Paper Me Wonderful

Purely Wondrous Inspiration

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!

Collaborate, Design, Inspire then Educate

"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/.  

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/36662843]

 

Special thanks to I Do Linens, MM Ink, Edge Design Group, Jackson Durham and Unique Event Management.

AWC Planners Workshop Speaker Spotlight: Brian Green {F&G Weddings}

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/.

Announcing...The Atlanta Wedding Creative

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.

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

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!

A F&G Wedding

Not often do you come across a client who you do not service, but they leave a lasting impression. I'm sure I haven't ever blogged about anyone. I guess there is a first time for everything. I met Dornechia and Kenny through, Brian Green of F&G Weddings. We initially met for a stationery consultation; however, we did not provide stationery for their wedding. Dornechia and Kenny were an adorable couple. Love was so in the air during our meeting. We've kept up with them through their planning process knowing they booked one of our favorite photographers, Shawna Herring, of Shawna Herring Photography. Well, I just wanted to share this beautiful slideshow she put together for them. Enjoy!

http://www.shawnaherring.myshowit.com/dornechia

WUW Atlanta Launches Moulin Rouge Style!

Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances regardless of sexual orientation.  Our organization offers couples a chance to enjoy a very special day, without any thoughts of existing health or other serious issues, while surrounded by their closest family and friends. By celebrating the courage & spirit of these couples, we help create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come. It is our hope that others facing similar situations will find hope, strength, and the promise of eternal love.

The Atlanta Chapter, led by Brian Green of F&G Weddings, celebrated their launch party Moulin Rouge style at one of Atlanta's newest hot spots, The Mansion Elan. If you missed it, you missed a great party. There was great entertainment provided by an aerialist from Entanglement Circus Troop and a fabulous S'mores Bar by Peachy Treat Candy Buffet Bar.

Many thanks to all of our great sponsors. We certainly look forward to some great Atlanta weddings produced by all of the top vendors in the wedding industry. If you're interested in becoming a wish granter, visit the Wish Upon A Wedding National website. "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you." Deuteronomy 16:17