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Commit to Remember

black_history_month_by_mindstheprison-d4o49q2 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

PUBLISHED :: WedLuxe Magazine Couture Chronicles Blog

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4. ImageWe 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!

WedLuxe Style File: All That Glitters

Happy Monday!

WIPA - Not Just Another Networking Event

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.

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This dessert bar by A Legendary Event was to die for! Lot of new year's resolution broken early! :)

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Lindsay and Calder

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Here's the programs we designed for the event!

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Hanging out with Jan McBee of LaFete Weddings and Events.

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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!

History Reformed

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Today, we celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are proud to honor his memory, and everyday, we strive to make his accomplishment come to life in our daily practices. We commit to furthering his dream of ensuring that we take full advantage, not only of the American Dream, but our individual dreams. Dr. King's legacy not only lives in ceremonial and celebratory services, but it lives in the spirit of endurance and perseverance that we must possess in order for his dream to be fully realized. We must devote to working collaboratively to serve those less fortunate and to serve in all areas of our life. Fifty years after Dr. King gave the "I Have A Dream" speech, we commit ourselves to recognizing that which we can do to further his dream.
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On this day, we also commemorate the Inauguration of President Barack H. Obama. How proud were we when in November, we learned that President Obama would once again take office. Although we do not profess him to be a perfect man, we do take great honor in claiming him as "our" President. He is our President, not only because he is an African American, but because he stands as the Representative of these great states of America. America is not a perfect country nor have we ever had a perfect leader. However, America is the greatest country in this world and we are the free world; therefore, we consider the leader of the free world as one of the greatest people living in our time. As we stand on Dr. King's legacy, we stand with the living legacy of President Obama. We celebrate the greatness of both of these men and we stand in awe to take part in the events of this day and give God great praise to be alive during such a time as this.
Congratulations to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on four more years!

2012 :: Year in Review {Part I of IV}

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.

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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.

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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!

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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. ImageImageImage

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!

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March We had a fabulous wedding that showcased the color scheme of purple and black fabulously.

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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!

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Photos by Alecia Lauren Photography.

Stay tuned next week for the adventures of the second quarter in 2012. Happy Friday!

Published :: Modern Luxury The Atlantan Brides Magazine

Happy Friday! We're excited to have finally put our hands on this gorgeous issue of The Atlantan Brides 5th Anniversary Issue. Image

Our stationery and graphic design was featured in this fabulous shoot at The Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, Georgia designed by F&G Weddings.

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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!

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StudioWed partnered with The Atlantan Brides to present "An Evening of Bridal Luxury" and "The Inspired Bride", which is our signature event.

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We designed custom stationery for F&G Weddings for their fabulous I Love New York themed tablescape.

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Lemiga Events designed a Paris themed tablescape. It was simply gorgeous!

Look forward to more purely wondrous inspiration to come!

Commit to Celebrate

Image 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!

2012: Our Classroom

Image 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".

Green with Envy

Sometimes we allow fear of consequences to keep us from speaking truths regarding situations we deal with daily. Everyone tip toes around certain subjects and it appears "taboo" for one to call others, including ourselves, to the carpet about certain issues. Anyone who knows me, recognizes almost immediately that there is not anything that I'm afraid to say. Are there times we should keep our mouths closed and mind our own business? Of course! However, today, I'm saying enough is enough.

 

I've been in the wedding industry for over ten years and have never witnessed the things we are being exposed to today. As Marvin Gaye said best, "What's Going On?" I consider getting married one of the most sacred times in a couple's life that should be reverenced with honor and celebrated in grand fashion at the same time. It should be a time when a couple can share the things they love most about each other in a ceremony and celebration. A good friend and fabulous wedding planner, Brian Green, of F&G Weddings says, "A wedding is the first opportunity a couple hosts a party together as husband and wife." If this is true, why is there so much chaos in the wedding industry?

 

Some days I feel as though our industry could be traded in for the TV slot of The Young and The Restless or All My Children. Planners are fighting caterers. Caterers are fighting designers. Designers are fighting venues. Who has the best interest of our clients, the bride and groom, in mind? Every industry has competition. That's the way the world goes around, but competition is only as competitive as you see it. Sean Low, Founder and President of The Business of Being Creative, LLC, said once, "keep your blinders on and focus on what you need to be doing for YOUR client." Well, that brings up a different subject that I won't address today. {Do you really know who YOUR client is?} I have witnessed so much bickering back and forth between vendors that I'm sure clients have had second thoughts about who they hired. Vendors are undercutting each other to get the business and the sad part is they think that no one knows. {WE KNOW, BOO!} Vendors are going around town pretending to have interest in business relationships and instead are seeking information and sharing negative information about one another. Are you serious? If we spent less time trying to figure out how she opened a new studio or how he booked the client you met with and more time serving our clients, the Atlanta wedding industry would be everything everyone THINKS we are. I love when vendors from other states call and want to come visit. From Facebook and Twitter, they see how much we network and party and celebrate each other, but what they don't see is how we use one other, back bite and gossip.

 

What about the newbies coming into the industry? Why are we so afraid to share a few minutes of our time to help them learn? I didn't say you had to be a mentor or give away all of your trade secrets (if there is a such thing!), but a cup of coffee to help Suzie decide if she really wants to be a planner wouldn't kill you. If they are calling seeking advice, that means you must be doing something right. We shouldn't be threatened by or intimated by new people joining the Atlanta market. I personally would love to have a network of stationers that met and shared creative ideas from time to time. If I'm busy or on vacation, I would love to have someone I could trust to refer my clients to for a one time job, etc. However, that's almost unheard of here in Atlanta.

 

We've all been a part of a negative conversation, whether we choose to admit it or not. We are all human and sometimes we just need to vent, but when it turns into a serious plot to put people out of business, we need to check ourselves. The word of God says in James 3:16 "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." Stop being envious of another planner for booking seventy weddings a year. You don't know what they have to do to maintain that schedule or what level of service they are providing. Designers, start charging what you're worth and not $500 below your competitor just to book the business. Stationers, please develop your own style and stop copying other designers. All inspiration has to come from somewhere, but this is a creative business. Be inspired to create your own designs.

 

I don't believe that Rodney King knew how life changing his statement was years ago, "Can't we all just get along?" Unfortunately, it seems to be impossible, but I am a firm believer that if we all spent our time servicing our clients to the best of our ability instead of worrying about what other vendors are doing, we would create the best wedding industry in America. We have the talent. Stop hating and get to work.

 

"To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self" ~ Joan Didion

Paper Me Wonderful!

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!

If you are interested in learning more about our CreateMePapered Brand Offerings, please contact lisa@createmepapered.com. We'd love to hear from you!

Six Months Down, Six Months of Purely Wondrous Inspiration to Go!

What an incredible year this has been! As you know, we began the year in anticipation of our 10th Anniversary Celebration. We decided that it was only fitting to celebrate this occasion all year long and we have done just that. Our 10th Year of Service has not been just about a great party, but it has been a recommitment to service and a strive to become excellent in every facet of our company. Our creativity has soared and we have been blessed to unveil some purely wondrous designs for our clients. In February, we reintroduced our branding side, in the form of CreateMePapered Services. We seek to help all businesses look excellent in print and design. In March, we celebrated with ten of our most loyal clients in an intimate dinner setting that proved to be a magical night for everyone who attended. In May, we had a whirlwind of weddings and helped to make brides' papered dreams come true. We enjoyed every minute of creating the stationery for these wonderful couples and wish them much love and happiness throughout their marriage. In June, we had breakfast with some of our favorite Atlanta planners and helped them to better understand the PWI process. We also sponsored the marketing collateral and conference materials for the 5th Annual Faith and Fiction Retreat in Jacksonville, Florida.
These are a few highlights of the magnificent year it has been and we know that the latter portion of the year will only get better. We look forward to sharing with many more brides in the months to come. We look forward to the tenth birthday of PWI's first inspiration, Kennedy Renee, daughter of Lisa. Her tenth birthday helps us to remember why our tenth anniversary is so special. This company has been a blessing to so many over the years, but none greater than the owner herself, Lisa Zachery. We anticipate hosting an even greater Christmas event for our Lending a Hand, Helping a Life endeavor and encourage you to take part in this opportunity to bless someone else during the season of giving. We look forward to the night where we will culminate our 10th Year of Service Celebration and share with our many clients who have made these last ten years possible and pleasurable. We also are excited about a milestone birthday for Lisa as she celebrates the fabulosity of turning 40!
We are eager to share with many more brides and grooms, parents to be, graduates, entrepreneurs and anyone else who desires custom design and unique stationery. More importantly, we patiently wait to see what God has in store for Papered Wonders, Inc. Therefore, to us, the year isn't halfway over...it's just the beginning!

Pancakes and Paper

What better way to share the process of paper than over pancakes? We thought it was a fabulous idea so we held our first "Pancakes and Paper", a gathering for planners to learn about the PWI custom process. Some of our favorite Atlanta planners gathered on a beautiful morning at StudioWed Atlanta and shared an awesome start to the morning prepared by Black Tie Catering. Pancakes, just like our custom stationery, were made to order and included chocolate chip pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, and pancakes topped with apples and peaches. We enjoyed taking this opportunity to make our process better to understand for the planners that we love serving! Brian Green of F&G Weddings and Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events also shared their insight on the wedding planning scene here in Atlanta.

Ahh, pancakes and paper...what a winning combination!
Special thanks to Morgan of HA! Photography for shooting the event for us!

Marvelous Mayhem!

This May, we are excited to feature five lovely couples who have allowed us to fulfill their papered dreams. We hope each of these couples' designs may inspire you just as they have inspired us.
Amy Rancier and Greg Goodrich
Amy and Greg were  joined in Holy Matrimony last weekend and we know that their wedding was as fabulous as they are. The Ritz-Carlton was glowing with purple and platinum and their love surely added just the right amount of sparkle. Their wedding monogram is modern, simple, and elegant. It showcases that while Amy and Greg are individuals, together they are stronger and much more prominent. Amy's stationery included a 5x5 pocketfold for their wedding invitation and their wedding day stationery included a slender and sleek program design. We were blessed to share in this papered journey with Amy and Greg and it is our prayer that their marriage is forever blessed with love, joy, and peace.
Congratulations Amy and Greg!
We look forward to sharing photos of their beautiful stationery soon.

Loyalty is Timeless!

During our tenth year of service, it is important for us to not only renew our commitment to excellence and quality service, but to also extend our heartfelt appreciation to those persons who make this anniversary celebration so very special. We have learned that true loyalty is timeless and therefore, we decided to embrace ten clients who have validated that very fact. During an intimate evening, we shared dinner, laughter, and memories of service. It was indeed a pleasure to share with these individuals outside of the confines of work. We wanted to ensure that we were able to show a token of appreciation to these ten wonderful people. However, we soon realized that in as much we wanted to bless them, their presence and belief in our vision blessed us beyond measure. The experience was truly purely wondrous inspiration!

Custom Table Linens provided by I Do Linens.

Each guest received a CD with our Top Ten Songs of Inspiration.

Each guest also received a leather portfolio with our 10 Year Logo foiled stamped in silver.

Dinner was provided by our friends at Black Tie Full Service Catering.

Simple, elegant and chic decor provided by Floral Couture.

 

Entertainment was provided by our favorite saxophonist in Atlanta, Mike Jones of Groove Centric.

The place cards were velvet bags filled with chocolate.

The program for the evening.

 

Stay tuned as we will share more details about this very special event including each of our guests. Special thanks to Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events and StudioWed. And last, certainly not least, thanks to Tracey Brown of Tracey Brown Photography who captured all the details of the evening.

Floral Design Wedding Workshop

Toni McDaniel, the creative brain behind Floral Couture is hosting a Floral Design Wedding Workshop on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at StudioWed Atlanta. She is one of Atlanta's best floral designers and we love her work. If you're interested in learning more about floral and decor, being creative with your wedding and DIY (Do It Yourself) projects, this workshop is for you! To register, visit www.floralcouturedesigneducation.com.  

StudioWed Venue Tours!

The StudioWed venue tour series on March 27th will give engaged couples a fun way to visit multiple wedding venues in high style! The venues are rolling out the red carpet with festive cocktails and bites.  We will be visiting on this tour Endive, The Peachtree Club, Cator Woolford, and Ventanas.Cost is $15 per person, or $25 per couple, and includes breakfast, transportation, cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a StudioWed swag bag. Register to attend at http://studiowedvenue.eventbrite.com/.

A "Purely Wondrous" Preview...

2011 is an important year for Papered Wonders, Inc. This year, we celebrate ten years of service! Our year-long celebration is certainly not complete without those who have desired "papered wonders" throughout the last decade- our clients. We decided to begin this celebratory year with ten clients who have believed in our vision, funneled our passion, and embraced our unending commitment to excellent service. We shared an intimate evening with these individuals and thought we'd share a teaser of the magic of the evening...more to come!