Welcome to Creative Expressions Invitation Couture

Take a couple of moments to dive into the extraordinary world of fine papers, luxurious cardstocks, elegant ribbon work and dazzling crystals. At Creative Expressions we only use the finest of materials imported from all over the world to create unique and exquisite invitation masterpieces.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Black and Fuschia! Oooh La La!!


 The "black" in "black tie" has made a spectacular entrance back into the wedding scene.  From stationery to wedding decor black has been coupled with beautiful, vibrant colours such as fuschia to create an exciting backdrop to the most lavish affairs!  The combination of Black and Fuschia has been HOT in 2010 and is continuing to display its beauty into the 2011 wedding season.  Add a couple of dazzling swarovski crystals and "Voila!" " Ooooh  La La!"


Introduce your special day with a gorgeous invitation made of the finest black linen, accented with  luxurious fuschia and black satin and adorned with sparkles of swarovski crystals.  When this exquisite invitation is opened, your personal message to each guest is inscribed in flowing script and all of your enclosures are carefully presented in a pretty interior pochette.

After introducing your special day with your black and fuschia theme, it can then be beautifully carried throughout your special day..........

Beautiful black and fuschia inspiration.....


Saturday, December 4, 2010

South Asian Inspiration

I love South Asian Weddings because of the detail and tradition that goes into each one.   Stunning decor, luxurious fabrics, rich colours, ornate, intricate, glamorous bridal attire, lavish rituals, lively cultural dancing and delicious  food.

I had the opportunity to work with two very lovely couples  to design two absolutely stunning South Asian inspired invitations, created in Red and Gold.

The first invitation was created with beautiful handmade, linen textured paper imported from India, embossed with a stunning golden foil floral design. The interior was printed on a rich cream linen cardstock with intricate gold detailing in the corners and along the top and bottom.  Since the wedding incorporated many events and rituals we required a lot of print space, so we designed an accordion fold with four panels.  The invitation was then wrapped with a pretty satin ribbon and placed in an elegant box for delivery.


The second invitation is an elegant silk folio.  We used a deep red silk with satin gold ribbon work and a very elegant crystal brooch closure.  The interior invitation was printed on a golden metallic cardstock and the two side pockets held  the enclosures with the various events taking place both prior to, during and after the actual wedding ceremony.  This invitation set was a very unique and elegant introduction to this very lavish affair.


These  invitations were inspired by a variety of beautiful images 
found below.


 Express it with Elegance, Express it with Class
Express it Creatively with Creative Expressions

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bridal Boudoir Affair Invitation Teaser

Creative Expressions will expose their luxurious invitations
at the Bridal Boudoir Affair in Montreal.

This exclusive event will be held on Sunday December 5th, 2010 
Doors open at 1:00 pm.
at the Just for Laughs Museum. 

Tease your senses...  

Tantalizing colours, Luxurious textures, 
Mesmerizing designs.......





Dramatic
Purple.....
















Passionate
Red....






 





Sultry
Silver.....




















Come visit us at the Bridal Boudoir Affair 
and let us make your first impression unforgettable!

"Express it with Elegance, Express it with Class, 
Express it Creatively with Creative Expressions"


To buy your tickets visit:  http://www.bridalboudoiraffair.com/

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Elegant Wedding Show.................. An Unforgettable Experience!


Once again, the Elegant Wedding Bridal Showcase has surpassed everyone's expectations.  From elegant fantasy table settings, to lavish floral arrangements, spectacular decor, mesmerizing photographs, luxurious wedding invitations, glamorous wedding jewelry, breathtaking wedding gowns and delectable wedding cakes.  Colours, crystals, rich linens and timeless classics.  The entire showcase was simply enchanting!

In two ballrooms and one grand chandelier lined alley of the Windsor Ballrooms, brides and grooms were able to envision the wedding of their dreams with some of the most prestigious wedding professionals in Montreal.

At the show, I had the opportunity to showcase my newest custom design creations.  Gorgeous silk invitations, dazzling crystal embellishments, fine hand embossed designs, delicate ribbon artistry and beautifully designed silver decals.  The elegant wedding show was the first public debut for many of these exclusive invitation designs.  They can now be viewed by appointment and will be introduced on my website and blog in the coming months.

This year in preparation for the show, I was able to work and interact with many of the wedding professionals showcased and was able to experience the pure artistic talent that each of these industry leaders contribute to our very prestigious bridal community in Montreal.

Luluthia created many lavish floral masterpieces throughout the Windsor Ballrooms.  They even designed a a very creative floral arrangement to accent my display.  Luluthia never fails to mesmerize with their gorgeous modern floral creations.

The fantasy table settings were magnificent and I had the pleasure of working with the very talented designers from Sofa to Go, Elegant Seat Covers and Bravo to create accenting menus, place cards and bonbonnieres to compliment their elegant table decor.  The tables were decorated in deep purples and silvers, an eye catching fuschia combination and a very beautiful baby blue and black table setting with a nested rose table linen and shiny silver accents.


In addition to the beautiful table setting options, Joe's Prop House can incorporate unique furniture pieces to accent your wedding theme.  Timeless classics can be found at Joe's Prop House. The possibilities are endless!


Throughout the afternoon, breathtaking wedding gowns by Melissa Gentile were modelled in a continuous fashion show.  Beautiful live mannequins lined the booths in the Windsor Ballroom elegantly showcasing Melissa's stylish masterpieces.


Trink once again dazzled us with her magical crystal jewelry.  Customized pieces that are sure to glamorize any wedding ensemble.  Designed with glittering swarovski crystal elements, Trink can design and customize exclusive, unique pieces for the entire bridal party.

Luisa Galuppo's Cake display tantalized all the senses.  Beautiful works of art that were so pleasing to the eye and delectable samples that tickled every tastebud.  Luisa's work is absolutely stunning.  Spoil yourself with a beautiful design from Luisa Galuppo.




If you missed this spectacular event this year, be sure to mark you calendars for the Elegant Wedding Bridal Showcase 2011.  It is taking place November 6th, 2011 at the Windsor Ballrooms!

For more information on any of the wedding professionals mentioned above, feel free to visit their websites listed below:

LUXURIOUS INVITATIONSwww.creative-expressions.com 
LAVISH FLOWERS:  www.luluthia.ca
ELEGANT DECOR & LINENS:  www.sofatogo.com, www.elegantseatcovers.ca, www.bravoparty.com  FURNITURE &  LINEN RENTAL:  www.joesprophouse.com
BREATHTAKING WEDDING GOWNS:  www.melissagentile.com  
DAZZLING JEWELRY:  www.trinkjewelry.com  
DELECTABLE WEDDING CAKES:  www.luisagaluppocakes.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Elegant Wedding Bridal Show

It's that time of year again!!  Creative Expressions will be showcasing a selection of our exquisite invitation masterpieces at the Elegant Wedding Bridal Show!

Join us for an afternoon of Glamour, Style and Distinction.

November 7, 2010

Showtime
Doors will open at 11am to 5pm

Location
Le Windsor Ballrooms
1170 Peel Street, Montreal


Tickets
$20.00 per person
Click here to order your tickets

Come sample delectable food, sweets & cocktails.
Be captivated by luxurious invitations and accessories, floral masterpieces,
elegant table settings & spectacular d├ęcor

Envision your wedding day and consult with the city’s
most prestigious wedding professionals.

"Express it with Elegance, Express it with Class
Express it Creatively with Creative Expressions"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Predesigned or Custom Design?

Choosing the perfect design for your wedding invitations is a step in the planning process you don't want to skimp on.  Your invitation is the first introduction to your special day.  Let your invitations reflect the elegance and beauty.   Let the anticipation begin on the day that your guests open the luxurious envelope or elegant box that holds the invitation to your most lavish affair.


There are many beautiful invitation options.  The first decision to make is predesigned or custom design?  Predesigned invitations are available from a variety of printing companies from across Canada and the United States through invitation designers and retailers.  Many invitation designers carry numerous albums in a variety of different styles and price points in addition to their custom design work so that brides and grooms can easily compare their options.  Predesigned invitations are a great option for very large weddings or if a bride and groom are on a tight budget.  They are typically sold in quantities of 25 and the bulk of the cost is reflected in the first 25 invitations.  This covers the costs of proofing, plating and initial print.  Reprints are then printed at very minimal cost, thereby making this option very appealing to larger wedding parties.  The limitations to predesigned invitations is that the colours and styles are only available as sampled in most albums, therefore, if you have a particular colour scheme or theme that you would like to introduce and follow through for your wedding day you may have a limited selection.


For Brides and Grooms that would like a very specific style, theme or colour scheme or if the invitations need to be bilingual or even trilingual, then custom design is definitely the option of choice.  Custom Design offers a blank canvas and the creative design options are limitless.  All invitation designs can be created in any colour combination and your personal style can easily be reflected in your invitations.  Most custom invitation designers will also be very accommodating to multiple languages.  The invitation can either be designed to creatively include all languages on one invitation or invitations can be created and printed in each language selection individually.  Custom design also allows for the creation of matching stationery and accessories such as place cards, menus, programs, table charts and bonbonnieres. 


Custom design is unique, special and personal.  Your invitations will be one of a kind, a truly unique introduction to your much anticipated day.

When selecting or designing your perfect invitation, try to visit a designer that has both custom design as well as pre-designed options so that you can compare all of your beautiful options in one location at a single appointment. 


Friday, October 1, 2010

Boxed Invitations - A Beautiful Intro to an Elegant Affair

Step out of the ordinary and wrap your luxurious invitations in an elegant Invitation Box.  Invitation boxes are unique, beautiful and elegant.  They come in many sizes and styles and can be customized to your invitation design.  Beautiful Linen textured boxes portray pure elegance and displays the beauty of the invitation within.

 
The invitation box can also be customized with papers that accent or match your invitation creating a complete package.  

 
 If you are looking for pure opulence, you may want to incorporate a silk
 invitation box adorned with satin ribbons and crystal embellishments.


Invitations are the introduction to your special day, let them be the first indication of what’s to come.  Create excitement and anticipation……. Elegant boxed invitations are sure to capture everyone’s attention.


Express it with Elegance, Express it with Class, 
Express it Creatively with Creative Expressions!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Environmentally Friendly Invitations


In this day and age when we are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, many brides and grooms have chosen to have  an “ eco friendly” or “green” wedding, but they still wish to send their guests a formal wedding invitation.  There are many different options that can be used.  It is, however, very important to know what to ask for when searching as not every invitation designer is aware of the many beautiful environmentally friendly paper and accessory options that are available.

For the paper/cardstock used for the invitation, a wide variety of Post Consumer Waste (PCW) Papers, recycled or tree free papers such as 100% cotton and Bamboo papers can be used.  Many of these papers are white, ivory or beige in colour, but you can always accessorize the invitation by using a variety of ink colours  (regular or soy based) and also accessorize with ribbons or dried flowers.

There are many recycled paper options that come in a variety of colours and textures both in matte and metallic finishes.  However, you should be aware that the percent of recyclable materials in these papers is only between 20-30% and the processes used to create/coat these papers/cardstocks release many waste products into our environment.

Another very unique and interesting option is to use seeded papers.  These papers are typically made of 100% PCW papers and are embedded with wildflower seeds.  The paper is planted under a thin layer of soil and after about 4-6 weeks of watering,  beautiful wildflowers will bloom!  The important thing to remember when printing on these papers is to never use printers with high heat such as laser printers because the heat will destroy the seeds.


A beautiful option when using 100% cotton papers is letterpress.  The paper/cardstock is usually nice and thick and the letterpress beautifully imprints your designs and text onto the paper.



Accessorizing with ribbon also adds a touch of colour and elegance to your invitation.  In addition to the usual satin, gros grain and chiffon ribbons there are also some very pretty eco friendly options such as cotton twill ribbon , cotton tape, raffia recycled paper ribbon and cotton cords.






If you have any further questions or need some help with your environmentally friendly invitation options, please feel free to contact me at 450-458-9509 or


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Oh So Purple!

Purple is a very hot colour for 2010/2011.  It combines beautifully with white, ivory, silver, green and black.  It comes in many beautiful shades and design papers.  One of my most popular designs was a 4 x 9 bifold invitation.

This elegant invitation has a striking lavender swirl overlay, adorned with satin thistle ribbon and a sparkly crystal buckle. The satin corners within this invitation adds to its luxurious charm.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wrapped in Mocha

This exquisite invitation utilizes a gorgeous textured Magnolia cardstock overlay and is wrapped with a mocha satin ribbon.  The invitation is printed on ivory pearlized cardstock and is accented with bronze metallic.  Three beautiful bronze accent medallions are incorporated on the front and inside of this invitation.

This classic Mocha and ivory invitation truly reflects the modern elegance of this wedding.  It was complimented with matching Menu/place cards at each setting and beautifully wrapped truffle boxes.



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Black and White with a Flourish of Velvet

 This beautiful black and white gate fold design has a luxurious velvet floral overlay.  It is printed on the highest quality pearlized cardstock and accented with matching velvet corner decals.

This elegant invitation incorporated the couple's desire for a rich velvet texture while introducing their floral/damask theme.  It created a bold yet elegant introduction to their very special day.