Jilly Ink Featured on Snippet & Ink | Julia Lake Parties | Buell Photo

Good morning beautiful world! 

 

I'm so excited to share with you one of my favorite (favorite!) weddings from 2014. I got to work with darling Julia Lake on a very summery floral and fruit inspired day up in Winters Park, California. The weather was beautiful, the Inn was airy and open, the grounds were impeccable and colorful, and everything Julia brought in her basket of goodies made the day unforgettable. After delivering the watermelon up to the venue (yes, I literally carried the watermelon), I was stunned and not at all surprised by the beauty of the day. I'm thrilled that the ladies behind Snippet & Ink chose to feature the wedding today, so grab another cup of coffee, sit back, and swoon over these amazing photos by Buell Photo!



Here are the other amazing vendors that made this day beautifully possible:

Photography: Justin Buell / Venue: Inn at Park Winters in Winters, California / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Julia Lake Parties / Dress: Ulla Maier via Marina Morrison / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Sara Gabriel / Jewelry: CatbirdTiffany & Co. / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo via Nordstrom / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Suit Supply / Shoes: To Boot / Stationery: Consider the Lilies / Calligraphy: Jilly Ink / Hair, Makeup: Beauty Box Makeup Arts / Linens: La Tavola / Ceremony Music: Charlotte Carlson, fiddle / Reception Music: DJ High Top Wrangler / Catering, Desserts: Buckhorn


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a new year for systems, not resolutions

well, hello there! happy 2014! i hope all of your holidays were filled with joy and abundance and love and laughter and good wine and plenty of pie. and now that all that's over with, and our attention inevitably draws towards cleansing.. well, everything - our health, our careers, our relationships, our closets - i thought i'd share what my new year focus is for 2014.  

instead of resolutions, instead of goals, instead of deadlines (though not the ones set by my clients - of course, i'll still adhere to those).. i'm setting systems. consistency is the name of the game for this year; developing clearly outlined, manageable, workable systems for my career and my health that i can plug into and remain committed to, no matter the outcome. i read this great article over the holidays that put a lot into perspective for me - goals have a way of making you feel like a failure if you don't succeed. systems have a way of perpetuating success, validating positivity, and ultimately sustaining motivation. even after you achieve a particular goal, it can become very easy to fall off the building you worked so hard to create.. or to stand atop it and not know what to do next. with creating a system, if your consistent action is to build a little bit every day, eventually you'll have created an entire city of structures.

 

so - for jilly ink, creating a system for reaching new clients, developing new relationships, venturing out into new industries, honing new and old skills, and making work - regardless of pay - every day is my focus. i can only believe that investing time in my business is the best thing i can do.

 

what are your focuses for the new year?

photo journalism subject

photojournalism2a few weeks ago, a lovely young woman named megan approached me about being the subject of her photojournalism class final project at northwestern university. she was to follow and document someone with a 'visually interesting' career, and after having worked as an intern at illumine magazine this past summer (remember this back cover and sanskrit work I contributed?), she thought my work warranted such documentation. photojournalism3

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it was quite an adventure, especially over the last few weeks, which were filled with incredible inspiration shoots, custom calligraphy prints, and artwork for two different venues. she spent some time photographing my workspace, how i go about my day, and the other gigs i have going on - teaching yoga and consulting for arbonne. she's lovely, she's got her own website, writes for her own blog, and is the editor of the northwestern publication, spoon.

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stay tuned for more recent work to come! and and! i'm currently taking new wedding clients for 2014, so if you, or someone you know is getting married in the next year, loves beautiful hand-lettered type, and working with someone who loves love, send on over a message.

 

(photo credits: megan suckut, 2013)

wedding guest book: revamped

IMG_3800 i love the idea of a wedding guest book; a timeless record of all the people you've loved and cherished enough to invite and spend $70 a plate on at your momentous wedding day. a space for everyone, the young, the old, those just walking in, and those a little less sober than when they walked in, to write pages upon pages of just how happy they are for you on this next chapter of your life with your partner. theoretically, it's lovely. in reality, what actually happens to it? maybe you read it once - maybe once a year on your anniversary - maybe one third of the pages are filled, maybe no one managed to spill wine all over it at one point in the night. regardless, it's usually put away after the big day, with the photos of the wedding taking precedent as the day's record.

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but, what if there was a different way to keep track of your loved ones in attendance? and then, instead of putting it away, it's displayed, framed, hung for all to see and marvel at? well, a dear friend and former coworker of mine commissioned me to make such a piece for her this past week, and i'm delighted to share it with you.

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modeled after a snapshot she sent of another guest book she'd seen, this is a print with a cutout vw bug, and lots and lots of little 3d balloons for guests to write their names on. afterwards, whitney and scott can frame this and hang it up; a gorgeous reminder of the love they shared together, and with their family and friends! congratulations whitney and scott!

wedding guest tree: ms. buryk and mr. borchert

this past weekend was the darling wedding of darling friends alexis buryk and scott borchert (see their spotlight in the ny times!). having been friends since our nyu days, alexis and i are now both about to gather our mfa's in writing from the school of the art institute of chicago. she is one of my dearest and closest and most wonderful friends, and i was honored not only to be a part of her wedding party, but also to be asked to create the wedding guest 'book'.

instead of a traditional page-turner, she and scott decided they'd rather be able to look at something that spoke to their wedding day in a very unique way, so they chose to present a tree that guests could fill in with thumbprint 'leaves' and a note for the couple. it turned out lovely, just like the day itself. congratulations scott and alexis, and may this tree be a constant reminder of the vast circle of supporters and loved ones who will honor your union every step of the way.

 

(ps. be on the lookout for new additions/sections to my jillyink etsy shop - coming soon!)

soiree!

i'm so honored and excited to participate as a vendor in soiree events' 'leap into wedding season' event tomorrow night at chicago's fleur de lis florist in river north. the darling tiffany munster, brains and beauty behind soiree, asked me to provide calligraphy for the bridal grab bags - a cute play on the something borrowed, something blue, something old, something.. well, you know. here are the scans of the calligraphy - she'll be printing the e.e. cummings poem on cute little cards, attaching the something borrowed to an adorable little 'emergency kit', and as for the rest, well you'll find out when i do!

for all brides that are attending the event, i'm offering a free custom return address stamp with the purchase of custom address calligraphy for 100 or more wedding invitation envelopes. i'm looking forward to meeting the other lovely vendors, trying some cake, and spending the evening at a decked-out decadent soiree!

 

the most productive snow day ever

so you know how i've been saying for about a year now that i'm planning on starting an etsy shop?  and you know how it's been nearly a year, and nary an etsy shop has been in site?  and furthermore, you know how one of my new year's resolutions is to have more integrity, do things i say i'm going to do?  well, you might know, if you watch the news or if you've looked out your window at all in the past two days, that chicago's just been hit with a tidal wave of snow.  which means no school.  which means no real homework to take care of.  which means plenty of time to spend on...

...my brand new etsy shop!  finally i pulled everything together and put it up.  it goes by the same name as this here ole blog, so you all won't have to remember too many differences.  currently there are four listings:

 

custom initial stamps, as in the one i made for a dear lululemon compatriot of mine this past holiday season

 

custom return address stamps, as in the ones i made for two of the weddings i attended last summer

 

modern invitation calligraphy,(custom, too!) as in all those envelopes i addressed for wedding and bridal shower guests the last time it was actually warm outside

 

i'm incredibly excited, and i've already had a purchase - by none other than the lovely miss knight herself.  so spread the word and enjoy taking a look around at my handwritten wares.  thundersnow - you were good for something!

sunday ceremonies: family matters

this week's sunday ceremony is very near and dear to my heart.  last night my beautiful cousin michelle married her longtime boyfriend and soulmate in all things love, life and cooking (he's quite the mister julia child in the kitchen) at a little church outside of boston.  their reception was held at les zygomates, a cozy french restaurant tucked away in the back streets of the city behind south station.  we had the entire horseshoe-shaped place to ourselves, complete with two bars, three dining rooms, and a raised piano from which the bride's uncle tinkered out old-fashioned melodies all night.

it was gorgeous.  the whole night, from the endless passed hors d'oeuvres (mini crab cakes, lamb lollipops, roasted beets with goat cheese on crostini, firecracker shrimp, bacon-wrapped scallops) to the french food-themed buffet stations of chicken and lobster crepes, mixed green salad with gorgonzola and pear, and then perfectly seasoned and cooked steak-frites, was absolutely magical.  throw in some well-concocted cocktails, good conversation, friends and family and a few well-worded toasts, and i would say this is a night my (now married) cousin won't soon forget.  congratulations michelle and chris, and i cannot wait to see the far more professional photographs!

{all images by jillyink}

there's always next year

yes, unfortunately, earlier today, in the blistering cold of foxboro, massachusetts, my beloved new england patriots lost their first playoff game against the baltimore ravens.  it was a sad, sad game, and with it came the sad realization that another football season is yet again over before i'm ready.  being a new england fan in new york isn't easy (especially after the giants killed our near-perfect season with a surprise superbowl win a couple of years ago), but i do try to wear my colors proudly, even after admitting defeat at the end of a long and nail-biting season.  i don't know how much of you are sports fans, but there really isn't anything better than sunday afternoons spent yelling at a television, drinking a few beers and eating deliciously cheesy snack foods with friends (whether they be rooting for the same team or not). but now on to an entirely different subject.  are any of you as obsessed with wedding blogs as i have been for the last year or so?  some of the ideas that people come up with for their day of nuptials are truly spectacular; i don't think i've been quite as captivated with any other sort of styling than that i've seen of wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement shoots, etc.  it's all making me want to dive into the industry and become a wedding stylist.  what an amazingly beautiful job that would be - talking with a couple about their interests, ideas, visions, and then pulling together all the details to make it a visual representation of the day they've been planning in their minds.  i'm in love with blogs like once wed, style me pretty, 100 layer cake and green wedding shoes, all of which highlight photos and details from real weddings, musings on the various subjects involved in pulling a wedding together, inspiration boards, self-styled photo shoots, and various vendors in the field.  the girls behind these blogs must be in love with their jobs: spending hours looking at gorgeous photos from vintage, modern, rustic, french-inspired, carnival-esque, etc. events, building relationships with some of the most gifted and innovative wedding photographers, stationers, designers, and caterers, and just generally being around people in the business of promoting the love of two people.  in light of that, and because i'll be attending and participating in a few weddings myself this year, i've decided to devote sundays to posting what i've found beautiful, helpful, and inspiring in the wide world of wedding blogs.

to start off, a little while ago, oh so beautiful paper featured a real invitation by jefferson perky (incidentally, also the groom in that particular wedding), that absolutely blew me away.

some of you may recall how much i love autumn, and this woodgrain design captures the rustic and earthy qualities of the season in a very stylized and beautiful way.  i also adore the typography - it has a little 'alice in wonderland' feel, which brings a sense of whimsy to the theme.

if you want to see more, check out the perky bros. website, and read jefferson's take on the process of designing the invitations over on o.s.b.p.

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look for more wedding-inspired posts every sunday (unless i become completely overtaken, and feel the need to post more often), and i hope you all have a lovely week!