Smock Holiday Promotion
November 18, 2013

One of our favorite lines, Smock, is spreading joy this holiday season with a very merry seasonal promotion! Place a custom holiday order by December 10th and receive $50 off! Smock offers a bright and cheerful collection of holiday favorites that are easy to customize and are sure to deliver smiles to friends and family. Choose from Smock’s 20 inspiring styles, or customize your very own letterpress and foil stamped card – with or without a photo!

Stop by the shop to customize your 2013 holiday card today!

 


Baubles & Bubbly
November 19, 2012

Now that we have your attention… we’re announcing an Avindy Jewelry Trunk Show! Join us in the shop on Friday, November 30th, Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd for a glass of bubbly and a chance to shop gorgeous handmade necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings from Avindy.

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Elizabeth Grace will be open from 11 am through 7 pm on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st and 11 am through 5 pm on Sunday, December 2nd.


Early Holiday Promotions at Elizabeth Grace
October 4, 2012

We’re enjoying the gorgeous autumn weather here in Chicago — brisk morning walks through the neighborhood, pumpkin spice lattes and breaking out our sweaters and boots. The onset of autumn means something else to us, though… prepping the shop for the holiday season! Elizabeth Grace is getting into the spirit with a few great promotions on holiday collections from some of our favorite lines. We know it seems a bit early to have Santa on your mind, but it’s never too soon to start planning your holiday party! December is right around the corner.

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Dauphine Press    Free gift tags with every order from the custom holiday collection (orders placed by January 1st)

Elum    Place your custom holiday order by October 25th and receive 10% off the entire order

Smock    Free letterpress envelope printing on custom holiday orders through December 14th

Rock Paper Scissors    10% off holiday orders from Mistletoe through October 31st

William Arthur    10% off all personalized holiday card orders placed by October 31st, plus free ground shipping through October 31st

Crane & Co.    10% off all personalized holiday orders until October 31st (excludes digital photo cards)

 

Have an idea in mind for your Christmas correspondence? We love to create custom designs for our clients!

Additional promotion! Our gift to you… free digital addressing on Elizabeth Grace custom designed holiday orders placed by November 10th*

Make an appointment today to browse through our holiday collections or discuss your custom design!

 

*Complete address lists must be submitted in Elizabeth Grace’s Excel formatting


The Sweetest Thing
September 11, 2012

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We can get so caught up in the wedding invitation design process that we sometimes lose sight of the other details that make each bride’s day as blissful as can be. So many talented professionals spend countless hours to perfect their part of the grand wedding scheme, from the planner to the florist to the baker and beyond. While each wedding evolves into a lovely fete after the details are brought together, we often marvel at how perfection is achieved when professionals collaborate throughout the planning process. What if the stationer incorporated certain details from the bride’s dress when designing the invitations? Then, what if the baker was inspired by the monogram on the invitation and created a stunning design with royal icing? The color of the ribbon that accents the ceremony programs could be inspired by the soft hue of the peonies that make the bride’s bouquet. Each professional’s work is to be admired, and can spark another’s imagination. We absolutely love the opportunity to be inspired by other professionals in the wedding industry, so when we can, we love to take the time to highlight a few of our fellow colleagues.

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Mary Winslow works her magic with exquisite detail

Planning a wedding can be stressful at times, but there is at least one component that all couples look forward to – the cake tasting. With so many incredible bakeries to choose from in Chicago, my fiancé Ryan and I definitely had our work cut out for us. As the resident bride-to-be at Elizabeth Grace, I decided to share our delicious journey here and feature some of the bakeries we explored along the way. Get ready to eat your heart out!

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First on our list was Cake; a small bakery on the west side of Chicago owned and operated by Mary Winslow. Upon our arrival we were led to a quaint room filled with stunning cakes, beautifully mismatched china and picture books. Dressed in pastels and a white apron, Mary greeted us. She is probably one of the most genuine and sincere women you will ever meet. After going over the basic details of the wedding – including time, date, and location – she was off to the kitchen to grab the cake tasting presentation. Moments later she came back with what seemed like a mountain of cake and fillings. Not only was Mary very helpful in the selection process, but she paid great attention to our favorite flavors. Mary asked, “If there were two pieces of cake on your kitchen counter, which would you pick for dessert? That’s the cake.” She masterfully put together their shop’s famous almond cake with crème brulee, tiramisu and salted caramel fillings. My fiancé readily admitted, “I really like all of these filling and would gladly welcome them into my cake.” I nodded in agreement – multiple fillings it would be! Before sending us out the door she handed us each a little box of her homemade truffles to sample. Five stars for Take the Cake!

Before we knew the bakery as Cake, it was previously known as Take the Cake. Same sweet personality, same sugary confections — just a new name!

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Wedding cake designs by Cake

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Our next stop was Amy Beck Cake Design; another small Chicago-based bakery that came highly recommended. Walking through the door we immediately enjoyed hints of sugar in the air and the sounds of Arcade Fire from the open kitchen. I knew right away that we’d enjoy our time. Ryan and I were immediately approached by Amy – outgoing personality and all. We were seated at a large table with pristine white dishes and a delightful platter of the season’s best cake fixings – pistachio was even in the mix.

As we began tasting, Hailey, Amy’s right hand, offered us glasses of water. Ryan added, “Does that come with a shot of adrenaline?” Laughter ensued; cake tasting is work! While discussing our vision for the wedding cake, Hailey immediately picked up on the organic but delicious vibe we were going for. She also made a fantastic point by mentioning that a lot of couples feel the need to please everyone – chocolate loving guests, carrot cake connoisseurs, the die-hard vanilla cake fans. “Get what YOU like” she proudly stated. Hailey’s right; the day is about the couple, and in terms of having your cake and eating it too… just make sure the cake you’re eating is your favorite. We were enamored with a photograph of a beautiful coconut cake in one of their albums and were convinced we had found a favorite flavor. We left there knowing we had wonderful but hard choices to make!

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Wedding cake designs by Amy Beck

Sarah’s Pastries & Candies

Thank goodness Sarah was able to accommodate us with a weekend appointment; three in one day would have been quite the sugar overload. On Sunday we arrived on Oak Street in downtown Chicago. At first glance the outside of Sarah’s Pastries & Candies was reminiscent of a French patisserie. Walking in, Ryan and I were greeted by a bevy of baking beauties in aprons. One of them showed us to a cozy nook where we were able to flip through albums and admire the beautiful cakes lining the perfectly painted pink walls. Alexa, Sarah’s catering director, joined us to go over the details of our big day to understand what we’re after in a cake. Rather than mixing and matching different cakes and fillings, we started by trying the most popular flavor combinations. Quick and to the point, the cake definitely spoke for itself and we were most impressed by the almond and vanilla cake with a caramel filling. As if our visit couldn’t get any better, before leaving we scooped up our free cupcakes for checking in on Foursquare. Right on Sarah’s Pastries & Candies. Right on!

Since we visited Sarah’s Pastries & Candies, she has decided to focus her talents on the launch of S. Levy Foods. We wish her all the best as she cooks up new adventures!

Stay tuned as we share photos from Molly & Ryan’s upcoming wedding. They say “I Do” on September 15th!


Andrea + Brian: Real Wedding
April 23, 2012
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Happy bride. Saying these words in our shop without a doubt brings Andrea Rochetto’s name to mind. She is a light. Post-paper, adorned in Francesca Pitera for Jim Hjlem she became a Chadwick on Febuary 11, 2012 in the heart of the French Quarter at Latrobe’s On Royal. If you’re already swooning over her dress like we were, wait until you hear about their invitation. Andrea and Brian chose a Bella Figura design customer letterpress printed on double thick stock with the sides bearing metallic edge painting. That was only the start of their ornate paper trail; we tied it all together with matching programs, menus and a rehearsal dinner invitation all in the same elegant calligraphy. I’m sure you’re just as curious as we were to hear about how this fairytale came about, below Andrea shares their story.

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We met on a blind date, Avec in Chicago to be exact, and I wasn’t sure what to expect  as Brian told me he would be the shortest guy in the bar wearing a Bear’s jersey.  As gullible as I am, part of me believed him, but little did I know I would walk into a date that would change my life forever.  When I first met Brian, all I could think about was how handsome, kind and fun he was.  We enjoyed each other’s company and didn’t want the night to end.  I came home not knowing what to expect next, but I knew how I felt and I could only think of him and how wonderful he made me feel.  

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We were so in love and we decided to move in together and Brian had planned a trip for us to go to Maui.  Part of me was hoping that would be when he would propose, but I wasn’t expecting it.  I met him there and after two days of relaxing by the ocean he brought us to a romantic evening with a private dinner, just the two of us.  I did not expect a thing, until we pulled up to our tented dinner on the beach, candlelit, while listing to our favorite music, Radiohead.  Brian spoke of our great times, the love he felt for me, and then he did it.  He got down one knee and proposed, and I could not resist my tears of joy.  

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 New Orleans is a city that Brian considers home, and when he asked me if we could get married there I did not think twice.  I knew how much it would mean to him to get married in the city which has played such an intricate part of his life, and I thought about all of our memories in New Orleans.  We wanted to give our guests a unique wedding experience, so we decided to go with New Orleans’ wedding traditions. Our guests arrived at their hotel to find a welcome bag, created by Lagniappe for your Event, with fun Louisiana snacks such as mini tabasco bottles, Zapp’s chips, and Pralines.   From the venue, to the music, to the food, to the drinks, and to finish the night with a second line parade, our guests were able to experience a traditional Big Easy wedding.  I was able to spend the day with my girls in the penthouse of Latrobe’s, getting our hair and makeup done by Barbara Kessel and her team, while enjoying lunch from Antoine’s Annex. 

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We were married in the candlelit Latrobe’s courtyard to the classical quartet and trumpeter arranged by New Orleans’ Finest Musicians. Our guests were dancing all night to the talented Groovy 7, and we finished the evening with a traditional second line parade escorted by the NOPD through the french quarter, while the Pinstripes performed. 

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I loved our details, from the beautiful candles and fun candy bar from luminous events, to the beautiful array of flowers designed from a very traditional southern florist, Meade Wenzel, the venue looked and felt unique.   The photo booth was a total hit as our guests were able to wear feather boas and carnival masks, Kristy May provided the photography and printed out photos for our guests to take as a party favor.  

Advice I would give to brides is to enjoy the planning and the events leading up to the wedding.  You can create the wedding of your dreams, and don’t be afraid to do things differently, we sure did!  

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All photos by Kristi May Photography.


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