Meet Brent & Jess!

Welcome to our newest Q&A! Tell us about yourself: I am Jessica Williams, the Jess in Brent&Jess. Family is really important to me. I love sentimental things.I have a BFA from Maine College of Art.I live on the beautiful cost of Maine with my three kids two dogs and Husband business partner Brent.

What is something unique about you? I have a passion for my family and honoring the past.  I love old photos and reading my grandparents love letters they wrote during WWII.

How do we create a fingerprint ring? Brent is our innovator, inventor.  He came up with our patented process for making the wrapped fingerprint rings.  We have some excellent technology as well as an artistry behind our rings.  We were some of the original makers of the fingerprint rings.  Ours are handcrafted with Love. Our fingerprints are not just a light surface mark on the ring they are a texture.

Can we create our own ring? We have a consultative process, so yes! We are happy to work with you on specifications you would like your ring to have.  We have a Brent&Jess look we work in and will not copy other designers styles.  We use YOUR unique fingerprint to create your custom ring.  We work in Sterling, gold (white, rose, yellow), platinum and palladium.

How much do these cost? Starting cost is $195 in Sterling silver.  The gold market is quite a bit higher.  For 14k gold they are priced by ring size dependent on the gold market.  For a size 7 3mm ring (narrow) it would be $480 in 14k white.

Can we do jewelry other than rings? Yes we handcraft Necklaces and bracelets as well :)

What else can we put on a ring other than a fingerprint? We can use your handwriting as well. We have made some extraordinary rings with personal handwritten sentiments on them.

How can we get a hold of you? We love emails :) info@brentjess.com  or you like phone calls we can do that too. (888) 370-7042

Meet Andrea Casey!

If you are thinking of using chalkboards for your wedding, whether it is for seating charts, welcome signs, or an itinerary, you need to check out Andrea Casey! We did a fun Q & A with her!

Tell us about yourself? I’m born and raised in Connecticut, attended School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and I’m now living back home with the coolest boyfriend ever. We have an organic garden, we play the best music on our vinyl record player, and we hike all over the place. Thankfully my job allows me to work from home full time (and ship out nationwide) and it often feels too-good-to-be-true!

 How you started your company? Sort of by accident…I quit my previous  job at a screen printing shop (sweat shop – it was awful) from getting sick off fumes, and found myself hectically looking for work when I realized there was a real market to be made on hand-drawn lettering in a broad spectrum. And from there my persistence went crazy!

 What you can do for our couples? Anything that requires signs or illustrations. Seating charts, welcome signs, invitation design, photo booth back drops, programs, menus, table numbers, portraits, event paintings, etc…

Something unique about you? I care about the Earth more than anything else. In all aspects of my life – from what I consume, to where it comes from, to what it’s made of. I allow zero chemicals, toxins, or waste in my life – and that includes my work. All of the materials I use have little carbon footprint, are chemical-free and are from  recycled materials whenever the option is available.

 

Costs? My pricing is dependent on sizing and content. See attached photo for some examples…

And anything else you think our couples would like to know. I provide sketches of every proposed project before the finished product which are based on a series of questions asked to the each client; such as, color theme, style, illustration requests, and font options. This way, I ensure a happy customer experience and they feel their vision is being accurately translated.

Melanie King, TwoFoot Creative

 

Anni & Rafael’s Professional Pictures!

Take a break and enjoy these amazing pictures from Amanda Mae Photography! These are from Anni & Rafael’s August 9th wedding at Cottonwood in Dexter, MI.

Sunbeam Candles

David from Sunbeam Candles sent these amazing candles to our office, and they smell so good! We had to share them with you! They are eco-friendly and would be a great addition to your wedding day! Here is a post written by David about their company:

“Add a classic touch to your wedding and give memorable gifts with eco-crafted candles. The soft flickering glow of candlelight is unique—it has the magical effect of creating a warm, inviting setting that lingers in the mind long after your special event is past. Lighting a flame universally symbolizes creation, new beginnings, and rekindling of memories.

Sunbeam Candles is solar-powered and is committed to socially responsible, environmentally sound, ethical and sustainable business practices to promote wellness for our customers and employees. We are professional chandlers who craft our candles in small batches with care, using non-toxic ingredients and reducing waste as much as we can. Sunbeam Candles offers an extensive collection of pillars, tapers, and votives that are perfect for weddings. The pricing varies depending on the type and quantity of candles you need, and whether you’d like to take advantage of our customization options. We offer pure beeswax, non-GMO soy wax, and aromatherapy candles crafted with 100% pure essential oils.  A full brochure & price list can be found on our website and we are happy to answer any questions or give quotes by phone or email.

We are a small business, which means you get the personal attention you deserve to help you customize your order. We work with you to ensure that your order is crafted to perfection and shipped to your destination on time.

About our candles: Sunbeam candles are crafted from the purest ingredients available. We source all our beeswax and certified non-GMO soy wax from U.S.-based beekeepers and farmers. Our scented candles are crafted with 100% pure essential oils (we never use synthetic fragrances). We offer our aromatherapy candles in pure beeswax, our own beeswax/soy wax blend, soy wax (in tins), and a paraffin/palm oil blend of waxes. We also offer unscented beeswax and soy wax options. Pure beeswax burns beautifully and emits negative ions. Our beeswax line is extensive and includes hand-dipped tapers, votives, pillars and a variety of specialty shapes. Please consult our price list to view your custom label options.”

Out of Town Welcome Bags

Out of town welcome bags are a great little gift that will be awaiting your guests upon arrival at their hotels. It’s a nice little extra detail that make your guests feel welcomed, and that you were thinking of them.

We help out a lot when it comes to Welcome Bags, whether it’s packing them or delivering them to hotels for you. A question we get asked a lot is what to put in them. I think something that is fun to do is to put things that represent you or the state your visiting.

For us, we love putting a map of Ann Arbor, Faygo Pop, Michigan Cherries, U of M items, Lays Chips, and many more items.

Putting a local map will help your guests see where they are, and you can even star the places they will be going, and maybe mark places for them to go to during down time.

Other items that are good to put in there are itineraries, so your guests will know where to be for your events. Water bottles are nice, Tylenol, candy, snacks and maybe a fun door tag to let hotel staff know that you partied late at the wedding and don’t want to be disturbed.

A lot of items can be purchased online at sites like Amazon to buy them in bulk, or depending on the amount of bags you are making it might be cheaper to purchase in the store.

No matter what you do, your guests will know that you took the extra time to think of them!

Melanie King – TwoFoot Creative, Ann Arbor

 

 

Crate and Barrel fall Inspiration!

We love Crate and Barrel and we get inspired every time we look through their magazine we find ideas for weddings! Their fall look book had some great ideas but we love this living room picture that gave us the idea for this inspiration board.

Ilse & Ken – the professional shots!

Ilse and Ken were married on September 6th at the Chapel at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, and their reception followed at the Gandy Dancer. Nicole Haley took these amazing photos of their big day – enjoy!