Vintage Love Letter Bridal Shoot with Stephanie Weber Photography

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter? There’s something magical about receiving a letter in the mail, to feel the texture of the paper in your hands as you read a note written specifically for you. In an era that moves faster each and every day, a letter is a nice pause in the chaos, a moment where you can catch your breath.

This kind of love inspired one of my favorite shoots from last summer, shot in Santiago Oaks Canyon Park. The team was inspired by The Notebook, the love of Allie and Noah, and the vintage look of the film.

Before I show the beautiful bride, here’s a look at the letters I created for the shoot. Each piece of handmade paper was immersed in water and then touches of brown and yellow were added to age the stationery before any writing was added.

I love how Stephanie Weber Photography styled these photos with accents like dried fruits, vintage photos, magnifying glasses, and old books.

The bride, Andi, is no stranger to love letters. Her husband who is deployed writes to her any chance he gets. She made the perfect model for this shoot in a gorgeous blue gown provided by Shop Blush Elegance and a beautiful bouquet created by Bloom Theory Design.

Hope you enjoyed this nod to nostalgia and it inspires you to write some letters to your loved ones today!

VENDORS // Location: Santiago Oaks Canyon Park // Hair Stylist: Mindful Beauty By Erika // Jewelry: Bexo // Dress Designer: Shop Blush Elegance // Calligrapher: Sam Allen Creates // Floral Designer: Bloom Theory Design // Photographer: Stephanie Weber Photography

Featured on Glittery Bride.

Courtney & Josh’s Travel Themed Wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona

Courtney first got in touch with me over an order of wedding day cards for her bridal party. I loved working on them for her, having no idea all the fun projects she would later have me work on for her gorgeous wedding in sunny Arizona! My dusty rose paint and I were on very friendly terms by the time I completed her escort tent cards, placecards, table numbers and signs! I’ll let Courtney take it from here…

How did you choose your colors? We wanted something timeless that wouldn’t look “dated” in five years, ten years, or even 20 years. We love the look of neutrals and also didn’t want colors that clashed with the natural beauty of our venue and its stunning background with the mountains.

Did you have any special traditions incorporated into your ceremony? Our ceremony was not religion-specific, however, because I am catholic it was important to me that a male figure served as our officiant. Johns uncle is a chaplain within the United States Air Force, and he really went above and beyond to make sure our ceremony was memorable. To honor my late grandfather who was a high ranking officer in the Air Force, he wore Air Force dress blues. My grandmothers wedding ring that she wore during her 64 year marriage was graciously given to me as a gift and now serves as my wedding band. My mother gifted me the same lucky penny that her father (my grandfather) gifted to her on her wedding day-I kept it in my right shoe for luck.

Welcome Table with Guest Book Globe

What inspired your travel theme? Our travel theme was inspired by John’s career as a pilot as well as the important role traveling has played in our 6 years together. Our first year of dating, John was flying small jets in Alaska in order to build up his flight time so he could fly commercial in the lower states. This meant that he split his time between 2 weeks a month in Alaska and 2 weeks a month in Texas, so I consider our relationship to have started out as being “long distance”. Also, before we met, I had only ever been to the Bahamas, but since dating, john as taken me to five countries, including our furthest journey to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). His passion for travel soon became a shared passion between the two of us as. And since there’s never a dull moment when you’re traveling standby-it has made our relationship stronger and allowed us to see that we work well together as a team. John really took the travel theme of the wedding to the next level when he pulled off a surprise fly-over at the very end of the ceremony which timed perfectly with our first kiss!

What was your favorite part of the day? Our first look was super emotional and just a whirlwind but I would say it was one of our top favorite memories from the day. No doubt about it though, the flyover was just perfect, and the fact that john was able to pull it off as a total surprise had every person crying, cheering, and completely ecstatic. It was just incredible.

Escort Card Display

Features family wedding photos from the past…

The Wedding Reception

The travel theme was brought in on the reception tables with subtle gold airplane placecard holders, each holding my watercolor painted placecards.

What was most challenging in planning the wedding? Planning a wedding out of state is no walk in the park. You have to pick everything based on how you THINK it will look and the opinions of your vendors (thank god we have a wonderful planner and wonderful team). Note to all out-of-town brides-carrying your wedding dress through the terminal will build you some nice arm muscles before the big day! The cost-we thought having a small wedding would save us some money, but in the end we totally blew our budget without intention. Also, there are WAY too many options when it comes to weddings-you can drive yourself truly insane by trying to look for “an even better option”-but I suppose this is better than the days where you had four options and that was all. Honestly though, it was worth every penny and every ounce of stress because it was truly a beautiful day and a wonderful way to start our marriage <3

Venue: El Chorro
Daniel Kim Photography
Videography: Isley Creative
A Day to Cherish
The Wildflower AZ
La Tavola Fine Linen

Flatlay Inspiration with Selycia Yang

Last fall I was overjoyed when Selycia Yang allowed me to join her creative team for a styled shoot in Savannah, Georgia at the Wormsloe Historic Site. It’s such a stunning location and I had fun experimenting with different techniques to create an illustration of the famous Spanish moss covered gate and entrance.

I love the elements Selycia used in her flatlays, like that vintage silver wax seal stamper!

Selycia then asked me to create an alternate invitation suite to give variety for the photographers that were attending the shoot. I had been wanting to work on a watercolor crest for awhile so I took my chance to create one for the shoot. While the first suite included pointed pen calligraphy, it was a fun challenge to use the same color scheme but with watercolor. The result were two very different suites!

A few more items were created for the shoot and for fun like this bouquet recipe shot!

I loved making these items for Selycia to style and photograph! So many details! View more of Selycia’s work on her website and Instagram!

Purple Florals Contrasted with Industrials, Brick at Liberty Station Wedding Styled Shoot

Jaymee Lynn Photography

Coming in to the New Year I was excited to get back to work after Christmas break and this was the first suite up! Here we are 8 months later and it’s still one of my favorites!

Take a scroll and reminisce with me over this glorious purple lavender shoot that was mixed with silver galvanized metals at Brick 828 at Liberty Station in San Diego. The venue is so named as you are surrounded by the rich red bricks, giving the event such a warm light!

I received so many glorious galleries from the many photographeres at the shoot, but I narrowed it down to two ladies’ images to share with you today! Take a look!

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Stormy Peterson Photography
Stormy Peterson Photography

I loved this welcome table set up with the seating chart displayed on galvanized metal sheets! They were stunning in person but challenging to photograph!

Stormy Peterson Photography

As always, Kristin Smith of KS Floral Concepts brought the most amazing florals! I’m in love with her bouquets and installations!

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Stormy Peterson Photography
Jaymee Lynn Photography

Creative Team
Photographers: Jaymee Lynn Photography & Stormy Peterson Photography
Planning/Design & Creative Leader: Jessica Schmuckle Photography
Host: Styled Shoots Across America
Venue: Brick.828
Florals: KS Floral Concepts
Rentals/Styling: Touched By Time
Models: @_shyla_xx @ckenny_27
Gown: @luluswedding
Models: @allison_allen_hairstylist @steven_lamberta
Invites/Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates
Mens Wear: Friar Tux
HMUA: Peretti Hill
Tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven
Lace Boots, lace shoes, garter: House of Elliot Lace Boots
Custom wine, shot & champagne glasses, hangers, flask: @everytingdonetoat
Custom Hair piece: The Lucky Sixpence
Cake: Wednesday Cake
Tiles: @molly.wat
Perfume: Anthropologie
Ribbons: @honeysilks
Ring box: The Mrs Box
Brides Ring: Rings by Bethany Crandell
Embroidery: Lisa Emerita
Handkerchiefs: The Handkerchief Shop
Leather jacket: Kimberly George Art

Rapunzel Inspired Wedding, Styled Shoot – Photography by Jess Palatucci

As featured on Wedding Chicks!

You may not know this, but Rapunzel is my favorite Disney princess! I love her spirit and her heart. And her love of the arts!

I jumped at the chance to design an invitation for a Tangled themed wedding! I bought books about the art of the movie to dive deep into its conception and learn more about the background of its artwork.

My concept of the invitation artwork was inspired by Rapunzel’s hair when her and Flynn go into town. The top left florals wrap around behind the main part of the invite, and end at the bottom right. I threw in a bird and butterfly for good measure and then lined the edge of the circle with gold metallic dots to represent the lanterns that the town lights each year.

And then on the details page, I painted a yellow lily-like flower to represent the flower that gives Rapunzel’s hair its healing powers.

While these details are subtle and may be missed by the average viewer, I loved creating them and wanted to give the suite an added depth that only the strongest Rapunzel fans may notice and appreciate.

But one of my favorite details in the stationery was the addition of a golden sun wax seal! It’s so very subtle but adds that royal look of the sun logo from the movie.

Please keep scrolling to see all the magic that Jess Palatucci documented on that gorgeous day in Pennsylvania last spring!

A big thanks to all the vendors who made this day happen:
Photography | Jess Palatucci
Assisting | Kia Marie Stone
Videographer | KGD Films
Planning | La Rue Events 
Concept | Nicole Newgaskt
Makeup | Kiss and Makeup
Hair | @Reelstyle_beauty 
Wardrobe Styling | Elizabeth Jones Styling
Venue Management & Rentals | Open Aire Affairs 
Venue | Historic Strawberry Mansion
Vintage Rentals | Lilac and Lace Co
Balloon Installation |
Stationery | Sam Allen Creates
Styling Boards | Curio & Oak
Ribbon | A Ribbon’s Nest
Calligraphy Mirrors | @barelyblushink
Florals | @miss.bergamot
Cake & Desserts | Lysa’s Caketique
Dress Designer | Calla Blanche Dress
Dress Shop | Vesa Brides
Jewelry | @marnielewisjewelry
Rings | Harry Merrill
Suit | Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes | Colehaan 
Models | @littleashleylynn & @rusty_shackleford90

Peaches & Cream Styled Shoot with Christine Pegany—As Featured on Wedding Chicks!

I was absolutely blessed to be able to be a part of this gorgeous photo shoot, planned and photographed by Christine Pegany! She has so much talent and such an eye for details. Plus you know, horses!!

Regarding my stationery: I loved the theme of Peaches & Cream too… and used a peach blossom as inspiration for the suite by painting a branch for the envelope liner. Each page of handmade paper was painted with a watercolor wash before printing the calligraphy. These flatlays Christine shot are just divine.

Keep scrolling to see all the beauty the team made that day and see the bottom of this post for a full list of the vendors!

Photography – Wild Love Photography –
Venue – Carola Horse Ranch
Florists – Black Petal Floral Design –
Furniture Rentals – Mintage Rentals –
Cake & Cupcakes – Texas Wildflours Bakery –
Calligrapher – Invitations – Sam Allen Creates –
Weddings Sign – Leigh Letters
Dress Designer & Veil – Yours And Mine Bridal –
Shoes – KUKLA Fashion Design –
Hair & Makeup – Ashley A Hair & Makeup –
Jewelry – Pink Carnation Design –
Suit & Tie – Stitch & Tie –
Mens Ring – Metal Wendler –
Hair Vine – Bella Via Designs –
Ring Box – Happy Boxes Shop –
Day of Coordination – Sweet Laurel Events –
Models – Colton Longden & Lacie Burkdoll –
Handmade Paper – Fabulous Fancy Pants –

Published on Wedding Chicks!

Sam Allen Creates: January thru March 2018

I’ve been working on this post for a year, adding to it over the year but never finishing it. I hope you enjoy a peek back at some of my favorite projects from the beginning of the year!

A lot of these will just be a glimpse into the project, like for the styled shoots… as I plan to post more in depth about them at a later date.


January kicked off with a mighty bang! Right off the bat, I spent the first morning of the new year painting this GIANT painting!

And partying for this little guy’s 2nd birthday!!

Most of January was spent working on styled shoots, one that I got to attend in San Diego and one in Joshua Tree for a photographer coming in from Arizona.

The following photos are by Carsten Tice Photography, will share a full post soon with full vendor credits.

And from Joshua Tree, by Molly McElenney

The year also started with the creation of a housewarming party invite for a good friend of mine here in California! I created the art for the invite in such a way that I could frame the original painting as the housewarming gift! Win!

Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Painted Housewarming Party


Once those January shoots were done, I went right on to work with Abbe Foreman on her blush pink and gold shoot…

And went on to work with Emily Sallach on this boho shoot at L.A’s Frogtown Magical Cabin, photos by Jenn Spain

Along with this handpainted gold and emerald suite for a flat lay conference on the east coast.

Sam Allen Creates Emerald and Gold Wedding Invitation Suite

And I also celebrated my shop’s 5 year anniversary!! This was such a big celebration as it coincided with my 10,000 Etsy sale!!

February is also a big month for Disney animation anniversaries! And of course I had to celebrate!! First up is my favorite: Peter Pan! And then keep scrolling to see the Cinderella inspired piece that went on to spark a whole invitation suite…

And to finish off the month, some envelope addressing!


These Disney inspired pieces were created for the AMAZING Michelle Santiago to photograph. It was magical collaborating with another Disney nerd to create these suites! Will be posting more about these soon!

Another style shoot, this one photographed by Danielle Unger… love that fabric hanging and the fabric menus! Oh my! Held at the Woodshed in Vista, California.

In honor of my Etsy shop’s anniversary in March, I did a giveaway for shop credit! One of the winners worked with me to create this custom piece, the solution to her problem of having to pick the Floral Letters or the papercut silhouettes. Such an an amazing idea, I just love how it came out! Find out more information to create your own custom piece in my shop here.

When I saw Christine Pegany post about needing a calligrapher for her upcoming shoot, I jumped at the chance! She’s such a talented photographer and stylist! In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing more on this gorgeous shoot!

And to end this first quarter review, a REAL wedding suite created for Kate Vennergrund (photo by Carmen Soares). More to come on this as well…

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and for making it this far! I enjoyed going back over these projects that seemed to have taken place so long ago but as if they were yesterday!

Geode and Succulent Styled Wedding at Estate on Second in Santa Ana, California with Events by the Cea and Harper & Grace Photography

The owner of Events by the Cea and I first met when I snuck behind the scenes at Kara’s wedding (link) to photograph some of the pieces I worked on. Shortly thereafter I emailed her asking if she had any styled wedding shoots in the works that I could collaborate on and luckily she was just starting to plan one for that fall!

I was so thankful for my first opportunity to work on a styled shoot (a mock-wedding photoshoot for wedding vendors to collaborate on to showcase their talents). And because it was local to me, I was able to attend the shoot too! The creative energy at the shoot was tangible! I soaked it all up and learned so much watching Christina and her team work their magic on decorating tablescapes, interiors, and floral installations.

But now let me step aside and allow the photos to speak for themsleves, all taken by Harper & Grace Photography:

Sam Allen Creates Wedding Invitation Suite on Handmade Paper with Marbling - Image by Harper & Grace Photography


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As published on The Every Last Detail and The Perfect Palette!

v e n d o r s :
Planning & Design: Events by the Cea // Photographer: Rachel Matonis of Harper & Grace Photography // Dress Designer: Shop Blush Elegance // Hair + Makeup: Navany Macias // Stationery & Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates // Floral Designer: The Flower Story Co // Tuxedo & Men’s Attire: Friar Tux Shop // Equipment Rentals: Baker Party Rentals // Catering: Jays Catering // Venue: The Estate on Second


Romantic Winter Elopement at Sacred Mountain in Julian, California

Just wanted to pop in on this lovely Valentine’s Day and share some of my favorite photos from this styled shoot I got to collaborate on last month! Katie Hammond gathered quite the team of vendors, models and even a horse to all come together for such a gorgeous set up! My favorite part would be the reception table surrounded by the draped white linens making a nice secluded and romantic area for dinner, however the ceremony floral circle backdrop would be a close second!

This was my first styled shoot that I’ve participated in with multiple photographers. It’s so amazing to see everyone’s different perspectives of the same subject! Between the different angles and the post editing, each photographer created such unique pieces of art, moments captured in time forever…

Coordinator and Designer: Katie Hammond Photography | Model: Spencer Jones | Model: Rebecca Jesslyn | Model: Kaila Cotler | Model: Lesli Hope Jones | Other: Wine Tasting Jen | Groomsman Attire: Stitch and Tie | Vows Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates | Invitation Designer: Bloom Stationery Co | Beauty: Bridal by Haydee | Dress Designer: D’Angelo Couture | Cake Designer: Sweet Maples Creations  | Floral Designer: Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design | Event Venue: Sacred Mountain Julian

Since this stylized wedding was shot by multiple photographers, please view the captions for proper credits.

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Invitation Design by Bloom Stationery Co, photographed by Brittany Szabo Photography

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Photo by Yes C Photography

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Photo by Marisa McDonald

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This styled shoot has been featured on Strictly Weddings and Luxe Mountain Weddings.

Kara and Jaime’s White Lace and Gorgeous Greens Summer Wedding

2017 has ended and while I am still coming to grasps with that, I didn’t want another day to flash by without sharing photos of my friend Kara’s gorgeous summer wedding!

To start of course, we need to take a look at the gray lace invitation with their watercolor brush calligraphy envelopes! Kara wanted simplicity in her invitations so we kept the design simple but with an intricate lace design in the corners in a pale gray for low contrast.

Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Wedding Invitation Envelope Addressing detail

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Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Wedding Invitation Envelope Addressing

The wedding ceremony was held outside of the Eagle’s Nest Clubhouse. It was truly one of the most gorgeous ceremonies I have ever attended… I just loved the cascading botanicals framing the bride and groom as they became husband and wife!

George Street Photo - Eagles Nest Clubhouse - Ceremony

George Street Photo - Eagles Nest Clubhouse - Bridal Bouquet of White and Green

After the ceremony, the guests came inside the Clubhouse to attend the cocktail hour and find their seats on this amazing table seating chart created with a variety of silver and white frames within 2 vintage window frames. It was such a unique concept and I loved getting to work on it with them!

Sam Allen Creates Wedding Seating Chart on Windows

George Street Photo - Eagles Nest Clubhouse - Bar Menu Chalkboard - Sam Allen Creates Lettering

The last item I got to work on for the wedding was handpainted placecards for each guest! Kara and I came up with a fun way for the server’s to know what dish to provide the guests… the different amount of leaves in the corner of the card would say whether they got steak, shrimp or vegetarian! I loved it (the shrimp and the outcome of the tent cards!)!!


Wedding photography by George Street, photos of my handlettering designs were taken by me.
Wedding Coordinator: Events by the Cea
Wedding Venue: Eagle’s Nest Restaurant & Clubhouse
Florist: Benabese
Table numbers painted by Skript Shoppe