Meet a Wedding Stationer in Austin, TX: Inviting Affairs (4)

Meet a Wedding Stationer in Austin, TX: Inviting Affairs (4)
Today’s stationer interview is with Michelle Marks of Inviting Affairs, based in Austin, Texas! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I actually bought the business eight years ago.  Honestly at first I had no idea what I was doing but was excited about the creativity of it all.  I taught myself illustrator and put my creativity to work.  I loved diving in and seeing the changing trends and growing with them.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Seattle, WA: Greenenvelope (7)

Meet a Wedding Stationer in Seattle, WA: Greenenvelope

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Lauren Fennell, the Creative Director at Greenvelope, a company specializing in elegant online invitations! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I have a background in art history and fine art curation, so I was looking for work in a creative field after returning to Seattle from two years of teaching English in other countries. I met our CEO, Sam, through a mutual friend who mentioned he was looking for some help with the aesthetic direction of the site. At the time, Greenvelope was only Sam, our remote developer, Kyle, and a freelance UI designer. He needed someone with a good eye to curate the collection while he focused on customer service and development.

I didn’t initially intend to work in the wedding industry specifically, but it’s been absolutely wonderful to blend wedding and tech into one career. I feel so lucky to have been exposed to this industry! I get to work with couples to make sure the best day of their life is announced in style, without too many weird font combinations! The designers I work with are just bursting with creativity, and they never fail to amaze me with their fresh ideas and techniques. I think the wedding industry is lucky to have them!

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Oak Harbor, WA: PlumaPaper (7)

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Krista of PlumaPaper, based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I was going to college for graphic design and landed a job working at a stationery company. I worked there for about a year as it was a temporary position and wanted to be my own boss. When I started a new job, I began building my brand and creating things freelance until finally starting PlumaPaper in January 2013.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Ontario, Canada: Papillon Press (5)

Today’s stationer interview is with illustrator and letterpress printer Chantal, of Papillon Press! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

It all happened rather suddenly. In 2009, I saw a classified ad for a letterpress and typecases and decided to buy it. My husband and I (with the help of many friends and family) moved the 1500 lbs. cast iron beast 7 hours north to our first location, in Sudbury, Ontario. Papillon Press, The Illustrated Press, was born. We began designing custom wedding invitations, and have since branched out to include a ready-to-order invitation collection and greeting cards. We have since relocated our studio to Westport, Ontario.

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Blue and Silver Formal Invitation Suite by Platinum Shoppette (Los Angeles, CA) (6)

Blue and Silver Formal Invitation Suite by Platinum Shoppette (Los Angeles, CA) (1)

This opulent in invitation suite comes to us from Sarah of Platinum Shoppette, based in Los Angeles, California! Here’s Sarah to tell us more:

Alyssa Christine, the beautiful bride to be, had requested of us an invitation to amaze her guests.  In my discussions with her she listed the primary features her wedding stationery had to fulfill: An elaborate design with a few dashes of classic touches for a formal wedding, colors to include royal blue and silver.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in New York, NY: Engaging Papers (8)

Meet a Wedding Stationer in New York, NY: Engaging PapersToday’s wedding stationer interview is with Engaging Papers, based in NYC! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

Founded in 2015 by a former marketing executive, Patty Gibbons created Engaging Paper, a sister company of  Black Dress Paperie.  Little Black Dress Paperie has been serving the NYC metropolitan area for over 13 years. We recognized the world was going mobile and decided to take our creative designs and approach and offer them online with a boutique service.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Philadelphia, PA: Cupcake Graphics (4)

Meet a Wedding Stationer in Philadelphia, PA: Cupcake Graphics

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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Melissa Nini of Cupcake Graphics, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I was a freelance graphic designer for years helping small businesses with their graphic design marketing efforts. As close friends and family of mine started getting married I was asked to design invitations and stationery for bridal showers. Shortly after, a relative of mine asked me to design her wedding invitations. It was my first time not only designing a wedding invitation, but also embellishing it. Together we designed what is still one of my best invitation suites. They were printed on a shimmer stock, assembled into a pockett and embellished with lace, ribbon and topped off with a broach. She had a large wedding order of 250 invitations, so needless to say it was great exposure for me. Shorlty after the invitations were mailed we received great feedback and I received encouragement to pursue my talent further. Before I knew it referral clients were calling and venues were adding me to their preferred vendors list. It only took about 5 months before I quit my full-time job and pursued wedding stationery full-time.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Seattle, WA: Real Card Studio (4)

Meet a Wedding Stationer in Seattle, WA: Real Card Studio (10)

Today’s stationer interview is with Heather of Real Card Studio based in Seattle, WA! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

After graduating from art school. I had just gotten engaged while looking for a graphic design job. A friend was tipped off that a stationery store in Seattle was looking for a designer to work with clients on custom invitations, stationery and holiday cards. It sounded like a dream job! And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Get to Know a Wedding Stationer: S2 Stationery & Design (5)

Get to Know a Wedding Stationer: S2 Stationery & Design (3)

Today’s stationer interview is with Sara of S2 Stationery & Design based in New York, NY! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I’ve always loved weddings. I’m one of those people who think weddings are fun and magical. There’s nothing like being surrounded by merry people who want to celebrate love. My first wedding invitation was years ago in 2005 when I helped a friend put together invitations she ordered from Paper Source. We had a line going where one person glued the top layer to the second layer and the next person tied the ribbon and then we stuffed them into the envelopes. After that, I was the friend all my friends came to for DIY invitations.

In 2009, when I launched S2 Stationery & Design, wedding invitations was a natural part of the business. Once I started talking about the business and making stationery, the orders started coming in, as did the recommendations and referrals. It’s been a blast and a growing experience. I find myself thinking outside the box constantly and I love it!

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Meet a Wedding Stationer In Portland, OR: Willow and Sass

Meet a Wedding Stationer In Portland, OR: Willow and Sass

 Today’s stationer interview is with Susan Priest of Willow & Sass based in Portland, OR! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I took a job as a graphic designer at a wedding invitation boutique in Portland. That was where I really honed my design style and learned a lot about the industry. The experience was invaluable.

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