Some of the most rewarding feedback we can receive as industry professionals comes from our peers — the people who work with us “in the trenches” (immaculately-decorated and delightfully joyful trenches, mind you, but often stressful, too).
Today, we are are flattered and humbled to call attention to Paper Bouquet Studios’ blog recap of the Hitched Wedding — an epic charity wedding that brought together some of the Greater Northeast Ohio Area’s very finest wedding professionals — one night, only! — for a very good cause: to celebrate the love of two wonderful, kind-hearted, and otherwise very deserving people who otherwise would not have been able to afford a wedding reception of their own.
See the full article on the Paper Bouquet Studio blog, but here’s what Kathleen of PBS has to say about our own Anna-Jeannine “DJ AJ9” Herman‘s work on this event:
Anna-Jeannine (AKA DJ AJ9) is a Renaissance woman. She puts together stunning lighting designs, DJs, and serves as Master of Ceremonies, among other offerings. Her professionalism and drive are unmatched by anyone I’ve met. In working with her, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands.
-Kathleen Prumo, Paper Bouquet Studio
Wow — that’s high praise, indeed, but… you well may wonder: how does a stationery designer get to be in a position to have an opinion about an event’s entertainment? Well — the truth is, Kathleen and I worked together in detail on a pivotal portion of the event design — Ben and Samantha’s lighted monogram. If you look closely, you’ll see that part of the design is Kathleen’s own, land-lettered calligraphy!
We’ll be doing a full style profile about the Hitched Wedding, soon (stay tuned for an interview with Kathleen, too), but let’s take a closer look at the lighted monogram design, first:
Like many of Something New Entertainment’s lighted monogram designs, we worked hand-in-hand with the stationery designer to achieve a lighted monogram design that coordinated with other aspects of the event design. In mid-June, once the invitation design had been finalized, I reached out to Kathleen to ask her about what fonts she had used for the elegantly homespun invitation suite, and was STUNNED to discover that a significant portion of the invitations were her own, beautiful hand-lettering.
No wonder I didn’t recognize it! W-O-W — I wish I had handwriting this neat, but (as I understand it), learning to have this kind of steadfastly lovely style with a pen is a very time-consuming study, so… best leave these things to the professionals! 😉
By the end of the month, even with a in injury (collapsed lung — want to talk about dedication to her craft?), Kathleen had shared several high-resolution scans of her script, which I incorporated into the final design, along with the other elements to round out the style. Voila!
Though wedding guests rarely bring invitations along with them to wedding celebrations, and they certainly do not compare typography to ensure said invitation matches the lighted monogram perfectly — eventually, all these things end up in an album, together, eventually, and isn’t it lovely when everything coordinates so nicely?
Additionally, Kathleen created several coordinating stationery pieces, at the event, itself — including:
hand-lettering With Love and Whimsy Event Styling’s fish-shaped (the groom loves fishing) escort cards,
hand-lettering kraft place cards for the head table,
and sweet “thank you” cards with a similar design to the invites for each and every place setting. The overall effect of this detailed design collaboration and foreplanning? One of beautiful cohesion. #SoWorthIt
And, then? WE DANCED! 😉