Jan 05

Little Woman Design Wins 2015 The Knot Best of Weddings for Invitations

When we started Little Woman Design in December of 2011, two weeks after we ourselves got married, we knew that our mission was to provide an exceptional and fun experience for our couples as Francesca designed them unique wedding stationery that told their story as a couple through her designs.

We wanted the experience to be collaborative and creative one that brought Francesca's graphic design talents to the Greater Philadelphia wedding community. In the past three years, we have worked with over 75 amazing couples and clients, and our greatest happiness always comes from the smiles on our couples' faces as they pick up their wedding invitations.


Photo by BG Productions

To have our work further validated through the tremendous reviews we've received from our past couples is an even greater reward. Thanks to our couples, Little Woman Design and Francesca's design work, has been recognized for the third year in a row as we have won the 2015 Pick for The Knot Magazine's Best of Weddings for Invitations! It's a tremendous honor to win once, but to win three years in a row makes us overjoyed!

We thank all of our couples and clients for taking the time to right such thoughtful and wonderful reviews of Francesca's work! We look forward to working with more amazing couples this coming year, and will certainly continue to provide the experience our couples have come to expect from Little Woman Design.

Cheers!

Francesca & Michael



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Mar 12

Michele & Michael's Valentine's Inspired Wedding Stationery

Michele and Michael got married over this past Valentine's Day weekend 2014. When Michele asked her fabulous wedding planner at Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants for something unique to set the tone for her wedding stationery, planner Rebecca Richman sent this awesome bride our way! (Special thanks to Krista Patton Photography for sending us the beautiful photos of our work featured in this blog!)

Having seen Principal Designer Francesca Staffieri's custom illustrated save the dates, Michele asked us to create one for her and Michael but with a different twist: a three-paneled, perforated save the date in the style of the Valentines we used to send to each other in grade school. Francesca got to work on illustrating Michele and Michael's likenesses based upon photographs our beautiful bride sent.

With her save the dates out in the mail getting her guests excited for her big day, Francesca began working on the design system for Michele and Michael's wedding invitation suite and day-of stationery. Michele had requested an elegant, vintage look for her wedding invitation suite carrying the Valentine's theme throughout.

Francesca combined hearts with a gorgeous pattern to create a design that would set the tone for Michele & Michael's big day at The Curtis Center. Everything was beautifully digitally printed on metallic cardstock and mounted on a red backing. The envelopes were lined with the pattern used on the invitation suite.

For her day-of stationery, Francesca carried the design elements from their invitation suite throughout the ceremony program, seating cards, thank you cards, and the footers that printed for her guests' photobooth strips.

The seating cards were tied to small bottles of hot sauce...

We had a blast working with Michele & Michael this past year, and wish them all the best in their new life together! What better way to end this blog than a look at the Photobooth strip (also by Krista Patton Photography) featuring a special guest who dropped by to see the lucky couple: The Philly Phanatic!

If you would like to meet with Francesca for a consultation on your wedding or event stationery designs, please feel free to call 267-481-4093 or email francesca@littlewomandesign.com.



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Feb 21

Celebrating the Holiday in Your Wedding Stationery

For most couples, selecting the date of their wedding day is done around the season, the weather, what colors make sense, etc. And while the time of year will certainly influence the overall look of your wedding, what if your wedding day falls on a holiday or holiday weekend. How would you incorporate elements of the holiday into your wedding stationery? Would you even bother to do so?

We had two couples in 2013 who were getting married in the fall near Halloween. Both couples had decided to use design elements from Halloween in different ways. Gina & Sam had set the stage with a photographic save the date featuring them holding pumpkins. One of their parents had actually taken the photograph with a smartphone. They sent it over to Francesca who created this fun Save the Date which featured a likeness of each of them as Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein.

For their wedding invitation suite, they asked Francesca to recreate Frankenstein's Monster and The Bride for their main invitation.

Meanwhile, Abby and William wanted to incorporate Halloween imagery as well in their stationery for their Merion Tribute House wedding. Abby wanted something fun and traditionally Halloween-y for their rehearsal dinner invitation. We enlisted our Designer, Teddy Nguyen, to create a rehearsal dinner invitation that would evoke the feel of their rehearsal dinner venue — Bistro La Minette — while also featuring a custom illustrated black cat. For her wedding invitation suite, Francesca designed a foil-stamp printed invitation that popped with metallic orange pumpkins. 


The foil-stamp printed invitation was then mounted in a pocket fold. We enlisted Paravano Company to print this metallic invitation. 

Halloween isn't the only holiday we've had the pleasure of designing for! Coming soon on The Little Woman's Blog is a unique set that Francesca designed to help the couple infuse Valentine's Day design elements in their stationery.

If you would like to meet with Francesca for a free consultation, email francesca@littlewomandesign.com or call Francesca at 267-481-4093. You can also take a look at our calendar by clicking this link and selecting "Graphic Design/Invitations".



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Oct 29

Donn & Jake's Musically Inspired Wedding

Musicians Donn and Jake were planning a musically inspired wedding ceremony and reception at Trust. When it came to their day-of stationery, they wanted a design that would reflect them, their talents, and their musical background. Truly You Events' event planner, Christiane Lehman, asked Francesca to work with Donn to design a menu and ceremony program that would feature a custom monogram uniquely designed for them.

A two-sided ceremony program celebrating the bridal party and thanking their family and friends was designed for Donn and Jakob. 

We were thrilled to see that beautiful bride Donn will be featured on this week's edition of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress (Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9:00pm)! Check out the clip below to hear a little about her story...

(Special thanks to BG Productions for the photographs of our work for this blog)



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Sep 01

Danielle & Zach's Aldie Mansion and Library Inspired Invitation

We first met Danielle after she reached out to us at the behest of wedding and event planner, Wendy Hartigan of Wendy's Affairs of Heart. Danielle was in the midst of planning her wedding with fiance Zach at Aldie Mansion in Bucks County, PA. 

She knew that she wanted a letterpress invitation: she loved the texture of the paper and the feel of letterpress. For her invitation design, Danielle asked Francesca to use the facade of Aldie Mansion as her inspiration. Francesca then went to work designing the elegant wedding invitation with the facade of the amazing mansion eventually letterpress printed (by Paravano Printing Company, of course!) across the top.


 The edges were painted using the pink tone that Danielle had selected for the mansion giving an extra pop of color. 

The letterpress printing was ideal for the printing of this facade, as it gave more depth and texture to details as small as the windows and doors on the mansion.

She also had a plan on how her invitation was to be housed. Danielle and Zach would spend the next year buying used books at different stores, each title picked out specifically for one of the 90 individuals or couples they would be inviting. Zach was then tasked with hollowing out a section of the books in which the invitation would rest, while Danielle took to designing and attaching a pocket to hold the reply and insert cards that Francesca would design. This was all finished off with a pink ribbon with a wax seal at the top! 

The day-of stationery carried the Aldie Mansion facade to her ceremony program. But, it was her seating card that would continue the book theme Danielle had requested with a seating card designed using an old-style library card for inspiration.


It was absolutely terrific working with Danielle and Zach this past year, and we wish them the very best on their new life together!

If you would like to set up a free consultation with Francesca, email us at francesca@littlewomandesign.com, or call 267-481-4093.



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