Today we bring you part three in our series the paper + the event, showcasing the invitation designs and how they tied into the wedding by I’ll Know It When I See It, a design studio based in Vancouver, BC! Enjoy:
I had the absolute pleasure of designing the invitations for Alina + Sean’s intimate summer cottage wedding on Wahsoune Island in Ontario, Canada.
For the invitations, Alina came to me with her own watercolour paintings to incorporate into the design. They really set the tone and style for the big day. We also chose a natural white linen paper for a more rustic feel.
I LOVED going to the National Stationery Show. My first time was two years ago, when all I had was WeddingInviteLove and didn’t know many people in the industry, so I snagged a press pass on a whim (in fact, I created this blog at first solely to get that guest pass) and flew myself out there. I met SO MANY amazing stationers, made a ton of new friends, and really started to grow my connections in the industry.
Each year was a smashing success for WeddingLovely. So why am I not going this year? It’s been breaking my heart to get email after email from friends asking to meet up. The big reason has been a major change in direction for WeddingLovely — last year, we had a small bit of funding from 500Startups, but the business as a whole was losing money (ah, the joys of a traditional startup). Rather than raising money again (and potentially getting investors on board pushing WeddingLovely into a bad direction, you know the weddings industry), I decided to lower our expenses drastically (one reason why the full-time WeddingLovely team is just me again), bootstrap the company, and run a much leaner business.
The good news is that WeddingLovely is now profitable (though I have a teeny-tiny salary) which is pretty much amazing — the bad news is, I won’t be able to go to NSS while also pinching pennies. Being a West Coast gal, it would involve flights, food, lodging, and probably a slew of miscellaneous expenses, and I’ve made the decision to stay at home and watch the goings-ons from afar.
Like I said, it breaks my heart — I’ve had such a good time at NSS over the years. That said, if any stationers at the show want some coverage-from-afar, I am more than happy to blog photos or anything else sent to me from the show or after! Just send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope all my lovely friends at NSS have a great time, and hopefully I’ll be there next year!
Today’s wedding planner interview is with Becky of Event Crush, based in Eugene, Oregon! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My name is Becky Hart and I own a small wedding & event planning company in Eugene, Oregon called Event Crush. Event Crush is coming up on its one year anniversary, and I have loved every minute and still can’t believe that I am living my dream! My husband Andrew and I have been married for almost four years (coming up in June) and we now have a beautiful 7 week old daughter named Adelyn.
Jewelry, quite surprisingly, seems to be an afterthought, rather than a priority, when it comes to planning a wedding. Big mistake! The right jewellery should show off your beautiful dress and make you feel fantastic, all day long.
It’s easy to get carried away with your budget, because you want everything to be perfect, but everyone has to rein it in a little. Your wedding jewelry doesn’t need to eat away at your bank balance – there are so many options and solutions for accessories on a budget. Ahead, we’ve narrowed down some tips and tricks to bear in mind when you’re picking out your w-day jewels.
Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Andrea Nay of Andrea Nay Creative, based in the small town of Tipp City, Ohio working with brides around the world! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
My professional background is in sports event management, and I coordinated parties for the PGA Tour and pro baseball. Because I’ve always been a little (okay, a lot) obsessed with paper and pens, I tended to design our invitations, menus, and place cards in-house. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to embark on my own. I haven’t looked back!