Fall Full of Love

Autumn is fast approaching! We’re gearing up for another fun fall filled with love and “I Do’s.”

This sweet season inspires plenty of romance, with cozy sweaters, beautiful foliage, starry-filled nights and delicious treats. It’s one of our favorite times of the year for designing!

Check out some of our invitations inspired by the season - and add your favorites to your dream wedding Pinterest board.

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Bold and Beautiful
These wedding invitations feature the beauty of bold fall colors, like burgundy, blush and greens, and romantic watercolor florals.

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Refined Rustic
Elegant abound on these lake-inspired fall wedding invitations, with a custom illustration of the venue, deckled-edges and a custom wax seal to tie everything together.

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Fall Flowers
These wedding invitations feature gold florals and pops of rich reds, inspired by those rich, colorful fall days.

Greenery Goodness
Fall is full of lush greens - and this invitation suite reflects the beauty of the changing seasons.

Rustic + Neutral
These fall-inspired rustic invitations feature kraft paper and neutral foliage with plenty of heart - handmade deckled-edge paper, and the mother of the bride’s own hand-lettering.


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September Bride of the Month: Kasandra Bernstein

Here at Art Paper Scissors, we absolutely love bringing a couples’ wedding theme to life. From save-the-dates to invitations to thank you cards and everything in between, Art Paper Scissors is a couple's one-stop-shop for all things wedding stationery. 

Today we are chatting with our September bride of the month, Kasandra. The new Mrs. Bernstein and her husband Michael tied the knot in June 2019 with a beautiful summer celebration at Clarks Landing Yacht Club. We truly loved working with this couple on their sweet, rustic wedding invitation design, featuring blue watercolor florals.

Kasandra is sharing all of the details of their wedding day - read on and enjoy these beautiful photos of the new Mr. and Mrs., captured by Heyn Photography.

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Art Paper Scissors: Tell us about your wedding day. The date, place and any extra fun details you would like to share.

Kasandra: We got married June 30th, 2019, at Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant. It was a beautiful day down the shore; the sun was shining and the weather was warm, but the breeze gave way to a cool day. We arrived at the wedding on a trolley, which was a great time for our bridal party to get together and unwind after a hectic morning! Our departing guests also loved it and had fun singing songs to keep the party going even after the wedding!

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Art Paper Scissors: How do you remember that special day? Any great memory that stands out?

Kasandra: To me, the day was simply flawless. The memory that stands out the most is my ceremony. Looking at my handsome husband speak words of love to me straight from his heart, surrounded by all those we love, was the most magical moment in my life.

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Art Paper Scissors: What is your favorite part about being married?

Kasandra: My favorite part of being married is creating traditions; new must-dos for holidays and vacations has been so exciting. Also, the partnership that comes along with marriage; you become a part of a two-person team that can tackle seemingly anything.

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Art Paper Scissors: Describe your wedding theme and feel in 3 words. Why did you choose this theme?

Kasandra: I would describe my theme as rustic, joyous and dreamy. Michael and I are avid hikers and we wanted to reflect that in our décor. We had various wooden signs, our cake resembled a birch tree and our cake topper displayed “love at first hike.” We also had soft tones which gave way to the dreamy look and every time we looked around the room, we were met with warm smiles.

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Art Paper Scissors: How did you decide on your blue watercolor floral wedding invitations?

Kasandra: When planning the wedding we knew the colors we wanted were soft blue, mauve and white. Lisa understood our vision and showed us the blue watercolor floral which was exactly what we had envisioned. We couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out!

Art Paper Scissors: What design element or feature was a “must have” for your wedding invitations?

Kasandra: The design element which was a “must have” was the response card Mad Libs! We wanted something different, and for our guests to have fun with responding. Everyone loved the idea and the responses we got back were absolutely hilarious; truly a memory we’ll get to hold on to forever.

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Art Paper Scissors: What advice do you have for other brides and grooms looking to incorporate their theme or personal elements into their wedding invitations?

Kasandra: Stick to your vision and bounce ideas off your partner! Michael was so helpful throughout the process and it was great to work out different ideas with him. Teamwork truly makes the dream WORK!

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Thank you, Kasandra and Michael! We are so thrilled your wedding day was magical and filled with joy. Congratulations!

Looking for the perfect invitations for your dream wedding? Click here to contact the Art Paper Scissors team and get started.

The Beauty of Flower Farming

If you’re ever passing in Farmingdale, New Jersey, you may take in the scent of beautiful gardens and flowers. Local, organic and absolutely gorgeous, Flowers From the Farm NJ offers “fresh flowers from farm to vase” right in our backyard.

Dana Vargo is the heart and soul of this floral farm. Leaving a corporate job to pursue her passion, she was called to create a beautiful and sustainable space for growing gorgeous gardens full of life. Dana provides full-service wedding day floral design, with beautiful flowers and greenery picked fresh from her farm.

We had the pleasure of working with Dana on Flowers From the Farm’s brand-new logo re-design. Learn a little bit more about her below!

Art Paper Scissors: Tell us a little bit about you and your journey to becoming a flower farmer. How did Flowers from the Farm come to life?


Dana: The journey was an unexpected one, as I never thought of farming flowers or farming anything for that matter until 6 years ago. I had been perfectly content working a desk job in a corporate setting until in 2011 when I began practicing yoga. The corporate experience was invaluable, as I was the president of a small company and it gave me a lot of the business knowledge that I use today to run my one-woman operation. The practice of yoga allowed my perspective on the world to change, and I began to truly listen and observe life from what I believe to be a broader mind set. The change was gradual, but I felt that I needed to do something of and for the earth.

When the notion of flower farming came to me, I knew without any doubt that it was exactly what I was meant to do. I can also say that I knew zero about growing anything - and thankfully I had no idea how huge and daunting the task of farming was! Farming using organic practices was a no-brainer, being kind to the earth, giving a safe haven for the “3 B’s” (bees, butterflies and birds) was a number one priority.

I am incredibly lucky to have a husband who supported my idea without question. When the time came in July of 2015 to leave my prior career behind, he was 100% on board.

My first small floral arrangements were sold at a local farmers market; now 5 years later, I farm at my home in Farmingdale, NJ and have fields at Calgo Gardens, a garden and landscape company in Freehold, NJ. I have a seasonal weekly flower share club, sell small arrangements at Calgo Gardens, take custom orders for birthdays and special occasions and offer full floral service for weddings and other events.

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Art Paper Scissors: What makes Flowers From the Farm unique?

Dana: A growing trend across the country and abroad is the farmer/florist and the home-based floral design studio. The truth is that it makes total sense with the desire to buy local, source local, eat local, etc. - why not use locally grown flowers?

The traditional florists are not to be frowned upon and I have great respect for them, but for person that would like annual phlox or celosia as opposed to baby’s breath and red carnations - that’s where I come in. Not only do I have the unusual, but I have freshly harvested dahlias, lisianthus and more in colors that have a depth that is hard to imagine. The flowers change throughout the season, which my clients find exciting. Every year, I add new colors and/or varieties along with growing popular favorites.

In addition to the flowers, different fillers and elements are used when creating arrangements. A branch adds height, while herbs such as dill, mint or basil add fragrance, and a wild grass adds movement. Nothing is off limits, and there are no rules in creating an arrangement. As long as it is pleasing to the eye,I am free to create using anything to help make the happen. The creative process is always moving and I find myself constantly looking for new elements to add.

Being realistic, it is not possible to grow everything needed for a wedding, so I am fortunate to have a local wholesaler to source what I need and make sure the bride’s vision becomes a reality.


 
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Art Paper Scissors: Let’s talk about your new logo. We loved working on the re-design with you! How did you envision your logo? What elements did you want to incorporate into the new design?

Dana: This process was incredible and Lisa was a dream to work with. My original logo was from 2014 and was very farm-driven in the way it looked and the elements used. Now in 2019, my business has evolved into a farmer florist with weddings and floral arrangements being a large part of what I do.

The feel I wanted for the new logo was to be seen as farmer and florist that is creative, current and upscale, with a component of fun. I wanted the format to be more of an outline with the mind seeing flowers, but not anything specific and a slight bit of color to make it pop. The font is always tricky and I felt that it shouldn’t all be the same, so when we used a fun font for FLOWERs that brought it all together for me.

Lisa was super patient as I asked for a few revisions, but she is a true professional and really listened to me with each change; it was not long before she nailed it. The whole process took a few weeks and only four revisions, which I think is amazing and I LOVE my new logo! I have had many compliments on it. One of the best parts is that it can be an outline if I decide to do hats, tee shirts, etc.

Art Paper Scissors: What services do you offer couples looking for wedding florals? Do you have any information or resources for brides and grooms looking to find a florist for their big day?

Dana: I offer full-service florals which means all personal flowers – bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, combs, crowns even floral jewelry along with centerpieces, arbors, aisle markers and so on. I am very hands-on with the brides and or as much as they would like me to be as we collaborate and work out ideas together discussing flowers and color tones to use. The brides and grooms I typically work with hire me for my creativity and to help bring out the feel for their day. I encourage them to look for pictures for style and color, not for me to recreate exactly but so that we both are on the same page for their vision. When designing for their day, I often say I channel the bride when creating her bouquet and other elements, it’s just how I work.

I feel the two greatest resources out there right not are Pinterest and Instagram. Bridal websites and such are good as well, but inspiration often strikes when just browsing pictures. The one statement I say to all of the brides that I meet are that there are no rules, do whatever you want to do, go with your personal style and make the day yours. Talk the ideas out and come up with a plan that works for you as a couple and your loved ones be them family or friends.

Art Paper Scissors: What do you love most about floral design for weddings?

Dana: As you know each couple is so different and each venue is as well. The individual and personal components keep it fresh and invigorating. Yes, it can be stressful planning for the day that will forever be remembered, but capturing the essence of what they want and knowing that you did so is rewarding. I think the couples that work with me are the ones that want something different, they are open to ideas and the creative process.

I like to do something that is unexpected, the couple may not have asked for it, maybe it’s a few florals scattered on the sweetheart table, or a flower that I find in the garden that was not planned but works so nicely in the bouquet and maybe the groom’s boutonniere. I love designing for weddings because as cliché as it is, it is the happiest day of their lives up until this point as a couple, and that’s what I want to be part of.

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Art Paper Scissors: And of course, probably our hardest question - what are your favorite flowers?

Dana: Great question! It changes daily. I can tell you the most special flower for me on a personal level is a Cosmo.

Not only was it the first flower I grew from seed that bloomed in my now-flower garden, but it reminds me of my father who unfortunately passed before he could see the garden become a reality. There are flowers that take my breath away, a few that come to mind are velvety purple gladiolas, pastel anemones and buttery yellow stock - just pure perfection!


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