Studio tour: Wiley Valentine

Name: Rachelle Schwartz and Emily Owen
Location: Southern California
Company: Wiley Valentine

What is your aesthetic? A new approach to all things vintage. We pride ourselves on offering a wide array of styles, and adore working with brides to create something completely custom as well. We definitely have a mix of modern and vintage.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I think our studio has a warm, homey feel to it. In the professional world we have established great relationships with retailers, brides and our employees. I would say our work environment is very fun, playful, we are like a big family. We all eat lunch together each day, laugh and sing all day. It’s important to keep things light and fun especially when things can get stressful and very busy.

Favorite part of your studio? I love the office I share with Emily. It has a comfy couch, a vintage chandelier and book shelves stocked with vintage books. I also love our inspiration boards!

Where do you go for inspiration? Vintage books, photographs, nature, travel. Sometimes i just need a good hike outdoors to clear my head and allow for the new ideas to flow in. I also have a book filled with collaged pages from old magazines. It provides a fabulous inspiration boost.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My bagasse notebooks from staples. It sounds simple but they are eco friendly notebooks made from sugar cane waste and I fill them with my ideas, daily tasks etc. I also can’t live without my iphone.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I would LOVE an ipad. It’s not like I really NEED one, it’s just so fabulous. And I would love a new office chair.

Anything else we should know? I (Rachelle) am expecting my first child in June! Very excited to become a mother. Always open to suggestions from other working moms on how to juggle the two though!

[images from Wiley Valentine]

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no.21]

As some of you might already know, I’ve been very busy over the last couple of days putting together a recap of the 2010 National Stationery Show on Parcel Post. While at the show I was happy to discover some new wedding invitations I hadn’t seen before. First up is Gilah a letterpress line out of Baltimore. We carry the card line in the shop currently so I was glad to see her clean, modern aesthetic in the form of invitations.

Next is 42 Pressed. I’m loving the creative typography, the quirky fanciness and use of those fabric belly bands.

[images from Gilah Press + 42 Pressed]

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New Ketubah

Tsilli from New Ketubah just emailed to let me know about her new line of ketubah’s utilizing of all things, polaroids, along with her trademark hand stitching.  So beautiful, right?  She’s also got a DIY ketubah kit for download on her site, which you can get right here.

[images from New Ketubah]

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Real wedding: Julie + Hugh

Julie & Hugh did a really great job keeping their wedding minimal but modern…just how I like it!

Catering:  Yen Ngo of Real Foods Catering. Amazing! We cannot praise her enough.  Incredible food, very cool staff, and she became our defacto (mellow and fun to work with) wedding planner

Cake: One Girl Bakery in Brooklyn (they provided the cookie take home gifts too). Our cake was banana with chocolate ganache middle and cream cheese frosting : )

Flowers:  Melarosa (excellent – great value for money)

Dress:  Monique Lhullier

Hair:  Crystophe Marten

[images from Dreamscape Studio]

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