Every year we perform the task of writing A Year in Review. We spend time reflecting on the things that didn't go right as well as the things that did. We look back on our most memorable times and those we would soon rather forget. We become frustrated with ourselves regarding the things that we promised we wouldn't do anymore, yet we did anyway. Every year, for the last fourteen years, this is what we do during the last week of December...until this year. This year, rather than completing a Year in Review, we've decided to take a different approach and look ahead. In 2015, we serviced amazing brides, awesome entrepreneurs and wonderful individuals who took the time to celebrate the good things in life. We conquered some goals and fell short on others. We suffered some growing pains, but experienced some growing joys. The main point is the past tense of these verbs. We did these things, but 2015 is over-in the record books, done, finished; so why dwell on the past? With every passing year, we learn and this past year is no different, but in 2016, as we face our 15th year in business, we open the year ready to surge forward! While we do not boast in our own ability, we are confident that our business is God-ordained and we are blessed beyond measure to have been in business for 15 years (20 on paper). We commit to making 2016 our best year yet. We are implementing new policies, reinforcing existing ones and taking ownership of our own business. We are placing boundaries on ourselves so that we can be better and do better. However, there is one thing that won't change and that won't ever change-our 100% commitment to providing an excellent client experience. Our clients are the most important factor in our business and our wells of inspiration. Without you, there is no business and it is our goal to ensure that this fact comes across in every design, in every creation that we produce. So we have cleared the path for 2016 to enter in with full force. 15 Years. A Year of Celebration. Purely Wondrous Inspiration at its finest.
Paper Me Wonderful
The year 2013 was twelve months of uninterrupted fireworks...and we loved every minute of it! The year got off to a swift start and by the end of January, we found ourselves knee deep in corporate branding, wedding monograms and project management...#purelywondrousinspiration!
We were blessed to serve over sixty brides this year and not a month went by where we weren't inundated with wedding bliss. Every bride that we served was an opportunity for us to create unique stationery that would serve as a constant reminder of their wedding journey. We saw a wide range of color palettes from rich purples to subtle blush to classic ivory, black and gold. We created stationery that aligned with themes such as wine country, the Harlem Renaissance, modern elegance, vintage charm and timeless beauty. We engineered invitation styles from flat cards to pocketfolds to laser cut designs to silk folios and silk boxes. We also brought the bling this year as many brides sought to include a little or a lot of sparkle into their wedding stationery.
As always, the client remains at the heart of our business and we were honored to take part in some memorable life experiences, during which we have built lasting relationships. This year, we worked with an amazing team of vendors and various planners. Through these business partnerships, we were able to make magic happen. From the Biltmore to the W to 200 Peachtree to Chateau Elan to the St. Regis, we incorporated the charm and personality of the venue into the beauty of the stationery. No matter the length of the journey, whether locally or nationwide, every bride we serviced placed an indelible footprint upon our business and we are appreciative for every couple that allowed us to be apart of their most special day.
In addition to making papered dreams come true, we also were fortunate to serve small and large businesses as they either rebranded or held corporate events. A company's identity helps to fuel their business and it is our pleasure to work with corporate leaders and business owners to take the responsibility of not only creating, but strengthening their brand.
We also took part in quite a few baby shower and birthday celebrations. We take great joy in celebrating life, whether one year or many years. How fun it is to design rock star stationery or Minnie Mouse favors or Forty and Fabulous invitations. Our workspace produces the simple and we produce the elaborate, but we produce it all with a signature Papered Wonders style.
Perhaps one of our most memorable moments of 2013 came in October, when we expanded the PWI Production Team. We welcomed Olyvhia Essein and she has been a great asset to our team and we look forward to even greater things in 2014.
Our year in review is one huge gratitude jar because we are grateful for every order, every client, every industry relationship and every ounce of support that we garnered. 2013 was a signature year for our company and because of that, we believe that 2014 will be even greater and the fireworks even more spectacular. We hope you'll join us for the show!
Thanks for an amazing 2013!
Lisa and April
Around the nation, February is celebrated as Black History Month. Each year, in our schools and communities, we are reminded of the great sacrifices that our ancestors made so that we would be able to enjoy many privileges today. Although Black History Month is recognized by our government, over the years, the notoriety of the month has decreased. Some may feel that there is no longer a need for a month to be designated to celebrate a race of people. While we know that we don't only honor our history during the month of February, we also don't see the harm in allowing the spotlight to shine on various African American pioneers during this month of the year. The African American race of people is a very strong and storied group of people and we are proud to stand on the shoulders of those who had the courage to be bold, to be brave, and to carve out a place for Blacks in America. We encourage you, regardless of your race, to educate yourselves and your children on the importance of Black History Month and to also be inspired to make your own place in this great world. Believe it or not, one person can truly make a difference and it is our hope that this month and throughout the year, you pay tribute to those individuals who knew that one voice, one step, one act, and one belief made and can make a world of difference.
Photo credit: mindstheprison.deviantart.com
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4. We are overwhelmed with excitement and great joy to have been featured on WedLuxe Magazine's Blog with the amazing Charlton Inije of Inije Photography & Film. Charlton approached Papered Wonders, Inc. along with the talented Kathy Grate of Divine Occasions to bring his vision to reality. It was a lot of work, but the reward was priceless! I can't begin to describe in words how gorgeous the styled shoot turned out. Check it out for yourself!
We've been in the Atlanta Wedding Industry for over ten years and it is always a pleasure to mix and mingle with other industry professionals. On January 10, 2013 we had the opportunity to attend our first WIPA meeting. WIPA is s a non-profit association that is run by its esteemed members. They understand what it takes to produce a wedding since we represent the multitude of wedding disciplines: cake designers, caterers, DJ's, florists, entertainment companies, hoteliers, invitation companies, musicians, officiants, photographers, rental companies, wedding planners, venues, videographers and many more. Lindsay Pitt of TOAST® Events is the Atlanta Regional Director and invited us to sponsor the stationery for this awesome event. It was indeed not just another networking event in Atlanta. The meeting was held at The Estate, A Legendary Event's latest venue addition and it was nothing short of fabulous. Many industry professionals attending this event rarely leave their offices to network so it was an honor to be in the midst of such an esteemed group of individuals. Most intriguing was the amazing, Calder Clark of Calder Clark Designs, who was the guest speaker. She really inspired us to create events that are innovative and filled with all the characteristics of our clients. Calder's designs are incredible and she is "killing the game" in Charleston. I can't wait to go visit her!
Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography captured every detail. Here are a few photos from the event.
This dessert bar by A Legendary Event was to die for! Lot of new year's resolution broken early! :)
Here's the programs we designed for the event!
Hanging out with Jan McBee of LaFete Weddings and Events.
Great spending time with our friends Gabrielle and Clay of Edge Design Group.
It is WIPA's mission to advance the wedding profession, enhance the professional growth of members, uphold the highest ethics, and educate the public about WIPA-qualified specialists.
I believe WIPA will indeed be the most respected national community for wedding professionals who want to be recognized as masters and innovators.
Atlanta, the bar has been raised!
2012 was such a magnanimous year that we weren't even able to complete our year in review at the end of the year. It was such a huge year that we'll have to present this in a four part series! We are still on a high from all of the wonderful people we served in 2012 and we can only imagine what lies in store for us in this brand new year. With that being said, here is our "wonder"ful year in review for 2012! January Our year started off with a bang because we helped to plan and execute our Pastor's 20th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration. This month long celebration was full of design, print, time and energy. We had a blast at every event and the service we rendered was more than worth it.
We also started our wedding season off in January with a wonderful bride who infused her African ancestry with a modern American flare into her wedding day.
Photos by KreativTouch Photography.
February The celebration for our Pastor continued and wedding season bloomed fully. We had save the dates growing out of our ears and were gearing up for our wedding wonderland that would span from March to October.
The "tie the knot" design from 2011 still reigned supreme in 2012!
Photo by Rae Leytham Photography.
We also had the distinct pleasure of helping to plan the wedding of a family member and Lisa collaborated with two Atlanta planners, Brian Green and Michelle Gainey, and hosted a workshop for wedding planners. Lisa provided the marketing and branding expertise for the event.
Photos by Inije Photography & Films.
We ended the month on a high with a client who we've serve in the corporate arena for years. It was a lovely wedding at the perfect location!
March We had a fabulous wedding that showcased the color scheme of purple and black fabulously.
Photos by Milanes Photography.
We also enjoyed providing the stationery for a bride whose colors were black, ivory, and blush. It was the perfect color scheme to usher winter out of the door and welcome in Spring!
Photos by Alecia Lauren Photography.
Stay tuned next week for the adventures of the second quarter in 2012. Happy Friday!
Happy Friday! We're excited to have finally put our hands on this gorgeous issue of The Atlantan Brides 5th Anniversary Issue.
We also designed custom stationery for one of F&G Wedding's beautiful brides, Alana. The peacock blue and wicked green are the perfect pair to fabulous!
We designed custom stationery for F&G Weddings for their fabulous I Love New York themed tablescape.
Lemiga Events designed a Paris themed tablescape. It was simply gorgeous!
Look forward to more purely wondrous inspiration to come!
We officially reopened our office for the new year yesterday on January 8. As with previous years, as soon as the clock turned 9:00 a.m., phone calls and emails began. We actually love to hear from our clients and vendors regarding their fresh and innovative ideas for the new year. We take joy in hearing "I got engaged" or "I'm pregnant" or "I'm taking the leap and starting my own business". In essence, we love to learn that our clients are committed to celebrate in 2013. Whether the occasion is a wedding, baby shower, birthday party, retirement dinner, new business venture, or just a day to reconnect with loved ones, it is our goal to help you firm your commitment to celebrate by doing it on paper. While we certainly take note that we live in a digital world, nothing screams "celebration" like a printed invitation, save the date, program, etc. Why not escalate your celebration and go against the norm of sending an "Evite"? Your celebration deserves all of the fanfare it can get and what better way to start the process than to commit to beautiful paper. Your commitment to celebrate coupled with our commitment to serve creates an awe-inspring opportunity to resonate to your guests a feeling of anticipation, excitement, and sometimes reciprocal celebration. So, go ahead, find a reason in this new year to do something different, to commemorate your life's achievement or just to honor the people who make your life special. Find a reason to commit to celebrate; we, in turn, will create the moment...on paper, of course!
After coming off such an adventurous year in 2011 and celebrating our 10th Anniversary, we began 2012 with great expectation of serving more clients in and outside of Atlanta. While we were blessed to do just that, we also quickly learned that 2012 would be full of growing pains. This is not to say that the year was bad or unfortunate in any way because that would be an untruth; however, in anticipation of every great thing, there lies a great work...and boy, did we work! In our eleventh year of business, we worked harder than we ever worked before, yet it was all worth it. At the end of the day (metaphorically speaking), we realized that hard work didn't kill us, however, it did reveal the character of our company and of ourselves. In that hard work, we had to come to the realization that as much as we think we are super women, we are not. In our quest to do the best and be the best, something happened- we realized that we were human. Our spirits never wavered, but our minds and bodies did. This did not cause us to stop desiring to serve our clients, but it did cause us to miss some deadlines and inadvertently compromise others' expectations of the great service they were used to receiving. Personally, we encountered difficulty, but we tried to press on when we should have said "pause". Our year in review helped us to realize that although PWI is a very strong entity, it is not a perfect entity. We certainly can't expect to get it right 100% of the time, but we strive for it 110% of the time. At the very center of our company lies service and in some ways, we may have shifted from that in 2012. However, in 2013, we are returning to the core of what makes us unique and what keeps our clients returning time after time and that is superb service. We want to make sure that our clients, our vendors, and our industry partners know that they can always depend on Papered Wonders, Inc to provide excellent service and follow through with our commitment to provide stunning stationery. We were blessed to strengthen existing relationships and build new relationships in 2012 and we look forward to continuing to nurture those relationships in this new year. Furthermore, we are especially excited to serve our clients during some of the most memorable moments in their lives. When our clients allow us to take part in their journey through life, we are at our very best and we never want there to be any hesitation when our clients need a stationer. Our CEO was honored to take part in the Engage12! experience and hopes to infuse the knowledge she gained into our service this year. In 2013, we are determined to not only do better, but to be better. We look forward to growing and hope that you will grow with us. In 2013, we renew the attribute that carried us through the first decade of our business. In this new year, we are "committed to serve".
"Having a great idea and not selling it well is like sitting on a pig and hoping for a ham sandwich!" Very well said Sam Harrison. This weekend, the Atlanta Wedding Creative is hosting our first education event, A Planners Workshop. This is not your regular sitting in the room sipping water listening to people talk type of workshop. Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events and Brian Green of F&G Weddings have spent quality time putting together an intensive itinerary filled with interactive sessions including some of Atlanta's top Wedding Industry Professionals. I am most excited about the tablescape photo shoot each attendee gets to do with amazing photographers Janet Howard of Janet Howard Studio and Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography. What a fabulous start or enhancement to one's portfolio! Speaking of tablescapes, check out this behind the scenes video by Inije Photo from AWC's first photo shoot with Ross Oscar Knight. It's not too late to register at http://awcworkshop.eventbrite.com/.
Tom Peters of Fast Company said, "A brand is a promise of the value received." Michelle Gainey, Lead Designer of Lemiga Events, has built her brand believing that statement. I had the privilege of meeting Michelle just before she opened StudioWed and remember thinking, this young lady is really going to change the Atlanta wedding industry. Michelle has successfully built her own brand and had a hand in taking the StudioWed brand to another level. For those of you unfamiliar with StudioWed, it is an exclusive collection of Atlanta's wedding vendors representing the finest wedding professionals that service the Atlanta area. This is a hip and revolutionary concept in local and destination weddings in Atlanta: a stylish and sophisticated planning studio where the area's best vendors come to you. Meet with a photographer over coffee in the morning and enjoy a glass of wine as you chat with a florist in the afternoon. Best of all, there's no cost to you to use StudioWed's services, so you can feel free to spend an entire day -- or as many as you need -- planning your big day. Michelle has built a great balance between the two businesses and an awesome staff to help her maintain them. As Lead Designer and Planner of Lemiga Events, Michelle is a girly girl. She loves shoes, dresses, makeup and everything about being a woman! Michelle loves a challenge. She's always looking to do things differently than how they’ve always been done. Lemiga Events is a premier event design boutique specializing in stylish and glamorous affairs for a discerning clientele. They are passionate about creating unique and exceptional moments that will be remembered for a lifetime. Their love for design and intricate details is what defines our signature event style. Enchanting venues, sumptuous fabrics, stunning florals and captivating stationery are some of the elements that make our events spectacular. I love working with Michelle. She is the epitome of a wedding planner. Her glamorous style and attention to detail ensures that each and every client feels appreciated, her service is valued, and the wedding is amazing! What I love most is that Michelle, like me, is a mom! She is married and has two adorable daughters. I know that she is setting an example of how to be successful in every aspect of life. Kudos Mrs. Gainey!
Michelle has a passion for educating and inspiring fellow associates in the wedding and event industry. You can hear her share her knowledge in an intimate setting and speak with her personally at the Atlanta Planner's Workshop at StudioWed happening February 18-19, 2012. For more information and to register, please visithttp://awcworkshop.eventbrite.com//.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." I am so excited to be working alongside two of the most incredible wedding and event planners this side of heaven! Fast friends and passionate partners, The Atlanta Wedding Creative, brought us together to educate and inspire this industry with amazing design! One of my partners is Brian Green of F&G Weddings. Brian, known as Chief Dream Maker and Creative Visionary of F & G Weddings, is an award winning event planner with many years of experience in creating the most fabulous weddings for clients. I have embraced the honor of providing custom stationery for many of his brides over the last several years. Each time we meet I am totally blown away by the level of creativity he brings to each wedding. Brian is known for the "best friend experience" and I can truly attest to his passion and overwhelming desire for each client to have the most fabulous experience as they prepare for their big day. Wedding planners are not created equal. You may find some who concentrate on logistics, others who concentrate on design, but Brian is the complete package. He prides himself on taking your vision and creating that fabulous factor for every client in a way that speaks to who they are and what they want for their wedding day! With an amazing creative team to support his design and his ability to execute flawlessly, Brian Green works tirelessly to ensure love is always in the details.
Brian has a passion for educating and inspiring fellow associates in the wedding and event industry. You can hear him share his knowledge in an intimate setting and speak with him personally at the Atlanta Planner's Workshop at StudioWed happening February 18-19, 2012. For more information and to register, please visit http://awcworkshop.eventbrite.com/.
The Atlanta Wedding Creative is a collaboration that seeks to educate, design, and inspire the wedding industry through seminars, interactive workshops and luxury bridal events. TAWC brings together three of Atlanta's widely sought after wedding professionals including Wedding and Event Designers, Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events and Brian A.M. Green of F&G Weddings, along with Lisa R. Zachery, Customer Stationer and Branding Artist of Papered Wonders, Inc.
We are ecstatic about this collaboration and look forward to sharing more purely wondrous inspiration with you through this venture.
More details coming soon at www.theatlantaweddingcreative.com.
When we first started our blog, we chose the name "CreateMePapered" because we thought it embodied so much of what we strive to accomplish everyday at PWI. We want all of our clients to understand the need for papered memories for every special occasion and endeavor in their life. We love sharing our papered creations as well as the milestones that we reach in business. The CreateMePapered blog has certainly been a source of inspiration for our readers as well as for ourselves. However, in our tenth year of service, we discovered the need to enhance the branding side of our company and felt that the name "CreateMePapered" was a better brand for our design services rather than our blog. Therefore, we are pleased to announce the new name of our blog, "Paper Me Wonderful". Everything that we do on paper makes us feel wonderful and we want to transfer that feeling of purely wondrous inspiration to our readers. So we hope that you like the new name and that you will continue to find information and inspiration that tickles your fancy and papers you wonderful! Happy Reading!
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