Today’s stationer interview is with Meghan of MLShaugnessy Designs, based in North Brunswick, NJ! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
In grammar school I was lucky enough to have a pen pal. (Remember those, long before social media?) There was just something special about not only receiving a little note in the mail, but to go to the store and purchase pretty stationery. I could spend hours browsing boutiques just analyzing the detailed components (i.e. typefaces, design, paper types, etc.) of various notecards. It just made me overly excited to arrive home with my new paper and sit down with a pen in hand and just write. I might not have realized it then, but I always had a love of all things paper. It just wasn’t until after I designed my wedding day stationery that I grew passionate about design. Following my big day, close friends inquired about my work and it wasn’t long before word spread. Since then, I have been honored to work one-on-one with some of the sweetest engaged couples and clients celebrating weddings and various special occasions. I not only love creating one-of-a-kind [bespoke] stationery that will leave guests anticipating each special event, but I cherish the relationships I make with each of my clients that truly forms that MLShaughnessy Designs family.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
I have a sweet spot for neutral color palettes that are soft on the eyes, such as Pantone’s Paloma with an accent of blush, seafoam green paired with champagne, and Design Seeds “Goose Tones”.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
I recently designed an invitation for a couple that decided to have a combined engagement, couple’s shower, and housewarming party in one event. Their custom “I Do BBQ” invitations are so unique and heartfelt since they kept their guests convenience in mind.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I’m currently obsessed with Bombshell Pro by Emily Lime. It has such a simple yet romantic style to it that can be both modern and low-key when paired with the appropriate typefaces, colors and embellishments.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I can’t say I’ve had any bizarre requests. My clients do push the envelope as far as wanting to showcase their personalities through their custom stationery.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
“And” unless I’m using an ampersand as a design element.
Any advice for brides?
As long as you have your wedding date and location, it’s never too early to start thinking about your wedding invitations and event stationery. Sometimes brides often underestimate the time it takes to design their dream wedding invitation and the proofing process that goes along with it. The last thing you want is to feel rushed during the design process, so it’s important to give yourself enough time to work one-on-one with a stationer to design a custom invitation that will leave guests anticipating your special event!
Do you offer more than just stationery?
In addition to custom invitations and event stationery, MLShaughnessy Designs also offers custom digital monograms (for those DIY brides or for those couples who want to show off their new initials as a gobo light on the dance floor). Home décor items (such as custom vinyl wall art) are in the works for the near future.
Lovely work; thanks Meghan! For more about MLShaughnessy Designs, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
Do you have any questions or comments for Meghan? Add them to the comments below!