Giant Human Skulls

I'm obsessed with skulls. With the exception of Jes Gordon, you're unlikely to find anyone in the wedding industry who appreciates them as deeply as I do. The beauty. The metaphor. That's why I was thrilled to hear about Ron Mueck's show at the National Gallery of...

What do I call myself?

I don’t know about you, but I like exploring the edges. That gap between the known and the unknown. I’m not talking about living life full-on in the unknown, but the place that bridges the two. Where you recognize enough to orient yourself but still get to experience...

Pantone’s Color of the Year Is….

Last month, Pantone announced its color of the year. I didn’t mention it. I didn’t mention it because I was busy with wonderful clients, fun projects, and solid family time. But also, I didn’t mention it because I just don’t care. Really. Could. Not. Care....

Who said anything about glossy?

I don’t know if he was a troll or just a little out of touch. A gentleman replied to the headline of my recent video, “Why You Shouldn’t Send Holiday Cards.” "More trash to throw away, can’t recycle it." I thought, boy that’s cynical and ignorant. And maybe it was...

Advice for the Newly Engaged

Last night, we rang in 2018. And he proposed. Or maybe it was during this last week under the Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe it was Christmas Eve under the snow in the mountains. It's that magical time of year when things just seem a little more...

#goals

Say you hand someone your business card... ...mail them your invitation ...send your thank you note. What do you imagine they do with it? If, when you close your eyes, you imagine the last step involved a trash can, you're not alone. Maybe you imagine them ooh-ing...

I felt like He-Man

These last few weeks have been very busy. On top of a busy season of projects and proposals, I've been up to something. It's not something I've done many times, as is evidenced by how poorly I do it. But I wanted to bring you along through the process and give you a...

No One Will Throw THIS Business Card Away

If you're in business, you're in advertising. But just because you're in business doesn't mean you have to carry a business card. There are plenty of sectors and job titles that just don't have a need for printed proxies of your contact information. Bumping phones...

This is How We Do It

OK, so it's not how we do all of it. But here's a sneak peek into the production of a letterpress wedding invitation. Letterpress projects tend to be fairly straight-forward in the shop. Pick the paper, pick the colors, order the supplies and print. When we add more...

There’s No Such Thing as Thinking Too Big

Last week, one of my favorite stationers called me out of the blue. It was a wonderful surprise. I'd like to tell you that I'm always chatting it up with my friends in the industry. The truth is, aside from a couple close friends (and facebook group discussions), I...

On the Importance of Family

What's your relationship with time? Are you one of those people who feels like it's moving waaaay too fast or are you in the "embrace the moment" camp? I'd like to think of myself as being pretty good at experiencing the moment I'm in and sponging up as much as I can...

On Rituals

Sometimes I consider how much of the ritual of daily life has been lost to progress. The filling of a fountain pen. The honing of a razor. Watching the evening news. Is this the future we were promised? Those rituals provided the rhythm of life. Moments to pause and...

A Note About Thank You Notes

Much has been written about the power of thank you notes. And, with some thanks to Jimmy Fallon, the art of gratitude (however tongue-in-cheek it may be) is at least in the peripheral conscious of the world today. However, there's a fairly nefarious trend in "written"...

Sexy Design Isn’t Enough

It's easy to talk about the race to the bottom. Peter Shankman asserts that all you have to do is suck less than the competition to get ahead. And if you've encountered a bank or airline in the last year, you likely agree. But there's a counter to that. Thanks to the...

Show Me Your Bedroom

Want to know the key to having a truly personal wedding? Show me your house. Whether it's a personal tour or simply a few snapshots, showing me your bedroom, living room and kitchen will do more to illuminate your personal style than a thousand pins on your "my style"...

One Key to a Memorable Business Card

I'm working with a photographer. She's pretty incredible. Like a lot of creative people, she excels in several areas of focus. One area that I find particularly fascinating is in the world of travel-photo-training. She teaches people how to take better travel photos...

Luxury Weddings Planners: Danielle Couick of Magnolia Bluebird

I can't tell you what a joy it is to know Danielle Couick. She's the powerhouse behind Magnolia Bluebird in Washington, DC. Danielle's got incredible taste and a knack for clear, helpful communication that makes working with her great. She's also an East-coast...

Luxury Weddings Planners: Firefly Events

Have you seen Harper's Bazaar's Little Black Book? It's an incredible who's who of luxury wedding planners across the continent. And it just so happens that a few of my favorites are on this incredible list. With the most recent iteration just recently being revealed,...

Luxury Weddings Planners: Lindsay Sims of TOAST Events

One of the great things about the wedding industry is the people who make it so incredible. One of them is Lindsay Sims. She and her TOAST Events team craft some of the most beautiful, meaningful weddings in the South. I had the opportunity to talk with Lindsay about...

Wedding Inspiration: Luxury Rustic

Trends come and go. Style lasts forever. For a brief period of time, rustic weddings were all the rage. Typewriters and mason jars adorned the reception tables of a thousand suburban couples. And, just like that, it was over. I find that true beauty and style comes...

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