Getting to know your vendors: Elle Designs

I've always had a bit of a thing for paper. I think it comes from mom being an English teacher and how much I love the smell of books and completely losing myself in the words written on their pages. There is just something so real about paper and words and the many different forms they can come in. If you choose to send real mail these days, it truly says something about you and the paper you send it on, says something too. You might want to spend some time thinking about your stationery suite before saying "it doesn't matter" or "it just gets thrown away." It says something :)

Stationer and graphic designer Cairrell (pronounced Care - re - el) has such pretty and personal designs you do not want to "just throw them away." She's the owner and very awesome designer for Elle Designs. Cairrell creates everything from programs and invitations to your kiddos birthday invitations. She's truly awesome at what she does.

I met Cairrell through a former client and immediately loved her work. After the wedding we got together on a photoshoot and now I'm sharing with y'all how awesome she is :) I asked Cairrell to send me some samples and tell me a bit about them and this is the lovely result! There are save-the-dates, invitations, RSVPs, and more! Keep reading to see all of this loveliness!!!

The first piece of mail you're likely to send out regarding your big day is the Save the Dates. You can have so much fun with these! Cairrell described several of her designs for us:

I love using magnets for Save the Dates. Guest are more likely to keep your picture on their refrigerator forever smile emoticon This particular bride couldn't decide which engagement picture she liked best so I used more than one. Save the Date Magnets are a great way to show off your beautiful engagement photos.

Save the Date Post Card is a great inexpensive option. I love that I was able to come up with a design that please but the bride and groom on this piece. The Bride loved the modern, simplistic typography style but the Groom wanted to incorporate more New Orleans flare with the lamp post. They were both so excited with they saw how both of their styles came together.

Floral Save the Date Card - This style is a great option for couples who do not wish to use a photograph on their save the date. I love the soft floral colors and the use of the calendar. This is a very visual way to remind your guest to save the date!

Belly bands, Blush and Gold!!! You cannot go wrong with it!! 

Blush and Gold has really been a HUGE hit in the South this season and Cairrell loves this combo!! That pink is oh so soft but then you add in the gold and it is truly the perfect touch of glam to set it off! Adding to the soft and flowy style, Cairrell hand painted with watercolor the flowers on the invitation. She's clearly setting the tone with this set!

Then to glam up the invite, she added the gold glitter as the envelope liner. I love the way it really "glams" up this invitation set. Finishing off the design she added the Belly Band which might be her favorite piece. She says she "loves how it adds that extra dimension to a couples wedding invitation. The belly band really "dresses up" a traditional invitation." 

Another invitation set Cairrell sent started very traditional, but as the client and Cairrell worked through the process, there was also glam and glitz! In fact, in the end, the bride cried. It was a reflection of her and what they wanted their guests to experience on her and her fiance's special day! 

Who doesn't love silver, and who doesn't love a great belt??!!! Cairrell used silver for the envelope, belly band and for the ink. Then, without wanting to overtake the silver, she added the small touch of pewter glitter on the belly band to finish off suite.

It was by far one of the biggest compliments Cairrell received when the bride told her "she didn't even cry when she said yes to the dress."

One of my absolute favorite things about this set is the TEXTURE!!! 
It's something your guests can truly FEEL!

Inner/Outer Envelope Invitation - This piece is more simple and traditional than the others but Cairrell loves the elegance of the gray and ivory. And the Cream Puff sock! It's absolutely amazing in both color and texture! The inner and outer envelope is a very formal and traditional touch and I often recommend the use of the inner envelope for clients who have a very specific guest list. The inner envelope allows you to specially acknowledge the guest who are invited to your wedding day.

Large Invitation with Metallic Sand Backing - Cairrell loves that this invitation follows the format of a traditional wedding invitation but the font style for the Bride and Groom's name make it much more customized for the couples style. It's a very free and fun script feels which both Cairrell and I both love!
HINT: When Buying Postage
  1. Don't buy your postage just yet. Wait till you have all of your pieces to the stationery suite and you are able to put together a full package. That way you are sure to buy and then buy the postage. And don't forget the postage for the return postcard or envelope. 
  2. Buy pretty postage. You don't want your gorgeous first impression messed up by an ugly stamp on the outside. And if possible, either have the addresses printed professionally or use a calligrapher. It really is just that much prettier :) 

We love working with great vendors and Ms. Cairrell of Elle Designs is definitely a great vendor!!! To find out more about how you can get your custom stationery contact Elle Designs at or call Cairrell at 985.519.1538. 

Keep an eye out this week as we follow up this blog with information on addressing envelopes and your stationery timeline. For help planning or designing your special day, please do not hesitate to contact us.