Real Weddings: Amy + Mark

Picture this: I first meet the lovely Amy for coffee and a design consultation at one of Denver's cutest little cafe's. We each order a latte. She tells me she is a paper lover, dog lover, monogram/logo lover, and insists on buying mycoffee. What's not to love?! Did I mention she is a smart + savvy business owner herself?
Seriously though, I adore Amy and I know that Mark must be a pretty swell guy to be the MR. to her MRS. Amy + Mark's invitation suite is...well, Sweet. Featuring clean lines, blush and navy, a touch of rustic, and the cutest pup on the planet, their gold retriever Dublin. We loved working with these two on their gorgeous Grand Lake wedding. To Amy + Mark - Thank you for the pleasure of working with you! Enjoy!

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Planning: Rachel Austin Events

Photography: David Lynn Photography

Venue: Grand Lake Yacht Club

Real Weddings: Ashley and Kyle

For those who think wedding professionals have it easy, think again! Sometimes crafting a fabulous, never seen before, never to be seen again, custom event is arduous. However, I believe the pictures from Kyle & Ashley’s big day at Dunafon Castle last July speak for themselves. The hard work by all the talented event professionals was well worth it when you take a look at the happiness in these photos. Not to mention, getting married in a legit castle is kind of epic. For the invitation and stationery, Sophie broke out her background in art and created a sketch of the castle used from a Mark Hayes original photograph. This artwork was used throughout the invitation and remainder of printed materials for the day. The bride and groom even printed it on muslin welcome bags for their guests to enjoy. We also created a custom wax seal for the soon to be Mr. and Mrs.

Enjoy the results of a labor of love, crafted for love, with love, and in the name of love.

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Vendors: Dunafon Castle, Idledale, Colorado : Jamee Photography : Planning: Save the Date Events/ Sapphire Celebrations ( & Event Décor/Design: Design Works : Sketch Inspiration: Mark Hayes Photography: Favor Bags: Ribbons & Bows, Nancy Parker

Be Our Guest: Eli

We've decided to showcase one of our brides every month in a special "Be Our Guest" blog edition. Our first guest, Eli, has a wonderful love story. Enjoy!
SZP: Tell us your love story (how you met, got engaged, and why you chose the wedding date and venue you did).

Eli: Parker and I actually went to the same high school.  I was a year older and we knew of each other but never hung out during high school.  I went to college in Texas and we honestly never spoke after high school.  A crazy turn of events lead me back home to Colorado and late one night in bed Parker's name came to mind.  No idea why or how because we hadn't spoken in probably 7 years and we weren't even friends in high school.  Anyway, when I moved back to Colorado I decided to send him a Facebook message, seriously out of no where, and the entire thing was a lie!  I said that I thought I ran into him at Costco and how embarrassing it was that it wasn't actually him.  I even went as far as to reintroduce myself in the message because I wasn't even sure if he'd remember me!  We laugh about the FB message now because in all honesty I was just looking to reconnect with friends as I was reestablishing myself in Denver, heaven forbid I just be honest!  Anyway, we hung out as friends for a while and then he FINALLY asked me out on a date... and the rest is all history!
Proposal... well I won't lie, it was pretty incredible! Before we started dating seriously Parker and I were bowling with friends and we bet on the final game.  If I won, he owed me a helicopter ride and if he won... I don't even remember what he would win.  I obviously won but to be totally honest I just never thought of it again and also thought it was incredibly unlikely that he'd ever pay up.  Well, on December 22nd my company was closing down for a few days for Christmas my boss came over around noon and told me to go on home and enjoy the holiday (she was totally in on it).  So excitedly I started packing up! Minutes later Parker called and said a friend of his dads who has helicopter called and invited his dad on an afternoon ride.  Since his dad is a doctor and had patients to see, Parker said he scored us the ride.  I totally ate it up and seriously never thought he was proposing.  I was SO excited.  I had never been on a helicopter and have this funny love for aircrafts and helicopters so I was on cloud 9.  He flew us over the city and ended up landing us on this bluff overlooking the city.  Parker and I got out and walked to the end just to enjoy.  Again, I seriously never thought he was proposing!  We got to the edge it was snowy and gorgeous and Parker got down on one knee! The best part was the pilot is a family friend and got pictures of the whole thing.
Venue.  Well to say that Parker and I wanted a party is a tad of an understatement.  With a bridal party that was 24 people, we each had 12 attendants, we needed a space that could fit everyone.  I wanted to be married outside and wanted the ceremony and reception to be in the same location.  That's a lot to ask for an invite list at about 350.  But The Denver Art Museum had everything we wanted! It was absolutely perfect.  We loved the space for the ceremony, it made it feel small and intimate and then the reception was a giant room for a dance party!
SZP: What was one of your favorite memories from your wedding day?
Eli: One of my favorite memories was the moment that my dad and I started walking down the isle and I turned to him and said "I'm getting married!" there's actually a picture of it and then when I looked up and saw Parker with the biggest smile on his face!  It was such a sweet moment!
SZP: What about your wedding celebration would you do differently?
Eli: To be honest, and I've seriously thought about it, the only thing I would change is when I was walking down the aisle the musician was supposed to play the song acoustically  and not sing but he ended up singing while I was walking down the isle.  And to be honest I am really the only person that knew he wasn't supposed to sing.  So really not a big deal.  Everything else was just how I imagined it!
SZP: What was your favorite part of your wedding preparations? Conversely, the part you disliked the most?
Eli: I loved virtually every part.  We hired an incredible day of wedding coordinate, CC Dick with Colorado Wedding Company, and she typically is a full service wedding planner but my mom and I so enjoyed meeting with vendors and casting a vision together.  It was so fun.
My least favorite part... picking out the wording on the invitations! It took us forever and seemed so tedious but yet such a big deal!
SZP: What was your favorite part about working with Sweet Zion Paperie?
Eli: How simple and easy it was! Our programs were exactly what I envisioned! People typically don't say much about programs but we got rave reviews! I kept a number of copies and have given them to people who asked to do something similar and use SZP.
SZP:  How has your relationship with your now husband/wife changed from when you were dating?
Eli: We just do everything together and have so much fun doing it!  We didn't live together before we got married, you could call us traditionalists, so living together wasn't nearly the adjustment everyone prepared us for.  We have enjoyed spending our free time together and not having to plan to go over to one of our houses etc.
SZP: It's the little things. Now that you're married, what is one little thing that you love about your spouse that you didn't notice before?
Eli: Oh gosh such a loaded question.  One of the things I loved about Parker before we got married was how much he made me laugh.  But being married it's ten fold.  I am constantly laughing and he also challenges me to not take myself too seriously.  We are so playful, it's the best!
SZP: How did you celebrate your 1 year anniversary?
Eli: We went to Europe!!  It was so fun, we went to Prague for about a week and then to Munich for Oktoberfest!
SZP: What is next for you? (babies, moves, jobs, etc.)
Eli: Well, we actually just had a precious baby girl 2 months ago! Logan, she's the best.  Right before we had her, we bought and house and pretty much flipped the entire thing.  So for now, we are staying put and enjoying Logan and our house!
SZP: Speaking from experience - Do you have any advice to future brides & grooms for planning their wedding?
Eli: Don't forget that this day is about you and your spouse.  It's so easy to get caught up in the details and the extravagance of the wedding but your marriage lasts forever.  Spend time and energy thinking about what you want your ceremony to look like and be intentional with the ceremony.  So often it becomes just another detail, and in some ways even I was this way, but keep in perspective while yes the party is fun but that lasts one night, your marriage lasts for a lifetime!

Real Weddings: Natasha and Patrick

When I met Natasha for our initial consultation, I was so sweetly surprised by how easy going she was. Natasha is a girl who has an air of confidence about her, but balances that with a carefree-ness and a love to laugh. I enjoyed working with her to find the vision she had for her wedding stationery. I didn’t get the privilege of meeting her groom Patrick, but I’d imagine he must be pretty great to captivate a girl like Natasha. DSC_0039 DSC_0045 DSC_0049 DSC_0050 DSC_0051 View More:

I enjoyed working with this couple on a beautiful, modern, and classic invitation suite along with some really fun signs and treat flags. Following the ceremony, we created custom stationery just for them. Their invitation was a one-color charcoal letterpressed card mounted to a luxe quartz metallic stock. The bride opted for a whimsical dip-pen style calligraphy for the outer envelope, hand lettered in charcoal. Enjoy this fun event – beautifully captured by Jason+Gina Photography.

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Photography: Jason+Gina Photography

Venue: The Denver Art Museum

Planning: Bliss Elevated

Stationery: Sweet Zion Paperie

Wedding Wars 2015: James Bond

We are so grateful to have the opportunities that we do! This super fun opportunity was a part of Team Galore at Wedding Wars bridal show a few weeks ago. The theme was James Bond, super fun! Take a look at what our amazing team pulled off. Thank you for being innovators in this industry: Rachel Austin Events, Urban Safari Photography, Astonishing Cakes LLC, Bella Lu Floral, Occasions Catering Denver, Vehicle Vault, The Bridal Collection, Denver Tux, Jaded Beauty, Masterful Musicians, Vintage Rentals Denver, Yonder Floral + Decor House, Snappy Face Painting, Knotty Tie Co, EventRents

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The Ins & Outs of the RSVP Card

The dreaded RSVP card...they may sound like a hassle, but they can be great! Let's start with the basics:

RSVP? RSVP, the abbreviation for the French phrase “respondez s’il vous plait,” means please respond.

What are they? RSVPs are usually needed when sending out invites to formal events or weddings.

Who do they go to? Make sure you send one along with each invitation.

When do they need to be returned? For weddings, make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding date -- this will allow enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating chart. If some guests still haven't responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs (still via mail) so you have all their information.

Sometimes guests tend to forget to mail back their response cards after they receive the invitation. Make it easy for them by sending reception cards that use decorative designs.

Make your RSVP fun! This library card post card was the perfect reply for a surprise birthday party we did for an avid reader.

Planned by @savethedateevents

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Wintery Blues

Are these freezing temperatures getting you down? They are making us daydream about sand and fruity drinks! A few weeks ago, (when fall was still fairly present!) we did a stylized shoot! We are in love with how beautiful these turned out! So, take a break from the wintery blues and enjoy these beautiful blues instead!

Images: Rebecca Marie Photography

Planning & Florals: Isabelle Kline Design

Rentals: Allwell Rents

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We've Got News!

Hello Paper Lovers!

Lots of new and exciting changes happening over here at Sweet Zion Paperie! We have hired a new social media manager! Her name is Sydny and we are calling her our social media guru! She knows the ins and outs of all things networking. From Colorado, Sydny is a broadcasting and sports journalism student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and found a passion with social media. Sydny will be writing blog posts, tweeting daily and sending out the newest information over Facebook! We are thrilled to have her on board and share all of her insight with us.

So, stay tuned! There are lots of things to look forward to! New posts, new custom invitations and maybe even a few “giveaways” along the way!


The Business of Bullying

Business cannot be done without other people. People can fill various roles in business, they can be customers, vendors, or other professionals in the same field. In simple terms, I estimate there to be 2 arms of business; the customer side (who patrons your business, the ones that pay your mortgage) and the support side (the vendors who enable you to do what you do - i.e. the nurse to the doctor). Though I also appreciate and admire the zealousness that some business owners have in protecting, honoring, and ultimately delivering for their clients and customers, I am at times honestly surprised that they can still find people who are willing to fill their support side.

The question in this entry is this: when does the esteem for your customer become a bad thing?

As a small business owner myself, I understand the need to side with your client, however, when that so grossly violates those that support and enable you to conduct your business, I would venture to say that you have become a bully in business. Even further, I cannot understand how business can be successfully or ethically conducted when service to your customer greatly outweighs the respect and consideration for those who support you. In my opinion, at ground level, it's a lack of integrity.

Although this doesn't sound like a heart-warming post, I have found great insight in recently learning this lesson which, fortunately for me, was gleaned by someone else's poor example. When recently a business owner tried to swing their proverbial "weight" around and back me into a corner, I acknowledged what was happening. I immediately took a stand for myself and the integrity I choose to run my business with. The best part? Probably shocking them by turning away their business.

By consciously choosing to run my business with a code of ethics, I have set up check points to prevent myself from becoming snarky, overly competitive, or even a bully. The reward for this diligence is that I also get to choose who I work with. No amount of money or number of contracts in a year is worth me risking who I am and what I stand for. Unfortunately, for the business owner I was supporting, the scales were tipping.

Now I'm not saying I'm perfect - there are many examples, I am sure, of humility to throw on the table. However, I refuse to be a victim to insecurity, bullying in business, or small thinking. I want to embrace each challenge, surround myself with people who support me and keep me in check. I want to celebrate the successes of my competitors and colleagues and support them in ways that are unique to me. I love collaborating with other professionals because in the end, that's what business is about - recognizing you can't do it alone.

It takes people, not power.

Wax on, Wax off

Wax! Not only is it a cool word, its definitely a cool trend in the wedding industry at present. I've seen a true resurgence of "craftsmanship" in this day and age with young couples bringing back letterpress like it's gold as well as the aforementioned wax seal trend. Now, I'm not as old as I sound, but I do take time to appreciate nostalgia and also to give credit to the sage and true coined phrase "They just don't make them like they used to". However, in this case (and good news for you), they do!

Wax seals are perfect for event stationery for a myriad of reasons. We have used seals to close pocket invitations, to add a finishing touch, to establish a brand or theme, and even to seal an envelope or two. Check out these beautiful photos of some recent wax seal projects.

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Now, you can integrate what was once a very vintage thing into a very modern and current piece of stationery giving just a shadow of scrutiny to the old adage "They just don't make them like they used to".

Calligraphy makes an Impression

Calligraphy makes an Impression

Thinking calligraphy will make or break your wedding invitations? Here's our two cents.

The first thing your guests see regarding your big day is your invitation or save the date. If sent through the mail, the first thing of that they will see is your envelope. Handwritten touches will not only impress your guests, but also make them feel that you took the time to think of them (or paid someone to).

Calligraphy can be costly, but it is definitely an attention grabber. For an average invitation order of 100, figure anywhere from $250-450 for guest addressing and plan for about 2 - 3 weeks time for your calligrapher to work their magic.