Wedding Wednesdays allow us to spotlight creatives, local and not-so-local, whose work we love! These wedding vendors, artists, and small businesses are all doing amazing things and we think that our couples should know about them! We invite you to come along with us to learn more about these businesses that will help you make your day as meaningful as possible (and, if you’re a Radian Bride/Groom, that we would love to work with)!
This week, we’re talking with Alison Hazinski, the owner and artist behind One + Only Paper. We’ve had a few opportunities to photograph Alison’s work, including at this beautiful shoot! Alison is such a talented stationer, and we loved learning more about her work. Read more about her heart behind One + Only Paper below!
RP: Tell us about One + Only Paper and who you love to serve!
Alison: One + Only Paper is a boutique stationery company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. I love to serve couples who have a strong creative vision for their wedding, and who have a love and appreciation for paper goods!
RP: Why did you start One + Only Paper?
Alison: My journey to becoming a stationery designer was a long one. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in graphic design, and at that time, it was tough to find a job. I freelanced as a web designer, and during that time I had a lot of friends get married, and ask for help with their stationery. I wasn’t happy with my current career path, and after some soul searching, I realized that I just loved the artistry of stationery, and wanted to pursue that further. I formalized that into One + Only Paper, and today, I do what I do because I genuinely love weddings, and want to help couples translate the excitement and joy of their big day into their paper goods. I always say it’s my goal for my clients’ guests to open their invitations and feel almost as excited as my clients are about their wedding!
RP: What do you wish brides and grooms knew when thinking about invitations and stationery for their wedding?
Alison: I wish that they had a better understanding of what goes into stationery design, and what the costs associated with it are. When you work with me, you’re basically receiving 100 tiny custom works of art, and I hate to see potential clients come in with high expectations and then experience sticker shock! I also experience a lot of unrealistic timelines. Custom stationery can often take a long time, and it’s much better to start early – there are always always ALWAYS last minute changes and delays. It is no fun to be stressed about your invitations going out on time!
RP: What resources or advice do you suggest for brides and grooms who are thinking about their dream invitation suite?
Alison: I’ve written a lot about the process on my blog. My number one piece of advice is to decide the top one or two elements that are important to you — whether it’s making your mom happy, or having the foil pressed invitation, or the big custom map — and keeping those in mind. The design process can become confusing when there are too many cooks in the kitchen, or too many elements you want to add, so it’s best to remember what you’re really there for, and be flexible with the rest.
RP: What are you working on right now that’s keeping you happy and energized?
Alison: I spent January dreaming big about where One + Only Paper could go, and this year, I’m making it happen! I’m developing an online course, I’m creating a ton of new designs, and in general just moving in a direction that feels so authentic to my aesthetic. So, lots of things are keeping me happy and energized!
RP: When you planned your wedding, what is one unforgettable thing that you did to make sure your day and marriage were intentionally crafted?
Alison: Our wedding had so many special details that it’s hard to pick just one (like… my mom made my dress. How cool is that?!) However, our number one priority was a good time for our guests, and that drove all of our decisions. We chose dinner on the lawn of the Merrimon-Wynne House, family style with looong (think 50 person) tables, because we both have large families and groups of friends, and we wanted everyone to feel connected, not separated out. Sitting on the lawn, at sunset, surrounded by everyone we loved most in the world, passing delicious food and laughing and talking is one of the most special memories from that day.