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.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
I am all about marrying classic and modern elements together. My classic appreciation tends to lead me with black and white as always flawless and timeless. I love doing classic black and white, but formatting and designing in a modern way. I do love trends every year with certain colors – having a pop of color with a strong font or having hand painted edges on thick letterpress stock.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
I have done some very unique invitations over the years. Some on plywood, letterpress printed which I love! I have done invitations etched on clear plexiglass and different and unique mediums other than just paper. Those are always challenging, but turn out amazing.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
That is like picking which kid I like best … impossible choice! I am a font person, to say the least. That is one very important detail when custom designing an invitation. I love calligraphy fonts mixed with all cap block fonts mostly. But I also love using strong, thick bold block fonts for a modern invitations. Fonts really form the invitation into traditional, artistic, modern, or classic – fonts are everything.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I have had many: custom design with rabbits for an invitation, custom cameo silhouettes of the bride and groom, custom made pockets, custom patterned envelope liners. Maybe my most bizarre request was a custom die-cut sear sucker suit with a usable pocket square stock and text inside, all in a clear envelope with foil zipper for a birthday invitation. Very cool things can be done with paper and ink :)
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I do love a cool, bold ampersand in a custom designed monogram. But otherwise I would have to say “and”, always.
Any advice for brides?
There are no rules – you make your own rules. There are guidelines to help you, if you need or want them. Your wedding is an expression of your style, have fun with it! The wedding is just the beginning :).
All Photos by: Meredith Moran
Do you offer more than just stationery?
We offer all custom paper products: save the dates, invitations, stationery, wine labels, gift tags, escort cards, programs, menus, napkins, match boxes, calling cards. But we also customize gifts and accessories: custom tote bags, custom paper bags, pens, water bottles, magnets, cutting boards, trays, placemats, pillows, blankets, etc.
Thanks Jenna! For more information about Fleur De Lis Custom Paperie, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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