I am so excited for our next workshop! As a wedding planner I get to style a lot of gorgeous details, however, invitations are always my favorite piece of the design. I'm sure you've heard a million times that your invitation sets the tone for your wedding. It's so true! When your guests receive your invitation it indicates the level of formality, hints at the theme and hopefully showcases your personality!
This year we are so lucky to have Barbara of AvantGarde Design speaking at our workshop on May 15th. Barbara's work is absolutely stunning! I first had the opportunity to work with her on a photoshoot. The paper Barbara designed was not only beautiful, it was so creative. It was the perfect finishing touch for our tablescape.
Barbara will lead a discussion on creative ways to brand your wedding and really allow your personality and unique style shine via your wedding paper. I can't wait to hear her presentation. Read on to learn more about Barbara and AvantGarde.
Ciao! I’m Barbara Rollo, the design innovator at AvantGarde Design and I work alongside my brother, Anthony, who I like to call the chief dreamer. We started this adventure back in ’09, with my passion for design, my brother’s business knowledge, super programming and coding skills, support and motivation – AvantGarde Design was born. Although we didn’t start off as AvantGarde Design (we rebranded/changed our name back in 2012), it’s always been my brother and I working together. Some of our favorite times are brainstorm sessions and big future plans for AGD. Always looking ahead… growing and pushing boundaries with design and print.
Fun facts about me: I’m a night owl, I love coffee - it makes my heart happy<3. I love dancing and being silly, especially in the car and at home with my hubby. My family and friends are everything to me. I have a soft spot for chocolate chip cookies and coffee oreo ice cream. I love a good workout/run and making people smile and laugh. :)
What was the reason for starting your business?
I’ve always had a passion for beautiful paper, typography, colors and how they dance together on a page. I started learning the basics of InDesign and Illustrator back in ’09 for my full time gig, and slowly fell in love with designing beautiful piece that made people ooohhh and aaahhh. After word got around that I was designing pretty things (lol), my cousin asked if I could help with her wedding day paper. I jumped at the chance and from that point on, I started offering my services to people I knew getting married. After a few years of offering up my services, I was fortunate enough that my amazing clients referred their friends and family. If it wasn’t for them and their continued business, I wouldn’t be where I am. The continued support and love from family, friends and amazing clients, it's what keeps us going.
You want your products/service to inspire?
I hope that my products and services inspire other people to follow their dreams, push their limits and challenge themselves. I also want my products and services to inspire others to create meaningful and out of the box items, get so wrapped up in the beauty of the simplicity and intricate details of a design. I want people to look back and love what I've done for them. :)
What inspires you?
My Family and my husband, they are so giving and caring, it makes me feel so loved and blessed to be able to do what I do and follow my passion. The dreamers, believers and doers. Strong people who go after their dreams, no matter what people say to them. Positive people who lift other people up, empower others to continue pushing forward, and not sacrificing their values/morals for others just to fit in.
What is the one thing or best piece of advice you would give to brides about wedding planning?
As many times as you hear it from others, try not to stress about the little things, enjoy the process and meeting the wedding professionals you choose to work with. It really is true when they say, it's the best day of your life - and it goes by so fast - so enjoy every single second and take it all in. Don't sweat the small stuff and trust your wedding pro's, we are here to help you and make it easier for you.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I'm super excited to talk with brides about how they can brand their wedding to their unique style and let guest have a sneak peek of all the loveliness that's to come! :)
So excited to see all Barbara has in store. Don't forget to register!