Inspiration Shoot || The Preserve at Chocorua

When my friend Lindsay of Lindsay Hackney Photography reached out to collaborate on a 'weekend away' inspired wedding shoot, I knew it was going to be something special. Her vision combined everything I am passionate about: beautiful design, a thoughtful & meaningful wedding weekend experience, and my home state of New Hampshire... so joining the vendor team was a no-brainer! The Preserve at Chocorua was the perfect setting to showcase amazing local New England vendors. They are one of the best venues New Hampshire has to offer for an elegant yet rustic weekend away wedding celebration. 

I had the opportunity to contribute a wedding invitation suite, wedding menus, escort cards and wedding vow books to the shoot. For this post, instead of just throwing gorgeous images at you, I thought I'd walk you through a little bit of my thought process and what I took into consideration when designing the pieces. In my next blog post, I'll break down part of my design process for this project for a more behind-the-scenes peek into how I work!

The final product turned into a stunning execution of all of these gorgous elements that I couldn't be more proud of. Enjoy!

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The shoot was crafted to appeal to city couples that are looking to have a comfortable destination-style wedding experience, so in my design process I wanted to keep all of the major wedding invitation elements simplistic and minimal, and accentuate the pieces with bolder nature-inspired colors/elements. You can see that in the invitation suite, with the modern-minimal wedding invitation pieces combined with bold copper and evergreen envelopes and tied all together with leather cord. Included in the wedding invitation piece was sketch to help bring in some subtly color and soften the minimal feel of the invitation pieces. I chose to illustrate a lush, colorful fishing bait as a nod to the beautiful New Hampshire setting, as the venue sits next to Chocorua Lake.



For the reception part of the shoot, the tablescape design had bolder elements in the florals and serveware so I kept the wedding menu design minimal with touches of copper calligraphy to tie back to the wedding invitation suite. The escort card display was beautifully nestled in a bed of ivy and florals, which accentuated the simple yet modern copper escort card calligraphy. Finally, for the wedding vow books I wanted to create something that felt like an authentic representation of our modern city couple in this gorgeous New Hampshire setting. The combination of the amazingly textured deep green handmade kozo paper in contrast with matching copper calligraphy achieved this delicate balance perfectly!



All of these details seem like small nuances, but as architect Charles Eames once said, "The details are not details. They make a design". All of the talented vendors from this amazing project contributed irreplaceable details that all tied together cohesively to create an atmosphere that feels lived in, comfortable, authentic and welcoming. What did you think about the shoot? Comment below, I'd love to hear! If you're reading this and are thinking "YES GIRL, I NEED this level of detail for my wedding!" or just want to chat, feel free to reach out! I love to talk all things design / meaningful details. 

I'm forever grateful to Lindsay, The Preserve at Chocorua and the entire vendor team for letting me be part of such a great project. The whole team is credited below, so make sure to go check them out and give them some love!
 

Weekend Away Wedding Shoot was published & featured in Magnolia Rouge. Check out the full feature here!


VENDOR TEAM:  Photographer LINDSAY HACKNEY PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue THE PRESERVE AT CHOCORUA | Florist EMILY HERZIG FLORAL STUDIO | Photography Assistant KENDRA ENGEL | Cake and Desserts AUTUMN NOMAD | Invitations and Calligraphy AMR CALLIGRAPHY | Hair HAIR THAT MOVES | Wedding Dress LEANNE MARSHALL | Makeup THE CROWN BOUTIQUE | Hair Accessories EMMA KATZKA BRIDAL | Pottery CAMPFIRE STUDIOS | Chairs KADEEMA RENTALS | Planning & Styling LINDSAY HACKNEY PHOTOGRAPHY | Bridal Boutique CEREMONY BOSTON | Ring INSPIRATION STUDIO

Wedding Stationery Timeline for Newly Engaged Couples

Hey there engaged friend! So your now-fiance (eek!) put a ring on it, you've started picking out colors and have a date set. Well first off... CONGRATULATIONS! The planning process can be a lot at times so at the end of the day, remember what the most important part of all of it is: you are going to be sharing your life with the person you love.

So now what? It's time to get your wedding stationery needs in order! It might seem silly for you to think about wedding stationery at this point since you've got bigger things to take care of, but it can be pretty time sensitive if pushed off too far, and the invitation suite really is the first thing that guests see and sets their expectation for what's to come! (Insert your eye rolls here) I get it. That's what everyone says, I see and hear it all the time... "All people do is throw it away", or "It's just like every other invitation". Well guess what? It doesn't need to be! What separates all of those other weddings and invitations from yours is, well, you! It's not a requirement to do what's "trendy" at the moment or feel like you need to do something because everyone else is doing it. You and your fiance have your own unique story, your own personality as a couple and individually... Let that shine on paper!

Now that I'm hopping off my soapbox and have you thinking about your wedding stationery, these general guidelines will keep you on task when working with a wedding stationer.

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9 TO 12 MONTHS

RESEARCH WEDDING STATIONERS AND CALLIGRAPHERS YOU LOVE. When doing your research, some things to look out for are whether you vibe well with not only the stationer's style, but also their personality. Check out their Instagram, blog, check out their recent work and see what they have to say. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give when hiring a wedding stationer (or any vendor for that matter), is to make sure you TRUST them. Trusting your vendors is huge, because you will be comfortable in the process knowing that they will always have your best interest in mind. It is super important to me as well, as a designer, to know that my client knows my aesthetic and trusts that I will do my very best for them. This is why I offer complimentary stationery consultations for couples that are thinking of working with me. We both get to know each other on the call, so it makes making the hiring decision (on both ends!) that much easier. Also, start thinking of wording for your Save-the-Dates so it's ready for whoever you hire.

7 TO 9 MONTHS

MAIL OUT SAVE-THE-DATES. It's important for guests to have enough time to prepare for travel, babysitting, and accommodations, especially if you are having a destination wedding. For destination weddings, I'd recommend closer to 9 months to be safe. I do want to note (and some may disagree)... you don't have to send out save-the-dates, so if you missed the boat on the timeframe for these don't worry! Just make sure to send out your invitations a little earlier. 

5 TO 7 MONTHS

HIRE YOUR STATIONERY DESIGNER. Once you've found a stationery designer you like and trust, start working with them to design the perfect suite that speaks to you and your fiance's love story. Everyone says the same thing, "invitations set the tone for your wedding".... it's because it's true! Decide how you want your love story told on paper and throughout your wedding.

 
 Images from this shoot by  Lindsay Hackney Photography

Images from this shoot by Lindsay Hackney Photography

 

3 TO 4 MONTHS

FINALIZE YOUR GUEST LIST. Make sure to give your wedding stationery designer or calligrapher your final guest list as early as you can so there is time to calligraph your guests envelopes. Nothing is more of a wow-factor than beautifully addressed envelopes before opening the one-of-a-kind suite designed just for you. Now (or even earlier) is also a good time to chat with your designer about day-of goods such as menus, programs, signage and any other details you may want for your wedding day. Together you can hash out some ideas of what you'd like and how much time it will take to produce the detail items.

8 TO 10 WEEKS

MAIL OUT YOUR INVITATIONS. If you are the one that will be assembling and mailing these out, make sure to allow for extra time. You can always ask your wedding stationery designer to take care of this for you during the design process! I always prefer to send these out at the 10 weeks before mark, so that even if you have to chase down RSVP stragglers (it will always happen), you will still be on the ball in terms of your timeline.

 
 

4 TO 6 WEEKS

ORGANIZE YOUR RSVP'S. Your RSVP's should be coming in around this time. Make sure to hunt down any stragglers so you can get final numbers to your vendors, start laying out your seating chart or any additional day-of detail that require a final guest count. Get your calligrapher the final list for these detail items as soon as you can, especially if you have a large wedding. 

2 TO 4 WEEKS

TOUCH BASE WITH YOUR CALLIGRAPHER or designer and coordinate the delivery of your day-of pieces and signage for your wedding day.

 
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1 TO 3 MONTHS AFTER

SEND YOUR THANK-YOU NOTES. Oh hey newlyweds, it's time to send those thank you notes for all the wonderful gifts you received! If you want custom thank you notes that match your wedding stationery, make sure to chat with your stationery designer beforehand (ideally during the suite design process).


Have any questions for me or interested in hiring a wedding stationery designer? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to contact me with anything you'd like to know! I'd be more than happy to help in any way I can.

P.S. This timeline is based off of my experience and workflow, and might differ from another stationer's timeline. If you had a specific stationer in mind, shoot them a question about their particular timeline! I'm sure they'd be happy to dish their details.