If you’re an Indianapolis Colts fan, you may have seen Larra Overton’s name on your tv screen or twitter feed. She is a reporter and producer for the Colts, and an instructor at Shred 415 in Carmel. Larra has an energy and an attitude that is contagious. She’s got a bunch of one liners that will somehow make you put one foot in front of the next, even when you feel like an ambulance may have to be called. I was thrilled when I saw her name come across my schedule for a wedding invitation appointment to discuss invitations for her and Dan. That meant I needed to introduce myself after an early morning class. Thankfully, she didn’t hold it against me as I nearly crawled out of Shred that morning. No makeup, last nights t-shirt, and dripping of sweat.
Larra’s friend designed a custom monogram for her, and it was amazing! To be honest, there are times a bride says a friend has “helped” and it doesn’t end up working with the final design. However, this was so well done I was excited to use it and see it in my favorite Tawny Shine Foil. She kept everything neutral with cobblestone letterpress and a light gray envelope. Her invitation was printed on a white 2 ply stock, making it substantial but not too thick for mailing.
Planning in a Pandemic
To say Larra & Dan overcame hurdles during their planning is an understatement. First everything shut down after numbers went up, which we paused production on her invitation suite. Then we got a green light, put them into production, and drop shipped them to her mom who did the calligraphy. Under the circumstances, the post office was short staffed to hand sort anything. Even though she had adequate postage on her invitations, getting things out and back was a challenge.
Then came a press conference from the mayor of Indianapolis two days before their wedding, announcing no social gatherings more than 50 people in Marion County. He later clarified the statement by saying it was in effect as of July 27th. Whew. Her guest attendance was constantly changing, even after we printed her place cards.
Larra picked up her day-of papers from me on the Wednesday before her wedding. She said “you know what, when I walk down the aisle, if Dan Tucker is standing at the other end, it is going to be a perfect day.” She said only great things to say about her vendor team and was so excited to finally be Mrs. Tucker. An attitude like hers makes you better, whether it is listening to a Colts interview or taking a fitness class. She has grace, grit and perseverance that should be admired. After she left that day I thought to myself “that’s what I want my kids to learn. Things don’t always go as planned and some things are out of your control but life is what you make it”. Larra’s disposition made it enjoyable for everyone involved.
In her own words “how you start your day is how you spend your day”
Larra started with gratitude and spent it with love. Best wishes Larra & Dan, you deserve it all!
August 3, 2020