Friday, November 13, 2009

Hometown Love: AK Graphics, Pullman, WA

I have had the absolute pleasure of knowing Allison Kincaid of AK Graphics for the last 7 years. She is a fellow WSU alum who also ended up sticking around Pullman after graduation... Go Cougs! Allison started AK Graphics a few months ago and has become quite the successful entrepreneur in a very short amount of time.

A couple weeks ago, I asked Allison if I could feature some of her work and pick her brain about all things wedding invite. Our timing could not be more perfect as this evening she is hosting an Open House at her new shop to feature her new holiday card styles.

Enjoy the pics and her advice for all you lovely brides-to-be...

Ummm, how cute is Allison's office space??

WB: What advice do you give to your brides?

AK: Some general advice I tend to pass on to all of my brides is that they are supposed to be having fun! Friends, family and vendors are here to eliminate stress so the brides can focus on what really matters. It can be easy to get caught up in all of the planning and busy work and forget to enjoy this special time. We're here to do the work so you don't have to.

AK: After choosing your invitations, create a tentative timeline for yourself. A good rule of thumb is to plan on mailing out save-the-dates (if you choose to send them) up to six months in advance. The formal invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks prior to the event. The earlier you can prepare and address the invitations the better; don't wait until the last minute!


WB: What are some of your favorite trends/color combinations you've been seeing lately?

AK: Two of the more fashionable color trends that I have noticed lately are definitely varying shades of green and pink. From sage to apple, green is gorgeous! Baby pink pairs fabulously with mocha while fuschia and black are strikingly contemporary. Traditional crimson/wine reds remain a clasically popular choice year after year, no matter the season.

AK: As far as design trends are concerned, popular paper textiles include metallic pearl and textered linen cardstock. Damask graphics and flourish-y designs add a "shabby chic" element for a modern/vintage look. Coordinating pocket folios serve as a trendy way to assemble multi-piece invites.

WB: What are some important things to keep in mind when picking out wedding invitations and stationery?

AK: The imporant invitation/stationery suggestion I give to my brides is express yourself! Save-the-dates and invitations are a great way to showcase yoru personal style as well as set the tone for your special day. Wedding stationery should convey your individual taste as well as appropriately set the mood (whether traditionally formal or contemporary and modern); they should be a reflection of you.

WB: What do you love most about your job?

AK: Where do I start... I am very fortunate to have a career I absolutely love! I am so honored when a bride chooses my designs to be a part of her special day. I truly look forward to coming to the office everyday and being able to have the freedom to be able to artistically express myself.

Allison, thank you SO much for sharing your talent. Your work is beautiful and we can't wait to see more. Everyone be sure to check out AK graphics website at

Lovely way to start the weekend, no?

Photo credits: Allison Kincaid

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