It’s so hard to believe we’re only hours away from the start of a new decade! Uhmmm…what?! It’s so crazy how fast this past year went. Today I’m looking back on all the incredible things that happened over this past year. Two thousand nineteen was by far one of my favorite years yet, both personally and professionally. I can’t say thank you enough to the couples who trusted me to design their wedding invitations, day-of stationery, and calligraphy signage for the most magical day of their life. Whether a Lace and Belle couple or a vendor, I’m beyond grateful I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with each and every one of you. My heart is filled with so much love!!!

2019 has brought seasons of growth, change, lessons learned, and some of the best memories that can’t be forgotten. Continue reading below for some Lace and Belle milestones that made a lasting impression this past year.

Weddings

It goes without saying, I’ve loved working with each and every one of my couples this year. Each one was sweeter than the next. If I’m being honest, I don’t know how I got so lucky meeting so many incredible people who are so in love. Not only with each other, but in the services and quality of products I provide. Each invitation suite from this year was so different, but there were a few details that were consistent throughout. Y’all wanted a design that would stand the test of time, while telling a story. It was also the year of wax seals and  vellum. Be still my beating heart!

Collaboration

Two thousand nineteen was THE year of joining creative forces with so many vendors. I received numerous inquiries over the last twelve months and while my calendar just didn’t allow me to say yes to all opportunities, I did have the chance to collaborate on quite a few fun projects over the year. In February, I teamed up with Jaye Kogut Photography, Magnolia West Events, AxelMStudios, Castle Couture, Nassau Inn, and Salon Pure for an Ultimate Princeton Engagement session giveaway. In March, I had my first in-home branding session with Michelle Behre Photography. In May I showcased wedding stationery designs at WedFest, as well as during the Chauncey Hotel Wedding Expo. Two months later, I partnered up with Amie Retzlaff, Sarah Gerber Designs, Danielle Asta Hair, and Beauty by Dana for a chic blush private estate styled shoot in Monroe Township (image right). Take a peek at all the pretty details at this non-traditional locale here. The home even had it’s own vineyard!

The creativity continued in September for a timeless styled shoot in Philadelphia (image left). I absolutely loved everything about this inspiration…from the architecture and character of the city to the bold fashion-forward style, pastel-hued florals, and of course the avant-garde acrylic invitation with modern calligraphy. You can see all the oh-so-dreamy images from Liz Andolina Photography here. I also created an invitation suite for a boho styled shoot in Cream Ridge with Hexacres! (Pics to come soon.)

When Larissa of La Rue Events reached out to collab on a Styled
Shoots Across America styled shoot, I was so honored and on cloud nine, of course! This session was all about going completely out of my comfort zone and trying something completely new. The end result? A laser engraved LEATHER invitation featuring modern calligraphy and floral elements on the enclosure card. (Image right by Rachel Dibs Photography)

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, I was personally asked by Be Inspired PR to participate in a styled shoot with some of my favorite local vendors, including my friends over at EVJ Wedding Co! P.S. If you’re in the market for a wedding planner or day-of coordinator (or what I like to call your wedding planning fairy godmothers), look no further than Jacquelyn and her team.

And of course two thousand nineteen wouldn’t be whole without participating in the 3rd annual holiday market in Westfield with my friends of Marketspace Vendor Events.

In the Media

Sip, sip, hooray!!! This year Lace and Belle has celebrated winning the 2019 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award, as well as being featured in both print magazines and on reputable wedding blogs across the web!

PRINT

  • Contemporary Weddings Magazine, Spring/Summer 2019 print edition – Maria + Mateusz at The Manor, acrylic invitation on the ‘Our Favorite Trends’ spread, and invitation/calligraphy runner on the ‘Autumn on the Farm’ styled shoot spread
  • New Jersey Bride, Spring 2019 print edition – Party in Princeton, Chic & Sophisticated Inspiration

ONLINE

Growth

This year brought a newly designed website on the ShowIt platform, a new semi-custom invitation collection, as well as a new Lace and Belle newsletter! I also introduced Lace and Belle rentals and enhanced my already streamlined process to ensure an even more seamless Lace and Belle experience. My Lace and Belle wedding invitation guide (exclusive to only contracted couples) was also recently updated! (Image right, Amie Retzlaff)

Moving forward in 2020, I will only be taking on a limited number of couples for each season. I want to make sure I’m taking care of my couples in the very best way. By limiting how many custom suites I take on, I’ll be able to provide a complete one-on-one service where you’ll ultimately feel like your my only client. I understand how overwhelming planning a wedding can be and I want your wedding stationery process to be a fun, personalized experience.

“Don’t sacrifice the good to chase the perfect.” – Emily Ley

There are so many cherished moments from this year, but one of my favorites was investing in my GlowForge! It was definitely a scary decision, but it’s brought more creativity than I could have imagined. Not to mention, one of my best holiday seasons to date. *Stay tuned for new collections and projects that are in the works for the new year.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my 2019 couples, their families, and my friendors. Your support means the world and you continue to give me the opportunity to do what I love most. Twenty nineteen, you were pretty amazing! Two thousand twenty, you have a lot to live up to! I’m SO excited for what the new year holds for Lace and Belle and to collaborate with my friendor network. What are you looking forward to most in 2020? Share your goals in the comments!

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