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The beautiful glass – The Knot – Hall of Fame Award has arrived!

We start off Fall with an exciting boost of confidence as we continue to find you the best stationery to make your wedding experience perfect!

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The Newest Addition to our Collection

It had been a long morning of phone calls, art proofs, and final touches when, to our pleasant surprise, a package arrived at our doorstep. This little beauty, shining in all its glory, had finally made its way to us. Since 2012, The Persnickety Bride had been consecutively given the title of The Knot’s “Best of Weddings”, a group of vendors with the highest and most-rated across the region. In 2016, our title became even greater as we were placed in The Knot’s “Hall of Fame” for having won four times prior. We thank you for your continued support as we help make your moments right starting from the beginnings of “Save-the-Dates”.

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Sneak Peek of Black Tie Delights

This gorgeous piece we are currently working on calls on quite a few techniques of printing but wraps itself nicely together as a whole package. While our cameras may not serve the “best” justice for this invitation, it highlights the clearly raised feathery swirls. The golden outline separates the texture from the smooth paper in a way that draws the eye to the engraved motif of the couple’s initials. The paper itself is a champagne color with a modest sheen that allows the more simple “Reception” and “Response” cards stand on their own as beautiful pieces. We can’t wait to see it up close and personal!

We look forward to this new season full of surprises! Keep up with what is happening here at The Persnickety Bride by joining our blog or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Until next time! xx

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The Ooo’s, Ahh’s, and Ohh’s of Spectacular Wedding Stationery Suites!

As April begins to close, we are showering you with some of our newest work from

The Persnickety Bride and gearing up for the final summer months of the bridal season.

 

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TRIPLE THREATS

Even when starting at the same point, we see where 2-three layer invitations can look SO different. While both brides loved the shimmer paper bottom, black middle, and cream top, customization was the ultimate key to create the unique visions for each of them. The first uses a champagne bottom layer with a more dominant script font to catch the eye. The couple decided to go with their names being at the top to give draw attention where it is due. And why not? It is their special day! The second uses a gold paper and gorgeous black bow to separate the names and information in a seamless fashion. They also decided to go with a tighter gold bottom layer for a sleeker look. Both combinations present an overall sense of elegance and high class.

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Forever Engraved

This new piece has got us going GA-GA! This invitation represents why often times the TOUCH and FEEL of paper is so important. The engraving for this invitation requires additional work, which is why we are so blown away. Actual metal plates are created solely for each piece of stationery and then stamped into the paper to give it a RISE. The gold ink has a beautiful contrast against the white board with gold edging on the invite. In addition, the blush band adds to the soft and delicate nature of the whole package but packs a pleasing punch to the guests. We’re still swooning over it!

 

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Silver Linings

Our final piece for today is another showstopper. Our brides seem to love the back pocket as a fashionable yet functional way of putting all their stationery together as one. The bride went with a shimmer blue “BLISS” as the bottom layer with a white top. Our photo may not do the best justice but what takes the cake with this invitation is the embossed lettering at the top “the wedding of”. These details along with the wave lines below the text give the paper a relaxed air to it. The RSVP card and reception card completed the package with the same silver thermography.

Keep up with what is happening here at The Persnickety Bride by joining our blog or staying on top of Us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Until next time! xx

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Shimmer layered paper, fabulous fonts and ribbons galore

The Persnickety Bride has been sizzling hot this wedding season!  We have honestly created some of the most gorgeous wedding invitation suites ever thanks to the ever flowing imagination of our couples.  This year we have created exquisite engraved invitations, multi color letterpress suites and of course fabulous paper layered, pocketed invitations, many adorned with ribbons or crystals.

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The wedding season is in full swing and the weather is throwing everyone off, but fear not for The Persnickety Bride is here to entertain and amaze. Our lovely first act includes a dinner rehearsal invitation with font matching return addressing. The 2 layer card with mica bottom and silver ink gives it a sophisticated look on cream paper while still being easily readable. This is a perfect example for a bride or groom who might have a lot of information to give to their guests but still keeping the traditional look.

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Our 2nd attraction features a more modern tone and changes to the original design to give a uniqueness the pair was looking for. Originally featuring embossed lettering, our bride switched for a gorgeous twisted ribbon of purple and matched it with the text color. This invitation not only presents itself horizontal but also provides a handy back pocket to allow guests to store a reception, accommodations, and/or direction card.

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Triple layer invitation for our third masterpiece features a matching rehearsal dinner card, response card & envelope all done in thermography. The blush and champagne add a soft touch to the deep navy ink presenting a beautiful contrast between light and dark. In addition, this bride made the grand opening of the envelope a little more special for her guests by adding a motif with the couple’s names on the inner flap.  Notice the vibrant shimmer on the papers.  We love working with shimmers.  They really add a special touch to any suite.   The fabulous Swash font is spectacular and creates a great visual focal point in presenting the bride and groom’s names.

We hope that when you read our blog and visit our website you find some great ideas on creating elegant invitation suites and other custom products that will set the stage for your special celebration!

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A New Year and New Ideas and Designs at The Persnickety Bride

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A Beautiful Beginning

Congratulations to our recently engaged brides of 2016! The New Year has brought new ideas into the minds of The Persnickety Bride. We are already off to a great start with many accomplishments already fulfilled.  Nominations, features, and specials are only a few of the spectacular things we have in store for you.

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We have once again been awarded the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice for 2016! Since 2012, we have been a winner of this award and glow in the fact that our lovely girls give us such wonderful feedback for the hard work we do to make their stationery and favors perfect. In addition, we are The Knot’s Best of Weddings Pick of 2016! Winning this not only reinforces our attention to detail but also puts us in the Hall of Fame for the Knot. This title indicates that The Persnickety Bride has been a 4+ time winner of the Best of Weddings winner.

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Featuring Us & Our Lovely Little Office

photo credit: Carol Kardiff/Hearts Connecticut Media  After our press release, not two days later, we got a phone call from the Danbury NewsTimes to do an article about us. We were ecstatic to hear and the Queen herself, Denise, sat down with them to tell a little tale about what we do and how we started.  Read more to see just what makes us Persnickety, by clicking HERE!

The World of Paper & Passion

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It’s no secret when it comes stationery, we take our job seriously. With so many different trends, options, and current faves, a bride can often feel overwhelmed by the selection. This is where Denise’s fast thinking and ability to tap into our girls’ true wants makes the invitation process that much easier.

We have recently become exclusive vendors of Kleinfeld’s gorgeous designs, having already 3 brides order from these new albums in the past 2 weeks of receiving them. These albums push the envelope into a whole other realm of, engraved, letterpress and foil stamping, while still achieving a elegant and classic look. The excitement continues with Checkerboard’s newest album featuring the ever-popular stationery sets with a gorgeous upgrade as well as never before seen designs to give any bride their own personal touch.

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More to Come, Come for More

 Our services don’t just stop at paper! We have an abundance of favors, jewelry, accessories, and tabletops. If you’re ready to start, we have a handy appointment scheduler right Here.

We will be posting a few of the do’s and dont’s of wedding preparation in our next blog post.  Until then, enjoy your engagement and let the planning begin!

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The “911” of the New York International Bridal Show

 

It was show time once again this fall and the NY International Bridal Show did not disappoint in presenting some very beautiful trends for the upcoming 2016 season.

The trend continues in beautiful lace and draping in gowns, but we also found a continuing trend in the short wedding gowns, gowns with feathers and other elements such as color printed bottoms that had a really interesting appeal.

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The look of head pieces has also shifted a bit along with some of the dresses to reflect a more causal Boho look that is now trending high in the bridal market.  We found some fabulous head pieces that can not only be worn for wedding and bride’s maids look but also are inexpensive enough for every day.  We are carrying them now at The Persnickety Bride.

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New wreath type metal bands in a variety of shapes and colors.  So cool for Boho weddings that can be dressed up or down.

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Close up of one of the plain bands in gold on auburn hair.  We also have some with rhinestones as well.

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My littlest assistant, Isabella, trying on a gorgeous cream colored headpiece we just bought for our studio collection.

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Of course we shopped for fabulous jewelry for our bridal jewelry collection that continues to grow.

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This is probably one of our favorite dresses to come out of the show – love the bottom with the

onset of printed muted florals.

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Another adorable find that we are carrying the Girly Go Garter – so darling for girls to carry their essentials!

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Just love the back on this dress – I don’t care how many times I may see this look from different designers – on the

right bride – a tall one in my opening this is a fabulous looking gown!

There were also a number of manufacturers catering to the need for truly customized gowns.  I love that idea because brides are always looking for what is going to set them apart from everyone else.  No one wants a cookie cutter look for their wedding.  It’s great to pull ideas of pinterest, but making them your own are the key to pulling off your special day.  It is the one thing we constantly hear from our couples.  What will make their wedding unique and different.

We have just received a full shipment of product from several of our jewelry and headpiece manufacturers.  I can’t wait to start showing them to our clients.  They are absolutely gorgeous!

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Jen and Daniel’s Elegant Spring Wedding – Bourne Mansion, Long Island, NY

I received a telephone call from Jennifer’s mom who lives in the next town over inquiring about invitations.  Her daughter, Jennifer was in the throws of trying to plan a wedding as well as finish up her Phd.

They had picked the Bourne Mansion, in Oakdale, NY to have the reception.  It is an absolutely exquisite spot to hold a wedding, but in terms of planning, certainly not easy as they had to rely on the venue for many of the other vendors for the wedding.   At least for them, having a stationer in the area would make one step a little easier.

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Black moire fabric fold over invitation with satin ribbon.

Jen and her mom came to the studio and had a very clear idea of the type of invitation they wanted to see.  She was planning a very elegant wedding and the tone of the invitation needed to express the event properly.

They chose one of my all time favorite invites, our black moire outer shell invite with cream interior.  It suited the mood of the wedding perfectly and incorporated a side slip pocket for the additional inserted papers.

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Interior invitation to St. Patrick Church, the location of the wedding ceremony.

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A quick shot of the entire wedding suite in cream on black.

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We also created their wedding program and table cards.  Unfortunately we did not get a chance to photograph these for the blog.  Both were done closer to the time of the wedding.

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The handsome newlyweds outside the Bourne Mansion.

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I loved Jen’s gown the bottom “skirt” detached to expose a fully beaded wedding gown underneath.

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Jen incorporated red & white in her wedding colors  as you can see by the girls gowns.

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Beautiful Jen and her lovely maids.

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The Brennan / Sousa family – loving the white/ red and black.

I so loved working with Jen and her mom.  They made a great team!

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Totally in love with the beading on her gown.  Simply gorgeous!

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Our table number decorated with a little added ribbon and bling.

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Absolutely loving the soft colors of the floral arrangements for the

It really works well with the overall space and uplighting.

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A beautiful fire work display

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A glorious end to a fabulous wedding celebration.

Wishing them all the best for a wonderful life together!

Wedding Venue:  The Bourne Mansion, Oakdale, NY

www.theknot.com/marketplace/bourne-mansion-oakdale-ny-286873

Photos courtesy of Emilia Randler and

www.mintweddingcinematography.com

Flowers by Marion at :

www.bayviewflorist.com

Wedding Stationery, Programs, table cards and table number:

www.thepersnicketybride.com

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Shows & The Persnickety Life of Buying, Creating & Selling

It has been a few weeks since I have had a chance to post to the blog.  It seems like the summer flew by, and we have been so busy that finding the time to sit down and write a few words has been tough.

I’m excited to say that we are going to be doing some rental goods for the bridal market now in terms of linens and fabulous table top sparkle!   It’s a perfect extension to what we already do, and we have had a lot of clients asking for us to handle these categories.

This past summer we did do a number of shows.  I do have several businesses so we were out in force at all the shows – as buyers – finding new products to bring to our event clients as well as our promotional clients.  At the same time, we did do a very select few bridal shows.  One was at the Candlewood Inn.  That show is always well received and I have to say it was once again a small mob scene.

So first, let’s talk about my buying expo.  Below you will see some fabulous items we picked up to service our clients as table top items.  We certainly do have girls that like a little sparkle at their wedding and these votives and table number holders will certainly work beautifully for those couples looking for an added touch of elegance to a table.

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Fabulous silver and crystal votives and table number holders

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I know you may not get it – but we have a bride looking for a Snow White themed wedding

I found the big red apple!

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We love these laser etched cutting boards – they certainly make

a nice bridal gift – monogrammed.

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The blank “flags” are perfect for writing a message and we love the mini cones as favors

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We are always on the hunt for good men’s wear gifts – grooms are always looking

for upscale items for their groomsmen and it doesn’t have to be a flask!!

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For our Boho Bride (and yes we are seeing some of them ) as well as just

girls wanting something pretty in their hair!  We have these fabulous leafy type bands

that can be worn with or without a veil.  Very trendy – very chic.  I bought a bunch of them!

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OK I love the tipsy wine glasses what can I say – I love wine and these just made my day…

they were to cute!  I may just bring them in for giggles!

So once I got over the buying show, it was then on to our selling show at the Candlewood Inn. The Show is put together by Wedding Steps.  They do a couple with the group that owns the Candlewood Inn.  We will also be at the Foxhill Inn show coming up on October 6, 2015.  Check the Wedding Steps site for times and tickets.

Now we love this show.  We do draw a lot of business from the couples that attend the show, so it is one that I am sure that we are well prepared to do.  One of the ways we prepare ourselves is to have all hands on deck.  This year, that included having my kids help out.  Yes they are young, but with clipboard in hand – they were great at meeting and greeting couples and moms.

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Our resident model boy, Ethan, who when not looking like a music boy – did help out!

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All the excitement!  So many people… so little time…

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We had times where the table was at least 6 deep trying to look at all our invitations.

Now that we are beginning to see the light of day we will be posting on more of our upcoming additions and finds.  We will be doing all of our own glass engraving as well as all new line of apparel and laser cutting.  I am really excited over the new avenues we will be venturing out in shortly.

Keep up with what is happening here at The Persnickety Bride by joining our blog or staying on top of us through Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

Should you need to reach us to schedule an appointment, please go to:

http://www.thepersnicketybride.com

To get tickets to the upcoming show where we will be appearing:

https://www.showclix.com/event/fhi2015show/tag/widget

To learn more about the breathtaking venue – The Candlewood Inn:

http://www.thecandlewoodinn.com/ 

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The Persnickety Bride’s fun loving hip couple…. Katie and Ali

I love a collaborative effort in creating wedding stationery and event product.  Having come from a marketing and sales background prior to entering the event business, I have learned that no one person, business,  or success story is an island unto itself.   It takes a lot of coordination and communication to make things happen.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say that I love an involved couple.  I really do!  Especially when they agree with one another.  Yes, I have had the occasional couples fight over items that we are providing for them.  It’s especially interesting to see  the differences of what they like and what they don’t like in paper color or fonts .  One person wants one type of favor and the other “half” wants something completely different.    Who likes the bows and who is more drawn to laser cut or letterpress.  Or the spouse to be that is just there because it’s their duty to be at the meeting.  It’s almost expected in my line of work.  Then there are other couples that just are super collaborative,  fun loving and have terrific ideas.  Those are couples that can see the big picture and aren’t daunted by the outcome.   They know what they like and are confident in what will be the final product.  For these couples, you know their wedding is just going to have the right detail, color and texture  and that it will be pretty special.

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We are just loving Katie’s birdcage and wait until you see the flirty bridal gown and bridesmaids gowns super pretty and fun!

I knew that when I first met Katie and Ali we were going to get along famously.  First off, I am a sucker for fall weddings.  I am a red head that loves the jewel tones and colors of fall.  I’m all about it.  So they had me at the word … Fall.  Once we started talking, I realized that paper textures and colors were very important to what they envisioned for their wedding stationery suite.  They were confident, and they were quickly able to articulate the look they wanted to present to their guests.  I could easily visualize just by their clear direction what we needed to get done.    I’m lucky, because honestly it is sometimes hard for couples to articulate what they want clearly as well as for them to “see” what is going to be produced as I pull out swatches of paper and suggest fonts and colors.  It does get overwhelming if you don’t keep everyone on target.   I guess if you had to equate it to something that people understand, it is like looking at a house that you want to buy and you have to visualize yourself in it.  Creating the look in any artistic fashion does take some doing.

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The stationery suite opens up with an outer folio in a textured wood grain feel with a thin gross grain bow.  The papers done in a sage and clementine (which I must note is also the name of Katie and Ali’s cat) was also part of the stationery suite.  Actually, I believe the clementine was done as the rehearsal dinner card.   Katie and Ali opted to do icon’s for the food selection (another tip to the fun, playful couples viewing this blog).   As we didn’t have duck and lamb icons in our stationery stable, we had to create them to go along side the fish icon that was in our font collection.

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How much do we love the Celtic Knot hair pins.

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The gorgeous  tea length lace and tulle wedding gown

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Back to the colors of the day.. talk about a vibrant bouquet!

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Beyond the adorable black and white first look!   LOVE IT!!!

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Ceremony over – one happy camper and his tickled wife! Check out the beautiful staggered floral hangings.

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Every cool couple should have their own magazine cover don’t you think!

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The Space where Katie and Ali had there wedding,Mashantucket Pequot Museum Connecticut,  is just incredible such a wonderful venue for a chic wedding and reception the photography done by HK Photography is simply outstanding.

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I love the bark wedding cake.  On the top are these cute two little birds in a nest.

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How much do we love the brides maid dresses! So flirty and fun.  How about the matching ties for the groomsmen!

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The bride and her gals – love this picture so a great view of their pretty dresses.

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Venue: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT

Floral: Sharon Elizabeth’s Floral Designs, Berlin CT

Photography: HK Photography, Shelton, CT

Cake: Franck Iglesias | Executive Pastry Chef FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

Hair and makeu: Norwich Spa at Foxwoods, CT

Stationery: The Persnickety Bride, Sandy Hook, CT

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A new day of marriage equality in the United States

I started my career in the book and gift industry back in the 1980’s.  I was very lucky to work side by side with highly creative and talented people, many of whom were gay and lesbian.  At the time, it was difficult for some to be “out” in business as they held executive positions and weren’t comfortable with portraying their private life for fear of issues with their employers, or worse, the clients or others in their field.

It has pained me deeply over the years to see my friends not receive the same rights as others when it came to equality as people and especially equality in marriage.  All they asked was to have the same rights as others and commit themselves in marriage.  This was nothing more than any other loving mature couple.  Many who I knew had  “commitment ceremonies” years ago,  are still together today.  My God, I have friends that I have known for close to 30 years and are still together.  Some have children as well.  They deserved their legal rights then and I am so very happy they have them now.

Just the other day, I watched a video of Tyne Daly give a tearful speech on stage of her experience during the time of her wedding to actor/ director, Georg Stanford Brown in 1966, when multiracial marriages were outlawed in 17 states in this country.  As Ms. Daly stated “Hate is very strong but love is stronger”.   In 1967, a case by unique chance named  Loving vs. Virginia, took down those hateful laws.  It amazes me that it took so long for us to get there on gay marriage – but now that we are here, all we can do is celebrate and rejoice.

I, along with so many others around the United States and around the world, applaud the Supreme Court for finally getting it right.

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Love does win.   Love will always win.  Let’s promote love and family however it is meant to be.  Let us all learn to look hate in the eye, stare it down, and win.  Because isn’t living in love and goodness better than hate and misery?

I leave you with these words from Coretta Scott King.  She and her husband were certainly no strangers to racial intolerance and social adversity.  I think it speaks volumes on what we all need to remember in life.  We are a community of people, living on this earth – let’s unite regardless of our differences and make the best of what life has to offer for our families, communities and the world.

“I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights

have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.”

-  Coretta Scott King.

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Letterpress… A love affair with a stationery work of art

I received a request for a consultation from a bride that wanted to meet next week.  Unfortunately, I was completely booked up on the days that she wished to meet me, so instead we met yesterday afternoon.

When she entered my offices she told me that she was overwhelmed in making decisions on her wedding stationery.  I do find that many brides to be come in with a look of despair on their faces.  Picking the right stationery for the biggest day in your life is not an easy proposition for many  people.

Although this bride really knew what she wanted in her wedding stationery suite.  The first words out of her mouth were “I would like to see letterpress”.   Now just the mere mention of letterpress makes my heart flutter.  I am a paper lover.  I have always loved great stationery, great design but letterpress is just in a class all it’s own.  The feel of 100% cotton paper under your fingers, the texture that is derived from creating letterpress product.  It is a subtle, it is stately it is quality through and through.   Now don’t get me wrong, there are absolutely beautiful suites that we create in thermography, but the texture and feel of letterpress is quite frankly an “island” unto itself.

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Vintage Letter press machine

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Individual letter and motif fonts used to load into vintage presses

Letterpress printing was derived and evolved from the first printing press

created by Johann Gutenberg in the 1400’s

Over the centuries it evolved into a form of embossed type for social stationery.

In the 1990’s letterpress made its resurgence in a big way back into the hearts of wedding and event planning with various named social planners such a Martha Stewart using it to announce lush formal affairs.

Over time, letterpress has evolved into a social stationery art form that can be created to achieve any look a whether formal or chic contemporary.

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A fine letterpress invitation sets the standard and tone for a wedding.

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In this this particular suite, letter press is mixed with a thermopress

reception card to give a unique mixed media effect to the suite.

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Embossed with a custom designed monogram motif, this suite outsides

classic elegance with wonderful texture and design “branding” from the

Save the Date to the formal invitation.  For the couple that wants to stand

out from the pack.

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A classic look of silver ink and gold foil text.  This suite comes with gold liner and

additional suite papers of silver, white and gold.

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This is an example of one of the hot colors of the season – blush and charcoal on cream.

Simply stunning and flows fabulously with many of the beautiful lace gowns trending

this year.

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Are you that contemporary bride that is looking for the wow factor.

You want the stately feel and look but you also want an edgy visually

striking invitation suite.  Well we have it in letterpress.  You can be

as bold as you care to go.

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Now this letterpress is outstanding in a folio piece to hold all the additional paper

together.  The design work on the folio and papers are fun, get give a rich feel to what

you can already tell will be a visually stunning celebration!

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Lastly you can have the elegance whether it be a vineyard or barn wedding.  Motifs make

the statement.  Using them wisely in the design scheme can make all the difference in

the visuals you incorporate at your wedding venue.

Never ever shy away from considering letterpress for your wedding.  It is timeless, a classic art form that your guests will recognize as art and quality.  It sets the tone for your beautiful celebration.

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