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Purely Wondrous Inspiration

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!

Some Secrets Should Be Shared!

On February 12, we had the awesome pleasure of attending a Secret Supper hosted by Black Tie Barbecue. This full service catering company is a fresh approach to Atlanta's culinary scene. The evening, held at Millennium Gate, began with cocktails and musical entertainment as we gave ourselves a bit of a history lesson inside of the hidden treasure that is Millennium Gate. We were then invited to the dinner table, where we enjoyed masterpiece after masterpiece. From their signature Black Tie salad to a delectable spinach and shrimp pasta to a decadent chocolate cake that provided the greatest moment of indulgence, we enjoyed an evening full of culinary delight. In addition, we met some wonderful people, engaged in great conversation, and were privileged to receive top notch customer service from the Black Tie catering staff.

Although the location of this event remained a secret until shortly before it was to commence, it is no secret that Black Tie has definitely made its presence known!

The amazing Black Tie Signature Salad!

Delicious butler passed hors d'oeuvres.

LaToyin, of Black Tie, putting the final touches on her table designs.

Allison, of Black Tie, loves to bake and it definitely tasted like love!

Always great to see our friend, Mike Jones, on sax! The entertainment was incredible!

Thanks so much to Leah and Mark for the awesome photographs.

Who's In Your History Books?

We love to celebrating all things wedding and all things Black History so we have found a way to celebrate them both! On Saturday, February 26, 2011, StudioWed will present "A Wedding Experience". This is the perfect opportunity for newly engaged couples to jump start their journey down the aisle! Papered Wonders, Inc. would like to give one fortunate couple the chance to attend this wonderful workshop. In addition, the lucky couple will also receive a Custom Monogram designed by PWI, which is the ideal way to brand your very own wedding experience.
To submit an entry, please leave your comment here in 100 words or less.
"Which African-American do you feel has contributed the most to Black History and why?"
Entries will be received until Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced on Monday, February 21, 2011.

Cupcakes and Cocktails!

With all the beautiful sunshine we've had this week in Atlanta, what a great way to enjoy your weekend with cupcakes and cocktails! “How Sweet It Is” Bridal Soiree is tomorrow at Lenox Cupcakes located in Phipps Plaza. Brides-to-be can come out and meet StudioWed, an exclusive collection of Atlanta's wedding vendors representing the finest wedding professionals that service the Atlanta area. We have transformed the window display into a wedding wonderland! Participating vendors include: Lenox Cupcakes, Aesthetics Floral and Event Artistry, Lemiga Events, I Do Linens, Stella and Dot, Chaos Couture Bridal, Janet Howard Studios, Chaviano Couture and Papered Wonders, Inc.

Take a break from the planning as we chat, drink and have a few treats! Hope to see you there!

Your Wedding Brand!

In the marketing world, companies are continuously attempting to brand their business. This concept helps to secure a company's success. Although Papered Wonders is happy to serve business branding needs, it is also our pleasure to provide wedding brands. We believe that your wedding should be uniquely yours and one way to reach that goal is to brand your wedding with a custom monogram or design. We were so excited to brand Aliyah's wedding for multiple reasons, one being because her New Year's Wedding Date made her the very first PWI bride of 2011. The wonderful, Violaine Diogene, planner extraordinaire of Andre Winfrye Events contact us to service the branding and stationery needs of her bride. Aliya's colors were purple and silver and we wanted to create a monogram that would ensure all of the guests knew exactly whose day it was. We teamed up with the incredibly talented Nikki Michel of Ciao Bella Weddings who designed an amazing affair with her florals. Not only was Aliya's monogram on her wedding stationery, including programs, menu cards, and escort cards; but she was also able to include the BOGO on the dance floor as well as the dinner plates on the table setting. Guests certainly could not miss Aliya's wedding monogram and it helped to seal the day perfectly!

 

 

 

Have you recently said "yes"? If so, contact us today about branding your most special journey!

Love is in the Air!

We are in the business of spreading love. Every time we create a wedding stationery masterpiece, it is our business to exude the love of the couple to their guests. We are of the population who still believes that love conquers all and it is our goal to help others spread love through the magic of paper and design. We encourage all of our couples to choose stationery pieces that will help set the atmosphere of love for their wedding. Of course, for us, it is a joy to then make it happen. Today, we are especially excited about putting the finishing touches on the wedding stationery of Kinetra and Michael who will wed this weekend. We wish them unending love and happiness as they begin their journey of life together.
What are you doing to spread love to others? Let today be the day that you renew your commitment to always keep love in the air!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Make History!

Yesterday, February 1, began the month-long Black History Celebration acknowledged by our nation. While we know that Black History should be celebrated all year round, during the month of February, there are numerous events held to recognize the notable achievements of many well-known African Americans. How can we forget the contributions of W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington? Or the cultural advances of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Lorraine Hansberry? We certainly cannot forget the great inventors and scientists such as George Washington Carver, Eli Whitney, Charles Drew, Garrett T. Morgan, and Madame CJ Walker. We will always remember leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, and our very own, President Barack Obama. We are deeply indebted to these individuals and so many others who have paved the way for us to do what we do. One hundred years ago, an African American woman couldn't dream of being a successful entrepreneur in America, but today that dream is very much alive. We encourage you to reach back into the annals of history and honor those who have helped you leave a footprint in society. We further encourage you to honor the legacy of those before you and make your own history. There is certainly many more pages of the history books to be written.  Don't just study history, become history!

StudioWed wins Best Gallery at Bridal Extravaganza Atlanta!

We are overwhelmed with excitement and humbled by the honor to share with you that we recently were awarded "Best Gallery" Award at the Bridal Extravangza of Atlanta. Our tablescape theme was inspired by the recent box office movie hit, "Black Swan" and our design team really raised the bar in the Atlanta wedding and event design industry. We had the privilege of working with Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events, Danny Wilson of The Savage Garden, Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens and Sharon Alexander of Sweet Sensations. The red, black and white decor was creatively enhanced by each vendor with their own special touch.

We also participated in the "Love" themed tablescape that was inspired by a vision Toni McDaniel of Floral Couture Atlanta brought to us. Lemiga Events, I Do Linens and Sweet Sensations and I came together to design this lovely pink and purple modern, chic eventscape. This year bold, brazen color pallets are back so this was the perfect display for 2011 brides.

 

Kudos StudioWed Atlanta for another job well done!

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta

Papered Wonders, Inc. dares to be different and yesterday we participated in a fabulous bridal event, Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. It was held at the beautiful 200 Peachtree in downtown Atlanta. We spent time designing new stationery suites to display for 800 new brides that attended the event. It was awesome to be with our StudioWed family who had their own Pavilion setup near the fashion show. At Papered Wonders, Inc. we live and breathe stationery. It is our honor to take part in such a special day shared by the couple and our job doesn't end until the finest detail has been put into place. All of our designs are unique and share a piece of the love story unfolding during days leading to the wedding. As a custom design and print studio, it is our goal to customize even the smallest piece of stationery for each couple. The customization process includes styles, colors, fonts, graphics, and any other detail that it takes to make your wedding stationery all about you! We are a far cry from an ordinary catalog company where the process can be impersonal; instead, we walk our brides through every stage of the wedding stationery process to ensure that the final product meets every single requirement set forth by the bride. From save the dates that introduce the couple to invitations that set the standard of the wedding to programs that take a guest's breath away to favors that embed the wedding memory into the hearts of each guest, PWI seeks to create wedding stationery that can only be imagined in a bride's wildest papered dreams!

We encourage all of our brides to start the moment they say "yes". Our goal is for the customization process to be smooth and flawless and the best environment for that to happen is having the luxury of time. As soon as a bride decides to marry, we encourage her to begin thinking about her wedding stationery. The engagement is a journey and the wedding stationery should document every step of that journey. We also encourage brides to hire a planner so that all of their needs are met. Many brides are so excited about their wedding that they often forget minor, but important details. A planner ensures that all of those details are remembered and executed. Finally, one of the best pieces of advice we can give a bride is to remember that their wedding experience should be unique in every aspect. We encourage brides to make their wedding their own through every wedding detail and the wedding stationery is an awesome place to start.

These are the four new stationery suites we designed in honor of past clients Lauren Tennyson, Mar Towers, Nicola Horton and Angela Corbin.

 

Class In Session

We are firm believers that it is important to constantly increase one's level of knowledge. We are always excited when we get the opportunity to do just that. One such opportunity presented itself on Thursday when we attended the Entrepreneur Inc's "Growth" Conference. This conference, sponsored by the UPS Store, was a great resource for business owners who have just entered the arena and for those who are veterans in their field. It was a great experience to join with others and learn how to better "do" business. We especially enjoyed the Social Networking session conducted by Starr Hall. She presented her information just like we should run our business: a lot of productivity mixed with even more fun!

Hall has worked on public relations for corporations, non-profit organizations, authors, CEOs and associations, both national and international. She has relationships with over 800 editors, writers and segment producers worldwide and has secured placement and coverage for her clients in regional, national and international newspapers, magazines, radio, television and Internet outlets. Her latest book is GET CONNECTED - The Social Networking Toolkit for Businesses.

 

Visit Entrepreneur for more details about the conference.

A Call To Service

Although our top priority is always to serve others, today we pause to give special recognition to a man who dedicated his life to service. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King remains one of the greatest and most formidable leaders of American History. He acknowledged the call on his life and lived and died striving to answer that call. Dr. King was so unselfish that he desired a better life for not just himself, but for all people. Forty-three years after his death, we stand in awe at the wonderful example he provided; yet we realize that his life's work is incomplete. While we can honor his life and legacy on this special day, true honor is shown through action. Therefore, today our commitment to service is greater than it has ever been. Dr. King once said, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve." Once we all realize how much can be accomplished through the service of others, then will we truly be able to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo copyright 2010. www.elephantjournal.com.

Relativity

Today is the third day of Atlanta's snow/ice storm. Parents all over the metropolitan area are praying that the schools will open tomorrow. Entrepreneurs are going just a bit haywire having to stay enclosed in their homes. Government officials are struggling trying to keep all of the taxpayers pleased. The list goes on and on and on. If one were to examine the situation by itself, it might seem bad. I mean, when is the last time that the situation was so bad that it halted UPS, FedEx, and the USPS? When was it so bad that banks were closed, courts were closed, and numerous retail operations closed? Yes, it might seem as if things are horrible. However, rewind the tape back one year and transport the location to Port-au-Prince, Haiti when the worst earthquake in history occurred. This earthquake killed masses of people and shattered the lives of almost everyone who lived in Haiti. It didn't matter to Haitians that the sanitation department didn't pick up the trash or that the supermarkets closed early because these people couldn't even get food and water. They couldn't get medical care. No one could hear their voices. Those who were able to survive the actual earthquake were desperately trying to survive the aftermath. Even a year later, Haiti is still struggling to rebuild and there are millions who have yet to be able to return to some degree of normalcy. If we compared the Atlanta snow/ice storm to Haiti's earthquake, I think we are forced to realize that it really isn't that bad. Today, we remember Haiti and we continue to pray for the citizens who are there attempting to return honor to their country and we acknowledge those who are in the States, such as our friend Violaine Diogene of Andre Winfrye Events, whose hearts have never departed from their native home.

Above photo courtesy of Allison Shelley/Reuters. Below photo courtesy of www.topgoogletrends.netcashdaily.net. Copyright 2010.