Clockwise from top left: Custom two color letterpress invitation by Two Paperdolls / Daffoldil Bouquet design in black and white by Louella Press / Mantilla design, invitation and celebration card as shown in album by Louella Press / Custom engraved and offset invitation suite by Louella Press at Two Paperdolls
We're always thrilled when we get to see some of our work "in action" and these beautiful photos from Jaclyn and Dan's wedding by the talented Marie Labbancz are no exception! As I mentioned earlier in this post, we were lucky to help this fun-loving couple fill their day with lots of personal touches that included the custom monogram and patterns we designed for them. In our minds, black and white is always a good idea, especially with a splash of deep pink, and we love how Jaclyn and Dan kept this look going through all the details of their day.
Clockwise from top: A basket of Jaclyn and Dan's custom programs await guests / Miniature photo book favors bearing a well wish from the bride and groom / Jaclyn and Dan cutting loose on the dance floor near the lighted monogram we designed for their suite / Cocktail napkins are so much prettier with a little punch of color / The couple's sweetheart table marked off by one of our signs. The flowers beside it by one of the best floral designers we know- Beautiful Blooms / Flip flops with the custom design we created were given out after the ceremony / A second view of the flops / That menu we know and love / The invitation suite that started it all!
I learned a very useful new word this weekend from our friend Maggie Mae; schnibbles. Maggie uses this word to describe the way she likes to eat… A little of this, a little of that… Bites and nibbles. Schnibbles. I love this word, and I love this way of eating. In restaurants I often prefer to order a couple of small dishes, and when I do order an entrée it’s always the sides that sell me. The same goes for my choice of favorite wedding menus. It hardly phases me that each of my favorites features a meaty entrée, when I myself am a vegetarian. I certainly don’t begrudge other people eating meat; my husband would love these featured fillets, and he’s welcome to mine while I sample the blue cheese, spiced pecans and caramelized garlic scallop potatoes. That said, allow me to introduce the remaining three of my top five favorite menus…
This menu dates back a couple of years to a beautiful outdoor wedding at a nearby farm. Everything about the day was simple and natural, from the earthy letterpress invitations and day of items, to the healthy and seemingly delicious late summer menu. Caterer Peter Callahan, a favorite of Martha Stewart Weddings, matched the feel of the evening with this amazing combination of tastes, but admittedly what has my eye here are the sweet endings. Because the celebration continued into the wee hours, there were plenty of butlered treats to go around long after dinner had been served. I love the idea of these one-bite desserts that allow for a little sample of everything during late-night breaks from the dance floor!
This one comes from our friend Kate at minted.com. An early Louella order, we were extremely flattered that she chose us for her wedding suite, and loved her idea of incorporating our wave note card design into her engraved invitations and day of items. Kate and Adam’s wedding on the California bluffs sounded amazing, and so did her menu. The bookends of this meal are what got me, starting things off with a bit of lobster and avocado and finishing with an assortment extremely enticing desserts.
• Gina and Wil (click the palm tree monogram to see this stationery suite)
Last but definitely not least, this Florida wedding grabbed me from the get-go with their first course; the blue cheese and spiced pecan beggars purse. I like that the menu, by the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, adds a few twists on the traditional wedding meal. The first course is a perfect example, and so are the entreé sides… Just a bit of a twist on the foods most of us know and love. And to top off the beach inspired wedding, a light vanilla mouse- perfect!
I promised in part one of my NSS coverage to fill you in on the exciting new designs that we introduced this year... well, better late than never!
This year we challenged ourselves to create new designs that are unmistakably Louella; the kind of designs that people will see and think "what a cool design!" but also immediately think of Louella Press. Each line is individually unique, but our bold designs tie everything together to create a collection that we are extremely proud of.
First up are our Black and White thank you cards (click on any image to view larger):
We love how these four designs connect as a set, but also each stand out with their own individual flair. The plaid may be something more for the preppier type, whereas the damask may appeal to someone with a taste for more vintage-meets-modern items.
We also introduced our Cool Grey birthday cards, each of which has a bold color paired with cool grey:
My personal fave is the clementine and grey, which reminds me of a peacock but with a colorful twist!
Next up are our Bold Tidings holiday ornaments:
We are absolutely enamored with the fun patterns and punchy colors of this set! My favorite is the green and gray flowers.... can you tell that I'm really loving gray these days?
For the person who likes the idea of our ornaments but wants something a little more classic, how about something from our Vintage Sparkle line?
To coordinate with both sets of ornaments, we thought adding some new folded gift tags into the mix would be fun for people who want to coordinate everything during the holiday season:
Finally, to top off a great batch of designs, we added a few new gems to our Occasion Cards:
We're looking forward to getting our online shop updated soon to offer some of our fun new cards to the general public. Before we know it, we're going to be designing next year's collection!
If we can say one thing about our boss, it's that she keeps things interesting around here. Yesterday, in light of her upcoming birthday, V announced that she wanted a puppy. Forty-five minutes later, she had spoken with a Great Dane breeder in Wilmington, and arranged to pick one up last night. And this morning, she brought the (now) little guy in to meet everyone.
Needless to say, the dolls have been more than willing to keep an eye on him during an extended napping session this morning. We're looking forward to seeing him grow up, he may be taller than some of us soon!