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.

AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_10AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_9AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_5AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_8AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_3AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_7AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_6AppetitePaper_LettersofGrace_1

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!

Contact, Like, and Follow!
Email: rachael@appetitepaper.com
Blog
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Website

Featured Vendor: PointBreezeway

Talk about hidden gems.  Tucked into the quiet, cute Point Breeze neighborhood, PointBreezeway is a charming, home-turned-event-space that is perfect for intimate gatherings.  Every nook and cranny is filled with extra special touches that  make this venue feel inviting and lived-in, like a home away from home.  The house is already equipped to host small weddings and other events, such as bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, or cocktail style receptions, but Lauren, owner, has big plans for the future.  For now though, PointBreezeway is the perfect venue if you're looking to create a familial, cozy ambiance in a space that has a ton of character.

Check out these photos from Kristy Wilson Photography, read more about PointBreezeway below, and keep your eyes peeled for a styled shoot in January!

_MG_1551_MG_1546_MG_1560_MG_1593_MG_1566_MG_1554_MG_1572_MG_1555_MG_1570From Lauren of PointBreezeway…

What type of services do you provide?
PointBreezeway is a unique event venue located in the heart of Point Breeze.  In the warm months, when the patio is able to be used, we are ideally suited for cocktail style events of 50-60 or fewer guests.  This would be the type of event with mixed, casual seating and mingling.  If a sit-down dinner was to be served, you’re looking at about 20-25 inside and 20-25 outside.   When we move into the cooler months, the capacity switches to 30-35 cocktail style and 20-25 sit-down.  However, there are times we are able to tent and heat the patio to provide extra mingle room.  From my experience, the space works at its best when used for cocktail style events, with the caterer displaying the food across the farm table.  Our rates include a mix of tables and chairs, wireless speakers, and use of both the studio and courtyard.

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?
PointBreezeway is so near and dear to my heart; it's my childhood home.  Every nook and cranny was designed with love and pride.  My dad, Dennis, has been hosting events in our space for years but we opened as the new PointBreezeway in July!  The thought behind PointBreezeway is simple: to create an inviting space that feels good…a place where people can gather, celebrate, and remember fondly…a place that offers culture, convenience and cottage comfort.  We are family-owned and operated.  Every guest is treated with old-fashioned hospitality.  PointBreezeway was once a utility barn, a speakeasy, a confectionary, and a tea room.  It has a long history of gatherings and you can feel it as soon as you walk it…it's the best place in the world.

What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal clients are the folks who love DIY, low-key celebrators, and most of all, those who appreciate the special place that PointBreezeway truly is.

Contact, Like, and Follow!
Email: pointbreezeway@gmail.com
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Website