I’m so excited today to share the work of Kalyn Denno from Lilah Paper. Not only is Kalyn super sweet, she is also incredibly talented. Based locally she creates beautiful, and personal invitation suites for her clients all over the country (and world), and has received rave review from noted wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty, and Southern Weddings, and stationery sites like Invitation Buzz. However don’t just take my word for it, read below and find out more about Kalyn’s thriving business.
Where to find her: website
Kalyn lives and works in the beautiful little town of Westwood, Kansas. She loves her neighborhood, which has neighbors who love to chat, quaint little homes, and tree lined streets. She feels fortunate to work and live in the same place, and feels that the opportunity to be a wife, mother, and entrepreneur is such a blessing. The only draw back: her doors are never “closed” as she strives to offer round the clock customer service to her brides.
Kalyn has a bachelors degree in advertising and journalism from the University of Colorado, and then went on to get her masters in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Colorado. From that point she worked doing in house design and marketing for various companies, including a Denver Channel 9 News station, doing graphics and animated intros.
I asked Kalyn what sparked her interest in stationery and invitations. She said she was thinking about getting out of the design industry all together, when she stumbled upon the world of stationery. She was newly engaged and had the challenging task of creating her own save the dates and wedding invitation suite. To this day she remains the pickiest client she’s ever had, designing 12 versions before settling on a final design. The rest is history. She received rave reviews on her own invites, and with a renewed passion for design she knew it was the perfect job. In May of 2008 Lilah Paper officially became a business based out of Kansas City.
So where does she get her inspiration for her designs? Kalyn says so many places! Some of her couples have really great stories that become the inspiration behind their invite suite. Other times she just listens to the bride and groom, and gets a feeling for their personalities and what their vision is for their wedding. She pulls inspiration from bits and pieces of their conversations, their color scheme, the dress, the wedding venue, etc. She also says that venues can be a huge source of inspiration, with their architecture and scenery.
Here favorite part of being involved in the wedding industry? “Being the first impression! The save the date and invitation is the first piece of correspondence that goes out to your guests. I get to be an integral part of announcing a couple’s big day to all of their friends and family! No pressure, right? But, seriously… I love it! Nothing brightens my day more than receiving an email from one of my brides once the “ooo’s and ahhh’s” start coming in. I am so lucky to be involved in such a momentous occasion for each and every one of my brides and truly enjoy hearing all of the love stories!”
photo via Adrienne Maples Photography
A big thank you to Kalyn for sharing all these answers about her lovely business with us. I love supporting midwest wedding businesses, and I especially love promoting Kansas City vendors who are as talented as her! Check out the Lilah Paper website for more samples of her work.