Ciao is a group blog about living outside the lines; a documentation of our destinations, designs and decorum.  Get to know each member of the N&L team and follow along for snippets from the studio (and what goes on outside the studio!), sneak peeks of upcoming weddings and our unwavering wanderlust. Enjoy!

Austin Retro Wedding

Austin Retro Wedding

Jon and Kayla's Austin retro wedding of was such a thrill to work on, and It is always fun when our brides want something a little out of the box! This wedding was no exception! Kayla had a clear vision of wanting bold colors mixed with the black and white stripes...

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Madelyn’s Flamingo Birthday

Madelyn’s Flamingo Birthday

As we are diving into Fall and cooler weather, we are trying to relish these last few warm and sunny birthday parties we have done over the past month or so! Madelyn's (Not to be confused with Madolyn from our last post with the insanely adorable Peter Rabbit...

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Madolyn’s Peter Rabbit Birthday

Madolyn’s Peter Rabbit Birthday

There is no better way to get through a Monday than seeing just the cutest Peter Rabbit birthday ever! When our event planner friend Dori Thornton Waller of The Social Office called about first birthday ideas for sweet little Madolyn, we pitched a few and decided to...

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Southern Charm: A Charleston City Guide

Southern Charm: A Charleston City Guide

While I've spent a large majority of my life in the midwest, I've always felt that I'm a southern girl at heart. So when the long 4th of July weekend presented itself as the perfect time to plan a summer getaway, my fiancé and I booked a trip to Charleston! After...

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Chicago Summer Guide 2016

Chicago Summer Guide 2016

        Chicago summer's can't be beat.  It is the sole reason we Chicagoan's bear 6 months of bitter cold... and question ourselves the entire time.  The minute the weather reaches a balmy 60 degrees the streets fill up and the possibilities are endless.  What do we...

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Rosemary Beach Road Trip

Rosemary Beach Road Trip

In April, Lauren and I packed up her car and went for a road trip to Rosemary Beach!  Living in Chicago and rarely being in a car, it was actually kinda fun to relive the days of long road trips...We had plenty of time to catch up, eat junk food (because calories...

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Taking Tokyo

Taking Tokyo

Ohio! Last September two of my very best friends decided to leave Chicago to teach abroad in South Korea.  As sad as it was to say goodbye, I was excited to plan a trip to visit them.  After some back and forth on our meeting destination we finally decided on Tokyo. ...

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Harbour Island Birthday Bash

Harbour Island Birthday Bash

Flashback to June 2015...I can't believe it's been a year since our epic girls trip to Harbour Island!  We had THE BEST TIME exploring the island, making friends with the locals and celebrating LaLa's birthday!!!  It was a bit of trains, planes and automobiles getting...

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Pirate Birthday Parrrrrty

Pirate Birthday Parrrrrty

Ahoy, Mateys! We have quite the fun parrrrrrrty to share today! One of our favorite little clients turned four earlier this summer, so we helped him celebrate in style. Trey's mom always goes above and beyond in creativity when throwing his birthdays, so you can...

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Dr. Seuss First Birthday

Dr. Seuss First Birthday

Happy Monday!! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We are so excited to share Ethan's Dr. Seuss first birthday!! Jessica, Ethan's mom, is one of our favorite clients! She is so creative, and happens to be an expert event planner (if you're in the DC area and need...

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Next Stop…Nashville!!!

Next Stop…Nashville!!!

Good morning!!! Meghan, our amazing social media maven and bubbly little assistant is NORMALLY who writes the blog, but today you have me...Lala! I have some big news and thought it only appropriate that I be the one to share it with all of you guys first hand! I...

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Memorial Day in Chicago

Memorial Day in Chicago

Happy Memorial Day weekend, y'all!! If you're spending the long weekend in the Windy City, than you've come to the right place! We're sharing five of our favorite ways to spend your extra day off! 1. Brunch: No proper Memorial Day in Chicago is complete without...

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Happy Cinco de Mayo, y'all!! Who doesn't love a holiday that revolves around tacos, guacamole, and margaritas?! Taco bout a party...see what we did there? In celebration of our favorite May holiday, we're sharing some of our favorite Mexican inspired parties we've...

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Brooks’ Big Rig Birthday Party

Brooks’ Big Rig Birthday Party

There's just something about big rig trucks that boys (of all ages) love! So when Brooks turned four, we helped his mom design a fabulous big rig birthday party designed all around the huge trucks! For Brooks' party invitations, we stuck with bold primary colors of...

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Bunny Brunch and Easter Egg Hunts

Bunny Brunch and Easter Egg Hunts

Happy Monday! We can't believe Easter is just six days away! We love Easter, y'all! Between dying eggs and putting together baskets full of treats, to bright spring dresses and cute little bonnets...what's not to love?! In celebration of our favorite spring holiday,...

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Vibrant Summer Wedding

Vibrant Summer Wedding

There is nothing we appreciate more than a bright pop of color...especially when it comes to weddings! Jessie and Logan made a "pop of color" the main focus of their wedding, as a vibrant color palette dominated their summer wedding decor. Held at the historic West...

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Things We Heart: March 2015

Things We Heart: March 2015

Happy March!! We can't believe that we're already in our third month of 2015...where has the time gone? We've had such an amazing (and busy) start to 2015, but we're getting excited as wedding season inches closer and closer! Only three months in, and already 2015 is...

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Custom Bachelorette Parties

Custom Bachelorette Parties

Since we started N&L almost six years ago, one of our specialties has always been wedding branding. For those who don't fully comprehend "branding" of an event, it basically means we help design an event, so that from start to finish the look and feel is cohesive....

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Things We Heart: February 2015 Edition

Things We Heart: February 2015 Edition

Happy February from Nico and Lala!! We're always sending lots of love out to all of our readers, but especially this month since it's February. The month celebrating love!! We love y'all so much, but there are some other things we really heart this month:1. Lilly...

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#NLMiamiRetreat

#NLMiamiRetreat

After a couple of days in Miami...we're back! The N&L team took a much needed retreat to South Beach for a couple days of fun in the sun. And by fun in the sun we strictly mean team building and bonding activities...with a couple rounds of cocktails snuck in as...

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Elegant Winter Wedding

Elegant Winter Wedding

If y'all know anything about us, you know we love warm weather! Even though we reside in chilly Chicago, we're always in a Palm Beach state of mind. Think drinks on the water, Lilly dresses, and lots of fun in the sun!! We love all things warm weather!! But...when we...

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New Year, New Ring?!

New Year, New Ring?!

Did you get a blingy ring over the holiday?! Then this blog post is for you! Hello newly engaged bride-to-be; we're excited you're here!So you're engaged...now what?! First, let us introduce ourselves. We are Nico and Lala. We specialize in creating custom invitations...

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Cheers to Another Great Year!

Cheers to Another Great Year!

Happy Holidays from the N&L Team!!!It's been quite some time since we've had a chance to post. We had our best (and busiest) holiday season to date! Since November 1st, our studio has looked like Santa's workshop with holiday cards and Christmas goodies taking up...

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Gold 2015 Desk Calendar

Gold 2015 Desk Calendar

All that glitters is gold....and if you've been reading our blog, you know how much we love gold! From our website to our packaging, we think everything looks better with a little bit of gold. So when we were thinking about the design of our 2015 desk calendar, we...

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Things We Heart: November Edition

Things We Heart: November Edition

We're a bit behind welcoming in the new month...hello, November!! We have been crazy busy with three amazing weddings (we can't wait to share pictures) and custom holiday cards. Our studio is beginning to look a bit like Santa's workshop with all of the custom...

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Custom Save the Dates

Custom Save the Dates

It's that time of year...save the date season for 2015 weddings! Over the past few weeks, we've sent out some incredible save the dates, each set so beautiful and creative!! We are so lucky to have 2015 brides who truly embrace the N&L vision when working with us...

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Stock the Bar Engagement Party

Stock the Bar Engagement Party

It's been wedding week in the N&L Studio! We've had so many pretty wedding goodies go out in the past week, and we're just bursting with excitement over all of it! If you follow us on Instagram, you've seen a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous things we've been...

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Ode to Toile: Our Favorite Fall Pattern

Ode to Toile: Our Favorite Fall Pattern

Happy first day of October!Today, we're celebrating our favorite pattern for fall...toile! The pattern that decorated your great Aunt Milly's tea set is back and better than ever. While the centuries old pattern will always be associated with classical decor and...

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Custom Holiday Cards

Custom Holiday Cards

It's the most wonderful time of the year...that's right, it's holiday card season! Even though the calendar still reads September, we're already hard at work creating custom holiday cards. From traditional green and red cards, to brightly colored pink and green...

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Wine Tasting with Lauren Nelson

Wine Tasting with Lauren Nelson

Most Wednesdays, we celebrate Wedding Wednesday in our studio. But this week, we're kicking it KLG and Hoda style and celebrating Winesday Wednesday! Recently, we helped our good friend Lauren (of Lauren-Nelson.com) with party swag for a wine tasting event she threw...

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Things We Heart: Fall Edition

Things We Heart: Fall Edition

Can y'all believe it's officially fall?! Where did our summer go?! With the changing of the seasons, it means it's time for a new "things we heart," fall edition!1. Stylish Coffee Table Decor: Oscar de la Renta: The Style, Inspiration, and Life. There's something to...

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Fun First Birthday!

Fun First Birthday!

We woke up to a heavy dose of FALL this morning in Chicago!! Even though we're sad to see summer slipping away, part of us can't help but be excited for the changing of the seasons. With the start of fall comes a lot of things we love including Saturday football...

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An Adorable Golf Birthday Par-TEE!

An Adorable Golf Birthday Par-TEE!

If there's one thing we've done well this summer...it's par-tee! Golf themed birthday parties that is. We started our summer off with a preppy pink and green golf birthday party that was beyond adorable! Fast forward a few months, and one of our favorite clients (who...

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Tartan Plaid Inspired Rehearsal Dinner

Tartan Plaid Inspired Rehearsal Dinner

Great Scot, this tartan plaid inspired rehearsal dinner is amazing! We are so excited to share this creative event!! During the summer months, it's wedding central here at the N&L Studio. So when we get a rehearsal dinner thrown in the mix, it's fun! These dinners...

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Modern Nantucket Wedding

Modern Nantucket Wedding

Before we head into the long Labor Day weekend, we want to share a modern Nantucket wedding filled with the sweetest little details and finishing touches! We've said it before, but we'll say it again...Nantucket offers a flawless backdrop for summer weddings. But for...

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Preppy Camping Birthday Party!

Preppy Camping Birthday Party!

We have some moms who consistently go above and beyond in the creative department when coming up with themes for their kids' birthdays. Sara is one of those moms. We've been working with her for a couple of years on her daughter's parties, and each year she brings us...

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Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday!

Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday!

Get ready for some underwater fun as we share Sophie's 4th birthday! We can't think of a more creative way to celebrate a summer birthday than with an "under the sea" mermaid party!! For Sophie's party invitations, we started with a bright, sea-inspired color scheme...

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Wedding Reception Menu Cards

Wedding Reception Menu Cards

When people think of wedding paper, save the dates and invitations are often the first things that come to mind. But today, we're focusing our attention on a pretty piece of paper that is present at the reception...menus!! Wedding reception menu cards really bring...

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Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Happy Wedding Wednesday!!When most people hear the word calligraphy, they think of a beautifully addressed envelope adorned with swirls and elegant lettering. But we love the gorgeously creative way that calligraphy is used on what's inside the envelope, on...

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Things We Heart: August Edition

Things We Heart: August Edition

Happy August! With a new month, comes new things we heart!!!1. Foil Stamping: It's no secret that we have a crush on anything done in foil-stamping. Not just like....LOVE!! It offers a true metallic shine for those looking to use gold, silver, or rose gold. It...

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Mary Poppins Birthday Party

Mary Poppins Birthday Party

Twins might be double the trouble, but they're also double the fun! Especially when they celebrate their second birthdays with the cutest party theme ever! Twins Abigail and Archer recently turned two. To celebrate, their mom threw them an up, up, and away Mary...

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Fun in the Sun Summer Birthday

Fun in the Sun Summer Birthday

Happy weekend, y'all!! It's Friday...we made it! There's no better way to celebrate the weekend than with a fun party in the sun for a little guy turning one! Try saying that five times fast. Major tongue twister!Today we're sharing Brody's first birthday! His mom,...

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Summer Chic Engagement Party

Summer Chic Engagement Party

Hey y'all!!And we're back...from ACK! We took a small blogging break over the past week, as it's been quite busy in our studio! We've been working on swag for two gorgeous weddings--one here in Chicago, and the other in Texas. Both weddings were beautiful; we can't...

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Another Nautical Nantucket Wedding!

Another Nautical Nantucket Wedding!

T-minus one week until we leave for the beautiful island of Nantucket, and we couldn't be more excited!! We can't wait to meet with Nantucket wedding vendors, experience the breathtaking scenery, and most importantly...visit the Chicken Box! If you've been following...

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Nautical Newlyweds

Nautical Newlyweds

Hey y'all!!It's almost the weekend, and we have exciting news to share! One of our client's wedding is featured in the latest issue of Southern Bride Magazine! Their spread combines two of our very favorite wedding styles (southern and nautical) into one fabulous...

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A Whale-y Cute First Birthday

A Whale-y Cute First Birthday

Today we have a whale of a first birthday to share! Declan turned one in April, so his parents threw an adorable underwater party in his honor. Deep sea critters (who were ready to celebrate in their adorable party hats) were paired with a preppy seersucker pattern...

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Girl from Ipanema Baby Shower

Girl from Ipanema Baby Shower

It's here, it's here!!! Summer officially starts tomorrow! We have to admit, after the long Chicago winter, we thought this day would never come. To celebrate the new season, we're sharing the brightest (and most creative) baby shower we've done this spring.One of our...

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Seaside Chic Wedding

Seaside Chic Wedding

Sometimes, a wedding comes together so perfectly, it makes us swoon! Corinne and Scott's chic seaside wedding is one of those occasions. Held at The Lawrence Beach Club just outside of New York City, the pair mixed glamorous nautical-inspired details with easy seaside...

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Girly Golf Birthday Party

Girly Golf Birthday Party

In celebration of the US Open Tournament, which was held over the weekend, we're sharing a girly golf birthday! Is there anything more perfect (or more preppy) than kicking off summer with a pink and green golf party?!If you're familiar with past Nico and Lala...

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First Birthday Fiesta!

First Birthday Fiesta!

We made it, it's Friday! We're celebrating the weekend with a fun and colorful first birthday!! Little Harrison III (H3) turned one at the end of last summer. To celebrate this momentous occasion, his parents invited friends and family to a birthday fiesta in his...

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A Jolley Good Southern Wedding

A Jolley Good Southern Wedding

To celebrate our south of the Mason-Dixon roots, we're sharing a glamorous Southern wedding! Jay and Anne-Marie tied the knot last summer just outside Chattanooga at the exclusive Lookout Mountain Golf Club. Their location offered guests a stunning scenic view of the...

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Pink and Green Donut Birthday Party!

Pink and Green Donut Birthday Party!

In celebration of National Donut Day (which was last Friday), we're sharing the sweetest first birthday. In fact, it's so sweet that you do-nut want to miss it! That's right...we're talking donuts!!Little Marshall Mae recently turned one and to celebrate, her mom...

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Preppy California Beach Wedding

Preppy California Beach Wedding

We're celebrating Wedding Wednesday a day late this week, with one of our good friend's beachside wedding! Ali and Stuart fell in love while working in Washington D.C. When trying to decide where to tie the knot, the couple (who still call DC home), wanted to pick a...

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Kate Spade Inspired Baby Shower

Kate Spade Inspired Baby Shower

We're starting the month off with a stylish bang, as we have a fabulous Kate Spade inspired baby shower to share!! We're head over heels in love with the fun elements of this mommy-to-be's shower. The shower's guest of honor, Jessica, has always appreciated the...

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All American Nantucket Wedding

All American Nantucket Wedding

Happy Friday!!With wedding season in full swing and temperatures on the rise, we can't help but reflect back on some of the weddings we helped with last summer. Lately, we've been paying special attention to Nantucket weddings, as we day dream of our upcoming trip to...

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A Musical Birthday Party!

A Musical Birthday Party!

Happy Wednesday!Where has this week gone? We certainly enjoyed our long holiday weekend, and hope all of you did as well. While toddlers begin to develop different interests as they age, there is one thing all little ones seem to universally enjoy...music! Today we're...

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Nautical Nantucket Wedding

Nautical Nantucket Wedding

Happy Memorial Day weekend!Whether you're headed to the beach, or indulging in a little R&R at home, we wish you the best time! But before everyone gets too involved in their holiday, we want to share an incredible Nantucket wedding. We're especially excited to...

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A Sweet Bee Themed Baby Shower

A Sweet Bee Themed Baby Shower

We're buzzing with excitement today! Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, plus we have a sweet as can "bee" baby shower to share with y'all! We've done so much with bees lately. We just shipped out the most beautiful gold foil stamped wedding favor tags...

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A Monogrammed Southern Wedding

A Monogrammed Southern Wedding

Happy Monogram Monday!We're going down south today for a swanky monogrammed wedding. Last December, Lauren and Brian tied the knot at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club just outside Atlanta. With its magnificent expanse of hunting grounds and picture perfect...

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A Classic Chicago Wedding

A Classic Chicago Wedding

Let's talk about how beautiful Chicago weddings are, shall we?! Since moving to the Windy City two years ago, we've gotten to experience our share of beautiful big city weddings (to see some swanky, city weddings we've done, visit our real weddings gallery). With its...

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Camo Birthday Party!

Camo Birthday Party!

We just got back from a long weekend in NYC! We had a wonderful time--we got to see both friends and clients while in the Big Apple. We work mostly over e-mail, so it's super fun for us to meet some of our out-of-town customers in person! Now that we're back in...

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Nautical Save the Dates

Nautical Save the Dates

Happy day from finally a little warmer Chicago! You know what they say about Chicago...the summers are so great, it makes you forget how bad the winter was. I guess that means that this summer will be FANTASTIC! Ha! As you may know, we had our big Derby event last...

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Monogrammed Wedding Invitations

Monogrammed Wedding Invitations

A wise woman once said, "If it's not moving...monogram it." That woman was both the extremely talented and smart, Reese Witherspoon. We, at Nico and Lala, fully support her philosophy, therefore we monogram everything! From birth announcements and birthday parties, to...

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N&L Giveaways and 20% Off!!

N&L Giveaways and 20% Off!!

We've had a busy week in the N&L studio filled with welcome bags, birthday parties, and invitations for a fabulous Las Vegas wedding! While we've had a lot going on in the office, we've also had other exciting things going on...like N&L giveaways! This week,...

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Kentucky Derby 30th Birthday

Kentucky Derby 30th Birthday

We're only a week into April, and have already had our share of April showers. But these April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, right?! And with May, comes one of our favorite events...The Kentucky Derby! The Derby is a great excuse to pull out a colorful...

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Fun Farm Animal Birthday Party!

Fun Farm Animal Birthday Party!

Happy April! We've put away our puffy winter coats for the season, in hopes that Chicago weather soon gets the hint it's spring. With the changing of the season, comes abundant sunshine, warm weather, and baby animals everywhere! In the spirit of spring, we want to...

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Circus Baby Shower!

Circus Baby Shower!

Both of us had so much fun over St. Patrick's Day, but we're back to work this week with some amazing stuff in the works, including hangover kits for bachelorette parties, a sweet sixteen birthday party, and of course...wedding invitations!! We're also working on...

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St. Patrick’s Day in the City!

St. Patrick’s Day in the City!

Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend!We have such a fun weekend ahead of us, but before we get into it, we HAVE to share the sweetest chevron birthday invitation!This has to be one of the cutest shamrock invitations we've ever done! That shamrock liner...we die! We love...

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Winter Olympics First Birthday!!

Winter Olympics First Birthday!!

Just when we thought spring was on it's way to Chicago, Mother Nature played another cruel joke on us. Another four inches of snow fell last night, which officially makes this winter the third snowiest winter in Chicago's history...yikes!! We are so over this weather,...

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Preppy Palm Beach Wedding

Preppy Palm Beach Wedding

We can not believe it's already Monday! We had a busy, busy weekend, filled with updating our gallery pages on our website, a concert, and spending Sunday night with one of our favorite ladies...Chelsea Handler! The whole weekend was amazing! Back to our website...

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Hosting and Toasting

Hosting and Toasting

Good morning, y'all!It's Friday!! Not only is it Friday, but the sun is shining AND it's above freezing in Chicago (for what feels like the first time in months!)Last week, we got to help with such a fun event!! Lifestyle blogger Brittney Ann (of Hosting and Toasting)...

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Things We Heart: March Edition

Things We Heart: March Edition

Hey y'all!!! It's March! That means there has to be an end in sight for winter...right?! Inspired by spring, here are the things we heart this month:1. New patterns for N&L iPhone covers: New for spring, we've added seven new patterns to our iPhone case...

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Firefighter Birthday Party!

Firefighter Birthday Party!

At some point in their life, every little boy wants to be a firefighter. Between the flashing lights, trusty Dalmatian sidekick, and the hook and ladder truck--it's no wonder that being a fireman is the job of choice for many heroic boys. While many...

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Bow Tie Baby Shower

Bow Tie Baby Shower

What's the best way to celebrate a soon-to-be born Southern gentleman?! Throw him a bow tie baby shower, of course! One of our favorites, Julie Bea (who is both super creative and a party throwing extraordinaire), threw this bow tie baby shower in honor of her...

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Thing We Heart: February Edition

Thing We Heart: February Edition

Happy February!! We are feeling the love, and in that spirit...we want to share the things we heart:1. New N&L Patterns: We have some very exciting news to share...we're coming out with swanky new patterns for our iPhone/iPad cases + our lucite line!! We are...

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Custom Wedding Websites

Custom Wedding Websites

It's no secret that we LOVE our brides!! We're always looking for the new ways to give our couples the most custom and amazing wedding day possible--which led to our recent surge in creating custom wedding websites! Most brides choose to create some kind of wedding...

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Will You Be Our Valentine?

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Happy Friday, y'all!!It's the weekend, and we are feeling the love!! Tomorrow is the first day of February, meaning Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Make sure your child has the swankiest valentines out of all of their friends, and order them Nico and Lala...

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Wine Country Wedding in Napa

Wine Country Wedding in Napa

Happy Wedding Wednesday!!A weekend in Napa in and of itself is amazing. But when you add a wedding inspired by a soft color palette and the beauty of wine country, you get one unforgettable weekend. When Meredith and Toby tied the knot last summer in Napa, their...

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Winter ONE-derland Birthday!

Winter ONE-derland Birthday!

It's definitely winter here in Chicago!! We're working from home as -30 degree windchill whips through the Windy City, but today we're reminiscing back a winter one-derland first birthday!! Back in December, one of our photographer friends threw...

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