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Sweet Styled Shoot • Savannah Wedding Invitation Designer


I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to rediscover this design I did for a photoshoot last spring. When one has wandered the wilderness of creative pause, it is comforting to look back over the year and see such bold, warm color. It’s a little burst of sunshine.

My cute friends Audrey and Izzy always come up with the most amazing creative concepts and it makes me so happy when they invite me to play along. When they asked me about a shoot that was “super southern, heirloom-y, and maybe honeybee in nature?” I thought to myself, “yeah, I think I can manage that.” Of course, they took the concept to amazing places that I couldn’t have even imagined. I love the deep reds and purples in this shoot. As always, that hint of gold just gets me every time.

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Everything these gals touch turns to gold. In fact, you might have already seen this shoot over on Style Me Pretty Southeast. It was also published in print in Savannah Weddings Magazine AND in Southern Bride Magazine. (I told you these ladies were amazing!)

This suite is now available in my shop! Yay!




Custom Save the Date | Chicago Wedding Stationery Designer

I love a bride who is a planner.

Lauren approached me about a year ago and asked if I would design a custom Save the Date postcard for her wedding the following January, which, coincidentally, just took place this past weekend. Lauren asked me for an elegant postcard. I think we accomplished exactly what she wanted for an upscale Chicago affair.

image by A Darling Day

I am forever touting the benefits of postcards to my clients: both for Save the Dates and for RSVP inserts within the main invitation. They save money on printing, postage and envelopes. Those extra funds can be rolled into your main invitation budget or into fun details to use at the event itself.

Some might think a postcard is too informal for an elegant wedding. I love the above example in how the design is clean and content is kept to a minimum. Your guests don’t need to know everything about your wedding right away (because you are probably still working out the finer points anyway). The only details you really need to include are:

1. Who is getting married
2. The date
3. The city and state (Don’t worry if you don’t have a venue yet. That information can follow in the main invitation.)
4. Wedding Website (Not totally necessary, but a great resource for your guests to keep up with emerging details.)

These items are great for guests who must come from a distance, so they can begin making flight or other travel plans. The typical rule of thumb for sending a Save the Date is 6-8 months in advance. However, if you’re planning your wedding for a busy season (for instance, around a holiday or during the summer), a year out is not unheard of. I know I’d appreciate a heads up if you were getting married in Bora Bora. I’d need to start saving like, yesterday. (Anyone out there planning on getting married in Bora Bora and need an on-site stationery designer to make sure everything goes off according to the details outlined in the invite? I’m your girl.)

I see a lot of Save the Dates that are fun, but completely different from the vibe of the wedding and from the look of the invitation. I certainly don’t mean to step on any toes, but I am all about treating your wedding as a brand. Why not start with the Save the Date? Think of it as a teaser: give your guests a hint of what your day will be like by creating interest with the design elements that you use. Introduce images and details that can be recognized from the very beginning all the way through the reception. Like any good business has a logo that stands out from the crowd, branding your wedding is a fun way to create a cohesive event.

Obviously I am very much in favor of using Save the Dates. If you’re interested in having a custom, Miss Wyolene Save the Date that introduces your guests to your big day, just drop me a line.







Nicole and Tim • Custom Wedding Invitation Designer • New York

Hello, friends, and happy Tuesday to you!

Today I wanted to share a wedding invitation suite I worked on earlier this year for my sweet client Nicole. Nicole found me on Etsy when she ordered her bridesmaid cards. She asked me to design a custom Save the Date postcard as well as her invitation suite. As you can see, the rest is a lovely floral history.

My favorite detail of this suite is the envelope liner. Because, let’s be honest, it’s floral. And it’s gold. And it contrasted so nicely with the soft kraft of the envelope. What’s not to love? The liner was a list minute addition and I just think it’s the perfect touch, don’t you?



I loved working with Nicole for so many reasons, but one of them is that the wedding took place right near Binghamton, New York, which is literally right next door to where my dad is from in upstate Pennsylvania. That little detail makes me happy! Thank you , Nicole, for entrusting me with such a special task. I wish nothing but the best for you and Tim as you begin your life together!

If you are interested in custom work for your own wedding, I am taking a limited number of spots for 2014. Feel free to get in touch! I’d be thrilled to chat with you!

Photographs above by A Darling Day.



Make Stuff | Giveaway Day #5 | Collection Sneak Peek

It has been SUCH an awesome week of celebration and beautifully made wares. Thank you all for helping to make it all so fun and special.

We’ve been talking about different “wisdom nuggets” that have helped shape my creative world and today, I wanna just keep it simple: MAKE STUFF.

That’s actually harder than it sounds. It’s tough to carve out time to work with our hands to make something right out of our own imaginations. But, for a maker, it is SO important to reserve time for this. Essentially, it’s free therapy. I was known for curing a break up or two with a lot of paint, (glitter of course), and sequins. (Yeah, I like shiny things.)

Maybe you’ve been wanting to start an Etsy shop. Maybe you went to a craft fair and were very inspired. Ask yourself this. If you had plenty of time and resources were not an issue, what would you be doing? That’s probably where your heart is. Can you draw from that energy? It’s Friday. Can you set an hour aside for yourself this weekend and get to making what’s in your heart to make? Who knows what will come from that intentional hour. Or maybe you don’t really have a creative bone in your body. I hear people say that sometimes. But you might surprise yourself. Try out a new recipe. Organize the junk drawer (I put mine on Instagram this week. Y’all, that’s bold.) Creativity doesn’t HAVE to been glitter or crafting. It’s finding new ways to problem solve.

I have been making things. A lot of things. And my ADD brain wants to jump on another project before I finish the first. I have to seriously commit to completing one thing before starting another. I’d like to share an example of something I’ve actually completed! It’s a fun debut to make. I’ve been hinting for awhile that I am designing my collection. And y’all probably think I’m full of it since you haven’t seen ANYTHING.

Well, (drumroll please) here is one of my first pieces!!! TA-DA!!!!

I LOVE IT. I love the colors, I love the gold envelope, I love the little rounded corners…LOVE this pattern. It reminds me of the sweet fabrics my mom used when she sewed for my sister and I. I also love its cheeriness and brightness: two traits that are absolute requirements as I go about designing this collection. Ledford was Miss Wyolene’s maiden name and I am digging how so much of my family’s heritage is influencing what I’m making these days. You’ll be seeing this pattern pop up in different places. I can’t wait to show you more!

But perhaps you don’t want to wait on the September debut. Maybe you’re saying “Gimme gimme I need I need.” (Bob Wiley? Anyone? Anyone?) Okay. Today, I’m going to hook one of you UP. Before you can even buy these notecards, I will give a set of 8 to not one, but TWO lucky readers! I’m mixing up the rules a bit today (because hey, we’re all learning as we go, right??) You can win either on Instagram OR here on the blog OR you can enter twice by doing both. (Sneaky sneaky, me!)

For Instagram Entries:
1. Post a picture of something you’ve made in the last week….it can be food, or a craft, or maybe you managed to make your bed. That counts.
2. Follow and tag @misswyolene in your post.
3. Use the hashtags: #misswyolenehasanewblog,  #shewantsmetosendmoresnailmail, #imadethis


For Blog Entries:
1. In the comments below, tell me what you’ve made in the past week. It can be anything!
2. Share the link to this post on a social media outlet, tagging @misswyolene (so that I can see it!) 

I will be accepting entries until midnight tonight, EST.

A HUGE thank you to Christina Nicole her giving away such gorgeous earrings yesterday. If you missed out and can’t get them out of your mind ((raises hand)) you can buy them here. And congrats to @heylaurenmckay for winning the contest from yesterday’s post

Happy Friday!