Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

A few years ago, someone started a rumor that it was appropriate to address your wedding invitations using an at-home printer and clear mailing labels.  I'm here to debunk this myth, ladies.  Sure, it saves time and money, but it's also really impersonal.  If you must use them, save the labels for save the dates and thank you cards.  Always, always, always go with a handwritten (or even digital calligraphy) address on your wedding invitations.  You've spent so much time and money selecting the perfect wedding suite; don't devalue it by slapping an Avery label on the envelope.  Not only do handwritten addresses look beautiful, but they let the guests know just how much you want them to be there.  After all, you took the time and care to personally address the invitation.  Plus, everyone loves receiving something so pretty in the mail.

But what if your handwriting isn't the neatest or you simply don't have time to address all of those invitations?  Enter Tracy Hillenbrand-Greenewald of LMM Calligraphy.  A professional calligrapher, Tracy will have the outside of your invitations looking just as pretty as the inside.  Her style is traditional and the result is an wedding invitation addressed with the utmost class.  Beyond envelopes, Tracy can also add her calligraphy to your seating cards, table numbers, favor tags, signs, or just about any other surface you can think of.  Be creative!

At the recommendation of a friend, I hired Tracy to address my own wedding invitations and I was 100% pleased with her work.  Her prices are incredibly reasonable, the turn-around time was quick, and she was even able to write out some new envelopes when a few were returned to me because I had the wrong address.  (Oops!  Let that be a lesson to all of you – double check your addresses first!)

The invitation truly is your guests' first glimpse at your wedding.  Make sure you set a tone of elegance by addressing them in the proper way.  Scroll down to see Tracy's handwriting in action and read more from her below.

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Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

From Tracy of LMM Calligraphy…

What type of services do you provide?
I offer handwritten calligraphy on any size or texture of envelope for any event.  I also do place or escort cards, table names, poems, or whatever you can come up with.

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  Is this your full time gig or part time passion?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I have been in business for 15 years.  I actually started this business painting a mural in my nephew's room.  After seeing how well it turned out and how much we enjoyed painting it, my sister and I decided to go into a business painting murals.  This is how Logan's Magical Murals (LMM, named after my nephew) began.  We painted part time and did it as a side business.  A few years later, a friend – knowing that I did calligraphy – asked if I would address her wedding invitations.  I did and I found that I enjoyed it as much as painting murals, so I branched out and started LMM Calligraphy.  I still do murals part time but my main concentration is calligraphy.  I also work part time as a nanny, which is another job I enjoy.

Brides and grooms should consider me because handwritten calligraphy will add an inexpensive touch of elegance to any event.  An invitation is the first thing your guests will see and it can set the tone for the whole event.  Table name or numbers and the place cards written in calligraphy can also make an event look elegant.

What is your ideal client like?
I have been very fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people planning different events.  I have enjoyed all of them and the different projects each has had for me.  I couldn't ask for anything more ideal.

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Featured Vendor: La Candella Weddings

You've seen her work on Molly and Zach's big day and you've even seen me featured on her own blog.  But prepare yourself for even more serious swooning.  The work of La Candella Weddings is all things dreamy, whimsical, and feminine.  Angie, the genius behind the lens, is a fashion-turned-wedding photographer who pulls inspiration from her background.  Couple that with her flawless eye for detail, and it means that every bride (and groom!) looks like they stepped right off the cover of a magazine.  And much like an editorial shoot, Angie works hard to make sure the vision comes to life.  If the couple has a particular style or the wedding a particular theme, Angie will create a Pinterest board (such as this one for a military wedding!) and share it with the bride to inspire their own creativity and ideas.  Talk about going the extra mile.

La Candella has been published on all of the major wedding blogs, such as Trendy Bride, Offbeat Bride, Aisle Perfect, On the Go Bride, and Emmaline Bride.  As if all that publicity wasn't cool enough, Angie was also a spotlight vendor on the blog of Preston Bailey – the creme de la creme of all event and wedding planners.  I die.

Soft and romantic, Angie's work has an ethereal feel to it, as if she's capturing real life fairy tales.  So if you've ever wondered what it feels like to be Cinderella, check out La Candella.  Glass slippers not included.

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

From Angie of La Candella Weddings…

What type of services do you provide?
Wedding photography, engagement sessions, styled couple and bridal sessions, and bridal look books

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I've been photographing weddings since 2008, but it hadn't become a main part of my business until this past year.  I have a background in fashion photography, so that has really influenced my style.  I tend to lean towards the very romantic, ethereal, and fairy tale-like.  I consider myself a fine art wedding photographer.  I go through every photo and make sure that the bride looks flawless, and that the photos look like they came out of a magazine (or a fairy tale!).

What is your ideal client like?
Very detail-oriented!  I ADORE lots of details at weddings.  Also, someone who is a romantic and loves anything girly and whimsical 🙂

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Featured Vendor: Syncopated Pictures

When we got married, we originally weren't going to hire a videographer.  My initial plan was to just spend that money on a realllllly good photographer instead.  However, as the months progressed, I started to feel like I might regret not having a video.  We ultimately ended up hiring a videographer and I am so, so glad that we did.  That video…oh my goodness.  I can watch it now, over a year and a half later, and still experience the same emotions I did that day – crying during our vows, laughing during the speeches, and smiling from ear to ear.  There is something so incredibly special about that.  Yes, our photographs are beautiful and I'll treasure them always.  But the video allows us to re-experience the day in a completely different way.  If I could offer all you Burgh Brides one piece of advice, it would be to find a way to work a videographer into your budget if you can.  Every single penny will be well spent, but most importantly, you'll be able to relive your wedding day over and over for years to come.

That's where Syncopated Pictures comes in.  The way in which owner Christina and her team view and piece together special moments is captivating.  Syncopated takes a storytelling approach when it comes to wedding films.  This means they get to know you and your fiance, understanding what is important to you and what matters  most on your wedding day.  In Syncopated's films, you'll hear less music and more dialogue.  Meaning you'll be able to rehear that funny joke your maid of honor cracked as you were getting your hair done or those sweet final words your dad said to you before walking you down the aisle or the first “I love you” whispered by your new husband.  Having the ability to relive those tiny but oh-so-meaningful moments is priceless.

Need some more convincing?  Revisit Lisa and Adam's video from last week's featured wedding and check out some more of their work below.  I don't even know these couples and their wedding films have me in tears!

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From Christina…

What type of services do you provide?
We create wedding films.  But not the long, boring, drawn-out kind that makes your friends and family want to run and hide.  We get to know our couples, find out what's behind their unique connection, and find a way to tell that story in the context of their wedding day.

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
My partners and I all began as wedding photographers.  Over and over, we heard from our couples that there were no good options for wedding video – and we agreed.  We decided to try to redefine what a wedding film is all about.  Instead of viewing the wedding video as a comprehensive, exhaustive retelling of the wedding day, we focus on creating a film that has emotional impact and forges a connection with the viewer.  We ask lots and lots of questions so we get to know what really matters most to the bride and groom, and what parts of the wedding day most represent who they are.  Brides and grooms should hire us because we are 100% committed to story and emotion.

What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal clients never lose sight of the fact that it is the marriage and the relationship that matters most.  They're unique, quirky, confident, and madly in love.

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PS – In addition to running Syncopated Pictures, Christina is also a talented photographer and recently launched this incredible guide to Pittsburgh engagement and wedding photo locations!

Featured Vendor: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique

Save the best for last, right?  If you're looking for a totally kick butt finale to your wedding meal, look no further than Bella Christie and Lil Z's Sweet Boutique.  Whether it is a smorgasbord of miniature desserts, a candy bar, the quintessential Pittsburgh cookie table, freshly made donuts, s'mores, or cotton candy stations, gourmet ice cream sandwiches, or frozen cocktail sorbets, Bella Christie can do it all.  And do it deliciously.  Their treats taste as good as they look and guests are sure to be wowed by their creativity and skill.

Most importantly, the crew at Bella Christie is super sweet (pun intended) to work with.  I know this from experience – they provided the incredible dessert spread at our wedding and I've worked with them a few times both through former wedding planning clients and my day job.  Their goal is to make sure the dessert is not only yummy but also matches the vibe (and budget!) of your event.  This means they ask a ton of questions to ensure they understand your vision, even going as far as making sure the ribbon on the cake pops matches your color scheme.  Details, people, details.

Put a spin on your dessert course.  Even those who proclaim they don't have a sweet tooth will be asking for seconds.  How could you not?  Remember what they did for Nicolet and Greg's wedding, as well as my own?  And just look at what else they can do below!

Oh, and in case you don't notice, this first cake on the left is UPSIDE DOWN and SUSPENDED.  Bella Christie just blew my mind.  And I'm also now hungry for cupcakes (nothing new there).

From Amanda of Bella Christie…

What type of services do you provide?
We aren't just a bakery…we are an event-catering company specializing in everything bite size!  We create custom wedding cakes and sweet tables to be incorporated into the wedding of your dreams!  We also do birthdays, bat and bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, corporate parties…anything you want to celebrate, we can create a sweet for!  We have stations, too…oh sugary stations!  Donut cart, liquid nitrogen, fry daddy, s'mores, and MORE!

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
Ten years ago, we started creating cakes and desserts by order out of a commercial kitchen.  In April, it will be four years since we opened a storefront bakery in Aspinwall.  Clients should choose our services if they are looking for a show-stopping dessert table or cake.  We do not view dessert as an afterthought to a meal; we look at it as an opportunity to wow your guests one last time and leave them with a lasting impression.  We go the extra mile to create beautiful desserts that taste as good as they look and coordinate with the look and feel of your special event.

What is your ideal client like?
Anyone!  Seriously, we have something for every palette!  We can customize desserts to any theme or color scheme.  If someone is looking for desserts for a small, simple dessert party – we can create it.  If someone is looking for a multi-tiered wedding cake and sweet table for 500 people – we can create it.

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Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

If you read any of the major wedding blogs, you have likely come across the stunning work of Blush Paper Co.  Featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Green Wedding Shoes, AND Style Unveiled,this boutique stationery company is based right here in the Burgh.  Offering everything from save the dates and invitations to programs, menu cards, and even postage stamps, Blush Paper Co. allows you to easily create a cohesive wedding paper package.  Designs range from classic with romantic flourishes and feminine florals to modern with bright colors, patterns, and geometric shapes; there is something to suit every style .  Plus, all designs come in a rainbow of colors.  If, on the off chance, you can't find one that matches your taste, Jen, the owner, can custom-design a look just for you.

For post-wedding life, Blush Paper Co. also offers fun party invitations, sweet birth announcements, festive holiday cards and adorable prints.

Seriously, this girl is KILLING IT.  Just look at these beautiful pieces!

All photos are courtesy of Blush Paper Co. except where noted.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

From Jen of Blush Paper Co…

What type of service do you provide?
Stationery and invitations

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your service unique? 
I hate to be cliché and say I started my company after planning my wedding, but it’s the honest truth!  I’m a graphic designer.  I graduated from Duquesne University (go Dukes!) with a degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies and started my master's there in Multimedia Arts.  My first job out of college was working for a rape crisis clinic as their marketing director.  Art has been my life since I was five years old, and I slowly graduated from water color to oils to graphics.

I noticed a huge gap in the market when we were planning our 2008 wedding.  Back then, wedding invitations were still chosen from books and there wasn’t any room to personalize the fonts, inks, or paper selections.  Being a designer, I wanted full control over the paper goods of our wedding.  I set out to design our own stationery, and from there my company was born.

Since 2008, I’ve been offering wedding stationery for brides all over the nation.  I know that weddings aren’t one size fits all.  While we do offer a Wedding Collection, our true passion lies in creating custom stationery that reflects the style and personality of a couple and their wedding.  At Blush Paper Co., we take all of your wedding details and pull them together to create your dream wedding invitation suite that uniquely reflects your style, personality, and love for each other.  It’s a creative process that we find to be truly exciting, and we hope that you do too.

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Featured Vendor: Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid dress shopping can be painful.  Pleasing everyone's taste, body type, and budget is difficult and can make the experience an unpleasant one for all involved.  But it doesn't have to be this way!

Enter Bella Bridesmaids, the epitome of stress-free, worry-free shopping for your ladies.  This franchise is relatively new to the Pittsburgh area, celebrating two years of business last month.  Owner Bridget had a wonderful experience shopping at the Nashville Bella for her own wedding and decided to bring the chain to the Steel City.  And I'm so glad she did.  The store is welcoming, colorful, girly, and chic.  Step one foot inside and you're immediately relaxed, knowing you're in good hands.

What makes Bella so awesome?  You are encouraged to bring along your wedding binder or inspiration from your Pinterest board.  They love learning about your vision and working hard to make sure the bridesmaids' dresses help bring it to life.  Whether you have two gals or twelve, local or all over the world, Bella makes the order process quick and easy with their online form.  With hundreds of fabrics, colors, and selections from the hottest designers – Adrianna Pappell, Alvina Valenta, Amsale, Dolly Pearl, Ivy & Aster, Jenny Yoo, and Monique Lhuillier, to name just a few – you are bound to outfit your maids in something that makes both you and them happy.

If you're still on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid dress (or even a wedding dress like this Burgh Bride!), look no further.  Check out some images from Meaghan Elliot Photography, read more from Bridget, and make an appointment to see for yourself!

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From Bridget (above!)…

What type of services do you provide?
As the name states, we specialize in bridesmaids, although we do also offer flower girl dresses and have found gowns for moms and anyone looking for a fun party dress.  We carry 18 handpicked designers that range in style and price – we have everything from traditional to boho to glitzy!

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you? 
Like many wedding pros, I have always been obsessed with weddings.  I literally came out of the womb loving weddings, and this is no joke since I was born the day Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married.  When it came time for me to marry my Prince Charming, I visited Bella Bridesmaids in Nashville and had a fantastic experience.  When I moved to Pittsburgh, I realized the market was really missing out on some of the unique designers that Bella carries, so I decided to bring it here.  I've been open since February 2013, and every day is a dream!

Brides (and bridesmaids!) love us because we give them personal attention to help them find the right dresses.  During their appointments, brides have the undivided attention of their personal Bella stylist.  Our showroom is a comfortable, stress-free zone where the bride can sit back, relax, and view lots of styles, fabrics, and fits that will bring her wedding to life.  Brides also love Bella not just because of our gorgeous dresses but also because we are sticklers for details.  Wedding planning can be a crazy time for some brides, so we try to make the bridesmaids dress part of it as easy as possible!  Need to add a bridesmaid?  Just found out one is pregnant?  All of your bridesmaids live in different states?  We can help with any and all situations.

What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client knows what she wants and has a sense of style that she totally owns.  She’s open to trying new things and even brings her own accessories or shares her Pinterst page with us so we can really understand her vision.  One of my brides brought in different art deco sashes from Anthropologie that she wanted each bridesmaid to wear.  Another had robin's egg blue shoes. One brought in a floral crown that she wanted the girls to wear.  Brides with distinct (and unique!) visions are my favorite!

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Featured Vendor: Veronica Varos Photography

Le sigh.  One look at the work of Veronica Varos and I'm instantly overtaken by romance.  I find myself swooning and filled with butterflies.  It's as if her creativity is limitless.  The layering, the angles, and the composition of her photos is quite unique.  But more than that, there is something crazy special about the way she captures unexpected or unplanned moments.  It's almost as if she's a chameleon, blending right into the background.  The bride and groom and others go about their business, not noticing her, not posing or changing their actions, just simply being themselves, making for some of the most real, most genuine, most strikingly beautiful images I've ever seen.

While her work on Jessica and Brian's wedding was featured right here last month, I'm not the only one who thinks Veronica is insanely talented.  Her work has been featured on Brides, Ruffled Blog, Style Me Pretty, and The Today Show, not once, not twice, but three times!  She also just landed the cover of the latest Whirl Wedding Guide.  See what all the (totally deserved) fuss is about!

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From Veronica…

What type of services do you provide?
Wedding, engagement, and boudoir photography

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  Is this your full time gig or a part time passion?  What makes your service(s) unique? Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I’m a full time wedding photographer who specializes in creative documentary work.  Prior to weddings, I was exclusively a concert photographer but made the switch to weddings in 2008.  I take pride in the fact that I'm not a cookie-cutter wedding photographer; I'm not a traditional photographer.  My goal is to be a fly on the wall at each wedding I photograph.  I prefer to photograph things as they happy naturally, rather than posing or staging moments.  I absolutely love receiving emails after the fact, saying things like, “I don't even remember you being there for that!”

What is your ideal client like?
My ideal (and luckily – my usual!) client has a strong appreciation for the arts, any type – whether it’s music, poetry, illustration, or photography.  They are looking for something different, something naturally beautiful.  They don’t want to be told what to do, don’t follow traditions.  Their focus is on friends and family and the love surrounding them on their wedding day.  And as a bonus – they love nature and the outdoors just as much as I do.  They want to be photographed as they truly are, in the beauty that surrounds us.

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Featured Vendor: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs

What happens when an actual horticulturist opens their own floral design business?  You get Stephanie and The Blue Daisy Floral Designs.  Stephanie works closely with brides and grooms to make custom-designed pieces that are truly unique and reflective of the couple's style.  This makes “select floral arrangements” not just another item on their wedding to-do list, but instead something in which they are intimately involved and enjoy.  Her inspiration comes from her love of nature, and her passion really shows in her work.  I've seen numerous masterpieces of Stephanie's (including her flower crowns, which are not only insanely GORGEOUS but also one of this year's hottest trends!) and I'm always wowed by their beauty and her knack for weaving in various textures and natural elements to add dimension.  Plus, she's about as nice as pie and who doesn't love pie?

See a few examples of her work below and keep reading for more about The Blue Daisy.

From Stephanie of The Blue Daisy…

What type of services do you provide?
I offer full service and a la carte floral design services.  I can design and install all aspects of the floral decor for your wedding or soiree, or you may choose to have me design the elements you need and they will be packaged and ready for you to pick up and DIY.  The Blue Daisy offers services for weddings, showers, birthday parties, corporate parties, etc.  My focus is on providing high quality, individually designed fresh flowers and a high level of customer service.

I also teach classes – typically five per year in the winter months and private classes as well!

Tell me a bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  Is this your full time gig or a part time passion?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I will celebrate my fourth year of being in business this coming January and am very excited about the big changes that took place this year!  I began working full time in my business last February and opened my North Hills studio space in July.  I have over 10 years experience in floral design and hold a degree in horticulture from Penn State University, which supports my passion for flowers, nature, and design.  My focus is not only on providing beautiful and unique florals for my brides and grooms, but also making it a positive and rewarding experience to work with The Blue Daisy.  Every wedding is custom-designed for the couple based on their style and budget, and I am there every step of the way to offer guidance and advice.  Wedding planning can be stressful and I aim to make at least the flowers easy and fun!

What is your ideal client like?
I love a bride (and groom!) who is willing to be creative and who cares about the flowers during their big day!  I am incredibly passionate about what I do and I want my couples to share my enthusiasm.  Even if the excitement isn't there when we start the consultation, it is my mission to have them leave pumped about their wedding flowers!

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P.S. Take a peek at some of the amazing work Stephanie did for the recent You're Invited event.  Hellllllloooo a floral necklace.  What?!?!

Featured Vendor: Ashley Giffin Photography

A few months ago, I stumbled upon Ashley Giffin's Instagram feed and immediately fell in love with her work.  Now it's a daily stop when I'm checking IG.  Little did I know, Ashley had also found my account and was secretly loving me back.  Our reciprocal admiration for each other is out in the open now and I feel better about not having to sneak around anymore.  She can also rock a blond pixie cut like no one's business and I think about it (and get jealous) every time I spend 20 minutes blow drying my frizzy mane.  I digress.

Ashley was born to be a photographer.  Her great grandfather was a photographer so it's literally in her blood.  After starting her business two years ago, things really took off quickly.  She's now one of the hottest up-and-comers in the city.  It's no wonder.  Ashley's work is classic but a bit edgy, modern but still romantic as all get out.  Like me, Ashley appreciates couples who are creative, who aren't afraid to try new things, and who love all of the minute details that, when put together, make a wedding day come alive.

Help yourself to some images of her latest work (and wedding and a styled shoot!) and keep scrolling to see how you can show Ashley some love.

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From Ashley…                                                     

What type of service do you provide?
I started Ashley Giffin Photography about two years ago and have been blessed to have my business grow so fast!  I love working with clients who really love details and really appreciate the photographer’s presence on their wedding days.  Capturing their memories is what I am there for and what I love to do.

What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client would be unique and creative.  I love when couples think outside the box when planning their wedding….an off the beaten path location, a colored dress, live music, art, and details with meaning to the couple would be a dream for me.

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Featured Vendor: Appetite Paper

Based out of Greensburg, Appetite Paper creates just about the prettiest wedding invitations that I ever did see.  Rachael, owner and designer extraordinaire, starts off creating these lovely pieces by hand painting the artwork.  She then digitizes the design so that they can be customized by clients  There are numerous collections to fit any look or style, and something one of a kind can also be created.  More than just invitations, Appetite offers an entire suite of wedding stationery, including Save the Dates, table numbers, programs, escort cards, menu cards, and even cocktail flags.  My favorite product of Rachael's, though, are her insanely gorgeous paper flowers.  You can see for yourself in the images below, but these handmade paper poppies are unique and intricate.  Opt for a bridal bouquet that will last well past your wedding day, lay out dozens along the length of a table for an floral runner, or simply display a sweet arrangement in your home.

If Appetite Paper doesn't seem awesome enough already, Rachael also has a big, generous heart.  The company donates 15% of their profits to a different organization each season.  Currently, they are teamed up with The Daughter Project, an Ohio group home for girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking.  Rachael says, “We don't give to claim the crown of a fun loving, generous company.  In fact, its never easy.  I'll be the first to admit generosity is a learned virtue; it does not come naturally, but when I write that non-profit check, I'm reminded I have a blessed life and most are not so fortunate. Our company gives to stay focused on what's important – taking care of our neighbor and providing love, encouragement, and healing to those hurting and in need. We are truly humbled by the experience of offering up our resources to others and live by a few simple words – use your gifts/talents to bless others.”

What amazing words to live by.  Check out some shots of Rachael's beautiful work and read on for more from the talented artist herself.

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From Rachael of Appetite Paper…

What types of services do you provide?
Our original wedding invitations and paper flowers make for a whimsical, dreamy wedding.  We provide full service customer care from beginning to end.  It's important that you are confident about all aspects of your purchase, from addressing, etiquette, or how you plan to display your paper flowers.  We don’t just press the print button and send you on your merry way.  We are here to brainstorm ideas, help execute, and make a little cost go a long way!

Tell me a little bit about your company!   How long have you been in business?  Is this your full time gig or a part time passion? 
We’ve been designing professionally for almost five years.  I currently work full time as a designer at a local Pittsburgh company and take care of my Appetite Paper clients at night and on the weekends.  If Appetite Paper was not a true passion of mine, I would have exchanged the company for a good night sleep and Gilmore Girls marathons a long time ago 🙂  But the amazing clients and creative possibilities keep my heart on fire!

What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
Appetite Paper is just down-right fun, a breath of fresh air from the weight of wedding planning.  Creating wedding invitations and paper florals that are classy, refined, and full of personality.  We are known for our original designs, bright colors, and local Pittsburgh printing.  Our premium, dense paper and European envelopes come standard with every order, and I'm so grateful we can provide that luxury to each client at an obtainable price.

As our invitations fly off the press, I've found most clients are intimidated by their limited budget.  So our favorite part of working with our clients is using their resources in a creative way, whether their budget is big or small.  For instance, maybe calligraphy didn’t make it to the top of the must have list;  after all, your guests have to eat!  Trust me, you’re not alone.  We simply find another option together…so grab your friends, pretty gold pens, popcorn, and Netflix (the recommended essentials) as you enjoy our self-addressing envelope options, complete with step-by-step instructions from Appetite Paper!  All the bells & whistles and pretty envelopes a girl could ask for, that simply come in a different package.

Appetite Paper is a present reminder that the heart of your wedding day does not lie in the money you spend, but in the truth and love behind the celebration.  A bit cliche, I know, but your engagement is something to be enjoyed.  Time to let go of all the stress because your wedding day will be grand simply because it's uniquely you.

What is your ideal client like?
All my clients have proven beyond ideal.  They are always so enthusiastic and full of original ideas; they add so much to the design process!  They are confident in who they are and the love they have found.  What has impressed me the most is how they never worry about what people may think or push beyond their budget just to impress.  They have a vision of their wedding day and stick to it.  It's incredibly admirable as I've witnessed each of our brides plan their day with such grace.  I admire how they keep it all in perspective, focusing on why they are celebrating in the first place – they are marrying their best friend and the love of their life!

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Email: rachael@appetitepaper.com
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