Vendor Spotlight: CW Designs

Good afternoon, Readers! How about some pretty illustrations to brighten this overcast day? Carol Sullivan, owner and designer with CW Designs was kind enough to answer our questions and send over some photos of her lovely work. Read on to find out more about Carol and her designs, and check out her website for more information and images!

photo credit: Lightbox Photography
photo credit: Lightbox Photography

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I started CW Designs 8 years ago originally as a kids clothing shop, but very soon after I was asked by my best friend to design a wedding invitation suite and I included a map and stuck it up on Etsy. I started to get requests almost immediately and then it just took off.

photo credit: Raquel Reis
photo credit: Raquel Reis

What are your favorite wedding trends right now?

Right now, anything gold, wood, or boho. I am always trying new things and looking for ways to interpret classic design.

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs
image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

What do you love most about working in stationery design?

I love working with and meeting new brides; their enthusiasm is infectious. Every day is new! One day I could be working on an invitation suite for a huge wedding in Scotland, or another designing a relaxed island in Capri. It’s hard not to daydream a bit when the locations are so beautiful!

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs
image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

What makes you unique from other stationers?

I really try to capture the couple’s personality and interests in my designs. An invitation is the first thing their guests will see and I take that very seriously. I think great design in hidden in the details so I always try to give that extra little something that most people may not even notice but I will.

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs
image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

Tell us about your most memorable and fun event/client experience.

The most memorable was probably the time I was asked to create a suite based on Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson. It was something new for me, but I think we found the perfect balance of style while still allowing the couples personality to shine through. Oh, and I had to do two sets, one in English and the other in Italian! That’s amore!

I also created a huge map (36”x54”) for a couple that got married at the New York Athletic Club {below}. They displayed it at their reception where it made a great conversation piece for guests. The huge map shared all their favorite spots and memorable locations from their first date to the site of the wedding. They even printed small maps and attached them to caramel apples for their guests. I love it when people think outside the box!

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs
image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

Tell us one thing we might not otherwise know about your company.

It is truly a family owned and operated business. My husband does all the boring stuff to keep the business going which frees me up to do what I like to do, design! Sometimes I put my kiddos to work too. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. My dog Lulu is always at my feet keeping me warm.

image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs
image courtesy of Carol Sullivan, CW Designs

Do you have any special discounts or offers for CW Designs at this time that our blog readers should know about?

Sure! Enter EAD10 for 10% off custom invites and maps!

photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari
photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari
photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari
photo credit: McKinney Foto, photography by Patrizia Montanari

Many thanks to Carol! More pretty after the jump. Have an all-about-you kind of day!

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