SILVER SPRING, MD
I am a watercolor artist and a stationery designer, and I currently focus on weddings, but I am also expanding in to everyday stationery this year. I love painting invitations designs that have super personal touches that are special to the couple, so they have a true keepsake that represents their life together. I have always been a volunteer and philanthropist in some capacity. I have volunteered on and off since middle school. I ran the philanthropy committee of my sorority in college, which benefited Children’s Miracle Network. I already have a charity pledge as part of my business that I added a year and a half ago. I have a process for charities to apply for donated services and stationery. I also have some stationery that directly benefits a charity. I know the donation type only lets me pick one, but I donate all three (time, profit, product) as I am able :). I also give to multiple charities. I have strict rules for the charities I support and I check their ratings on charitywatch.org before deciding to give.
Hello World Paper Co. is a rubber stamp and laser engraving studio just outside of St. Louis, MO. At Hello World Paper Co. we make products new home owners, book lovers, and businesses. From address stamps to pins to bookmarks we’ve got everything you need to make your mark on the world! Plus we give a portion of our proceeds towards building a school for kids in need through Pencils of Promise!
Whole Weddings has grown out of owner + designer Kendra Meany’s love for art and nature. Based in rural Connecticut, the local landscape of rolling fields and wooded paths provide an endless source of inspiration. We’re big believers that wedding stationery should be the marriage of style and sustainability. Hand-drawn illustrations, bold typography, textural patterns and colors extracted from nature itself are the staples of our style. Our collections of invitations, day-of details, and post-event stationery are influenced and inspired by conservation of our natural resources. Striving to use as many biodegradable and compostable materials as possible, as we continue to grow we hope to expand in that area. The core of our work utilizes handmade, plantable wildflower and herb seed paper. Through this material, we’re able to capture something that gets lost in traditional stationery. Instead of throwing the paper away, it’s able to get a second life in beautiful blooms. Giving us a deeper appreciation for where paper comes from (trees) and offering a physical connection to the earth that seems to be lessening these days. Our approach to design is a conscious one, favoring the functional while eliminating the unnecessary. The postcard and tri-fold layouts of our invitations are intentional to eliminate the need for envelopes. Very rarely does something we create serve a single function, taking great pride in our “swiss-army knife” approach to the details. The wackier the idea the better! If there’s a way to use an environmentally friendly material in a new and unique way, we’re always game to explore it. Our couples care as much about the environment as we do, spending much of their time exploring nature’s wild landscapes, advocating for healthier options in their communities, and investing in their values. They are excited to give their guests unique stationery, that goes beyond just being lovely to look at but communicates with purpose and intention.
#lesswastemorelove has become our rally cry. In pushing the stationery boundaries bit by bit we hope to influence wedding culture towards zero waste. To be a voice for weddings that support local economies, come together for causes fueled by love, embrace ethical values and work towards weddings that change the world.