What do you get when an esteemed graphic designer collaborates with one of the nation’s premier bridal ateliers? Four breathtaking collections that couples can pick and choose from to tell the romantic tale of their choosing. Design Corral is spearheaded by Sue Corral, who was an art director for Martha Stewart Weddings and then the creative director of Page Stationery. Now, she collaborates with a small but hugely talented team at Design Corral, and has released a very special collection of four suites produced in collaboration with Claudia Hanlin’s Wedding Library. That Upper East Side resource features carefully curated bridesmaid dresses, bespoke wedding stationery and registry gifts, and Claudia is also a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Weddings.
“We were thrilled to collaborated with The Wedding Library,” Sue told me. “I have known and worked with Claudia for over a decade now, so it was an easy decision for both of us. Claudia picked four ‘stories’ she found to be popular with brides today and then gave me a descriptive list of adjectives. I designed like crazy and then presented to her. A few tweaks here and there and we were on the way. What I think is so great about this collection is how deep they are. It’s not only traditional papery items. A bride can really brand her wedding from start to finish.”
Each design starts with invitations and save-the-dates and extends into fun extras like monogrammed mugs, coasters, serving trays — and practically every other conceivable coordinate. I adore this English Garden collection comprised of colorful, floral watercolors with faux hand lettering to create a romantic and sweet look perfect for any wedding, no English garden required.
The fresh and crisp Beach collection is an enticing juxtaposition of modern typography, simple patterns, silhouette motifs and a subtle yet mesmerizing color. Perusing it, you can almost smell the salt in the air. I am smitten with the little starfish sparklers.
Sue’s favorite “story” is Flora and Fauna, which blends vintage illustrations mixed with subtle yet contrasty palette. “I love that is natural but elegant at the same time,” she told me. “I adore all the different vintage illustrations used throughout.”
Rounding out the quartet is Tuxedo, which lives up to its namesake inspiration with classic silvery gray stripes. These can be changed to nearly any other color gratis, tailoring it to nearly any nuptials. The monogrammed swizzle sticks are irresistible!