Archive for February, 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s been over four years since we first featured the work of Abigail Brown on our blog. Her textiles had caught our attention back then, and she still continues to inspire us. Her collection of hand crafted birds are some of the most intricate textile pieces we’ve ever seen, and to top it off she incorporates reusable materials in her designs. A London dweller now, Abigail inherited her skills from her seamstress grandmother, and while she has transformed the long-time craft into fine art sculpture, her attention to detail is craftsmanship at its finest.

We are simply in awe of the work involved with these pieces. Our favorite might be the classy Californian Quail adorned in chic herringbone.

Her felted fledglings make timeless gifts for the bird-lovers in your life, but if they are out of price range you can still enjoy her work in other ways. Abigail’s shop is full of prints, postcards, plush toys and every day accessories.

Abigail does more than just birds. Her butterfly brooches are just as elaborate and beautiful but are affordable for all!

To view more of Abigail Brown’s work, click here and to get your hands on your very own, visit her shop!

Although we just shared the exciting news about our new wedding invitation suites on our blog, we couldn’t resist sharing even more delightful news with our fans!

The latest latest additions to our wedding collection are these beautiful foil stamp wedding invitations! When we installed our foil stamp machine late last year it took us a little while to get the hang of it, but now we’re pressing these stunners left and right. Not only are the designs classic and modern, the shine of metallic foil adds a pop of perfection.

You can choose from a range of styles, including Symphony, Pop Deco, Atlantic, Shooting Star, and Parker. They remind us of a roaring twenties vintage party invitation – great for any formal event!

To view the foil stamp invitation collection and to see more of our latest designs, visit our website!

Photos by Edyta Szyszlo Photography

I’ve just been away visiting family in Switzerland for a few days, but I’m back again to inspire you to plan your dream wedding. If like me you’re still hungry for more inspiration from Harry Judd (think band Mc Fly and 2012 Strictly Come Dancing winner) and his sweetheart Izzy Johnston’s wedding, read on. Her pretty pastel bouquet, which was made of brunia, freesia, sweet avalanche, pacific blue and avalanche roses, is so on trend. Pastels like nectarine, white linen, African violet and dusk blue are really top of the colour charts as well this spring according to colour trend forecasters Pantone, so take note.

And whilst you’re in a ‘floral’ frame of mind, why not check out Hello! Lucky’s brand new wedding designs: Classic Rose and La Vie en Rose. Again pinks and yellows stand out from the crowd, judging by what dress French actress Marion Cotillard was wearing to the BAFTAs 2013 and by the colour Dame Helen Mirren dyed her hair.

The colour yellow could be that of your bridesmaid’s dresses, table flower arrangements or going away outfit and pink carefully used is great all round, but particularly special for the flower girl’s dresses. I’d steer away from dyeing your hair pink for your special day, but you never know it may be just your thing!

If you’re in the UK and need help with your wedding flowers, call upon these experts:

Florists: G LilyJamie AstonMcQueensDavid Austin

Wedding planners: Isabel SmithMark NiemierkoZoe Lingard

Photo credits: Bouquet made of two tone arum lilies, pink roses, hyacinth, brunia and lisianthus by Aleit weddings. Bouquet made of apricot coloured David Austin roses by David Austin.

Last Friday a few of us were lucky enough to visit Chloé Fleury in her studio in San Francisco’s Mission District. Chloé’s studio is in her apartment and we found inspiration in every corner of her home. Her space was full of light, colorful, and modern. We could have stayed there for hours and all left feeling inspired to go home and work on art projects.

(everything in this photo except the bear mask is made from paper) 

If you aren’t already familiar with Chloé’s work this will be a fun look into her world. She creates amazing sculptures and illustrations with paper and it was so much fun to see her work scattered throughout her home. We snapped quite a few photos so you can see the loveliness yourself. Enjoy!

(a shot from Chloe’s living room)

(we were even inspired by her chairs and pillows)

(paper lady with fox mask & an ice cream truck made from paper)

Chloé moved to San Francisco from France and told us she didn’t start making her paper sculptures until she arrived here four years ago. One of her main inspirations? San Francisco’s color and architecture. This piece is from her first show which was at the (recently closed) Curiosity Shoppe.

(Chloé’s workspace) 

(amazing paper guitar sculpture) 

(one of Chloé’s iconic paper bunny heads) 

(paper bikes and a look at Chloe’s library)

(there was beautiful paper every where we turned) 

(Eunice & Chloe) 

Thank you so much for letting us visit your studio & your home Chloé! We’re still feeling inspired from the visit.

See more of Chloé’s work in her Etsy shop and follow along with her daily inspiration on her blog.

Last night a few of us from Hello!Lucky put on our party dresses and attended the grand opening of the new Vera Wang Bridal Boutique in San Francisco. We sipped champagne and oogled over the pretty dresses on display.

The boutique is in a beautiful location overlooking Union Square and we can only imagine how special it would be for a bride to have her fittings in such a stunning setting.

These photos don’t do the gorgeous gowns justice, but we wanted to share our snapshots from the evening. If you’re a bride in San Francisco looking for that perfect gown this boutique should be the first place you visit!

180 Geary St, 4th Fl
(between Stockton St & Grant Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94108

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a classic New York City wedding come our way. Tina and Gregory touched on all our favorite Big Apple details, from an incredible rooftop view to a traditional black and white color palette. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and we’re delighted to have played a part.

Our New York City Skyline invitation was the perfect choice for the couple. The charcoal gray and white set the tone for the event.

We can’t get over the intricacy of this cake/cupcake tower combo by Billy’s Bakery. You can’t go wrong with edible pearls!

Another wedding for the books. Congratulations to Tina and Gregory!

Photography by Jami Saunders

How clever are these Wee Gallery Dress Up animal cards? As stationers it’s sometimes a challenge to come up with designs that can be suitable for both kids and adults, but these cards definitely bridge that gap. We love the simple and painterly illustrations and the thought of kids customizing these card for a friend or sibling. So sweet! The Wee Gallery definitely has a knack for kids, and their focus on making “smart art for little minds” is brilliant. Getting kids to channel their creativity at a young age is a great way to inspire new ideas and we’ve got to give props to Wee Gallery for contributing.

They also just released a book to go along with the clever cards! It would be a great stocking stuffer or gift for kids (oh, and did we say this is fun for adults too?!) We can probably come up with 32 ways to dress up a pig, bunny, and fox. Can you?

Since Jude, Alex, and James are all obsessed with sea creatures and animals (remember their costume sneak peek?), these Sea wall graphics would make a fantastic addition to their rooms.

Visit the Wee Gallery website for more awesome kid-spiration!

We love celebrating all holidays around the studio, but Valentine’s Day is the one we get most excited about. This year we decided to do a ‘secret valentine’ exchange, we all drew names and brought in a sweet little something for the co-worker we picked. Of course the creative packaging, original presentations, and handmade gifts were so very Hello!Lucky. Did you see how all out we went for Christmas? Here are some scenes from Valentine’s Day around the studio. Enjoy!

Lia brought in chocolate covered strawberries for everyone.

Lillian gifted Holly with this amazing package of candy. Holly is the biggest candy lover among us and is the go to person when we need a little sugar fix, she’s always holding.

How adorable is this hand stitched bag Lia made Stewey and filled with a seed bomb?

Heather’s amazing package to Shayna. What was in there? Girl Scout cookies!!

Lyndsey gave Christina this sweet little rose bush in a heart container and some delicious chocolate.

The note from Heather’s package to Shayna. And Shayna looking adorable holding her cookie from Stewey – who, like the sweet little cupid he is, brought in his famous ‘Stewey’s Chewies’ for everyone in the studio.

We hope you had a sweet Valentine’s Day! xoxox

Check out the pure bliss on Sabrina’s twins faces when they spotted their favorite car (a mini) on a walk around San Francisco today. We hope you’re weekend is filled with just as much joy.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

When our dear friends at Alison Events asked us to design their most recent wedding planner book All the Essentials we couldn’t have said yes any quicker. This talented group of women knows all there is about planning a perfect wedding, and their eye for design is off the charts. Some of our lovely ladies attended the book party and it was a ball, as expected.

The book, filled with prime planner advice, offers check lists, templates, and gift trackers – all to make your wedding day a dream.

We asked Alison herself a few questions about the process and here is what she had to say!

What’s the first step for any bride planning a wedding who wants to stay organized?

Getting organized and staying organized is always such a daunting task. We designed this book with that in mind. We modeled it after a binder because that’s exactly what we use with our own clients. We make a client blinder that stays with us in the office and we send one to our couples. Month by month we make a “to-do” list with things we are working on and things our couple should be completing in that month. Taking it one step at a time is the only way to go at it and not get completely overwhelmed. It’s also super helpful to have one place where you keep everything and can reference that so easy.

What inspired you to create this wedding planner and to share all this helpful info?

We’ve been lucky enough to be doing what we love for over 12 years now and have learned so much along the way. Trends change, design shifts but the core of planning more or less stays the same.  This planner is set up to guide couples through the process and keep them on track. Everyone will need a place to keep those important contracts, hotel information, menus, registry, and seating charts etc. With this wedding planner, you’ll be able to hole punch and put them right in the binder with the added bonus of some advice on how to go about these monumental decisions.

In all your wedding planning experience, what’s the most important tip you’ve learned along the way?

Surround yourself with a solid team. This is true in my business as well as couple’s hiring on help. Couple’s should be reaching out to vendors that have great reputations and speak to their personal style but they should also be someone you click with and trust. You have to follow your instincts and this will make the process all the easier.

What’s your best advice for a bride who is feeling overwhelmed and stressed out while planning?

Hire a planner! The amount of money & stress you will save will be worth it in the end if planning just isn’t your thing! Some couples really enjoy the process of finding unique ways to incorporate their story or things they enjoy into their special day, while others might need a little help getting there. Don’t let it get to a place where it just isn’t fun anymore and you’re dreaming of eloping. You can always turn things around by either getting a professional on board or just getting some advice on how to attack intimidating tasks.

The day of the wedding can often be hectic. Do you have advice for a bride and groom for when the big day arrives?

When the big day arrives…it’s time to party and celebrate major milestone accomplishments! By that time, the two of you have already made executive decisions together and come out on top. Stay focused on what that day will represent for years, decades to come and enjoy being surrounded by your closest friends, family, and most of all, the person you’re meant to spend your life with.

To get your copy of All the Essentials, published by Chronicle Books leave a comment below telling us your best wedding tip or your dream wedding location. We’ll pick three winners on Friday, February 22nd.

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