Meet a Wedding Stationer in Cincinnati, OH: Hello Invite (4)

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Melissa of Hello Invite, based in Cincinnati, Ohio! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

The truth is, it found me. When my husband and I got married, I did all of our wedding paper goodies. I loved every minute of it, thinking this would be so much fun to do for a living!  I was so shocked at how many compliments we received from the invites to the programs and reception mementos. On our wedding day, I was talking with one of our guests and that’s actually where my first real “job” came from; rehearsal dinner invitations!  I was so excited. I agreed to do them on the spot! What started through that one set of 30 rehearsal dinner invites, quickly grew through word of mouth and now here we are almost 5 years later and I’m busier and happier than ever. I never could have imagined how this dream would take over my life, make me look at the world differently, and even take up an entire room of our house! It was completely unexpected, and I think those are the best surprises life can give you. That’s how you know it’s truly meant to be!

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Today’s interview is with Rhode Island based wedding calligrapher Jane Parillo Rollins of Scribe! Enjoy:

Tell us about your company and how you got started.

I began my full time career as a lettering artist in 1989 with a storefront on Main St. in East Greenwich, RI. I had been taking classes for a few years, became obsessed with all things about lettering. and made the decision to quit my job in special ed and become a freelance calligrapher.Since I have a love of literature and poetry as well as a fascination with history, it made sense. I have been on Main St. for over 25 years.

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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Heidi Bartlett of idieh design, based in Phoenix, Arizona! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I started my company right out of college (with a graphic design degree) and all my friends were getting married so it seemed like the obvious choice. It’s only grown from there!

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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Jenna McKinlay of Fleur De Lis Custom Paperie, based in Denver, Colorado! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I have always been interested in paper, fonts, and weddings. I even made paper from scratch in college (yes, it’s true!). I am self taught in graphic design and have degrees in art history and business. I worked in stationery and invitations now for almost 9 years now, 5 of those years in my own business. There is something special about working with people during their most celebratory events in their lives. I love everything about what I do – the relationships we form, the sentiment behind invitations, and the beauty and style on paper.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Cheltenham, England: Ollie's Studio (8)

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with UK based designer Ofe Oyasor of Ollie’s Studio! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

Making invitations kind of started with my wedding. I figured that DIY would be fun and a great way to save some money but I didn’t really consider making it my career until after my daughter was born. I’ve always wanted to do something creative and I also wanted to be at home with my daughter. So after a lot of thought, (and a lot of compliments on my daughter’s christening invitations), I decided to leave the world of finance and embrace the world of pretty paper. I haven’t been doing it very long and I’m learning a lot as I go but oh my goodness, I absolutely love what I do now!

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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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