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With her husband Joshua, Audrey Woollen opened Urbanic, an adorable paperie on Abbot Kinney in Venice, after trying and failing to find the right wedding invitations for her own nuptials. The shop now offers all sorts of paper goods, from birthday cards to stationary, but Woollen still has a special place in her heart for wedding accoutrements, offering a by-appointment Bridal Lounge for couples in search of special save the dates and invitations. We tapped the paper goods expert for her five favorite wedding lines available right now—her advice is below, free of charge.
1. Bella Figura: "Bella Figura, a letterpress company from upstate New York, is my go-to line that has something for everyone. One of the reasons I really like this company is because they work with a team of different independent designers from all over the country. They update their line regularly with new inspirations and offer things that are hard to find in most printing companies (gold foil, edge painting, duplexing). Also, they are extremely, extremely environmentally conscious which is amazing. OH! I should mention that we actually have a trunk show set for *this* Saturday at the shop. They're flying in from New York just for it!" [Link]
2. Wednesday: "A brand new collection for Urbanic—I just met them in NYC last month. They are an adorable husband and wife team out of Oklahoma City. They have a super fresh design aesthetic and *just* lauched this collection. Ubanic will be one of the very first to have it. I'm crazy about it because it's got a super-creative and unique look of its very own." [Link]
3. U+U: "This is a line we have exclusively at Urbanic and was a collaboration between myself (Urbanic) and good friend Emily Kelly from Unscene Design (hence the name U+U!). Our collection offers invitation suites and also specializes in reception pieces and miscellany! We offer things like favor tags, smores kits, table numbers, menus, wine labels, drink rosettes, programs and all kinds of cute signage. The U+U collection was designed to be a resource for couple's who want to incorporate personality through the special little printed details of their wedding day." [Link]
4. Wiley Valentine: "Rachelle and Emily are two O.C. graphic designers who teamed up to create their own whimsical and ornate line, which is named after their grandmothers who were both artistic. The printing options are structured to meet a wide range of budgets; all of the invitation sets are offered either letterpressed, offset or digital." [Link]
5. Mae Mae: "I met the designer Megan Gonzales about five years ago. I knew when I met her that her style was unique and have been nagging her ever since to make a wedding line for my shop. Finally it's here! A sweet part of the collection is their custom address stamps. These can be used in coordination with mailing wedding invitations pieces, and to even have for keeps after the big day." [Link]
· Urbanic Paper Boutique [Official Site]