Alice in Wonderland Wedding featured on ModWedding

November 17, 2015By AllisonPress

Alice in Wonderland Wedding featured on ModWedding

So happy that the wedding blog, ModWedding is featuring the Alice in Wonderland wedding styled shoot Hand-Painted Weddings collaborated with a lot of talented, creative vendors in Chicago on earlier this spring. As the article says, this wedding features “enchanting florals, from oversized peony blossoms to layers of moss, were complimented by other natural pieces, such as handcrafted wooden furniture and a naked cake.” These design elements worked really well with the whimsical watercolor designs I did for the wedding day paper and invitation (available in the invitation shop).

I’m super excited to be currently working with a client who is doing a high tea for her wedding and is using this styled shoot as inspiration. This warms my heart because this is the goal of styled shoots….to inspire future engaged couples with ideas they’ve never seen before.

I also love that I was able to collaborate with this styled shoot from afar…this style shoot took place in Chicago. I love these collaborations so much that I’m creating unique artwork for one in California in December and one locally in Philadelphia on Black Friday, so stay tuned on Instagram for behind the scenes glimpses of this unique, creative work.

Photographer: Ed & Aileen Photography | Event Coordination: Dotted Events | Venue: Lacuna Artist Loft Studios | Wedding Gown & Jewelry: Mignonette Bridal | Bridesmaids Gowns: Brideside | Tuxedos: Menguin | Rings: Gage Rings | MUA: Marguerite Preston | Hair: Marisol Saucedo | Stylist: Patrick Niles | Floral Design: Blümgarten | Furniture: Makers Chicago | Chairs & Linens: Classic Party Rentals | Lighting & Draping: Art of Imagination | Place Settings: Rent Vintage Chicago | Backdrop: Chyrel Banias, Lil Epic Event Design | Stationery: Hand-Painted Weddings | Bakery: Swedish Bakery

Dreamcatcher baby shower featured on Smitten Magazine

October 29, 2015By AllisonPress

Dreamcatcher baby shower featured on Smitten Magazine

The stunning Dreamcatcher baby shower I contributed paper for in May is featured on Smitten Magazine today! This was a dream team of talented vendors that came together and created the most beautiful, down-to-earth baby shower imagined. Inspired by the mother and father to-be’s trip to Sedona, this baby shower brings together adorable bohemian design elements like dreamcatchers, feathers, floral crowns, temporary metallic tribal tattoos, and gemstone necklace favors. And it brings them all together in one of the most beautiful restaurants in Philadelphia, Talula’s Garden, with all of its secret garden aesthetic and organic botanicals. Papertini did such a nice job incorporating the nature details of the venue in with the bohemian theme, in a sunny, joyful way.

One of my favorite parts of the shower was the custom dreamcatcher thumbprint guestbook I made as a gift from the planner of the event, Truly You Events, to the mom to-be. This baby shower thumbprint guestbook had 40 spaces at the end of strings for guest’s thumbprints, which mixed in with the feathers of the dreamcatcher.

This bohemian baby shower was also featured on Hostess with the Mostess. More on that feature here.

Photographer: Love Me Do Photography | Event Planner: Truly You Events | Venue: Talula’s Garden Flowers & Decor: Papertini Invitations & Stationery: Hand-Painted Weddings | Makeup Artist: Beke Beau

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Hand-Painted Weddings published in Celebration Society Weddings Magazine

October 1, 2015By AllisonAnnouncements, Press

Hand-Painted Weddings published in Celebration Society Weddings Magazine Hand-Painted Weddings published in Celebration Society Weddings Magazine Hand-Painted Weddings published in Celebration Society Weddings Magazine

The effervescent Water Ripples watercolor wedding invitation was featured in the Summer issue of The Celebration Society Weddings magazine! I supplied the artwork for an editor of the magazine in the Spring, but it was actually one of my clients who worked on a yacht all summer who told me she saw it featured in the magazine, that alerted me that it was published…how funny is that!

I don’t have a big advertising budget, especially for print, so opportunities like this are really exciting! The Water Ripples invitation is featured alongside a lot of other inspiring “Beachy blue” wedding and decor items. I adore that clutch!

The Water Ripples invitation is a great invitation for a wedding happening during the summer and/or for beach weddings. It would also be a beautiful invitation for a wedding happening near a lake or the ocean. Most destination weddings are near the water, so this invitation would also be very fitting in that setting.

Note: The Water Ripples watercolor invitation is available in the shop for purchase.

Philadelphia Wedding Stationery Introduction on WeddingLovely now Live!

September 25, 2015By AllisonAnnouncements, Press, Wedding Tips

Wedding Lovely Philadelphia Wedding stationery introductionThere are a lot of eyes on Philly this weekend, which is really exciting for this city I love so dearly. Being the fourth generation in my family to live in the Philadelphia area, I have some deep-rooted loyalty to this beautiful city. While I am not catholic, I’m excited that the Pope chose Philly as its prime location for the World Meeting of Families, because it is bringing some well-deserved attention to this beautiful city.

To further express my love for this city, I recently submitted an article about Philadelphia to the wonderful wedding website WeddingLovely, to introduce the Philadelphia Wedding Invitations section, and this week I’m excited to announce…. it went live. WeddingLovely is a resource for helping you plan your wedding with an online guide to wedding vendors and inspiration.

In the Philadelphia Wedding Invitations introduction, I took the opportunity to write a little bit about the passion and loyalty Philly residents share, and then outlined some Philly wedding inspiration specific to Philadelphia wedding stationery. I have copied the text below, but feel free to click here for the link to the full website.


Philadelphia is often known for its rowdy sportsmanship and bombastic attitudes, but the roots of this energy stem from a very strong sense of loyalty and love for Philly. In the city of brotherly love, along with its surrounding suburbs, couples have vast wedding venue options. Couples can get married in historically rich colonial houses along cobblestone streets or in boathouses along the river. They may choose to get married in a train station or at their favorite sports arena. Even farther out of the city couples can choose to get married in a ski lodge or a rustic farm. The diversity of venue options lends itself to a multitude of design inspiration. 

Another form of inspiration for your wedding in Philadelphia is the season you choose to get married. Philly has beautiful dogwood trees and cherry blossoms in the spring and hands-down gorgeous fall foliage in autumn. These changes in nature look beautiful decorating a couple’s wedding invitation.

Since the wedding invitation is your guests’ first impression of your wedding day, consider using your wedding venue and/or the season as inspiration for your invitation artwork. You can use Philadelphia’s iconic sites such as the Love statue, Liberty bell, Boathouse Row, or City Hall in your Philadelphia-based wedding. Working with a Philadelphia-based stationer will make this process of finding the perfect Philly icon for your artwork easier.

When hiring your Philadelphia stationer, be sure she/he also creates coordinating wedding day-of paper such as ceremony programs, escort cards, menus, favor tags, and finishing with matching thank you cards to express your gratitude to your guests. Connecting all of these designs from Save-the-date through thank you cards will create a cohesive, beautiful look that is stronger than the sum of its parts.

— Provided by Philadelphia wedding stationer Hand-Painted Weddings (website).

Named 1 of 10 Philadelphia Wedding Vendors You Should be Following on Instagram by Philly in Love

September 21, 2015By AllisonPress

Philly in Love Top Instagrammers to FollowHand-Painted Weddings Named 1 of 10 Philadelphia Wedding Vendors You Should be Following on Instagram by Philly in Love

I am so excited to be included as one of the top 10 instagrammers to follow in Philly by Philly in Love blog.

I follow A LOT of Philly wedding vendors on Instagram so I know the competition is steep to make it to this list! Check out the full blog post to see my fellow Philly wedding vendors to follow on Instagram.

For Hand-Painted Weddings, Instagram is a place to get a behind the scenes glimpse of what is happening in the studio, from inspiration, to close-ups of (still wet) watercolor paintings, or photos of finished pieces hot off the press. From time to time you will even get to see a time-lapse video of me painting, which is always fun!

If you aren’t already following me, you can follow me here.

Tribal Dreamcatcher Inspired Baby Shower on Hostess with the Mostess

September 4, 2015By AllisonPress

Dreamcatcher Bridal Shower featured on Hostess with the MostestSometimes I’m lucky enough to work on baby shower stationery and signs. This past May I worked with Truly You Events and the (at the time) mom-to-be on a dreamcatcher themed baby shower, which was inspired by the parents’ recent trip to Sedona. Sedona is a magical place…I adore it…so I knew this shower was going to be magical as well. So magical in fact that Hostess with the Mostess featured it on their blog today.

Later I will share some more photos of this lovely event, but for now you must take a second a scroll through this beautiful party on Hostess with the Mostess!

Planner/Styling: Truly You Events | Venue: Talula’s Garden | Photography: Love Me Do Photography | Florist: Papertini Paper: Hand Painted Weddings

10 Patriotic Details featured on the Knot

September 1, 2015By AllisonPress

Patriotic Ideas featured on the KnotI’m a little late to announce this one but Hand-Painted Weddings was featured amongst some very talented Philly vendors in The Knot’s “10 Patriotic Details to Steal From This July Fourth Wedding: An Independence Day inspiration shoot that’s as American as apple pie.”

The Love Sweet Love cake sign and ribbon escort cards were highlighted as two of the ideas for a patriotic wedding. The beautiful tablescape, bouquet, signature cocktail sign, and sparkler cards are also featured in the event, so definitely check it out.

July Fourth invitation set is now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitations Shop.

Venue: The Liberty View Ballroom | Photography: Lindsay Docherty Photography | Event Planner: Truly You Events | Flowers: Campbell StudiosMakeup: Cheekadee | Stationery: Hand-Painted Weddings | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Catering: Brulee Catering Cakes and Desserts: The Master’s Baker

Alice in Wonderland Wedding Featured on Ruffled Blog

August 19, 2015By AllisonPress

Alice in Wonderland Wedding on Ruffled BlogOn Monday I announced on social media that the Alice in Wonderland styled shoot I created paper for was featured on Ruffled blog! Styled shoots are a lot of fun because they give wedding vendors and artists a chance to express their creativity and go crazy with ideas for the sake of inspiring engaged couples. By using creativity with no limitations, a styled shoot has the power to open up new ideas that might connect with couples getting married – it is pretty powerful!

Styled shoots are also a great way to meet new vendor friends. In the case of this styled shoot, I worked remotely with vendors in Chicago. One of the things I love that within my career I can collaborate with people all over the country, even the world!

This styled shoot is chockfull of colorful, whimsical wedding inspiration, that you should definitely check out. Above is just a snippet of the post, so click here to see the full post.


Autumn Reflections invitation hand picked for 50 Fall Wedding invitations list

August 10, 2015By AllisonPress

Hand-Painted Weddings on Domestically Blissful blogThe lovely blog, Domestically Blissful, has picked their top 50 Fall Wedding Invitations for the season, and the Hand-Painted Weddings Autumn Reflections invitation made the list!

This is a group of really beautiful invitations, some more subtly fall themed than others, and I’m really happy to be included. Definitely check out the full list on the blog post here.

Fall is right around the corner!

Megan and Mike’s Wedding on The Knot!

June 1, 2015By AllisonAnnouncements, Hand-Painted Weddings, Press

Megan and Mike wedding on The KnotSo happy to start this first day of June with news that Megan and Mike’s beautiful wedding was featured on the The Knot Real Wedding section this past weekend!

Just to reiterate from my previous blog post featuring their lovely wedding, Megan and Mike did such a great job seamlessly incorporating natural and calming elements into their wedding, while still leaving room for fun details like the bride’s green shoes and their travel themed postcard guest book. I’m actually not surprised at all that this wedding is being featured for other couples to be inspired by, because it is quite inspiring. I’m so happy that I could be a part of it and create their custom watercolor invitation set as well as their escort cards.

Featured on The Knot. Photographs by Stephanie A. Smith Photography. Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Featured Watercolor Art in Mother’s Day Campaign

April 23, 2015By AllisonAnnouncements, Press

Hand-Painted Weddings art on Hatch Mother's Day campaign Hand-Painted Weddings art on Hatch Mother's Day campaignI am excited to share that I recently created some watercolor washes for‘s Mother’s Day campaign. For these watercolors I was inspired by the soft pastels of spring. I also played around with some layering of the watercolors as seen in the second page above.

Hatch is a website full of creative and talented makers, and I am so grateful to have my artwork spotlighted in this special campaign for Mother’s Day. Support makers and shop now for your unique Mother’s Day gifts on…Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

Featured on International Women’s Day!

March 13, 2015By AllisonAnnouncements, Press

Photos by Shari DeAngelo. Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. Wedding planning by Truly You Events.Hand-Painted Weddings on Hand-Painted Weddings on Hatch.coI am very excited to announce that Hand-Painted Weddings was chosen as one of 7 up-and-coming female creatives celebrating International Women’s Day on! It was such an honor to be chosen for this feature. For those of you that don’t know, was founded by a woman, Anastasia Leng, who left her job at Google to create a “a marketplace for unique made-to-order products created by a community of handpicked professional designers and makers.” Hatch is similar to Etsy but much more refined because an artist needs to qualify to sell products on this site.

Anastasia contacted me directly to see if I’d be interested in celebrating International Women’s Day by creating an interpretation of the Hatch logo. The only stipulation was to keep the tipi intact. I was like, of course!!

I have to say that this project was one of those projects that I had a breakthrough (ah-ha moment) around midnight the day before it was due, and I was so happy with the creation that I could barely fall asleep and was still glowing with excitement for days after! After I sent the artwork to Hatch, I received a response that the team gasped when they saw it! Have I mentioned that I love my job!

I had another ah-ha moment when I was digging into the inspiration of this logo interpretation, and why it resonated so strongly with me. I am copying the blurb that is beside the logo below for readability:

“I am an artist and a businesswoman. I find my peace in my daily yoga practice, while I find my energy every day in the gloriously energetic city of Philadelphia. I find that this balance between opposites is where I like to create and be. It is also how I paint; I have chosen watercolors as the perfect medium for Hand-Painted Weddings because while it is loose and flows, I bring an distinct attention to detail in my paintings, creating that sexy balance between the two in my work.

The design is inspired by my favorite flower, the pansy. I love how the pansy is delicate yet bold in its colors. The bold watercolor flower painting is juxtaposed with the sexy, metallic gold diagonals of the Hatch logo, creating an intriguing balance between explosion and structure. As businesswomen, we strike many balances in our lives, and I wanted to express that strength and power in this logo in celebration of Female Creative Business Owners.”

I feel like I found my voice in explaining my process, which is so personal that it is hard to distinguish and put into words. I’m sure other creatives feel similarly; it is really hard to explain your creativity as an artist (where it comes from, what drives it). It makes interviews and “About” pages challenging. After yoga one day, when my head is the most clear, I realized it… I have struggled explaining who I am because I don’t really fit into a box. I am a balance of opposites (sometimes teetering), but once I saw it, I noticed the idea seemed to flow through many aspects of my life from the way I paint, to the way I work, to the way I am. I’ve got to tell you, it was a revelation.

Featured In Philadelphia Wedding’s Bridal Bulletin

July 30, 2012By AllisonAnnouncements, Press

In case you missed the announcement on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, Hand-Painted Weddings was featured in Philadelphia Wedding magazine’s online Bridal Bulletin! I’m over the moon excited to be profiled in Philadelphia Wedding’s Bridal Bulletin! It is such an honor and an opportunity!

Be sure to check out the full story here and feel free to “Like” or “Retweet” the story directly on the webpage.

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