This week we had the opportunity to sit down with the amazing Lana from Lana’s Shop – a great way to get back to our beloved vendor spotlights. We absolutely love all the work that Lana produces. She is incredibly talented and each piece she does is one of a kind and truly a work of art, always different than anything we’ve seen. Her style is fresh, delicate and completely organic. We’ve seen her work shine in so many different styles of weddings and events. This creative powerhouse helped create our gorgeous invitations and signage for our fun Modern Marie Antoinette bash, hand painting the gorgeous Marie that became the hub of all creative inspiration. We also saw her conquer the largest project of all – hand curating every printed item at her very own wedding, later to be featured on Martha Stewart!
Her artistry is unparalleled and we’re pretty sure she is as sweet as they come. Lana radiates light and we are so happy to have her as an industry friend + vendor. Read on for a peek into a day in the life of Lana!
Describe what you do.
Lana’s Shop, is an illustration and design studio that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind, vibrant paper goods that feature hand illustrated designs, lettering and total customization.
What is your idea of a dream project?
When clients email me about their project idea and they have so much excitement behind their words. I love it when they enjoy the process with me and care about the little details as much as I do. Also, if it involves envelope liners, I’m such a fan!
What has been your favorite wedding or event you’ve ever worked/attended?
Is it weird to say my own? While it was the hardest project I’ve ever done, it was certainly the most meaningful. I got to design and hand painted all of our own save the dates, invitations, programs, menus, signs, table numbers, seating charts, cake topper, place cards, fabric, desserts…you get the idea. It meant a lot to know that everything was one of a kind and screamed Danny and me.
What are some memorable paintings that brides have commissioned you to do?
I have been asked to illustrate 20 different wild animals for an animal-themed wedding, 12 different safari animals for an African-themed wedding, 16 botanical flowers for a garden wedding, 25 places that were meaningful to a couple…..And all the images were used throughout their wedding paper goods.
What does your morning routine look like?
I start each day with a French Press cup of coffee, some snuggles with our pup, Lox, and get right to the drawing board. I have a super quick commute since Lana’s Shop is located in a bright yellow walled room within our home.
What advice would you give a younger you?
Dear Lana, I promise you will learn how to work a little faster, but you will always be a perfectionist…so just let it go. And guess what, you really will be making a career out of painting.,,yay.
What’s your favorite trend you are seeing in your industry?
I’m not one to really follow the trends, I just try to make each project better than the next. However, I do think that illustrated and watercolor designs are really popular right now. I get more and more awesome ideas from brides everyday…such as wanting their exact bouquets watercolored, their venues painted, custom paintings to gift the parents, wrapping paper ….I am even illustrating custom tissue paper for their guest’s gift bags right now.
We hope you enjoyed catching up with Lana as much as we enjoyed it! As you can see she is extremely talented and can do just about anything your heart desires! SO if you are in need of invitations, save-the-dates, place cards, father’s day cards, portraits of your pup, you name it – reach out to Lana! You can also purchase her work on Etsy, Treat Cards, and Wedding Paper Divas. xx, Calluna