January Bride of the Month: Michele DeFilippo

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 bride and groom’s one-stop-shop for all things stationery. 

Today we are chatting with our January bride of the month, Michele DeFilippo. Michele and her husband Vinnie tied the knot at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the Jersey Shore in 2015. Their one-of-a-kind invitations were absolutely stunning with a nautical and vintage sea twist, featuring a weathered woodgrain enclosure and hand-drawn ocean creatures. That octopus is truly a showstopper! 

Michele tells all about her wedding day, theme and plenty of advice - read on and enjoy these gorgeous photos, captured by CBL Photography.

APS: Tell us about your wedding day!
Michele: Our wedding day was definitely the most magical day of my whole life. It took place at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. That area was always very enchanting to me, a balanced mixture of old and modern styles. We wanted a vintage lounge feel and The Supper Club was the perfect place.

We chose April 10, 2015 as the date, we didn’t want it to be too cold or too warm because we wanted to have it on the beach. The actual day of the wedding it was foggy, damp and windy. But, we had our hearts set on having a beach wedding and that’s what we did. I’ll never forget the sound of the seagulls, waves and wind, it was refreshing and a bit chilly but, so calming.

We had violins playing before and during the processional and then after the ceremony. I had my brother as the officiant at the wedding much to the surprise of all my guests. Inside the venue we reserved an area for remembrance of family members who had passed. Every detail of our wedding was “US” in a nutshell.

APS: How do you remember that special day? Any great memory that stands out?
Michele: One favorite memory about that day was that our videographer got us to ride on a tandem bike. It was so much fun riding around in a suit and a wedding gown. I mean, I’m amazed we were able to ride it. We couldn’t remember the last time we road bikes.. and it was tandem so it was a lot harder! We probabley looked like fools but, it was perfect in the video. 

The speeches were priceless that day, we’ll never forget them. Our Cousin Jimmy wrote his whole speech on a white paper plate that was all folded up in his pocket, which made it funny when he unfolded it to read. The laughter started there and didn’t end.

We were grateful that we had such a small wedding (75 people) because we were able to greet every single person. We didn’t miss any part of the wedding because of it. I think that made it most memorable. 

APS: What is your favorite part about being married?
Michele: Vinnie and I had been together for 8 years prior to our marriage so, there was not too much change. But, we love the fact that there are surprises in what the future holds. The one thing that’s for certain is that we’re in it together and we can make it through anything. Uncertain certainty, I’d call it. That’s what we think the best thing about being married is.

APS: Describe your wedding theme and feel in 3 words. Why did you choose this theme?
Michele: Nautical-Vintage-Lounge. We chose the theme based solely on our personalities. We are a very relaxed couple and we love the beach and shore living. 

APS: How did you decide on the design of your nautical and vintage wedding invitations?
Michele: It was very easy once I spoke to Lisa about the vibe and the location of the wedding. Details, like colors, were based off of what the bridal party was wearing. The groomsmen wore navy and the Bridesmaids wore peach. I had my grandparents in my thoughts, thinking of what they would have liked. The theme for our save the dates and shower invites led up to the creation of my wedding invitations. The end result is what dreams are made of and I received so many compliments from all of my guests.

APS: What design element or feature was a “must have” for your wedding invitations?
Michele: When Lisa showed me some nautical graphics, I saw the octopus and I was in love. It tied the whole theme together, it was the perfect feature. The whitewash wood was just another detail that fit perfect being that our wedding was taking place on the boardwalk.

APS: What advice do you have for other brides and grooms looking to incorporate their theme or personal elements into their wedding invitations?
Michele: I would say just to make it reflect your vision.  Simple elements here and there make the invitations more inviting. And last but not least, ALWAYS TRUST LISA. Give her a detailed description of what you’re looking for and she will guide you in the right direction.


Thank you to Michele and Vinnie! We are so happy that you have enjoyed almost two years of wedded bliss and happiness. Congratulations!

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Watercolor Beach Invites

Last year, right around this time we had the pleasure of doing a lovely yellow vintage inspired wedding suite for a young couple. Fast forward to today, we now have the pleasure of doing wedding invitations for the groom’s mother. How special right? It’s so much fun to work with families for multiple happy occasions!

When we met with Susan and Roger, they shared they were having a small beach ceremony, followed by an intimate reception at Brielle River House, a local riverfront venue. They wanted their invitations to be sweet and simple like their wedding, with a touch of the beach. And nothing screams simple – and pretty(might we add) more than watercolor!

They chose a single pocket enclosure with an ivory invitation bordered by, you guessed it, a gorgeous watercolor treatment in various hues of blue and kissed with a few sea shells in the corner.

The fonts were simple and feminine and in a bold navy.

Tucked in the back were 3 cards containing all the pertinent details of the special occasion: “The Details”, an invite to the “Ceremony” and the “Response” card. The Details and Response card were both on the ivory paper and bordered by the watercolor treatment, while the Ceremony card was acted as an accent and was printed in a gorgeous periwinkle blue.

Laura Wilder, a famous American writer oncewrote “it is the sweet simple things which are the real ones after all” and nothing is more real or sweet than the marriage of two loving people. Wishing Susan and Roger a life that is simple but absolutely significant! XOXO

Cape Cod Nautical Invitations

Spending summers at the Cape has long been a tradition for most North Englanders. If you live in a seasonal climate, then you know firsthand that there is nothing quite like exchanging your winter coats for flip flops and to a New Englander there is no better place to shed the winter wear then at the Cape. Aside from the Cape’s endless pristine beaches, superb seafood, its popularity is truly in part of its unmatched charm. Between the quaint downtowns, old lighthouses, B&Bs, family owned inns, it’s no wonder why it’s so popular and why it’s one of the top wedding destinations in the US. So when Brenda and Greg shared they were getting married on the Cape and wanted to capture its essence in their invitations, I was thrilled.

Brenda and Greg chose a crisp white single pocket enclosure with a color palette of gray, coral and white. The enclosure was closed with a square “Entering to the Cape” emblem; serving as a symbolic way of entering the Cape by opening the invitation.

The invitation was designed with a gray washed wood grain border and a nautical Granny Knot accenting the corners. The type is clean with pops of coral and with just a hint of a simple hand written font for a little elegance.

In the pocket was the “What You Need to Know” booklet printed with a gray toned map of the Cape and contained the directions, accommodations and the post wedding breakfast details. On top was the RSVP card with cute respond options: “Sea you at the Cape” and “Sorry, all tide up”.

Working on these invites certainly made me crave the warmth of beach weather! With Spring officially upon us – it’s only a matter of time!!

Brenda and Greg, thank you for allowing APS to design your invites. May your wedding day be everything you dreamed it to be! Sea you at the Cape! XOXO