Today’s stationer interview is with Jessica of Aster Studio, based in Pennsylvania! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
My love for stationery began at an early age with influence from my mastemind mother! Since I was a little girl, I grew up with a love of paper! My mother always caught me “stealing” (borrowing) her beautiful calligraphy pens and elegant markers whenever she wasn’t around. Growing up with a highly creative Mother means I was given the gift of having a great eye for color and design.
It wasn’t until after I graduated college and my friends started getting engaged that I realized I truly have a passion for all things wedding related. While planning my own wedding, I began to understand the demand for unique and beautiful wedding stationery. The detail that goes into these invitations and the time spent crafting these pieces are truly what makes them so wonderful. Each invitation suite is hand crafted with such care, and really set the mood for the guests get a sneak peek into what the wedding will look like. Having finally found my niche, after designing a few invitations for friends and then planning my own wedding day stationery, I realized that this is what I was meant to do full time!
What is your favorite color combination?
I would have to say that my all time favorite color combination is Deep Plum, with a hint of Violet and either Silver or Light Grey. It comes off very vibrant and elegant but also modest and classy at the same time. It seemed to be quite the trend in 2011 and 2012 from my experience.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
The most unique invitation collection that I’ve designed has to be the wintry white collection for a December wedding. The opal pocket along with classic silver background and black mat for the invitation along with the stunning silver letter pressed text made these invitations an instantaneous hit with the couple and all their guests and surely set the mood for this elegant black tie event.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I absolutely love playing around with typography and letters to see how they can come together and really make a piece of work ‘pop’. One of my all time favorite typefaces would have to be Trajan Pro, but a close second is definitely Baskerville. One of my newer favorites is Rosewood, which has been really popular with modern and country style weddings that I’ve seen lately.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
One of the most bizarre but totally awesome and non-traditional requests I’ve encountered was with a client who was super eco-friendly and decided to create a reusable tea towel as their invitation! This was not only one of the most unique ideas I’ve ever heard, but by far one of the most earth friendly and awesome ideas that I’ve ever been asked to create! Working with two people who care so deeply about their environment was such a moving experience for me and truly changed the way I look at the environment. Using recycled envelopes and a reusable invitation really showed the style and personality of the Bride and Groom.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I’ve been asked many times about my feelings on using the ampersand, or the word ‘and’, and my decision comes down to the couple. There are times when “&” is just fitting and so appropriate and chic, modern and just simply awesome! For more formal, fancy and elegant invitations I feel that is a great time to take the opportunity and use the word ‘and’. I guess it really just depends on the style of the invitation. I take a consultation as the best time to get to know my clients and learn their specific design ideas and better understand the style that they really have in mind for their special day.
Any advice for brides?
I think if I had any advice for brides, it would be… Keep Calm and Plan Early. It’s never too early to begin thinking about your wedding day! There is no better feeling then looking at a wedding checklist for the 6 month mark and realizing that you can already check off half the list. Definitely delegate as many tasks to bridesmaids, parents and friends as you can, that will all help your wedding day run smoothly and keep your mind at peace. Also, It’s okay if you don’t have a wedding planner. There are so many venues these days that have package deals and they are so lovely and wonderful to work with and make the wedding planning process as seamless as possible.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Here at Aster Studio, I offer everything from Save the Dates to Thank Yous and everything in between for your wedding day.
Thanks Jessica! For more about Aster Studio, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website.
What do you think of her lovely invitations? Let us know below!