Say hello to the Aurelie Suite. A brand new design from Ever After Press inspired by vintage French pharmacy packaging and romantic French glamour. This suite pairs perfectly with a soft and neutral colour palette like that of the moodboard below and starts from £2.50 per invitation, including envelopes. There are a full range of coordinating elements available, including bellybands, envelope liners, printed envelopes and more besides.
A busy wedding season and a whole month off this August have meant that this journal has been a little neglected of late. So, to tie in with the Paris rentrée and the whole back to school thing, I've set myself the task of sticking to a regular posting schedule from now on.
I thought I'd kick things off with a Fall/Autumn wish list. Some of these products are long standing favourites of mine that I need to repurchase: Nars The Multiple and Mac Creme Cup, and others are autumnal versions of some of my favourite products. I'm hoping to spend a lot of time snuggled up in chunky knits this Autumn sipping pumpkin spice lattes whilst working on some new designs, and I may be secretly hoping that something happens to my iPhone so that I have an excuse to invest in the rose gold iPhone 6 Plus...
What's on your Autumn wishlist?
I’ve been lucky enough to live in Paris for almost a year now and am currently enjoying my first Parisian Spring, so I am by no means an expert on Paris itineraries, but when French Wedding Style asked me to contribute a post on my favourite romantic places in Paris, I started thinking about what my must do list would include if I was only visiting for a weekend.
There are far too many lovely places to visit in Paris to list here, and there is far too much listed here to do in one weekend, but hopefully that just means an excuse for you to visit again soon. I hope you might find this guide useful to if you are in the process of planning a weekend in Paris, and that you might be able to pick out a few things to try next time you visit. As with most places in Northern Europe, Paris is a very seasonal place, so I have made the following suggestions based on a Spring/Summer visit. After writing this guide, I also realised that it’s quite food-centric, but hopefully all the walking around Paris will mean you have enough of an appetite to sample many of the delicious things Paris has to offer!
1 // First things first: A late start
Personally, I’m not much of an early riser, so whether you have popped over on a Friday night Eurostar from London or travelled from further afield, a lie in with the object of your affections is a must do for me at the start of any romantic weekend. If your significant other is that way inclined, he or she can always pop out to pick up fresh croissants and pain au chocolat (or choco-amande, my personal favourite) from a local boulangerie, or you can head out for breakfast later on to any of the great cafes popping up all around Paris at the moment. A few to try for breakfast and coffee are HolyBelly, Coutume, Claus, Fondation, Telescope and Cafe Kitsuné
2 // Doing as the French do: Shopping at Parisian markets
I love going to my local French market in the mornings at the weekend and picking up the fresh produce we need for the week, practicing my embarrassingly rusty schoolgirl French on unsuspecting French people and buying peonies when they are in season. I live in the 16th arrondissement so I like to go to the market on Avenue du Président-Wilson, but there are so many all over Paris. The array of different colours and shapes of vegetables available (and meat...brain anyone)?! are really inspiring if you are into cooking and we love to try to pick up ingredients that we haven’t used before, like different varieties of mushrooms or celeriac, and then see what we can come up with. I often end up getting advice on cooking techniques from sweet older French ladies, which is always lovely too. Later in the day, a visit to an antiques market is also super fun. I love searching for pretty French vintage finds for our apartment - at the moment I’m hoping to start to build up a set of mismatched silver cutlery.
3 // Geeking out at a museum
My favourite museum in Paris is the Palais de Tokyo. I love modern art and the installations there are always thoughtfully curated and interesting, from clingfilm tunnels on the ceiling that you can climb through, to ridiculously lifelike robots. The Rodin Museum, as well as its gardens should also make up part of any romantic visit to Paris and the Picasso museum is worth seeing too. Another, slightly odd, favourite of mine is La Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature in the Marais. It’s a very small and not that well known museum/gallery combining modern art with a stuffed animal collection and a small room dedicated to unicorns and other mythical horned animals. The Frank Gehry designed Louis Vuitton Fondation in the beautiful Bois de Bologne is also worth a visit if you have time, for the architecture alone. A bus runs every 15 minutes from the Arc de Triomphe.
4 // Amelie's Paris: Montmartre
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Montmartre and I like to wander up through Rue de Martyrs in the 9th towards the Sacré Coeur. Rue de Martyrs has a lovely village feel and don’t forget to try a couple of the unbelievably good chou from Popellini, and stop in at L’Objet qui Parle for the best selection of vintage finds.
5 // Saint Germain: Gardens and Patisseries
There are so many beautiful gardens in Paris, and whilst the Tuileries is worth a visit (especially during Fashion Week), my favourite two gardens in Paris are the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th and the gardens of the Palais-Royal. After strolling around the Jardin du Luxembourg you can relax in one of the green reclining chairs that are scattered around and watch the world go by. You can follow this up with a wander around St Germain and stop off for a drink on the terrace of Cafe de Flor or Les Deux Magots, or pop into my favourite: Ladurée for a few macarons. Ladurée also offer ridiculously fun macaron making classes which I was lucky enough to try recently and would highly recommend. I love Ladurée on the Champs-Elysees too, and whilst in the 6th Pierre Herme’s macarons are also very much worth sampling, for his modern flavour combinations, as well as his Madame Gla Gla sorbet macaron sandwiches (only available in the Summer). The patisserie selection at Ladurée is always beyond amazing, I love the decadence of the Rose St Honoré, but my current favourite is definitely their Tarte Framboise Passion. It’s definitely worth trying a few until your find your favourites :)
6 // Shopping in the Marais
Shopping is definitely a key part of any weekend in Paris, and the best place to head to is the Marais. If you are visiting in January or June the annual sales (les soldes) are on. French brands I like to stop into for a browse are APC, Sandro, and Maje for clothes, Merci, Dipthyque and Astier de Villatte for homewares and the most beautiful luxury candles. After shopping you can wander through the falafel shops on Rue des Rosiers and then relax in the beautiful Place de Vosges, stopping in for a couple of macarons or an eclair at Carette if you’ve worked up an appetite. Maison Plisson is also a great new place to stop for lunch.
7 // Art, fashion and chocolat chaud
If you decide to visit the Louvre, it’s also worth visiting the Tuileries gardens, wandering along Rue de Rivoli, stopping in for the best hot chocolate at Angelina, and visiting the designer shops on Rue de Faubourg Saint Honoré. There is always huge queue outside Louboutin, so get there early if you are on the hunt for something special. We were lucky enough to live just off this street by Hermès, across from the adorable Village Royal when we first moved to Paris, so wandering through this area is a reminder of that Summer for me. Don’t forget to look up all around Paris and take in the beautiful Haussman architecture - one of my favourite things about Paris.
8 // A Picnic with a view: The Jardin du Champs-de-Mars
If you are lucky enough to visit Paris during the Spring cherry blossom season, make sure you make time for a walk through the Jardin du Champs-de-Mars and a picnic with a view of the Eiffel Tower with your love. What could be more romantic than that? You can follow it up with champagne in an outdoor terrace or somewhere like the new Ralph Lauren cafe, or a roof terrace with a view like Le Perchoir.
9 // A walk along the Seine and Canal St Martin
After a walk along the Seine, picking out the prettiest bridges, you might like to head to Canal St Martin. If you know London, I sometimes explain this area as being a bit like the Shoreditch part of Paris, although that doesn’t really explain it properly as the cities are so very different. Canal St Martin is definitely a bit more alternative than some of the more conservative parts of Paris. Worth checking out are Le Comptoir General, Le Pavilion des Canaux, Ten Belles, Liberte and Du Pain et Des Idees. It’s also a great spot to grab some cheese and wine for an informal picnic by the canal.
10 // A romantic dinner à deux
For dinner in Paris I think you have two options when visiting - either going for the classic French Bistro or something which is a bit more modern, whilst still French. Current great more modern places to check out in Paris are Ellsworth, Verjus, Clamato, Septime, Hotel Amour, Les Chouettes and Le Dauphin.
For something more traditional, I have tried and enjoyed Paul Bert, La Fontaine de Mars and there is also an adorable square in the 2nd called Rue des Petits Pères, with a lovely bar called Bar du Moulins that does very informal food but has a lovely atmosphere, and Le Scossa in Place Victor Hugo in the 16th is my favourite local hangout and is very pretty, with excellent food. Definitely try the Mandarin Spritz if you go there!
Let me know in the comments if you are planning a trip to Paris, if you found this useful at all, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of the places mentioned or any places that I must try!
Also, thank you to the following bloggers and Instagrammers who have personally, or through my reading of their blogs, introduced me to most of the places mentioned here. All of the below are definitely worth reading if you are planning a trip to Paris!
OK, so I have a confession to make. I have a secret obsession...and it’s with a form of limestone. Marble in all of its varied forms has been popping up all over the internet and design world for the last couple of years, whether it’s as a background on Tumblr or Instagram, or in a beautiful interiors shoot on Pinterest. Carrera marble is my personal favourite. Its sleek, cool white surface with delicate variations in subtly nuanced greys exudes understated luxe. It's just an incredibly beautiful natural material.
As a graphic designer, I've always taken inspiration from design trends in other forms of design, but interiors hold a special place in my heart. I have long loved minimal, white, scandinavian inspired styling, and carrera marble’s raw natural beauty is a natural partner to that aesthetic. And when marble combines with copper or brass? Be still my beating heart.
Recently the trend for marble has been appearing in other areas outside of interiors, like fashion and jewellery. But is this a trend that you can incorporate into the styling of your wedding? Whilst I wouldn't choose marble nail art for a wedding, if your venue features any marble, or even if you just love this trend like me, there are a few ways you can successfully integrate it into the styling of your day.
Jewellery featuring marble would make the loveliest bridesmaid gift, guaranteed to be worn many times post wedding, or another option would be to use your stationery to subtly reference marble. The new Ever After Press Elodie suite features a delicate marble design which can be foiled in metallic silver, gold, or rose gold, for an understated, elegant and luxe feel. We can also custom make matching items like envelope liners with a marble design or any other accompanying elements you might need.
It’s always great to find an interesting and unusual way to display escort cards, and these geometric holders would definitely be a talking point. Finish things off with a beautifully styled ceremony venue in a neutral palette with some marble bowls for relaxed family style dining, and you’re good to go!
All images can be found via Pinterest
I’m very excited to share with you this behind the scenes video of one of my favourite weddings of 2014. The wedding was at Chelsea Town Hall, followed by a reception at MC Motors, a quirky industrial venue in Dalston, the heart of East London. Originally a workshop, the venue is now home to a fabulous collection of vintage furniture, the perfect accessories to contrast with a modern urban wedding. The bride and groom are some of the loveliest people I know and the day went perfectly, thanks to the meticulous planning of Charley from London Bride. The bride was gorgeous and the Groom's speech was one of the best I've heard, and had everyone, including the Groom, in tears. The wedding was full of details like gold sprayed cars and animals instead of a traditional table plan, a macaron bar, an ombré blue wedding cake by Konditor & Cook, and beautiful floral installations by Bo Boutique. All stationery was by Ever After Press, and we combined a watercolour theme as a nod to the brides connections with Greece, with an understated serif typeface, to keep the look and feel of the invitations understated, yet modern and minimal. This wedding is soon to be featured in all its glory on Style Me Pretty, captured by the talented Chloé of Caught the Light, but until then sit back, grab a café au lait and enjoy this insight into what really goes on behind the scenes during the setting up of a real life wedding! Best enjoyed with the music turned up!
Hello and welcome to my new website! I'm Emily, the designer behind Ever After Press, a wedding stationery and design studio based in Paris, France.
2014 was an interesting year for me. As well as launching Ever After Press as a full time business, my husband James and I moved from London to Paris, something that we had never imagined or expected. We met in Dubai where we lived for seven happy years, so being expats wasn't new to us, but France was somewhere that had never occurred to us as a possible future home, so it was something of a surprise when a change of job for James brought us here.
Week by week, I have been pleasantly surprised by how lovely it is to live here. I didn't really settle in London, and as Paris is so close, I didn't think it would be that different as a place to live: I was wrong. One of the most striking differences for me day to day is how pretty I find Paris, the architecture is beautiful and very inspiring, from scrollwork on the Haussmann buildings to the pretty signage above patisserie windows. The Instagram community here is also lovely, and has made me feel more at home here than I did in London.
I have so many ideas for the future, and am working on some new invitation suites for the coming year, as well as on other creative projects, so I hope that this is just the start for Ever After Press. A real life wedding and a Parisian styled shoot both featuring my stationery are soon to be featured on Style Me Pretty, so I'm excited to share that with you soon.
I still have some spots available for bespoke wedding stationery design for 2015/2016 so just send me an email or a love note if you would like to find out more and I'll send you my full pricing and information PDF. I'm available for initial no obligation FaceTime/Skype consultations too, so I can tell you a bit more about how I can help you with your paper goods if you are currently planning your wedding. I sometimes work on branding and design projects for businesses too, so feel free to contact me if you'd like to find out more about that. My personalised wedding collections will continue to grow organically and I will keep you updated with new developments via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so if you aren't already following me, don't be shy, come say hello!
Thanks so much for reading,