15% of everything in the SHOP

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I celebrated my 5 year anniversary on October 15th and I hosted a giveaway for 5 monogrammed goodies. The winner was chosen but I want to continue the celebration.

So, I am offering 15% off EVERYTHING in my SHOP!  Use coupon code ANNIVERSARY at checkout. Valid until 10/30/14. Stock up on personalized holiday gifts like stationery or notepads or entertaining basics for your home!

Monogrammed items // Courtney Callahan

And a HUGE thank you to everyone that has supported Courtney Callahan Paper in the past 5 years. It has been an amazing journey and I look forward to all that the future holds!

Destination Wedding Style with Lover.ly

What American girl doesn’t dream of spending her days wandering the streets of Paris, sipping espresso by day and champagne by night? So when Lover.ly asked me to choose a dream wedding destination and then select a wedding wardrobe to complement the locale, Paris was at the top of my list.

An über-romantic city naturally calls for an über-romantic wedding dress making Carol Hannah’s Chambord ballgown the perfect choice for my dream fetê. The shape of the skirt and delicate straps satisfy my need to be slightly traditional while the peachy-hue and explosion of tulle speak to my edgier side. Plus, the shade goes perfectly with rose gold – my current metallic obsession.

Destination Wedding Style with Loverly // Courtney Callahan

1: Carol Hannah Wedding Dress // 2: Judith Leiber Clutch {Rent} //3: Rose Gold Heels // 4: Rose Gold Halo Ring //
5: Rose Gold Stone Stud Earrings // 6: Vintage Lace Cuff // 7: Moet  & Chandon Rosé // 8: NARS Ophelia Lip Gloss //
9: NARS Orgasm Blush // 10: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color // 11: Chanel COCO MADEMOISELLE 

Since the dress is already a statement-maker, the accessories need-not steal the show. I chose to go a little understated with my jewelry choices – leaving my neck bare but dressing things up with these delicate rose gold stud earrings. That is, of course, until I found a WOW piece like this vintage lace cuff.  Then all bets were off! This is a true splurge but something I could continue to wear in the years to come. Toss in a to-die-for Judith Leiber clutch to hold all my beauty essentials and a pair of strappy rose gold heels and I’m ready to pop open the rosé!

When it comes to makeup, I turn to expert Susan Hood Evans of Makeup by S.H.E. She recommended a rosy lip and cheek color to complement the wedding dress – NARS Ophelia Lip Gloss and NARS Orgasm Blush – which “looks pretty on all skin tones because of its golden hue”. A neutral nail color and a spritz of Chanel COCO MADEMOISELLE, and I am all set for my perfectly Parisian wedding.

Thank you Lover.ly for allowing me to dream!

Black Basics // All 25% off!

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It’s time for the Shopbop Friends and Family sale which means 25% most everything on the site! I am taking this opportunity to stock up on some Black Basics that have been on my radar for some time plus a few standby’s – my black Wayfarers and Frye boots.

The sale is going now through 10/16 with the code FAMILY25 at Shopbop. Happy Shopping!

Skirting the Issue

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Wool mini skirt // Denim jacket // Quilted purse // Black boots // Gingham shirt  (navy version here) //
Earrings // Sunglasses // Watch  // Lip Color // Nail Polish

Each day at work provides a new set of to-do’s – meet with clients, run to printers, pick supplies, assemble wedding invitations and a whole list of other non-glamourous tasks. So, I want to maintain a professional, pulled-together look that I can also move around in and be somewhat comfortable for what can sometimes turn into a 14-hour day.

Enter the flat boot. My favorite fall-into-winter boots for Chicago are my black Frye’s. They look great with jeans, leggings, skinny black pants and even a mini-skirt like this super-cute wool one I got a couple weeks ago. I topped it with my trusty gingham shirt (old from J. Crew but navy version here) , jean jacket and new fall bag  and I am out the door in twenty-minutes flat.

Ellen and Jacob: Married

Over the Fourth of July holiday, Ellen and Jacob tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, Missouri. Guests (including Michael and I) joined the couple on the bluff top to witness their vows and dance the night away under the bistro lights and festive fireworks, all captured by LoveTreeStudios.

Designing this bright and colorful letterpress wedding invitation suite was especially meaningful to me as the bride and I were roommates for ten years. From sorority sisters to bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, our friendship runs deep and I was so excited to be a part of their wedding day.

Ellen & Jacob Married // Courtney Callahan

Ellen & Jacob married // Courtney Callahan Paper

The coral-ink letterpress invitation featured spot calligraphy from Write by Mike and was printed on luxurious, double-thick Mohawk Superfine paper while the response card, details, and rehearsal dinner card coordinated with a deep, rich green.

But, I think the map on the details card was my favorite piece…with a drawing of the Katy Trail joining both Ellen and Jacob’s hometowns, their current home in Columbia, and running along the base of the bluff where they became husband and wife. Truly personal details that I can incorporate into wedding invitations make me giddy!

Since the bride is so crafty and loves to create as well, I designed and she stamped the return address on both of the envelopes, lined the envelopes in this adorable floral print and tied the suite with a yellow, herringbone ribbon.

Come wedding day, the details were perfectly coordinated. A fan program tied with a green, herringbone ribbon were given to guests as they entered the ceremony and hanging banners showed guests to their seats as they entered the reception. The seating chart and menu were both designed as banners by me, then printed as a custom fabric by Spoonflower. They looked perfect hanging from the wood beams in the candlelit room that was adorned with oodles and oodles of gorgeous flowers, all designed by a friend of the brides (and mine) who worked tirelessly to create all this gorgeousness (plus the bouquets)!


Venue: Les Bourgeois Vineyards // Photography: LoveTree Studios // Invitations:  Courtney Callahan Paper //
Flowers: Friend of the Bride // Makeup: Makeup by SHE

  • Rachel

    Simply stunning! The bride is beautiful and your details just enhance the magical day perfectly!ReplyCancel