Best of Boston 2017

For this Paperweight girl, my morning routine usually begins with a cup of coffee in bed and an immediate dive into the social media rabbit hole.  For many of you, I am sure this is an all too familiar and joyous routine.  What starts off with Instagram and Pinterest often comes to an end on one of my favorite blog sites. I have always envied the blogger life...OH what a life! It's the mythical unicorn of careers.  Being able to take your passion of fashion, or travel, or DIY and make it into a career always seemed so magical.  Something that you dream of achieving, but it often seems like a lottery drawing; seemingly impossible to obtain. 

When I began working, I always assumed that a job that you love was rare (or imaginary); that you got paid for a reason and just need to power through. That said, I have also always believed in doing your job the best you can...no  slacking off! I got that from my Momma. She is easily the most incredible, hard-working person in my life. Anyone who knows her, would most likely use hard-working as the first description of her.  She is also a business owner, so she definitely gave me the drive to start Paperweight and really give it my all.  Not to drone on like a fourth grade writing assignment, but she really is a huge part of Paperweight and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Fast forward to this past week and Paperweight's Best of Boston win in Boston Wedding Magazine; not to mention the huge opportunity to contribute some of my calligraphy for this feature (shout out to Michele Snow and Boston Magazine for letting me be a part of it). What a week! I gotta say...I LOVE MY JOB :) Being recognized for all your hard work is a pretty incredible feeling.  I have spent the last few years working on Paperweight and really pouring my heart (and ink hehe) over endless invitations, escort cards, envelopes & signs and it has been a real Labor of Love ❤️.  I finally understand how all those bloggers feel 💕  Being able to take my calligraphy passion and make it a career, and on top of that...being able to share my journey with all of you is unbelievable!  Thanks for reading ;)

xx

-Am

P.S. Here are a few of my favorite morning go to's for bloggers.  What are some of yours?  Please share in the comments!  I'd love to hear from you 😘

{Fashion} Sincerely Jules, Happily Grey, Shalice Noel, Everyday Pursuits

{DIY} The House that Lars Built, Young House Love,

{Travel & Lifestyle} A Pair and A Spare (she's a little fashion DIY & Travel), Lauren Wells (fellow Bostonian!) 

One Year Anniversary

Happy Anniversary week to my hubby, Ben!

May 21st will mark one full year of wedded bliss, and good news folks...he still loves me (hoooray!).  Some say that the first year is the hardest, but I'm not sure that counts when you have been together as long as we have.  Ben and I met when I was 17 years old (holy smokes...its been 15 years).  We were fast friends and they always make the best soulmates ;)

Ben and I both grew up in the coastal town of Ipswich.  It is home to the Crane Estate, which, if you are an east coast bride or bride to be, I'm sure you may have happened upon it in your venue search.  Living close to the ocean we grew up with the beach as our mantra.  We spent every sunny summer day on boats, heading to the beach....and even some not so sunny days.  It was only natural that it be part of our wedding day.  With that in mind, we chose Singing Beach Club for our wedding venue. It was the perfect blend of east coast beach vibe mixed with a classic club atmosphere.  My husband is a very classy guy...if I do say so myself :) so it was important to me that our venue speaks to both our personalities.

When it came to our decor, we wanted a mix of classic romance, but didn't want to forget the feeling of sandy toes that really defined where we come from.  We chose bright romantic flowers with olive branches, and had a touch of ocean elements.  We kept our guest list intimate and enjoyed adding special details for our loved ones.  We chose oyster shells as our guests' escort cards and it was so fun to work with shell and ink together.  I love how gorgeous shells are on their own, so adding ink...holy smokes!  The food was delicious!  The music was rockin'!  And LOVED the company :) And yes...I am TOTALLY biased.  

Being a bride and planning a wedding is something in itself.  No one can every really prepare you for the bridal marathon.  Sure, people tell you all the things to expect, but regardless of everyone's insight, it is quite another thing to experience.  My advice to any bride would be "don't sweat the small stuff", but that may seem an impossibility in the moment...after all, you are juggling SO MUCH.  Brides to be...I totally understand...just keep calm and plan on ;)  I hope you enjoy mine and Ben's creation.  It was truly something! I loved the whole wedding journey with my soulmate and partner in crime.  I don't know how i got so lucky...he really is a keeper ;)

 

xx Am

Photography: Lindsay Vann Photography Venue: Singing Beach Club Floral Design: Karla Cassidy Designs Wedding Dress: Tulle Bridal Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Wedding Veil: Sibo Design Groom Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Rentals:  Atlantic Party Rentals Printing & Menu: Dashie Notes & Co. Calligraphy: Paperweight

Modern Indoor Garden Wedding

2017 has been a very interesting year so far!

As a newbie business woman it has been a year of reflection.  The conception of Paperweight (PW) began a year and a half ago.  It was filled with countless nights of brainstorming names and logos (don't worry I had wine...), not to mention figuring out the finances (ick!). Being a visual person, all my brainstorming was in the form of handwritten notes...ALL.OVER.MY.HOUSE...sorry hubby! Creating PW was a terrifying and exciting endeavor.  I was scared of failure, but I knew that if I never tried, I'd regret it.  I feared that Paperweight might be an epic blunder, and that I'd have nightmares of being laughed at in my underwear in the form of a boomerang loop over and over...and over.  

Since the launch of PW, I have wanted to share my experience and my different projects along the way.  I think it is safe to say that this blog is a teensy bit overdue!  It seems only fitting for my first blog post to fall on the almost-anniversary of my very first style shoot (eeek! So much fun!). AHHHH the Modern Indoor Garden Wedding :) It was inspiring to team up with women who were absolute masters at their craft.  When I received the invitation to collaborate on the shoot, it felt pretty great to be recognized by such accomplished businesswomen.  I don't want to drone on like a hallmark card, but I was honestly humbled by the entire experience and by the amazing ladies I got to work with.  I got nothin' but love for them! 

Once the shoot wrapped up and we began to see the final photos by the ever so talented Alisha, of Alisha Maria Photography I was amazed!  Being the Calligrapher, I came to the shoot at the beginning of setup and only saw some of the beautiful pieces, so seeing everything come together...wow!  Alisha submitted the shoot and it was featured on the Hey Wedding Lady blog!!!  It was definitely a pinch me moment.  

It has almost been a year since that shoot.  Paperweight has definitely done some growing.  I feel like the journey has been, for the most part, a good one.  Sure there have been some not so great moments too...but don't all the best adventures have bumps along the way.  I welcome new projects and new challenges, and I hope you'll be along for the ride!

xx Am

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Photography: Alisha Maria Photography | Venue: Hamilton Hall | Floral Design: Lilac and Lily and Wholesale Garland | Wedding Cake and Sweets: Flour(ish) Bake Shoppe | Wedding Dress: Tulle Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell |  Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Bridal Makeup: Claudia Moriel Makeup Artistry | Bridal Hairstyling: Six Bay Road Salon | Signage: Antea Amoroso Design |  Calligraphy: Paperweight | Models: Maggie Inc