Thursday, May 23, 2013

Nautical Themed Styled Shoot

Dream Tree Design teamed up with Jodi of Giving Tree Photography for a dreamy and breezy nautical styled shoot. The shoot features a whimsical and slightly rustic style sprinkled with succulents. This gorgeous theme made for beautiful stationery!

This darling invitation suite has been added to the Treehouse Collection and is available in the Etsy shop!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wish Upon a Wedding Styled Shoot

Dream Tree Design had the honor of working with some fabulous people for a collaborative Wish Upon a Wedding styled shoot. Wish Upon a Wedding is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.

Jessica of Stella Event Design and Sheena of S.C. Photography took charge of this shoot and brought it a variety of other wedding professionals, including myself and Modern Day Floral's, to help put this beautiful concept together!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Stars Above

As the weather gets warmer, and we're spending our evenings sitting on front porches and around bonfires, we remember the magic of twilight. Twinkle lights, candles and torches make a glowing ambiance for a magical wedding.

This invitation suite is perfect for that warm, outdoor, lantern-lit wedding. Capturing the beauty of a summer night, this premium suite comes in 3 colors. It also features some of those extra luxe details like rounded corners and premium color envelopes.

Photo credits:

The Paris Print Shop
Blackbird Experience
Eye Poetry
Floral Accents

Monday, February 11, 2013

Printable DMB Valentine's Cards

Last year, just for kicks and giggles, I made a series of Valentine's Day cards inspired by my favorite band. This year, my DMB Valentine's Day cards are available as a printable PDF!

You can download by clicking on the photo, or clicking HERE.

Enjoy and have a happy Valentine's day!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kris Hitchcock & Small Town – Rewind

Thursday night, January 24th, was the CD release party for the new Kris Hitchcock & Small Town Son album, Rewind. This project has been a year in the making with a lot of hours, a trip to Nashville and a couple re-shoots mixed in there. I'm so proud of these guys and honored to be a part of their team. They absolutely rocked the Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI. The house was packed and the crowd was going nuts!

I have not been able to stop listening to this album. The songs are fun, entertaining and heartfelt. Kris and the band have really outdone themselves this time. Their dedication and passion is highly reflected in the music.

Writing music, life on the road, and looking back on the memories is not only the theme of the music but the design as well. We wanted to capture the chaos and creativity of their lives and music. The band's Instagram photos, pictures from the studio and live photography make up the story that is their lives and it is all wrapped up in the root of it all: writing songs that mean something.

You can purchase this amazing CD in the Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son online store HERE. You can also check out upcoming shows, because these guys are pretty frickin' awesome live.

Kris Hitchcock - Vocals, acoustic guitar, B3 organ
Ian Szarafinski - Electric guitars, acoustic guitar, vocals, mandolin, dobro, baritone mandolin
Mike Howe - Bass guitar, vocals
Marc Dixon - Drums, percussion
Susan Belliel - Fiddle, vocals
Jimmy Dulin - Additional guitars, banjo, mandolin, percussion, vocals, slide guitar
Angela James - Vocals on “Roll Storm Roll” and “Somebody Tell Memphis”, farmer’s daughter voice
Mason Douglas - Background vocals on “Mary”
Mal Rodgers - Hand claps on “Somebody Tell Memphis”

Recorded at Magmatone Recording in Nashville Tn

Produced by Jimmy Dulin

Album Design and Photography:
Nicole Brown of Dream Tree Design – Album design, art direction, photography
Cynthia Higgons – Photography

© 2013 Kris Hitchcock Music – All rights reserved. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Why Hiring a Professional Designer Saves Your Hairs

How many of you have started your wedding planning recently? I'm guessing quite a few since we're right in the middle of engagement season. After you informed all your closest friends and family, made the Facebook announcement, you jumped online all giddy and ready to go. In the age of Pinterest, I know a lot of brides have a very clear vision of what they want their big day to look like. In fact, you've probably been planning this since you were 12. It might not happen right away, but the deeper you get in to your wedding planning, you're going to come to the realization that it is a lot harder to make that vision a reality than you thought it would be. You're going to be pouring over hundreds of websites thinking to yourself, "IT SHOULD NOT BE THIS HARD TO FIND 2 INCH CORAL RIBBON!!!" Or something to that effect. I went through it, most of my friends went through it, and let me tell you, it is freaking frustrating. You'd think that in this internet age, where there are literally THOUSANDS of products and supplies to choose from, you should be able to find that perfect shade of teal.

One place where this terrible phenomena is so apparent is invitations. These days there are so many different websites with hundreds of designs, colors and textures to choose from. But even then, it is near impossible to find one that matches the event you are so carefully crafting. At this point, you've spent countless hours searching and you're thinking, "I just want a design with Peonies in coral with a teal vintage font. Where, oh, where are yoooooou???" Most of the time, you will end up settling. And then 3 months later when you're desperately trying to find place cards to match the invites you didn't even like that much in the first place and they are no where to be found, you will be pulling your hair out. Don't do that. You're getting married in a month, you need your hairs.

This right here is why hiring a professional designer is worth its weight in gold. Not only do you not have to go through the trials and tribulations of the "The Search", you won't have that regret of knowing that those details you could see perfectly in your head are not perfect. Your mom will tell you, "Don't worry about it, Sweetie, no one will notice." But you will notice, and that's what matters.

It also saves you time, and is one less thing to worry about. You won't have a situation where it's a week before your wedding and you're thinking, "CRAP! PROGRAMS!! It's ok, I'll just print them up on the computer." 4 hours later, you're one more paper jam away from chucking your printer out the window, and you find 4 typos. After you've printed and cut out half of the programs. Commence fetal position and sobbing.

And the biggest point of all? This celebration is unique to you. It's the time to really showcase your tastes and style as a couple. Why should you settle for sub-par invitations that do exactly the opposite? I worked with a bride this past year who described the style of her wedding as, "Vintage glam meets rustic meets 1920's meets mountain meets Tim Burton." Yeah. She would have NEVER found that in on online shop. I was able to fulfill her desires with a custom design, and she could not have been happier. The invitations sets the tone and mood of your celebration months before your guests even arrive.

Just remember, when you hire a professional like me, I am working for YOU. Your happiness is my number one priority. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son Wild Honey Single

I've been working with Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son for about 4 years now. And I may be a little biased, but I believe they are the best country rock band in west Michigan : ) Actually they are pretty awesome. They just played the B-93 Birthday Bash last weekend, which is a pretty big deal.
Anyways, there is some new music to celebrate! The guys just released a 3 track disc featuring the single Wild Honey.
I always love working with KH&STS, but I particularity love this single, which made it really fun to design for. The song has such a distinct summer feel to it, and we wanted to capture that in both the CD jacket design and the tee shirt.
You can get your copy of Wild Honey here. You should also check out some upcoming shows, because really, these guys rock my socks.