Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper + a Giveaway!

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I’m excited to share some of the latest work from one of our rad sponsors, Smitten on Paper! Smitten on Paper offers flat invitations (as well as invitations with ribbons and pockets) that can all be customized. You can choose from over 15 paper colors + over 20 ribbon colors to find the perfect combination – love that! You can also mix and match invitation styles if you choose. :) Check out some of my favorites…

Wonderland wedding invitations

Romance Darling wedding invitations

Daydream wedding invitations


From Smitten on Paper: We truly want each and every one of our couples to be happy with their invitations which is why from the very beginning of the proofing process, all couples get to work with their own designer. The designers at Smitten on Paper are here to help with wording, etiquette or choosing the right envelope color. We offer complimentary proofs, the opportunity to mix and match styles, fonts, wording and ink colors. You can choose a design and work with your designer to tweak it so it’s absolutely perfect for your big day. All of this is available at no additional cost. Find more details on customizing orders on our website.

Sweet Greens wedding invitations

PetitePocket

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Our envelope printing will make and your guests ooh and aah! We offer return address and super unique guest address printing. Our envelope printing will always match your invitation and can be easily customized. Having us print your guest address means all you have to do is add a stamp and mail them off to your guests!

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And we have an AMAZING GIVEAWAY for GWS Readers from Smitten on Paper!

They’re giving one lucky couple 75 of each of the following:

  • Invitations
  • Printed Envelopes (return & guest address)
  • Envelope Liners
  • RSVP Cards & RSVP Envelopes
  • Thank you Cards & Envelopes
  • 50 pinback buttons

A prize worth $800!!

To enter just fill out the form below and let us know which invitation suite is your favorite. We’ll pick a random winner next Friday May 3rd at 11 AM PST and announce them in this post the following day.

Must be in the United States. You can choose any invitation style (flat, ribbon, pocket). If additional items are requested, winner must pay the difference.

**The contest is now over. Congrats to Lindsay F. who was our lucky winner!**

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySmitten on Paper is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Baby Essentials for the First Month + Serena & Lily Giveaway!

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The first month with a newborn goes pretty fast! I can’t believe our sweet little Sienna is already 9 weeks old!!

If you’re planning for the birth of your first child, like we recently were, you should expect to be pretty tired and feel like you’re on a crash course of learning to care for your new baby….you’ll definitely learn something new each day, whether you’re planning on it or not.  :)  Since this is all still fresh in my mind, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my must haves for the first month + things that helped us get through that month for those of you that are expecting!

I didn’t bother listing the obvious needs, like car seat and diapers and baby tub.  I instead wanted to focus on items that you might not have considered yet, these were helpful for us!

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1. Happiest Baby on the Block DVD – Since Sienna came early, we didn’t have time to finish reading the books I picked up, but my sister had given us this DVD. We watched it the second night home and it was SO helpful. Dr. Karp goes over the 5 S’s (so incredibly helpful and helped to soothe Sienna when she got frustrated) along with lots of other useful advice. Perfect for first time parents – especially those of you that don’t have time to read the recommended books!

2. Newborn hats – We noticed Sienna seemed much more peaceful (and could sleep better) when her tiny head was covered. The hospital gives you a cute hat (which Sienna loved), but we also loved these soft beanies from Baby Gap.

3. Baby Carrier – Perfect for the evening hours when she just wanted to be held,when we needed to get out of the house and take a walk or when there was GWS work to get done. It allowed us to do all of those things while still keeping her near! Since Sienna was only 5 lbs when we brought her home, I used the Baby Ka’tan, but now that she is 9 lbs I prefer this baby carrier from Baby Bjorn (for babies 8 lbs to 25 lbs) – so much easier to put on!

4. Pretty (and comfy) robes for mom – I found I was living in my robe that first month, so much easier with all the feedings! I alternated between my favorite froms from Plum Pretty Sugar and Love Ophelia.

5.  Cute bloomers or an outfit for newborn photos – Another thing I wish I had, but ran out of time since she came early! These bloomers would be cute for newborn photos to cover the diaper. :)

6. Swing – This was a lifesaver the first month. Since Sienna always wanted to be rocked, it was perfect to give mom and dad a much needed break. The seat is also super soft and pretty cute as far as some of the swings go! :)

7. iPhone – I’m sure it’s something most new moms have, but once you understand just how many feedings you’ll be giving, it will allow you to keep up on emails, instagram, facebook, etc. I also highly recommend this white noise app – the beach waves were perfect to help Sienna sleep and wasn’t annoying to me either.

8. Glider – Another necessity for all the feedings. I LOVE our glider from Serena & Lily. It’s super comfy, rocks the perfect amount and I took quite a few naps there with Sienna that first month. :)  Jason likes it because it’s great for me, but also big enough for him to sneak in a nap with our little girl.

9. Swaddle Blankets – These swaddle blankets by Aden and Anais are the softest and make great swaddles. I love the cute prints and that they are light enough for warm weather too.

10. Moses Basket – The Moses Basket was perfect for us for when we brought Sienna home. I wanted to have her sleep in our room close to us, so this was perfect.  It’s super mobile, so I could also have her sleep in the office with us while I was getting work done. This one from Serena & Lily is so beautifully made and stylish too – which I love since I’m noticing our house is getting full of baby things very fast!

Any other new moms out there have anything else to add? Would love to hear in the comments. :)

We loved our Moses Basket so much that we’ve partnered with Serena & Lily to give away one lovely Sausalito Moses Basket plus a Hanna Andersson bodysuit and stroller blanket to a lucky reader. They all make a gorgeous baby shower gift for a friend or gift for yourself if you are expecting a little one soon! Oh, and you can pick the colors for each gift also. :)

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The contest entry period is now closed. We’ selected a winner at random and it was Kristin C….Congrats Kristin, enjoy your new Moses Basket!

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Rainy San Francisco Wedding: Candice + Ben

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Candice + Ben both love all things vintage, so as soon as they came across Big Daddy’s Antiques in San Francisco, they knew it was the perfect spot for their vintage love affair! I love that they even kept the location a secret throughout their engagement – not even their bridal party knew where the reception would take place! For their ceremony, they choose to get married outdoors at Esprit Park. They lived right across the street and would walk their puppy to the park every day, so it was a place that had lots of great memories already for them. The only downside was they didn’t have a backup plan if it rained – so of course it rained but that didn’t stop them from getting married in the park that was so special to them! Their wedding in the rain just shows that rain can’t ruin a wedding day – in this case, it’s just that much more romantic.

Big congrats to Candice + Ben and thanks so much to Paco & Betty for the photos!

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For our invites, we wanted to let our guests know that this would be a day they wouldn’t forget. From a custom puzzle, hidden messages, a Red Sox/Giants vintage mini poster for fun (most guests were from either Boston or the Bay Area), we put a lot of thought into all the details. It was then delivered in a coffee can with a vintage “Sardella’s Coffee” custom label (a theme we used because we pretty much fell in love over a cup of coffee).

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Processional: Keep Breathing – Ingrid Michaelson

Recessional: Wouldn't It Be Nice – The Beach Boys

First Dance: Reckoner – Radiohead

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antique doors

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umbrella ceremony

Candice: There were so many!! The dance with my father. I was a whole head taller than him (haha!) and couldn't stop crying! The dance with my husband was also very emotional. But for me, the most memorable moment was when our officiant was reading the vows during my turn (Do you Candice, take Ben...) before he could finish I yelled out "hell yeah!" and threw my arm up, bouquet in hand. I was so nervous! I could hear everyone chuckling after. I do stuff like that when I let my nerves get the best of me.

Ben: For me it was the nervousness leading up to the ceremony. It was raining pretty bad that day and we had an outdoor wedding with no plan B and no tent. I had a million thoughts and concerns going through my mind but then the music started and my beautiful bride began walking down the aisle – for me time stopped and my focus turned 100% to the excitement I felt knowing I was about to marry my soulmate.

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Love Candice’s something blue nail polish – with the gold on her ring finger! And how rad is Ben’s steampunk boutonniere?!

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bride and groom

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At first we had pictured getting married at one of our favorite wineries in Napa. Instead, we stumbled into Big Daddy’s Antiques and instantly fell in LOVE with what we were surrounded by. Wonderfully rundown pieces of history, cement warehouse walls, sky high ceiling with large obscure pieces hanging from beams (a mini submarine and a gigantic golden crown to name a couple) and a grand entrance (roll out the red carpet!!)! Big Daddy’s suited us perfectly!

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antique store wedding

antique store wedding

antique store wedding

antique store wedding


We tasted some pretty amazing food from a number of caterers but none of them were even close to Gastronaut in terms of our style. We love unique and creative approaches to food and we wanted to provide a food experience that was something no one had ever had before at a wedding. For example, the mac and cheese bar was such a hit we didn’t even end up getting any!

I love that a lot of their guests dressed in vintage attire also! So fun.

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Candice: Cherish EVERY moment spent with each other deciding on each detail of the wedding. This wedding is about the LOVE you two have. Don't forget that. Your wedding is a magnificent moment in time where the two of you get to express who you are, together.

Ben: The day goes by so fast. This cannot be overstated. Make sure you continue to remember that this day is about the 2 people getting married and only about them. Take some time out during the event for just the two of you to be together, take a deep breath, & take it all in.

photography: Paco & Betty // ceremony: Esprit Park // reception: Big Daddy’s Antiques San Fransisco, California // florals + coordination: Details by Design // wedding dress: Jinza Couture // hairpieces: Jean Cardinale // black lace garter: Emily Riggs Bridal // shoes: Betsy Johnson // bridesmaid dresses: ModCloth, Ruche // hair: Jennifer DeLaCampa // make-up: Angela Galura // groom suit: Stacy Adams // boutonnieres: Eden Gallery // cinematography: Lumitone // paper goods: Naglee Paper Products // catering: Gastronaut // bar + cocktails: Tonic Bar // cake: Baked // desserts: Gastonaut & Chestnut Bakery // ceremony + cocktail hour music: Solace Trio // dj: Michael Heintz aka DJ Salvo

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