SchennellyFest Photography

Wedding planning was such an interesting experience for me as a designer. Even though I tried not to get wrapped up in all the wedding planning hullabaloo, every decision felt important because it was all part of the greater design of the day. So between choosing a venue, designing the invitations, planning the schedule, picking the dress, choosing our photographer, and so much more, my mind was in overdrive for about a year.

But like most people tell you, it was all worth it. Because now we have this beautiful memory that Inna and Constantine of Peach Plum Pear Photo captured beyond my expectations. (And that, my friends, is not easy to do.) So I cannot say enough good things about them. They were so easy and fun to work with. And the photos feel natural, beautiful, but most importantly, they feel like us! They are everything I hoped for and easily one of the best decisions we made.

So below are my Top Ten photos. And they were not easy to narrow down! Enjoy and Happy Friday!


Designing Our Wedding Invitations

As soon as we started wedding planning, I knew I couldn’t imagine anyone else designing our invitations. Mainly because I would have driven them absolutely insane with my particularity!

And the thought of taking this on, on top of planning, sounded like a lot of pressure. But luckily, my fiancé and I had a very clear idea of what we wanted our wedding to be. We both envisioned a relaxed backyard wedding that was more party than wedding. A celebration of love with family and friends.

And it was important to us that our invitations clearly conveyed this idea. Because with the word “wedding” comes lots of expectations. And we wanted our guests to expect nothing but a good time!

So we named the event SchennellyFest, and held it at a beautiful old bed and breakfast called The Woolverton Inn, which is located in Stockton, New Jersey—right outside of New Hope, Pennsylvania.

We planned for non-stop music, coolers of beer, and yard games. No church, no cummerbunds, no cake.

What?! No cake, you say?! See. Expectations!

Well, we think the invitations accomplished their mission because our guests came ready to party, dance, and definitely ready to enjoy the Mister Softee truck that made a guest appearance. So thank you to them, our venue, and our vendors for making the day everything we hoped it would be.

And thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the photos below! More to come on Facebook in Instagram.


Vintage Train Ticket Save The Date

A few weeks ago, I revealed the design that my brother and his fiancé chose as their Save The Date. And today, I’m excited to feature the runner-up.

Like I mentioned, their proposal took place at Grand Central. So, I thought it fitting to present them with a vintage-inspired train ticket design. And even though they didn’t choose it, I’m excited to now make the design available to anyone whose theme and dream it suits.

So now, you can find it for sale on Etsy. Check it out! (And notice how the holes in the tickets are punched with an actual vintage railroad ticket punch. I’m super pumped about that thing!)

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Vintage Postcard Save The Date

About a year ago, my brother orchestrated a beautiful proposal to his girlfriend at Grand Central in New York City. And not long after, my soon-to-be sister-in-law asked me to design their Save The Dates.

We sat down over Thanksgiving to discuss her vision, and of course, I did plenty of Pinterest stalking. Her Pinterest boards were gorgeous. They contained lots of soft pinks, sage greens and neutrals, as well as plenty of vintage cues.

Fast forward a few weeks and a couple of design options, and here is what they chose:

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The photo on the front of the postcard was taken by Brigid’s sister the day they got engaged. And the postcard ornamentation on the back includes an illustration of the famous Grand Central Terminal clock, set to 6:21 to symbolize the date of their wedding.

If you dig this design, a similar one will soon be for sale on my revamped Etsy page. Coming soon. So keep your eyes peeled!


The Joy of Side Projects

Sometimes when you have a full-time job, it’s hard to find time for side projects. Am I right?

But it is side projects that help keep us happy, inspired and free. Like I read in a Fast Company article back in June, “The happiest people are the ones that aren’t just working on a deadline for a client.” Mike Sheldon, the CEO of Deutsch, goes on to say, “This is the slash generation where someone might be an art director/DJ/surfboard manufacturer, and we have to embrace the slash generation. We have people here that are writing books, making guitar stands, making short form movies and developing a cosmetics line.”

One my favorite side projects is designing for minted, a community of independent graphic designers and online paper goods store. But because of my hectic work schedule, it has been over a year since I’ve shown minted any love. So, I’ve decided to get back in the groove. And it feels so good to be back!

My latest design, he loves her, which I entered into this month’s Just Can’t Wait Save The Date Challenge. Voting open now.

Tell me, what kind of side projects do you take on, and how do you make time for them?


“Love Story” Save the Date Bookmark on Etsy

Etsy is an e-commerce site for hand-made items. A virtual craft fair, if you will. And not too long ago, I opened my own storefront. I sell wedding and shower invitations, as well as save the dates. At the moment, options are limited, but there is much more to come.

One of my most popular items is this Love Story save the date bookmark.

I love it because it is memorable and unique. But most importantly, it is useful. And it is available for purchase here at $3 each.

And yes, of course there is a matching Love Story wedding invitation suite. It will be featured on the blog later this week.

Tell me, what’s your favorite Etsy shop that we must check out?