Hey y'all! I'm so happy to meet you. I'm Grace, the creative mind behind the scenes, bringing to life your vision to create a cohesive first look into your event through the art of paper.
I’ve always had a penchant for creating, lettering, hoarding stationery supplies, and designing anything that creates a cohesive aesthetic. I got my start when I designed my own wedding stationery in 2014 and I’ve been in love with the process of designing and producing beautiful things since then.
Now, I provide my design knowledge and access to premier printers across the country to bring you a delightfully designed suite of stationery, no matter the event. Launching Afterglow Paper Co. in 2020 allows me to share my passions with other passionate people.
I can’t wait for the opportunity to work with you to bring your dreamiest invitations to life.
My family and friends are my everything. I do what I do because they continue to inspire me every day.
Some of my favorite memories have been made at brunches; give me a bottomless mimosa morning with french toast any day and I'll be a happy girl!
Fresh flowers are beautiful at weddings but even more so just because. I love stocking up at Trader Joes on the weekends!
As a wedding pro, lighting is key and golden hour light is like no other. If I could bottle it, I would!
I became engaged in 2014. I had something very specific in my head of how I wanted our day to feel and I wanted our invitations to reflect that feeling of "chill, like you're at a house party". So for our invitations, I designed a square pocketed suite with classic and modern fonts and a subtle pineapple icon throughout. Unfussy and uncomplicated, but notably higher-end than something I could find online.
Not only did I learn what it takes to design a full suite, assemble, and finally mail it all, I fell in love with the process. My husband, being the actual designer in the home has helped me learn the ins and outs of Adobe products so that I could begin designing invitations for others.
I've always had an eye for design and a love of all things paper. I'm a true paper hoarder and I appreciate the subtle beauty and painstaking art that is paper.
It was a very daunting idea to create invitations as a career because I didn't think I had the time, the resources, etc. Plus, I was in nursing school and about to begin my second career--one that requires a lot of continued education, an inconsistent schedule, and a very tough first year.
Over the next few years, I went on to design and create in my free time--surprise birthday invitations for my mom's 50th, the occasional design or logo for a friend, my son's first birthday invitations and signage.
I knew I had this passion but didn't have an outlet (or the balls to scale up) until 2020 when I had the honor to be selected as the stationer for one of best friends' weddings.
takes so much dedication and it's truly a labor of love. I would love to report that I've quit my full-time job and am now making six-figures, but to be honest, I'm at the beginning of a beautiful journey with my business and I'm enjoying the slowness, the newness and the growth while I continue to get better for myself and my clients.
I'm the type of person that doesn't know how to not work--I'm always thinking of what I can do next, how can I perfect a client's invite, what embellishments haven't I tried yet? I'm excited to share more of myself and this business journey with you all through my new site and new blog because I believe my current clients and clients-to-be deserve a genuine, thoughtful stationer and this next part of my business adventure showcases who I am and why we'd be a great fit to work on the invitations of your dreams together!
I'll report back once I finally quit my full-time and make my first six-figure year, promise.
my son (but also my husband)!
to take more time for self-care.
a floral designer.