We had a great interview with Courtney Callahan Paper. She shared her stationery with us (major eye-candy people!) and told us all about how she got started. She also has great advice for planning couples – you’re gonna love this one! Thanks Courtney.
All photos by Jennifer Kathryn
1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
My degree in advertising gave me the fundamentals to design but my love for paper, the wedding industry and parties is what gave me the drive to start my own company. The day I officially “launched” my business, I received 5 clients and haven’t looked back since.
See more of Courtney’s work after the jump…
2. What is your favorite color combination?
Currently it is anything mixed with a metallic – black and gold, hot pink and gold, silver and sage green. Even if you don’t use a metallic ink color, you can incorporate it into the invitation suite by painting the edges of the paper or lining the envelope in a shiny shade.
3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
For personal reasons it would be my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding invitations that were featured in Style Me Pretty. With its varying patterns and elegant touch, this letterpress suite always receives the most praise from clients when looking at my work. Plus, it reminds me of how much fun we had in planning their wedding.
4. Do you have a favorite typeface?
With more and more of my clients requesting “traditional with a twist,” I love Serlio LT. It is classic and modern at the same time.
5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?
When meeting with clients, I try to gain a sense of their relationship and personal lives which could play a role in their design elements. But when I learned that one couple had a shared love of “80’s heavy-metal hair bands,” I was stumped!
6. Ampersand or the word “and?”
Personally, I spell everything out when hand-addressing a letter or invitation, so definitely “and.”
7. Any advice for brides?
With the rise in Pinterest and wedding blogs it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the inspiration that is available when planning your wedding day. It is important to pinpoint the elements that speak to you, use it as a “starting” point for your design and then be open-minded. Your venue, dress details or floral elements may inspire a look that you hadn’t thought about yet.
8. Do you offer more than just stationery?
In addition to custom wedding invitations, I work with couples to create unique pieces for their big day from cocktail napkins and drink flags to hotel tote bags and favors for your guests. There are so many unique and fun ways to incorporate your self and style into your wedding and I am here to help!