Swiss Cottage Mix Tape

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Well hello there! Welcome back to the Swiss Cottage Designs blog. You may have noticed something’s a bit different around here. What could it be, you ask? Aside from the fancy new .gif, there’s also a new office manager! Hi, I’m Sunny.

You may have been emailing with me lately, or maybe you’ll be emailing with me very soon. Either way, lovely to meet you! I come to Swiss Cottage Designs after several years in the agency world. Before that, I was getting my BFA in Graphic Design from Florida State University. Now I’m here to make sure everything runs smoothly & of course to draw the occasional animated gif.

In addition to lots of emails, lots of packaging, and lots of design, I’m also in charge of the studio music. It’s arguably the most stressful part of my day to day! Good tunes equal good vibes which of course equals good design. I make sure to stay on top of the DJ duties lest we have to listen to each other’s occasional stomach gurgles in awkward silence.

That brings me to the Swiss Cottage Mix Tape! I’ve curated a playlist of what we’ve been digging lately and shared it for your listening pleasure. I hope you like it! If you have any recommendations, you should tweet them to us at @swisscottagedsn too!

Looking forward to chatting more with everyone. Have a great rest of the week!

Sanju + Rana :: A Vermont Love

Oh… hey internet, how ya been? Wow- what a winter it’s been around here. We’ve had our nose to the grindstone over the last few weeks getting all our Spring/Summer brides in order. It’s been awesome seeing all these great projects come to life! Since we’ve been a bit MIA recently, I thought it was about time we share a project from one of our 2013 clients, the lovely Sanju!

Sanju came to me with a vision! This girl knew what she wanted. Sanju had fallen in love with our Vermont suite and wanted to do her own take on the crest idea. We kept her suite really simple with just two pieces; a wedding invite and a double-sided details card. The invitation was worded as a personal letter from Sanju and her fiancé Rana. I think this idea is so great and special. It allows you to personally invite your guests in your own words. In terms of the design, we kept this piece pretty simple letting the hand drawn border and crest be the stars. Because this wasn’t just a wedding but a full-on wedding weekend, we created an illustrated details card that broke down each day of the weekend with what events would be taking place. The back had the weekend details written out and directions to RSVP on the couples website. This is a great idea if you have lots of guests coming from overseas {which Rana and Sanju did} saving you the stress of relying on international post. Sanju wanted the piece to feel rustic and very Vermont but to still have fun pops of color that would come up throughout her day of. I love the playful feeling this piece gives off. It also makes me crave those crisp Fall days- but I’ll just focus on a temperature above 40 degrees for now…

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SCD is hiring!

Thank you for your interest! This position has been filled.

Like stationery? Cute packaging? Sometimes awkwardly wearing your PJ’s to work? You might be just our type.

Swiss Cottage Designs is looking for a jack of all trades to join the team as our Office Manager / Design Assistant extrodinere. We are a custom design studio based out of Brooklyn, New York. We specialize in illustration and wedding/ stationery design.

I am looking for a responsible, conscientious and above all enthusiastic office manager to come in and whip things into shape. We are a small business with an ever growing client list that requires a lot of attention and organization. Office Manager duties would consist of:
-Corresponding with clients on a regular basis
-Answering all new inquires
-Managing client needs whether by quotes, following up, invoicing, etc.
-Keeping track of our client calendar and timelines

The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator and writer who has that extra flair for the personal details. You need to be quick on your feet and self motivated with excellent time management skills. Organization and attention to detail are a must!

While this is not exclusively a design job, design skills are preferable to be able to assist on projects. A knowledge of the Adobe suite is required. Design duties would consist of:
-Assisting on edits
-Helping to jump start projects
-Illustrating
-Graphic Design/ layout projects

I am looking for someone who is a good listener, quick learner and a problem solver. This person will be my right hand man and will know the in’s and out’s of the business as much as I do. You’ll be doing lots of crafting and production so a love of projects is a must. If you have any interest in learning how a small business works, this would be a great opportunity to get involved. You’ll have your hand in all aspects of the business and will be an integral part of it’s growth and success.

Because of the small nature of this business, the right attitude, personality and sense of humor are just as important as background and experience. The office is a home studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Although this is a full-time position, the hours are flexible. This would be a great opportunity for a motivated, young professional wanting to be a part of a team while working on their own creative projects. The start date would be ASAP.

Please send your resume, links or a PDF of your work and a cover letter that best showcases your personality to swisscottagejob{at}gmail{dot}com
(for extra bonus points include your favorite band/ music and the last book you read!)

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Laura + Sam :: Vermont Camp Wedding

When a client calls you and immediately hits you with their dry, witty sense of humor then peppers in the fact that she met her future husband in jail during college, you know you’re in for a good one. Laura and Sam are quite possibly the coolest couple ever. They wanted their wedding to be fun and lighthearted, so where better to get married than a summer camp in the woods of Vermont? Genius. We decided to play off the camp theme for their wedding paper as it’s such a great source of inspiration. I created a brochure style save the date to help introduce the camp vibe. Then we kept the same colors and theme and carried it over to their wedding invitation suite. The main invite shows Laura and Sam in front of the Lake and dock that they would eventually be married in front of. I created a post card style RSVP card to play off the idea of sending letters home from camp. If anyone has ever been to summer camp, you know the importance of a “summer trunk”. On the RSVP card, I illustrated a classic camp trunk but if you look closely, each sticker is something personal to Laura and Sam {Bates College, their high school mascot, an ‘I heart VT ‘bumper sticker, a county jail sticker- you get the gist…}  My favorite element was their details card, it was a mock packing list, similar to something you might get for sleep away camp {this suite REALLY made me feel like I missed out on that aspect of my youth!} On the front of the card, I illustrated classic items you would need for camp and worked in some wedding elements. On the reverse side, we included a weekend breakdown complete with phrases like “unpack your duffle and hang your tiger beat posters and awkward family photos.” and “Camp activities: 9 am, rock your umbros and start a color war.” I find it a personal achievement that I was able to work Umbros into a wedding suite. But my favorite bit had to be this one “kids over the age of 5 are welcome to join in the fun. anyone younger might not be able to handle the raging party- and we didn’t buy insurance.”  To round the suite out, we had a confetti inspired envelope liner and a custom tent logo that Laura and Sam used on many of their day of items. You can’t help but smile at this one and I know their guest felt the same way! You can see more of their big day in the most recent issue of VT Vows (on page 79, 80 + 81).

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The entire wedding was planned and organized by the amazingly talented Belinda Norris Events, I can’t get over all the unique details and colors!

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2014 Wedding Trends

Who doesn’t love a good Huffington Post article? Well they now have Huff Post Weddings which is constantly churning out fun little bits about the crazy wedding world and industry. They made a list of their favorite trend predictions for 2014 and we’re loving Number 6- right up our alley Huff Post! Bring it on 2014, we’re ready for ya.

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SCD in WellWed

As a Northeastern gal, I love WellWed magazine. It’s a lovely magazine that focuses on weddings in the New England/ New York area. They also publish {a personal favorite} Vermont Vows. Each magazine focuses on a specific location and is meticulously curated and filled with amazing real weddings, styling ideas, vendor options, the list goes on! I am honored to be featured in this seasons WellWed Hamptons,  WellWed Cape + Islands and Vermont Vows. Thank you WellWed!!

WellWed Hamptons featured Greer + Austin’s watercolor invitation suite

wellwed_1wellwed_2WellWed Cape + Islands featured both Kendall + Jeff’s Cape Cod suite and Mel + Kevin’s Nantucket suite

wellwed_3wellwed_4wellwed_5wellwed_6wellwed_7Vermont Vows featured Sam + Laura’s Camp inspired wedding {stay tuned for that suite appearing on our blog this month- it’s a good one!}

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Lindsey + Adam’s Cape Cod Wedding

And we’re back! I’m so excited to start 2014 with this fantastic Cape Cod wedding! Given my Massachusetts roots, I’m a sucker for the Cape. I love the rustic, nautical vibe but without all the cheesy details. Lindsey is your classic Massachusetts girl with a stylish edge so it was a great platform for creating a modern Cape Cod invitation suite. Lindsey and Adam were married in Falmouth this past October. For her save the date, Lindsey really wanted to work with watercolor. She loved that it felt nautical without having to be so obvious. I painted the “arm” of Cape Cod and called out their date with knockout hand lettering.  I put a little heart over Falmouth as a nod to their wedding location. For the invitation suite, Lindsey wanted to keep it clean and classic Cape while still working in some unique elements. We letterpress printed the invitation and used a pop of gold foil to add some depth. I love how it looks on that little anchor! The edges are painted in a dark navy which compliments the clean spacing on the invitation. We flat printed the reply and details card in order to bring in a bit more watercolor. Lindsey wanted to play with a pop of fuchsia but didn’t want it to be a main focus. We used the reply envelope as a place to bring this in as well as the belly band. We tied the entire suite with my favorite gold glitter twine {a fun way to tie it back to the gold foil on the invite} and finished it with a cute hang tag that brought back the watercolor Cape Cod image from the save the date. I love how this suite marries classic Cape Cod with some fresh, modern twists!

I was lucky enough to work with Lindsey and Adam on all their day of elements {as well as being able to attend the wedding!} Lindsey and Adam’s entire day was stunning and filled with charming details. See below for a few snaps of their big day!

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And here are some snaps from their amazing wedding day taken by the very talented Casey of Hello Love Photography. To see more of their big day, read Casey’s blog on their wedding here!

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Holiday 2013

Hard to believe that 2013 is coming to a close. It’s been an amazing year here at SCD. We’ve worked with some of the nicest and most creative clients I ever could have hoped for. We’ve grown our team and we’re moving forward to create some amazing and fun projects in 2014. I am constantly pinching myself as some days I can’t believe this is what I get to do for my job, every day. I feel so lucky and humbled.

We’re are closing down shop through the New Year for a few days of R&R. I can’t wait to hit the ground running in January and welcome 2014 with a bang! Thank you to everyone who has stopped by this little blog, we’re very grateful for all of you. Wishing everyone a very happy and safe holiday season and New Year. See you in 2014!

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Handmade Wrapping paper with Apartment Therapy

I’m so excited to share with you today a fun project that I worked on with Apartment Therapy! They are doing a Handmade Holiday series with Nikon and wanted to shoot some creatives making handmade presents for the holiday season. I came up with the idea to make a my own wrapping paper out of a brown paper bag and paired that up with a cute holiday card. Both are hand illustrated using just a classic pencil, pen and watercolor. I have to say, I had such a fun time creating this project! It was great to just tune out and draw whatever came to mind. Plus it certainly got me in the holiday spirit. A HUGE thank you to Apartment Therapy for including me in this great series! You can read the full story here

All photos below are courtesy of the wildly talented Gabriela Herman

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1 year later :: MY WEDDING

Well… it’s hard to believe by my one year anniversary is coming up this Sunday. We were married last December 8, 2012 here in Brooklyn. Given that it’s been almost a year I figured it was time to share a few pictures from our wedding! Going through the whole wedding process really helped me to better understand where my bridal clients are coming from. It also made me realize just how fast the entire night goes by. I mean, everyone tells you this but until you experience it yourself, you secretly don’t believe it.

We were married at Rebar in the Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO. A few months back I shared our wedding invites that really illustrate the neighborhood and the overall theme we were going for. We really just wanted to have one big, blowout party. I kept saying the phrase “One Night Only” because I really loved the idea of saving it all up for this one night. My goal wasn’t to have a December wedding but when we saw Rebar, we fell in love and knew that was the place. In fact, it was the only venue we saw! In the end, I love that we had our wedding in December. It feels like our own special time.

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Since our wedding started at 7:00pm, we met before for photos. December isn’t really known for it’s copious sunshine and long days so it was really a race against the clock to get some great outdoor shots. We got there just in time to catch the last bits of light. Anyone who knows me, knows that the first love of my life is pizza. I could literally eat pizza all day long. After our photo session down by the water, we took a detour into the local pizza shop to get some slices. Yes, I ate a slice of greasy Brooklyn pizza in my wedding dress, sue me.

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Once we got to the venue, we met up with our friends and family and celebrated with some champagne. This is when it really started to feel real. The lovely Ara of Rock Paper Scissors helped style our wedding so it was all smooth sailing from that point!

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Paul and I are big music people. We met at a concert in the most romantic way- in line for the porta potty. I walked down the aisle to Al Green’s version of “I want to hold your hand”. If you don’t know it, listen to it now and thank me later. It is fantastic! Everyone started clapping when we walked out and I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing, it is one of my favorite memories of that night. I walked down the aisle with both my Mom and Dad because, hell, they both raised me! The wildly talented Elizabeth London did all our flowers. That girl is an artist! I was blown away with all the details she worked in.

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Our first dance was to Otis Redding’s “That’s how strong my love is”. Of course, I cried like an infant. I also think we said all kinds of very sweet things to one another but I honestly don’t remember a single thing. Romantic, I know.

Now, onto the details! I created an assortment of tent cards with song quotes from different Motown songs we love and had them scattered throughout the venue.

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I have an odd obsession with buttons and decided to make some fun ones for everyone to jazz up their attire with. I had ones for the BRIDE’s side, the GROOM’s side and then Switzerland if you wanted to play neutral. Everyone ended up looking like they worked at a fancy TGI Fridays and I have to say, I loved it.

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Our wedding was very informal and we didn’t have programs. Instead, I created a Welcome Poster to give everyone a run-down of the evening.

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Like any proper Brooklyn wedding, we had a photo booth. We used “We Love Photobooths” and they killed it. Everyone had a blast and they give you this great little book afterwards with all the pictures.

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The favor. This is always a hot topic with couples getting married. Most people chalk it up to a waste of time and money. But me? I love a fun favor! Along with all my other quirky habits, I collect mugs. I buy one every time I go on vacation to help remember the trip. I thought it would be fun to have custom mugs for our favor so when people used it, they would remember our wedding. A bit of advice, 140 mugs turns out to be about 12 HUGE boxes so if storage is tight- this is NOT the way to go for you.

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I had this moment about a month before the wedding where I realized- we NEEDED custom tattoos. It became the only thing I could think about. I used the design from our envelope liner and created some awesome rub on tattoos. One of my favorite stories from that night was my sister applying a tattoo on my Uncle with champagne instead of water, very classy. I have to admit, the tattoos were the sleeper success of the night! Everyone wanted one. People went nuts for them and more than a dozen people were walking around with face tattoos. It was amazing.

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Every cocktail needs a little love so we made fun swizzle sticks and paired them up with some classic paper straws. We also had custom cocktail napkins made {not photographed} which really helped add some personality to the bar.

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When you have a wedding, people are coming to the event from all walks of your lives. Given that fact, we decided to create a fun poster that told our story and helped to fill in some of the blanks anyone might have had.

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Everyone calls Paul “PVL” so we made fun pins with our initials on them for more flair. Yes, I did just refer to the buttons as flair.

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It was truly a fantastic night filled with great music, lots of laughs and so many memories. I actually even managed to break my foot from dancing so much {true story!} No matter what the critics say, a wedding is one of the best experiences you can have as a couple. It brings you closer together and the best part is that it’s just the beginning of everything.

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