Hello! My name is Kristin and I started Sable & Gray Paper Co. in January of 2014 because I wanted to share my love for painting, snail mail, and beautiful paper with others. My mission has been to create a stress-free environment for brides to work one on one with a designer (me) to design their dream, one-of-a-kind, custom wedding invitation suites. The wedding invitation is such a wonderful opportunity to set the tone for the whole wedding, so it is my goal to create the highest quality pieces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also capture each client's unique love story.
Sable & Gray specializes in hand-painted watercolors, and I find the inspiration for those watercolor details in everything from the bride's bouquet to the architectural details of her ceremony location. My background in architecture gives me a unique perspective on the design process, and has taught me to have an immense appreciation for the smallest of details (because as Charles Eames said, "the details are not the details, the details make the design"). It also gave me a great love for originality and innovation, which I try to bring to each wedding invitation suite that I design. We offer a wide variety of printing styles including letterpress, lasercutting, thermography, hot foil, and digital printing. We also offer beautiful extras such as hand-painted watercolor maps, velvet ribbon bindings, custom-designed wedding crests, and hand-lettered guest addressing. We have had the honor of being featured in several prestigious publications including the Carolina Bride Book, Magnolia Rouge, and Oh So Beautiful Paper.
I absolutely love what I do, and I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do what I am passionate about every day.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
If you had told me five years ago that I would be designing custom wedding invitations I would have never believed you, but I honestly believe that this is where I'm supposed to be. After interning at a large commercial architecture firm directly out of college, I decided that I wanted to get back to my roots and find an industry that would allow me to work more with my hands and establish more of a connection with my clients. Long story short, I am an Architect turned Interior Designer turned Florist turned Graphic Designer. It is definitely a crazy road that has led me to this point, but all of those unique experiences have given me so much valuable insight into working in the wedding industry and into the overall design process.
How would you describe your style?
My work has been described as romantic, whimsical, natural yet modern, and ethereal.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part of a wedding is seeing how happy the newlyweds are when they walk back down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. You never see bigger smiles.
What are some of your favorite trends from this wedding season?
I'm really loving the moody romantic trends, such as the oversized wildflower bouquets, the intricate embellishments, and the use of deep reds and soft blues in the color pallets. Swoon.
What advice do you have for couples about choosing a designer?
Choose a designer whose aesthetic fits with your wedding. You never want to ask a designer to design something that looks like another artist's work. With the right designer, you should be able to tell them your ideas, give them your color pallet, and trust that the end result will fit perfectly with your vision for your big day.
How far in advance should a couple look into booking your services?
As early as possible, but at least four-five months before their wedding. Invitations need to be mailed to the guests two months in advance.
What advice do you have for couples about the planning process?
Enjoy it! Being engaged is such a special time and it really flies by. It's easy to get caught up in all of the details and feel overwhelmed, but I promise that after the wedding is over you're going to miss this time in your life. Choose vendors that come highly recommended and can take care of their aspect of the wedding with confidence so you have one less thing to worry about. Never ask friends to step in as vendors. It may save money, but it always ends badly. And I highly recommend working with a wedding planner... if hiring a planner for the whole planning process isn't in the budget, definitely hire one at least for the day of. You'll thank yourself later.
What do you love about living and working in Northern Michigan?
The water! I've lived in several states in my life, from the midwest to the east coast, but nothing compares to spending a summer day on Lake Michigan.