This is one of my favorite client stories since I’ve been a stationer. It’s a bit long, but I will throw in some gorgeous photos for you towards the end so sit tight.
Up until last summer, we lived in a condo in a tall high rise building in downtown Chicago. I loved it there. We had windows for walls and skyline views in three directions. I brought my Maddie to this home after she was born. It holds a very special place in my heart.
Early last year, shortly after launching my full wedding stationery line, I received a sample order of my Peach Rose wedding invitation from a bride. She had found my online shop via the blog Snippet & Ink. And get this. She lived two floors above me in my building! Out of all of the brides in the world, she was my neighbor! Her name was Lindsey.
Lindsey had crafted the perfect vision and theme for her wedding and just needed a little help putting it all together. She was getting married in the gorgeous Empire Room at the Palmer House in Chicago. According to Lindsey, “While not a new theme, I knew I wanted a retro but formal feel to my wedding. The Empire Room at the Palmer House captures that, dare I say this tired phrase, “Old Hollywood” aesthetic perfectly. From the gilded ceiling, enormous chandeliers, velvet draping and jewel-toned decor, it was grander than I could have ever imagined. My late grandmother even went there on dinner dates when it was a supper club in the 1940s…”
Luckily, Lindsey chose me to help her with her wedding stationery after our first consultation. She had fallen in love with the Pale Pink Arturo paper that I offered. She asked me I could print gold on the pink paper. I hadn’t done that before, but with help from my friends at Rohner Letterpress, we did just that. In fact, we didn’t just print with gold ink, we printed with gold metallic foil.
This wedding invitation was a collaboration between Lindsey and me. In fact, without Lindsey’s vision, there would be no invitation. Rightfully, this invitation will always be called “Lindsey.” It is the only invitation suite in my shop named after a bride.
This invitation has been featured on several major blogs, pinned all over Pinterest, and samples of this design have been shipped throughout the U.S., as well as to Hong Kong, Spain, China and Canada (and that’s just off the top of my head). This is the hardest product that I have to photograph and the images just don’t do the invitation justice!
Now on to the pretty wedding photos. All images are by SnoStudios Photography.
Lindsey on her color scheme: “Since it was a summer wedding I wanted to use colors that were best suited for the season, no matter how jewel-toned the venue was. I chose a lighter shade of coral paired with metallic gold wherever possible to echo the gilded details seen throughout the Palmer House.”
On the scooter shots: “Shortly after Brad and I shared our first glance in the northwest garden at the Art Institute before the ceremony, Brad surprised me with a Vespa as my wedding present. I had been talking about wanting one to zip around the city in for the longest time. But Brad is TERRIBLE at keeping secrets, so I was not only overjoyed about the scooter but also of his ability to make sure it was a surprise! I am a lucky lady…it’s so fun to ride!”
Thanks, Lindsey, for allowing me to create this wonderful invitation suite for your glamorous pink and gold wedding. My best wishes always to you and Brad!
Venue: Palmer House, Empire Room, Chicago, IL
Dress: Angelina Bridal Couture, via Weddings 826
Jewelry: vintage, via Vintage Underground Chicago
Bridesmaid Dresses: Arabelle, J.Crew
Floral Design: The Wishing Well Florist
Photography: Omar Robles, via SnoStudios Photography
Stationery: Kimberly FitzSimons