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Floral Inspired Wedding Stationery

Meet Ali & Ryan. How cute are they? When Ali reached out for wedding stationery earlier this year and referenced her save the dates she created herself, I knew I already loved her. Ali's stationery style was floral inspired and nothing sang to my heart more than a fellow flowerchild. 

Photo taken my family member, Audra Ruane.

Photo taken my family member, Audra Ruane.

 
left | dresses from  showmeyourmumu    center  | calligraphy by  judith brown   right | cake by  cypress grovers

left | dresses from showmeyourmumu   center  | calligraphy by judith brown  right | cake by cypress grovers

Ali's wedding will take place this fall in a small-town church, followed by an evening barn & farm reception.

Ali and her calligrapher friend/soon-to-be sister-in-law designed her DIY save the dates. They were printed on deckled seed paper & stemmed much of the inspiration for her wedding stationery. The calligraphy was done by Judith Browne. You can find this lovely handmade seed paper from the cutest little etsy shop, White Dragon Paper.

 

it was easy to find inspiration from Ali's inspiration. The combination of textures really compliment her handmade, rustic-meets-whimsical mood! 

IT'S TIME FOR AN ASSEMBLY PARTY

cotton paper
hand deckled edging
letterpress printing
watercolor
jute cord
preserved lavender

I cannot wait to see this remaining touches I know Ali will give to this big day of her and Ryan's. Only a few more months and this Ms. will be a Mrs.!

 

 
 
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

 

 
 
The Keeping Room | Baton Rouge Wedding Stationery

Almost a year ago, I contacted The Keeping Room in Baton Rouge in hopes for some interest in carrying TLBC's product line. Many clients and friends have referred me to this shop, so I thought, well hey, let's check it out. After speaking with Amanda, the owner, we trained off on how I got started and where I have my work printed. I told her I own my own letterpress printing business. This conversation lead us to a collaborated wedding stationery album. After months and months of preparations, designing, testing, and of course printing, TLBC and TKR has combined our efforts and talents to create ten, one-of-a-kind wedding collections. ...with full intentions of watching it grow to more.

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We are BEYOND thrilled to have all of our work alongside The Keeping Room's work inside one big album! So we of course celebrated along with some fantastic fellow businesses in the wedding industry. Joined in to help us celebrate was Alli Sims, who owns a fantastic wedding planning service as well as Cupcake Couture. Also joining in and displayed a beautiful wedding gown was I Do Bridal Couture. Plantation Florist supplied nothing short of the most lovely floral arrangements my eyes have ever laid eyes on. While we all swooned over the pretties, we did so by munching on some amazing eats from Gourmet Girls. (see sources below)
 

I got the bright and crazy idea to bring my first table-top press along for a ride. I really wanted everyone to get an idea of the process that goes behind letterpress printing. Success. Our guests were able to pull their own print and got a feel (literally) for the labor that goes behind printing. Of course, the work is done on a much larger press, but the concept all the same and I believe everyone left with a new appreciation for letterpress printing.

SO MUCH GOOD FOOD. These people are amazing. (see references below)

This collaboration has really lead us to focus on supporting local businesses. The in-house customer service and one-on-one attention we are able to give each couple establishes a more personal relationship that doesn't end at the wedding day. The evening was absolutely lovely. If you didn't get a chance to stop by, don't fret, The Keeping Room isn't going anywhere. Stop by their beautiful shop off of Perkins Road and ask to see the new album! I am looking forward to working with TKR and new couples to tailor each suite to their ideal wedding stationery. Ode to new adventures!


sources
wedding stationery | THE little BLUE CHAIR & The Keeping Room
florist | Plantation Florist
catering | Gourmet Girls
cupcakes | Cupcake Couture
wedding planner | Alli Sims
wedding gown display | I Do Bridal Couture
 

How I found a 100 year old letterpress.

When I first graduated college, my first to-do on my agenda was to find a tabletop letterpress. These presses were hard to come by. They were made well after the letterpress had been invented for the purpose of teaching. They were small, compact, and could fit nicely on a table. I knew this press was to learn the craft and hobby I began dabbling in, so I searched and searched until I found the one I wanted. 

After a few years, I quickly realized it was time to upgrade. My new search: a Chandler and Price New Style Letterpress ...and when I say new, I mean 1920s instead of 1800s. It's crazy how mad I get at my Epson printer, but I can run this age old printer just fine. So, I searched with all of my resources to find the press right for me. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU'RE THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

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me: "hey, what's your weekend like?"
husband: "fairly free, what's up?"
me: "we should go to Marlin, Texas!"
husband: "go where?"

I don't care what google maps said, it was not a 6.5 hour drive, it was more like 8 hours. Eight hours to Marlin Texas, a mile long town about 30 miles outside of Waco. The press was acquired by an antique store, put on eBay and BAM, in comes Hope. 

We packed up the truck with snacks and hooked up the heaviest duty trailer we had to haul home a near 100 year old, 1500 pound letterpress. Husbands with a know-how are the best and I cannot thank mine enough for putting up with my adventures and eBay bids. A day and another 8 hour drive later, we were home. Unloading this press and getting it in to my shop had to have been one of my most stressful moments ever. 

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We all got our hands dirty, but within a two week period, I went from my tabletop compact press to a much bigger beast. I'm so excited about the doors this leap has opened. ...and rightfully so, I named this letterpress Marlin, after its home town. 

The Colorado Wedding

It's a small world we live in, really. There was this girl named Mackenzie who once lived up north. She later found her way down south to Louisiana falling deeply in love with a man named Trent. After talking a bit about her upcoming stationery design, wedding, and all the lovely things that go along with that, I find out that her husband-to-be was my former childhood neighbor. This boy used to prop sheets of plywood on a single brick to test fate and ride the 2" ramp towards the sky! Now, the two of them are leaping in to the marriage world with a Colorado wedding ceremony to celebrate their nuptials. I enjoyed every bit of the stationery design and cannot wait to see their wedding photos! Stay tuned for that.

These gilceé & letterpress printed menu cards will really make a statement on the guests' dinner plate. The mixed media is eye catching in more ways that one!

KEEPING THE FIRST BIRTHDAY SIMPLE
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Me oh my. Somehow, a year has gone by. A whole three hundred and sixty-five days has cycled through.  The earth has made an entire trip around the sun. A WHOLE YEAR has gone by since my sweet little girl entered my arms. After two, for lack of better words, obnoxious birthday parties for my son, Finn. I vowed to keep things simple for Isla.

Finn and Isla don't care about Pinterest inspired birthdays, I know that much. It's hard though - as a creative and stationery designer, it's hard to keep things simple when its your own project and the ball is in your court. Here's how I do it:

I'd like all moms and dads alike to pick ONE thing that they really care about. It may be the cake, the location, the gift... there's something you want to splurge on.

For me, it's the stationery (clearly). Whether it's the wedding day or an event as simple as a first birthday party, the stationery sets the preface to the story you will tell.  My remaining details were kept as simplistic as possible. This really allowed me to focus in on what was important to me. ..and what was not.

These invitations were inspired by Finn's first birthday invitations. The disc spins to tell the story of each month's milestones. There was no way to create something equally sentimental for Isla, so the work was done. All I had to do was watch her grow and document this amazing first year with her in our lives. ...one I cannot image living without.

My mother always made our cakes. ...a three layer yellow cake with chocolate icing that still to this day, I can't get right. Testing my skills, I spent the morning of Isla's party making a mini, three-layer red velvet cake with pink cream cheese icing. Finn got to lick the bowl and Isla taste tested her soon-to-be mess of a cake. We learned something new that day. Isla really loves cake.

photo cred | louisiana lifestyle photography |  Quaint and Whim

photo cred | louisiana lifestyle photography | Quaint and Whim

I opted for minimal decorations. The stationery was letterpress printed with a hand-drawn floral, so decorating my home with local fresh flowers seemed like decor that keeps giving. I am actually drying some of the flowers from that day. I'm in the middle of a whole minimalist attraction, so less is more. Just picking up the scattered toys and putting out a few fresh flowers was all the decorating we needed. In a random bout of internet browsing, I came across these beautiful fans - perfect for a Louisiana Saturday in August. Hip Hip Hooray read the floral banner kit by Rifle Paper Co. What's great about this banner is that I can reuse time and time again. I wanted to keep the home design simple and sophisticated, but feminine ...something that didn't scream baby. And that's it. That's all we needed. It was enough to announce that this gathering wasn't a random Tuesday. It was most definitely a party, but the focus was on sweet Isla and the celebration of her first year in everyone's lives.

Just picking up the scattered toys and putting out a few fresh flowers was all the decorating we needed.
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I've planned many baby showers, wedding showers, birthdays, and gatherings at our home. It's hard not to just want ALL THE PRETTIES. Choosing what is important to you and letting the other details fall in to the simple category has by far made this birthday memorable. I remember going to get the balloons and flowers. I remember the mess of sprinkles we made baking Isla's birthday cake. I remember the kids getting tangled in bakers twine as we wrapped treat bags. I remember making Isla's birthday hat from some scrap paper and Finn asking if he could paint it. I remember Isla smiling out the window as familiar faces walked up the sidewalk.

I ACTUALLY remember the party and being able to speak to our guests. I remember the things that were important to me - the simple things. Let's make a vow to simplicity, because more often than not, simple is better.


credits & sources

invitations | THElittleBLUECHAIR
banner | Paper-Source
cake topper | BHLDN
cake stand | Anthropologie
paper crinkle fans | BHLDN
 

WHO MADE THE TOP FIVE?

With all of the new wedding stationery in the works between the collections brewing and custom work curating, I thought I would put together a few of my old favorites. These are all either my own favorites, pinterest's most pinned, or client favorites from the years past.

Take a gander...


THE TATUM WEDDING

An old favorite for a family favorite.... Carrie. She’s my cousin, friend, and reason for switching my life towards the arts in college. Taylor. He must be a tad crazy to willingly enter our family, but he loves Carrie, so he got the package. Taylor and Carrie’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty portraying a “DIY Backyard Baton Rouge Garden Wedding.” It was close to perfection, even in spite of the short rain that lead the entire reception to the porches as Carrie’s dad and associating musicians played the guitar, sang, and danced the rest of the evening away.

 

THE KATE AND CORY

When I first met with Kate, I knew immediately that her wedding and inspirations were to die for. She had a very rustic meets Jane Austin style between the lettering, paper, and assembly of her wedding stationery suite. The invitations were hand torn to leave a deckled edge. The rsvp cards are made of real wood, letterpress printed in a postcard style. The inner envelopes were handmade and stitched, all enclosed in an outer cotton envelope. …and of course there was twine.

THE JILLIAN AND EDWARD

After Carrie and Taylor’s Style Me Pretty feature, my inbox was full of inquiries. Jillian and Edward’s stationery suite became one of the by products of that feature. Jillian had a vision of a delicate lace with a hint of a modern touch. The lace with the peach ink complimented the chalk-like ink on black paper. It was a mix of colors, both subtle and bold, that put this suite in this old favorites list.

After Carrie and Taylor’s Style Me Pretty feature, my inbox was full of inquiries. Jillian and Edward’s stationery suite became one of the by products of that feature. Jillian had a vision of a delicate lace with a hint of a modern touch. The lace with the peach ink complimented the chalk-like ink on black paper. It was a mix of colors, both subtle and bold, that put this suite in this old favorites list.

THE JAYNIE AND ALEX

There is never a limit on how much lace is acceptable. Okay, maybe there is, but I love it in the stationery world. The bride, Jaynie, is actually a former colleague and friend of mine. She is also the owner of  Ebb & Flow  and her calligraphy is nothing short of something to die for. Jaynie herself designed this suite. It’s simple, modern, delicate, and beautiful. ...and that’s what we were going for, all of those adjectives in one suite. The front and back printed reply card inserted in to the translucent envelope put the icing on the wedding cake.

There is never a limit on how much lace is acceptable. Okay, maybe there is, but I love it in the stationery world. The bride, Jaynie, is actually a former colleague and friend of mine. She is also the owner of Ebb & Flow and her calligraphy is nothing short of something to die for. Jaynie herself designed this suite. It’s simple, modern, delicate, and beautiful. ...and that’s what we were going for, all of those adjectives in one suite. The front and back printed reply card inserted in to the translucent envelope put the icing on the wedding cake.

Who doesn't love a bicycle themed wedding? This bride commissioned TLBC to create some custom stationery to use as thank you notes following the wedding's whimsical appaloosa. A tandem bike for two as the bride and groom send their thank yous to all of their guests.


Maybe you will end up on the top five. Let's create!