Vendor Love: Karly Depew of Oscar and Emma

Today, I am very excited to present Karly Depew of the incredible custom design company, Oscar and Emma. I was fortunate enough to work with Karly last year on my own wedding. She beautifully designed all of our paper products: save the dates, wedding invitations, menus, signage, escort and placement cards. I look forward to sharing all the details from our wedding in a future post but for now I hope you will enjoy this short Q&A with Karly Depew!

Oscar and Emma

Karly Depew is the creative talent behind Oscar & Emma.  Her artistic journey started with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in black and white photography from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Prior to launching Oscar & Emma, she was the custom invitation designer for Paper Source in Boston, MA.  In addition to her custom design services, she now has a stationery collection available on and The Pressroom & Co.  Karly and her designs have been featured in Brides, Elegant Bride, Design*Sponge, Food & Wine, InStyle Weddings, Woman’s Day, Cleo Australia, Southern Weddings by Tara Guerard and more.

Karly lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Judd, their daughter, Maeve and their two cats, Oscar and Emma.

GB: Where do you source your inspiration?
KD: I am inspired by anything and everything!  I definitely keep up with some blogs for the latest and greatest in fashion and the wedding industry.  Most of my inspiration comes from vintage labels and fabrics, unique modern packaging and of course, nature.Karly Depew

GB: When you are working with a client to create the perfect invitation suite for their wedding, how do you get started?
KD: I always like to start with the basics of stationery, including printing and paper options, and then move into more specific details about their wedding day and their personal style.  The more details the couple are able to share about how they envision their wedding day, the easier it is to narrow down design ideas that are unique to them.  Magazine tear sheets, fabric samples and photos are a great source of inspiration as well.  Of course, I always love hearing stories about how they met and got engaged.  All those little details help me to create the perfect invitation suite for their wedding.

Karly Depew

GB: Do you have a favorite color combination right now?
KD: My favorite combination at the moment is muted warm gray with gold foil.  I just used this combination for my daughter’s birth announcement and I am hooked!

GB: How would you describe your style?
KD: I think this may be the hardest question to answer, because I consider myself a chameleon of sorts!  A bit modern, a bit vintage and a bit classic.  Perhaps ‘eclectic’ would be the best word to describe it.

GB: Do you offer an eco-friendly line of products?
KD: Yes.  I almost always use 100% cotton paper.

GB: What trends are you seeing for 2011 wedding invitations?
KD: I am seeing a lot of hand drawn graphics and typefaces.  Also, brides are choosing to move away from ‘motifs’ and focus more on the type treatment and construction of the invitation.  For example, I am working on a couple invitations that will be bound as little booklets rather than individual cards.

Thank you Karly!

To keep up to date with Karly, check out her blog, here!

(all photos by Gayle Brooker Photography)

Read more.. Tuesday, February 15th, 2011