Guess who’ll be at Lovesick Expo 2016!?

September 16, 2015By AllisonAnnouncements, Wedding Shows

Lovesick Announcement 2016Hand-Painted Weddings is stoked to be chosen as a vendor at the Lovesick Expo in Philadelphia for the 4th year in a row!

I love this event. It is unique, creative, and offbeat, and I admire and encourage every couple who decides to personalize their wedding with unique touches! This is just why I love the couples who attend the Lovesick Expo. Also the guys at Lovesick Inc. along with Offbeat Bride put on a really great show. It is a wildly fun time, and you won’t want to miss it!

I can’t wait to meet some of you readers on January 10, 2016!

Hand-Painted Weddings Table at Wed Altered

November 4, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013 Hand-Painted Weddings table at Wed Altered 2013At long last, I am excited to reveal the Hand-Painted Weddings table from Wed Altered! I really love how the table came together. The flowers I bought from a local NYC corner shop matched the logo so perfectly, and the colors of all the elements on the table came together in such a pretty, calming way.

If you look closely you will see that there was a bird theme across my table. My good friend Melissa graciously allowed me to borrow the two beautiful glass birds that she just bought from West Elm. A little less obvious in these photos is the bird salad plate from Anthropologie, that I fell in love with. You can also see the birds and feathers in the Hand-Painted menu, table number, escort card, and invitation, which were all inspired by the Sunset Save-the-Date in the Hand-Painted Weddings shop.

This was the first table I set up with a dinner place setting. I found this to be very important to showcase the different layers paper can create an impact for a couple’s wedding. Paper is the tying element from guest’s first impression of the wedding (through the save-the-dates and invitations), throughout their wedding day (through their ceremony programs, menus, escort cards, etc.), and into their final thank you cards.

This was also the first time I painted in public (outside of a classroom environment, of course). I have to admit, I was a little nervous going into it, but am so happy that I brought all my supplies and chose to paint at the show. It felt so authentic and it really interested and eased people to see me painting (I really felt like the zen table.) You can see in the photos a bit of what I was painting, but be sure to check back in later in the week to see a few close-ups of my paintings from the show.

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.

The Wed Altered Artists

November 1, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Wed Altered Artists - Alexis June

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For all intents and purposes I’m referring to the photographer, videographer, caterer, makeup artist, and myself, the stationer, as “the artists” at Wed Altered, and referring to the dress and accessories artists as the designers.

“The artists” were the perfect compliment to Wed Altered‘s elite group of wedding dress and accessories designers. A group of down to earth, friendly women who are very much in love with weddings. Having these artists at the Wed Altered NYC pop-up shop really rounded out the experience for the brides, because it added a little bit of flair to the experience. It was just another reason why this pop-up shop is such a unique and special opportunity for brides.

Alexis June Weddings, Bread and Spoon Catering, Lacey Elliot Makeup, Mae B. Films, Hand-Painted Weddings.

Wed Altered Video 2 by Mae B. Films

October 30, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Here is the second Wed Altered film made by the talented Nikki Miller of Mae B. Films. This video focuses on fair-trade and philanthropy, and the unique fact that Wed Altered is the only wedding show of its kind that focuses on sustainability and socially conscious artists. These artists have really amazing missions. Check out the film to hear more.

Video by Mae B. Films.

Wed Altered Video 1 by Mae B. Films

October 28, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Mae B. Films did a beautiful job capturing the essence and heart behind Wed Altered in two short films. Here is the first video, which you can also view directly through Vimeo here. Around the midway point you will see a little cameo from yours truly! There is something about the overall vibe and seeing the textures of the dresses with movement that feel so much more real on this film than I could capture in photos, so please check it out.

The second video which focuses on Fair-trade and Philanthropy will be posted soon.

Video by Mae B. Films.

Wed Altered Recap Part 2 – The Accessories Artists

October 25, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings Wed Altered 2013. NYC. Photo by Hand-Painted WeddingsThe accessories artists at Wed Altered were a talented bunch. They were the perfect complement to the gorgeous dresses at the pop-up shop.

Wed Altered mission is pretty incredible. A piece from their mission (I just had to share!):

“We know that brides are ready for options that mean more. They’re ready to find wedding fashion that reflects their values and their personal style all at once. They want to do good as much as they want to be their own kind of beautiful, and they want to be a part of a movement and a community that’s joining together to make that happen. Remarkable ideas and action from people with big hearts can catch the world off guard.”

I am so proud to be a part of this community of dress and accessories designers that support unique, personal weddings!

Here are a few of the accessories designers’ online shops…be sure to check them out!

Whimsy Do, Green Trunk Designs, Sybil Couture, Clay Me Art, 31 Bits, Peace Love Bling, Gaskin Feurich Designs.

Next week, I will recap the other artists, like the photographer, videographer, caterer, and makeup artist, and of course, a post about my table at Wed Altered.

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Wed Altered Recap Part 1 – Oh, the Dresses!

October 21, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

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Did I mention that Wed Altered took place during NYC Bridal Fashion Week? Complete with a small runway that was intimate enough that the models all walked around and met the other vendors during breaks.

Even though I can’t say I know much about fashion, I felt a very warm welcome from my fellow artists. The group of people at Wed Altered were some of the sweetest down-to-earth people I have met. I feel very blessed to have met such talented artists and wish them all the best in their businesses.

Read more about the vendors here:

Also, here are some direct links to the designers’ websites: Lindee Danìel, Tony Hamawy, Tara Lynn Bridal, Solitary Pearl, Rania Hatoum, Cotton Bride, Maggie Evans Designs, Cicada Bridal. Be sure to check them out!!

Be sure to come back in a couple days to see my recap on the accessories vendors as well as a recap of my table at Wed Altered!

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Wed Altered Thumbprint Guest print Raffle Winner

October 14, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Wed Altered Hand-Painted Weddings Thumbprint Guest printsCongratulations to Charlotte, who won her very own Thumbprint Guest print. Charlotte attended the wonderful Wed Altered pop-up shop this past weekend, and entered the Hand-Painted Weddings raffle. The raffle was such a success, I think I may do another raffle at the Lovesick Expo this January!

I will be posting my wrap-up on Wed Altered along with some photos in the next day or two, so stay tuned.

Hand-Painted Weddings Thumbprint Guest Prints (from left to right): Cobblestone, Country Cobblestone, Beach, Lighthouse, Roller Derby

Hand-Painted Weddings at Wed Altered this weekend!

October 11, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Wed AlteredToday I head to NYC to participate in this really awesome bridal show/pop-up called Wed Altered at the beautiful Studio Arte building this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.

Hand-Painted Weddings will be the exclusive invitations designer at the show. Our table will feature a beautiful table display complete with dinner plate, salad plate, and placemat showcasing a hand-painted menu, escort card, table number, and coordinating invitation set. My goal is to show how a design can weave throughout the entire wedding from the save-the-date to the paper goods at your reception. We are also doing a raffle for a free Thumbprint guest print. Also you wont want to miss a intimate peak of me painting; I will be set up to be painting the entire weekend at my table!

I can’t wait to meet some NYC brides who will be there for unique bridal gown fittings. I also can’t wait to meet more creative wedding professionals!

If you are attending Wed Altered this weekend, please stop by and say “hi” and don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for our raffle!


Featured Vendor at Lovesick Expo 2014

July 1, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

LovesickBadgeRND-tspYes, that’s right! Hand-Painted Weddings has been chosen as a featured vendor amongst a slew of talent for the next Lovesick Expo in Philadelphia. The expo is on January 12, 2014. I couldn’t be happier!

Being a vendor at Lovesick last year was such a highlight! It was so much fun getting to interact with loads of prospective customers and getting to learn more about what interested them about my products. This year Offbeat Bride has connected with Lovesick Expo so I am excited to see how this fantastic, fun expo continues to grow.

To see photos from last year’s Lovesick Expo, click here.

Lovesick Expo Recap

January 14, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Lovesick Expo Philadelphia was everything I had hoped it would be and more! I loved meeting couples and hearing their feedback about my work and getting excited with them about the possibilities for their wedding day. I loved watching people “sign” the Cobblestone Thumbprint Guest print with their thumbs. I loved being side-by-side with other super nice talented wedding vendors. I adored getting to meet photographer Krista Leigh Hurst, who I recently worked on an exciting project on…more on that soon. It was so excited to meet the bride who won my veil giveaway a couple of weeks ago, and to catch up with Chrissy from Truly You Events, who I’m currently working with on an awesome backyard wedding invitation suite for a couple. I loved meeting the woman who won the Hand-Painted Cobblestone Thumbprint Guest Print, and seeing how excited she was to have won! I appreciate all the support from my family and friends, and particularly the man by my side always (and at this event), my husband, Carl! Ok, enough gushing! Here is a little recap (with pictures, descriptions below)!

Lovesick Expo 2013 recap

Here is my table and backdrop at the expo. Everything turned out beautifully!

Lovesick Expo 2013 recap

A little close-up of my table details along with a photo of my helper and partner, Carl.Lovesick Expo 2013 recap

The live music was awesome. The event really is the coolest event for weddings! I even caught the burlesque dancers this year! I enjoyed talking with people as they perused my portfolio of invitations and save-the-dates!Lovesick Expo 2013 recap

Tom and Jon, the two incredibly nice guys who run the Lovesick Expo are having a blast calling out the raffles. I was very excited to raffle off the Cobblestone Guest print in this raffle! 100% of raffle proceeds benefited Children Can Shape the Future, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Lovesick Expo 2013 recapHere I am standing with Carl at the table and then holding up the “signed” Cobblestone Thumbprint Guest print.

I had an awesome day! Thank you so much for those of you that came out for the event! And those of you that are new to my blog, please be sure to follow Hand-Painted Weddings on Facebook to stay up-to-date on new offerings and Shop invitation designs.

Sneak Peek: My Table at the Lovesick Expo

January 11, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Table display by Hand-Painted Weddings

Here is a sneak peak of my table at the Lovesick Expo, which is this Sunday in Philadelphia! The theme of this styled table is romantic with painterly details. The beautiful blue tea cup and saucer were my late grandmother’s. The birch column on the right is a candle holder I just purchased from Terrain. There is a dip dyed table runner going across the table, and paint brushes and paint scattered throughout the table.

It appears that I did the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed (the racks for the backdrop are rented), Something Blue in my tablescape, which seems super appropriate, don’t you think! Funny how things like that happen by “accident”!

I can’t wait to meet new friends, colleagues, and couples on Sunday at the Lovesick Expo! I hope to see you there! I’ll be the one in a striped dress at the Hand-Painted Weddings table!

In the Studio: Preparing for Lovesick Expo

January 7, 2013By AllisonWedding Shows

Engagement Painting by Hand-Painted WeddingsPainting by Hand-Painted Weddings.

This week I’m working hard on preparing for the Lovesick Expo this Sunday!! I can’t wait to meet everyone at the expo. It’s going to be a blast.

I’m enlarging this painting I did a couple of months ago as a gift for my cousin and her husband. I purchased the frame for it yesterday and I’m going to be hanging it on my backdrop at the expo.

Contact me if you are interested in pricing for a commissioned watercolor. This would be beautiful as art on your Save-the-Date or framed at your reception, which would, of course, look gorgeous on your wall after your wedding.

My husband took this candid photo of me painting with his Iphone. I want to take more of these and share them with you! I think they are super fun!

Lovesick Expo – January 13th!

December 4, 2012By AllisonWedding Shows

The coolest bridal expo is coming to Philly in just over a month! I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic expo! I went to last year’s expo and it was amazing…like a big party!

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets (about $8). I promise you, it is a bargain! You’ll have a blast! Be sure to stop by and say “hi” to me!

Philly Lovesick Expo Event Details:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

11am – 3pm

Lovesick Expo along with Love Me Do Photography, Maggpie Vintage, and Sullivan Owen all collaborated on a magical little video. Check it out here.


Craft Fair and Wedding Expo Inspiration

August 24, 2012By AllisonWedding Shows

Photos 1, 2, 3, 5 from 2012 Lovesick Expo by Love Me Do Photography. Photos 4 & 6 from Renegade Craft Fair

Since January’s Lovesick Expo will be my first fair/expo experience, I know I have my work cut out for me to create a smashing table! First, I’m exploring the overall look of the table, so I can start collecting items throughout the next couple months. Lucky for me, Love Me Do Photography took some amazing photos at last year’s Lovesick Expo (a couple seen above), so I have some inspiration on what I can expect from other vendors at this year’s show, and what I can expect from the overall setting. I know that lighting is going to be highly important at World Cafe Live because it is pretty dark in certain locations.

I love creating styled spaces, which is essentially what I am creating for my table. I love the idea of building levels on the table either by easels or through constructed shelving. I also like the idea of constructing some sort of fabric background behind the table. I am brainstorming my overall image while crafting this table layout, such as the fact that I am attracted to textures and natural elements.

My friend who has a lot of experience with craft fairs recommended that I work on my “craft” during downtime, so I will likely bring some paints and paper, in order to show how I work to possible clients.

Next, I’m going to focus on giveaways, business cards, items to sell, etc. I know it is going to be a lot of work but it is exciting work! If you have any tips or suggestions about setting up a vendor table at a craft fair or bridal expo, please leave a note in the comments section! Thanks!

Hand-Painted Weddings at Lovesick Expo!

August 23, 2012By AllisonWedding Shows

Hand-Painted Weddings is happy to announce that we’ve been accepted into the “elite array of local talent” at the 2013 Lovesick Expo on Jan. 13 in Philadelphia! I am so excited to have a vendor table at this event. I went to the 2012 Lovesick Expo and had a blast! It had such a cool mix of people at it.

All of the vendors target couples who are looking for something a bit different than the mainstream wedding. It is also very guy-friendly and same sex couple friendly, which is important to me. The event is more like a fun party than a convention, with live bands and performances. To view photos from last year, go here. Tickets go on sale soon. I hope to see you there!

Here are the event details:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

11 am – 3 pm

Tickets go on sale September 1, 2012