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Real Wedding :: Quynh + Charlie
This invitation project was particularly fun for me because it was for friends. Quynh and I went to junior high together a...
This invitation project was particularly fun for me because it was for friends. Quynh and I went to junior high together and reconnected just before our high school 10 year reunion a few years ago. I convinced her to go, because I wanted to. Good thing for her, because she reacquainted that evening with an old friend, and she and Charlie were married this past summer.
The real reason I wanted to talk about this wedding is because of the dress the bride wore. It was stunning! The color, the fabric, the drape, the sexy back strap with the seed beading—she couldn’t have found a more perfect dress unless she designed it herself. Oh, right. She did design it herself. Because not only is Quynh beautiful, but she is also a talented designer for an in-house label at
The dress Quynh Phan designed for her own wedding was inspired by one designed by
and worn by
Mischa Barton to the 2006 BAFTA awards
. Quynh made hers with two layers—the under layer of silk charmeuse and the top is 8 yards of gorgeous silk chiffon. Her friend and colleague, Katharine Fuller, helped her make this dream dress a reality.
So I’m sorry, but you can’t buy this dress anywhere, it’s one of a kind. Just like Quynh!
Photos courtesy of
Bradley Hanson Photography
Flowers by Nisha Kelen at
Olympic Sculpture Park
Save the Date :: Flurry White paper letterpress printed in Lime + Plum by
Real Card Studio
Real Card Studio joins The Wedding Party
Amaretto Invitation by Real Card Studio I am so excited to announce that Real Card Studio has accepted an invitation to participate in “ ...
Amaretto Invitation by Real Card Studio
I am so excited to announce that Real Card Studio has accepted an invitation to participate in
The Wedding Party
bridal event in NYC this January! It is going to be a great opportunity to finally meet the women I've worked with at the Wedding Library over the years (Claudia Hanlin, Jennifer Zabinski and Linda Hays), and I'm grateful to be included!
Guests at this exclusive event will get an insider’s peek into top celebrity planner
most extravagant weddings (an icon whom I've admired since planning my own wedding 10 years ago), meet fashion designer
, learn the hottest tips of the trade from
Antonia van der Meer,
, and hear how to make it all work for
wedding with the
. Over a dozen mini-wedding environments will be presented by the Wedding Library’s hand-picked, top notch vendors. Guests will taste wedding treats, try on spectacular jewels, view photography, enjoy a fashion show, hear live band showcases and consult privately on save the dates, wedding invitations, programs, menus and stationery with
Real Card Studio
and other select invitation boutiques.
The Wedding Party
, Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 10:00AM – 5:00PM at the beautiful
New York Palace Hotel
in NYC. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at:
Real Card Studio has moved!
After 6 years in the oh-so-cool Capital Hill neighborhood , we've decided to trade in our 2nd story loft space for some downtown, street...
After 6 years in the oh-so-cool
Capital Hill neighborhood
, we've decided to trade in our 2nd story loft space for some downtown, street level access in the shadow of the
. It feels like we're leaving the home we grew up in, and finally venturing out on our own. There is a lot we'll miss-- our favorite coffee spot
for certain, but we're anxious to settle in to the new space. Forcing a purge and re-org is going to be a wonderful thing.
As of January 1 our new address will be: 117 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Phone, fax will be the same.
We'll be moving our design studio the week after Christmas, presses will still be running, but we may be tough to catch on the phone that week. Email us, and we'll respond as quickly as possible!
Personalized Stationery Gifts
Looking for a gift for the girl that has everything? Stationery from Real Card Studio is personal, thoughtful, and always appreciated. Whi...
Looking for a gift for the girl that has everything? Stationery from
Real Card Studio
is personal, thoughtful, and always appreciated.
Which style would you choose for yourself?
(I have the "Emily" in Shadow + Cement ink!)
Laura :: Foil Print Foldover and Calling Card in Matte Silver
Melanie :: Flood Reverse Foldover printed in Lavendar ink
Ariana :: Small foldover with hand lettering letterpress printed in Rose ink
ACS :: Gold Leaf foldover with hand lettered monogram letterpress printed in Cocoa ink
Emily :: foldover and calling card :: letterpress printed in Shadow + Gold
Elizabeth :: Essential Notecard (our most economical) :: letterpress printed in Midnight ink
Agnes :: Studio Notecard and Calling Card :: letterpress printed in Aqua, Lime + Peacock
Vogue's Holiday Card Etiquette
I just read the most charming post by Style Court (a new favorite blog I'm following) about the art and etiquette of sending holiday gr...
I just read the most charming post by
(a new favorite blog I'm following) about the art and etiquette of sending holiday greetings.
You can read it
Gumdrop :: Spring Green Columns with Dupioni Silk wrap, Black Eclipse layer, letterpress printing in black ink. Apple envelope. ...
Gumdrop :: Spring Green Columns with Dupioni Silk wrap,
Black Eclipse layer, letterpress printing in black ink. Apple envelope.
Gingersnap :: photo printed on heavy white stock, letterpressed in Plum ink
Icicle :: Granita folding card with satin ribbon wrap, Charcoal layer,
letterpress printing in lime ink
Starlite :: Anisette coaster paper, letterpress printing in Poppy + Lime
Punch :: Lime Leaf square folder with Sno Cone wrap, satin ribbon
tied with printed tag. Letterpress printing in Black ink.
Cognac :: Granita card letterpress printed in Peacock ink,
Hummingbird satin knot, Charcoal backer.
Tinsel :: White square with rounded corners
letterpress printed in Apple + Platinum.
Garland :: Soft White card letterpress printed in Charcoal ink,
satin ribbon wrap with Granita backer.
Holiday frenzy has finally started, hooray! Here's a few more Real Card Studio favorite holiday card styles, with new faster turn around time. Clock starts at sign off, and we'll get proofs to dealers same day to help expedite the order. Check our
for a dealer near you!
Stationery for Men
Real Card Studio launched a new stationery collection, and we were purposeful in designing some styles to meet the less-is-more market. T...
Real Card Studio
launched a new stationery collection, and we were purposeful in designing some styles to meet the less-is-more market. The designs are doing really well for those that appreciate clean, modern and understated, and luxurious stationery.
Super-Thick Notecard + Calling Card :: Rory on Flurry White 220# Cover with letterpress printing in Shadow ink.
Foil Calling Card :: Enzo on Wild Cherry with foil printing in Matte White
Essential Notecard :: Gavin on Ultrawhite with letterpress printing in Peacock ink.
Studio Notecard :: Lyle in Lime Leaf with letterpress printing in Olive ink.
Store Visit: Union Street Papery
I had the distinct pleasure this last weekend of meeting Stacey Bush, and her friendly staff, at her San Francisco stationery store, Union ...
I had the distinct pleasure this last weekend of meeting Stacey Bush, and her friendly staff, at her San Francisco stationery store,
Union Street Papery
. This is only my third store visit since upgrading my status at RCS to owner, and it really is fun. After speaking with Stacey by phone for the past six years, I practically recognized her when I saw her.
Union Street Papery is located on a charming street lined with small boutiques and restaurants. Brimming with the best letterpress greeting cards and loose stock on the market, I wasn't able to leave without picking out a few cards for myself. But the most impressive part of her business was out back, up in the bridal bungalow.
Serene and stylish, the bridal bungalow is a quiet place for Stacey and her designers to meet with clients one on one to work on custom invitation projects. Offering a collection of albums she boasted as the best on the west coast, I was flattered to see samples of
Real Card Studio
invitations displayed. I confessed to a co-worker recently that 'wedding magazines make me anxious' page after page of invitation ads remind me that there are so many companies doing invitations, I quickly feel like a tiny business owner in a great big ocean. But as Stacey chatted with me about the work that she does, the orders she places and what it is like to work with many of the companies out there, she mentioned how some companies really put pressure on stores to place more orders, when really, she can only place an order with the company selling that which will meet her customer's need. With that, I realized my official purpose in doing the important store visits.
While I was headed to the store, I was anxious because I have to admit, I am not a great saleswoman, and a rather poor schmoozer. I'm too literal, so even when I know what I have to offer, I am just not great at "selling" it. I really just wanted to meet her, but now that I'm a "business owner", I felt like I was supposed to promote something. But hearing her say that being pushy wasn't the way to go, I was so relieved. And it reminded me of what I wanted Real Card Studio to be when we started up in 2002: the company stores like to work with best.
Stacey and I had planned before I arrived to get out of the shop and share some vino while we chatted, but she was short on time trying to catch a plane to visit
, of all things! But all the questions I knew I had for her suddenly had a focus and purpose-- to determine what her customers need. We can't be everything to everyone, and I don't want to be. But I do want to be the best Real Card Studio. And figuring out what my customers, my dealers, need us to be is how we'll accomplish that goal. Stacey, we'll have that wine next time!
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