I had to feature this Royal Renaissance Invitation and Rendezvous! My new client is totally into the Medieval era and she and her hubby throw an annual party at their home in a “feudal feasting room”! I had the pleasure of working with her on the customized party invitations which fit her event to a “T”! The invitations were printed on parchment paper and individually handled/treated with burnt edges. Accompanied by an enclosure card which was printed on gold vellum and was used to inform and encourage Medieval dress attire. The cards were tucked away into an antique gold metallic envelope that was detailed with a red envelope liner. A Medieval font type was used for the addressing on the envelopes in which she and her hubby were festively titled, “Their Majesties – King Alfred & Queen Christine of LeVasseur”. Guests were addressed accordingly, as Duke, Duchess, Prince, Princess, Baron, Baroness, Earl, Countess, Lord, Lady, Dowager Baroness, King, and Queen. How fun would it be to get a Medieval themed Renaissance invitation and see your name as such, “Duchess Stephanie of Berneburg”! I wish I was one of the lucky guests invited to the royal feast at Chateau LeVasseur”!
Here is what Christine has to say about her Royal Renaissance Rendezvous!:
“A tourist book purchased in the chateau region of the Loire Valley of France had been the inspiration to some of our home’s decor. We had previously created a “feudal feasting room” which was now in need of renovation and repair. Friends and family were curious as to what we were going to do and could they “come see” the end results on completion.
Ideas were gathered from the “castle book” and we put our own personal touches on them. We called our artist, Geri Sowers, and parsed our design thoughts with her. Geri and her husband Gary, whom did some electrical and woodwork, were the costumed king and queen. As we went along we “tweaked” our ideas here & there until all was as we had imagined. Much time was spent on this endeavor….over 6 months….and curiosity began to mount….no one was allowed so much as a “peek”.
Artist Geri applied many unique treatments to accomplish the final look and much research and collaboration was done with her. The artistic work was painstaking, but emerging beautifully…gold leaf and layering resulted in amazing results. New furniture and accoutrements were acquired…..many involving a desired fleur de lys….our favorite French symbol.
So it was that my husband suggested we host a party to celebrate our newest “Medieval creation”. Thus, I began my search for a uniquely appropriate beginning to this soiree….the invitation, and happened upon the work of My Lady Dye. She was a very accommodating professional and delightful to work with. She was able to incorporate all of my personal ideas in the most splendid invitation and other party items. I am a firm believer that it is, indeed, the invitation that sets the stage for the entire event.
I decided to make it a costume affair….my husband disagreeing saying people would decline the invitation if a costume was required…..oh how wrong he was! As you can see, many dressed in Medieval garb and I had hand made the hennins (ladies’ hats) and provided crowns for the gents. My husband, Al, was dressed as the “Formal King” and I was “The Plague”. Crown bookmarks were given as favors in castle favor boxes and a written storyline of the development of the “new room” was provided on easels…….best party EVER and it all began with the engaging invitations and paper products of My Lady Dye! MERCI….MY LADY DYE!!!!!!!!”
Photos provided by client.