Just Married

As of May 31, 2014, I am officially a Mrs.!

Thank you to everyone who shared their congratulations with Michael and I. The wedding day was absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to share all of the details with everyone!


Joanna and Vikram: Interfaith Wedding

When combining two religions and two cultures into one wedding celebration, it is important to pay equal importance to each tradition and ceremony just as Joanna and Vikram did in their interfaith wedding.

Their wedding weekend was held in late summer and consisted of a welcome dinner/reception on Friday night and Hindu ceremony on Sunday afternoon. So, it was important that the custom wedding invitation conveyed the appropriate information for each event plus the guest’s expected attire.

Thoughtful planning went into the bold color scheme of poppy, marigold and papaya as well as the magnolia adorning the front of the invitation gatefold and envelopes and the ganesh placed in the center of the invitation. The response card included both events making it easy for the hosts to keep track of their guest’s attendance.

Wedding day details included tented menu cards and table numbers in the same colorful scheme alongside gorgeous floral from Forget Me Knodt.

All images were shot by the talented Jennifer Kathryn and the entire event was coordinated by Beth Bernstein of SQN Events. Thank you to a fabulous couple and team for letting me be a part of this interfaith wedding celebration!


  • Katie Basil

    Beautiful photos and pretty invites!!ReplyCancel

Seventies glam at the Martha Stewart Wedding Event

Yesterday, I teamed up with Hello Darling Floral and Event Styling to add some paper details to their seventies glam tablescape at the Martha Stewart Weddings and The Wedding Library’s Wedding Party at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Natalie, owner of Hello Darling, is never short on fabulous inspiration which makes it always exciting to team up with her. The color combination arose from trios of Natalie’s vintage glassware combined with brass chargers, brass candlesticks, mercury glass, gold antlers, and bright white tones.

Custom geometric, die-cut menus featured a bold pattern in shades of the vintage glassware plus a place card using the same pattern – set for our seventies stars including Halston and Bianca Jagger. The table number was set among the candlesticks, antlers, and the floral designs containing ferns, muscari and white cattleya orchids.

The oval table (old shape but new for receptions!) and place settings are from Tablescapes and the poppy shantung napkins and pistachio mandalay linen are from BBJ Linen.

Thank you to Hello Darling for letting me be a part of this event and thank you to Amanda Hein Photography for capturing the day and our team together!



Courtney Callahan Paper + Hello Darling

Courtney Callahan Paper + Hello Darling

  • Jenn Gaudreau

    This is STUNNING!!!! You girls outdid yourselves once again. LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Brian S.

    Looks really great! I think you found the perfect balance between elegant and out-and-out fun. Thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

Featured in Chicago Social Brides

Even though snow is falling in Chicago, the new issue of Chicago Social Brides is brimming with inspiration for couples getting married in warmer temps next spring and summer.


Alongside ethereal, lightweight gowns and colorful blooms; stationery suites from six top designers are featured to provide inspiration for any couple tying the knot in the spring or summer including this winery-inspired suite I created for Hillary and Nate.

The soft-paletted design combines foil stamping and offset printing techniques and features the work of Calligraphy by Cristine to highlight the couple’s name and other important details. Wedding day details followed the style of the invitation and included table numbers, menus, sparklers, thank you notes, and more. See the rest of this gorgeous fete!


Thank you to Birch Design Studio and HMR Designs for styling my invitation and a BIG thank you to CS Brides for including my work among this elite bunch!

Find out more about the custom invitation design process.


  • rachel

    Wow! Congrats! It all looks simply stunning.ReplyCancel

Toss The Bouquet Recap

On Monday, I attended and co-sponsored Toss the Bouquet – an event designed to give wedding industry professionals the opportunity to educate their mind, elevate their business, and exchange ideas. Imagined by Beth Bernstein of SQN Events, the day was filled with meaningful conversations, encouraging and thought-provoking speakers, and a ton of fun!

A couple of months ago, Beth approached me with the idea of Toss the Bouquet and asked if I was interested in helping her create the branding and paper pieces for this inaugural event. Along with Natalie Walsh from Hello Darling we choose the colors, the tag lines, and the paper details that would greet the attendees. Beth selected the industry experts, the rest of the sponsor team, and the generous W City Center in Chicago (thanks Shannon!) among all of the other details that went into planning this event.


From Sunday night’s speaker and sponsor dinner at Sepia to the final hug to new friends on Monday night, the event fueled my creative and entrepreneurial fire. Being a small business owner, I think it is easy to get buried in the details of day-to-day work and forget the “big” picture of how you want your brand to be. But, event’s like this one make you remember and hopefully take action as speaker Wendy Dahl challenged us with “What road blocks are in your way and what is the solution to clear them?”

In addition to Wendy, speakers included Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore, Calder Clark of Calder Clark Events, Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events, Bernadette Coveney-Smith of 14 Stories, Debbie Geller of Geller Events, Ami Price of Elizabeth Anne Designs, Liene Stevens of The Splendid Collective, and Carla Ten Eyck of Carla Ten Eyck Photography.


Each speaker shared imparted their knowledge on us include “The Secrets to Success” from Geller which is EXPERIENCE – your experience, your client’s experience, and your guest’s experience.

As a sponsor, I was happy to welcome these talented women to Chicago along with the rest of the team including The W Hotel City Center, SQN Events, Carasco Photography, Hello Darling, Art of Imagination, Capstory, Open by Shutterbooth, Poetic Productions, Private Label Linens, and Tablescapes.


Thank you for including me in this amazing event, Beth, and I can’t wait to start planning for the next Toss the Bouquet!

  • rachel

    Such gorgeous details! Looks like it was a fabulous success!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Bernstein

    Thank you, Courtney! For your talent, your support, and your friendship. xoReplyCancel