Throwback Thursday: Martha Stewart Weddings Tour

I recently realized I never blogged about when we got to visit Martha Stewart headquarters in NYC last fall (2013) and with our upcoming feature in the magazine finally releasing on September 1, I think a Throwback Thursday is in order. This whole post is taken from my personal blog, Make Something Good Today, that I write every single day no matter what happens, and no matter how tired I am at the end of the day, that documents the best thing that happened that day. At the time we were on a trip to New York with a couple of our Nashville friends, Kory and Beth.

So we started the day with a long train ride to the Upper West Side for breakfast near Central Park at Sarabeth’s. Ben and I went here for the famous English muffins on our honeymoon in 2008.

Then walked through Central Park seeing all the big sights that are famous from movies.

Then lunch a while later in the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien, a tiny, seedy hole in the wall behind the velvet curtain in the lobby of a swanky hotel. It’s so peculiar, and that’s what makes it one of our favorite places in New York. You know you’ve found the spot when you see the neon burger.

Then Ben and I left for Chelsea where I had a meeting with an editor, Cassidy, at Martha Stewart Weddings. And a completely crazy thing happened.

I saw Martha. THE Martha, reviewing some products for her Macy’s line. Just 10 feet away from me. I couldn’t take her picture without getting in trouble, so I just pretended it was a typical occurrence to breathe the same air as Martha Stewart and nodded my head and seemed vaguely excited. I was screaming inside. Cassidy walked me around, showing us the “kitchen” they use to film her cooking show (surprise—the farm scene out the window is a high def photo!)

She showed us the prop room for photo shoots for Weddings and Living. Fascinating! My favorites were the drawers and drawers of antique silver and the cake plate collection.

The Martha empire covers the complete 9th floor of the building in lofts that overlook the Hudson River. The views were unbelievable.

And later on we went back to the house in Brooklyn to get ready for dinner at Bamonte’s. Bamonte’s is on so many lists as one of the best old fashioned Italian restaurants in New York, though it’s in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Lots of Sopranos episodes were filmed here, and an episode of Law and Order SVU aired last week that was shot here too. It was delicious. Tuxedoed waiters with thick Italian accents take your order while the beautiful 3rd generation owner, Anita, greets people as they eat. Well… She and Ben hit it off. Major. She kept calling him “big boy,” and telling us stories of the celebrities and mobsters who’ve darkened the door of Bamonte’s in its 100+ years. She counts Jack Nicholson a good friend, and Leonardo DiCaprio is coming by soon. They’ve been told to prepare a table for him. She hopes she’s there when he comes—though she fears her heart might stop beating at the sight of his handsome face.

There are still old wooden phone booths in the restaurant so you can take a business call while you’re at dinner if you need to.

It made my heart ache a little when I saw another of Anita’s friends on our way out. Jim Gandolfini, only my favorite person ever.

Speaking of, tomorrow’s blog will be about the Sopranos tour Ben and I are taking into Jersey. Aren’t you thrilled? Probably not. In fact, I’m embarrassed about my love for a show that went off the air about a million and a half hours ago. But it is my blog, and I have to be real with y’all. It’s definitely going to be the best thing about my day.

P.S. Dessert at Junior’s Bakery in Brooklyn. World famous cheesecakes!

Prairie Featured in Brides Magazine

Prairie is a Lucky Luxe classic—part of the original Collection started way back in 2008, so I was really tickled when Brides Magazine contacted us about giving it some love in their August/September 2014 issue. Sometimes people tend to overlook our older designs (hello Heirloom!), but Prairie truly is just as elegant as our newer work, I think. And just right for this sea green + blue palette feature.

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Renate & Jad’s Coastal Italian Wedding

We shared a little sneak peak of Renate and Jad’s wedding invitation back in the spring and today I’m excited to tell you a little more about their elegant and romantic suite.

Their wedding took place in Sardinia, Italy in June—a part of the world I’ve been dreaming of visiting for SO long! We worked closely with her event planner out of Sassari, Italy, Elisa Mocci, who initially shared an inspiration board that helped me to imagine the delicate, filigreed design. Renate chose blush pink and gold foil letterpress on double thick pearl white paper with gold edge paint, an itinerary card, and place cards for the reception.

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Piril & Igno’s London + Istanbul Wedding

This is it, y’all. The most lavish and involved paper suite we’ve ever designed for a client! Typically I would say that designing their custom invitations was the most fun of the process, but in this case, Piril and Igno were my very favorite part of it all. We became friends along the way and I would look forward to hearing from them every day as we worked through the revisions and ideas. We Skyped daily during the process, she in London or Istanbul, watching as I sketched, offering ideas and input, introducing me to Igno and her mama through our computer monitors, it felt like we were old friends before long. I had to go into the hospital for surgery 2 weeks earlier in the year , and they sent me the loveliest bouquet of lilies and roses that made me thankful that so often my work is more than invitations—it’s friendship, too.

Now that their wedding and reception have come and gone in the last couple weeks, I can finally share all the beautiful details! Piril is Turkish, Igno is Dutch, and they live in London. Her pinterest board focused on Delft blue china in a nod to Igno’s Dutch heritage, with equal parts ornate Turkish elements and pretty florals.

Our work began with a custom logo that they could use for each event. There were so many ideas and almost-the-ones!

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And then finally, THE ONE.


After working through lots of ideations of what the invitations would include, we arrived at an online save-the-date sent via email along with flatprinted save-the-dates to keep, a paper suite to include an invitation to their intimate June 7 church wedding ceremony and reception at The Connaught in London in English, printed in periwinkle and silver foil letterpress. We decided it best to keep this invitation simple with just an envelope, to let the extravagant Turkish event’s invitations shine with its size and all its elements.

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Then an elaborate invitation suite in both Turkish and English for their very grand reception in Istanbul at the former Ottoman palace, Ciragan Palace, 2 weeks after the wedding.

I’ve never worked on an invitation with such attention to the setting, the language details and Turkish elements, and it was fascinating. This suite was printed larger than our normal invitations at 5.5″ x 8.5″, on double thick Crane Lettra with silver edging in Delft blue, periwinkle, and silver foil letterpress, included silver envelope liners, belly bands, and tiny little custom hand drawn illustrations of Turkish landmarks that were part of their celebration weekend.

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Their rehearsal dinner was hosted by the Consul-General of the Netherlands at the Dutch consulate in Istanbul. How cool is that? Drawing these tiny illustrations of the buildings made feel like a college girl again—using pens and ink just isn’t part of my daily routine like it was in art school.

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Since so many of their guests would be coming from Holland for the event, custom illustrated maps of Istanbul in Delft blue and silver foil were a fun necessity that also incorporated the hand drawn landmarks:

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The entire suite would be printed in two groups: English for Igno and Turkish for Piril. It was a major event making sure we had the quantities and plates perfected for each language before printing! After the wedding suite was complete, we created personal stationery—again in Delft blue, periwinkle and silver foil letterpress.


I’ll never forget the experience of working with Piril and Igno across the globe to create our most lavish invitation suite to date. Click here to see a sneak peek of their wedding photos by Smallpigart. I only wish I could’ve seen it all in person!

At Home featured on Southern Weddings & Oh So Beautiful Paper

We’re so excited to see our new At Home stationery line getting some love on the internet lately. Southern Weddings sponsored an instagram Lucky Luxe painting + stationery giveaway a few days ago and we drew the winner on June 2oth.  I’m excited to get to work painting Cara’s gorgeous Alexandria, Virginia townhouse. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Oh So Beautiful Paper spread the word about our new line, too. Have I mentioned? Nole is my hero!

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