I have a younger sister named Mallory. From the moment she was born, we’ve been sisters in the deepest sense of the word. We're inseperable. She is my very best friend and closest comrade.
When we were little kids, we used to sleep in a big bed together. She somehow got the idea that she didn't want to be lonely at night, and so she would tell me that I had to face her when we were sleeping. I used to get really annoyed but I did what she said anyway. One time when I was about eleven, I decided I really wanted my own room. I told her about my (genius) idea to move into a guest bedroom so we'd both have more space, but she cried and so I stayed. In high school she wanted a prom dress that was $20 over the budget mom had given her. I conveniently handed her the cash from my wallet to make sure she got the dress of her dreams. A few years ago, she borrowed my car while I was on vacation and accidentally wrecked it. I came home and said, “It’s ok! I needed an upgrade anyway!”
Needless to say, I love her to death. So when she came to me asking for a custom wedding stationery suite, I really wanted it to be a show-stopper. She's always been the girly, sparkly one, and I wanted her stationery to reflect that. She asked me to design something with bold flowers and lots of shades of pink and coral (hello, dream client!!)
With the invitations, we wanted guests to immediately get a feel for the fun and colorful vibes of the wedding. Mallory requested peach envelopes, and I finished them with white brush calligraphy in a loose, bold style. Super embarrassing confession here: I actually had to do all the envelope calligraphy twice. That's right: a hundred envelopes with white ink and a paintbrush... twice. I made the mistake of ordering the wrong size envelopes. I had finished every single envelope before I realized my mistake. It just goes to show that even experienced professionals blow it sometimes, ha!
But weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime event, and the mistake was all mine. I would do the same for all of my clients! I really think it was absolutely worth the extra effort to get things just right. Mallory and Matt told me they got a lot of texts from friends and family about the beautiful calligraphy and invitations.
We also put a lot of thought into the day-of stationery details. Mallory and Matt had a lot of friends and family to accommodate, so we put together a seating chart and added place cards at each place setting. Rather than organize the seating chart by table, Mallory chose to have them organized alphabetically. This helped people to find their name and table much faster than sorting through a long list of over 200 names. It really worked well to help the timing and transition from ceremony to reception.
We really wanted each guest to feel wowed and welcomed at their seat. Each place card was made of hand-cut watercolor paper. I then painted a swash of coral paint. Mallory loves sparkly, shiny things, so I surprised her by adding a swash of gold leaf to each card. Finally, each guest's name was written in a loose cursive with a brush pen. I know guests really noticed and appreciated the effort; many people took their place cards home as a souvenir.
Really, everything came together absolutely beautifully. Mallory's vision for the day was enhanced by all kinds of details and special touches that stationery can provide. I am so happy for my little sister and her new husband! If you'd like to see more work from my custom wedding portfolio, click here.
P.S. I MADE A LITTLE GRAPHIC FOR YOUR WEDDING PINTEREST BOARD... JUST IN CASE ;)
All of the photography on this blog post has been provided by Natalie Kunkel Photography. She is absolutely outstanding. Specializing in weddings and telling love stories, Natalie is based out of Fort Wayne, IN, but is also available for travel. You can check out her fantastic work at nataliekunkel.com . You can also check out her blog post about photographing Mallory and Matt's wedding here.