August 14

Behind the Design Scenes with Whitney Port

Hi everyone! It’s finally here! My new stationery collection, designed exclusively for Wedding Paper Divas, is available beginning today for couples at Whitney Port Wedding Stationery.

I wanted to take the opportunity to share some insight into the creation of this collection (after popping some bubbly, of course!) While I have lots of design experience under my belt, I’ll admit I felt a bit overwhelmed initially because of how meaningful and personal wedding stationery is. I really wanted to bring something fresh and vibrant to the table, and create designs that couples can fall in love with (and enjoy for decades to follow), that help illustrate their own unique love stories.

whitney_port_wedding_stationeryPhoto source: Getty

As it turned out, not only was the design process an absolute blast for me, but seeing the elements that I love on the printed page helped me envision my own upcoming nuptials! I’m a very visual person and have a hidden Pinterest board with a huge variety of bridal inspirations, and working with Wedding Paper Divas gave me the opportunity to hone in on these specific elements, make them my own and give them a bridal feel.

Here are five fun facts from my experience designing this invitation line!

  1. The best thing about designing stationery: I was so excited to work with Wedding Paper Divas on this collection because I felt there was a niche for invitations that feel bohemian and colorful, carefree yet elegant. I’m proud to have created a line that feels completely new to the realm of wedding stationery, signals a fun celebration and can help couples with a unique sense of style (like me and my fiancé Tim!) express themselves as a couple.
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  3. Fusing tradition with modern touches: Like any bride-to-be going through the planning process, I’ve been learning new things along the way, and Wedding Paper Divas really helped me find the right balance of the vibrant, eccentric and whimsical look I wanted with the traditional elements that are customary on wedding stationery, such as textures, typography and layout.
  4. Going big with color: I knew I wanted bold colors to be a key characteristic of my collection. I wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries and bring the stationery to life through playful brush strokes, patterns and paint splashes. To make sure the designs really jump off the paper, I experimented a lot with different color combinations such as bright magenta, aqua and purple colorways for Enchanting Affair, and the deep emerald greens blended throughout palms, ferns and festive garlands you see in Lavish Laurel.
  5. Finding bridal inspiration in unexpected places: As someone who works in fashion and is dabbling in the wedding space (both personally and professionally), I wanted to have some fun, take design risks and infuse elements that inspire me in my daily life. It felt natural to look to geometric shapes, boho elements and patterns from items that are not typically associated with bridal (like a really cool Mexican rug pattern), and blend them with longstanding traditions and classic elements for one-of-a-kind designs.
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  7. Designing for a certain type of bride: These designs were developed with the free-spirited, non-traditional bride in mind, who won’t sweat the small stuff – a category I think I fall into! Tim and I want to create our own story and break some rules for our wedding to make it feel like us and above all, fun. And that’s what I hope to express with this collection! Take Enchanting Affair for example – huge, carefree paint splashes express a fun energy that will let guests know that they’re in for a very fun night!

Here is a behind the scenes look from Whitney’s collection launch event that took place in July at the Mondrian SOHO in New York. Whitney talks about the inspiration for her collection, her favorite designs and tips for brides-to-be!

Tell us – which one is your favorite design?

Whitney

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August 13

Pottery Barn Curated Wedding Stationery Collection

Pottery Barn inspires people to create a home they love. Their distinctive style goes way beyond the home and the exclusive curated stationery collection of Wedding Paper Divas designs beautifully highlight the top 5 wedding trends of the season.

Today we are featuring the City Chic designs. Architectural elements meet the happiest hues under the sun – think bold typography, playful patterns and pops of color.

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Lovely Union

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Distinguished Couple

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Flawless Promise

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Gilded Romance

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We Do Wed

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Perfect Simplicity

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August 12

Real Wedding: Rondi & Aaron

This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Rondi and Aaron, that took place at Five Palms Beach Grill, on Keawakapu Beach in Maui, Hawaii. The couple described the day as, “PERFECT and it wouldn’t have happened without our dream team of creative folks, all of whom were close friends or family that traveled to Maui with us including the photographers, videographer, musician, and pastor.”

Photos courtesy of: Hannah D Photography

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August 8

Pottery Barn Curated Wedding Stationery Collection

Pottery Barn inspires people to create a home they love. Their distinctive style goes way beyond the home and the exclusive curated stationery collection of Wedding Paper Divas designs beautifully highlight the top 5 wedding trends of the season.

Today we are featuring the Rustic Elegance designs. Capturing the effortless charm of backyard weddings, these light-hearted designs feature chalkboard accents, woodland details and textured kraft paper.

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At Last

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Kraft Cute

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Charmed Chalk

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Vibrant Blossoms

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Woodland Wedding

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Retro Wreath

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August 7

Real Wedding: Anna & Alex

This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Anna and Alex. Anna and Alex both fled from the former Soviet Union and came to America as young refugees. In this land of opportunity, both became successful entrepreneurs. Anna is the CFO in her family’s export business and Alex runs his own law practice. Busy as they were, finding love proved to be elusive. As fate would have it, Anna was looking to hire a lawyer for her business and Alex showed up at her door. It was a trip to Burning Man where Anna let all her fears go and started getting butterflies at the thought of being with Alex for the rest of her life. Several months later, in classic Russian style, Alex proposed to Anna in front of her whole family on a crowded night at Central Kitchen in San Francisco.

The wedding took place on a private estate named Relais Du Soleilin in Glen Ellen CA, where larger than life metal art sculptures from Burning Man adorn a quiet wind-swept meadow. These enormities are lit up at night and along with the private swimming hole and guest cottages on the property make this a great venue for an event that can creep into the morning hours. Anna and Alex wed underneath a chuppah made by their friends and decorated with flowers and green garlands. Guests enjoyed cocktails created by the skilled mixologists at Goose & Gander in St. Helena. The scene at dinner could be best described as French country style tables each with homemade vodka by Anna’s father and overflowing dishes of Russian-meets-Wine Country fare. The romantic dinner tent, dancing under the stars and open air lounge made the night unforgettable.

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Vendor List:

Photography: http://www.elenazhukova.com/

Event Planning and Design: http://www.milkandhoneyspecialevents.com/

Catering: http://www.elainebellcatering.com/

Venue: http://www.relaisdusoleil.com/

Flowers: http://www.huckleberrykarendesigns.com/

Wedding Cake: http://beauxgateaux.com/

Desserts: http://bouchonbakery.com/

Mixology: http://www.goosegander.com/

Rentals: http://www.hartmannstudiosrentals.com/pages/view

Tent: http://www.winecountryparty.com/

Transportation: http://www.pureluxury.com/

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August 4

Rustic Wedding Inspiration Board

Put a fresh spin on your rustic wedding with a color palette of muted mint, sage, copper, and white. Homespun details and woodsy touches will add to the simple elegance.

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L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Verdant Bouquet invitation, BridesmaidsBouquetFavor BagWedding SignsTable Details

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