We’re moving!

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since I last updated this blog – but it’s time to brush off the dust and move on, with a brand new website and business name!

I decided to refocus my business away from custom business and wedding logos (which are very time-consuming) towards my wedding logo templates and, excitingly, my wedding invitation designs. The name “Forever Logos” isn’t flexible and doesn’t capture all that I do – the focus there was entirely on logos, and I wanted to grow beyond just that.

So I have changed the name of my business to my own name: Colleen Michele. This way, I can feature all of my work, not just the logos. And in the future, I can even expand from wedding designs to Christmas designs, baby designs, and more! And I’m moving this blog over there too, to blog.colleenmichele.com.

I hope you like the new design and identity; I know I’m excited about it.

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Gold Inspiration | Wedding Logo Color of the Week

Gold Wedding Logo Inspiration Board

Gold: no substance has ever been more sought after, or fought over. And as a wedding accent color, it certainly has the cred to lend a fancy touch! From the bright and the shiny to the palest hue, from ornate, detailed ornamentation to organic designs, gold has the class and elegance to be worthy of the most beautiful of weddings. That’s why we chose gold as our color inspiration this week: because the love expressed in your wedding is more precious than gold.

The exotic fan wedding logo featured in this inspiration board is from the Forever Logos Vintage collection.

Photo Credits (clockwise from top left):

Gold & Rough Diamond Engagement Ring, Etsy | Gold Bridal Bouquet, Martha Stewart | Love is Patient Screenprint, Etsy | Indian Bridal Bracelets | Vintage Gold Rhinestone Headband, Etsy | Gold Wedding Dress | Gold Wedding Dress, Wedding Dress Gallery | Gold Reception Table, Imoni Events | Gold Wedding Cake | Golden Leaves Wedding Invitations, Zazzle

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Wedding Logo Spotlight | Bold Exotic Fan

Exotic Fan Gold Wedding Logo

Today we’re featuring a logo from the Forever Logos Vintage collection. This logo is bold and distinctive, with its exotic ornamental fan and strong typography. The fan can be interpreted in so many ways: it’s reminiscent of both a wedding cake and a fancy tiara, a stylized palm frond and an exotic fruit. The first and last letters of the last name are taller than the middle letters, creating dramatic movement within the logo, balanced by the ornate fan motif and the simple, all-caps Roman style lettering of the couple’s first names. This wedding logo works well for tropical destination weddings, weddings with a 1920s Art Deco theme, or anyone who likes this bold, eye-catching look.

The logo is featured here in shiny, metallic gold, against a chocolate brown, parchment background lit by a warm glow.

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Invitation Spotlight: Victorian Chandelier Damask Wedding Invitation Set

Victorian Chandelier Damask Wedding Invitation Set

In warm cream and black, these chandelier themed wedding invitations and stationery have at once a vintage sensibility and a contemporary confidence. The dramatic chandelier silhouette is the clear centerpiece of these invitations, and together with the distressed damask background, lends a theme of fancy, victorian-inspired elegance. The chandelier has been paired with an ornate banner, and an old-fashioned locket. The locket alternately bears the couple’s wedding date and monogram initials, in the second case serving as a sort of monogram wedding logo.

Not all pieces of the complete set are pictured here, but shown is the invitation, rsvp card and envelope (or, if you’d prefer, an rsvp postcard), thank you card, save the date postcard, and custom postage. To see all of the designs in this set, click here.

Or, if these invitations aren’t quite right for you, look at more Vintage Chandelier Wedding Invitations.

Photo Sources (clockwise from top left):

RSVP Insert | Wedding Invitation | Save the Date Postcard | Thank You Card | RSVP Postcard | Printed RSVP Insert Envelope, with Custom RSVP Postage

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Charcoal Inspiration | Wedding Logo Color of the Week

Charcoal Grey Wedding Logo Inspiration

I love grey (that’s “grey” with an “e”)… and these shades of charcoal dark grey are just delicious for weddings! So different, modern and unusual. This color is completely bold and contemporary, but perfectly compatible with vintage schemes as well.

The butterfly wedding logo featured is from the Forever Logos Nature collection.

Photo Credits (clockwise from top right):

Beautiful Grey Place Setting via Wedding By Color | Dark Moonlight Gray Swarovski Crystal Bracelet from Etsy | Jim Hjelm Bridesmaid Dress seen on The Knot | Long Lace Arm Wrappers from Etsy | Damask Wedding Invitation from Zazzle | Glam Goth Wedding Cake via Celebration Generation | Darkly Elegant Calla Lilies with Feathers via Bouquet Bridal

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Wedding Logo Spotlight: Fanciful Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Serif Wedding Logo

A butterfly themed wedding logo strikes a delicate balance between the strength and simplicity of serif lettering and the youthful playfulness of a butterfly motif. With its embrace of the natural world and all its beauty, this logo is perfect for spring, summer and outdoor weddings.

Here, the logo is featured in brilliant orange, looking like it’s been cut out from a parchment-textured design of blue sky, wispy clouds, and  vibrantly fluttering monarch butterflies. This logo is from the Forever Logos Nature collection.

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Project of the Week: Browning “Buckmark” Inspired Wedding Logo

This week I had the pleasure of working on a custom wedding logo with a bride whose fiance loves to hunt. She wanted to do a Browning “Buckmark” inspired wedding logo to surprise her fiance! I was excited to receive this request, because I’ve actually been playing around with the idea of doing a deer-based wedding logo for quite some time.

Browning Buckmark Wedding Logo IdeasThe first round of ideas I sent her used deer motifs derived from the buckmark and adapted to varying degrees. (I thought it would be cute to add a matching doe to make a deer couple.) In this group, I particularly like 3, 4 and 6 – she liked number 4, but wanted the buck to be less obvious, perhaps in outline.

The challenge was this: make the buck element visible enough that her husband could see and enjoy it, but understated enough that most guests wouldn’t immediately realize there was a deer in the logo! Appropriate enough when you consider the importance of camouflage and perception in hunting…

Browning Buckmark Inspired Wedding Logo Ideas 2The next round of ideas I sent definitely played down the deer aspect. I made the deer an outline, rather than filled, and in some of these I turned his antlers into more abstract swirls.In the column all the way to the right, I tried to sort of “hide” the deer among the swirls of the script initials. These were the ones she liked.

So after a little more input, this is what we have to the date of this writing:

Browning Buckmark inspired wedding logo, final

As you can see, the deer is definitely there, but you have to look for it among the more classic script and serif monogram. The colors and design aren’t finalized yet, but she’s happy and wants to use this very personal and unique wedding logo on her cake, invitations and other wedding decor! Thanks Gina, it was a challenge, but so fun!

This custom wedding logo was fondly designed by Colleen of Forever Logos.

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