1) Peggy Erickson-Lambert and Bill Lambert of Lambert Letterpress/ Erickson Design. I met Bill at one of the first networking events I attended in early spring and it took us quite a while to find a time to meet! Peggy and Bill are a husband and wife team who create beautiful and unique event paper products. I use that terminology rather than invitations because Peggy and Bill have the philosophy that your wedding or event should have a cohesive feel: from the save-the-dates all the way to the escort cards at the event. Erickson Design can create these products in any price range. Whether you're looking for a simple panel card invitation or a luxe letterpress invitation suite, I would definitely check out Erickson Design and Lambert Letterpress! A few samples are below, or have a look at their websites. Lambert/ Erickson
2) Esther, Scarlet Petal. The story of how I connected with Esther is pretty funny. I was first referred to her by Amanda Hein several months ago but it was taking a long time to make my way down the list, so I had yet to contact her. Then at the end of May as I was preparing to leave my full-time job, a coworker told me that his wife had some ideas of a few people to connect with, one of whom was the daughter of a friend who had a "pretty successful" floral business. I think you can guess where this was going :). Once I figured out that the Esther to whom I was supposed to mention that "Aunt Jan" said hello was the same as the Esther of Scarlet Petal I reached out pretty quickly. We met in Scalet Petal's studio space near one of Chicago's largest floral markets. I learned that Scarlet Petal focuses exclusively on weddings to make sure they can give each bride and groom the special attention needed. Their style runs somewhere between modern and traditional, but I'd just call it "stunning" :). Here are a couple images of Scarlet Petal's work, but there are many more beautiful examples on their website.
via Scarlet Petal
3) Candice from (Cacao) Sweets & Treats. Some days, it just really hits me that I'm in the right business. When Candice emailed me to see if she could bring by some of her delicious baked items to try and then potentially introduce to clients, I had to think about it really hard before I gave my answer: YESPLEASE!HOWSOONCANYOUGETHERE?NOMNOMNOM. And that was all before I actually tasted her to-die-for sweets. She has some incredibly delicious and creative flavors for her desserts, including lemon and sea salt brownies, mini chocolate Merlot cupcakes, and lavender cake truffles. All are beautifully presented and she can either create displays for your event or package them individually in custom boxes for your guests to take away at the end of the evening. Her skills would be perfectly put to use for either your actual big day or any of the events leading up to or following it: showers, rehearsal dinners, day-after brunches (she does muffins, too!). Definitely give Candice a shout if you need a sugar fix at your next event!
***It's not possible for these photos to do justice to how yummy these things are...I'd just order a batch to try for yourself***