I wanted to share some of the fabulous photos that Catherine & Scott of Dove Photography took of Michele & James during their engagment shoot in NYC. I love all the different locations, in and around the meatpacking district, and that serendipitous sofa in the middle of the sidewalk... by far my favorite of the bunch! 

All photos are courtesy of Dove Photography. More tomorrow from the wedding!

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Dana and I have been working hard to extend our product line beyond event and personal stationery for a while now, and we are excited to announce the launch of two limited edition print series in our Etsy Shop!

With Valentine’s Day in mind, the first set features three designs with quotes from a reading Dana read at my wedding this past fall. Written by Wilfred Arlan Peterson in 1962, The Art of Marriage is an essay widely adapted and read at weddings and commitment ceremonies all over the world. You can read part of it online here. It offers timeless advice and features countless messages that speak to the success of any good relationship, romantic or otherwise. We selected three of our favorite moments as quotes and screen printed them with white ink on Paver Red, Insulation Pink and Electric Red cardstock by French Paper Company.

My personal favorite, “Hold Hands”Our signature diagonal lines are flat printed beneath the words to add depth and cuteness. These original designs are first-run prints from a limited edition run of 40, and are each hand-numbered in the lower right corner.

Isn’t this a lovely sentiment? “Standing Together”
Lest you forget: “The Little Things”You can purchase these prints (along with our other series, more on that soon) for $29.95 directly from our online shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/threelttlword

I had to share this wonderful resource I found via A CUP OF JO. Named Pinhole Press, it’s an online printing service that allows you to upload your own photos and have them printed onto what they call “beautifully simple photo gifts.” There are lots of services like this, but Pinhole is the first I have seen that combines high quality with simple design and reasonable prices. On top of that, they don’t scream their logo all over your purchases.

Rocky and I had engagement photos taken by Brown Butter Photography this past April and we loved the photos so much, we wanted to create an album of them. We had the foresight to order a DVD of the digital files from the photographer ahead of time, so it was easy enough to create a hard-backed, linen wrapped photo album on the Pinhole Press website. The final product was in our hands a week later and it is gorgeous, printed on thick matte paper with vibrant color accuracy. It’s definitely a book we will cherish for the rest of our lives.


The specific album we ordered is the khaki-colored Panoramic Photo Book with 60 pages. You can order smaller albums for as little as $25. They also print guest books, wine labels, baby albums, calendars and can frame your photos. So many great gift ideas!

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AuthorEmily Foran

Since our engagement three weeks ago, Rocky and I have been über busy planning our fall wedding. More details will be posted as the process unfolds, but I wanted to share a serendipitous moment that came of it. Last summer in Maine, my mother showed me photos and announcements her grandmother (my great grandmother) had printed when she was married in 1926. She wore a beaded “flapper” wedding dress and a long veil. We actually have her dress (it’s about a size 0) and I am thinking about using an element from the hem in my gown.

I was fascinated by the tiny folded announcements she had made. I assume in those times, big, planned-out weddings were uncommon, and these cards were given to friends and family as a keepsake for the marriage. When closed, the gatefold card has each of their initials; “O’H.” for Mary Cecilia O’Herin and “T.” for Edward Raymond Tierney. When you open it, you can read the date and place that they got married. I don't know how much time has affected the colors, but the script appears to be silver ink printed on ivory cardstock.

Cecilia and Ray had a long marriage with three children, multiple grandchildren and many more great grandchildren. He passed away before I was born, but I knew my great grandmother and remember visiting her as a child. As the stories go, she was something of a spitfire in her tiny 4'10" frame while he was just a really laid back, sweet man. She died in her 90’s when I was nine. There is a great photo somewhere of her, her daughter, my mother and myself as a newborn, “four generations” of eldest daughters.

I have been meaning to post this wee printed family heirloom on the blog for a while because of its relevance to stationery. It was my grandmother who pointed out that Rocky’s and my wedding date, October 9th, 2011 is the 85th anniversary of her parents’ marriage.

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On a personal note, my partner of nine years and I got engaged last week! I see a lot of storybook “engagement stories” in the blogosphere, but there’s no epic fairy tale here. Not the moment of betrothal itself, anyway. Just a regular Thursday morning, getting ready for work. We rush past one another a handful of times, in and out of the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen between showers, dog and dress. I knew I was running about 5.5 minutes late that day, which is why I got a little flustered when I dropped and lost a bobby pin. Rocky was there all of a sudden saying, “here I have it” and when I reached out my hand, he dropped a ring in it! The subsequent proposal and my eloquent reply, “are you serious?!” followed suit.

Rocky and I are planning a wedding celebration in Calistoga this fall, the details (and invitations!) for which I will be sure to keep you posted on. In the meantime, we are over the moon!

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