New York City. Our home. Our love. Our inspiration. Today’s blog post is a little bit about how our love for a city became a stationery collection. We are both contributing and still figuring out this blogging thing, so thank you so much for reading and coming on this adventure with us. And if you have any advice, let us know!
(Bekah here) I used to write a lot. I would collect notebooks and write in those, I would set up folders in my hotmail account (really dating this writing of mine) for different subjects I wanted to write about, but as I have grown up I have grown out of touch with my own words and putting them down on paper. I’m looking at blogging as an opportunity to get back in touch with the words and the pieces of the puzzle that are so important. Starting a blog has intimidated us for a while, it seems like everyone has it all figured out and we feel very new, but we love taking on challenges so here we are.
New York City is a special place. There’s a magical feeling that exists here that can hit you at any moment. For me it often hits me in the early morning when the sun is rising or shining as I am walking down the street. It’s an amazing feeling that’s hard to describe but easy to relate to. It’s like when you get to sleep in just a little later than usual, or when you realize you have enough time to walk the extra block to go to your favorite coffee shop, and the coffee is the best coffee you have ever had, and you step onto the subway platform and just when you get to your spot the train is pulling in... And you get a seat. And your whole day just feels lighter and the world makes sense. And you feel stronger and so ready. There’s a sense of empowerment I get from the ground here – that anything is possible and I am capable of anything. My hometown is Pittsburgh, where I learned my original city loyalty and love. It’s something you’re born with there. New York makes you earn it.
New York City can also be hard. Sometimes I look around and think wow, we are working so hard and it is such a struggle – but then I remind myself that this is just the beginning. We are just getting started. And working for the life you want will always be worth it. It’s like when I take a weekend away, it feels good to take a deep breath, to move a little slower, but as I get closer and closer to the city and see that skyline in the distance, it never fails that a smile comes across my face and it feels good to be home. It’s the place where I really grew up, where I met the love of my life. So when it came time to plan my wedding, I knew I wanted this city to be incorporated, to be a part of the day because it is such an important piece of my love story. Each building or icon I chose holds special meaning and is representative of a memory or a story I wanted to share. After the wedding Christy and I decided to also incorporate a drawing of the skyline into this collection and it because a standout piece that we chose to feature on our NYC Invitation card.
(Christy here) Our first stationery collection is special to us because while neither of us were born and raised in NYC, we both identify as New Yorkers. My family is from Brooklyn, and since I was a kid I've been in love with New York's architecture. When I moved to Brooklyn after college I began taking a sketchbook with me on walks to do quick pen drawings of apartment buildings, cafes, and iconic structures like the Brooklyn Bridge (I'm actually obsessed with the Brooklyn Bridge and I celebrate its birthday every year, that's not weird is it?) When Bekah mentioned wanting drawings of NYC landmarks instead of table numbers for her wedding, I jumped all over that!
Bekah's wedding was before I learned how to use a scanner and Photoshop, so her wedding featured my original drawings of the following places: Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Statue of Liberty, New York Public Library, Central Park, Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Army Plaza, and the brownstone of Bekah & Jon’s apartment building. They are now hanging as a gallery wall in their current apartment.
As much as I love the Brooklyn Bridge, my favorite table card to draw was the apartment building on the Upper West Side where Bekah and her husband lived when they first moved in together. It was such an honor to be able to add that special touch to their wedding that was so personal to them!
Our New York City collection expanded to 18 the summer we really started our business, adding to the list: Freedom Tower, Woolworth Building, Coney Island, Manhattan Bridge, New York Botanical Garden, and Astoria. This year we'll round it out to a set of 20 or 25. What are your favorite NYC spots you would like to see in our collection?
Bekah & Christy