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Rose gold photo wedding announcements

Tom and Sandy sent these rose gold photo wedding announcements after their summertime nuptials. Our friends at Paperie & Pen helped them choose our Lincoln diecut shape to complement the elegant typography and soft, sophisticated rose gold foil.

foil stamping: rose gold shine | digital inks: cmyk | fonts: submitted | paper: duplexed bella smooth cotton white 2-ply | diecut shape: lincoln | Paperie & Pen | customization #39999

black letterpress and gold foil typography wedding invitations

The team at our flagship store in Manhattan had the pleasure of helping Samantha and Robert create these black letterpress and gold foil typography wedding invitations for their recent wedding. They customized our Irving design with a simple border and used oversized text, tawny foil and a modern geometric envelope liner for classic meets contemporary style.

letterpress ink: black | foil stamping: tawny matte | font: didot | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope: hector pattern in black | Bella Figura NYC | customization #39252

watercolor flamingo rehearsal dinner invitations

Clare and Matthew celebrated with guests at a pre-wedding dinner at The Breakers, and these flamingo rehearsal dinner invitations were sent to set the tone for the evening. Our friends at Events helped them choose Nicole Black’s watercolor hand calligraphy and a black foil striped envelope liner to pay homage to the Palm Beach chic dress code. A commissioned watercolor flamingo from Nicole add a playful note that was carried through to their table cards, too.

letterpress ink: papaya | digital inks: papaya + cmyk | font: chloe | hand calligraphy: samantha style | paper: triplexed + duplexed bella smooth cotton white 3-ply + 2-ply | corner rounding | foil edging: gold matte | envelope: bella cotton white | foil stamped liner: sea stripes in black shine | Events | customization #36484

Modern floral day-of wedding stationery for Chicago wedding

A few weeks ago we shared Jenny and Reilly’s modern floral wedding invitations that are hands down one of our favorite customizations to date. Our friends at Magnificent Milestones helped them complete their stationery trousseau with these day-of pieces inspired by their invitations. The same floral artwork and bold, contemporary typography graced their folded ceremony program, tea-length menu, and personalized placecards.

letterpress ink: black | digital inks: black + cmyk | fonts: darling + sans capitals | paper: bella smooth cotton white 1-ply + duplexed 2-ply | Magnificent Milestones | customization #39661

Monochromatic letterpress and foil stamped save the dates and invitations

Casey and Tor used a cool palette of pewter and silver on their monochromatic letterpress and foil stamped save the dates and invitations. They customized our Branch design by forgoing the rustic fonts and layout for more elegant typography. The motif was used throughout the suite including the custom envelope liner. The couple opted for classic save the dates without any additional adornment but added a destination inspired liner to pay homage to the city hosting their wedding.

letterpress ink: pewter | foil stamping: silver matte | fonts: romantic + engravers + impression | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | envelopes: bella cotton white | liners: custom branch pattern in shale + philadelphia pattern in pewter | Bella Figura NYC | customization #35872

Rainbow Bat Mitzvah invitations

Our flagship store in Manhattan helped Noa and her family create these rainbow Bat Mitzvah invitations for her celebration at 404NYC. Our Splash design served as inspiration, and we created a vibrant rainbow that was digitally printed atop the invitation. A sunshine yellow watercolor liner and matching edge painting added another pop of cheery color. 

letterpress ink:  charcoal | digital printing: cmyk | fonts: darling + ariel | paper: duplexed smooth cotton white 2-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | liner: customer supplied watercolor in cmyk | Bella Figura NYC | customization #35966

black letterpress Simple Elegance wedding invitations for Icelandic wedding

Emelí and Christian’s Simple Elegance wedding invitations were printed in classic black letterpress on our pillowy Bella Cotton paper. The beauty is in the simplicity and the sweetly petite reply card sizing.

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letterpress ink: black | font: moravia | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | customization #37547

Carmine: whimsical poppy wedding invitation inspiration

Hand-painted poppies arranged to frame hand lettered calligraphy are paired with a design-inspired envelope liner, adding rustic charm to this reimagining of our Carmine design.

digital inks: cmyk | letterpress ink: black | font: garamond | hand calligraphy: imogene style | paper: white smooth cotton | invite size: F-8 | liner: custom pattern in cmyk | original design by Brenda Fox | customization by Jessica Downs

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An inside peek into Smitten Boutique

It’s our pleasure to shine the spotlight on one of the sweetest spots in Chicago, Smitten Boutique. Kirstin and Kyleigh greet their clients with a warm welcome, a glass of wine, and most importantly, an experience that transforms into a lasting relationship far past the first trip to this charming shop. We are looking forward to Smitten Boutique’s upcoming trunk show where we will get to work side by side with some of the loveliest ladies in the business! Here’s a little look inside their doors on West Madison Street and thoughts from store owner Kirstin:

Q: What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your job? What do you find the most challenging?   A: My favorite part by far is the creative brainstorming process where we look at a couple's wedding inspirations and help them dream up the perfect paper goods to compliment their event! Whether it's a custom illustration, a luxe 2-ply paper, a hand-dyed silk ribbon or the perfect shade of blush - there is always something that just ties it all together and says 'this is our wedding' for a couple. It’s our job to help couples get there! The most challenging part of the job is probably juggling home life and Smitten life. I could spend 100% of my time working on things for Smitten but I have three adorable, small children and an amazing husband who I would love spend ALL of my time with as well - so finding a balance can be tricky when you love what you do!!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your boutique came to be? Is this something you have always wanted to do? 

A: When I was in college, I used to jog past the cute shops nearby and dreamed of owning one someday. Fast forward ten years, I was walking our dog through our neighborhood and saw a “for sale” sign in the window of a small retail space. I believed in the West Loop neighborhood and it just felt right. My husband jumped on board and a month later we were figuring out what our store was going to look like!  

Q: How would you describe your space to somebody that has never visited before? We want to hear all the details!

A: Smitten has become a staple boutique in Chicago’s West Loop over the past decade. The bright, open store is a welcoming space for our clients to relax in while they peruse our selection of gifts. They are always welcome to enjoy a glass of wine while they create custom invitations or stationery with one of our talented consultants. Our team loves getting to know our clients which cultivate long lasting relationships through the years. Whether we are helping to design your paper goods, finding you the perfect gift for a new baby, a bridal event, a birthday, a holiday, a housewarming or an everyday gift, we’re here to help you select the best!

An inside peek into Smitten Boutique

Q: What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your job? What do you find the most challenging?

A: My favorite part by far is the creative brainstorming process where we look at a couple’s wedding inspirations and help them dream up the perfect paper goods to compliment their event! Whether it’s a custom illustration, a luxe 2-ply paper, a hand-dyed silk ribbon or the perfect shade of blush – there is always something that just ties it all together and says ‘this is our wedding’ for a couple. It’s our job to help couples get there! The most challenging part of the job is probably juggling home life and Smitten life. I could spend 100% of my time working on things for Smitten but I have three adorable, small children and an amazing husband who I would love to spend ALL of my time with as well – so finding a balance can be tricky when you love what you do.

An inside peek into Smitten Boutique	Q: What do you think your clients enjoy most about working with Smitten Boutique?

A: Planning a wedding can be overwhelming because it’s often the first time a couple has planned a party of this caliber, yet they want it to be perfect. (And how many times do you get something perfect the first time you do it?). I think we provide a trusted partner for our clients and help guide them through the process, so that they can enjoy the ride rather than stressing about whether they are doing everything correctly. That’s our job!

An inside peek into Smitten Boutique

An inside peek into Smitten Boutique

Q:  Anything else we should know or that you would like to share?

A: I feel so lucky to be a part of our local community and a partner to so many amazing vendors on both the retail and stationery sides of our business. I hope our customers realize what an impact they have on our business when they choose to walk through the door. I don’t think anyone should shop local out of obligation or pity as I am a busy woman who can appreciate the convenience of online shopping, but I hope that the enjoyment our customers get out of visiting us, our customer service, and true desire to go the extra mile for our customers will continue to win the business of so many great people and that Smitten will be around for many decades to come!

Estate: blush bridal shower invitation inspiration

A sweet floral motif, pretty script font, and delicate striped liner come together to create this blush bridal shower invitation inspiration based on our Estate design.

letterpress ink: cherry blossom | fonts: bodega + moravia | paper: ivory | invite size: A-6 | liner: dune pattern in cherry blossom | original design + customization by Lindsy Talarico

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Monochromatic wedding invitations for California winery wedding

We worked with Rachel and Jason to customize our Irving design for their recent California winery wedding. They wanted monochromatic wedding invitations that reflected the modern elegance of their celebration so we printed in pale gray and pewter inks and kept the typography simple yet romantic. They planned their wedding around California’s fig season, hence the custom vintage inspired fig envelope liner.

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letterpress inks: pewter + pale gray | fonts: josefin + allyson | paper: bella smooth cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | liner: custom vintage fig pattern in pale gray + submitted photo in cmyk | customization #37876

Estate: harvest party invitation inspiration

This harvest party invitation inspiration based on our Estate design pays homage to autumn with a cozy palette of espresso and copper, a sweet foil stamped pumpkin motif, and a gingham patterned envelope liner.

foil stamping: copper shine | letterpress ink: espresso | fonts: marina + streamline | paper: ivory | invite size: A-6 | die-cut: lincoln style | liner: country gingham pattern in hazel | original design + customization by Lindsy Talarico

pecan pie | candy apples

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