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I first became infatuated with Megan Hamilton when I was searching for a unique and memorable wedding gift to give my mother. When I came across the idea of a custom wedding dress sketch, I knew that I had finally found what I had been searching for. I ended up giving my mother a sketch that had her wedding dress next to my own, and decided to get sketches created for my matrons of honor as well. With different design options to choose from, I couldn’t think of a better keepsake to give a special family member, future mother or sister-in-law, a bride or groom to be, or even to give or receive as an anniversary gift. Megan Hamilton is so talented, her work has been featured in The Knot, Bridal Buyer Magazine UK and has also created the logo for a Mississippi Bridal Boutique
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Now you an also get custom iPhone and iPod cases, honeymoon totes, note cards, cake toppers not to mention she designs some beautiful headpieces as well. Be sure to follow Megan on Pinterest, Follow her on Facebook, Check out her ETSY store and read her blog!



Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Chicago, Illinois

Jennifer’s work is simple and beautiful. Two factors that I feel are incredibly important when it comes to photography. And, when add that talent to a shear appreciate and love for love, the end result is always wonderful. I’m so excited to introduce you all to Jenn. And, I’m quite excited to meet her when she’s in town in July!


Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
I feel so blessed to call Chicago my home! It has all the thrills of a big city and the intimacy of a small town. I do many of my shoots on location in Chicagoland and the surrounding areas. Being in an environment that reflects the interests and relationships of my clients, rather than in a studio, really contributes to the lifestyle feel of my work. I also travel quite frequently for weddings and have photographed sessions in the past few years in New York, California, Colorado, Florida, Italy, Mexico, India and the Dominican Republic.

How would you describe your photography style?
In one word- emotional. For me, light, composition and texture are simply the medium of art I get to use to capture the essence of what lies beneath- the story, the relationships, the emotions. I get inspired by real life and spontaneous interactions, and my goal is to capture individuals as they are. I want couples to look back on what they shared at their wedding and remember the laughter, the emotion, and the fun as vividly as if it had just happened. I tend to do some coaching, but only in such a way to allow the authenticity of who my clients are to come out and fill the frames I shoot. It’s a little bit of photojournalism mixed with natural feeling editorial.

How did you get interested in photography? Did you start out in weddings?
My love for photography was sparked after my first trip to India in high school. It was such a life changing experience for me and there was no way I could do it justice in words. That I was able to capture the incredible sights and the vibrant colors and to tell the story of the connections I made through images was something that blew me away, and I became addicted to it. I went on to major in something altogether different, but in my junior year of college a creative project drew me back into the darkroom. I went on to coordinate the student yearbook while I was on staff after graduation and was fortunate to meet some incredibly talented wedding photographers. I fell in love with weddings while mentoring with two phenomenal professionals in Western New York and began learning everything I could to grow technically and artistically. My vision and style were refined during that time, and in 2009 I launched Jennifer Kathryn Photography.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers in the industry?
What matters to me most as a photographer is getting to the heart of who someone is and then using my art to express a deeper statement about his or her individuality. It is central to my vision to create an environment for my clients to feel truly comfortable to be themselves. My most powerful work is created when my clients’ genuine personalities are bursting through every frame I shoot. When they trust me enough to let go, that is where the magic happens. Lighting and composition become the framework to capture an excellent image that is rich with emotion and authenticity.



What is your favorite thing to photograph?

People by far. I think the reason I love weddings so much is because it’s an occasion where people allow their emotions to flow more freely than in the course of everyday life. But I adore travel and when I am able to combine my love of new experiences and cultures and simultaneously capture a glimpse of who someone is, I feel alive.

What other hobbies and activities make your heart sing? What do you do for fun?
Travel makes my heart sing. I would love to spend half the year shooting internationally and half the year shooting in Chicago. Experiencing other cultures, languages, foods and sights makes me feel alive. When I’m not able to get away, reading travel essays gives me my temporary fix. I love live music and spend a lot of time with friends at acoustic shows. I’m about to start taking voice lessons again as singing has been a lifelong passion of mine. I also have an obsession with good food, whether it’s exploring new restaurants or experimenting in my own kitchen.



Gina Zeidler

Minneapolis, Minnesota

I’m behind thrilled to introduce today’s vendor. She’s a dear friend, and someone whom I look up to on a regular basis. I was lucky (and blessed) enough to meet her when I attended Making Things Happen back in December 2010. Her zest for life and authenticity are magical. And, the best part is that her personality – authenticity and all – are obvious in every photo she takes. The Midwest is lucky to have her (but know that she loves to travel for weddings, too).


Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?

I am located in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. I often travel for my weddings also, about 50% of my weddings are destination!

How would you describe your photography style?

My style is Real, Clean and Crisp images that define who each of my clients are.

How did you get interested in photography? Did you start out in weddings?

I got started in photography because I loved scrapbooking (yes I am nerdy) and bought a better camera to take better photos. Then it snowballed into shooting 10-30 weddings a summer. Now I shoot a unique 15-20 a year.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers in the industry?

What sets me apart is my client experience and just the fun that we have. I am not a serious, move your head here, pose there photographer. I use movement in my images. We laugh. We laugh a lot. I want my clients to know that I want to be there every step of the way as a resource for questions, ideas and support. Lastly, it is my hearts desire for your photographs to represent YOU as a couple. What you do for fun. What your life is like. I work hard to pull that into your images and create timeless pieces for you to have on your walls.

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

My favorite thing to photograph is when my couples walk out of the ceremony and have 5 minutes to themselves. I think this time is SO precious and it’s SO beautiful. We often don’t slow down enough to drink in the moments. Especially on the crazy awesome and busy wedding day. I make it a point to offer opportunities for my Bride’s and Grooms to take snippets away from the big and crazy party and focus on the most important part…..them actually becoming husband and wife that day.

What other hobbies and activities make your heart sing? What do you do for fun?

For fun I love Colorado. I love being on a lake on a boat. I love dancing. I love mentoring and encouraging others. I love God and quiet time in prayer. I love making others laugh and styling photo shoots. I love my cute pup and my amazing husband. Clean design and Anthropologie fire me up!

P.S. That adorable couple above is Emily from Southern Weddings Magazine and her fiance. How cute are they, right?!



Carol Woldhuis Designs

Chicago, Illinois

Carol is a hidden gem in the Midwest wedding industry. I met her while speaking at ISSE Chicago, and after thumbing through some of her samples I was blown away. She truly took her talent, found her niche and made a name for herself in the custom stationery world. Hand-drawn and painted custom stationery at that.


How 
did 
you 
get 
started
 in 
the 
world 
of 
paper 
and 
stationery?
I am an artisan that has been involved creating art since childhood. Dabbling in many artist mediums over the years such as, floral design, event planning, catering and food but mostly have always gone back to my first love and training concentration of painting and drawing.

I design Custom Event Stationery for weddings and other special occasions. Artist genes were embedded into my from many family members. My grandfather was a talented “Rembrandt” style artist, that enjoyed the ability to express himself through oils and music. My mother was a seasoned wedding floral designer for over 20 years, so it is only natural I would fall into this pattern.

I often thinks that is was my “given” talent when I was born, to be able to visualize something before My pen or brush hits the paper. My motto is always to remember “to have faith and keep believing in yourself, no mater what you have heard…impossible is NOT a word.”

I guess I have always loved paper, paints. Anything colorful. About five years ago I decided to blow the dust off my brushes and sketch pads and begin drawing and designing again. My niece was getting married and asked me to help with her invitations…thinking, “Okay, I did paint my own.” The response was so great that I began to investigate who was out there designing invites. I started creating all sorts of samples but seemed to always fall back on the custom hand-paints. It became my niche – what set me apart from other stationers.

What 
is 
your
 biggest 
source
 of
 inspiration 
when 
designing?
Kinda of funny…I guess I get my inspiration from a lot of places. Magazines, fabric, online, and now Pinterest has me wired sometimes. Most of my designs will come to me in the middle of the night…so as I say, I need to get up and do a “creative dump”…sketching out the images so the next morning I can tackle the design.

What 
would
 you
 classify
 your
 stationery
 / 
invitation 
style 
as?
I would say my design style has evolved over time but has been talked about as whimsy, arts. My tag line and blog title is …where ART meets Stationery.

What 
do 
you 
think 
sets 
you 
apart 
from 
other 
vendors 
in 
the 
industry?
I believe it’s the hand–painting part. Most vendors that say they are custom work with stock images, all of my designs are original pen and inks and watercolors that I turn into my invitations.


What 
advice 
would 
you 
give 
to 
a 
bride 
and / or 
groom 
who 
is 
on 
the 
hunt 
for 
their perfect 
invitation
 suite?

When working on your invitation suite, 1. begin to collect items of inspiration. I love when a couple can bring my ideas of things they like. Even if it is clothing or home décor, it tells a lot about people. 2. Going the custom route? Start early as it can take some time for everyone to be on the same page and design the perfect suite for them. 3. Be open to artistic suggestions, an idea might not be something you were thinking of but when it was designed you may fall in love.

Outside 
of 
the 
world 
of 
paper, 
what 
do 
you 
enjoy 
doing?
Hmmm…spending time with my family, I have three great kids that are now “adults” so we don’t always all get together a lot, but when we can there are always lots of laughs while we are catching up. Reading when I can, Scrapbooking, which I am way behind on since I spend most of my time playing with paper for my invitations. But one day I will get back to that. I just try to always remember that no matter where I am or look there is always a “creation” waiting to happen. I love the color RED, I have never been one to have white walls and probably never will.



Kristine Aletha Weddings

Chicago, Illinois

Kristine is one of the sweetest people I know. Adorable, too.  I met her when we both attended the ISS Experience in Chicago back in October 2011.  I was excited to know we had a mutual friend, and a ton to chat about. I only wish we lived in the same city because I’m pretty sure she’d be a close friend.

She has her master’s in marriage and family therapy and a love of weddings. A perfect combo if you ask me.  And, she recently kicked off the start of her wedding planning business which also focuses on the importance of marriage preparation – a step that most couples opt to skip. I’m so excited to continue to watch her business grow, and hope you Chicago couples give her a ring.


Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
I am based in Chicago, IL and I serve clients living in the Chicagoland, Northern Indiana, and Northwestern Michigan areas. I love traveling and it’s even better when it’s for a wedding! I actually love planning weddings in California since that’s where I’m from and where all my friends and family still live.

What is your biggest inspiration when planning and / or designing a wedding?

By far my biggest inspiration is the couple—their story, backgrounds, histories, and personalities. I like to know what’s meaningful to them and their relationship and incorporate those details into the design of the wedding. I believe that a wedding should show off and celebrate the story of the bride and groom and it should be their styles and tastes that are featured. I love tradition and the idea of incorporating a family heirloom or hand-me-down but I’m also a fan of throwing tradition aside and doing something completely new and different!

What got you interested in event planning? Did you start out in weddings?
I suppose I’ve always been drawn to event planning as I am absolutely a planner by nature. Most of the positions I’ve held have had some organizing/managing component to them. But I actually got started in weddings from a completely different angle—Marriage and Family Therapy, in which I have a Master’s degree. The more I worked with couples, the more I realized that preparation for marriage should be at the forefront of every engaged couple’s mind. Starting Kristine Aletha Weddings was the perfect combination of my passions: planning and counseling. I truly believe that both the wedding and the marriage require careful planning and preparation.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
While I’d like to think it’s my incredible planning and organizing skills, I know that many planners are just as Type A as I am! I think what really sets me apart from other vendors in the industry is my background in counseling and the unique combination of wedding planning and marriage preparation I am able to offer my clients. Helping couples plan beautiful weddings is one of my top goals but it is my true desire to help them prepare for a loving, lasting, and fulfilling marriage. And, honestly, when you have that kind of mindset as a bride and groom-to-be—that the wedding is a celebration of the marriage—you’re better able to handle the stress and pressure that come with planning and truly enjoy your engagement.

What is one quirky thing about you that people don’t know?
Oh gosh, one thing? I’m actually really silly and goofy. I’ve been told people’s first impression of me is quiet and poised, which I’m actually quite flattered by, but I can also let go, be rambunctious, and act like a teenager all over again. Why not, right?!

When you’re not busy planning weddings for couples, how do you like to spend your downtime?
Actually, my husband and I really enjoy working on projects around our home—that’s been something consuming our time lately. We both love home design and finding new inspiration for our (tiny) Chicago apartment. I really love traveling and dreaming of the next place I’m going to visit but I also love just sitting at home watching a movie or reading a book. Although, chances are, if I’m not planning a wedding, I’m probably busy blogging about them!


Bloomin’
Boulder, Colorado

If you know me in real life, or well, even on Twitter, you know I have a mild obsession with sustainability and eco-friendliness. I think it stems from the compost pile I helped my Dad build as a kid. But, I digress.

Upon moving to Colorado, I stumbled on Bloomin’.  They are a Boulder, Colorado-based stationery company that designs and prints wedding invitations on seed paper (aka, your guests can take your invitations and plant them – yes, plant them).  Their designs are fresh and modern AND you can pick the type of seedling paper they are printed on. I wish I had known about them before I planned my own wedding, but the fact that I found them at all just makes it all worthwhile.


What type of services do you offer to brides and grooms?
At Bloomin, we offer brides and grooms 16 striking, fully plantable seed paper invitation suites that can be customized to perfectly match their wedding’s theme. We are also open to working with custom artwork the couple has created and would like to print on seed paper. We go through a thorough proofing process and take the time to make sure the invitations are exactly what the couple had imagined.

What is your biggest source of inspiration when designing?
Our inspiration comes from the natural beauty in mother nature. We incorporate earthy designs and colors into all of our suites in order to really emphasize the eco-friendliness of our invitations and entire production process. We also have vintage undertones in many of our letterpress printed suites. The rich texture of our signature seed paper takes letterpress printing very well, and finished product has an old world appeal with an eco chic twist.

What type of couples do you like to work with (traditional, modern, etc.)?
We love working with any couples who are looking to add an eco-friendly message to their wedding. Whether it’s a modern couple looking say their vows with the least impact possible or a traditional couple who would like to give the gift of flowers to their guests, we are happy to help them plan their special day.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
We really pride ourselves on the uniqueness of our handmade product and the fact that we have the highest germination rate in the industry. Once planted, the diverse mix of annual and perennial seeds in all of our suites will bloom into a vibrant wildflower garden, ensuring that your guests will be reminded of your special day year after year. We also believe our commitment to making gorgeous invitations in the most environmentally way possible sets us apart. Our paper is made entirely from post-industrial waste, embedded with wildflower seeds, printed with water soluble and soy-based inks, and produced in our solar-powered facilities in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.

What advice would you give to a bride and/or groom who is on the hunt for their perfect invitation suite?
Really try to incorporate your personal styles into your wedding invites. These are not simply a piece of paper telling people about your wedding, but are the first glimpse your guests are given about your wedding day. We also urge bride and grooms to consider the environment when hunting for their perfect invitations. Instead of choosing products that harm the environment, try something that shows your commitment to the planet as well as your commitment to each other.


Kelli Hunt Environments
Fort Collins, Colorado

Over the last year, event rental companies have been making a name for themselves by finding unique items to add to their inventory. As someone who has been in the industry, Kelli saw a void in the Northern Rocky Mountain region to provide couples with those specialty pieces for their big day. Combined with her photography eye and down to earth personality, she works to bring new life to furniture and accessories, perfect for any party or event.

I admire anyone who takes on a business like this. It becomes a hobby and labor of love to find fun pieces to add to your collection. Lets just say I’m glad we live in a condo in the city, or I’d be off at the flea markets and antique shops hunting for fun items of my own.


Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
Fort Collins, CO. Yes, I will travel pretty much anywhere for weddings.

What is your biggest inspiration when collaborating with couples to style their wedding?
I get inspiration everywhere. People, nature, design, architecture, and of course pinterest to name a few. But I mostly feel inspired by a coupleʼs personalities, their story, and overall vision for their wedding. Iʼm inspired when people dream big, because it makes me dream even bigger.

What got you interested in event rentals? Did you start in weddings?
Iʼm a photographer as well, so when I photograph weddings, I find myself naturally styling and pulling in objects to make photographs unique. Since Iʼm at a wedding pretty much every weekend, I realized how much potential a wedding or event could have if unique pieces were used in replace of traditional or predictable wedding decor. Iʼve been a long-time lover of unique found and made vintage pieces, so the idea of rentals naturally developed. I started in weddings and have expanded to events, retail spaces and commissioned projects.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
Because Iʼm a wedding photographer, I have to know what looks good in a photograph as well as to the natural eye. Combining my background knowledge of design, light, color and overall style, I can see where to place pieces in order to have a pleasing aesthetic. Simply put, Iʼm passionate about style, creativity and seeing a vision come to life.

Where do you search for your inventory?
My typical searches include Craigʼs list, Goodwill, antique stores, garage sales, and random people that know I love collecting pieces. Itʼs addicting. I canʼt go anywhere without stopping because I see something unique that would fit perfectly with my inventory, even if I have to give it a little love.

What is one quirky thing about you that people don’t know?
I accidentally swallow my gum within the first 5 minutes of chewing it. I donʼt know why, but it never fails. Then I put in another piece and swallow it again :).

When you’re not busy with weddings, how do you like to spend your downtime?
I love to be outside in nature, hiking, running, etc. Iʼm a lover of coffee, adventure and vegan food. But mostly I find myself always creating. I am an artist, so even though photography and vintage rentals are what I do for a living, itʼs not unusual for me to be painting, reupholstering, or coming up with another new idea.


Studio Fleurette
Twin Cities, Minnesota

Now, I know I have said this about paper before, but honestly, I have a true weakness for flowers. When styling and designing weddings, I always look forward to the florals. While my own wedding contained minimal flowers, do not let that trick you into thinking I don’t like flowers. Because I do. My heart flutters at the site of a gorgeous dahlia, peony or ranuncula. They always add the perfect touch of softness and color.

Dani’s work is always beautiful. I stalk her blog regularly for photos of her latest work. And, she’s received quite the press lately with features on Wedding Chicks and in the latest issue of Southern Weddings Magazine.


How did you get started?
I have been around plants and flowers since I was young. My father had a nursery, garden center and was a professional horticulturalist and I always knew I would be happy if I could have some of the same in my life as a career. I had to try a few other things after college and worked in the medical field for a few years before going back to school for a Horticulture degree. From there I was hired as a garden designer and manager in Minneapolis for a landscape architect firm. Over time I just felt a bit restrained with our cold temperatures and limited plant palette and wanted instant color and something more year round. Floral designing for weddings and events really filled a void for me and I now do this exclusively.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I love color! When someone tells me about the colors for their wedding or event I immediately start to envision a palette based on what they have told me. My eyes will pick out that color or color combination wherever I am – a certain blue I am thinking about for a wedding will surface when I am in a furniture store or that golden yellow I can’t quite settle on will be on some pretty packaging somewhere. And then after that, I start to think about flowers, their style by themselves and then the overall style combined they make coming together as design piece.

I am inspired by nature as well, and pick up on the more subtle colors and textures that exist in the fields, the woods and in the garden. I definitely love my designs to have some movement and a bit of carefree flower placement if possible, that’s what looks best to my eye. I try to get a sense of the history and feeling of a wedding venue in order to create something that looks like it belongs…take inspiration from the outside and bring it in if possible. I love a cohesive feel to an event or wedding.

Photos courtesy of: Kristina Lynn Photography


Ten Four Paper by Julie Goette

St. Louis, Missouri

Over the years I have been introduced to some of the most awesome people. I met Julie back when we worked together at an advertising agency. She a designer, and I an account executive. Who would have thought that we would somehow end up as good friends and working in the wedding industry?

Just as I was leaving that agency to work for another, I started wedding planning and styling. Nearly two years after starting my business, she became a client of mine, as I helped with her wedding. It was somewhere within that time frame she started using her design background to create truly custom and beautiful wedding stationery. And, trust me, girl can design.

So, I couldn’t help but get excited when she told me she was going to be launching her site soon. I knew she needed to get her name out there, and was rooting her on to pull the trigger. I’m so thrilled to be featuring her on the blog today. A day after she launched her website. She’s one of the sweetest and most down-to-earth people I know, and if you haven’t heard of her already, you should absolutely check out her work!


How did you get started in the world of paper and stationery?
I knew I wanted to design paper products almost from the get-go. Even in high school, I loved going to stationery shops and making cards for my family and friends. When I got to college, majoring in Graphic Design was a no-brainer. My classmates teased me for getting so excited about paper and print design. All in good fun, of course.

After college I worked for a series of advertising firms and in-house design departments for larger companies. I gained valuable experience and I still work full time, but I knew I had to eventually take a leap and start my own business. I began designing invitations for my friends’ weddings, and after my own wedding I decided to really give it a go and launch Ten Four Paper. I truly believe this is what I was meant to do!

What is your biggest source of inspiration when designing?
My biggest inspirations are the couples I work with. I love a good love story, and everyone’s story is unique. I really try to hone in on what makes each couple tick, and what is special about them. My design inspiration comes from them… what they like, where they met and their personal style as a couple.

I also obsessively read graphic design and wedding blogs. I aim to stay current with wedding and design trends. I have a lot of great friends in the wedding and event industry as well, and they continually inspire me to think outside of the box and push myself out of my comfort zone.

What would you classify your stationery / invitation style as?
I like designing invitations that are a bit out of the ordinary, and truly unique to the people that send them. I tailor my designs to fit the design style of my clients, but in general I would say I am a fan of fun color and font combinations and unexpected details. I want people to open an envelope that is both fancy and cool, and say to themselves, “Wow! That’s a really neat invitation!”

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
I am a very open and approachable person, and I love getting to know my clients. I like forming relationships with them and I am genuinely EXCITED when I get to design invitations for a couple. I think that enthusiasm is a bit contagious, and I think brides can count on me as a friend along their wedding planning journey. Clients aren’t just clients to me. They are people who trust me to tell their love story, and that’s a pretty important job!

What advice would you give to a bride and/or groom who is on the hunt for their perfect invitation suite?
My strongest advice is to stay true to your personal style. If you are traditional and feel comfortable with elegant scripts and fine linen paper, your invitations should reflect that. If you are a bit edgy and like crazy colors, the same rule applies. I am a firm believer that there is no “wrong” way to do anything for a wedding. If you express your love in a way that is true to you as a couple, that is what is most important.

Outside of the world of paper, what do you enjoy doing?
I love doing anything creative, and I’m constantly redecorating my house or taking a new art class. I adore spending time with my husband, Matt, (the inspiration behind my business name) and our little dog, Pogo. Together, we love taking walks in Forest Park, listening to live music and traveling the world. I also love eating ice cream (probably too much) and a secret mission of mine is to learn how to bake the best chocolate chip cookie!

Photography by L Photographie


Courtney Callahan Paper
Chicago, Illinois

If I weren’t a blogger or wedding planner, I’m pretty sure paper would be my thing. I don’t know what it is about those natural fibers and a beautiful design, but I know I love it. Courtney’s designs, besides being just that (beautiful), are custom and unique. She takes the time to know her clients and understand their style, a quality I recommend couples look for when seeking out a custom stationery designer. Plus, the girl look a leap of faith to start her business – one that truly paid off.


How did you get started in the world of paper and stationery?
While I studied advertising in college and learned the fundamentals of design, I have always had a passion to create. After years of designing stationery and invitations for friends and family, I decided to take the leap and sent out an email to 200 people launching Courtney Callahan Paper. I had 5 clients in the first day and haven’t stopped since offering brides custom invitation suites in a variety of printing styles – letterpress, thermography and flat – to match all budgets.

What is your biggest source of inspiration when designing?
Since I personally meet with almost every couple, I draw inspiration from them, their overall vision for their wedding and the venues they have selected. The invitation (or Save the Date) is the first glimpse your guests receive regarding your big day, so I try to imagine them opening up the invitation to see what is in store – a romantic affair, beach side casual evening or black-tie soiree.

What would you classify your stationery/invitation style as?
My style is fresh and modern in the sense that each suite I create is completely customized to the couple to perfectly represent them and their big day.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
The personal attention I provide each and every client is something that is very important to me and what sets me apart from “big-book” vendors. My process begins with a face-to-face consultation (or phone call) where I want to know everything – wedding colors, venues, flowers, personal style, how the couple met. In combination with your style and vision, I will create an invitation suite that is one-of-a-kind and can include everything you will need for your big day from Save the Dates to wedding programs to thank you cards.

What advice would you give to a bride and/or groom who on the hunt for the perfect invitation suite?
To think about the little details that make you and your wedding unique – whether it be how you met, your favorite spot in the city or the signature cocktail you will be serving – because these touches can play a role in your invitation suite. Also, to be open-minded when starting your hunt and to have fun! I have enjoyed each and every couple I have worked with and cannot wait to meet the next couple and hear their story.

Outside of the world of paper, what do you enjoy doing?
If you could see my agenda…it’s the planner in me! My free-time is almost as packed as my work-time. I enjoy spending time with family, especially my niece Ellie and nephew John, friends, running, and enjoying all that Chicago has to offer. From fabulous restaurants to shopping to concerts, there is always something to look forward to. Plus, I am moving into a new home and can’t wait to decorate.

Photos courtesy of: Jennifer Kathryn Photography