Planning your IJORERE can be quite stressful. However, in the midst of planning a wedding (ceremony, reception, invitations, etc.) it's easy to forget one important detail: your home. Wether you and Mr. Right are living together already or you plan to wait until after the ceremony, the home you and your future husband will share plays an important part in your upcoming married life. 

In the spirit of Whimsical Wednesdays, I went to one of my favorite brand's site and picked out a few elements that can not only go together, but create a soothing atmosphere for your room. Playful, classy and always  unique, Anthropologie can bring a once sterile room into full bloom.

We are currently working on a wedding invitation design with this same Teal & Mandarin combo and we CAN'T wait to show it off this summer! Enjoy the visuals. 

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

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