Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Chicago-based Yellow Paper Bouquet! Take it away, Natalie:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

Wedding invitations combine creativity and happiness, two things which are very important to me. I love weddings because they are such happy events to share with loved ones. My parents sent me to art school at the age of 5 because I was drawing on furniture and walls in the house. Ever since then, art has been a huge part of my life. With my BFA in illustration, I thought it would be a great opportunity to combine creativity and happiness in one. My aunt, who is a Chicago based wedding dress designer, helped introduce me to the wedding industry and I love it.

My very first wedding invitation was when my friend asked me to design for her in college, I really loved the creative process and experience. This project helped me realize my passion for designing wedding invitations and I slowly started to offer my services to other friends for their big day. Eventually, word started to get out that I was designing wedding invitations and I was getting more clients. This turned into a part time business while I was working in the corporate world full-time. Recently, I quit my job to pursue my passion… this brings to where I am today, a Chicago based wedding invitation designer who loves to create!

See the rest of the interview after the cut!

What is your favorite color combination?

The one thing everybody knows about me is I LOVE COLOR! My love for colors is so well known, that when my husband proposed to me, he used Pantone mugs! My favorite color combinations change on a regular basis because I get inspired by different trends in fashion and home decor, and my surroundings. Today, my favorite color combination is charcoal grey and lime because combining a pop of color with a neutral color can be very appealing with the right design. I wonder what it will be tomorrow?! :)

What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I consider all the invitations to be unique since they are custom designed. One story that really stands out is…there was a couple that had a weekly routine of playing scrabble at a local coffee shop every Sunday morning. One Sunday, while playing the game, she went to get new letters and found a ring instead. You could say that the proposal was “in the bag”! I thought that was the cutest way to propose to somebody and I had to incorporate scrabble into their invitations.

Do you have a favorite typeface?

I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite typeface, I think it depends on the style and project. Since I’m an artist, I really appreciate calligraphy as an art form and would prefer this over any typeface. There is something special about using old school method of pen and ink to create text. When you have a really good calligraphy artist, it can really make an impact on any invitation.

What is the most bizarre request you have received?

This isn’t so much bizarre as unique, but I had an client that had a masquerade wedding for their theme. Each person received a mask as their party favor and was asked to wear it throughout the wedding. I thought this theme was so fun and different, I incorporated it into the invitation. It was such an amazing experience to be able to take a concept so different and figure out how to design into it. They loved their invitation and I think it is a piece to remember!

Ampersand or the word “and”?

Now that I think back, I use both equally! It depends on the design, the font, the wording, and the style of the invitation.

Any advice for brides?

I actually got married a year ago on September 4th so I know what it’s like to plan a wedding. There are times when it is really exciting, but other times when it can be very stressful. I think it’s very easy to get wrapped up in the planning and not enjoy the process for various reasons. Brides, a wedding happens once in a lifetime… enjoy the moment, dance a lot, and have a great time because it passes very quickly!

Do you offer more than just stationery?

We are experts in tying paper goods with fine art. If a custom illustration is created for wedding invitations, my clients have the option to have the original artwork. It is a great keepsake to remember their special day!

Thanks Natalie! For more about Yellow Paper Bouquet, check out their WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to their website.