All the Essentials Wedding Planner Book!

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.

Studio Visit from Happy Morning

We very much enjoyed the recent studio visit by the lovely Sandra of Happy Morning. She toured our studio, met the crew, and took some beautiful photos of our space. We love to see photos of our studio taken through the eyes of someone else. She captured all the colors and [somewhat] organized paper products in our pressroom.

This is our ever deep and never ending shelf of custom order envelopes. Thank goodness for color-coding!

On the day of her visit Jon was working on Julia Rothman's design Tres Chic, which is always a fan favorite.

Not even our office spaces were forgotten! Magic happens at the desks of our designers, and there are always inspirational materials laying around.

Our Visit Series save the dates are a huge hit among our future brides and grooms. We love to display them all together.

Thanks Sandra for coming to our studio and for sharing all the lovely photos! For more and to read a Q & A with Eunice, click here!

Real Wedding: Caitlin and Timothy

Caitlin and Timothy's sunny Palo Alto wedding has us dreaming of summer time all over again. With lots of golden yellow details and an elegant outdoor reception, it's warm and inviting and oh so romantic. Caitlin and Timm started out by sending guests these Heartland save the date cards. And who says you have to keep with the same card? They switched things up with a custom icon in our Big Day invitation suite.

We customized the invitation with a mason jar holding two yellow California poppies. The theme carries out throughout their wedding day, even into their homemade favors!

The gorgeous florals were done by Amy Burke Designs, and we love the darker orange pops of color.

It was love at first sight with this ceremony venue. The Stanford Memorial Church just glowed among the guests.

And how darling are these homemade favors? The California poppies made another appearance on the labels of each jar. We're dying for a taste!

Congratulations Caitlin and Timm! For more lovely photos, head over to Lori Paladino Photography!

Photos by Lori Paladino Photography

Wedding Design & Planning - Elisheva Basseri of A Bride's Best Friend Venue - Villa Montalvo & Stanford Memorial Church Music - Ron Grandia Hair & Makeup - Joey Chueng of JBeautique Flowers - Amy Burke of Amy Burke Designs Rentals - Classic Party Rentals and La Tavola Linen Transportation - Lone Star Limousine Caterer:  Melons Catering Dress Store:  Priscilla of Boston Shoes:  Valentino

Real Wedding: Rachel and Jared

One thing we never get tired of is a beautiful feminine wedding. Yes, we love modern details and quirky decor, but a traditional wedding with delicate touches just feels right. This real wedding of Rachel and Jared covers all bases. From the neutral tones and blush pink bouquets, to the Parisian influenced food and romantic decorations, it's simply beautiful. Rachel and Jared share a love of french culture, and knew their big day would have to incorporate their favorite place (and honeymoon destination). The Villa San Juan Capistrano provided a perfect backdrop with rustic walls and dreamy greenery. And what can we say about that Lazaro wedding dress? Stunning.

We couldn't imagine a more fitting invitation than our Nouveau Peonies suite. The couple even had a custom program made to match their invites.

Gorgeous florals and boutonnieres by Krista Jon.

This might just be our favorite detail of Rachel and Jared's wedding. This textural ombre cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop and those pistachio green macarons look très délicieux.

Congratulations to Rachel and Jared! What a lovely wedding. To see more pictures head over to Ruffled for a full feature and image gallery!

Photos by Ashley Rose Photography

The Crafts Department

It's absolutely no secret that we love everything Martha Stewart. Not a day goes by without checking in with the Brides Guide or scoping out a delicious fall recipe. One of our favorite spots to check in is with the Crafts Dept. blog. Not only does the Martha Stewart crafts team post daily inspiration and original craft projects, their rotating blog banner is a work of art in itself! When that day comes and a new banner arrives, a mini celebration is in order. Maybe not the champagne-popping, dance party type of celebration, but it's always a thrill to see what they come up with next. We've kept track of a few of our favorite banners along the way. Keep up the great work crafters!

Creative Bug "I made this" Contest

Our friends over at Creativebug have come up with a genius I Made This! Contest that we're certain our Hello!Lucky readers will enjoy. If you like crafting, and if you like Pinterest, then this contest is definitely up your alley. Creativebug is giving away an incredible list of prizes, from memberships to their online workshops, to complete kits of all your favorite projects. Our team is just one of many participants, so there are tons of ways you can get involved. Below is a full list of instructions and just a glimpse of what you can win, but head over to the Creativebug website for more info and terms. Be sure to share your ideas/comments on our blog or on Twitter and Facebook along the way.

To participate in this contest, you must first be following Creativebug on Pinterest, then create a Pinterest board that includes at least 5 projects you have made, or projects on Creativebug that you would like to make, plus an official contest pin from the Creativebug I made this! Contest Board at Call your Pinterest board "I made this!" and then go to Creativebug's blog at enter the link to your Pinterest board and your email address so they can contact you and tell you when you WIN!

To increase your chances of winning, after you build your Pinterest board you can leave a comment on the Creativebug Blog with just your name and email address. You can also visit the blogs of all the Creativebug instructors, and leave a comment on their Creativebug contest posts. Each comment counts as one more entry! (Limit one comment per blog though.) Here's the list of my participating Creativebug pals:

Improv Sewing

Rebecca Ringquist:

Jody Alexander:

Liesl Gibson:

Jill Draper:

Cal Patch:

Rad Megan:

Natalie Chanin:

Courtney Cerruti:

Megumi Inouye:

Heather Ross:

To read the full page o' rules, click here, but in the meantime, start pinning!

Good luck everyone!

Kendel and Brian's San Francisco Wedding

When we featured Kendel and Brian's wedding earlier this summer we were dying to see more. Their stunning San Francisco event blew us away with outstanding views, impeccable reception decor and modern camp theme. 100 Layer Cake saved the day because their story about Kendel and Brian's wedding brought back all the wonderful memories of the  spectacular wedding.

These close-ups of their custom designed stationery reveal more of the modern details. Kendel and Brian wanted a modern campground look mixed with a little rustic charm, so we printed their invitations on wood veneer and paired them with a papaya striped reply card.

The team at Alison Events truly outdid themselves. This reception tent is breathtaking.

Their wedding suite was so popular we decided to offer it to all our customers. Hearts and Arrows can be customized to match your wedding colors and you can even request personalized place cards like the colorful cards shown above!

And what can we say about the floral arrangements by Brown Paper Design? Those bursting peach and fuchsia peonies scattered along the tables are pure perfection.

To see more beautiful photos, head over to 100 Layer Cake!

Photography by Jesse Leake Photography

Creative Bug Event Photos

If you follow us on Instagram, then you know how great the turnout was at the Creative Bug Crafts, Cocktails & Cake-toppers event at Chronicle Books last week. There was a fantastic crowd of happy crafters and the handmade cake toppers were adorable. Eunice and Sabrina delivered a stellar performance, giving hands-on instructions for making these versatile decor items. We had a blast getting together with Creative Bug at Chronicle Books and want to extend a special thank you to all who were involved and all who came to enjoy the evening. Here are some of our favorite photos from the event. Don't worry if you missed it, because there is a great online workshop available at Creative Bug right here!

Indoor Tents for Kids

As parents and adults, we encourage creativity and imagination for kids. One of the most treasured activities we remember growing up is building forts. Nothing brought more joy than gathering blankets, pillows, towels, cushions, and any item that could turn the bedroom into a private fortress, much to our parents chagrin. The mess was a handful, but the end product always made great memories. Now our favorite childhood pastime has turned into a sophisticated and trendy home accessory. These talented bloggers and parents have shared images of their own indoor tents and they're pitching a frenzy among crafty moms around the web. The tent above takes teepee to a whole new level. Found via Black Eiffel from Frank Features, those stars are a fun addition to any kids room.

This A-frame tent made by Rubyellen of My Cakies is a simple DIY and can easily be broken down and stored. With elastic bands sewn to the corners and washable fabrics, this tent makes parent playtime a cinch and kids playtime a dream come true.

Tifanie of Noddyboom used thrift store found sweaters and textiles for her whimsical teepee style tent.

This photo of Eva'a red striped tent (found via Spearmint Baby via Happiness is Eva) takes the cake. The structured foundation, the bold stripes, the velcro fasteners, it's all tent perfection. You can get your own tent over at An Angel at my Table.

Inspired by Samantha Hahn

It's officially Fashion Week and we're gearing up for some major trend watching. Although we may not be hitting the runways any time soon, we're constantly gathering inspiration from all the exotic textiles and handmade garments. With Fashion Week comes a wave of fashion focused blog posts and images. We're really digging the tasteful and whimsical illustrations by artist Samantha Hahn. As a New York native, Samantha sees new fashion trends everywhere she goes. Her couture illustrations give a nod to the groundbreaking designers but keep within her own aesthetic and we're loving her painterly style.

To view more of Samantha's work, head over to her website and be sure to read her blog Maquette for insider designs and inspiration.

Featured: Wedding Row California

This week Wedding Row California wrote a wonderful post about letterpress printing at Hello!Lucky. With specific details about the creative process and gorgeous photography by Josh Gruetzmacher. We feel touched when people show such interest in the age-old printmaking method of letterpress, especially when they spend a whole afternoon learning the ins-and-outs.

Printmaker James is a fabulous tour guide, and showed Abigail (the author) and Josh the steps of creating a New York City Skyline letterpress wedding invitation from beginning to end.

To read the entire feature and to view more amazing photos, click here!

Style Me Pretty's Bridal Fashion & Beauty Mag

Yesterday was an exciting day for one of our favorite bridal sites Style Me Pretty! They just released their brand-spankin-new bridal fashion and beauty e-magazine and it's gorgeous. The talented and bridal savvy ladies over at SMP curated a lovely 171 pages of pure bridal bliss. From DIY projects to real weddings, the online publication is the ultimate online destination for wedding inspiration. It includes a beautiful feature on Jennifer Behr's stunning headpieces and style guides by our favorite bloggers. Congratulations to SMP! We can't wait to see more!

Check out the e-mag here!

Office of Nature Blog

How awesome is the new blog by Office of Nature?? Our friend Katherine Webb (who you might remember from our holiday guest artist collection!) has built an incredible blog about art and illustration for kids and since it's launch in April we've been hooked. She has an extremely well curated collection of designs by artists like Methane Studios (above) and Sol Linero (below) along with many others. We definitely suggest taking some time to scroll the pages. It will make you feel like a kid again!

(Brad Woodard)

(Albert and Marie)

Visit the Office of Nature blog here and don't forget to browse her shop here!

DIY Cotton Boutonnieres by Mrs. Vintage

It's always such a treat to see projects from our Handmade Weddings book come to life in real weddings. One of our favorite wedding inspiration blogs and gorgeous rental boutiques Mrs. Vintage recently crafted the sweet tallow berry and cotton bud boutonnieres for her big day and we'd say they turned out flawlessly.

Although creating your own floral bouquet or arrangement may seem complicated at first, this three-step process is quite simple! Mrs. Vintage tells that with the right materials and some trusty hot glue your boutonnieres can be DIY'ed just like that.

We love the adorable lavender pins for her ring bearers, and the pink ribbons tie it all together just right. Props to Mrs. Vintage for mastering this DIY! To see the step-by-step tutorial along with endless bridal inspiration, click here!

The Best of NSS, Part 1

This year we didn't have a booth at the National Stationery Show but our New York satellite office (aka Design Director Shauna Leytus) was there visiting some of our favorite artists and making new friends. She'll be doing a series of posts recapping what she saw and loved. Here's her first post!

Where do I begin?! There was so much amazing work at the National Stationery Show this year from new comers and old favorites. Making her NSS debut, Left Field cards (above) showcased nine letterpressed "baseball cards" complete with mustaches, edibles and bizarre injuries. Collect them all!

One of my favorite cards of the entire show belonged to Red Camper (above and below). Need I say more?

A fellow card maker sharing a love of food-themed imagery was Fox Tail Press (above and below). When I asked when "national spaghetti day" actually was, Danielle rightly answered "everyday". Duh.

Design*Sponge declared Linda & Harriet's over-sized Quilt Calender the best thing she saw at the show and I couldn't agree more. My photos do not do it justice - this is a work of art and it is amazing.

More coverage of the show to come!

Letterpress Road Trip

Pack up the presses and hit the road! That is exactly what Kyle Durrie of Moveable Type did back in 2010 when she felt torn between her two passions - road trips and printmaking. She wasn't about to choose one or the other, so Kyle transformed a 1982 Chevy Step Van into her personal print shop. She set off onto a country-wide journey introducing moveable type to cities east and west, and it's making a big impression on all the communities she visits. When she visited The Curiosity Shoppe San Francisco last July we were amazed at the turnout, especially for such a small space!

The Moveable Type truck updates their tour dates daily, so be sure to find out if it's coming to a town near you. You can go home with hand-cranked posters, cards, and learn a little more about the print process. Visit the website here!

Real Wedding: Cari and Jason

This beautiful New York City wedding was featured in Martha Stewart's brand new Real Weddings special issue! Cari and Jason's crisp black and white theme demonstrated all the classic and traditional elements of weddings we love, along with a few personal touches. The couple chose to use our New York City Skyline  invitation suite and incorporated the icons throughout their decor. Martha Stewart's Bride's Guide gives an inside look into the event, with exclusive photos of the setup and all the delicious treats. The Statue of Liberty chocolates by Edward Marc Chocolatier really topped it off!

Two-toned black and white cookies were given to guests, sealed with custom skyline labels.

We also printed a large scale New York Skyline poster to act as a guestbook for the wedding. It's such a fun and memorable keepsake!

Congratulations to Cari and Jason! For more photos of this classic New York City celebration, click here!

Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis


When we spotted these silk screened cotton ribbons by Pikku on Parcel Post we stopped right in our tracks. Pikku has an entire collection of pillows, office accessories, ribbons, and wrapping paper! What a perfect coincidence it is that our custom birth announcements by Pikku go hand in hand with these accessories. We personalized our Mums birth announcement to match their lemony color scheme, and it's truly a match made from heaven.

Check out the entire Pikku shop here, and our Pikku birth announcements here!

The Every Girl

Eunice and Sabrina are featured in The Every Girl today! It's such a sweet review and we're delighted to be a part of their collection. The Every Girl is an online resource for the working woman and offers inspiration for a life well lived. With a lovely assortment of topics from finance to health, there's something in there for everyone. And we can definitely relate to their manifesto:

Whether she is searching for her dream job or a new city to call home; is saving up for a down payment or a trip to Europe; is learning to cook or speak another language, she wants a little guidance. She wants to be inspired.

Check out the slideshow here! Thanks The Every Girl!

Photos by Edyta Szyszlo

Real Wedding: Katie & Justin

Think pink! We were thrilled to be part of Katie & Justin's wedding, featured today on Green Wedding Shoes. We had so much fun designing this custom suite, which included a few of our current obsessions - neon and edging. We worked with the couple's navy and fuchsia palate to create a modern yet elegant design (calligraphy by Michele Papineau).

The couple selected the Majestic Halls, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1921 as the former Los Angeles Bank of America, the building retains many of its original historic and ornate details. Katie and Justin fell in love with these architectural elements that made the space feel unique to downtown Los Angeles.

Aren't the flowers stunning? Katie and Justin wanted a pink ombre effect and The Little Branch executed their vision perfectly. Each table had various distressed bronze buckets filled with fuchsia, pink or blush flowers. The bride’s bouquet was comprised of a variety of deep pink flowers, including roses, and tied with a navy ribbon.

Katie's dress was Halston Heritage, her shoes were RED Valentino and her stole was vintage, purchased from a local flea market. Justin's suit was from Hugo Boss.

The ring pillow was made by Katie's mom using our how to guide! We love the addition of the pom pom border.

In addition to the invitation suite, we also created matching day of materials: menus, place cards, table numbers and programs.

Congratulations Katie and Justin! To see more of this gorgeous wedding, please click here.

All photos by Erin Hearts Court. Wedding coordination by Kristeen LeBrot.