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2013 Year In Review

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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

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!

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".

2010 :: Year In Review

At the end of 2009, I remember questioning Webster because there was no word to describe how awesome 2009 was for Papered Wonders, Inc. At the end of 2010, I find myself in the same position. Actually, I am facing an even greater challenge to sum up 2010 because it literally took...our...breath...away. In 2010, we were supremely blessed. We were fortunate to form new business relationships, both on the corporate level and the social level. We met an array of new event planners, both locally and nationally, and thereby were able to serve a number of brides during the planning of their most special day. We are deeply appreciative of the clients who we have served through the years, and consider it a continued pleasure to serve them year after year. This past year we created a significant number of baby shower invitations, signaling that the population is ever-growing. We helped brand various new ventures and companies. We spent 2010 doing what we love to do-creating papered wonders. Perhaps two of our most memorable moments of 2010 happened in July and December. In July, we joined the StudioWed Atlanta team, under the leadership of Michelle Gainey. Through this venture, we are able to work with some of Atlanta's most talented wedding professionals. In December, we launched Lending a Hand, Helping a Life, an opportunity to bless those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We held our first Christmas luncheon and partnered with many wedding professionals to create a day of blessings for ten very deserving families. We look forward to expanding the service of LHHL in 2011.
In 2010, we realized that despite the state of our economy, we have God's unmerited favor because we were blessed to not only survive, but to thrive. 2010 was certainly a banner year for Papered Wonders, Inc. and we wait in great anticipation for all that 2011 will bring us. It will be an exceptional year because we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of serving the world's greatest clients. It is certainly difficult to sum up 2010 in one word. Therefore, I dare not even try.
To have been in business for ten years and still be absolutely, positively in love with your business- now that's purely wondrous inspiration.
Happy New Year!
Photo by KreativTouch Photography. Makeup by H.S. West Hair & Makeup. Jewelry provided by Lucky and Lovely.