First and foremost, Happy Leap Year Day! (is that right??) I feel like this is one of those bonus days like that extra hour we get during daylight savings, you know?
Anyway, as part of our Vendor Spotlight series, I’m happy to introduce you to April Cohen of ALH Designs. I met April through a mutual friend on Facebook (what would be do without it, huh?) and I’m so glad to have met her. And if you’re feeling up to it, head over to her blog and check out the feature she did on us!
1. Hello. Who are you?
Hmmm.. Who am I? Well I find that it is always difficult to talk about yourself, but here it goes! I am a graphic designer and have been working in the industry for 11 years now. A little over two years ago, I started ALH Designs. ALH Designs is a custom stationery + design studio based out of the Philadelphia area. Everything I design is completely custom, based upon what my clients want. If you can dream it, I can design it! I grew up in Boyertown, PA, but for the past five years I have been living in the Philadelphia area.
2. Who or what got you started in the industry?
I have been working as a graphic designer for over a decade and had the pleasure of designing both of my best friends’ wedding stationery. It was at that moment that I knew I found my niche and moved into the world of weddings. Wedding stationery is my concentration, but I do work in all areas of graphic design.
3. What is your favorite part about being in the wedding world?
My favorite part of working in the wedding world is meeting all of the couples that are in love. There is so much love and emotion that surrounds a wedding and I feel so lucky to be a part of such a special day in people’s lives. Each wedding that I design for is so unique and I will create a completely custom invitation for all of the couples that I work with. Every couple is different and I believe that they deserve to have their own unique look for their special day.
4. Besides weddings, are there any other special events that you service?
Besides weddings, ALH Designs specializes in creating custom designed stationery for your social events such as weddings, birthdays, bridal/baby showers, mitzvahs, christenings and much more!
5. Where do you go to be inspired?
There are a bunch of places that I go to get inspired. My favorite blogs are Style Me Pretty and Oh So Beautiful Paper, but Pinterest is becoming another one of my favorite sites to go to!
6. What sets you apart from other fellow professionals?
ALH Designs offers clients a completely custom wedding invitation suite. The wedding invitation suite is created and designed based upon what my clients want or envision. Everything that is created is based off on the colors and theme being used and most importantly, the budget! I truly believe that a bride should be able to have fabulous stationery at an affordable price!
7. Whether you’re single, married, divorced or widowed… we all have words of advice when it comes to relationships. What is your advice to couples tying the knot?
Enjoy the wedding planning stage as this is such a fun time of your life! Try not to get too stressed out or you won’t end up enjoying it. On your wedding day, take some time for just you and your spouse. The day goes by way too fast and it is nice to have some time for one another on the best day of your lives. Remember that marriage is not always 50/50. Some days you will wake up and may have to give 90% and your spouse will give 10%. Other days you may wake up and give 25% and your spouse will have to put in the 75%.
8. Aside from weddings, what are some other hobbies/hidden talents/secret powers of yours?
In my spare time, I love to be able to relax and enjoy time with my family. Our lives can be so busy that nothing is better than watching a movie at home with the man I love. I myself, am a newlywed. I was just married in December, so take some time out of your busy schedules to just enjoy spending time with your significant other.
9. Finally, do we connect with you?
Any way you want to.