SPOTLIGHT // lbrown design + paperie

I have a bit of an obsession with design especially graphic design, so when I first met Lindsay of LBrown Design & Paperie, I immediately adored her. Anyone that can dream up big ideas and make them beautiful is a rockstar in my mind, and that is exactly what Lindsay does. From innovative save-the-date-cards to glitzy wedding invitations with custom lined envelopes to beautiful dinner menus, Lindsay knows how to take your aesthetic and transform it in into gorgeous paper goods. From modern to glam, to pretty to timeless, her designs are unique and designed just for you. Best of all, she shares a design space with Christine Janda Design & Events at 910 N. Damen Ave in Chicago.

I am so thrilled to introduce you to Lindsay! Today, she is sharing how she became a graphic designer, her favorite things to design and what she thinks is the next big trends in the wedding industry for 2015. Come learn more about her and take a little peak at some of her beautiful work! I promise you will not be disappointed.

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What do you specialize in? 
LBrown Design & Paperie specializes in custom invitations suites for weddings and events. My experience in events provides me with a unique perspective; thinking outside the box to provide clients with one-of-a-kind paper suites.

From spray painted wedding invitations to textural silk and lace menu embellishments, I personally works with every client on every little detail of their wedding or event, providing custom designed save the dates, invitations, escort cards, thank you notes and more.

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How did you get started?
It is hard to believe that I actually got my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and student taught 2nd grade. After graduating, I worked at a children’s bookstore in Chicago where I had complete creative freedom and designed graphics for children’s onesies and t-shirts and they were a huge hit!

I met with the head of the intern program and a large ad agency and she suggested that go to design school to build a design portfolio. After researching many different design schools, I ended up going to Chicago Portfolio School, a one-year advertising school that focused on art direction, copywriting and design. I went the design route.

I have had several different design jobs from designing website to iPhone apps to product development and packaging of children’s toys. While at these jobs I designed invitations for my friends that were getting married and loved it. I landed a job at a small event company designing invitations and absolutely loved it. After about a year and a half, I started my own company and have not looked back!

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What inspires you/your work?
Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. From department store window displays to magazine ads. I also follow a lot of paper and event designers on Instagram and Facebook, I love keeping up with what is already out there and seeing how I can make it better and different.

What do you like to do in your free time?
One of my favorite things is live music; blues, jazz, piano bars. You name it! I love being a tourists in my own city, and exploring its neighborhoods. There are so many cool and new places popping up around Chicago.

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What’s a fun fact about you that your clients may not know?
I love art shows and supporting local artists. It is so fun to find one-of-a-kind pieces; from jewelry to furniture. If you walked into my apartment you would see everything from a stained glass mural of the Chicago skyline to old CTA signs. One word to describe my personal design taste is “eclectic”.

What is one of your favorite thing to design and why?
Invitations! Since there are so many components that go into a wedding suite, I can really get creative with each aspect of the suite, using design elements in different ways.

I also love corporate branding from logos, business cards, websites and marketing materials. If allows me to switch gears a bit and design something a little different- away from weddings and events.

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What is trending in the event / wedding industry now?
I’ve seen a departure from the classic white and gold, or silver and navy invitations. One of the biggest paper trends for 2015 is COLOR and mixed metals especially rose gold and copper. A fun twist to silver and gold.

I always love to incorporate something a little unexpected. Whether it is a pop of color with the RSVP envelope or playing with different patterns and textures with the paper choice. Have something in your head but haven’t seen it on Pinterest? Chances are I can create it. Spray paint, dyes, ribbons and more – I love to get my hands on it all!

Last but not least, my personal favorite trend is envelope liners done in unique ways. Like sheet music of your first song or a black and white photo of the Chicago Skyline taken from your engagement session. The options are endless.

What trend are you tired of seeing?
The monogram is a timeless, classic icon that I love custom designing for my couples. Where it’s typically utilized can get a bit tired, if only placed on the dance floor and in your return address stamp.

Your invitation sets the tone for your wedding and your monogram can help convey this sentiment through design. Printed on welcome bags for guests to receive upon arrival, in your ceremony programs, on food tags placed in hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour, on photo booth props (even included on the film strip keepsake), on favor tags and more.

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What is your favorite part about your job?
Where do I even start?! I am so fortunate to be able to wake up and do what I love every single day. I love connecting with each and every client and seeing their vision come to life through their invitations and paper details. Since I design everything custom, it is fun to think out side of the box and come up with something that the client may not be expecting, but still love!

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To see more of Lindsay’s work or to contact Lindsay, be sure to check out LBrown Design + Paperie. 

Feeling social? Follow her on INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TWITTER

A special thanks to Christine Janda Design & Events for the event design and floral in the featured photos.

Every month, I’ll be featuring one of my favorite industry peers, so be sure to check back next month to see who else I adore!

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SPOTLIGHT // christine janda design + events

I am so excited to finally be kicking off this monthly series : SPOTLIGHT. Every month, I’ll be sharing a little Q&A session from some of my favorite creatives in the wedding and event world. Each and every one of the businesses, I feature are AMAZING, and I would recommend them a million times to you all. Many have become dear friends over the years of working together, and for the first post, I am talking to one of my FAVORITE people …. my best friend, Christine.

I am quite thrilled to introduce you to the extremely talented event planner and floral designer, Christine of Christine Janda Design and Events. If you are looking for someone to dream up amazing ideas, coordinate all the little details, and / or create stunning floral arrangements for your wedding day (or events), then look no further. Sure, I am a little biased (she is my BFF), but just look at some of her beautiful work and you will see why! She is fabulous. Christine recently open her own studio space at 910 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited for her.

Today, Christine is sharing how she became an event planner and floral designer, her favorite trends for 2015 and what she does in her free time. Come learn more about her and see some of her beautiful designs from her launch party.

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What do you specialize in? 

We specialize in full-service wedding and event planning, flowers and design. As a wedding planner we work with couples from start to finish. From finding that perfect venue to budget management, flowers, design and everything in between.

As a florist, our client’s love that we take holistic approach to their wedding planning, AND flowers. I know their venue, invitation design, lighting and linen colors – this transcends seamlessly to their floral and decor. The CJDE team is the perfect mix of organizational Type A planning while bursting to the seams with creativity.

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How did you get started?

From an early age I have always been creative. I cooked, sewed and crafted with my Mom for as long as I can remember. We used to always design silk flowers for our home which is where I began 15+ years ago. I am entirely self taught with flowers, having read a bazillion books and spending endless hours practicing and perfecting my ever evolving designs.

Like Brittany, I, too, started in advertising as an account executive at Chicago’s largest agencies DraftFCB and Leo Burnett. There I managed numerous TV shoots in LA and New York as well as events ranging from fashion shows to concerts. My advertising career provided me with the best training for moving into the world of events. Client and budget management and execution. This sums up event planning!

Following my advertising career I planned, designed and executed numerous weddings, social and corporate events as Event Director for the boutique event planning and florist company, A Perfect Event. After 3 years, I made the leap to fulfill my dream of opening my own business.

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What inspires you/your work?

Absolutely everything around me. I subscribe to every wedding, design and fashion magazine where I tear out endless pages every month. My favorite holiday tabletop design in 2014 was inspired by Kendall Jenner’s fashion spread in Vogue – so fun, filled with texture, surprising prints and flirty combos. It transcended into a lacey black runner accented with sparkle, burgundy and red floral filled with textural berries and flirty foliage and beautiful place cards which accented mis-matched gold lantern ornaments. The perfect “accessory” that made the table.

From a planning perspective, seeing the entire wedding come together and unfold always inspires me. I work with my clients for over a year at times. We work together on every last detail, becoming dear friends in the process, and nothing beats the feeling of seeing them on cloud nine on their big day.

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I have always loved cooking and trying new recipes. Many of my friends (including Britt!) thought I would end up in culinary school. It’s why I love working with caterers so much as I am often a big part of menu selections for my client’s weddings and parties. In my free time, I love hosting wine and small bite nights with my girls. Champagne is always a must at my soirees.

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What’s a fun fact about you that your clients may not know?

I traveled through Thailand with my Mom, which was her first time returning since she moved to Chicago 30+ years ago. It was the most beautiful, life-changing trip filled with meeting family for the first time, riding an elephant, petting a tiger, trying the most amazing food (sticky rice with mango and spicy hot curries) and visiting an orchid farm. To this day, orchids hold a special place in my heart as it reminds me of this journey with my darling mother. If you have met her, you would understand how much fun this would be!

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What is one of your favorite venues to work at and why?

I adore Gallery 1028. Accent the industrial, rustic space with chandeliers and an abundance of romantic candlelight and nothing is more beautiful.

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What is trending in the event / wedding industry now?

Finding ways to let your personality as a couple shine. Having your save the dates include a photo taken at your favorite local brewery (the most fun engagement shoot spot!), incorporating one flower from your mother’s bouquet into yours, having the groom’s award winning bbq rub packaged into individual favors for the perfect takeaway. There are so many ways to inject your personality into your big day – these make the most beautiful, special weddings and your guests will love the thought and care you put into your planning.

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What trend are you tired of seeing?

There isn’t one trend I’m truly “over”. The popular chicken and beef option for an entree can be dressed up. Love Mexican flavors? Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and chicken mole would be delicious. The popular tall floral centerpiece can be revamped while opting for a more loose and organic design instead of the perfect pave sphere of roses. Love the traditional pave look? Go for bold color vs. soft pastels. Everything old is new again and that goes for each and every wedding trend.

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What is your favorite part about your job?

In the end of the day, I am surrounded by client’s celebrating some of their most important, cherished days of their lives. All while being surrounded by flowers and all things beautiful. I have the best job in the world.

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For more information or to contact Christine, be sure to check out Christine Janda Design and Events. Feeling social? Follow her on INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TWITTER

A special thanks to L Brown Design and Paperie for all of the beautiful paper and invitation design featured in the photos and Truffleberry Market for all the yummy hors d’oeuvres.

Every month, I’ll be featuring one of my favorite industry peers, so be sure to check back next month to see who else I adore!

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