The life-changing power of simple pleasures
That we can transform the most humble materials into items for others to treasure is a fascination I’ve held since childhood. There I’d perch at the kitchen table, my little legs swinging from my seat, cutting and pasting to my heart’s content. As a teen, my pinboard-worthy posters made way for scrapbooking, as I simultaneously pressed the telephone to my ear and planned the next movie night with my girlfriends. In my twenties, ‘making things’ meant making the world a better place, by building wharves and conducting environmental assessments as a marine scientist. But before long, my treasure box of paper, ribbons, beads and glue beckoned, and my love of cutting and pasting came rushing back as I sat to create invitations for my own wedding.
My love for it has never waned. (Nor has the love for my hubby!!).
More than just card and ink
I’d be playing small if I said I just made invitations for brides and busy women planning weddings or upcoming celebrations. Ditto for Save The Date cards, thank you notes, table place cards and guest books. When I’m walking clients through Luxe Invitation’s lace laser-cut overlays, wax seals, pearl embellishments or the tactile properties of luxury papers, I’m focused on bringing together styling themes and palettes, sure. But be it your engagement, wedding, christening, baby shower, anniversary or birthday, I’m here to eliminate the stress of what can feel like a never-ending event to-do list. And we’ll inject a hefty dose of wow-factor and fun into things while we’re it!
But one thing I take very seriously? Five-star customer service and quality control (it’s the scientist in me, remember?). With in-house printing and hand-tied bows, the only regret my customers have is not having discovered my range of ready-made and bespoke invitations and stationery sooner.
Connecting family and friends
There are treasure boxes tucked away in wardrobes and bookshelves in homes throughout Australia. They’re the shoeboxes filled with love letters from high school sweethearts and greeting cards from family near and far. They contain wedding and christening invitations from dear friends who’ve become family. You’ll discover heartfelt condolences for loss and congratulations for achievements and milestones.
As time goes by and their edges soften, these paper treasures become a kind of roadmap to our lives. They’re the puzzle pieces in our family history books; the anecdotes in our family tree. They allow us to revisit moments past and tell tales of a life lived, beautifully.
And as they land gently in a loved one’s letterbox – as the recipient tears across fresh, crisp folds of the envelope – they’re a preview to the wonderful experiences about to unfold.