Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Brooke Coxen of Paper and Home, based in Las Vegas, Nevada! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed card stores and all the pretty rows of paper. I appreciated all of the design details and the tactile nature of paper. I knew I wanted to do something with stationery, so I pursued a degree in graphic design in Southern California. I eventually worked at a graphic design studio specializing in wedding invitations when I lived in New York. I loved being part of the wedding planning process for couples and enjoyed how each project was unique to their personalities.
Read the full interview after the cut!
It’s hard to narrow in on one color or combination, but I do gravitate towards a muted color palette. If I had to pick a combination, I’d say warm gray and a soft coral.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
Gotham. It’s clean, easy to read, and blends well with both traditional and contemporary designs.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
We are currently working on an invitation that is by far the most unique request yet. The couple is travelling to Las Vegas for their wedding and they love the Old Las Vegas culture—think Liberace, Elvis, cigars, and showgirls. All of these elements found their way into their collection. The couple has asked us to create a velvet-inspired painting of their two dogs to incorporate it into their invitation suite. One dog is dressed as Liberace, and the other, Elvis. They are playing poker and smoking cigars. On top of that, they provided us with novelty “stripper pens.” When you turn the pen over, the strippers on the pen magically de-robe! We made a custom box with a well to fit these pens. The invitation lays on top of the well and there’s a ribbon-pull to reveal the fun! These invitations are in production, so unfortunately we can’t reveal them quite yet. We’ll have to follow up on this post with a revealing!
It depends. There are lots of well-designed ampersands out there, so they can be used as a nice design detail. When guest addressing your wedding invitation envelopes, use “and.” It’s more formal. Use the ampersand for a more casual feel. On a side note, when are we going to be allowed to use ampersands in hashtags!? We’re itching to use #P&H over here!
Before going to any of your wedding vendor meetings, talk to you significant other about your design styles and expectations. You don’t want to discover that your tastes are completely different in front of your vendors!
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Yes, we are a full-service graphic design studio. We love designing stationery, but we also have a passion for branding. We always say stationery brands your wedding, that’s our outlook on everything we design. That mentality easily translates to designing corporate branding and identity. Logos, websites, signage; you name it, we can create it!
Thanks Brooke! For more information about Paper and Home, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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