Lindsey Wagnon | Charlotte, NC

This was such a fun branding photography session! Lindsey is a dear friend and kind-of my boss so I was extremely nervous when she asked me to take some headshots of her. I said yes, up for the challenge! She was so down to earth and comfortable to be around that made this session so effortless and fun. You would never know she is coming out of having a sinus infection haha.

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6 Common Questions about Wedding RSVP Cards

RSVP cards are a rather traditional way to request a reply to a wedding; however, they are still used quite often in wedding invitation suites for modern brides. Some brides opt to go with an RSVP online, or with a postcard RSVP card instead of the traditional card & envelope pair.

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If you are a bride who has decided to use a RSVP card for her wedding invitation suite then this article is definitely for you, especially if you don’t know where to begin with your own RSVP card. The rest of the blog is organized into 6 common questions about RSVP cards, as well as my answers for them!

1. What does the capital “M” with a line next to it mean?

This is something I found myself wondering when I created my first RSVP card a couple of years ago for friend! I actually refrained from adding the capital “M” with the line to my design because, even though all the RSVP card examples online had it, I didn’t know what it meant! Turns out, if an envelope is addressed traditionally, it will read something along the lines of “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith”. The “M” on the RSVP is the first letter of “Mr.”, “Mrs.”, “Miss”, or “Ms.”, whichever one applies to your guests.

Your guests are technically supposed to fill in the rest of the line to write their own names “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” and then they can check off the appropriate response for accepting or declining your wedding invitation. The nature of this tradition is that many guests sometimes don’t understand how to correctly fill out the RSVP card (and some people forget to add their names altogether, but I’ll cover that later on).

2. How do you determine how many guests are able to come?

When I sent out my wedding invitations, certain households, for example, had 5 guests that were invited to the wedding (2 adults, 3 children). In some cases, not everyone in the family will be able to attend the wedding, and I wanted to make sure that I was able to account for that! Instead of writing an option that said “delightfully accept(s)” with a check box next to it, I wrote a line that read “ ____ # of guests attending out of ____”. By making this an option, I was able to write in exactly how many guests in the family were invited, and therefore able to keep an accurate count when they sent the RSVP back with how many guests would be coming! You can see an example of one of my returned RSVP cards below. P.S. I totally kept all my RSVP cards because a lot of them have really kind notes on them from some of the guests.

3. What is an appropriate “reply by” date?

In order for you to have an accurate guest count far enough in advance of the wedding, you want your “kindly reply by” date to be at least a month before the wedding! Most wedding venues, planners, caterers, etc. require a final guest count around two weeks before the wedding. This gives you a two week buffer for guests who might lag on their RSVP, or any sudden changes that might come up! In my case, I had a couple of friends who originally RSVP’d “no” and then later found out they could actually get enough time off to come to my wedding! I was easily able to add them to my “yes” list without feeling too much stress about last-minute changes!

4. Is it possible to add a personal touch to an RSVP card?

It is definitely possible to add a personal touch to any RSVP card! Even though the cards usually measure 3.5x5.5 inches in size, you can still fit small details on the card to personalize it and make it interactive for your guests! On a recent client rsvp card we included a small space at the bottom for a “Song Request”. This was such a fun way to interact with their guests and also build their playlist before the day of the wedding!

5. Do RSVP cards mail normally? And do I need to provide a stamp?

RSVP cards do mail normally even though they may feel extremely small to some people! However, be aware, if your guest adds a return address sticker to the RSVP envelope, or writes their return address on the envelope, there is small chance that the postal scanner will read the return address instead of your mailing address. I had this happen to a couple of guests that added return address stamps to the back of the RSVP envelope. For some reason, the scanner picked up the return address better than the mailing address (for my home) on the front. Part of this may have been due to the fact that my address was in a white font on a dark envelope, but it also could have been due to the fact that the envelope was so small, making it extremely hard for the postal scanner to differentiate between two different addresses since they were probably similar sizes. Either way, you will most likely have to follow up with many wedding guests and this unfortunately is part of the process of using USPS for mailing wedding invitation items.

Traditionally, if you are expecting your guests to mail back an RSVP card, you should be prepared to provide the postage to do so. There is a long-standing rule behind this reasoning, so if you feel that you don’t have the budget to add stamps to your RSVP envelopes, you can always consider the more modern approach of having guest’s RSVP online instead!

6. What if a guest forgets to write their name on the RSVP card?

It will happen. I had multiple RSVP cards show up without names on them; some of them with “delightfully accepts” and others with “regretfully decline”. To this day, this trick I am going to share with you was actually some of the best wedding advice I received! One of my friends who had already been married told me to number the back of each of my RSVP cards, and respectively number all the addresses on my guest list. For each invitation I stuffed, I made sure to include the correctly numbered RSVP card that correlated with the number by the guest’s name on the address sheet. It made my life so much easier. Not to mention, I almost got excited when one showed up without a name because then I was able to refer to my hand-dandy numbered address list to solve who’s RSVP it was! Nerdy, I know, but also useful nonetheless!


I hope that these tips & tricks for wording, designing, and mailing your RSVP cards have aided you in your own wedding journey! If you have any other questions, or if you’re interested in having me design your wedding stationery, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Jessica + Blake | Boone, NC

When Jessica asked me to take her 1 year anniversary photos, she couldn’t even spit out another word before I said “YES!” We headed up to our favorite place with our husbands in tow. It was a bright, crisp fall day with orange and yellow leaves all around.

Look at how precious they are!

Also, snagged this photo of my boo and shoooooo…I am one lucky woman.

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Are you ready to re-brand?

Do you feel it in your bones? Are you not satisfied with your brand anymore? Does your work and your website not match? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time for a re-brand. Still not sure? Below are some more ways to examine your current brand and see if it's time for a change. 

1) You hate to give out your marketing materials

Do you cringe when someone asks for your business card and it is way beyond outdated? The watercolor florals you once loved totally don't represent who you are now.

You want to give out marketing materials with excitement and confidence. You want to give someone your website URL because YOU are proud of it. You are proud of the vision you have created. 

2) Your services and products have changed

It may be time for a rebrand if your services have changed. Were you once a newborn photographer but have since turned into a product photographer? The two are different but have the same foundation. However, that doesn't mean the same branding works for both. 

3) You can’t explain what your business does or who your ideal client is 

Are you someone who is just starting out? Do you have a lack of clarity when it comes to your business? OR do you know what your company does but you just can't seem to find the right words to describe it? 

This is why branding is essential. You want to be able to talk to potential clients about who and what your company represents. You also want to be attracting your most ideal clients. This is where getting a professional comes into play. You wouldn't take your broken car to your cousin Bob; you take it to a mechanic. Just like with your brand, you need to take it to a professional; someone who can help you develop your brand. 


These a just a few ways to tell if you are ready for a re-brand. Ultimately, trust your gut when it comes to your brand. This is the first thing potential clients see, so it's worth the investment. And if you've never had a "brand" before, now is definitely the time to get started! 

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5 Tips for Curating a Social Feed!

We've all wondered how that person on Instagram gets their feed so pretty (you know what I mean). You've tried and tried and just cannot seem to get a consistent theme going. Well, I am not pro at this either but I have found a couple tools helpful in my attempt to achieve a consistent theme and color scheme within my social platform. 

1) Latergram

This program is available on your desktop and it can be an app on your phone. Latergram let's you program posts ahead of when you actually want to post them. You can set a specific date and time that you want the post to go live. It also helps you see what your feed is going to look like with the "Preview" feature. This helps you see if your feed is flowing and if it is aesthetically pleasing.  

2) VSCO - Always use the same filter

I always edit the photos I take on my phone with VSCO app. Their presets are bright, crisp, and just amazing. You should always use the same filters on all of your photos to help keep your images consistent. Using the same presets not only helps you aesthetically, but it saves on time too. I simply copy and paste the presets from older photos to my newer photos for an easy edit.

My favorite presets are A4, A6, and M5!

3) Aesthetic Planner

Ya'll this tool has SAVED my life. Andrea Crouse has designed a BEAUTIFUL aesthetic planner that she sends out monthly and it is completely free (yupp...I said it....FREE). She includes the purpose of your social pages, top 7 content themes and a month of posts all laid out. All you have to do it go to this link and subscribe to her page to receive the planner in your email. 

4) Word Swag

I love this app. This app helps you create Instagram posts/stories that are just a tad bit prettier than the normal settings. You can choose from many different fonts and backgrounds. Ever wonder how people get the pretty boxes with the pretty font on their stories? This is the app for that! 

5) Be you! 

I know that sounds so cliche but people on social media are drawn to accounts that are REAL and RAW! I am talking about sharing your real life and not a bajillion pretty photos. Post about the flat tire you got this morning. Post about your favorite things. Post about how you can't keep that dang plant alive even though it is supposed to be a low risk plant. Followers like to see the real you and are drawn to authenticity. 

My favorites of who lives by this: @taylortippett, @ohmamaperks, @rswd_co

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I hope you find these tips helpful in your attempt to curate your feeds! If you like these tips, let me know! Subscribe to this page to be the first to know about more tips, blog posts, and news!