Featured Vendor: Once Wed

Fine Art Wedding Stationery Vendor | Once Wed

I’m thrilled to announce a new vendor partnership with one of my favorite wedding resources: Once Wed. Carefully curated and beautifully presented, images on Once Wed represent romance, femininity, and the fine art of wedding design—qualities that perfectly align with my own brand here at Sarah Ann Design.

My fine art wedding stationery and calligraphy will be featured on their site as a Premium Vendor, and hopefully we’ll be able to collaborate on a few blog features in the future. The Once Wed aesthetic is utterly swoon-worthy, and filled with treasured details in every post.

So what are ya waitin’ for?! Go check it out! I hope you enjoy Once Wed as much as I do; it’s such a lovely resource for couples and wedding industry professionals. I’m honored to be a part of it, and I hope it leads me to work with some wonderful couples.

 

Sarah Ann Design // Fine Art Wedding Stationery

Sarah Ann Design // Fine Art Wedding Stationery

 

On top of that, the editorial team behind Once Wed is so supportive. As a creative entrepreneur, it means a lot to me to work with businesses that have a generous heart behind their brand. I am grateful to the Once Wed community (especially Andi, my Account Executive!) for making this partnership possible.

Cheers to new collaborations!

Romantic Wedding Inspiration at The Gallery

 

Wedding Calligrapher // Romantic Wedding Inspiration

In peach, ivory, and sage, this romantic wedding inspiration is one guaranteed to make a sweet statement. The backless dress, upswept hair, and sparkly ring all exude a romantic style that you can’t help but love. And how about that decadent tablescape? Fresh fruit, tapered candles, and a gauzy runner set the scene for an intimate celebration—while individual honeypots atop every plate ensure each place setting is unmistakably sweet.

These invitations feature an organic floral design echoed throughout the suite. As the wedding calligrapher, I designed and illustrated the full suite—plus addressed the envelopes. I sketched a loose bunch of blooms and stems, then applied them to various components of the suite: a custom patterned invitation envelope liner, illustrated response card envelope liner, and printed menu design. The ivory and sage color palette ties it all together, while a messy wax seal embellishment adds unique interest.

And what a treat to collaborate again with one of my favorite photographers, Angela Sostarich Photography! For those who don’t know, Angela was our own wedding photographer, and we could not have been more pleased with her sweet personality and beautiful images. When she reached out about a styled shoot collaboration, I was thrilled to provide paper pretties for the concept. Take a peek and see what you think:

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vendors
Photography // Angela Sostarich Photography
Wedding Calligrapher + Stationer // Sarah Ann Design
Venue // The Gallery, Houston
Floral // LBJ FLoral Events
Table and Rentals // Any Occasion
Cake // Dulce Cakes
Hair and Makeup // Allison Hughes Specialties
Jewelry // Donoho’s Jewellers
Gown // Milena’s Bridal
Tux // Jim’s Formal Wear
Models // Makaila Bender + Ben Shakespeare

 

Wedding Inspiration in Charleston, South Carolina

The internet is a magical thing. As a wedding stationery designer, it’s an amazing asset for inspiration… the world is full of people far more talented than I, within my industry and outside of it. But the real reward is when online interactions turn into real friendships and creative collaborations. Thanks to a wonderful online community over at Spoken Bride, I was virtually introduced to Siobhan of Siobhan Lorraine Photography a few months ago. Her beautiful work had me enamored at first sight! We connected via email and agreed to collaborate on a styled shoot overflowing with organic, earthy goodness. And holy moly, did she deliver!

I sent my paper pretties off to Siobhan in North Carolina via snail mail; then, she worked her magic to bring them to life at this stunning bridal shoot in Charleston, South Carolina.

For the invitations, I worked within an earthy color palette to deliver organic paper goods. Beginning with handmade paper (thanks you, Fabulous FancyPants), I hand-dyed each component of the suite with watercolor and coffee (thank you, K-cups). The blue envelope is handmade using paper my friend Renita brought home to me from Bali; I had been saving it for months, but this project seemed like the perfect place for a completely unique paper texture. A custom wax seal and silk ribbon embellishment provided the finishing touch!

Can we all just agree that this bride is utterly gorgeous? And that setting! I officially have a dose of wanderlust for the Carolinas. Thank you Siobhan for a beautiful collaboration—and for using social media to form real-life, intentional relationships. The results are downright dreamy!

 

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vendors:
Photography: Siobhan Lorraine Photography
Wedding Stationery Designer: Sarah Ann Design
Floral: WildFlowers, Inc.
Hair: Gigi in the Hive at Pink Dot Beauty Bar
Makeup: Rebecca at Pink Dot Beauty Bar
Bridal Boutique: Lily Rose Bridal
Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige

 

April Freebie

Can anyone else believe it’s already April? I feel like it was just yesterday that we were all toasting to a New Year, filled with the bubbly warmth of champagne and hope of resolutions yet unbroken. Already now, this year has flown by—and so has my first month since launching Sarah Ann Design. It has been a wonderful adventure thus far, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for my little brand.

Creating paper heirlooms has brought utter joy to my heart; I have the privilege of spending every day crafting a tangible part of someone’s love story. To me, it is a complete honor—and one that fills my soul. That, above all else, makes this entrepreneurial endeavor worth pursuit.

I am slowly learning to embrace a lifestyle that has potential for more rest—if I make it so. It goes against every iota of my mentality to slow down and put work aside in favor of rest. But I’m trying, and I’m certainly making more progress now than when I was juggling the 9:00–5:00 alongside Sarah Ann Design. I’ve learned to look at rest as a part of my productivity cycle; a necessary, valuable, worthy component of my creative process. Elizabeth Foss says it best in the Blessed Is She Lenten Journal: “To rest is an act of faith. It means we honestly believe that our existence is not dependent on our activity.”

Beyond that, as a newly launched creative entrepreneur, I’ve learned a few things about working for myself and pursuing my own goals. Namely, give yourself grace. The last month has held plenty of joys and smiles and laughter… and also a few mistakes: deadlines cut a bit too close, clients I wish I had booked, and the occasional stressed-out attitude that cannot best serve my marriage. Amidst the highs and lows, here are a few life lessons surfacing through my business:

  • Slow down. Easier said than done. Workin’ on it, y’all.
  • Create before you consume. I’ve made a big effort to dream and sketch and create before I scroll. Yes, inspiration is out there; but it can wait. It has become an important part of my process to create –purely, originally, intentionally – before consuming other information and inspiration.
  • Keep learning. When was the last time you explored a new skill? Since launching Sarah Ann Design, I’ve learned a lot out of necessity… but I’m also making an effort to learn new skills that benefit my business and my person. One of my latest interests is product photography; I can’t say I will be a professional photographer anytime soon, but I have picked up quite a few tips on using my camera and achieving enough skill to take decent photos of my creations (thank you, Skillshare!). It helps break me out of a daily creative rut, gives my mind something new to explore, and ultimately does benefit my business and my self.
  • Ask for help. One of my biggest downfalls… Hubris makes it easy to ignore the resources right in front of us. The creative community is filled with kind people, valuable advice, and a helping hand. All we have to do is ask. And even more so, ask the One who has authored your story; He too is earnestly waiting to offer help if we only choose to seek it.

All of this can be summed up by this month’s freebie download: bloom where you are planted. It is okay that I am not a mature flower in full bloom; it is not okay to compare the beginning of my creative journey to someone else’s middle or end. I am still the smallest of buds, not unlike the tiny new leaf unfurling in the middle of our living room’s fiddle leaf fig tree. I have to remind myself that I am planted here and now; not when or if only. I have a lifetime left to create all the ideas drifting through my head… and it won’t serve me or my clients to rush through them.

Slow down. Create before you consume. Keep learning. Ask for help.

Bloom where you are planted.

I am deeply grateful to my wonderful clients for entrusting me with the visual representation of their special day. It has truly been an honor… and I’m only one month in! So join me in raising a glass to amazing client collaborations, to a supportive vendor community, to the world’s most encouraging husband, and to chasing dreams at full-speed. Cheers to more intentionally designed heirlooms, more resting time with the love of my life, and more coffee (always more coffee).

Sorry these are a little late, but I hope you enjoy this month’s freebies and a peek into the life of a newly budding creative entrepreneur; it’s a joy to share my story with you along the way. Thank you for joining the adventure alongside me! Click the links below to open the photos and save them to your devices.

 

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Mediterranean-Inspired Wedding

DFW Wedding Invitations / Sarah Ann Design

Hello lovelies! I’m excited to unveil a fresh new look here on the blog today. This Mediterranean-inspired wedding combines an Old World feel with a light and airy aesthetic. We set a romantic tone with feminine pastels, while a bright blue hue throughout brings a pop of color.

The invitation suite brings together all kinds of gorgeous details. A calligraphed monogram and branch crest take center stage on the main invitation; these details are then applied to elements throughout the suite. A few branches surround the envelope’s organic calligraphy, which are then again echoed on the reply card with a corresponding hand-drawn branch. Keeping in line with our overall theme, I hand-painted a patterned liner inspired by Mediterranean floor tiles—a subtle touch, but one that really elevates the envelope experience. I also incorporated an atypical return address layout on the blush envelope’s flap, adding a bit of visual interest and a distinctive design component.

Thanks to a talented vendor team, the rest of this shoot came together beautifully. I loved the idea of a unique seating chart; so we used an empty frame lined with twine and greenery to display delicate escort cards paired with skeleton keys.

The chocolate naked cake was topped with fresh blackberries and blueberries, providing a pop of color and a tart complement to this sugary confection. But why stop at cake when you can have a variety of delectable pastries? There was no shortage of sweet delights at this shoot!

Bright pops of blue brought the sweetheart table to life, with elegant glassware and tapered candles. Our model was utterly stunning in her princess ballgown, blush bouquet, and delicate bridal accessories.

I hope you adore this inspiration shoot as much as I do! Take a peek and enjoy all these lovely details:

 

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Vendors
Photography  //  Rachel Elaine Photography
Coordination // Events by Jade
DFW Wedding Invitations  //  Sarah Ann Design
Venue  //  Aristide at Mansfield
Florals  //  Vella Nest Floral
Cake  //  Amuse Bake Shop
Hair and Makeup  //  Beauty by Omar
Accessories  //  Elizabeth Lee Bridal
Gown  //  Elizabeth Lee Bridal

Making Time for Rest

 

Oh my goodness. Jon and I are back from our short cruise vacation, and we both feel so, so refreshed. A few days of unplugged relaxation were exactly what we both needed to mentally recharge and reconnect with each other. Thank you, sweet clients, for allowing me a short respite, and the time I needed to unwind and to nourish my own well-being. Today on the blog, I’m sharing a few thoughts on what it means to let go and let myself rest:

As a solopreneur, it is not easy to leave work behind—even just for a few days. I’m a one-woman show, the sole invitation designer here at Sarah Ann Design. My little business doesn’t have a team at home to hold down the fort… it’s just me. So what happens when I’m gone? What if there’s nobody available to answer emails? Take phone calls? What if I don’t post on Instagram for a full week… will I lose followers? What if a potential client inquires? Will I miss out on a project I would have loved?

Well, what if? Any of those things could have happened—and actually did happen in my absence. But guess what? There’s a whole other side to all of those “what-ifs:” What if I restore my mental well-being? What if I take time just for me? What if I am able to recharge and ultimately better serve my clients? What if I am able to read a few books that speak to my soul and expand my creativity? What if I make amazing memories with my husband? What if I am able to come home with a deeper peace, ready to better serve my business, my home, and my marriage?

And guess what? Those things happened too. 

A bit of mental rest was the very best thing I could have done for Sarah Ann Design. I think as creative entrepreneurs, we care so deeply about our clients and want to serve them well in every capacity. It’s easy to worry about being away from the inbox for a few days… but in reality, an unplugged vacation allowed me to recharge and fill my well—so I could actually better serve the clients I love so much.

To my clients: Thank you. Thank you for trusting me with a few days to recharge and restore. Thank you for trusting me to be your wedding invitation designer. I am back at it with renewed creativity this week and can’t wait to deliver design goodness to you within the next few days!

 

 

P.S. While we were cruisin’, my Emerald Elegance wedding inspiration was featured by a few new publications! Thank you to Brides of North Texas and Aisle Society for showcasing our luxe emerald-hued styled shoot. Plus, one of my all-time favorite shoots was featured on the Brides of North Texas blog; be sure to take a peek at this vintage farm wedding inspiration! It was an honor to be the invitation designer on both of these shoots, and it’s a treat to see them picking up recognition. Thanks to the talented vendor teams who made them possible!

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