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Kimberly Canale, Brooklyn, NY Vendor: Event Designer Website: Inspired Goodness About Me: From the moment the engagement ring was slipped onto my finger, I've been in love with all-things-wedding. I still get teary eyed reading proposal stories in magazines and love sneaking a peek at a bride and groom glancing at one another for the first time, as the ceremony is about to begin. With each of my clients, I get to know their personality, family background and hear the story of how they met and fell in love. Each piece becomes another element from which I use to build the overall vision for their wedding day. As the Creative Director at Inspired Goodness, my job is to create the various details that makes each of our weddings come to life. My work incorporates classic elements; engraving, hand calligraphy and vintage typography. Using a mix of found objects and flea market pieces lends a rich history to my work and challenges me to find creative ways to use mass-produced elements, each with a chic and timeless result. With every new client, I get to explore avenues I've yet to pass and love knowing that the next adventure is just around the corner!
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I’ve got more great aspects of Shira and Loren’s wedding to share with you today, and I’m really excited to finally bring this element to everyone. It was one of my favorite projects for this wedding and has so much meaning behind it.

When I first met Shira, she told me the story how she and Loren met, on a Birthright trip to Israel. For those of you that may not know, Birthright Israel is an organization that provides the gift of trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Started in 2000, it was created to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world, to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry, and to strengthen participants’ personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.

Throughout the wedding planning process, I was constantly searching for ways to incorporate the story of them meeting in some element of the design, but the idea eluded me for months. Back in June, Inspired Goodness was asked to help take part in the Brooklyn Pop-up Wedding Event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and it was right around that time that the idea took shape. For that event, we were asked to bring some projects-in-process, and I thought what better idea than to showcase these matches!

Loren’s father had wanted to hire a cigar roller for the cocktail hour - taking advantage of the amazing outdoor wrap-around deck at the Boathouse, I knew the cigars would play a big role for the first hour of the reception. So, I decided to turn the story into a series of illustrations, each providing a different detail. Below is the sign I designed - the story was originally written by me, taken from various emails and meetings. Shira and Loren helped clarify the pieces, and together, we created the final piece.

The story:

The 4 matchbook designs:

From L to R:

  1. Shows them in the Tel Aviv airport, at baggage claim. Shira remarked how it looked as if another girl on their tour had packed her entire closet.
  2. Includes the bus number and a representation of Israel in the background
  3. Their first kiss captured under a Bedouin tent
  4. Loren asked Shira to be his camel-ride partner, shows them both atop the camel

At the cocktail hour, we placed lots of display pieces around including an antique cigar mold, a vintage crystal lighter and displayed the matchboxes in a glass footed bowl and a large 3-tier dessert stand.

I also created matching cigar bands to complement the matchboxes.

The rollers making the cigars and some of the table elements

Plus a few signs sprinkled around to instruct guests…

In the end, it was so important for me to find a really creative and unique way to tell the story of this couple. When I first met them, I knew it was something that had to be shared with everyone at the wedding—it was so heartfelt and sweet and I’m thrilled with how all the pieces working together made such a strong statement.

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11 Responses to “Custom Matchbooks and Cigar Labels”

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Jessie Blum @ Eclectic Unions
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Jessie Blum @ Eclectic Unions (message)  360 posts, Helper bee

Wow, Kim. This is incredible. And exactly what I try to do with my wedding ceremonies - really have them tell the story about the couple being married. I love when they’re able to have that as part of the reception as well, and those matchboxes are incredible!

 
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evelinej

I’m a non-smoker but I love the story! It’s so sentimental :o) soooo romantic!

 
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Pr3c1ou5
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Pr3c1ou5 (message)  72 posts, Worker bee

wow, the matchbox designs were AMAZING. very heart warming story as well!

 
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MsHymanRoth
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MsHymanRoth (message)  2,434 posts, Buzzing bee

Do you have a link to wear/how you did the cigar bands? I’d love to have custom cigar bands for the ones I’m ordering. Thank you.

 
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Amit Verma

Cigars - Gotham cigars is one of the world’s leading online cigar stores, Buy discounted humidors cigars and other samplers online at affordable prices.

 
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Miss Poodle
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Miss Poodle (message)  3,386 posts, Sugar bee

This looks so amazing!!

 
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bridal girl

So simple but still divine. Although, cigarette smokers will just love them.

 
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Miss Mouse (message)  5,003 posts, Bee Keeper

That is such a cool way to incorporate this story! And it turned out amazing!

 
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Kim @ Inspired Goodness (message)  39 posts, Newbee

@MsHymanRoth: emailing you now.

 
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Sayyed Nasir, from Cigar Roller

It’s a great combination of cigar and match box with special drawing on it. GREAT job !

 

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