Vendor Spotlight :: The Paper Wedding by Carmen

I'm so excited to share this local vendor with you today. I first found The Paper Wedding on Instagram and was overwhelmed by the creative back drop designs created exclusively with paper. I've asked Carmen, the owner, to share a bit about herself and her rapidly growing company. Make sure to check out her Facebook page and Instagram feed for more inspiring photos of her work! 

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1. Tell me a bit about your business and what product and services you offer.

The Paper Wedding by Carmen is an artisan, handmade paper art studio located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. In the core, it’s about transforming the everyday into the extraordinary whether it is for weddings, stylized photography, or event decor.

I offer pieces designed and crafted to suit each client’s taste. I also offer paper flower wall rentals for the niche market looking for an unique and artistic addition to decor. It’s a truly personalized service where each piece or rental set up is different. The versatility of the paper art can be transformed into backdrops, stand alone pieces or accents. One of my favourite parts of creating in my studio is taking the unique visions of my clients and making them come to life.

2. What inspired you to start this business?

My family and my passion for creativity are the inspiration behind The Paper Wedding by Carmen. My dad instilled in me that creativity flows through everyone. The more we tap into it, the more it flows. I also often hear my mom’s words, “I bet we can make that” echo through my head as I draw inspiration from the world around me. When I was really young, I would spend hours creating paper purses, make up sets, dolls and houses. My mom was always searching my room for the scissors! Creating, whether with paper, fabric, metal or wood, is a favorite pastime within my family.

Everyone says to find a job that doesn’t feel like work. Meeting with clients, exploring their ideas, playing around with new designs and materials, none of this feels really like work! Sure, after 20 hours of petal curling and hot glue burns, I start going a bit fuzzy, but I always wake up the next day, itching to get my scissors in my hand onto the next piece. What’s better than waking up in the morning to transform ordinary paper into something beautiful! 

I also owe a large portion of my success to social media. The Paper Wedding really took off on social media, through my Instagram and Facebook page. It’s so inspiring to see the community that is already out there or forms around the product you create. I’ve made some great friendships by following other “crafters” from all over the world. They fuel my passion and provide endless inspiration.

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3. What is your background before being a business owner?

My husband and I are very busy! We own Blank Skate + Snowboard, a local shop that also specializes in custom backyard skateboard ramps.  During the summer months I can often be found trading glue and scissors for screws and a drill.

Before The Paper Wedding, I was also working on a Children’s Rehab Team, and actually still work during the day as a Pediatric Therapy Assistant. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on two of my passions, creating and working with children.   

4. List your favourite products to create and why.

It’s hard for me to pick favourites, because I love the challenge of starting on a new vision from scratch. I always seem to find a new favourite in each piece that I create.

That being said, I still love creating the classic paper roses. They are so timeless and versatile. Whether they are 2 ft jumbo roses, or tiny bouquet petals, I find that they can work within any wedding or event theme.

5. Have there been certain trends for the items brides are requesting this year and next? 

Flowers are timeless; they never go out of style. That’s the best part about creating paper flowers, they’re versatile and they don’t die! I have noticed a few trends popping up in the high fashion industry, like the paper flowers at Chanel’s bridal fashion show a few years ago, Dior’s massive orchid walls this past spring, and the paper flower wall at the recent NYC Bridal Fashion Week. It’s even been popular among celebrities, like Kim and Kanye West’s white flower wall at their wedding. 

I’ve also noticed a lot of pastel colours, rustic themes, and clean, modern simplicity at the weddings I have set my backdrops up at. 

6. How far in advance do clients need to book your services?

I have been booking up fairly quickly, especially for dates within prime wedding season. It really depends on the client’s vision. If they want a customized piece for their event, I ask for at least 2 months notice. If interested in renting something from my studio stock, it all depends on availability of the panels. I do try and make everything work, so if you are reading this and have a last minute request, don’t hesitate to call me, it might still be a possibility!

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Vendor Spotlight :: Love Inc. Dessert Tables

Today I am happy to share a talented Edmonton wedding vendor who creates custom dessert tables. I've had the pleasure to work with Lindsey of LOVEinc. on numerous occasions. We design the labels for the mouth-watering candies and sweet treats featured on her dessert tables. This past February she was also kind enough to create a dessert table for my first Trunk Show event. Below she shares some insight into herself, her business and some things to consider if you are having a dessert table at your wedding. 

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Explain the concept behind LOVEinc. Dessert Styling.

At LOVEinc. Dessert Styling, I create high end dessert tables that are equal parts art and edible. I gather and style desserts from many of the best bakeries in Edmonton and put them together with luxurious linens, beautiful stationery, gorgeous dessert stands & decor to create an amazing display that will WOW your guests.  Dessert tables are a fun conversation piece that allow guests to interact with one another while picking out their favourite treats.  For me, desserts are nostalgic, something everyone looks forward to and leaves room for. They bring out the kid in all of us and seeing desserts displayed in an unconventional way is truly unforgettable.  

Why did you start creating dessert tables?

I have a passion for all things pretty and have always been a creative person who loves to bake. The tables started as a way for me to combine my two passions by creating something visually stunning and delicious. I started creating the tables for friends and family and it slowly blossomed into a business. It has turned into and incredibly fun career and I feel blessed to have such a sweet job. I don't do the baking anymore as I feel like I can't excel at every type of dessert so I focus on the design elements and finding bakeries that specialize in their own brand of sweets. By collaborating with local bakers, I get to provide my clients with all of the best tasting and looking sweets in the city!

What is the typical process for hiring LOVEinc.?  Is the design process completely custom for each client?

Each table is custom designed to turn the clients vision into reality and make sure it is unique for them. I meet with clients to hear about the feel of the wedding, the colour scheme and other elements they have already established. We talk about their favourite desserts and I answer any questions they might have. After the initial consultation, I map out and sketch the table arrangement. I pull swatches, collect cake stands & candy jars, order lighting and source flowers & decor.  I also create a custom backdrops if requested. Lastly, I source desserts, candy, treat bags and dessert tags. I set up the table in my office to make sure the design is exactly what I envisioned before packing up and heading off to the big event!

What is your favourite treats to use in sweets tables?

Definitely French Macarons! They are visually stunning, come in a wide variety of colours and flavours and are absolutely delicious!!!!

What is your favourite part of your job?

Taste-testing? lol. In all honesty, the best part of my job is to be able to express my creativity in an unexpected way.

Tips to couples considering a dessert table at their wedding?  What are the pros and cons of doing it yourself or hiring a pro?

Don't underestimate the time that goes into producing a beautiful dessert table. A properly executed table has many elements you may not even think about like flavours and quantity of the sweets, and design elements such as linens, backdrops, lighting, floral and stationery. You also need to balance the various components of the table to make sure they flow together to make the table visually stunning. Tables also always take longer to set-up than you would think! I am usually at the venue 6-8 hours before the event.  Not everyone has that kind of time to commit to set up on their wedding day. Many brides try to DIY and end up so stressed that they forget what the big day is all about.  Hire and trust the vendors who can produce a memorable event while you relax and enjoy the big day!

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Vendor Spotlight :: Bailey Stylist

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It's been awhile since we've highlighted a local vendor, so we're starting the week with one I'm especially proud to share. My cousin, Bailey Gartner, is a talented hair stylist who has been in the industry for over 8 years. I've had my hair cut, coloured, and styled by her since she first graduated. She's proved herself in the wedding industry with a portfolio of some amazing work. She's helped give some insight into her business below and I've included some photos of her lovely work. For more information or to inquire about booking your wedding visit her website: http://www.baileygartner.com/index2.php#/home/

What specialized services do you offer for weddings? 
I provide all bridal hair services in the privacy of your home or location of your choosing.

What is your experience in the hair industry?
I have been a professional stylist for over 8 years and have an extensive portfolio from a no-fuss cut for everyday life to an avant-garde style for an editorial shoot. I have also been offering on location styling for the past 5 years to accommodate my brides and their schedule the day of their wedding.

Explain the benefits of hiring a mobile stylist for your wedding.
The detailed planning most brides undertake for their wedding day can be overwhelming.  Let me and my team of professionals create a unique beauty experience and a stunning, personalized look for one of the most important days of your life.  No worrying about all the bridesmaids being on time to the salon or spa, have it all come together in the privacy and comfort of your home or location of your choosing.  This allows your photographer to capture all your special moments in a private setting and most importantly allows you to relax and enjoy the morning of your special day.

Can you provide some tips for brides regarding hair and their wedding day.

  • Always book a trial, bring anything you think will help your stylist understand the looks you love or the style of your wedding
  • Keep having regular haircuts.  At your trial, your stylist can give you guidance on whether you need to grow your hair. If your hair is very long or unlayered, it can be difficult to manage and style, limiting the looks your artist can show you at your trial.
  • When you’re finding pictures to show your stylist, try to find ones that don’t stray too far from your own look and style. I think it’s best to go with the look you normally go for when you dress up for an occasion, and then glam it up a notch for your wedding day
  • Be flexible.  Unexpected rain or a wind suddenly springs up on your wedding day, and that down style you had your heart set on just isn’t working. Don’t worry—last-minute changes can be okay, so long as you and your stylist are prepared.
  • Avoid a new hair color. Even if your colorist is the absolute best, avoid making changes to your hair prior your wedding

What are some trends in hair for weddings this year?

  • Bigger volumous curls, brides are using their hair as a statement piece!
  • Dramatic veils: Long and flowing, a cathedral-style veil completes the look for the traditional bride.  Brides have been wearing simple, modern and clean veils but expect to see veils trimmed with lace, crystals and other fine embellishments.
  • Hair embellishments: Loose and flowing or elegantly put into an updo, brides will adorn themselves with a spectacular piece of hair jewelry.  Pearls, diamonds, flowers, feathers or crystal. Bridal hair will be dressed up!

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