Featured on the Ruffled Blog

Waking up to find out your work is featured on one of the most popular fine art wedding blogs in the country, well there just aren't words.  So humbled and grateful I got to be apart of this editorial shoot. 

Read all about here: Ruffled Blog | Ballet Inspired Editorial

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The Talented Vendor Team That Made It All Happen:
Photography: Lisa Silva Photography • Assistant Photographer: Sarah Cebulski
Event Planning & Floral Design: Simply Weddings by Amanda  •  Venue: DeLo Studios
Dress: Truevelle Bridal •  Bridal Salon: One Fine Day Bridal Salon •  Hair and Makeup: Brush Salon
Stationery and Hand-lettering: Watercolor and Whimsy Paper Co.
Rentals and Decor: Event Decor and More •  Rings: Nicole Cruz Engagement Rings
Cake: For The Love of Cake  •  Film Lab: The Find Lab

Texas-Sized Courage

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Because storms come and waters rise and in the middle of the flood we all need words of hope inscribed on our hearts.

I've loved words every since I discovered them.  I memorized them from dictionaries and poured over prose and poetry in literature.  I've written them in journals and splashed them on computer screens.  I've lettered them and painted them and found myself in process. But you really don't own a word until it is etched deep on your heart.  So deep it gets infused into your marrow and overflows into your living and walking and being.

For years now, I've selected one word to frame my year by.  Our words really do frame our worlds. So we need to choose them wisely.  I've been developing this collection for a while.  It wasn't due to go live until early fall. But the situation this weekend in Texas changed my timeline. 

I know first hand Texas is a state you don't want to mess with. I moved 1100 miles away from my Florida home at 17 years old to attend Baylor University.  My five years in Texas were foundational to all that came after them. So when Harvey decided to sucker punch the Texas coast, I know one thing: the courage of the Texan spirit is no match for the most devastating flood in US history. Texas has a dear place in my heart and is in many ways a home away from home

I'm launching our Inscribed collection early with a special Texas bluebonnet inspired version of the word Courage. Courage celebrates the courageous resilience of a state you truly do not want to mess with.  All the profits that come in from sales of the Texas Courage art print and greeting card will go to relief efforts supporting communities most affected by the storm and flooding.


Take Some Courage Home With You

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The Day I Stumbled Into the Stationery Industry

A year ago, I didn't even know what went on a wedding invitation.  I was staying with my parents while trying to figure out my living arrangements after being forced to leave my apartment due to mold issues.  I was discouraged and uncertain, when I read a Facebook post about someone needing an emergency wedding stationery suite designed for a styled shoot less than 48 hours away.  I thought, sure, I could do what they needed. I mean, I knew watercolor and lettering and had been admiring wedding stationery on Instagram for months.  Why not me?

I literally googled "What goes on a wedding invitation?" and designed one that fit thematically with the visual details needed.  Less than 2 days later, I was walking into my first styled shoot.  Shoot, I didn't even know what a styled shoot was. I seriously thought Pinterest was filled with magazine worthy weddings and everything I saw actually happened for someone in real life. 

Photography + Styling: Lisa Silva Photography, Shoot Planning: Make My Day Planning

Photography + Styling: Lisa Silva Photography, Shoot Planning: Make My Day Planning

I felt like I stepped inside a real-life Pinterest board.  A very sweltering Pinterest board.  Shooting in a beautiful venue in North Florida in mid July that had a greenhouse effect and was open air brought "swooning" back to its Victorian roots.

I literally walked into the space shaking I was so nervous.  I just prayed my little contribution didn't ruin their chances on publication.  I had no idea if what I did was on par with expectations or not.  So the incredible reception it received was STUNNING to me.  Little did I know, I just stumbled into what was going to be a dream coming true.  And friendships I hope will be there for years to come.

Let me encourage you... if you haven't found your dream yet, keep searching.  Keep knocking, keep asking, keep going.  You never know when a small yes can open big doors.

I am so excited to officially introduce Watercolor + Whimsy Paper Co. to the world and see where this beautiful adventure unfolds. (Unfolds... get it? Sorry I couldn't resist!)  And I'm so happy to have each and every one of you be a part of it!