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).

Two Wedding Locations, Two Outfits

December 10, 2014By AllisonWedding Tips

Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events. Paper by Hand-Painted WeddingsA creative way to change up the wedding look is to have a different gown for the ceremony and the reception. Especially with so many cute short wedding dresses, I understand the desire to have two gowns!

Since both of the wedding buildings for this photoshoot had very different looks, two attire looks was a great idea to separate the two celebrations. As I wrote on Monday, the Historic Landmark Building at the Pennsylvania of Fine Arts is ornate, historic and warm with many brass details while the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building is modern with large windows and clean white sweeping walls.

While I know that two gowns might not be in your budget, it does add a really fun element to your wedding. Imagine entering your reception with this sweet short dress just in time to break out the moves on the dance floor!

Note: If you like the look of this wedding, be sure to check out the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings which was inspired and created for this shoot.

Photo by Asya Photography.

Quiet Together Moments

December 9, 2014By AllisonWedding Tips

PAFA Styled Gallery Wedding. Photos by Asya Photography. Coordinated by Truly You Events.  Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.This photo of the couple sharing a quiet together moment resonated with me today. The craze of the pre-holiday rush is very similar to the wedding day rush.

One of the most heard pieces of advice I hear (and give myself) to couples on their wedding day is to really be present and enjoy every moment of the day. Time can fly if you don’t soak in every morsel of sensation, and there are a lot during your wedding day.

While your wedding day schedule might not allow, try to get away with your partner even for 2 minutes for a bear hug, or as seen above, to contemplate a painting, because it truly is a monumental day for the two of you, and you really need to set an intention of observation or the day will sweep you away.

Photos by Asya Photography.