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One of the most impressive parts of the Stationery Show — aside from the truly vast amount of booths in one building — is the amount of personality in the convention center. Seeing each designer’s take on similar themes, from indie to preppy and sarcastic to sentimental, makes the trip consistently packed with visual stimulation. Part of why we love paper is the same as why we love weddings: each design represents a unique story. Though our feet were aching by the time we reached this part of the show, we couldn’t resist continuing until it ended for the day just so we could see more designers’ takes on traditional greeting card sentiments!

Oh, Belle and Union! You get us every time. It was so difficult culling down the dozens of photos we took of this booth to just a few. Designer, Meg and her sweet Southern products are such a perfect fit for SW that we couldn’t resist sharing more than a peek at her amazing booth and just a few of her new products. My favorite parts of her booth were the Southern vintage hardware and the produce-stuffed floral arrangement — the perfect complement to Meg’s tea towels, recipe cards and wooden recipe box.

Belle and Union makes our favorite Southern phrases even cuter than usual!

Dear Hancock’s booth is always a favorite of mine. Their floral illustrations are bright and cheery, making their cards a great option for spring weddings! How fun is that football card for groomsmen?

We got a good laugh perusing Emily McDowell’s designs, but Ruthie and I both let out an “aww” when we saw these two cards on display.

Farewell Paperie (top) spoke our language with their new marriage card — Sweet Tea Society perfection, we think! At the Pink Orchid Press booth (bottom), interactive connect-the-dots cards made us want to receive them from our beaus!

Love and warm fuzzy feelings were rampant at the Oh Hello Friend booth. Their cards put sentiments we’ve all felt into adorable paper form, and we loved seeing little packaging details throughout the shelves! Heart-printed tape and wooden gift tags would be adorable for wedding favors and gifts!

Whimsical hand lettering and fun die-cut shapes at Creative Lab Press drew us in immediately and we instantly fell in love with this new-to-us stationer. We were positively smitten with the state-shaped greeting cards! Luckily, more states (including Texas and other Southern gems) are being added to the collection soon. We think they’d be perfect for relocated newlyweds!

Two more letterpressed favorites were discovered at the Ladies of Letterpress booth (a collective of letterpress-savvy gals with tons of creativity). The beautifully pressed invitation suite from Smokey Road Press was both rustic and bright at the same time. On the other side, Missive crafts four words into the best combination we know.

It was as if these “happy engagement” cards from Iron Curtain Press came straight from my own thoughts! When you’re happy about an impending marriage, sometimes all that needs to be said is, “EEEE!!!”

Praxium Press was another Southern favorite at the show. Cards based on banana pudding, sweet potatoes and okra go right up our alley.

Ruthie and I were so happy to meet the couple behind Betsy Ann Paper. Their happy yellow booth was a welcome boost toward the end of the day, too, and displayed the sweetest illustrations and paintings. Their wedding collection was a darling mix of traditional and whimsical. I adore the chapel card!

While we love pretty prints, we especially appreciate those that have a message. On the left, the “Bless this home” print from Fawnsberg would make a thoughtful wedding shower gift. On the right, Starshaped Press’ Farmer’s Market print reminds us of Southern retro design and the bounty of the South.

Stay tuned, y’all! I’m only halfway done sharing our favorites from the Stationery Show. Which design do you think fits your personality best?

All photos by Ruth Eileen Photography.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    The Creative Lab Press state cards are definitely my favorite from today’s round-up! So cute!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    I want to send that “Eeeeee!” card to everyone I know that gets engaged!!

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It’s my favorite time of the year! The National Stationery Show recaps are here and I’m thrilled to relive the three days I spent in New York meeting new-to-us stationers, hugging old ones and finding the loveliest wedding stationery around. (Okay, and there’s a really good dose of just plain cute and just adorably Southern stuff in here, too.) With Ruthie of Ruth Eileen Photography by my side, we spent hours ooh-ing and ahh-ing over hundreds of booths. You may have seen up posting up a storm on Instagram (here and here)! Join us in reliving the magic?

Knot & Bow have been familiar to us for quite some time — we love their packaging supplies! But we we happy to see a new collection of gold foil confetti cards, confetti packs, and giant confetti-filled balloons in their lineup — they’d make quite the festive addition to any wedding!

I know Marissa loves this booth as much as I do, being the two resident pug lovers at SW! Emily and Lisa had me hooked when they gave me a Lydia & Pugs calendar for Christmas, so I may have been overly excited when I introduced myself to Dawn, the talent behind these adorable paper goodies. The wedding collection of pugs riding off into married bliss is perfect for dog-lovers everywhere!

The Lifeguard Press both, featuring Lilly Pulitzer, Ban.Do, and Kate Spade was impressive as always. We were most thrilled to hear about a new wedding stationery line from Kate Spade that’s soon to release! Ruthie and I got a sneak peek from our friend Natalie Chang, and all we can say is that y’all are going to love it! (Just a hint: they didn’t stop at stationery — one of my favorite new items requires a needle a thread!)

We’re sure any Southern belle and beau would love to see these sweetly wrapped gifts at their bridal shower. Monogrammed gift wrap and gold foil state cards from Ann Page stopped us in our tracks. (I mean really, y’all — monogrammed gift wrap.)

We were so excited to find Emily Ley’s booth within our first hour of walking the show. As many of y’all know, she’s a good friend of ours and her Simplified Series has helped us stay connected to what matters most, both in work and life. Her new collection of journals and notepads are a beautiful way to keep track of wedding to-dos! (Also, how gorgeous are those flower arrangements by Michelle Edgemont?)

Wonderful surprises were found at Parrott Studio’s booth! Parrott’s newest addition of gold cake toppers was a fun find, and we loved that they were displayed on custom wedding cakes.

We got a good dose of Southern design when we stopped to visit SW friends, Stephanie Creekmur (top image) and Southern Fried Design Barn (bottom image). Y’all might remember seeing Stephanie’s “Sweet as a Peach” print in V5. Southern Fried Design helped us create sweet tea packet business cards!

I love the idea of using Paper Lovely’s letterpresses tags to dress up bridesmaid gifts or bridal shower presents. Not to get ahead of ourselves here, but we had to snap a photo of the “Hello Little One” card! Gals — save this one in your brain for Southern mamas-to-be!

The charm and warmth we found in E. Frances’ booth made us want to stay there and rest awhile. Their adorably illustrated cards were new to us, and we especially loved the gold foil and watercolor collection. Our favorite piece from the booth read, “forget the honeymoon, have a honey life.” Our sentiments exactly!

Part of the fun of walking the Stationery Show is seeing how everyone decorates their booth. Ave Estudio hand painted the lovelies pink blooms on her cream walls. We were hooked as soon as we saw her sweet illustrations and this bright pink gingham card!

We were quite familiar with Betsy White’s wedding collection, but loved seeing them roll out items that are for more every day use! I thought the sticker packs were perfect for dressing up outgoing love letters and paired nicely with their custom stamps.

Gold foil pulled at our heartstrings again and again. Haute Papier’s Haute Papier’s new marriage certificates spoke to us — we love wedding day keepsakes and can imagine these looking amazing framed in a newlywed home! Ruthie and I both spent a lot of time at Dallas-based Read Between the Lines’s booth. They’re all about keeping it simple and heartfelt.

Tammy Smith Design’s embroidery prints reminded me of my mom — we used to embroider pillows and wall art all the time! I love that this tradition lives on with a state-based twist. Just choose your state and follow the lines to add your own embroidery.

Do y’all have a favorite design from this batch? I loved sweet illustrations at E. Frances. Don’t forget to stay turned — there are plenty more paper goodies left to explore!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Hannah reply

    E. Frances’ watercolor collection is my favorite and there are far too many “runners-up” to name! :)

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So hard to choose favorites, but the gold foil state notecards and everything by Betsy White is especially catching my eye!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Oh my goodness – so many goodies just in one post! I think my favorite might be the “Will you be my bridesmaid” cards from Southern Fried Paper :)

  4. avatar Molly reply

    loved Ave Estudio’s booth! and she was just so so lovely to talk to, too!

    • avatar Ave Estudio reply

      Thanks for posting this beautiful photos of our booth! Thank you so much Molly for your lovely comment, it was such a pleasure to meet you this year at NSS!

  5. avatar Sadie Schureck reply

    Too much loveliness to choose a favorite, but I am a sucker for any of Emily Ley’s products!

  6. avatar Emily Ley reply

    You gals are the sweetest! Loved seeing Nicole and Ruthie in NYC! Thanks for including our booth in your recap today! xo

  7. avatar Stephanie Creekmur reply

    Thank you SO much for including me in your NSS round up! It was so nice to finally meet you in person, Nicole! And so nice to meet you as well, Ruthie! :)

  8. avatar Erin / Knot & Bow reply

    What a lovely round-up! And it was so nice to see some Chapel Hill love in our booth at the show :) Thanks so much for including us!

  9. avatar maghon reply

    LOVE those gold foil state cards!! I need those in my life.

  10. avatar Bridget reply

    Every one of these National Wedding Show posts is incredible – I’ve got to plan a vacation to go see the show in person next year!

  11. avatar Dorothy Collier reply

    Getting so excited! I’ll be in booth #2630 this year with my line, Dorothy Art! Can’t wait!

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Paper, paper, everywhere! By this time, my and Cyn’s feet were getting a little sore (she had actually changed from her heels into flats!), but we pressed on, all in the name of paper!

The Smock + Bella Figura booth is reliably one of my favorites – it’s just so colorful! There patterned boxes were a hit as usual, and I liked seeing their new notebooks, as well. It was also a pleasure to meet Erica, who I have worked with often over email but had never met in person before!

Next up was the Ladies of Letterpress booth, where several talented (you guessed it) letterpress printers exhibit together. We loved the sweet cards from Moglea. (Bottom image by Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper!)

These wine bottle tags by Tella Press were quite cute, and would be great for dressing up wedding or thank you gifts.

Also at the LoL booth were Shauna and Stephen, the geniuses behind Something’s Hiding in Here, Forage, and now, Seed House! I love these fill-in advice cards as a stand-in for a traditional guest book.

Pink Orchid Press designed this darling card which made me think of our Florida brides!

A card all about mason jars?! You know we loved this one from Petal Press! (And aren’t their little business cards adorable?)

Sweet art prints from May Day Studio. These would be pretty hanging at a reception, too!

That’s it for today, y’all – coverage will continue next week! Let’s have another round of applause for Ms Cyn Kain, who snapped these photos!

NSS 2012 Part 1
NSS 2012 Part 2

Cyn Kain is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Stephanie Jacobs reply

    Hi- Can you please tell me where I can find the calligraphy stationary suite (picture #2)?

    Thank you!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Stephanie and Courtney! That suite is “Simple Charms” by Bella Figura! Here’s the link: http://www.bellafigura.com/letterpress/simple-charms.html

  3. avatar courtney reply

    Please let me know who makes the calligraphy invitation suite in the second photo?

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