Behind the scenes!

Screen shot 2014-06-23 at 1.57.34 PMI  have to remind myself of the projects that I’ve worked on that have been particularly grueling… and not necessarily because they’ve been hard work. Just long work. Sometimes you need to go back to things multiple times to get the best results. Often I find myself rushing through things because I want to see or hold onto the end product. All great things take time…

I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek into the development of my wedding stationary portfolio. So far I have three designs underway, all totally different. I am hoping to have at least seven before shooting and putting together the portfolio. I’m excited, but I need to remember to take it slow and not rush the process!


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Soft neutral color palette

I’m currently working on putting together a portfolio of wedding stationary. My first “client” is looking for a soft, sophisticated spring inspired set of stationary for their future wedding. I shot white freesia this weekend against a neutral background, and am going to try and get to the paper source today to look at papers/envelopes. Here are a couple of color palettes that I’ve been looking at that would match the tone for the set!

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The most beautiful paper flowers you will ever see. Period.

papertopetal_1 papertopetal_2 papertopetal_3 papertopetal_4 I am going to add making paper flowers to my list of “Things I wish I could be doing all day long”. Aren’t these beautiful? The best part of how imaginative these florals are seems as though once you’ve got the basics down, you can really just pull together papers and materials and let your imagination run wild with creative flower making! Don’t know the basics? Seems like there is a book, which will give you all this beautiful knowledge. I need to get my hands on that, quickly!


I haven’t posted in a looong time. I think I got a bit discouraged, bored maybe. But then yesterday I was scrolling through my blog (narcissism anyone?)  and I lost track of time! I was like, hm, I love this stuff. I love looking at it. I love remembering doing this, taking this picture, finding this great inspiring designer. SO, I am back at it. And maybe YOU are happy about that, because YOU love all this too ; )

I’ve also been dreaming up new futures lately ; ) (more on that to come…) but it MAY have something to do with all of the beautiful stationary I’ve been pinning. I am obviously drawn to these floral concepts and design. Something tells me these might inspire a project this weekend…

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magazine cover layouts

We got “snowed in” today! I can’t believe that it has been snowing since 5:00 this morning. It reminds me of home, all the way upstate! Working from home is both a good and an evil, but lately, much more of a good. TJ and I got to spend time together while getting work done at the same time. Plus, even before my “work” day started, I was able to do laundry, clean the bathroom AND vacuum our apartment. All in the time I usually spend commuting. Le sigh.

I’ve been working on a couple cover layout options for a project for work, and found reference and beauty in some of these. It’s such a tricky thing to get typography to lay nicely ontop of an image without ruining either. Its even worse when your client keeps adding more content! ; ) These layouts do a beautiful job of balancing both:

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Shooting with Andreas Kuehn

I’ve been working in pharmaceutical advertising for almost 7 years now as an art director, and just last week I was lucky enough to be able to run my very first photoshoot (in a real studio, with a real photographer!) While legally, I can’t go into ANY detail about WHAT we shot, or what we shot it for, I can tell you it was amazing to work with Andreas Kuehn and his team.

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Having a hair and make-up team was awesome.
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Through out the day we shot six models, and Andreas really got into each of them. We spent 8 hours together, and by the end of the day, it was like we were a part of a family! I highly recommend Andreas as a photographer, and LOVE the work he has done with these intimate skin portraits. His wife, who is also the hair stylist, showed me these gorgeous photographs of older women the two of them styled and shot together with BEAUTIFUL white hair. I cannot wait until they post them. The women were stunning. But for now, you can feast your eyes on these beautiful tributes to the largest human organ…

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Fall wedding invite design

When TJ and I got engaged, we automatically knew that we wanted to have a fall wedding. Pumpkins, the color of fall leaves…perfect! The venue where we were going to have the reception was famous for its beautiful sunsets, so for our save the date, I wanted to paint a sunset using the colors that I planned to pull through the rest of the stationary design.


As I mentioned before, we both wanted to incorporate pumpkins into the design. To keep the style consistent, I used watercolors to paint the pumpkins to be used on the invitations stationary.


In addition to the pumpkins, I made sure to pull through elements of the sunset to the closure tab and the title of all the pieces.

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Hope these might inspire your fall wedding! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you’d like to work with me on creating stationary for your special day!