Building A (Wedding) Brand: Invitations – all the details

Invitation Suite

Yesterday I posted a photo bonanza on my letterpress wedding invitations. So let’s start at the very beginning…


  1. Nine months out, I started heavily browsing blogs and shops online.

Just to name a few: Oh So Beautiful Paper, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings, and Crane are several that looking back I found to be influential! I’ll just call this product development research, HA!


  1. Eight months out, I went to a local brick & mortar shop called, Bering’s.

Locally, I think of them for their gifts and paper goods even though they do so much more.  Bering’s is very hands-on with lots of binders of invitations to look through from every big name you can think of. I really liked William Arthur and Crane & Co. after spending an afternoon with the lovely stationary ladies. I loved the ability to actually touch the paper and ink and see the ink colors in person. Continue Reading →

Building A (Wedding) Brand: The Invitation Suite

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Of all the things on my wedding to-do list, invitations were probably the task I looked forward to most. I have a love for old-fashioned, formal-snail mail. Something about using licking your envelope shut and dropping it in the mail that gets me all excited. I have a Print & Press board on Pinterest that has a smorgasbord of all things print & press. Letterpress and modern calligraphy being my favorite, of course!

I’m not sure exactly when my obsession started, but I was able to find almost every invitation, or official correspondence I received (and a lot of their envelopes) since 2007. My cousin, Amy, and her husband, Jay, got married in April 2007 and it was the first one I put in my box. I guess I started keeping them so when it was my time to get married I would have lots of examples of REAL invitations. They have also come in handy for shower invitations, graduation announcements, and Rsvp’ing through the years. I posted a short video on Instagram awhile back showcasing a few of them.

I absolutely loved my final product! Continue Reading →

A little slice of Earth

First house picture

The home buying process was quite arduous to say the least. We put in numerous offers, several counters, and even walked away from one. And now, it is all in the past! Chris and I were determined to find the right house for us. We learned a lot with each one and were able to hone in our must list down to what was really not negotiable for us. Between our musts and a lot of wishes, I think we landed somewhere in the middle. Continue Reading →

Building A (Wedding) Brand: Save the Dates

Save the Date

Save the Dates are the first formal communication sent out to guests. To me, they are important for both the couple and the guests because they may be announcing the wedding to some guests and they may be just the thing that gets a guest excited to attend. They can take many forms. From a traditional card, postcard, letter, magnet, or eVite, to a bouncy ball, wine bottle, or balloon. It is really anything that works for you and your fiancé. I love getting them in the mail! It’s an exciting time and a lovely decoration for my refrigerator. Who doesn’t look forward to an excuse to drink champs? Continue Reading →