I have LONG held a true love for beautiful, intricate and detailed paper goods. In another life I would have gone into a career in it (and wedding planning). Every opportunity I can find to use some kind of amazing cards, invitations or stationery I do. And I still obsess over other people’s wedding invitations- it’s such a spectacular way to set the tone for your event. And my GOD, the options available now! Oh to be a bride in the time of Pinterest (when I was planning my wedding I only had magazine clippings and had to walk to the meetings two miles through the snow barefoot….) No, I’m not THAT old, but I didn’t have Pinterest or wedding blogs to alert me to all the incredible vendors out there!
So here are two paper goods designers that I found that I’m quite keen on and thought you may be as well!
The first is Sideshow Press out of South Carolina. Some of these wedding suites seriously made me weak in the knees. The liners, the detail, the unique quality to each….just spectacular. Oh, and they do letterpress, which if you can swing it, is totally the way to go. Such a rich tactile and textural option.
I mean, incredible.
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In May I was SO excited to celebrate the engagement of my long-time project manager/ assistant/ right hand Lindsey. But when she told me she planned to get marries that August I thought she was a little nuts! Four months to plan a wedding is SO fast, but of course, like everything else Lindsey does, not only did she do it- she did it PERFECTLY.
They decided to get married on August 23rd in a gorgeous chapel very important to her beloved grandparents and have a down-home reception in the field behind her parent’s home. She was working on a tight budget, and I just had to share the gorgeous pictures (by friend and photographer Sarah Winchester) and details to show off all her hard work! Enjoy!
Lindsey getting ready with the help of her nephew…
Jewelry borrowed from family, earrings from Bhldn and shoes from Nina.
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I have some majorly stylish friends according to these two weddings of girls whom I went to Miss Porter’s with what feels like eons ago. When I saw their pictures I knew I had to share with you as both are just so wonderful!
This first wedding took place in the same town where we all went to boarding school at the gorgeous Hillstead Museum. Looks like the rain did not damper anyone’s spirits (nor the bride’s amazing Oscar de la Renta gown). And that pug. OH, that pug! Photos by the amazing Ira Lippke Studios.
This second wedding took place on the enchanting Shelter Island, NY at an amazing manor house that was the groom’s grandmother’s former home. I love that history of the setting as well as the fact that they worked that history into their event- such as clipping boxwood for the grooms men’s boutonniere’s from the grounds (the home has the first boxwoods ever brought to the United States!) The wedding was shot by Denis Reggie who took that famous photo of JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette leaving the church.
LOVE this vintage key place card idea!!!
After-party in the garden!
I admit, I have very little time these days to read blogs (I know, ironic) but one I ALWAYS check at least once a week is From Me To You. I’ve loved watching Jaime Beck turn into a photography superstar and all around fashion idol. I’m pretty sure she’s my biggest girl/career crush out there. And it’s no surprise that her wedding to her business/creative/life partner Kevin Burg was as stunning and stylish as she. Take a peek….
Held at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan….
Designer Katie Ermilio designed and made Jamie’s incredible dress, she details the process in this post here. What a special process and what a stunning end result that I think captured Jaime’s style perfectly.
Katie’s father custom made Kevin’s tux as well (he’s a third generation bespoke suit maker).
Being fit into her dress on her wedding day.
Gotta love the Italian silk lining and perfect fit!
The flowers were by one of my favorite florists Amy Merrick who makes everything look so natural and never forced. You can see more images here.
Just so perfect!
The reception looked warm, loving and like it would have been a very good time. You can see more pictures here.
Doesn’t the picture of them cutting the cake look like it could be right out of the 1950’s? LOVE it! Photographer Kate Murphy took on the challenge of shooting the wedding for Jaime!
Those plates! Be still my heart.
Best wishes to this incredibly talented couple!
Oh, and P.S. can you even begin to deal with the amazingness of this outfit Jaime wore to the Hampton’s Classic (you MUST look through the images in her post about it– breathtaking). Totally my idol.