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Meet Charles, our English Rose. He’s elegant, understated and forever lovely. Charles is heavily inspired by The Secret Garden—but his floral elements are grounded by a graphic illustration style and clean typography choices. We love that Charles is simultaneously vintage and contemporary—a perfect choice the the most timeless of celebrations.

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Charles can be a produced in so many ways. We’re showing him in a tone-on-tone peachy hued letterpress printed on our creamiest white paper (ecru). To keep things from feeling too sweet, we added some unexpected details: shiny foil edge painting and a metallic wax seal.

Here’s a few other ways we think Charles will be cool:

1) Go woodsy— forest green ink and kraft paper envelopes.

2) White engraving on navy paper

3) Florescent white paper with blind embossing on the floral graphics and pale gray text

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Something we love here at MaeMae & Co. is a fresh color combo. It’s always fun to see how dramatic the result can be when changing up the color palette of one of our collection characters. Here’s a favorite example from 2014.

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Allie + Bobby’s taupe, citron and leaf green palette is a gorgeous and sophisticated take on our tropical gal, Roxy. She went from coconut bra to country chic with a simple swap of hues and we’re still swooning over this one at the studio.

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Interested in seeing your wedding colors on one of our collection characters? We are too! Get in touch today and we’d love to discuss.

 

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Jett_mood_boardMeet Jett. She’s a domino prodigy who’s known for her signature style—a perfectly tailored peplum skirt and a flawless black manicure…always black. Jett is high contrast but maintains an undeniable elegance and she’s absolutely perfect for the modern couple throwing a stylish event. As Jett’s the first to tell you, nothing says sophistication like a beautiful script monogram in a black and white palette, right?!

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Of course, we LOVE Jett just the way she is—but we also think this particular character suite has some major potential for fresh customizations. Here’s a few ideas:

1) Rose-gold foil text. Everywhere. All day long.

2) Add your wedding color to the monogram and calligraphy throughput the suite. (see below image for a version of the formal invitation on white)

3) Swap out the floral pattern liner and backer for your own custom pattern, or borrow the bold stripe from our guy Willie?

The options are endless! Ready to order your personalized Jett invitation suite? Click here and book today!

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Beverly_mood_boardMeet our new character, Beverly. If you can’t track her down in South Beach, then it’s likely she’s flown off to Saint Tropez with her gal-pal Bette…again. She’s just fabulous like that. The perfect balance of elegance and flare, Beverly is your go-to gal for exuberant luxury. Her affinity for bold, deco-inspired patterns and timeless type pairings set the perfect stage for a glamorous affair celebrating the couple who know how to have a grand, old time.

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Beverly is a jet-setter, with an affinity for the exotic and we think she’s be perfect for a tropical destination wedding. We’d love to see a client customize this suite—here’s a few ways we think it would be fabulous:

1) A jade and taupe palette

2) Turquoise engraving…on everything! (a la Dorthy Draper)

3) Go old-school and try platinum foil on rich, chocolate paper

Cool, right? Ready to order your personalized Beverly invitation suite? Click here and book today!

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How fab is this iteration of our Maximus suite?! Originally created for Martha Stewart Weddings and featured today on Style Me Pretty, Maximus has a heavy icon reference, so the suite is often personalized with icons that represent the couple. For instance, Moujan + Nathan customized theirs with a dog icon referencing the dog sculptures at the Viceroy Palm Springs. Brianna + Buzz went with a bee because the groom’s first name is, well, awesome! We love to see what our clients choose to do with the playful illustrations in this suite. And it’s always fun to see images from the wedding that reflect how the paper products set the stage for the big day. How awesome was the graphic-inspired styling of  Moujan + Nathan’s wedding?! Check out the full story and the more of Heather Kincaid‘s beautiful photos here. Congrats Moujan + Nathan!

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Here at MaeMae, we love to create options. As in, options, options and more options. When it comes to our MaeMae Wedding Colletion Characters, we’ve found that one of the best ways to do this is to play with color. Beau, one of our fave new characters is shown in the Collection in an elegant, muted palette of warm grays (see Beau’s inspiration Pinterest board here) but we wanted to showcase how customized he can look in a different color way. Enter Blush + Tomato Red. We were feeling super-inspired by Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest HotelSeriously, that Mendl’s packaging! We loved the unexpected color combo applied to a vintage inspired design. Beau took to this inspiration perfectly and we could not be more obsessed with the way it turned out. And so, it is without further adieu, that we present to you A Pink Beau:

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Continue to check back in to see all of the different color ways our brides will bring to the new MaeMae Collection Characters. We’re always delighted when a client puts a fresh spin on a character with unexpected  color combos like Marlowe in navy + rose gold  or how about in sky blue + red?! And we, literally, can not wait to see how the new characters look in custom color ways.

 

 

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So…we’ve been busy around here – can you tell? Things look a bit different, we have a new name (more on that next week!) AND we’re introducing a slew of new wedding collection characters. They’ve been in the works for over a year now and we’re thrilled to finally offer them for purchase.

Our goal for these new characters was to seamlessly blend whimsy with refinement, while still maintaining the MaeMae essentials of punchy patterns, rich textures and playful illustrations. We love that these suites are all achievable at a collection price point, but still feel hyper customized with their strong attention to detail. We can’t wait to see how couples put their own spin on each character and make them their own through personalized text and vibrant colors (can you imagine Willie with a kelly green border? We can).

Check out our first six characters in full detail via the wedding tab above, and stay tuned throughout the new year as we unveil even more characters, along with new color ways for each suite.

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Oswald is our modern gentleman and we love seeing him decked out in yellow and grey. Melissa and Jon ordered their stationery suite through one of our favorite (and for the record, first :) retailers, Urbanic, in Venice, CA. (did you see Lehua’s gorgeous photos from the trunk show we had there!?) You can see more photos of their fun wedding here on Green Wedding Shoes. 
In honor of the month of MaeMae you can get your own tailored version of Oswald for 20%! All collection orders will receive this discount through May 31. Contact us today!
*Please note: photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey. Check out Wing’s sweet new tumblr!
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Just dropping in to share some recent work now that we’re entering wedding season! The suite above is a custom design with a super fun mix of modern and vintage details (and a fold-out map!). While the pieces below are based on our Marlowe suite from the MaeMae collection. LOVE the camp vibe and map liner (are you seeing a theme here?)….oh, and can’t forget the rose gold. So. Good.

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Teaming up with New Hampshire-based letterpress studio, Gus & Ruby  (one of our 30 retailers around the country) is always a treat, and this project was no exception! The bride and groom, Ashlee and Sean wanted a sophisticated suite that was also appropriate for a destination wedding – enter our Roxy suite! We amped up Roxy’s tropical vibe with punchy lime and peach tones, while the full-color letterpress adds a luxe touch. Now excuse us as we go Google images of San Juan and pretend it’s warmer than 11 degrees in Minnesota.

This sutie was recently featured on Grey Likes Weddings | Photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey

Congratulations! Santa Baby brought you that “one little thing…a ring!” Now it’s time to let everyone know you’re getting hitched. A customized save the date is the best way to let all your guests know when you’re getting married and what your celebration is all about. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite save the date styles.

Watercolor is quickly becoming one of our favorite ways to incorporate rich, beautiful color. On this particular piece our couple wanted something minimal but with personality. We think the mix of clean text and a wash of color perfectly met both of these requests.

We’re all about gold foil. Borders, patterns, calligraphy—as far as we’re concerned everything look fabulous in foil. If you want to share your engagment photos with your friends and family adding it layered onto a gold foil piece is both personalized and classy.

Tickets, luggage tags and travel inspired designs are perfect for destination weddings. Get everyone pumped to book their flights to your fabulous celebration. Bon Voyage!

Are you more of a DIY kind of gal? Check out our rubber stamp save the date stamps to get the foundation for perfectly customized and hand created announcements.

Contact us today to get started on your own customized save the date cards today!

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We’re so excited to be featured in two issues of Brides magazine this fall! In the August/September issue, our die cut wedding invitation from the Violet suite (above) was featured as a “New Classic,” and the modern letterpress invitations from the Oswald collection were shown as part of the “Elegant, Inspired Stationery Ideas” article.

We designed this Oswald suite in partnership with Urbanic Paper Boutique for the gorgeous couple, Melissa and Jon who were married last year in Los Angeles. Scroll down to see some photos from their wedding day (taken by Aaron Shintaku), first featured on the Green Wedding Shoes blog.

Last, in the October/November issue, Brides featured a MaeMae custom invitation that was designed for a fall harvest-themed wedding. This invitation was digitally printed on cotton paper, which provides a great variance of color. The result is stationery that looks and feels similar to letterpress, but costs a fraction of the price.

What an honor, thank you, Brides!

 

 

We first blogged about The Venue Report when it was featured alongside our flamingo print in the August issue of Rue Mag (see a few of the gorgeous photos from the shoot above, taken by Jose Villa). We’re thrilled to have a reason to bring up this innovative company again because MaeMae Paperie is participating in The Venue Report’s amazing “Where will you celebrate?” Sweepstakes (where one lucky winner is going to receive a wedding goodies package worth over $2,000)!

Included in the prize is a cake topper, succulent bridal halos, ring bearer bowl, wedding gown and a MaeMae invitation suite (worth $920)! The winner will receive 75 flat printed formal invitations with blank envelopes, as well as 75 flat printed reply cards (both with matching blank envelopes) from one of the seven customizable Collection Suites – like the Marlowe seen below. Read up on the details and enter to win over on The Venue Report blog, you have until Nov. 21.!

 

Exciting news! Minnesota Monthly named MaeMae Paperie the Best Stationery in its November issue! We’re thrilled and honored to be included among so many of our favorite MN businesses in the Best of the Hidden Twin Cities feature. (Note: the stationery featured in the spread is the Marlowe!)

Thank you, Minnesota Monthly! Pick up the November issue on stands now, and check out the entire list of hidden gems online at Minnesota Monthly.








Bridal Fashion Week may have wrapped up last week, but we’re still pouring over The New York Times instagram coverage of the event (glam overload!). With so many different styles represented, we thought it would be fun to pick our favorite photos from NYTimes Fashion’s instagram and pair them with the matching personalities of the MaeMae collection characters! Which photo and collection suits you best? 

1. Dakota: Mermaid meets runway – Ines Di Santo 

2. Drake: 1920’s perfection – Reem Acra

3. Hermie: Intricate lace with a Scandinavian twist – Carolina Herrera

4. Marlowe: Little Red Riding Hood gets hitched – Theia

5. Oswald: Graphic with soft edges – Ines Di Santo

6. Quimby: Grecian gold – Theia

7. Roxy: Relaxed glamour – Christos Bridal

8. Theo: Fit for a southern belle – Carolina Herrera

9. Winston: Crushing it with coral – Vera Wang

xo, Anna

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Do you remember Drake, the guy who knows every dance step – from the waltz to the dougie? Above you’ll see him rockin’ pink in his original form. Drake, along with all of MaeMae’s wedding collection suites, look great in other colors too. See below for three ways Drake has been completely customized!





In the above feature from Grey Likes Weddings, Drake was reinvented (in green!) for a Chicago-based editorial shoot photographed by Eric Kelley, with creative direction by Lora Kelley, styling by Mallory Joyce and flowers by Vale of Enna.



Drake was featured one more time in Grey Likes Weddings’ spring Secrets of a Stylist workshop (see below for all the credits). This time Drake dressed up in blue and aqua, and he was looking’ pretty good! You’ll see him again in a lighter blue below, this time for a suite MaeMae created for our retailer, Urbanic. Which take on Drake is your favorite?

Secrets of a Stylist Workshop credits: Stylist: Summer Watkins of GREY LIKES WEDDINGS / Shot at workshop: SECRETS OF A STYLIST / Dress: BLUSH BRIDAL COUTURE / Flowers and Design: A GOOD AFFAIR DESIGN / Makeup: MELINA RUIZ and AMY CLARKE / Hair: DIANNA LOPEZ / Rentals: STORIED RENTALS / Cakes: Andrea Boudewijn of SUPERFINE BAKERY

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At MaeMae, we’re pretty obsessed with black and white. In fact, we’ve been digging the trend for quite a while and thought it would be fun to look back on some old work that showcases our not-so-subtle obsession with all things black and white. For further proof that our love for b&w runs deep, take a look at our three black and white-themed Pinterest boards (quimby, oswald and bw brides) and check out the below blog posts featuring MaeMae invitations:

1. In Design Work Life Megan discusses the five different approaches MaeMae takes when designing in the world of black and white.
2. And in this Grey Likes Weddings post, you’ll find MaeMae work alongside beautiful black and ivory Vera Wang gowns – love the pairing!

What do you think about black and white? Still into it?

xo, Anna