Dates to Save

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For the first taste of the Cara + Alex wedding brand, our save-the-date mailings needed a detailed differentiator. Traditionally received as a basic reminder--wedding couple, date and location--our version begged for creativity and clean, sophisticated production to set the stage for our March affair.

I'm lucky to spend my days alongside a team of brilliant creatives at DCA, a Memphis-based creative communications consulting firm. They've treated my and Alex's wedding as a formal client with brand attributes and applications; and the save the date mailer and wedding website were the first steps of the process. Pairing DCA's design with The Stovall Collection's talented production team was a match made in heaven. Stovall's copper foil and embossment expertise marked the best introduction for our out-of-town wedding guests.

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We needed a Caramelized touch to the trusted package, of course; so a candied dates recipe was featured to help "save the dates." I hope you'll try it out!

Makes 24 dates

1 lb. (about 2 dozen) pitted medjool dates ½ cup raw walnuts, halved 1 cup unrefined organic cane sugar ¼ cup water

1. Make small length-wise cut in each date and insert walnut half.

2. Lightly brush each date in water.

3. Roll dates in sugar individually until well coated, then place on parchment paper.

4. When dry, dates can be stored in muslin bag or airtight container.

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