For those who need help styling photos that tell a story about their company or brand; I am hosting a mini workshop at QNS Collective in Astoria, NY. This workshop is ideal for bloggers, small business owners, etsy shops and anyone looking to produce original content to promote themselves on social media.
Today we’re kicking off my new blog series, Expert Advice with Jackie Mangiolino of Sincerely, Jackie. Jackie and I connected coordinating this style shoot and I’ve loved watching her line grow! If you’re shopping for wedding invitations or stationery, this is the Q&A to read. Thank you Jackie for sharing some amazing tips!
Tell us all about Sincerely, Jackie:I had been in the stationery industry for several years, mostly designing for smaller-scale events (birthday parties, birth announcements, holiday cards) when I began to truly fall in love with wedding invitations. I launched Sincerely, Jackie in 2013 with a focus on fine print (letterpress, foil, engraving, silk screen) wedding invitations. I’m a details person, so the nuances and intricacies surrounding every aspect of wedding stationery is captivating. From perfectly pairing fine print methods, to ensuring proper wording etiquette, I love being able to provide my expertise to clients in a beautiful and enjoyable way. I recently partnered with Charmaine, of Everly, Calligraphy, to launch an entire line of wedding invitations that showcase calligraphy elements. Calligraphy, to me, is the epitome of invitation tradition and I am in awe of how it magically elevates an invitation.
What services do you offer?I work one-on-one with each of my clients to provide them a truly exception invitation experience. In addition to offering over 35 designs, I work with printers around the world to ensure the chosen print method is perfectly paired with the chosen design. I also provide my clients guidance around etiquette, timelines, and other details that are often overlooked. Brides have a TON on their mind, and, for the invitations, I like to make decisions as easy and enjoyable as possible for them.
What’s new at your company?The Calligraphy Collection – it’s a line of invitations that showcase calligraphy by Everly, Calligraphy, and can be printed in any print method.
Advice you’d offer your best friend while planning regarding selecting invitations and paper products?Less is more! There are literally hundreds of options out there to help you achieve your perfect invitation design, within a reasonable budget, without sacrificing quality and style. No matter what, even if you have a really, really, really tight budget, at least make sure your invitations follow proper grammar and etiquette.
One thing to pay close attention to when finalizing invitations? Spelling and grammar are HUGE. Brides need to be very diligent in proofing their invitations before printing them. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on your invitations if it’s got mistakes on it. My biggest pet peeve is having the word “and” in the year. It’s not correct grammar!! The year should be “two thousand fifteen.”
Favorite vintage piece in the little vintage rentals collection and why? I’m a total sucker for candles and I love the variety of candle stick holders at Little Vintage Rentals. For my own wedding, I had banquet style tables and lined them with hundreds of candles. What’s more romantic than that?
I love this photo of Janet Leigh. From the ultra large motif wallpaper to the modern chair which compliments her silver Grecian laced sandals; it could have easily been styled today. This color palette is perfection with all hues of moody blues and silver accents. Photographer: unknown.
One of my most popular blog posts on my previous lifestyle blog was about my own vintage inspired bridal shower. Since it was quite a few years ago, I thought I’d re-imagine the event and gather some images of inspiration for a vintage inspired bridal shower. The image above is a great example of simple accent decor with vintage books and a vintage scale adorned with fresh roses. (photo by Tillie and Rose) Below is a simple place setting with a vintage embroidered napkin and fresh sprig of lavender. (via Snippet and Ink / photo by Studio Castilero)
I love the look and feel of this floral accent above. It’s like a vintage garden indoors; perfect for an impromptu photo backdrop! (Via Grey Likes / Photography: To Wander and Seek ) And last but not least every shower needs a memento of thanks. Nothing is quite as vintage or authentic as a fabric wrapped gift. (Via The Lane / Photography: Foraged in The North)
Our wood boxes and vintage crates are some of the inventory that rents most often! Whether your events has a table that needs some height or an instant rustic feel renting vintage boxes and crates is your best bet. This is one of our favorite ways to use our cheese boxes here!
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The flowers I sourced from Blooms by the Box to style for this photo shoot are some of my favorite to date. Previously a handful of these photos were featured on Style Me Pretty, but I was SO excited that Hochzeitsguide picked it up as well – their aesthetic is dreamy! Amazing team below the photos.
Here are 5 simple and chic additions to make your bridal shower tea party memorable. Notice the floral trend, but remember less is more! Be sure to compliment these items with solid color tablecloths and accents to maintain a more classic look.
Teacups: This is a must have! Whether you rent vintage china or gather pieces from family and friends , be sure to have delicate china teacups and saucers on hand; they will be the core design element of the party. (photo by Fiona Melder)
Floral Macarons: It seems no feminine party is complete without this delicacy but why not try this amazing DIY from Sugar & Cloth? Gather the bridal party for a day of fun and display your hard work at the party! (photo by Jared Smith)
Calligraphy Invitations: Nothing sets the tone for a party more than a calligraphy and watercolor invitation! This beauty by Fleur de Letters is a great example of one that can be reproduced into invitations. Be sure to keep the original artwork for the bride-to-be! (photo by Fiona Melder)
Loose Tea: Be sure to have a bevy of loose teas available for guests to customize flavors. It’s a great conversation starter and works as a beautiful ‘tea bar’ display. (photo by Fallon Chan)
Bulb Filled Vintage Napkin Favors: One of the sweetest mementos for Spring and Summer bridal showers ever; placing a single bulb in a vintage napkin or handkerchief for favors. Each guest will remember the party as they watch their flowers bloom! Such a sweet idea from Victoria Hudgins at A Subtle Revelry and easy to DIY.
One of my favorite bridal collections did it again with fresh + whimsical designs. Here are my favorites from the Spring 2016 Bridal Collection from Ivy & Aster. Kudos to whomever created the vintage wallpaper backdrop!
Brooklyn based wedding planner Jove Meyer created this amazing table scape featured in The Knot. Our vintage glassware + milk glass vases were included showing that vintage rentals can be the perfect compliment to modern weddings as well!
We are starting the week off with our ‘pretty in pink’ depression glass rentals. These pastel beauties have been very popular for bridal and baby showers! Desserts are aglow displayed on our vintage pink glass. Rent them here!
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I’ve always loved milk glass. It’s timeless and can be used at modern or vintage weddings. It’s sleek white lines make a clean addition to any table. Here is a collection of some of my favorite centerpieces with milk glass vases.
For installment fourteen of Table Top Tuesday, I am overwhelmed by the light simplicity created by Jessica Sloane and captured beautifully by Jessica Loren. This wedding’s table top blows me away with an airy and classic feeling. It’s so well done!
What makes this work? The choice of vines and airy greenery used throughout. The ivy vines creep over place settings and down the center of tables perfectly adding an organic feeling. I simply adore the strategically placed fruit as well.
What details make a difference? The neutral table cloth + napkin set the tone for the texture of the greenery and florals to shine. The natural wood chairs also add to the earthy natural feel.