Grace from Paper & Silk Press gave us an interview this morning. Grace is so talented with her stationery, accessories and makeup, talking about a full-service vendor!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

When I was studying graphic design in college, I was friends with a couple who were about to get married. Even though I had never specifically done a wedding invitation before, they knew I had design skills, so they asked me to help them with their invitation. After designing their invitation, I realized it was something I really enjoyed doing, and began to offer my services through Etsy and also to engaged friends.

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Learn more about Grace after the jump…

2. What is your favorite color combination?

My favorite color combination is probably aqua (or any variation of it, like mint), cream, and gold. Gorgeous.

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

The most unique invitation I’ve designed was for a couple that wanted a custom illustration of themselves in front of the venue that they would be married at. The venue was a gorgeous old southern mansion, so I must say, it was quite unique, and very lovely.

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

I absolutely love typography, so I have a few favorite typefaces! Baskerville (italic is especially great), Gotham (light is the best!), and Archer.

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

You know, I don’t think I’ve had any really bizarre requests before..

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersands are definitely charming, and it would be my first instinct to choose them, but I would have to say it depends! For example..I think if it’s an ampersand for “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” then it should be “Mr. & Mrs. Smith AND Mr. & Mrs. Jones”. It’s my personal opinion..I think it looks better that way!

7. Any advice for brides?

Don’t skimp on your wedding stationery. Maybe it’s because I’m a designer and I love paper, but I die a little inside when I see an invitation that was a little bit unloved, if you know what I mean. The most ideal thing would be to find a wedding stationer who can work with your budget and try to find you good deals on paper, envelopes, etc. Also, if your stationers’ work/portfolio looks good and you choose them, trust their design sense and try not to micromanage! They’ll do their best to make you happy.

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

I originally started Paper & Silk with a friend of mine, Crystal, who makes amazing custom and ready-made wedding accessories. Now that we’re both super busy and don’t live in the same area anymore, we each take care of our respective sides of Paper & Silk — she with the accessories, and I with the invitations. I would highly recommend Crystal, and she’s a very talented crafter & designer.

Last year I started to offer bridal makeup services, as a side/freelance endeavor. It again started with a friend recognizing that I had talents in makeup application, even though I had never done a bride’s makeup before. I love makeup artistry and will continue to do it when a bride requests me, but I don’t promote it as much as my wedding stationery because I consider that my main focus.

Check out Paper & Silk Press on WeddingInviteLove or visit her site for even more!

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