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ORGANIC STATIONERY INSPIRATION | editorial with Wedding Sparrow + Jen Huang

I'm not going to say I didn't squeal. But when I opened my inbox and saw an invitation to join the editorial shoot between Wedding Sparrow and photographer, Jen Huang, my face made that wide-eyed emoji.
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When I think about summer weddings, the words dreamy, airy, and romantic are what resonates for me - everything in this shoot. From the storybook venue, St. Giles House to the luxury florals and dreamscapes, it's as if The Secret Garden and a Jane Austen novel came to life.


 

PICK YOUR FAV (or all three) & ADD TO YOUR PINTEREST BOARD

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Organic Wedding Stationery || custom venue sketch || handmade paper wedding invitations || The Little Blue Chair by Hope Johnson || thelittlebluechair.com/theonepageweddingplanner
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Organic Wedding Stationery || custom venue sketch || vellum wedding invitations || handmade paper wedding invitations || The Little Blue Chair by Hope Johnson || thelittlebluechair.com/theonepageweddingplanner
floral inspiration editorial shoot - the little blue chair by Hope Johnson
floral inspiration editorial shoot - the little blue chair by Hope Johnson
Organic Wedding Stationery || custom venue sketch || vellum wedding invitations || handmade paper wedding invitations || The Little Blue Chair by Hope Johnson || thelittlebluechair.com/theonepageweddingplanner
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Organic Wedding Stationery || custom venue sketch || vellum wedding invitations || handmade paper wedding invitations || The Little Blue Chair by Hope Johnson || thelittlebluechair.com/theonepageweddingplanner
floral inspiration editorial shoot - the little blue chair by Hope Johnson
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LOOKING FOR SIMILAR INSPIRATION?


 
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I'm Hope. The inky hands and freckled face behind the studio doors of TLBC. 

I believe in paper, words, and romance.

...and something beautiful happens when you combine them all together - be it a Jane Austen novel, a handwritten note, or as you've presumably guessed it - wedding stationery.


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DUSTY BLUE MEETS NEW ORLEANS WEDDING INSPO | Sully Mansion Editorial
 

Between these vintage stamps and this dress, I think we've all found our something blue. Featured on Hey Wedding Lady, local New Orleans vendors teamed for a stunning editorial. These dusty blues and muted greens are my kind of color.

 

I MEAN ...THIS DRESS, Y'ALL.

I can probably create an entire dusty blue wedding inspired Pinterest board just off of this shoot.
 

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
When incorporating color into your stationery, try not to let the color tell the story. Color is important, sure, but bring it in subtly within, perhaps, an envelope liner, your ink color, or my favorite way - some vintage stamps!

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PIN YOU FAV (or all three) FOR LATER

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dusty blue wedding stationery || The Little Blue Chair  by Hope Johnson || thelittlebluechair.com/theonepageweddingplanner
dusty blue wedding stationery || The Little Blue Chair  by Hope Johnson || thelittlebluechair.com/theonepageweddingplanner

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LOOKING FOR A LIBRARY OF INSPO?

Snatch up The ONE Page Wedding Planner (yes) and I'll send you that ...plus all kinds of snail mail goodies!

 

 
Hi. I'm Hope ...freckled face behind the studio doors of The Little Blue Chair

I'm Hope. The inky hands and freckled face behind the studio doors of TLBC. 

I believe in paper, words, and romance.

...and something beautiful happens when you combine them all together - be it a Jane Austen novel, a handwritten note, or as you've presumably guessed it - wedding stationery.

 

LET'S CONNECT ||     instagram      facebook      pinterest      


THE WHITE SPARROW BARN | Save the Dates

Meet Sarah Jones and Chris Mohring. Are they not just the cutest couple you've ever seen? I have not had the pleasure of meeting the groom to be, but feel super connected to him through Sarah. Sarah is a former colleague of mine. We both graduated in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University and spent much of our studio lab hours together, covered in ink and elbow grease. 

I'll be honest. I was beyond thrilled and honored really when Sarah contacted me to design her wedding stationery suite. Sarah Jones was entrusting me with one of her wedding planning elements and I KNEW stationery was on her top three most important to-do's. 

Sarah majored in Printmaking back in college and had such a talent creating these magnificent sheets of paper, using that paper for sculptures and installations for gallery shows. We hadn't talked much since graduating other than tid-bits through social media. So I was thrilled and filled with a bit of nostalgia reminiscing about old print lab days at LSU.

I have to tell you that reconnecting with you and reimbursing myself in my old life of being ink and paper pulp covered has completely stirred up my art bug all over again.
— Sarah Jones

I cannot tell you how many time I physically squealed after reading one of our emails. When she mentioned that the design process uprooted her old art life, I may have actually teared up. Okay, I did. Sarah had pulled out some old paper installations to sketch some ideas of using them as a repurposed installation behind her head table at her and Chris's reception.  

Speaking of the venue, this barn. THIS BARN. The White Sparrow Barn sits in an open field in Union Valley, Texas and is the most charming barn my eyes have ever seen. Part of the process of custom designing a stationery suite includes inspirations from colors, florals, and sometimes the venue itself. Once I heard the words "The White Sparrow Barn" from Sarah, I issued another squeal. 

I had about one hundred and one ideas floating around in my head, but knew I wanted to tie in the handmade paper to Sarah's past and that simplicity and the work of the hand would best suit this suite.

A simple shade of grey ink, handmade cotton rag paper, hand illustrated barn sketch and lettering ...and we have Sarah and Chris's save the dates. The wedding day stationery that will follow, well, we will just save that for another day. ...and there goes another squeal.


A special shout out to Texas photographer, Chloe Gonzales. She beautifully captured the essence of these two for their engagement shoot. I am looking forward to being smitten all over again with the upcoming wedding photos!


paper and ribbon | silk & willow
design and printing | yours truly
lovely engagement photos | chloe gonzales

 

 
 
eight questions I asked myself

AN INTERVIEW WITH MYSELF

I had a crazy idea to express my passions and heart behind TLBC through an interview with myself. Although no client will likely ever ask me these questions directly, I still want the answers there. I want my heart open to all of you, I want a real connection between not just my work, but me personally. 

 
 

TELL ME ABOUT WHAT YOU DO. WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART SMILE?
I'm a stationery designer for the creative bride looking for something extra special for her wedding stationery. I love flowers, simplicity, and handmade cotton paper. ...and cookies.

WHAT IS YOUR STRONG POINT?
I have always been creative at heart. The designing and planning comes naturally to me. However, what I love more than anything is connecting the bride to the project. I aim to resonate with each design decision, connecting back to the couple's story, so at the end of the day, the guests open this invitation, that no one has ever seen before, and say "oh this is SO Hope and Michael." 

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?
I truly believe that stationery tells a story. One person meets another, they fall in love, the ring is given and the preface to this beautiful marriage begins. No two stories are the same, and if the wedding invitation is the cover to your book, representing the beginning of your marriage, no two covers should be the same.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU'D LIKE YOUR BRIDES TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS?
I want my brides to resonate with not just my work, but me personally. I approach each project as an interior designer would approach a blank space. It's a true collaboration. My brides bring as much to the table as I do and by the end of the process, we are going to be great friends. 

IN A WORLD GONE DIGITAL, HOW DO YOU HOLD TRUE TO PRINT?
How can I not? With the world at everyone's fingertips, there are fewer and fewer tactile items filling up your hope chests. From the wedding alone, other than your photographs, the invitation is one of a few things you'll actually preserve. I hope it hangs on your wall as a little reminder as to why you and your spouse chose each other.

WHY SHOULD A BRIDE OPT FOR A CUSTOM DESIGN OVER A PREDESIGNED PIECE?
Custom work simply paints an entirely different picture for you and your guests. For instance, I'm working on a commissioned project for one of my spring brides. She brought me a photo of a marigold painting that hung in her grandmother's home when she was a child. She wanted to incorporate this in the stationery design. Her mother is a florist and will be designing the floral arrangements that will display at her wedding. So of course, florals are a big symbolic element for her design. Another client of mine is an artist and spent her college years making handmade paper using recycled cotton. She is to be wed under the lights of this show-stopper barn in Texas, using her old paper installations as a backdrop to the head table. Her stationery will of course be letterpress printed on handmade, cotton-rag paper with these beautiful deckled edges... You simply cannot manufacturer tailor-made pieces like this.

WHAT DO YOUR CLIENTS FIND IMPORTANT?
My brides are often artists or designers themselves, or formerly one or the other. I frequently work with brides that, back in college, majored in printmaking ...or the interior designer that is overflown with ideas, but needs help putting them together. My brides definitely get it. They get that each element of the design has to have a viable intention. 

WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL DESIGN?
My design style is very organic, very simple actually. I love a single color letterpress print run on cotton paper. It's the pop I look for, that little something extra--a splash of watercolor across the names, incorporating hand lettering or illustrative artwork... I adore the final touches of assembly; wrapping all of your pieces in cotton twine with a sprig of eucalyptus tied in, a hand addressed envelope with vintage stamps ...those are the things that make my heart sing. 


Are we a match? Are you reading all of this saying "YES!, That's what I've been looking for." Well then nice to meet you. See, I adore working with that inner artist in you. That's what I like to bring out in my brides. If your heart melt when you pick up a piece of silk ribbon, if you feel like you need to squeal when your fingertips meet the texture of handmade cotton rag paper ...well I look forward to hearing from you! We're going to be great friends.