Real Weddings — Courtney and Austin at Stone House St. Charles

April 22, 2020

Real Weddings — Courtney & Austin at Stone House St. Charles

Each time I see a gallery from one of my couples’ weddings I’m always reminded how amazing and unique each and every one of them is. As a stationer I’m never there the day of, so until the photos come in, I only get to daydream about how perfect their wedding day was.

While designing Courtney and Austin’s reception and day-of items, I had this vision in my head about their wedding. During our consultation as Courtney was chatting about their style, I felt as though I could envision their wedding day perfectly.

That is until I saw the gallery from Courtney Lee Photography. It was a million times more beautiful than I could have pictured. One of my favorite planning groups to work with here in St. Louis are the ladies at Altar’d Events and they helped with the coordination of this event. I should have known that it was going to be an absolute dream.

I loved getting to play a small role in bringing this vision to life through menu and place card design, as well as weekend agenda booklets.

Get a look inside this beautiful real wedding below.

How Much Should We Budget for Wedding Invitations? | Wedding Stationery Tips from Leighwood Design Studio

April 21, 2020

How Much Should We Budget for Our Wedding Invitations?

Throughout this series, I’ve been giving tips on planning for your wedding invitations. From when to start planning, to helping you decide on whether custom wedding stationery is right for you, to explaining the pieces of an invitation suite.

Today we’re diving into budgeting for your wedding invitations and day-of pieces. There are a lot of deciding factors that go into determining what’s the right budget for your invitations ranging from the size of your guest list, the number of pieces you’d like to include, and any special finishing touches. The range also varies depending on if you’re choosing a template or investing in custom wedding invitations. Because of this, your wedding invitations could cost anywhere between $400–5,000.

I’m here to help demystify some of those questions you may have about budgeting.

Wedding Inspiration Shoot — Orange Crush Spring Session at Wild Carrot

April 9, 2020

Wedding Inspiration Shoot — Orange Crush Spring Session at Wild Carrot

Spring is finally here. The sun has been shining, the trees are starting to bloom, and there are hints of life all around. With spring comes a renewed sense of purpose. Everything feels a bit more possible and we shift from the muted colors of autumn and winter to more vibrant shades of orange and yellow.

Today I’m featuring a beautiful wedding inspiration shoot that reminds me of spring. Florals in stunning oranges, whites, and green. Simple, modern decor, and that bright airy feel.

Wild Carrot was the perfect backdrop for this shoot. This Shaw Neighborhood venue is equal parts funky and cool, with a hint of industrial chic. For the modern couple, this is a perfect venue. From murals to exposed brick and wide garage doors, it’s unlike any other wedding venue in the area.

This styled shoot was coordinated by the oh-so-talented Silvia at St. Louis’ Snapdragon Studio. Not only does she create stunning floral arrangements for couples across the area, but she’s also an incredibly kind and talented stylist.

I’m honored to have contributed an invitation suite and day-of pieces to this shoot. And I love how Alex Nardulli captured every single detail.

Continue reading to see more from this inspiring shoot.

The Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation Suite from Leighwood Design Studio

April 7, 2020

The Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation Suite

Now that the excitement of your engagement has settled and you’ve begun nailing down some of the important details (ie, the where and the when), it’s time to start determining what are the important pieces to include in your wedding invitation suite.

Throughout this series, I’ve been working to help educate on the mystery of wedding stationery and wedding invitations. While there’s a lot of planning information and tips out there for other areas of wedding planning, paper goods remains a mystery.

I’ve already talked about when you should start planning your wedding invitations and the difference in wedding invitation types and providers. Today I’m breaking down the components of a wedding invitation suite and which are the most important for you.

Real Weddings — Paris & Joe at St. Louis Woman's Club

April 3, 2020

Real Weddings — Paris & Joe at St. Louis Woman’s Club

There’s nothing more classic than a black and white color palette for a wedding. It’s one that never goes out of style and it’s so easy to make cool and modern, or in the case of Paris and Joe, chic and timeless.

I had the honor to work with Paris and Joe on their February wedding. The two were the epitome of soulmates, having been in each other’s lives since they were kids. It was such a blessing to get to work with them from their save the dates all the way to their day-of materials and help bring their chic black-tie vision to life with the coordinating and planning from the ladies at Altar’d Events, one of the best group of St. Louis wedding planners.

Paris and Joe’s wedding vision was a simple and classic one: lots of creamy whites, over-the-top greenery and florals, with chic pops of gold and black. It was the ultimate black-tie affair hosted at Central West End venue the St. Louis Woman’s Club.

The two were a dream couple to work with and their wedding was like a fairytale.

Continue reading to see more from their picture-perfect day, captured by Scarlett Crews Photography.

Difference In Wedding Invitation Types and Providers | Leighwood Design Studio

March 31, 2020

Breaking Down the Difference In Wedding Invitation Types & Providers

Being engaged is one of the most special seasons in your life. You’re going to marry your soulmate! You get to plan the soirée of the year surrounded by your friends and family!

There’s a lot of information out there on every aspect of your wedding. From where you should allocate your budget, to the best and on-trend cake flavors depending on the season you’re getting married. It’s important to remember with all of that, that you ultimately need to focus on what’s special to you for your wedding.

After all, it’s for your wedding, right?

I’m here to help with some of the details on the wedding invitations and other paper goods. Wedding stationery and invitations is almost a mystery when it comes to planning. You know that at some point you need them, but for some couples, the timeline creeps up on you.

During this series, I’m helping to shine some light on planning for your wedding invitations and stationery.

We’ve already covered when to start planning your wedding invitations. Briefly, I alluded to different types of wedding invitation providers. This time we’re diving into all the details.

Keep reading to Break Down the Difference in Wedding Invitation Types & Providers.