Mark It #RicasaTen4Ever : Kate & Roy’s 10 Year Vow Renewal

Photocredit:Glenn Orion Photography

I have done small wedding gigs here and there before for friends: name cards, invitations, save the dates, bridal shower invitations, bridal shower stationary, and more. However, this was the first time that the bride trusted and relied on us to bring her vision to life.  Kate’s only been telling us about her rustic vintage glam barn wedding for over a year now. Did I mention this was for my brother’s wedding? So the pressure was definitely on!

This also marked the first time my sister, Marjorie Pleta, and I actually became serious about our long-talked about dream of our Mark It line! We usually craft things here and there: paintings, drawings, and handwritten signs. After we’re finished our DIY projects, we’d always say Mark It (MARK for MARjorie and Krystle). I told her how awesome it would be if we could take our hobby and make something of it. However, this wedding turned our dream business into a reality.

Since Marjorie and I both have full time jobs and kids, we mostly divided and conquered. The best time for us to work is when our kids are asleep, and that’s what we did for most of these projects. We were able to do some projects together, and the biggest project (the chalkboard backdrop) was definitely an all hands project.


My projects included: wedding ceremony program design, menu design, favor tag design, and a few chalk board signs.

Custom ProgramWedding Ceremony Program


Custom Menu (inspired by lvandy27)
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

“DO-NUT leave without a treat!” Wedding Favor Tags for the donut treats. 
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Wedding Favor Station Sign
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Slow Motion Booth Sign
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography


These were Marjorie’s projects: ceremony banner, photo guest book chalkboard signs, seating charts, and table numbers.

Banner for Daughters of the Bride and Groom: AJ & Gabby
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

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Window Guest Seating Chart
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Guestbook Sign
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Table Numbers
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography


Marjorie and I were able to do a few of the projects together. We addressed each guest’s invitations in handwritten modern calligraphy. I wish that I had a photo of it, but we did not get one before they were sent out. We also did the ones below:

Bride and Groom Send Off Sign
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Guest Name Cards
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Then there was the MASSIVE CHALKBOARD BACKDROP. It was built by Kate’s dad: Albert Cabrera, painted by Kate and Roy, designed by me, and executed by the whole team: Marjorie Pleta, Melissa Geronimo, Kate Ricasa, Roy Ricasa, Edel Tabion, and me. It took hours and hours of work, but it was worth every minute of it. We are very happy and proud on how it turned out.

11090945_10155981996730332_6460863606270786789_o Our work in progress shots. Our motto was: “TEAMWORK makes the DREAMWORK!”

Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

11947717_10155978411930332_5948480652787419421_oA picture of my husband and children in front of it at the wedding

The beautiful couple: Kate and Roy!
Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography


Overall I believe it was a success! I am so happy that the Bride and Groom were happy with how everything turned out! It was the look that the bride envisioned: a rustic glam barn wedding!

Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

Photocredit: Glenn Orion Photography

This is what the bride wrote on her Facebook just days after the wedding:

Huge thank you to my dad, sister in laws Krystle & Marjorie, and cousin Melissa who poured their heart and soul into one of the most ginormous DIY projects to date..OUR GIGANTIC CHALKBOARD BACKDROP and not to mention all the signage, program and menu designs…
….And most of all to my loves doing late night DIY sessions, donut stuffing, invitation assembly line,..the list doesn’t end thank you to each one of you! We love you all. Everyone’s part small or big means so much to us. We’re so blown away by our talented team of professionals they all did an amazing job pulling everything through!

Thank you to my wonderful sister-in-law, Kate Ricasa, and brother, Roy Ricasa, for trusting us to design your wedding. Kate has done so much for us, and it’s great to finally be able to give back.  (Did I mention she is the best make-up artist in the DMV Area? Her webstie is: Kate is perfect for my brother, and I’m glad that they were able to have their dream wedding. I love you both! Congratulations on your 10 years of marriage.


More details of the wedding can be seen in this beautiful video by Stan Pe Films:

Details of the wedding:
Custom Signage: Marjorie Pleta and Krystle Villanueva – Mark It
Graphic Design: Krystle Villanueva
Photography:  Glenn Orion Photography
Wedding Coordinators: Events by MC + GP
Cinematography: Stan and Jeana Pe | Stan Pe Films
Decorator: Love Buggs Events
DJ/Lighting: Herbert Harrison III
Florist: Frances Batu | Francy Flowers and Cristeta Ricasa
Makeup: Arica Peni | Already Perfect Artistry
Catering: Mission BBQ
Ceremony: Holy Rosary Catholic Church Washington D.C.
Reception Venue: Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards, Brandywine, MD



  1. Hey there, this is beautiful! Can you tell me how you made the chalkboard backdrop? I want to do one for my son’s birthday.


    1. Hi Rachael,
      The bride’s father built the backdrop out plywood, and they painted it with chalkboard paint. I designed the background on Adobe Illustrator, and the bridal party helped me handwrite it. It took a lot of time, but we were happy with the results.

      Happy Birthday to your son!


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