Sol Fusion has exploded this last year.

Haven’t heard of them? Well, you must not get out in Charlotte too much.  This awesome band is LITERALLY everywhere.  Weddings.  Alive After 5 (yup, the crowd has grown up a little – it’s okay to try AA5 again…). Festivals.  You name it – these guys are there.

I met the band’s ‘co-creator’ {not too sure if that’s the actual / appropriate title – but work with me here} about 7+ years ago when I produced events at The Atrium/The Green/The Plaza and he was the official barkeep (among a million other things) for East Coast Entertainment and Alive After 5.  Chris McClure.  Awesome Dude.  His day job is an Agent over at East Coast Entertainment.  So, in a nutshell – he’s got this cutie-patootie wife, Hester, who just happens to have vocal chords straight from Heaven.

Thus, Sol Fusion was born.  Pretty sure it happened just like that.

OH – and you might recognize Hester from her days with the band Black & Blue.

In a nutshell – if you’re getting married & want a band, you need to hire them.  They are the jammm.  Really. They are.

Like the kind of band that will make Grandma wanna get up and bust a move.

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You don’t have to take my word for it…. Click on these links below and check them out for yourself:

Official Website

Facebook Page

Twitter

YouTube Channel

 xo – deb

HEY Y’ALL!

For those of you who know me – or have seen me out and about with a drink in hand KNOW that I LOVE some yummy Prosecco.  Haven’t heard of it?  Well – you’re about to learn all about it …. Each month, I am going to do a Prosecco of the month – and share with y’all what MY new favorite is!

I have turned most of my girl friends into Prosecco LOVAS and I enjoy trying new ones as often as I can! I had a thought that I should put all of my ‘research’ to good use and share it with you! So, if you’re legal … yup: that’s’ over 21 my friend, let me know what Prosecco YOU and your girls like to sip on and share with me and I will do the same with you!

SO …. what is Prosecco you ask…?    Basically, it’s an Italian sparkling white wine.  The amazing bartenders at Soul Gastrolounge turned me on to this AHHHHMAZING nectar of the gods 5 or so years ago…

Do you mix anything with Prosecco?  Not if you’re sitting by me 😉  …. however, typically Prosecco is used to make a Bellini cocktail.  But, I prefer it straight up!  To me, it’s a better alternative to Champagne.

I literally have not met a Prosecco I don’t like … so, at the beginning of each month, check back in for my prosecco of the month …. but for all you cuties that are under 21, just jump to another post about some fabulous paper!

xo …. deb

 

Some people think that a Copyright law only applies to writers.  This isn’t the case.

Designers, illustrators, photographers (among other artists) work all fall under this law.  Why is this important in the wedding world?  Let me explain a little…

Searching Pinterest for your wedding inspiration?  Be careful asking your cake designer to COPY the cake you found.  And this applies to Invitations as well (my obvious hot button – so I will stick to that example for conversation sake).

Someone designed the invitation you found on Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, or any other amazing website/blog out there.  Someone owns the artwork.  Someone won’t like it if you copy it down to the very last detail (or just shy of every last detail).

But they won’t go after you, the bride …. They will go after the person who designed the gorgeous invitation (uh, designed it – again – that is).

I promise not to bore you with paragraphs upon paragraphs as to why this is unethical (ahem, your English teacher wouldn’t let you copy info from a book for a report in school, so why do it now?).

Here’s some tips to avoid this sticky situation with your designer:

  1. Found inspiration? Pull ONE or TWO things you LOVE about it – not the ENTIRE look.
  2. Found several photos that inspire you? Show all of these inspirations to your designer and let him or her come up with something original and amazing just for you!
  3. BE ORIGINAL.  Let your designer bring an idea to life for you.  Why else are you hiring that professional?
  4. UNSURE about this?  Ask the professional for their advice.  If they are an ethical company/designer who cares about other people’s designs just like they care about theirs – they will do the right (read: ethical) thing.

Thinking “no one will know or find out” ?!!?  Sure. Ok – unicorns, pots of gold and flying monkeys exist too.  Social Media today and Real Wedding submissions for event magazines should blow that thought right out of the water.

I am trying to make light of this topic, but it’s a VERY serious issue to artists.

If you’re someone who’s blogging or posting about something you saw, found, used at your event/wedding, etc and it’s someone’s design work?  Just give them credit.  That’s what the designer cares about most of the time.  If it goes past that, the designer will probably contact you directly.

Think of it as the Designer’s Golden Rule:  Give Credit Where Credit is Due.

A little unsure about this or where your ideas stand?  I am happy to chat more about this with you!  Feel free to email me at hello@olivepaper.net

xo, Deb

 

{source: American Institute for Graphic Arts}