merci!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

"macarons wedding"

We’re off to this weekend’s wedding, cute favors in hand!

{flags by merriment; macarons by petites bouchees}

vintage sheet music flowers

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

"vintage sheet music"

This is a fun little installation we did for clients of ours who hosted their reception at Crittenden Studio last month. Natalie’s husband, Lincoln, is a musician and her only request was that we incorporate sheet music somewhere in the design, so we thought this wall of flowers would be a great backdrop for the band. To see more from Natalie & Lincoln’s wedding, pop over to The Inspired Bride!

"sheet music flowers"

"vintage sheet music"

{photography by Jennifer Colina}

a visit to mr. boddington’s studio

Monday, June 14th, 2010

mr. boddington's studioWhen I was in New York a few weeks ago for the J. Crew bridal store opening, I had the pleasure of visiting Rebecca, the founder of Mr. Boddington’s Studio. I’m a confessed Mr. Boddington’s devotee and couldn’t have been more delighted & inspired by her studio and the story of its beginning.

mr. boddington's studioRebecca left a job in middle eastern conflict resolution to open Mr. Boddington’s. She said, “My weekends were gobbled up in front of the computer designing fonts and researching papers in southern Italy… just for fun. My husband warmly suggested that I quit my day job (middle eastern conflict resolution) and start a stationery studio. The concept of doing something I love (I mean really love…like eating chocolate brownies love) and making a living from it was bizarre…I tried and haven’t looked back.”

mr. boddington's studio{above} Beautiful letterpress table cards.

mr. boddington's studioMr. Boddington’s style, Rebecca said, “…leans towards old school New England prep with a heavy hand in the blithe. We love to be inspired by anything vintage…not just the scrolly embellishments and peony woodcuts of the late 1900s but also mid-century fonts, bright pinks from the 80s, minuteman typography from the US constitution…”

mr. boddington's studio{above} favors embellished with the couple’s wedding motif and a sample program from the same event {below}

mr. boddington's studiomr. boddington's studioThank you for inviting me to the studio Rebecca! Hoping to see you again soon!

{image 1, 4 and 7 courtesy Mr. Boddington’s Studio}

lovely lettering

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

escort cardI’m a huge fan of hand lettered  table cards. They’re a simple and inexpensive way to dress up events, and displayed beautifully they become an excellent focal piece.

escort card
{first image: lettering by pretty pen jen for jon and lauren’s wedding photographed by elizabeth messina; second image: lettering by laura hooper for a client’s wedding at the country club of virginia, photographed by patricia lyons}

dressed up drinks

Monday, June 7th, 2010

One simple & easy way to accessorize your party {without breaking the bank} is with personalized drink and bar accessories.

{a day in may via once wed; emerald and aqua ribbon flags via martha stewart; pink flags from eunice & daniel’s wedding via martha stewart; initial stirrers via project wedding}

framed table card display

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I was just in an antique store the other day and noticed the prettiest display of jewelry. The shop owner {who is so crafty} found a vintage frame. Inside of it was a piece of foam core that she wrapped in a neutral fabric. The jewelry hung from straight pins that were pinned into the foam core. The same idea would make such a lovely table card display.

{image via Instyle Wedings via Oh So Beautiful Paper}

mr. boddington’s ready-to-print invitations

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

‘Tis the season of wedding brunches, bridal showers, bridesmaid’s luncheons and other wedding merriment, and because of that, I’m hearing a lot of requests for pretty invitations. One of my hands down favorite places for stunning design is Mr. Boddington’s Studio. Daper Mr. Boddington carries a line of ready-to-print lovelies that are perfect for all sorts of wedding fetes, especially if you’re pulling a fete together on the fly and need something stat.


{images courtesy Mr. Boddington’s Studio}

Queen Quills calligraphy

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I’m totally an obsessed fan. Emily’s work at Queen Quills is truly a work of art. Her lettering is full of whimsy, and I just couldn’t love it more.

If you’re considering calligraphy, Emily’s turn around time is generally between 14 and 18 days from the moment materials are received. Calligraphers tend to require extra envelopes (check how many extras they’d like…many stationers recommend about 25 extra). Also be sure to check the formatting requirements for your address list. Now, run over and look at her portfolio!

{all images courtesy Queen Quills}

Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Somehow I feel like Mr. Boddington and I are long lost soul mates. Quirky but refined. A little bit modern and a little bit heirloom…Mr. Boddington’s Studio makes me swoon.

Sweet as Pie

Friday, December 18th, 2009

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