Real Spring Chic Wedding

August 1, 2008 by

We’re thrilled to end the week with a few photos from another real wedding. This special day was a refined affair at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, and I love how the bride chose light spring colors to create a fresh feel in the ballroom. Photos are compliments of our talented friend and area photographer, Laura Novak. Take a look at how our bride, Olivia, chose to incorporate the pattern we used for her invitation on several of her day of details. The result is a very chic “put together” look.

As always, feel free to click on the image for a closer look. Have a fabulous weekend all, and we’ll look forward to seeing you back here next week!


Elizabeth Anne Designs

July 31, 2008 by

Thank you to Elizabeth Anne Designs for including us (in great company!) in the Library, a great compilation of wedding vendors.

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Black and white with a twist

July 31, 2008 by

Posting about all the fun details of Jaclyn and Dan’s wedding reminded us of how much we love black and white with a punch of juicy pink. Here are a few ways we’ve been using this combination recently…

Clockwise from top left: Custom two color letterpress invitation by Two Paperdolls / Daffoldil Bouquet design in black and white by Louella Press / Mantilla design, invitation and celebration card as shown in album by Louella Press / Custom engraved and offset invitation suite by Louella Press at Two Paperdolls

Jaclyn + Dan

July 23, 2008 by

We’re always thrilled when we get to see some of our work “in action” and these beautiful photos from Jaclyn and Dan’s wedding by the talented Marie Labbancz are no exception! As I mentioned earlier in this post, we were lucky to help this fun-loving couple fill their day with lots of personal touches that included the custom monogram and patterns we designed for them. In our minds, black and white is always a good idea, especially with a splash of deep pink, and we love how Jaclyn and Dan kept this look going through all the details of their day.

Clockwise from top: A basket of Jaclyn and Dan’s custom programs await guests / Miniature photo book favors bearing a well wish from the bride and groom / Jaclyn and Dan cutting loose on the dance floor near the lighted monogram we designed for their suite / Cocktail napkins are so much prettier with a little punch of color / The couple’s sweetheart table marked off by one of our signs. The flowers beside it by one of the best floral designers we know- Beautiful Blooms / Flip flops with the custom design we created were given out after the ceremony / A second view of the flops / That menu we know and love / The invitation suite that started it all!

Flavor Favorites Pt. 2

July 21, 2008 by

I learned a very useful new word this weekend from our friend Maggie Mae; schnibbles. Maggie uses this word to describe the way she likes to eat… A little of this, a little of that… Bites and nibbles. Schnibbles. I love this word, and I love this way of eating. In restaurants I often prefer to order a couple of small dishes, and when I do order an entrée it’s always the sides that sell me. The same goes for my choice of favorite wedding menus. It hardly phases me that each of my favorites features a meaty entrée, when I myself am a vegetarian. I certainly don’t begrudge other people eating meat; my husband would love these featured fillets, and he’s welcome to mine while I sample the blue cheese, spiced pecans and caramelized garlic scallop potatoes. That said, allow me to introduce the remaining three of my top five favorite menus…

• Sophie and Lance

Design by Two Paperdolls

This menu dates back a couple of years to a beautiful outdoor wedding at a nearby farm. Everything about the day was simple and natural, from the earthy letterpress invitations and day of items, to the healthy and seemingly delicious late summer menu. Caterer Peter Callahan, a favorite of Martha Stewart Weddings, matched the feel of the evening with this amazing combination of tastes, but admittedly what has my eye here are the sweet endings. Because the celebration continued into the wee hours, there were plenty of butlered treats to go around long after dinner had been served. I love the idea of these one-bite desserts that allow for a little sample of everything during late-night breaks from the dance floor!

• Kate and Adam (photos three and four are Kate’s suite)

Design by Louella Press

This one comes from our friend Kate at An early Louella order, we were extremely flattered that she chose us for her wedding suite, and loved her idea of incorporating our wave note card design into her engraved invitations and day of items. Kate and Adam’s wedding on the California bluffs sounded amazing, and so did her menu. The bookends of this meal are what got me, starting things off with a bit of lobster and avocado and finishing with an assortment extremely enticing desserts.

• Gina and Wil (click the palm tree monogram to see this stationery suite)

Design by, Two Paperdolls

Last but definitely not least, this Florida wedding grabbed me from the get-go with their first course; the blue cheese and spiced pecan beggars purse. I like that the menu, by the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, adds a few twists on the traditional wedding meal. The first course is a perfect example, and so are the entreé sides… Just a bit of a twist on the foods most of us know and love. And to top off the beach inspired wedding, a light vanilla mouse- perfect!

National Stationery Show 2008 – part 2

July 2, 2008 by

I promised in part one of my NSS coverage to fill you in on the exciting new designs that we introduced this year… well, better late than never!

This year we challenged ourselves to create new designs that are unmistakably Louella; the kind of designs that people will see and think “what a cool design!” but also immediately think of Louella Press. Each line is individually unique, but our bold designs tie everything together to create a collection that we are extremely proud of.

First up are our Black and White thank you cards (click on any image to view larger):

We love how these four designs connect as a set, but also each stand out with their own individual flair. The plaid may be something more for the preppier type, whereas the damask may appeal to someone with a taste for more vintage-meets-modern items.

We also introduced our Cool Grey birthday cards, each of which has a bold color paired with cool grey:

My personal fave is the clementine and grey, which reminds me of a peacock but with a colorful twist!

Next up are our Bold Tidings holiday ornaments:

We are absolutely enamored with the fun patterns and punchy colors of this set! My favorite is the green and gray flowers…. can you tell that I’m really loving gray these days?

For the person who likes the idea of our ornaments but wants something a little more classic, how about something from our Vintage Sparkle line?

To coordinate with both sets of ornaments, we thought adding some new folded gift tags into the mix would be fun for people who want to coordinate everything during the holiday season:

Finally, to top off a great batch of designs, we added a few new gems to our Occasion Cards:

We’re looking forward to getting our online shop updated soon to offer some of our fun new cards to the general public. Before we know it, we’re going to be designing next year’s collection!


July 2, 2008 by

If we can say one thing about our boss, it’s that she keeps things interesting around here. Yesterday, in light of her upcoming birthday, V announced that she wanted a puppy. Forty-five minutes later, she had spoken with a Great Dane breeder in Wilmington, and arranged to pick one up last night. And this morning, she brought the (now) little guy in to meet everyone.


Needless to say, the dolls have been more than willing to keep an eye on him during an extended napping session this morning. We’re looking forward to seeing him grow up, he may be taller than some of us soon!

Flavor favorites pt. I + Thanks to The Bride’s Cafe

June 18, 2008 by

So here is my Two Paperdolls “behind the scenes” confession. Whenever we print a menu card for one of our brides, which we do quite frequently, I take it over to my desk, tune everything else out and scour the meal choices to decide EXACTLY what I would sample if I were a guest. And after I’ve made my choice between the chocolate truffle wedding cake and the passion fruit sorbet (who am I kidding, I’m going with the chocolate truffle) I can’t help but mentally catagorize the menu on my list of favorites. Is this menu in the top ten? Maybe even the top five? It’s cut-throat competition really.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a menu that undoubtedly makes the top five … I daresay it even creeped into my top two (my favorite of course being my own … maybe I’m a tiny bit biased). But any menu with a French Fry bar deserves a second look, and when I saw how creative our clients Jaclyn and Dan were getting with their wedding menu it got me thinking … Thinking that maybe it’s time we share a few collaborations between our clients and the extremely talented group of caterers they work with. So without further ado, I present you with my two favorite Two Paperdolls & Louella wedding menus. And please stay tuned for part II; next week I’ll post the rest of my top five!

• Cat and Justin (wink, wink) – scroll down the link to see our wedding story

Design by, Two Paperdolls

The only menu of the top five that I’ve actually tasted, the highlights for me were the shrimp and grits and the chocolate wedding cake with chocolate praline filling. Neither of us ate more than a bite or two at the reception, but we were lucky to be sent away with a serious assortment of to-go boxes. In the end, our first married moments alone were spent munching (me on the shrimp, Justin on the crab cakes) in our hotel room. And my mom managed to escape the reception with the entire top tier of chocolate cake, which made a fantastic breakfast dessert the next morning.

For all of this we can thank the caterers at the Charleston Place Hotel. They came up with the perfect assortment of Southern treats for vegetarian and meat-eaters alike, as well as rolls and sashimi for my sushi-addict hubby. We were luckier still to find the most delicious wedding cake around by Lady Fingers in Charleston.

• Jaclyn and Dan – *see more on this creative couple’s wedding at The Bride’s Cafe

Design by, Two Paperdolls

Jaclyn and Dan did a fabulous job of putting together a chic reception, while maintaining a playful atmosphere for their guests, and their menu is a perfect example. It’s no surprise that this creative meal comes from one of our favorite area caterers, Leila at Feastivities. While I wasn’t at this wedding, I have been lucky enough to snack on Feastivities treats at several bridal shows, so I know that these culinary creations looked AND tasted amazing.

Highlights of this menu have to be the previously mentioned French Fry bar with traditional, waffle, and sweet potato to name a few. Not to mention the gazpacho shooters, watermelon kabobs, or carrot AND devil’s food cupcakes. Is your mouth watering yet?

*We’d like to thank Jaine at The Bride’s Cafe for including us in her post about this amazing wedding!

National Stationery Show 2008 – part 1

June 14, 2008 by

Okay, so we’re a little behind in posting about our recent jaunt to NYC for the National Stationery Show! We’ve been pretty busy here on Louella Court since wedding season is now in full-swing and we have some cool new projects in the works. Two Paperdolls and Louella Press are constantly undergoing changes and improvements, and the excitement going on around here this time of the year certainly keeps us on our toes!

We’ll tell you about some of our exciting new projects soon, but for now, let’s go back a few weeks to the NSS, shall we?

This was the third show for the ladies of Louella Press, but as the newbie around here it was my first time attending the show as a part of Louella (and actually, my first time altogether). Walking into the Javits Center for the first time was certainly overwhelming. It is so massive! When people told me that it takes days to really be able to walk through the show and see every single booth, they weren’t kidding.

Our friends from Evantine Design made our booth design become a reality. Basically, this is what it looked like on day one of set-up:

After a lot of hard work building and setting up, we were pretty excited with the final result (click on any image to see it full-size):

The bright orange carpet may not have been our first choice had it all been up to us 😉

We love how the bar turned out!

Our engraved Invitation wall shows just a handful of the unique color combinations that our clients came up with over the last year. It’s always a thrill to see how the look of one of our designs completely changes when our clients put their own color twist on things.

The press kit ladies all dressed up and ready to go!

After everything was all set up on Saturday afternoon, Vanessa went to SoHo to do some shopping while Maggie, Rachel, Cat and I went to Dos Caminos to celebrate — with free Margaritas!

Maggie & Rach

Cat & Brooke

Stay tuned for part 2 to see what fabulous (we think so!) new products we introduced at the show this year.

Custom design tips on Style Me Pretty

June 5, 2008 by

While we love the idea of working with a custom invitation designer, we also realize what a daunting task this can be for a bride and groom. We’ve compiled a few tips for making the process a bit easier, and you can find them in a two part guest post over at one of our very favorite wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty! The tips are being posted in two parts, check out part two here.