Carolina and Regina of Cloud Nove do beautiful work! We were able to catch up with Carolina for an interview. As a fellow stationer, it’s fun to read other designers talk about how they got to where they are. And I always appreciate the “favorite font” question (Carolina, I am with you 100% on your choice!). Now for the interview!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I have been designing print material for as long as I can remember. When all the girls were trying out for the middle school play – I drew the artwork for the program! Graduating with a degree in Fine Art from Parsons in 2001, I went right into the world of commercial design.

When I got engaged in 2006 I knew I would be designing my own invitations. It was then I discovered all of the possibilities in coordinates – programs, menus, favor tags, etc. – and fell in love with wedding stationery design.

After my daughter Ava was born I stopped my 9 to 5 commercial design work, but still felt drawn to the beauty and creativity behind wedding stationery. So when Regina asked me to join the Cloud Nove Events team, I knew the fit was perfect. Cloud Nove had already impressed me – as my best friend’s Wedding Coordinator Regina did the impossible – somehow convinced me I could make a speech!

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

I have a few favorites and every so often a new one catches me by surprise. I’m anxiously waiting for warm weather so right now the one that comes to mind is a warm coral & mint green combo.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

So far, the message-in-a-bottle. It was a save-the-date where the invite was rolled into a glass bottle and mailed to the guests. This is the first piece of your wedding that your guests get to see and this one definitely set the stage for the casual, beach destination.

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 4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Century Gothic! The simplicity, the geometry, the perfect little round o’s and dots over the i’s…melts my heart.

 5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

We’re pretty open minded and creative, so I’d have to say nothing so far really bizarre. We’re just waiting for that unique couple to challenge us!

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 6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I’ve always love using ampersand to make a visual impact. It’s much more than just an alternate to ‘and’. In wedding design especially, the metaphors for connection & collaboration are even more relevant.

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7. Any advice for brides?

In terms of wedding stationery – don’t overlook the wedding program. It’s not always considered a necessary piece but it can add polish to your ceremony. Guests can better appreciate the unique components that you spent so much time planning!

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 8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Yes, in addition to stationery Cloud Nove Events offers wedding planning and coordination, linen rentals, accessories, favors and décor.

Cloud Nove Events WeddingInviteLoveThank you ladies! You can check out Cloud Nove Events on WeddingInviteLove and on WeddingPlannerLove.  Still thirsty for more? Visit their site.

Today I was able to catch up with Kate over at Pickett’s Press. I just adore her work and I think you will too. Thank you so much Kate for answering all our questions and sharing your lovely papers. :)

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I drew and printed a custom map of Southampton, Long Island for my wedding in 2003… the next year a guest at our wedding asked me to do one for her wedding, and it all just kept going from there!

2. What is your favorite color combination?

Gosh, if I had to pick just one, then black and white – can’t beat classic– although I am a huge fan of experimenting with color as well.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

We did a turquoise and orange invitation with an envelofold and loud abstract pattern for a groovy Bahamas wedding which was lots of fun!

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

It changes all the time, but right now De Soto is one of my favorites- I’m all about any classic font that will pair well with a flourish or names in script.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I do a ton of custom artwork for people for invitations and save the dates- I once had to draw a roll of toilet paper for a party invitation…  for real.

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

& all the way!

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7. Any advice for brides?

Try to enjoy the process! The wedding is over so quickly that most of my memories are of the year along the way- picking out dresses with my friends, tasting cake with my mom, planning my honeymoon.  It can all be so stressful but if you can make the journey part of the wedding, you’ll have so much more to look back on and enjoy!

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

YES!  We have a companion website where we offer a whole line of personalized gift items- many of our brides have used these products for the wedding weekend (such as our shatterproof monogrammed cups with your logo or date, or our colored cocktail napkins).  Many brides have ordered customized pads or vanity trays as bridesmaids gifts.  We’ve even done our printed luggage tags as Weekend Itineraries which were looped around the out of town guest bags in each room to keep everyone organized.

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Thank you Kate! Check out Pickett’s Press on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see even more.

Today’s stationer interview is with Kelly from RSVP to me. We love all the custom designs on her site, so it was not easy to select the ones to feature today. Thank you so much Kelly for sharing your time!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

‘RSVP to me’ was created around the time of my own wedding, in august of 2006. I began a search for invitations that would absolutely “wow” my guests. I was looking for something non-traditional, yet elegant; unusual, but not “over-the-top.” After a long, unsuccessful search, I decided to experiment with various papers, prints and embellishments – trying to fashion what i would have liked to have found, but couldn’t. After many days of hard work and trial and error, I created not only my own invitations, but also my save-the-dates, programs, escort and favor cards, and even thank you cards!

At my wedding, I received so many unbelievable compliments on my invitations and stationery. It was great to hear that my friends and family loved my work. Then it occurred to me – wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could create great invitations and stationery for my family and friends? As I took on a few small orders, my budding venture expanded. by word of mouth the orders grew and my venture rapidly evolved into ‘RSVP to me’, a small but thriving business.

 

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

It’s a TIE! I LOVE the elegance of gray & purple but also love the vibrant combination of red & teal.

 

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

They’re ALL unique in their own way! Being that everything is so custom, and nothing is out of books, no one ever picks someone else’s invitation!

 

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Oooh, that’s a TOUGH one! My husband calls me “font girl” because I can name most fonts on sight! I get WAY too excited when I order new fonts! But I guess one of my REAL favorites right now is the one on my website….”Burgues Script.”  It’s SO pretty and versatile with all the glyphs, & even looks great in all lowercase.

 

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Hmmm, I don’t think it’s necessarily “bizarre,” but I’ve had several clients ask for the invitation to be printed in another language. Other than that, no real crazy requests…..sorry!

 

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand ALL the way!

 

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7. Any advice for brides?

Do NOT order invitations “online” without seeing, touching, feeling what you are getting!!  I can’t tell you how many times brides have come to me saying they need my help after they’ve either ordered ALL the invitations online, or just a sample, and have been very disappointed with the quality AND the customer service!  I pride myself & my business on QUALITY papers & product, as well as impeccable customer service!

 

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

We do!!  We actually have a “sister” business doing candy buffet & dessert tables!!  SO, besides invitations & stationery for ALL occasions, we LOVE providing that “sweet” display!!!  Check out our website.

 

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Check out RSVP to me on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see more custom goodness.

Welcome to our first stationer interview! We have enjoyed these so much, and have received so much great feedback from our vendors and readers, that we are spreading the love to all our directories. Today we caught up with Rachel of  Rock Paper Scissors for an interview. Thank you Rachel for being our guinea pig!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I went to Art Center and have a degree in advertising but we had to move to New Mexico for 2 years right after I graduated because the Air Force paid for my husband’s dental school education. I did our wedding invitations and then everyone started to hire me to do theirs. It took off from there! 

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

Oooh, that’s hard. It depends on the mood I’m in! I love yellow+light gray+white+dark charcoal, bright magenta+white+silver, eggplant+chocolate+light lavender,  teal+gold+chartreuse, coral+sand+cobalt

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I’ve done some crazy stuff: a smores kit save the date, a spy bar mitzvah invitation with real spy gear the guest had to play with to get the event clues, a wedding ring invitation that had a paper weight ring and a custom hot pink ring box made just for it.

4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

I LOVE the Caslon family and Burgues

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Can I have live dragonflies in the escort card boxes….the answer was no (I couldn’t find them) so we did butterflies….don’t worry PETA it was fine!

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I use both but in most cases “and”

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7. Any advice for brides?

Make the invitations and save the dates match the event….they are the guests 1st impression.

8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Yes, favors, custom placemats, custom napkins, gift boxes

Thanks so much for your time, Rachel! Check out Rock Paper Scissors on WeddingInviteLove or head over to her site to see more paper goodness!