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Real Wedding- Meghan and Erik

meghan_erik0459-Edit_wWhen I saw that this would be my first wedding post I was very excited! Meghan and Erik had a beautiful Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in September, 2012 followed by a rustic reception at the Bristol Harbour Resort in Canandaigua, NY. a_meghan_erik0083_w

I was especially excited to write about this wedding because they had some of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever seen and, in my opinion, the dessert is a crucial part of any reception! Meghan and Erik gave their guests plenty of options; they had a Burnt Almond Torte cake, courtesy of Prantl’s Bakery, four different flavors of cupcakes, and even a late night snack of milk and cookies thanks to Gourmet Goodies! I’m going to go ahead and assume that guests did not leave this wedding hungry; I know I certainly wouldn’t have! meghan_erik0410_w
Erica had the pleasure of helping Meghan and Erik with their cupcake toppers, dinner menus, table numbers and programs. The color scheme, sparkling merlot and citron, helped emphasize the romantic and rustic feel of the reception. meghan_erik0414_w

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The place cards (which were adorable) added a unique touch to the reception. I admire this couple’s creativity and I’m sure the guests did as well! Such a clever way to display place cards!

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Meghan and Erik also had beautiful flower arrangements, courtesy of Flower Power Decor. Hair and Makeup were done by Valerie Schaubroeck of Salon Brio in Pittsford, NY and Lisa Murley from Limedrop Events was the wedding coordinator.

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Meghan looked absolutely stunning in her dress and so many brides will be jealous when they see these photos! The rustic theme for this reception was spot on and I know Erica is glad to have been a part of such a beautiful wedding. Thanks to John Larkin Photography for capturing this perfect night!  I would like to congratulate Meghan and Erik and thank them for choosing Peacock Printing for their wedding!

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Introducing… Peacock Parties!

I’ve finally decided to start photographing and offering many of the items that I do as custom projects through Peacock Printing. I have tried to keep Peacock Printing mainly wedding focused, but I find that as my sales grow and my brides start having babies… and then birthday parties… I am asked more and more often to make new types of items. So I’ve launched a second Etsy Shop, Peacock Parties.

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I thought it might be less confusing for you shoppers out there to separate the weddings out a bit from the parties. I will also be updating my logo shortly, and have a different one for each shop. Here are a few new items to keep an eye out for:

  • Cupcake toppers
  • Cake banners
  • Baby shower invitations
  • Graduation invitations
  • Christening invitations
  • Paper banners
  • Stickers
  • Dyed clothespins

A note on the dyed clothespins – this is a project we took on for my sister’s wedding, and they turned out amazing! Check out these photos!

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I love how the woodgrain shows through a bit, making each one take on color a little bit differently. These are great for hanging up banners, photos, or anything else that will add to the decor of your next party! With over 500 colors available, you can match almost any color scheme!

Speaking of banners, they have been flying off the shelves lately – and I’m happy to see that, as they are SO much fun to create! I use 3 layers of cardstock to make them ultra sturdy, and use coordinating ribbon to tie it all together – pun intended. There are also some DIY options for you crafty folks out there.

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NEW! PARTY IN A BOX:  Another item that I have been thinking about a lot lately, and have finally decided to offer in my shop, is a Party in a Box. Perfect for birthday parties, graduation parties, surprise parties, or really any other type of gathering, these will be offered in three different sizes: Small, Medium and Large. Small is built around 12 guests, Medium around 24, and Large around 36. Of course each can be customized to your number of attendees, but these are some basic packages. They include:

  • invitations
  • cupcake toppers and/or cake banner (depending on your package)
  • custom hanging banner (like the one in the photo above)
  • favor tags or stickers
  • an 8 x 10 sign to put on your door or on your mailbox to let your guests know they’ve arrived at the correct destination

Purchasing all of these items together will save 20% on the price of each item! And it will cut down on the time you have to spend coordinating items from different places (not to mention that you’ll get something handmade, completely custom, and not from a big box generic store)!

Many more photos to come once I get around to all the photography that I need to catch up on.

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It’s official! Letterpress is now available! I did my first letterpress job last week and COULD NOT be happier with the way they came out. A BIG shout out to Boxcar Press in Syracuse, NY for making my letterpress dreams come true. See below for some photos of these amazing barn invitations (I’m telling you, they are thick and dreamy in person)!

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Anyway that’s about all for now – I’ll have some new photos soon so keep checking back!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Yesterday was my 2 year anniversary of opening up my Etsy shop! It’s amazing to me how far I’ve come since then. 

  • Literally HUNDREDS of brides have been married with Peacock Printing stationery – 324 sales, to be exact (and that’s not counting the few I’m working with currently). This is my PROUDEST statistic.
  • My shop expanded to carrying pocket invitations as well as many other color and embellishment upgrades.
  • I’ve participated in several craft and bridal shows.
  • The Etsy Wedding Team made me a proud member!
  • I’ve made connections with event planners, photographers, other stationery designers, bakers… the list goes on.
  • Hedonist Artisan Chocolates selected me as the designer for their 2011 Valentine’s Day truffles – it was SO much fun to work outside of the paper medium for a bit (and to get to eat a lot of delicious chocolate).
  • I’ve been selected by Etsy for a feature in the Huffington Post! Not sure when yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
  • Biggest news so far this month – LETTERPRESS IS COMING TO PEACOCK PRINTING. i.am.so.excited!!!! I’ll have more on this in the next couple weeks.

In honor of the big 2 year anniversary, I am dropping sample prices to 2.00 for the month of March. That’s 60% off! Use coupon code HAPPYANNIVERSARY at checkout for your discount to be applied. Obvs this can only be applied to samples and not to your full custom order.

Stay tuned for info on more upcoming changes!

 

Pinterest – DO IT!

I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet. Just a few words about Pinterest.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pinterest is this new website (well, maybe not entirely new anymore, but still kind of exclusive – you need to be invited to join (this sounds a lot more hoity-toity than it really is – if you need an invite, just ask)) where you can keep collections of items you find anywhere online. You post these items onto a “pinboard” – sort of like an old-fashioned cork board you used to have in your bedroom growing up (mine had a gold star chart, probably pictures of unicorns and all things sparkly, and the random Highlights magazine article).  Let me explain how it works:

So you’re obsessed with, say, giraffes. You’re cruising the internet highway in search of the perfect giraffe tattoo. When lo and behold, you come upon this:

 

It’s perfect. It’s just the tattoo you’ve always talked about since you were a little girl (when connect the dots was the epitome of “art”). But before you commit to it, you see this one:

This one suits your adult personality a lot better and you think it would go over a lot better at work and with your parents. Plus you wouldn’t have to worry about your kids drawing all over your legs while you’re asleep. Well with Pinterest, you can not only store them together in one place (thereby not cluttering precious hard drive space with scattered giraffe images), but you can also share those images with others – and FIND images from others who share your interests. Hence – Pinterest.

This is a PERFECT resource for someone planning a wedding and trying to organize the various themes they’re considering. Or a place to gather inspiration if they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. It’s also perfect when you’re thinking about reorganization, crafting, redecorating, traveling, or if you just like art, fashion, cool stuff, photography, animals… which I would hope covers most people. If you don’t find yourself included in any of those categories, then you may as well stop reading right now and crawl back under that rock.

So how it works is this: you sign up (email, password, the usual). Then you can link your twitter and Facebook accounts and find your friends. Then you and all your friends can “follow” each other’s pinboards (and the boards of anyone else whose collection you come upon and notice that they have the same exquisite taste in giraffes as you do). You can create as many boards as you’d like. You can pin as many things to each board as you’d like. You can re-pin things that others have pinned. Plus, each time you log in, you are brought to a homepage where you can see what your friends and those you are following have recently pinned. I’m not going to go into further detail because I’m assuming that by now you’re either a) already signed up or b) in the process of sending me an email requesting an invite.

You can follow me by clicking on this link. I have a bunch of boards dedicated to wedding stuff (and peacocks) because those are the things that I find myself obsessed about the most. I’ve also started a cross promotion with the EtsyWeddingTeam where a new theme is featured each week (this week it’s Vintage Weddings) so if you follow me (or any of us) you may find yourself inspired by a variety of items that would work for your wedding or someone you know.

Happy pinning!

September Showers Bring… Peacock Feathers?

About a year ago I was browsing through Etsy‘s Alchemy feature – for those of you who don’t know what that is, it was this AWESOME place where people could post a request for something they would like custom created for them, and sellers could put in bids on how they would create it, post preliminary sketches or photos, and set a price on the item, then the buyer could determine who they wanted to create it. I scored a good number of jobs this way – it was beneficial to everyone. The buyers usually saved a little bit of money, the sellers got a little more business in addition to the normal traffic to their shop – it was GREAT. And then Etsy nixed it. Probably for good reason (there were a lot of “I like this, but can’t afford it, who can make the same thing but cheaper” kind of requests, which only leads to stagnant creativity and feels pretty crappy for the person who spent countless hours creating the original), but still. I feel a little shafted and miss my Alchemy.

ANYWAY.

So I was browsing through Alchemy and someone had posted a request for an invitation showing a bride holding a bouquet of peacock feathers. Genius. I am the peacock bride. I am Peacock Printing. Why did I not already think of this? My Peacock Bridal Shower Invitation was born.

 

Ever since, this has become my best seller! I have done a number of variations of this invitation. Changed background and hair color:

Not to mention the veil and an endless supply of font variations:

Skin tone:

As well as many other variations, like for different wedding related events (brunch, bachelorette party, rehearsal breakfast, etc):

(notice the flower in place of the feathers here)

I even had a bride ask for an ostrich feather detail instead of peacock feathers!

I don’t have a photo of either of these, but I also did a variation with the bride wearing a KY Derby hat, and another with the bride holding a pocket watch for a ‘around the clock’ shower.

So what’s my point, you ask? You think I just want to show off some of my work? Well, yes (shameless link to shop). But also, this is a nod back to yesterday’s post re: my clients giving me ideas that I’ve taken and ran with. The possibilities are endless!

But speaking of nice invitations with personality and why it’s important to have them, a friend of mine (who was married last weekend! Woohoo! Shout out to Mrs. Klimek!)…

 

…recently shared a bridal shower invitation with me that looked something like this:

…except it was much worse.  It was horrifically scrolly, had zero personality, and was on excruciatingly flimsy card stock. Maybe 65 lb max.  I’m assuming this shower was thrown by an 80-year-old woman on the groom’s side of the family, because that’s the only explanation I can come up with as to why you would EVER get invitations like that for a FRIEND or your DAUGHTER.

That’s not to say that you can’t find cute boxed invitations at your local Wal-Mart or Target (actually, Target has some REALLY cute ones! Check these out too!).

But seriously, people. Why not spend a little more to have them customized with your friend’s wedding colors at least? Or have her name on them in a lovely scripty font rather than written in your sloppy handwriting (you know who you are!)? You know what, you don’t even need to buy them from me. Just promise me you won’t spend all that money throwing your best friend a shower and then skimp on the invitations!

I’m always saying that invitations are important because they set the tone for the event, be it a wedding, a shower, a luncheon, a birthday party, or even a movie night. Do your save-the-dates have to match your invitations? Of course not. You can change themes, colors, etc after you’ve sent out the initial notification to your guests.  But it will confuse people if you have a totally casual save the date and then a super formal invitation, or vice versa. It won’t make sense to have a gold leafed invitation on a pearlescent card stock, protected by a sheet of vellum and then wrapped in satin ribbon if you’re having an outdoor BBQ reception.

Choose your tone, and then stick to that. You’ll be happy you did, and so will everyone else!