Introducing John Walker Rasberry

My brother and his wife have been put through the ringer in the process of adopting a newborn over the last 6 months. For years our family prayed for a baby for them, and in November he was finally born. They were the first to hold him in the hospital, the first to give him a bottle, the first to rock him to sleep. They brought him home a few days after he was born, but they couldn’t call him their son until all the legal red tape and due process were taken care of. There were a lot of rocky moments when it looked like the birth parents were going to call it off, when we thought they would not be signing the papers. It was the hardest time our family has ever been through. But on April 10, his adoption was finalized and we’ve all been able to rest in knowing he’s ours forevermore. I wrote the story of it all over on Make Something Good Today, if you’d like to hear the heartbreaking and beautiful steps along the way to bring Walker home.

And so, now I’d like to introduce to you—my godson and nephew, John Walker Rasberry. I typically don’t love photo announcements because it leaves so little room for the informational text, so I thought one way we could handle that is by flatprinting the design on vellum, and using it as an overlay on the photo of Walker. The excerpt printed on the cards was a providential comfort in the turmoil of the adoption process—as I read it from my favorite daily devotional, Streams in the Desert, the night before the court date we’d all been preparing for and worrying over.

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And now this has me thinking about developing a sister brand to Lucky Luxe for baby announcements and party invitations that we would call Little Luxe. What do you think? It would take a lot of design consideration and time to organize—but I think we’re going to do it. Stay tuned!

Katie + Daniel featured on Snippet & Ink

Daniel and my cousin Jim (who is more like my brother) have been best friends their entire lives, and so I knew him all my growing up years even though we went to school on opposite sides of the county. He’s one of those people that everyone in our town knows and loves—a captain in the U.S. Air Force with an important job in Washington D.C., he’s definitely a hometown hero around here. We all fell in love with Katie when he brought her down south to meet us all and I was tickled to death when he proposed, she accepted, and they asked if we could do custom invitations to incorporate a little bit of home into their wedding day. They were getting married in San Antonio and Katie gave me a few words to go by for the creative direction that were so easy and fun to run with: colorful, Texas, fiesta, playful, fun! Today their tear jerkingly, gorgeously sentimental wedding is featured on Snippet & Ink and I’m so proud that they’re much more than clients, but friends. We love you, Blackledges!

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Austen featured in BRIDES Magazine

We yelped a little in the bookstore when we found the new June/July 2014 issue of Brides on shelves this morning. Our Austen invitation is featured in rose gold foil and navy letterpress on page 304 in the article about Jaime Moffett and Tom Gossin’s (lead singer of the hit-making country band, Gloriana) gorgeous, vintage, art deco speakeasy-inspired wedding day. Check it out!