Small Business Saturday • Our Favorite Local Wedding Vendors

Small Business Saturday • Our Favorite Local Wedding Vendors

While we’re all recovering from full bellies and Thanksgiving cheer, for wedding vendors everywhere, engagement season is just around the corner! Lots of couples will be saying “yes” over the holidays, and newly engaged couples will start planning their weddings! To show our appreciation today on Small Business Saturday, we wanted to give a little love to the businesses that have supported us and keep us going… if you’re planning a wedding, scroll down to check out some of the most talented wedding professional in the tri-state!

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Red Oak Favorites • Paper Wedding Planners + Tools

Red Oak Favorites • Paper Wedding Planners + Tools

The holidays are over, you've said "yes" and now you need a place to organize all those wedding plans you've been dreaming of. Here are some of our favorite paper planners to get you started: from gold foil to digital downloads, all of these tools are as practical as they are beautiful, and sure to help you plan for your big day! 

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Meet-the-Maker • DeBrosse

 

We're so thrilled to be sharing the story of Teresa Carter today, and her beloved shop, DeBrosse. DeBrosse is shop in NYC, creating knitwear (and patterns!) for men, women and children, and most importantly, a shop that benefits Haitian orphans. Get to know her story and the heart behind her business below, and then head over and shop for some gifts. The best gifts are those that give back, and we're so excited to support Teresa this holiday season! 


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The Story of DeBrosse

I first learned to crochet so that I could make blankets for boys and girls growing up in the orphanages of Haiti. One of my first blankets went to a bright-eyed 4 year old boy named DeBrosse. He is as mischievous as he is lovable, and his story forever changed the way I see the world.

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I opened this shop in his name, setting aside 15% of all sales to help fund our two partner orphanages. Your money works to do things like sponsor a child through a year of school, ensure a newborn has access to nutritional formula, and provide a young reader a book in his native language.

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As of August 2016, I took a more proactive approach to orphan care, and invested in their mothers. The lack of job opportunity forces many Haitian women to leave their children as orphans, as is the case with little DeBrosse and his mother Kathia. You can read about that adventure here: http://sampur.se/2bR7l0J

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With great joy, I am excited to announce that your purchase now also provides a job, stability, and dignity to Kathia, who has been wildly underestimated for far too long.

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Red Oak Favorites • Sandra Picco Bridal Box + Personalized Gifts

 

Holiday and engagement season are just around the corner, and we are big supporters of supporting our favorite small businesses whenever possible. One of our favorites, Sandra Picco Design of New Jersey, has launched a line of gift boxes for almost everyone in your life, and we're excited to share two of her newest ones here today! Her newest boxes, "Bold Love" is perfect for those newly engaged or recently married, and is sure to be something they cherish forever, and "Over the Moon" is the perfect gift for the new and expectant moms in your life!  Shop more gift boxes, here


From Sandy: I’ve been creating art in some form for as long as I can remember. But when a high school art teacher introduced me to graphic design, there was no turning back. I was hooked! I discovered stationery and invitation design in 2008 and found a whole new creative outlet with a deeper, more personal meaning than the corporate jobs I’ve had over the years. I love the idea that my designs play even the tiniest role in someone’s big day or milestone occasion. I’ve taken that notion a step further with a collection of personalized gift boxes for those in search of that unique and special something for friends and loved ones.

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I believe that a well-crafted, meaningful gift, big or small, can bring joy and sunshine to someone’s world. Each of my creations is thoughtfully designed, personalized and packaged by me in the hope it will be “just the thing” to celebrate life’s best moments.

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One of my favorite designs was created with the newly engaged bride or couple in mind. The “Bold Love” personalized box includes a journal for never-ending wedding to-do lists or for recording special memories, a set of notecards for thank you notes and a monogram rubber stamp for envelopes, favor tags or save the dates. The box is a perfect way of saying “congratulations” to the engaged couple, makes a great bridal shower gift, or a fun “extra” for wedding vendors to give their couples as a thank you. (Select items like journals can also be purchased individually.)

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I have a long list of designs lined up in the queue for 2017, including boxes created for brides and their maids, new moms and even new pet owners! I’m excited about the year ahead and can’t wait to share.

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For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more!

"Over the Moon" - perfect for new and expectant moms in your life! 

For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more!
For the modern couple planning their wedding in NY, NJ + PA. Real weddings, engagements, inspiration + more!

Red Oak Favorites • Minted Holiday Cards from Local Designers

 

 

As soon as Halloween is over, the unofficial countdown-to-Christmas begins. One of the first things we all think about is sending out our Holiday cards (and every year, we promise ourselves they will be out BEFORE Christmas Eve, right?!). We're honored to be sharing some of our favorite designs from the Minted Holiday Collection - some of the most beautiful and stylish stationery out there.

Minted  is, and always has been, the king of stationery. Offering the most cutting edge, trend-setting and inspiring designs available, they've become know as THE place to buy everything from Holiday Cards to Wedding Invitations, and now, fabric and home decor!.  

What makes Minted unique, is that every item sold on their site is from an indie-designer - a small business owner - who entered one of their famous design challenges... and won! We've always loved Minted and are thrilled to support the local designers from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that are a part of Minted. We love all things local, and these incredible designers are certainly no exception! 

Red Oak Favorites | Minted Holiday Cards from Local Designers




 

 
 


ANNE HoLMQUIST



LOREE MAYER




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Red Oak Wedding Favorites • Basic Invite

 

Wedding stationery is the often the very first introduction to your wedding day. Whether you believe it or not, your guests can tell so much about about your wedding just from opening the envelope (or if you're like us, before you even open the envelope). The world of wedding stationery is often intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. 

We've partnered with Basic Invite to share wedding stationery for every style and budget and couple, and we promise you will not be disappointed. With hundreds (literally, hundreds) of options to customize every design - colors, fonts, shapes and envelopes) - you will absolutely find something that you love! 

Red Oak Weddings Favorites | Basic Invite

We had the opportunity to order, and receive, customized samples before writing this review, and to say we were impressed would be an understatement. For those of you that don't know, we're paper people. BIG TIME. Quality is king in our world, and we're obsessive about paper stocks, inks and design. We're those people who save every wedding invitation that arrives in our mailbox, and 100% know which weddings will be stunning simply because of the quality and care of put into their wedding suite. So when we say we viewed these samples with discerning eye, we mean it. 

Red Oak Weddings Favorites | Basic Invite

From the completely user-friendly site to the breath of selection, here are few of our favorite things about Basic Invite!

ONE | Custom Samples

You can order customized samples of every single design. Not just a digital proof with your information... a physical sample, on the paper of your choice, in colors you choose, with no limit to how many you want to see. Wedding stationery is an investment, and getting to see your design, in-person before buying? Priceless. 

Red Oak Weddings Favorites | Basic Invite

TWO | Selection

Save-the-dates, Bridal Shower Invitations, Wedding Invitations, Baby Showers, Birth Announcements, Holiday Cards... Basic Invite has something for every occasion, style and budget. Their wedding invitations alone have over 200 choices, and each has a coordinating set of menus, programs and thank-you cards. The most time consuming part of it all is narrowing down your favorites! 

Red Oak Weddings Favorites | Basic Invite

THREE | Colors + Papers

Basic Invite proudly offers over 180 colors to choose from, including gold and silver foil, with unlimited combinations available. And not only are the colors options incredible, but the quality of the color is impeccable. Even dark backgrounds (navy, dark grey + black) printed beautifully. In your sample pack, you receive a swatch of each paper stock available (including the Luxe Velvet, which is as incredible as it sounds), as well as color chart to compare with other wedding items you may have already purchased! 

Red Oak Weddings Favorites | Basic Invite
Red Oak Weddings Favorites | Basic Invite

A big thanks to Basic Invite for sharing their gorgeous stationery with us!

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Vendor Spotlight • 50 Local Etsy Shops You Need to Follow

 
Red Oak Weddings | 50 Local Etsy Shops You Need to Follow | New York, New Jersey + Pennsylvania

Whether you are planning a wedding or decorating your home, we're sharing 50 of our favorite LOCAL Etsy sellers you need to be following. Clearly we're big believers of shopping small, and I think it's always so fun to see the talent from makers who are literally down the road or in the next town over. Head over to these shops and leave them some love! 

... and dont' forget to sign up for our Weekly Newsletter (below) to receive the cutest fall print from one of our favorites, Fresh Cut Prints! Our first edition is headed out tomorrow!

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Fall Decor from our Favorite Local Etsy Sellers

 
Fall Décor from our Favorite Local Etsy Sellers

It's everyone's favorite season, and this year I couldn't help myself when it came time to update some of my fall decor!

We're sharing some of our favorites, and the very best part is that every.single.one of these Etsy sellers are from New York, New Jersey + Pennsylvania! Shopping local is possible, even on Etsy, and we're pretty sure you'll be shopping from these shops again and again. Photos link directly to each listing.

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The Red Oak Weddings Weekly Newsletter + a Fall Calligraphy Print

 

Today is an exciting day over here at Red Oak Weddings, because today we're launching our weekly newsletter! We heard you: you wanted an easier way to read the blog. You lead a busy life... you're planning a wedding, running between meetings and dress fittings and still have a stack of thank you notes to write from your engagement party. This newsletter is meant to make your life a little bit easier - a way to keep up with the blog without checking in everyday. Our posts, delivered once a week to your inbox, so you can catch up over a cup of coffee on Saturday morning. 

And, a little gift to thank you for reading each week. A print for your home, hand-lettered by Fresh Cut Prints! We'll be sending you a new one at the start of each season - a little something to make you smile each time you walk past it. 

 

Red Oak Weddings Weekly Newsletter | Fall Calligraphy Print from Fresh Cut Prints
 

EACH WEEK YOU'LL RECEIVE

• a round-up of our favorite posts

 • some of our favorite finds from around the web

• links to weddings + engagements from our favorite vendors

• the inside scoop on the local wedding industry and community

 
 

The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide • Local Makers + Small Business Owners

 

Somehow June has completely surprised us, which means Father's Day is just around the corner! We're big cheerleaders of local businesses, and believe that the #shopsmall movement is more than a hashtag. Shopping small means investing in your community, in hard-working families, and in making a difference. We're so proud to introduce you to six local businesses today, from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with some of the perfect gifts for Dad. From beer bags to beard kits, and cocktails to coffee, we've chosen the best-of-the-best! 

New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania wedding vendors, resources and inspiration for the modern couple | Father's Day Gift Guide

1 | THISTLE FINCH DISTILLERY

At Thistle Finch, we invite you to experience a hidden world where nostalgia and libations rule. Only a short walk away from the heart of downtown Lancaster, our tasting room provides a rustic yet elegant destination away from the distractions of modern life. Step back in time with a classic rye whiskey cocktail, indulge in one of our other specialty cocktails crafted from a unique range of housemade infusions, or enjoy free samples of our distinctive, small batch spirits. There are many ways to experience Thistle Finch—whether you are looking to learn about the history and process of distilling, searching for a new spot to go out with friends, or you just want to relax with a drink and some quiet conversation—we’ve got what you’re looking for.


2 | PASSENGER COFFEE

We've found that coffee and relationships have a lot in common. Both take time to foster. Both take a lot of care and attention to the details. Both reveal the joys of discovery, learning, and sharing. We love the way coffee brings people together and we feel completely honored to have a small part in that. Passenger was born out of these simple pleasures, uniting our talents and skills into one passionate pursuit in the city we love.


3 | PARRIS CHIC BOUTIQUE

Our products go deeper than pretty things to decorate your home with. This line of home & wedding décor is meant to speak truth and help you celebrate and cherish the love in your life. The relationships in our lives prove to be most important again and again and that alone is a reason to celebrate.

All Parris Chic Boutique items are handmade from start to finish here at our shop in Allentown, New Jersey. We have tested each and every item to deliver you the highest quality products on the market. Most of our products are made of a cotton based fabric, which pairs beautifully with any décor.  


4 | FOXFIRE MOUNTAIN HOUSE

Bohemian and relaxed, Foxfire is like your globe-trotting uncle’s country estate. A place where modern travelers can lounge by the stone fireplace on sheepskin rugs or on vintage velvet and leather sofas. It’s about conversation, community, and the right ambience to create perfect moments.

Whether it’s the collections of butterflies and antlers, old silver, or the Moroccan tiles, there’s a simple sophistication throughout. The 100-year-old inn has 11 guest rooms, each with white linen bedding on sunbleached wood beds crafted by a local carpenter to ensure a good night’s sleep. In the morning, guests help themselves to a bountiful breakfast laid out on the concrete bar — hot coffee/tea, house-made granola, yogurt, fruit and juice, fresh-from-the-oven banana bread or apple cake, hot dishes, soft buttery cheeses, smoked fish, and meats with a Nordic country influence.

Located in the Catskill mountains, Foxfire Mountain House is nestled on ten private acres with a pond and lily pool, bonfire pits, and a rustic outdoor pavilion for nights under the stars. Travel the byways and check out local shops and restaurants, or stay swaddled in the hammock for hours on end. It’s a place to call your own, however long you stay. You’re welcome here, always.


5 | HUDSON MADE NEW YORK

I Founded Hudson Made with the visions of reinvigorating the marketplace with unique items, supporting regional and sustainable production, making safe and high quality goods, and telling each product's individual story.

In the effort to support local economies, we aim to source as many of our products and ingredients as possible from within 200 miles of the Hudson Valley area, which we call home. At our farm in the pristine Catskill Mountains, we organically grow the botanicals used in our oil infusions, creating jobs and inspiring creativity. How much closer can one come to the product's source than to grow and nurture some of the base ingredients?

Ultimately, our philosophy is a proposition, not one of revolution, but one of return. A return to a time when craftsmanship and quality were valued above over-consumption and standardization. We offer one-of-a-kind products that enhance your life, perform well and that last. 

And we also strive to forge close relationships with our partners, who help to guarantee the highest level of authenticity and ingenuity. I can’t wait to share with you all of the new products we have in store...

Bill Hovard - Founder 


6 | NATHAN MILLER CHOCOLATES

We believe good food, made well by a passionate chef is a special experience.

Nathan set out to make that special experience in simply purchasing a bar of chocolate, with a little something to wow all tastes.  We started out with a couple bars + a few pastry chef partners but knew we couldn't stop there. Nathan's passion + creativity has flourished into a line of 15 chocolate bars, couverture for select pastry chefs, + hot cocoa mixes for some of the best coffeehouses around. 

Nathan miller chocolate is your place to get creative + savor american small batch chocolate.