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martha stewart weddings magazine : lindsay & alyssa's wedding
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Lindsay & Alyssa were wonderful, memorable clients who married in Beaver Creek, CO in July 2015. It was a real treat to see their wedding featured in this month's Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, photographed by the renowned Jose Villa.

  From Martha Stewart Weddings:   "After spotting her work in  Martha Stewart Weddings , the couple asked Bryn Chernoff of  Paperfinger  to design all of their stationery. The hand-calligraphed suite, letterpressed on Crane & Co. paper, featured drawings of Lindsay's house, where the ceremony took place, and the other weekend venues. Chernoff also sketched wildflowers for custom envelope liners. Stamps, from  My Vintage Post Office , showed Colorado and mountain scenes."

From Martha Stewart Weddings:

"After spotting her work in Martha Stewart Weddings, the couple asked Bryn Chernoff of Paperfinger to design all of their stationery. The hand-calligraphed suite, letterpressed on Crane & Co. paper, featured drawings of Lindsay's house, where the ceremony took place, and the other weekend venues. Chernoff also sketched wildflowers for custom envelope liners. Stamps, from My Vintage Post Office, showed Colorado and mountain scenes."

 Paperfinger had a role on nearly every element of the wedding. Custom illustrated monograms were made into water bottles for every guest in their welcome backpack. Maps, illustrated signage, programs, menus, the works.

Paperfinger had a role on nearly every element of the wedding. Custom illustrated monograms were made into water bottles for every guest in their welcome backpack. Maps, illustrated signage, programs, menus, the works.

All photos by Jose Villa. Read the entire feature on MSW.

martha stewart weddings : emily and marco

2014MSW-Emily-Marco-MSW_Cover_SIP1_2014[1] So thrilled with the images from Emily and Marco's wedding at Wave Hill, which is now featured in the 2014 Martha Stewart Real Weddings special issue. It was the result of a lot of hard work by a great team, listed below.

Paperfinger contributed all the calligraphy for print and individual paper goods, as designed and produced by the superb Katie of Katie Fischer Design. You can see the calligraphy invitation suite pictured in the magazine's spread below. It was letterpressed and then each piece hand-painted with a light wash of watercolor by Katie.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell Event planning: Ang Weddings and Events Flowers and event design: Saipua Catering: Great Performances

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on the desk this week : calligraphy transcription
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This lay drying on a spread of magazines in the studio this week. I feel grateful for the time I spend transcribing a poem like this -- it's the best way to meditate on the words, writing them slowly and carefully. The complete poem text by Maya Angelou is below.

Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life.

Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.

-Maya Angelou

Visit the shop page for information on my transcription offering for poems, letters or any words of your choice, starts at $125.

sierra & michael's wedding [part 2] : table scenes in dominica

JenHuangSierraMichaelWeddingWeb-137 Sierra & Juliet (the Poppies & Posies team) kept it simple, but of course it was elegant and dreamy. They sourced all the flowers on site and added these beautiful blue tablecloths to highlight the gold place cards and brilliant bougainvillea blossoms. And I wrote the calligraphy for all the guest names.

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All photography by Jen Huang.

sierra & michael's wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding

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This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation -- less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone's anticipation for the special trip.

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Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named "A Field Guide." It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation -- gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region -- hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details -- a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide -- letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook -- illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub -- seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff

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All photography by Jen Huang.

paperfinger // 2013 highlights . eve & nick

5252fabf24e5a$!400x We created invitations and illustrated table signs for Eve & Nick's wedding on the rooftop terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Great to see it featured on Style Me Pretty this past November! You can view the full gallery there.

Eve writes: "A brunch-themed cocktail hour included egg and cheese crostini, french toast bites, and mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys. In lieu of table numbers, we assigned each table a New York City landmark, illustrated and calligraphed by Paperfinger, who also designed our invitations. We set locations based on the guests seated at each table — for example, we sat at the Museum of Natural History table, the New York landmark where we got engaged, and in a winking nod to our sense of humor, we sat the groom’s high school friends, all native New Yorkers, at the Times Square table."

Stationery: Paperfinger Photography: Kelly Kollar Dress: Amsale Floral Design: Rachel Cho Floral Design Hotel: Gramercy Park Hotel (New York, New York)

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights . oval watercolor invites

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This was one of my favorite new additions to our invitation collection: two variations on the oval watercolor theme, both with custom calligraphy for the full text of the invitation. The menu design mirrors the angled writing as can any other pieces in the invitation suite. This suite was featured in a shoot at the Brooklyn Grange.

This suite with reply card and envelopes starts at $1290 for 100 invitations. Receive a full sample set for $5.

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