btm_maemae_13As I previously shared, here at MaeMae we have love collaborating with other artists and partners. I am so thrilled to announce that this February we are partnering with an amazing foundation here in town, Be The Match, a non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of patients in need of marrow transplants.

After being connected to Liz over at Be the Match (thanks for the introduction, Melissa!!) I was so inspired by the Liz’s stories of the enthusiasm and passion supporters of Be the Match have for people they love as well as people they don’t even know.  I wanted to create a notecard set that shares the same heart of the foundation and its supporters through unique design, luxe printing, and a beautiful message on the cards.

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The design process started with this inspiration board and then I decided to add color through hand painting washes and then applied the washes to patterns from our new wedding collection. The sentiments were fun to come up with because I thought about the people I’m most grateful for and what I would want to say to them. The three messages on the cards are:

Dear ____ , xo _____

Thanks., Love _____

I’m so proud of you.

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I’m so pleased at how the collection turned out!! These exclusive notecard sets are now available in the shop. When you purchase a set of these notecards, $3 of your purchase directly supports Be The Match’s mission of saving lives of patients through marrow transplants. The funds will be used to help grow the Be The Match Registry so more patients can find their match, provide financial relief for families struggling with uninsured medical costs and advance the science of marrow transplantation. To learn more, visit BeTheMatch.org.

We created 100 sets of six notecards which include three designs and are printed on heavy cotton cardstock. They feature beautiful watercolors inside of patterns finished with gold foil. The perfect gift for yourself or that special someone! Share your love and gratitude with the ones who support you the most–while supporting an amazing cause!

Share your own set on social media using the hashtag #maemaegratitude.

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Last July my dear friend Summer married Bryan (see their stunning wedding in the latest Martha!!!) and I was so honored to be a part of the celebration as her matron of honor! A few months before the big day I threw her a bridal shower with the help of my amazing and talented friend, Jocelyn, from 1703 Event Studios (a Southern California event production studio), along with Sum’s sister’s (also matrons of honor!), the other beautiful bridesmaids, and other talented vendor/friends. The shower was in Huntington Beach, CA and since I was planning from Minneapolis, Jocelyn and the other ladies were such a gigantic help and made my vision come to life through cheeky decorations, fun activities and amazing food.

For this smooch-themed party, I used the phrase “Summer is kissing her single life goodbye” to set the tone through really playful stationery with lots of lips and stripes (Summer’s favorite). The pink and mint square invitations were flat printed on thick cotton paper and a separate card noted the couple’s registry, saying the “lovely bride is working on completing a home fit for a Mrs.” At the shower, a seating chart, table numbers, photo booth backdrop, snack bags further supported the theme throughout the day.

My crazy talented flower wielding friend, Lauryl Lane created gorgeous floral arrangements with peonies (another favorite of Summer’s), jasmine, maidenhair fern and ranunculus, while Summer’s sisters and brother-in-law made all of the sweet and savory food, including (amazing) truffle popcorn, parmesan crisps and Neapolitan flatbread. Activities included a lash and lip bar by the amazing Fiore Beauty team and an instant camera photo booth in front of the huge photo backdrop I printed (at Kinkos! score!). The guests then glued their photo into an album alongside personalized advice for Summer. Summer loved the idea so much we did something similar at the wedding too :) More to come on all the photos of the wedding stationery soon!!

Highlight: the bridesmaids all wore coordinating pink and mint colors – unplanned! Summer knows how to pick stylish friends.

Thank you for the beautiful images, Emily! See even more photos over at Martha Stewart Weddings!

Contributing vendors included:
Stationery: MaeMae & Co.
Location: Lake Park Clubhouse
Event Planning: 1703 Event Studios
Flowers: Lauryl Lane
Photography: Emily Blake
Lip & Lash Bar: Fiore Beauty
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals, Chiavari Chairs for Rent, La Tavola Fine Linen, Signature Party Rental

Champagne: One Hope

 

 

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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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This custom suite was designed for the awesome couple, Jillian and Hosain, who were married last fall. With a killer sense of design and appreciation for paper goods, Jillian was a complete dream to work with (and props to Hosain for rolling with the all-pink invitations!). The images above were shot by Canary Grey, and the below photos are from the wedding, shot by Dawn E. Roscoe.




For even more beautiful photos of the special day, check out Jillian’s blog, Cornflake Dreams and 100 Layer Cake‘s feature of the suite!


These little beauts were letterpress printed onto blush colored Italian paper. How glitterific is the shape of the envelope flap. Amazeglitts. I’ve been pretty obsessed with blush + black for, well this year. Thanks, Sharon + Daniel! I know you will have a magical wedding.

P.S. I Picked up the nifty little vintage match sets in Santa Barbie last weekend. We didn’t want to buy any turquoise jewelry from the owner of the shop (she was hustling those babies on us) and she got pretttttty mad. We ducked and ran past the shop for the rest of the weekend. Worth it.

P.P.S. Happy November! I like this month. Don’t know why. Just do. Oh, and I’m going on a beachy vacation in a few days. So maybe that’s why it’s a fav now. And when I used to live in Scottsdale November is the tops for weather. So good. And pumpkin pie is on the horizon. One thanksgiving we had rice instead of mashies! Crazy right!?? ok now I’m rambling. xx

1. Brilliant designer find –
Ramon Coronado.
2. Illustration created for a client who wanted to meld a crafty object with a crafty fox… his little tail is a paintbrush. He was rejected in the end, but I have some plans for his sweet face.
3.
Monki blouse. Birthday present, anyone??
4. A leather lunch box. Why not. I totally would if my lunch actually fit in there. I would need two.
5.
Champagne Beau Joie. Die for the 100% copper bottle.
6.
Anna See watercolor. I think I like the painting better than the real Gucci shoe. Yes. I said it.
7. Dear
Darling Clementine, It’s me again. Your biggest fan. xx, Mae

I am OBSESSED with die cut stationery right now. I love how it adds another layer of interest and sophistication. This is a wedding suite that I created for a
Style Me Pretty photo shoot. Berry tones!

The above photo (left side) was taken by
Sweet Monday Photography. All the beautiful calligraphy was done by
Kathryn Murry.

Having a black and pink moment in the studio.

1.
Caitlin McGauley. Check out her
New York Sketch Book. She is a genius.
2. New illustrations for a 1920s menu I am creating for a client in NYC.
3. Teen Vogue. Zippity do da.
4.
Hero + Sound Studio. My new heroes.
5.
Peggy Wolf. I want to make these all day.
6. Love everything about this picture from
Lonny.

Happy weekend!

P.S. I have been listening to my new fav youtube singer,
Jayme Dee, on constant repeat. Check her out.